Heavy Metal

Here we go again.

Hamilton is pissed. Mayor Kelly Yaede released a statement yesterday that says, in part, “Without advanced notice, we have learned today about the Trenton Water Works letter that residents are already receiving in the mail regarding lead in drinking water. I want our residents to know that we are taking action to [...]

Dear Councilman Chester

As e-mailed 8-8-2017:

Good Morning, Councilman -

With all due respect, kiss my ass!

You are quoted in a news story that ran on WPVI/6ABC yesterday on the subject of the recent property revaluation completed in the City of Trenton. Reporter Nora Muchanic reporter included this in her story:

“City Council President Zachary Chester, whose property [...]

The Revaluation of La-La Land - Revisited

I hate to say “I told you so,” but…

Last Night’s Trenton City Council session was marked by several indignant commercial property owners complaining to the Councilmembers about their new tax bills received in the mail this week. These tax bills were based on the recently-completed property revaluation conducted for the City by Appraisal Systems, Inc. [...]

The Christmas Mayor

If he seeks re-election next May, Trenton’s Mayor Eric Jackson will likely run on a record of bringing redevelopment money into Trenton. He has to hope that he will get all the acknowledgement, and votes, that he needs from getting money in, because he has been horrible at managing it once it’s here.

Like a benevolent [...]

For Those Keeping Score at Home

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the ERA’s for Trenton’s last few mayors including the current one, Eric Jackson. Since Mr. Jackson will presumably look to get a contract extension, we should probably take a look at his current stats, don’t you think?

You may recall that we started calculating this statistic six months ago, as [...]

“This Is a Daily Process”

That’s a quote from City of Trenton Director of Housing and Economic Development Diana Rogers, as included in an article by Cristina Rojas in today’s Trenton Times, describing the loss of over $3.3 Million Dollars in future funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This loss, first reported in this space [...]

SNAFU - Trenton and HUD

The page on Trenton’s City Website describing its participation in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) three ongoing annual funding programs for local communities such as ours is pretty straightforward. The three programs are:

The HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), funded in the amount of $551,008 for the current fiscal year ending June 30;
The [...]

The CDBG Shoe Drops

We know a little more this morning about the potential impact to the City of Trenton’s private community-based service organizations of Mayor Eric Jackson’s potential Voluntary Grant Reduction (VGR) plan. This plan, reported in this space on Wednesday, calls for a massive reduction over three years in funds that normally would be expected to be [...]

More Federal Money Problems for Trenton. BIG Money Problems.

The City of Trenton owes Millions of Dollars to the Federal Government. To be precise, $3,322,313.00, to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), principally in connection with its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs.

This is, in the words of Trenton’s Mayor Eric Jackson in a letter to [...]

City Hall Comes to Cadwalader Heights

On this past Tuesday evening, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and several members of his Administration attended the monthly meeting of the Cadwalader Heights Civic Association (CHCA). It was the latest in a series of meetings with civic associations and other neighborhood groups that his Administration have been conducting in 2017. The Mayor was accompanied by [...]