Jersey City & Mayor Healy Get Kudos from Hackensack Riverkeeper

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Hackensack Riverkeeper, the environmental organization that works on issues affecting Jersey City’s other river, last week bestowed its 2009 Friend of Hackensack Riverkeeper Award on Jersey City and Mayor Jerramiah Healy ” for taking the lead in urban sustainability, green initiatives, and open space and historic preservation.”

The group adds that the current administration “has held polluters accountable, championed brownfield redevelopment and stopped a controversial development scheme — in the process preserving the city’s
Reservoir Number Three as public open space.”

Healy, calling the award “a great honor,” points to two particular projects on the western shore that he’s proud of.

“We have worked together on settling the litigation with the Honeywell Corporation to bring about the remediation and future renovation of that area on the Hackensack, which will feature nearly 20 acres of green space and will be built with green and sustainable principles,” he says in statement. “We are also partnering on the Marion Greenway project that will bring a new waterfront park to the former PJP landfill on the Hackensack River.”

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.