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Guarding Our Waterways Takes Precedence

Security Most Important Issue

PERTH AMBOY — There was a discussion at the February 25th Caucus and the February 27th Council Meeting in reference to a 36’ x 12’ Patrol Vessel. Councilman Fernando Irizarry was concerned about the cost to the City to maintain the vessel. He wanted to know specifically about the storage, maintenance, manpower and fuel costs.

Business Administrator Greg Fehrenbach said that, “This vessel is being paid entirely by a grant from Homeland Security,”

At the February 27 Council Meeting, Fehrenbach said, “The vessel would be docked either by the Cornucopia or one of the Hess Docks. Also Homeland Security and the Prosecutors’s Office agree that our waterways need security.”

Former 2012 Mayoral candidate Sharon Hubberman spoke at the meeting and said, “Guarding against terrorism is important on our waterways and for the safety and security of the town.”

Councilwoman Lisa Nanton said, “Perth Amboy is part of an international waterway and half of Perth Amboy has water. I think it’s worth the expense of having these patrol vessels.”

B.A. Greg Fehrenbach said, “Perth Amboy along with some nearby municipalities will share responsibilities of policing the waterways.”

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