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EDITORIAL: Issues for the Election

What Are Your Solutions?

With the upcoming Mayoral and Council Election, many issues have come to light. Because of all the events occurring in October before the November 8, 2016 election date the Amboy Guardian is unable to hold a Mayoral/Council forum. So, we’ll be running editorials for you to respond to specific issues regarding issues in the Perth Amboy. Next week will be for South Amboy. Please give a detailed response.

1.) ILLEGAL HOUSING – Illegal housing is considered one of the worst problems facing any city, especially Perth Amboy. While the 2013 count states there are 51,982 people living in Perth Amboy, the reality is there are at least 75,000 residents – probably more. Just look at the numbers – if this is so, over 1/3 of Perth Amboy’s population consists of illegally housed residents. These individuals are draining the City’s resources. Do you feel that Perth Amboy is overpopulated? What is your solution to address this problem?

2.) PARKING METERS – Are parking meters a revenue generator of revenue killer? How do you stand on this issue?

3.) TERM LIMITS – We understand that under Faulkner Plan B the governing body cannot impose term limits. It has to be done by petition of the residents and presented to the governing body for it to be put on the ballot. Do you feel this should be done?

4.) POLICE REPORTS – Do you believe that the Police Department should be giving out press releases on a weekly basis informing the public of crimes being committed or apprehension of suspects that have been arrested? Not everyone is on Nixle or social media and they depend on print information to stay informed.

5.) EMPLOYMENT – Ratables are important, but so are employment opportunities. We need to take into account the skills and education reached of those who are unemployed. Many companies that are coming into Perth Amboy are skilled labor and sometimes have a built in workforce. What are your plans to attract businesses that will help employ the residents of Perth Amboy?

6. CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS – How should Campaign Contributions, especially from businesses be handled? Should their be restrictions on the amount of money donated by individuals working for that entity?

7. CONDITION OF SEWERS/ROADS/STREETS – What measurements would you take against utility companies who leave roads in worse condition after they’ve done repair work.

8. PEDESTRIAN SAFETY – What measurements would you suggest to our public safety officers to crackdown on people who disregard traffic signals at crosswalks.

Note: If anyone in our readership has any issues that they wish the candidates to address, please e-mail AmboyGuardian@gmail.com or snail mail to Amboy Guardian, P.O. Box 127, Perth Amboy, NJ, 08862. No later than Friday Oct. 14, 2016. These issues can pertain to any town that receives the Amboy Guardian. C.M. & K.M.

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Perth Amboy Calendar

MON. Jan 22
• City Council, Caucus,
4:30 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

WED. Jan 24
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

THURS. Jan 25
• Historic Preservation Commission
7 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

MON. Jan 29
• Special Public Meeting, RE: Discussion of Rezoning Ordinance
6 p.m.
City Hall, High St.

 

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South Amboy Calendar

WED. Jan. 31
• City Council, Regular,
7 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

WED. Feb. 7
• City Council, Business,
6 p.m.
City Hall, N. Broadway

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