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How responsive is your government? When residents call for help, does anyone answer?
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In the event of a fire or other emergency, everyone knows to call 911. And like the Ghostbusters, the Jersey City Fire Department or local cops are on the scene within minutes.

Yet how responsive are city services when lives are not immediately being threatened but help is needed all the same? A look at three recent and random examples shows that the city?s responsiveness can vary.

?Disgusted? in the Heights

Since January, resident Paul D. Fitzgerald has been trying to get the trash picked up in his Jersey City Heights neighborhood.

In an e-mail dated Jan. 2 to retiring Ward D City Councilman William Gaughan, Fitzgerald described the hellish daily walk to his son?s day care center.

?This morning has hit a tipping point that needs to be addressed,? Fitzgerald begins. ?I walked my son over to his daycare today [in the Heights] and the level of garbage everywhere was deplorable! It was as if we live in a Third World country. I mean bags and bags of garbage strewn in the streets and the sidewalks, plus there is dog feces everywhere! The quality of life is getting worse by the day. I know there is street cleaning twice a week, but if you follow the trucks, they barely clean at all and garbage just gets flung around?Something needs to be done, I implore you, please! I hate walking my children through this every day.?

Gaughan responded on Jan. 10, stating, ?I am in contact regularly with [Jersey City Incinerator Authority Director Oren] Dabney with regard to trash problems. It will be brought to his attention.?

Fitzgerald and his wife, Cyndi Fitzgerald, responded later that day, thanking Gaughan for his time.
?Can we please correct this issue?? ? John Lynch
But they continued the e-mail by further complaining about the filth in their community, noting that ?all the way down past 59 Webster Ave. to the corner of Webster and Hutton there is a grand total of one public garbage can. One. Do you think people generally have no concern for the neighborhood and freely leave their dog feces everywhere. Yes. But even if they pick it up, there is nowhere to put garbage. Are you going to carry three pounds of dog crap five blocks? Probably not. There are hundreds of apartments/homes on this road and the incinerator department set us an e-mail that they gave out six warnings. They sent the e-mail like it was impressive. ?We gave out six warnings?? Really? Hundreds of dwellings, crap everywhere, garbage blowing up and down the street and the answer? Six warnings.?

At the beginning of March, Fitzgerald contacted Gaughan by e-mail again. In an e-mail dated March 5, he wrote, ?I have not seen a hair of improvement in this neighborhood. In fact, it may be worse.?

Fed up by March 7, Fitzgerald contacted the Reporter. A day earlier, on March 6, he had also reached out to Ward C City Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, whose ward includes a portion of the Heights community.

?That is the No. 1 complaint I receive,? Lopez said recently, referring to the city?s dirty streets.

In an interview last year, Dabney said, ?All main thorough-streets are swept six times per week, and all secondary streets are swept four times per week, twice on each side. For example Tuesday and Friday we?ll do the north side and Monday and Thursday we?ll do the south side. Street sweeping takes place citywide and is broken down into 11 routes.?

In addition to the street sweeping schedule, Dabney added that the JCIA also responds to residential complaints each day regarding trash, both on city-owned and private property.

?Our Division of Environmental Compliance inspectors are assigned to different areas throughout the city,? said Dabney. ?They take pictures and monitor locations such as abandoned properties, common areas, vacant lots, graffiti, and other violators who don?t maintain properties. From that point our Division of Property Maintenance responds by removing litter, debris, vegetation, and graffiti from these locations.?

Those who fail to maintain vacant property can be fined.

Members of the Washington Park Association and the Riverview Neighborhood Association team up several times a year to hold their own community clean-up days to improve the appearance of streets in the Heights. A similar clean-up day that focused on commercial properties was held last summer along West Side Avenue. These efforts were all organized and spearheaded by residents who said they were fed up with the filth in their neighborhoods. At the behest of Ward B resident and activist Esther Wintner, the city did a power wash of West Side Avenue last summer.

Rocky road

More recently another Heights resident, John Lynch, has renewed his plea to get a rock wall repaired along Reservoir No. 3. His complaints to the city date back to July 2012.

Last summer, on July 10, Lynch noticed that a large rock had fallen from the stone wall and alerted the city. At the time he requested that the fallen rock be removed from the sidewalk and that the wall be inspected to see if it was safe.

Two days after raising his concerns, city engineer Chuck Lee asked the city?s Department of Public Works to ?move the stone away from the sidewalk area and assess the integrity of the wall. We will discuss our options afterward.?

That same day, Lee was informed that the rock had been removed and Assistant City Engineer Jeffrey Reeves suggested that the wall be inspected the week of July 16.

On March 17, Lee wrote an e-mail to Rosemary McFadden, chief of staff to Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, DPW Director Rodney Hadley, and John Hanussak, president of the Highland Avenue Neighborhood Association. In that e-mail, Lee stated: ?Our DPW crew removed the hazardous condition from the sidewalk last week and also determined that the wall was not in any imminent dangerous condition. Therefore, the Division of Engineering scheduled a structural integrity inspection for sometime during this week.?

Two weeks later an angry Lynch, however, wrote back saying the fallen rocks had not been removed. The rocks were finally removed after this second complaint.

Two weeks ago, Lynch was back at, it after he noticed that more rocks had fallen from the Reservoir No. 3 wall.

?Can we please correct this issue?? he wrote in an e-mail dated March 24. ?Obviously, whoever determined the wall is not a dangerous situation?is incorrect. Parents with children, seniors, and residents pass by this wall. If someone trips over a rock on the sidewalk, or a rock falls off the wall and someone gets injured, it is the city?s fault.?

As of April 3, this new round of fallen rocks had not been repaired.

STOP in the name of safety

Despite the experiences of Fitzgerald and Lynch, occasionally action is taken quickly to alleviate a problem.

Acting in her capacity as a private citizen, this reporter was able to get a stop sign replaced that had been removed earlier this year by PSE&G.

As part of some project that was never explained to the community, utility giant PSE&G last year ripped up several blocks of roadway along Pavonia Avenue in the Journal Square community. As a part of this work, the pavement at several street corners was also jackhammered and the stop sign at the corner of Pavonia Avenue and Garrison Avenue was removed. This one-way stop had regulated traffic on Garrison at the approach to Pavonia.

When PSE&G repaved the street corners, the one-way stop sign at Garrison and Pavonia was not replaced. Since there was no stop sign at this intersection on Pavonia, there was nothing at this corner to regulate traffic on either street, creating a serious safety hazard.

On March 25 this reporter contacted Rosemary McFadden, chief of staff to Mayor Healy; Ward C City Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, and Council members At-large Rolando Lavarro Jr., Viola Richardson, and Peter Brennan. McFadden immediately asked Chuck Lee and the city?s Engineering Department to address the problem, and council members Lavarro and Lopez also followed-up quickly.

Within four days, a stop sign was returned to this corner.

Posted on: 2013/4/7 17:08

Re: Jersey City safer and more fiscally sound, mayor Healy says in annual address
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Hey Mayor Healy, Some???? Actually Most of you promises were not fulfilled in the 8 years you have been Mayor. So there you have it Jersey City Resident's he proves why you should not vote him, he is not capable of keeping promises and running Jersey City. Why would anyone in right mind give him another 4 years to fail on fulfilling promises. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expected a different result!


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Jersey City's Mayor Healy admits some past promises haven't been fulfilled

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
February 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Included among the promises in last night?s State of the City address were acknowledgments of prior promises that were broken.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy last night noted that in 2012 he said he would merge the Jersey City Incinerator Authority and create a new Public Safety Department as cost-saving measures.

The latter proposal barely if ever got off the ground, while Healy?s allies on the City Council fought Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop?s efforts to merge the JCIA and DPW.

Asked last night whether voters should believe this year?s promises like his pledge to add 50 more cops to the beat when some of last year?s went unfulfilled, Healy said the city did its best.

?Those things last year didn?t work out,? he said, citing ?legal? problems that would have resulted from the proposals. ?We did our best to fulfill our promises and we?re going to continue to do that.?

The campaign of Ward E City Councilman Steve Fulop, who is challenging the mayor in the May 14 city election, pounced on the ?broken promises,? citing others, including a pledge in the 2011 State of the City address to have the historic Apple Tree House open by the end of last year. It remains closed to the public.

?The mayor has a history of making promises at these speeches that he has failed to deliver, from Journal Square still being vacant to empty promises on cost cutting that have caused property taxes to skyrocket over his term as mayor,? said Fulop campaign spokesman Bruno Tedeschi. ... ys_mayor_healy_admit.html

Posted on: 2013/2/22 16:59

Re: We seek a unified Jersey City, not a divided one
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Now that Dan is with Team Healy and seems to agree with every move they make, wouldn't one say he is now bought and paid for by Healy! If Healy was to win, Dan would isolated on the council with the Healy rubber stamps.


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thank you John and Candice, and I obviously agree.

So you'll be renouncing your spot on the Healy ticket then, Dan?

Oh - and Candice, Dan says you aren't qualified to run and if Dan says so, I guess that's it. Glad we got that squared away.

Posted on: 2013/2/19 4:46

Re: Dan is still Dan
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Now that Dan is with Team Healy and seems to agree with every move they make, wouldn't one say he is now bought and paid for by Healy! If Healy was to win, Dan would isolated on the council with the Healy rubber stamps.

Posted on: 2013/2/18 22:14

Re: Steve Fulop candidate for Jersey City Mayor announces anti-crime plan
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The mayoral campaign of Jersey City City Councilman Steve Fulop today revealed its plans to combat crime in New Jersey's second largest city.
Here is Steven Fulop's crime policy.
Will Healy and Walker publish a crime policy too? ... op_public_safety_plan.pdf

Posted on: 2013/2/7 4:41

Re: Jersey City election 2013: where the race stands
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Meanwhile while they try to dress Healy up for election time, he still looks sloppy and like a slob. I guess you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig!

Posted on: 2013/2/5 16:24

Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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On Central Ave between Hopkins & St Pauls Ave, along the #6 school parking lot there are a bucnch of large piles of dog shit, I'm hoping to see the owners of the dogs who don't pick up the shit, perhaps stick their face in it. It is disgusting!!

Posted on: 2013/2/5 16:22

Re: Two JC women robbed just hours apart near Light Rail station
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No matter how Mayor Healy tries to convince us that crime is down and not an issue he is incorrect. Where is the police presence he promised. What is happening with the eye in the sky? How is that gun buy back working? I guess another gun that was not turned in.
It just s**cks that you can't be coming home from work, or wherever you might be coming from without worrying about being robbed, or held up at gunpoint.

Posted on: 2013/1/23 19:56

Re: Street sweeping program to end in Jersey City Heights on Jan. 28
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The streets in the heights were getting clean?

Posted on: 2013/1/23 19:54

Re: Dan is still Dan
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Great point - ever since Dan joined Healy's ticket you have hardly heard anything from him...HMMMMMM!

{You certainly are unwilling to actually answer the tough and very real questions and you certainly have done nothing to show you are independent. Everything points to you willing to keep your mouth shut ever since you joined the ticket, which is incredibly sad}

Posted on: 2013/1/23 14:50

Re: Murder rate in Jersey City the lowest in four decades
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Mayor Healy will tell you crime is down according to statistics, and it is good there are less murders, however in an article I saw the other day it mentioned "Aggravated assault and burglary each went up"

Here is a sampling of crime issues, quite a few shootings may I add..guess they were not good enough shots to kill someone.

JC felon charged after trying to toss loaded gun
JC Carjacker flees car after seeing sleeping boys in back seat
Good Samaritan thwarts armed robbery at JC pizzeria
JCPD say 2 men attacked arresting officers after brutal beating of 49-year-old
NFL star Kenny Britt mum with cops after taking stabbing victim to hospital
Shots ring out, JC man, 20, suffers stomach wound
Kearny 14-year-old tells cops he was kidnapped, beaten, robbed in JC
JC man hit in face with gun during daylight robbery on Garfield Avenue
JCPD say 3 teen purse snatchers may have done second robbery nearby
New mother struck by stray bullet in JC, neighbor says
JC police say man punched and robbed by duo in Heights
Police investigating afternoon shooting on Myrtle Avenue in JC
Man is found shot dead in JC housing complex building
Driver gets mad, stabs passenger in fight over where to get dropped off
Police searching for man who stabbed JC resident
19-year-old shot in buttocks, Jersey City police say
JCPD say Bayonne man, 21,clubbed and stomped during sneaker theft
Man killed in Jersey City Near St. Peters College McGinley Square area
Elizabeth man stabbed while breaking up fight on JC street
Gunfire erupts during fight in Jersey City
Woman's BMW carjacked in Heights section of JC
Woman grazed by stray bullet in apparent Jersey City drive-by
Front door of Jersey City man's home blasted with gun after parking dispute:
JC bank robber gets $4,000 with 'Don't be a hero' note
Man's face slashed during robbery in DTJC

Posted on: 2013/1/15 1:03

Re: Jersey City mayor releases endorsements, launches website for 2013 reelection bid
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Why is there no mention on his Website or Endorsements from:

Disgraced former Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini is now prisoner No. 30118-050

Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega Jr. sentenced to 30 months in federal prison

Jersey City Councilman Philip Kenny gets one year for corruption

Healy Political consultant Jack Shaw found dead in Jersey City. Shaw was charged by the FBI with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right. He allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars from a purported developer (?CW?) in exchange for exploiting his ?very good relationship? with an unnamed Jersey City official later revealed to be Mayor Jerramiah Healy (?Official 4″) on projects CW was pursuing. Some of the money Shaw allegedly accepted was to have been turned over to Healy?s reelection campaign.

Posted on: 2012/9/5 4:55

Re: The Gloves are off between Mayor Healy and Steven Fulop
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You must remember the man is delusional all the drinking has caught up to him as he thinks he is doing a great job.

Healy Legacy - Skyrocketing Taxes, Crime Issues, Filthy Streets, Atrocious Roads, Failed Education System, Corruption, Patronage, Cronyism, Failed Administration.

Council Members, Directors, Deputy Mayors have either gone to jail or are currently in jail.

One Word describes Healy - FAILURE!!!!!

Posted on: 2012/8/24 4:47

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Come join us tomorrow at The Distillery Gallery & Artspace 7 Hutton Street, Jersey City, NJ for the fundraiser for Councilman Steven Fulop, our next Mayor as we, the citizens of Jersey City, make the change we give become the change we need!

Posted on: 2012/7/13 13:52

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The Distillery Gallery- Wine Tasting - Saturday July, 14, 2012 Purchase Tickets in advance - $20.00
Please Contact Shawn ?Sully? 201-710-0456 -
Make checks payable to ?The Election Fund of Team Fulop?

Posted on: 2012/7/9 22:45

Fourth and Final Public Safety Meeting Set For Tonight
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Jersey City will be holding the fourth and final public safety meeting tonight, Monday, April 30th at P.S. #28 (167 Hancock Avenue) at 6pm. The meeting comes as part of a citywide effort to better address the public?s very vocal concern over crime. The second meeting, held at the Ocean Avenue Baptist Church, sought to reassure residents that police service is provided throughout the city equally.

The public will have an opportunity to meet members of the Police Department?s Community Response Team, the unit responsible for handling public complaints on issues ranging from crime to quality of life. Police Chief Comey will be on hand to answer questions from residents.

?These meetings are an opportunity for the public to express their concerns and issues and for them to meet with the newly-appointed detectives who are leading the Community Response Teams in their communities? said Mayor Jerramiah Healy in a statement. ?We know that the last meeting held at City Hall was a positive interaction with the community and are hoping that the public takes advantage of this meeting so that we can work as partners to continue to improve the quality of life in our communities.?

Posted on: 2012/4/30 15:43

Re: Town Hall Crime Meeting Monday, April 30 at 6PM at PS School 28 - 167 Hancock Ave
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Well said CapnJon

Posted on: 2012/4/30 15:42

Town Hall Crime Meeting Monday, April 30 at 6PM at PS School 28 - 167 Hancock Ave
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Jersey City is hosting a town hall on public safety Monday night at School 28, the fourth in a series of meetings called to address complaints about city crime.

The first of the four meetings was held on March 1, after weeks of complaints from a group of residents that city officials were ignoring their belief that crime in Jersey City is on the rise.

At previous meetings, Mayor Jerramiah Healy and Police Chief Tom Comey have said the city has implemented some series to address fears of crime, which include sending police detectives regularly to local community meetings and implementing an online police blotter so residents can track arrests.

The meeting will begin Monday at 6 p.m. at School 28, 167 Hancock Ave., in The Heights.

Posted on: 2012/4/28 14:53

Re: should Jersey City create and implement on-street bicycle lanes?
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We need to start by paving our roads, they are atrocious. They are dangerous enough driving an automobile on them with all the potholes and torn up roads, how are you suppose to be safe riding a bike on them. Nice job by the clueless Healy administration. They drive on the JC roads too, you think they would have to common sense to realize how bad they are to drive on.

Posted on: 2012/4/23 15:01

Re: Rally Against Crime City Hall Chambers Council Meeting February 8th @ 6PM
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Crime Rally, Filling the Council Chambers? Pews and Lining the Back Wall, Gets City?s Attention

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A man holding a sign calling for Business Administrator Jack Kelly to be fired walked back and forth across the council chambers. Another man held a sign claiming Mayor Jerramiah Healy ?Just Don?t Care.? But of the posters at the meeting ? there was another that said Jersey City residents live in fear ? what stood out most was the image of a pastor who had been brutally assaulted outside his home. In the photo one of his eyes is forced close from bruising, while his cheek, which was broken, bulges out.

The rally, which was planned last week, coalesced out of a growing discussion of the city?s crime ? lately the province of on-line discussions such as Facebook?s Political Insider and e-mail threads ? and brought over 100 concerned residents out in sharp rebuke of Mayor Jerramiah Healy?s assertion that crime statistics ? numbers that have been trending downward over the past few years on paper ? ?speak for themselves.? But for most of the thirty or so speakers who took a turn at the microphone during the Council meeting?s public hearing, almost each resident shared a different story about crime in the city ? their own or a neighbor?s, something that happened to a relative or a friend ? and all of them close to home.

The statistics, said each of the speakers, did not fit with real world experience, and some of these residents, such as William Braker, a former Hudson County Freeholder and retired Jersey City police lieutenant, are in a better position than most to judge.

Calling the Greenville Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood ?under siege,? Braker said he was concerned about almost daily ?random acts of violence prevalent? in the neighborhood. The answer, he argued, boils down to visibility and enforcement. In fact, Jersey City?s police department is proportionally larger than many major cities, he explained. The norm, he says, is to have a 1:400 ratio of police officers to resident. Jersey City, with 802 officers, is closer to 1:300. Rather, it?s how these police officers are deployed.

?My professional expertise tells me we need [more] foot patrols,? he said.

He then slammed the city for not making public safety its highest priority by pointing to the budget, which he called ? basically a statement of priorities. I guarantee you that if I saw the municipal budget I could find various items far less important than public safety.?

It?s why John Lynch, a resident who was pivotal in garnering attention for the rally and a longtime critic of Healy, asked the administration, which had previously downplayed concerns, ?Why else would so many people be here tonight if we don?t have crime issue? The fact of the matter is we don?t feel safe.?

The conversation also steered towards how best to replace the police officers the city expects to lose through retirement both this year and next. According to Jerry DeCicco, the president of the Police Officer Benevolent Association, the city might lose as many as 100 officers this year, a number the city contends as speculative.

Regardless of the number, training police typically has a 9-month turnaround between background checks and police academy, a problem exacerbated by the Healy Administration?s decision to eliminate the Jersey City police academy, added DeCicco. City officials, however, say they will be able to get qualified officers via the Rice Bill, a law that allows rookie police officers who were laid off for economic reasons to skip re-taking the civil service exam or repeat the police academy.

Council President Peter Brennan, taking heat for the manner in which he fought to retain his council presidency, said he would plan a meeting with the police chief to find out what the ?802 officers out there? are doing. ?Where is this police presence?? he asked.

Since I took office in 2004, crime has dropped significantly. We made it our top priority to hire police officers and utilize all of the resources available to make our city safer. Those efforts are borne out in our crime stats, which are certified by the State Police and the FBI and which show crime has dropped 33 percent in Jersey City from 2004 to 2011.

But Healy stands by his commitment to public safety and maintains that the problem isn?t one of wrong priorities.

?Last year, when almost every other large city in the state and the nation was forced to lay off police officers ? and as a result saw crime spike ? we went to great lengths to negotiate with our police unions to realize concessions without the loss of a single police officer,? said Healy. ?However, we have lost a significant number of police officers due to retirements. We know that public safety will always be issue number one for our residents, as it is for us. That is why I have instructed Chief Comey to immediately look at ways to re-deploy additional uniform officers in marked cars to the areas in greatest need. We will also continue to seek funding from our state and federal government to hire additional police officers. However, our residents should know that Jersey City is one of the safest large cities in New Jersey and continues to become safer every single day.?

One of the catalysts for the meeting can be traced back to a photo of a car resting on cinder blocks in a driveway absent all of its wheels that circulated among numerous citizen-activists and called into question the perception of crime versus its reality, and just how accurately those statistics can ?speak for themselves.?

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Posted on: 2012/2/10 16:25

Re: Rally Against Crime City Hall Chambers Council Meeting February 8th @ 6PM
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Our Chief of Police in the enclosed article has stated that Jersey City does not have a crime problem. I urge all JC residents to attend the Crime Rally At the Council Meeting On Wednesday, Feb. 8th At 6pm..Feel free to bring posters. If you want to speak sign up to get on the speakers list. Call the city clerk?s office at (201) 547-5150 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 to be added to the speakers? list. ... ce=lead_story_left_column

Residents concerned about crime hope to flood City Hall Wednesday with hundreds of demonstrators.

Residents who believe the city has a crime problem hope to flood this week?s council meeting with hundreds of protesters in an effort to pressure city officials to allocate more resources to the Police Department and programs for youth who are too often the victims and perpetrators of violence.

Over the last few years, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey have often pointed to crime stats to prove that violent crimes are at a historic low and the city is safer now than it has ever been. Despite the statistics, many residents say they feel unsafe on the streets and in their own homes and point to anecdotal evidence to suggest that many crimes go unreported. The dispute over numbers aside, residents are angry that Healy and members of the City Council haven?t done more to address what they see as a crime problem.

?Jersey City has a crime problem,? said resident Dina Schwartz, the victim of a purse snatching in 2009. ?No one wants to call it that. They don?t admit there?s a problem, which is why I think it isn?t being handled. You have to admit you have a problem before you can do something about it.?

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Chief Comey said the city does not have a crime problem. He said some residents perceive there?s a problem, when in fact they are influenced by high-profile crimes that are covered in the local media.

?We?ve been completely transparent with people and we try to educate them about what the numbers are,? said Comey. ?Every single month, as soon as the state police certify our Uniform Crime Report numbers, we put them on our web site. But when I go to a block association meeting, I?ll ask, ?How many homicides were there last year?? Nobody knows the answer. They?ll come up with an off-the wall-number, and when we educate them on the accurate numbers they?re amazed.?
?When you don?t have a visible police force, people do not feel safe.? ? Jerry DeCicco
Last year, there were 13 homicides, down from 22 the year before.

Comey admits the department has had to do more with less, a fact that residents and some police officers believe has allowed crime in the city to spike.

There are currently 801 police officers in the JCPD. Over the last two years 98 officers have been cut, according to Jerry DeCicco, president of the Police Officers Benevolent Association.

?Having 98 fewer officers on the street has had a direct relationship to the crime,? DeCicco insists. ?There is no visible police force out on the street anymore. You have to cut back somewhere. There have been less bicycle patrols on the streets. There are fewer scooter patrols. There are fewer walking posts. We?ve had to reduce our community presence.?

The department, he added, could lose roughly 100 officers by November due to retirement. Another 85 officers will be eligible for retirement by July 2013.

?When you don?t have a visible police force, people do not feel safe,? DeCicco said, adding that Chief Comey is a ?very good coach, a good leader. But the administration has given us zero resources.?

30-year low v. ?underreporting?

Mayor Healy has often taken issue with such assessments.

While the overall size of the department has decreased over the last two years, another 82 officers who were slated to be laid off in 2011 were retained, thanks to a deal between the city and the POBA.

The city has also upgraded its police and fire dispatch operations, investing more than $16 million on a new, centralized dispatch headquarters.

In 2005 and again last summer, the city sponsored two gun buyback programs, dubbed Operation Lifesaver and Operation Lifesaver II, that collectively took about 1,000 firearms off the streets.

Statistically, crime in Jersey City is on a downward trend and both violent and non-violent crimes are at a 30-year low.

But one police officer who did not want to be identified admitted that not every crime is reported and claimed that many nonviolent offenses aren?t tracked in the city?s official crime statistics. Stories from residents bear this out.

Last November, Journal Square resident Akisia Grigsby caught a man and woman having sex in her backyard.

?I called the police after I heard the woman scream. They showed up about an hour later,? said Grigsby, whose 13-year-old son was home at the time and saw part of the incident. ?Of course, by then, the woman was gone and the man [who lives nearby] had gone back in his house. I know where he lives and told the police officers I?d point out his house. But they were nonchalant and said, ?Well, we don?t think you really want us to question your neighbor. That?ll just cause problems between you and your neighbor.? They told me they can?t handle all the calls that they get. That alarmed me. That made it clear they don?t have enough police. They didn?t even take a report.?

Her mother, who owns a salon and recently installed a buzzer to admit customers, has called the police about drug dealing near her business, to no avail.

?Acknowledge the problem?

Residents who are angry about crime hope their Wednesday rally will pressure the City Council and Healy administration to prioritize crime-fighting initiatives in the municipal budget. The timing is ripe for such a demand. The administration is currently drafting its 2012 municipal budget, a spending plan that could be introduced next month.

Over the years, the city has had to cut the municipal budget through furloughs and attrition, to address a structural deficit. The city?s 2011 budget was $490 million.

?I don?t want to micromanage the Jersey City Police Department. I don?t think that?s our job,? said resident Esther Wintner, whose son was robbed outside his home last week. ?I want our leaders to acknowledge that there is a problem, acknowledge that people are afraid, and then take action to get the police the resources they need to effectively fight crime in this city.?

Rally organizers also plan to ask the city?s leaders to allocate more resources for youth programs to keep idle teens off the streets.

?Right now, there?s nothing here that gives kids a sense of self,? said resident and parent Delores Black. ?Kids need outlets where they can go and learn to think creatively, so they?re thinking about something beyond walking around the block or taking the bus to Journal Square.?

Some residents who plan to attend Wednesday?s rally might also advocate for auxiliary police personnel, the launch of a Volunteers in Policing program, and community policing pilots, among other suggestions, organizers said last week.

The Feb. 8 City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at City Hall, located at 280 Grove St. Members of the public who wish to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting must call the city clerk?s office at (201) 547-5150 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 to be added to the speakers? list.

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Concerned Residents Plan Crime Rally At Council Meeting On Wednesday, Feb. 8th At 6pm
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Concerned Residents Plan Crime Rally At Council Meeting On Wednesday, Feb. 8th At 6pm

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The same group of activist-residents who called attention to perceptions of high crime in Jersey City last week is holding a rally at the next City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 8th to protest what the group sees as insufficient action on the part of the city. The renewed concern comes after the wheels were stolen off of a neighbor?s car that had been parked in a driveway. The organizers of the rally have long criticized Mayor Jerramiah Healy, and have gone so far as to start a recall campaign.

Healy took issue with the reporting of that piece (written by this very same journalist) and wrote a letter in response outlining the city?s actions since he?s taken office.

Meanwhile: elsewhere in the city, other concerned residents have taken to the streets to form neighborhood block watch groups. The action, which will have a representative from the Jersey City Police Department on hand, will help citizens partner with the police to let would-be criminals know people are watching.

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Posted on: 2012/2/2 19:30

Re: Rally Against Crime City Hall Chambers Council Meeting February 8th @ 6PM
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ExUWSguy - Lucky you..I live over by Pershing Field..there have been quite a few incidents...Deli on Beacon and Central held up at gun point as was the Getty Station on Central and State Hwy...both separate incidents.

A woman was mugged on Prospect and Central at knife-point last week. Two houses over the summer broken into on Jefferson Ave.

Here are some other incidents too:

Robbers grab Jersey City teen by neck, take $400 in items

Jersey City man tries to grab gun from robber before chasing him in car

Robbers ask St. Peter's College student for time, then snatch cell phone

Jersey City man was robbed at gunpoint by two men Monday night

Four assault, shoot at Jersey City man to steal his boots

Posted on: 2012/1/31 20:21

Re: Rally Against Crime City Hall Chambers Council Meeting February 8th @ 6PM
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In Your Home?
On The Streets?
In Jersey City?
"Take Action Get Involved!
STOP CRIME........

280 Grove Street, 2nd Floor 6PM (arrive @5:30PM)

NOTE: to get on the speakers list:
Contact/City Clerk's Office (201)547-5150
BY: 4PM Feb.7thFor additional info contact:

Posted on: 2012/1/31 17:40

Rally Against Crime City Hall Chambers Council Meeting February 8th @ 6PM
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Posted on: 2012/1/30 17:47

Team Healy is failing city: Letter
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Did you see the front page of The Jersey Journal ("3 Slain in 1 Night")? The Healy administration must step up on public safety. Where is the mayor on this? We have not heard a word from him calling these murders unacceptable in Jersey City. We need outside help, bring in the National Guard, State Police -- do something, mayor, to make the residents feel safe. No matter how you tout your statistics, Jersey City residents do not feel safe.
It is amazing how Mayor Healy and his captive council have money to provide benefits to a volunteer board that meets once a month. They have money for their take home cars. They have money to give Kevin Lyons a raise. They have money for Steve Lipski. There is always money for families, friends, cronies on the payroll. They have money for cultural affairs and parades. But they have no money for public safety!
Mayor Healy keeps talking about the New Great Depression, and yes, these are economically challenging times, however, the Healy administration has run City Hall long enough to have addressed the economic challenges we are facing. In fact, they created the mess we are in, spending money we don't have.
Jersey City should be the economic engine of the state with the major corporations we have there, along with being right across the river from NYC. Team Healy and his appointees are clueless when it comes to raising revenue.
For example, we have major hotels, good colleges, a nice waterfront -- and they can't figure out how to raise revenue. There is a shortage of taxi cabs in Jersey City. Sell taxi medallions. Just adding 20 cabs, selling medallions for $100,000, would raise $2 million.
I have been at many council meetings and residents also provided great ideas towards raising revenue, saving tax dollars, suggestions on budget issues, and this administration ignores them.
Where is all the money from the abatements? Why has it not been reinvested into Jersey City?
We can only hope people decide not to vote for the two people Healy endorsed. Ray "don't take away my car and perks" Velazquez and Kalimah "I'm an independent thinker" Ahmad. We have yet to see one independent thought; they both have been rubber stamps.
David Donnelly, who won his election, still has not come through on his campaign promises -- a desk by desk audit and cameras on West Side Avenue.
So we need to elect intelligent, smart-thinking individuals. Otherwise, Jersey City is doomed.
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Posted on: 2011/7/19 4:19

Council Meeting - 03/23/2011 What is Peter Brennan trying to hide?
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What is Jersey City Council President Peter Brennan trying to hide.
In the first ten seconds of this video, Brennan leans over and says...
"Esther Wintner doesn't know.......""Esther Wintner doesn't know if it's true...
Can anyone understand what he said?

Esther has many times spoke at council meeting, standing up for the residents of Jersey City, questioning how they spend our tax dollars.

Posted on: 2011/4/17 17:03

Re: Civic Rally on 12/15 at City Hall
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Posted on: 2010/12/13 2:58

Re: Jersey City announces plans to lay off 82 cops; talks with police union collapse
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Residents of Jersey City - Attend the Rally tomorrow at Healy's Fund Raiser at Puccini's Restaurant RALLY TO "STOP THE LAYOFFS" with the Police Union. Starts at 4PM!

The Recall Team will be there too to support the Police.

Now wake up JC Residents, you have been giving a second chance to get rid of this incompetent, self-serving team..Support, Join the Recall Movement.

Here is the contact information:
Phone: (201) 855 4606
You can also go to for more information.

Do something, get involved rather than just be a keyboard commando!

Posted on: 2010/12/2 1:51

Re: Jersey City council candidate's home vandalized
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Healy and his team keep touting crime is at a 30 year delusional are they?
This is every reason why not to vote for David Donnelly, he is part of Team Healy.
David Donnelly is the Machine Candidate for Ward B, loyalties are to Healy and the Machine.
He has long been associated and worked for Mayor Healy and the Administration, he was appointed out of patronize.
David Donnelly is everything what is wrong with the current administration and it patronizing ways.
David Donnelly voted to keep paying benefits for the volunteer workers who meet once a month with most, if not all of them being from someones family for Healy to his Captive Council.
David Donnelly uses a city car, rather trying to set an example and give up the car which is also used for personal use and cost the taxpayers of Jersey City.
David Donnelly also voted the Team Healy way on over 80 million dollars of bonds which will come out of the Jersey City residents pockets.
Now they want to cut the police bidget by 8 million, we need our police.
Jersey City cannot continue with the Healy agenda running Jersey City, we must remove this young Healy from the council.
Residents of Ward B, come out and VOTE FOR ESTHER WINTNER 10E on Tuesday November 2nd.

Posted on: 2010/11/2 14:35

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