Jersey City Recall Group Kicks Off Signature Drive Against Mayor Healy

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At a press conference timed to coincide with Wednesday’s City Council meeting, a group of about a dozen Jersey City residents announced the official start of their effort to recall Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a logo resembling a “Do Not Enter” road sign that read, “Recall Team Healy,” the group emphasized Healy’s associations with disgraced Jersey City pols in their remarks to the press.

Recall committee member John Lynch ticked off the names of some Jersey City officials and political candidates who were caught up in last July’s explosive federal corruption sting: former deputy mayor Leona Beldini, former Ward B councilman Phil Kenny, 2009 Ward E council candidate Guy Catrillo and former At-Large councilman Mariano Vega, who resigned his seat Monday and pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge on Tuesday.

“Healy has surrounded himself with nothing but … corruption,” Lynch said.

The official committee to recall Mayor Healy consists of three city residents: Lynch, Martha Larkins and Riaz Wahid. But the attempt to recall Healy is part of an ambitious effort being mounted against several city elected officials.

According to Lynch, there are also committees in place to recall council president Peter Brennan, Ward A councilman Michael Sottolano and Ward C councilwoman Nidia Lopez. Lynch added that committees to recall At-Large councilwoman Willie Flood, Ward D councilman Bill Gaughan and Ward F councilwoman Viola Richardson are “finalizing” the paperwork required for their formation. A committee to recall former At-Large councilman Mariano Vega was rendered moot this week after Vega’s resignation.

City clerk Robert Byrne approved the Healy recall petitions on Monday. Lynch says the group has already collected “close to 1,000 signatures” in the last two days. The group must collect signatures from a total of 30,067 registered voters by February 22 of next year. If they do so, an election will be held in which voters will indicate whether they think the mayor should be removed from office.

Larkins said today that the group has “dozens of people” supporting the effort by collecting signatures, and she appealed to the public to get involved by contacting the recall committee. Lynch later added that representatives of the recall group “will be appearing at festivals and events” to collect signatures and recruit volunteers.

Along with the petition they are circulating, the recallers are required by state law to include a statement from Mayor Healy in his own defense. In his statement, Healy lists his accomplishments while in office, including offsetting property tax increases with furloughs, a hiring freeze and layoffs, cleanup of toxic sites and the paving of “70 miles of pothole-ridden streets.”

“I respectfully request … you don’t sign this petition, but rather let me finish the job to which I was elected by a strong majority,” Healy writes.

Other than the statement, the Healy administration has not commented on the recall effort.

  • Chucky Cheese

    These are local community activists who must be applauded for their efforts.
    Too many times political activists just talk, march in circles and then go back to their Monday-morning cubicle with Starbucks in hand–and NOTHING really gets accomplished.

    These local community activists are actually DOING SOMETHING.

    Bravo!

  • JCRECALL

    TODAY SEPT 16th…

    YOU CAN SIGN MAYOR HEALY RECALL PETITION AT the following locations:

    GROVE STREET PATH STATION
    Time: 5pm to 6:30pm

    Danforth/Ocean Ave Corner
    Time: 6pm – 7pm

    In case, you want a CIRCULATOR to meet with you, please contact at:

    phone: 201 855 4506
    eMail: jcrecall@yahoo.com

    Thanks JCI !!!

  • HADENUFF

    I concur!

    Kudos to them all.

  • Chucky Cheese

    THIS IS DEDICATED TO THE, well, “GUILTY”.

    GUILTY
    by Classix Nouveaux

    The song is about being wrongly found GUILTY, but here we mean it as an exposure of those TRULY GUILTY!

  • Deahabhiman

    While I am passimistic that any thing can be done for this city, I love to see the activism of these group of enthus people. What I read from the news, these people need to collect 30,750, which is tremendous task. They need voleteers who can help them get the legit signatures. When Mayors has tons of money from the waisted interests in the war chest, these people need funds too. I like to make humble suggestion, each voter when sign to support move, give least $ 1.00 with that. They need signature and $ 1.00 as help to meet the expense as these are the common people with family. They can not afford to pay for all the expeses but they still have guts to stand for what they think right and the best part is they opinion. Most of the people if it is not hurting personally will not express even opinion! Only voters activism shall make a difference!

  • Jayson

    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

    —George Bernard Shaw

  • JCRECALL

    TODAY SEPT 17th, FRIDAY, you can sign the petition at the following location:

    Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
    Location: JSQ PATH STATION (near 9/11 fountain)

    We also have CIRCULATORS all over the city, in case, you want some one to meet and collect the signature, please call or email us:

    Phone: (201) 855 4606
    eMail: jcrecall@yahoo.com

    Thanks

  • http://www.speaknj.com Yvonne Balcer, Speak NJ
  • JCRECALL

    RECALL LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO…

  • JCRECALL

    TODAY SEPT 18th Saturday, YOU can sign MAYOR HEALY RECALL PETITION at the following locations:

    Time: 1pm to 6pm
    Location: Montgomery Projects on Florence and Montgomery

    Time 11am to 6pm
    Location: WESTSIDE & DUNCAN AVE

    We also have CIRCULATORS all over the city, in case, you want some one to meet and collect the signature, please call or email us:

    Phone: (201) 855 4606
    eMail: jcrecall@yahoo.com

    Thanks

  • JCRECALL

    TODAY SEPT 19th Sunday, YOU can sign MAYOR HEALY RECALL PETITION at the following locations:

    Time: 1pm to 6pm
    Location: JFK/Fairmont

    Time 3pm to 6pm
    Location: Grand Ave (Dick Seay field)

    We also have CIRCULATORS all over the city, in case, you want some one to meet and collect the signature, please call or email us:

    Phone: (201) 855 4606
    eMail: jcrecall@yahoo.com

    Thanks