2017 State of the City Address will be Delivered in Every Ward

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Mayor Fulop to Deliver 2017 State of the City Address in All Six Wards; Series of Speeches Will Highlight Results of First Term and Initiatives for 2017

Mayor Steven Fulop will deliver the 2017 State of the City Address in a series of speeches to be held in each ward, taking the message to the residents to emphasize the important role each community and individual plays in the progress Jersey City is making.

“While there are many initiatives we can discuss that affect the entire city, like stable taxes, public safety, and increasing open space, each ward has its own unique issues and characteristics,” said Mayor Fulop. “By delivering a speech in each ward, we have the ability [to] speak about citywide issues and drill down on ward specific issues that matter to community members.”

The State of the City Addresses will take place at 6:30 pm on each of the following dates:

Ward FTuesday, February 7
Mary McLeod Bethune Center (140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.)

Ward CMonday, February 27
Franklin Williams M.S. 7 (222 Laidlaw Ave.)

UPDATE (Feb.27): In addition to citywide issues this speech will address the following major focuses for Ward C in the upcoming year:

  • Social service outreach to the homeless community in Journal Square.
  • Revisiting zoning changes for both Journal Square 2060 and the Journal Square Arts District.
  • A new RFP with the Friends of Loew’s for the Landmark Loew’s Theater management and renovations to be released this Spring.
  • New museum in Journal Square to open in the Pathside Building; Purchase of land from County underway.
  • Finalize plans for the Apple Tree House re-opening.

Ward DThursday, March 2
Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28 (167 Hancock Ave.)

Update (March 2): This speech will highlight the following:

  • Development plans for a new North District building located on Central Avenue and Hutton Street, across from the current police district. The architecture firm is expected to be hired this spring to begin design work.
  • Jersey City’s first municipal parking deck located on Central Avenue between Griffith and Bowers Streets. The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency will seek private investment for residential development on city-owned property in exchange for incentivizing construction of the parking deck.
  • Park renovations at Riverview-Fiske Park and Leonard Gordon Park, where the administration is working with the community on a master plan for the park. (The gazebo at Riverview-Fiske Park is underway and will be completed this year, in large part thanks to the Riverview-Fiske Park Association.)
  • Build upon the Riverview Arts District on Palisade Avenue, specifically by rehabilitating abandoned buildings and developing them into artist and performance spaces.

Ward ETuesday, March 7
Update (Feb. 28): The location has changed to City Hall (280 Grove St.) Grace Church Van Vorst (39 Erie St.)

Update (March 7): This speech will highlight the following:

  • Building a new, 30,000 square foot East District police precinct.
  • Breaking ground on a new, 35,000 square foot public school on Christopher Columbus Drive that will be built in a private development.
  • Increased police patrols for the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall.
  • Working with BikeJC on installing protected bike lanes on Grand Street, with plans for additional expansion to other roadways.
  • Beginning the review and revision process of the city’s zone parking program downtown.
  • Establishing by Executive Order a Public Arts Advisory Committee to increase community input and involvement with the city’s Mural Arts Program.

Ward AMonday, March 20
City Line Church (1510 John F. Kennedy Blvd.)Update (March 20): The location for this speech has changed to Dr. Maya Angelou Elementary School #20 (239 Ocean Ave.)
*The Ward A State of the City Address originally scheduled for, Thursday, February 9, was postponed due to winter storm Niko.

Update (March 20):Ward BThursday, March 30 (Casino in the Park, Lincoln Park)
*The Ward B State of the City Address originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, was postponed due to the winter storm forecast for our area.

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She's lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she's studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.