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SF, never mind...I just read the post. Oy vey!

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You might want to call it something else....

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I second that!!!

Call the city clerk at (201) 547-5150 to put your name on the list to speak. If you are on the list you don't HAVE to speak, but if you don't call, you'll lose that option.

Another reason to attend -- you never know exacly who (ahem!) may show up to bash the ordinance.

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Who is (ahem!) ?

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I second that!!!

Call the city clerk at (201) 547-5150 to put your name on the list to speak. If you are on the list you don't HAVE to speak, but if you don't call, you'll lose that option.

Another reason to attend -- you never know exacly who (ahem!) may show up to bash the ordinance.

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JCLIST "Bum Rush" of City Hall tonight.

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Open Call --

JCLIST "Bum Rush" of City Hall tonight.

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Bump, excellent, thank you!

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It is not too late!
You can call on the day of the city council meeting, Wednesday, to sign up to speak.

City Clerk - (201) 547-5150.

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even if you can't speak you should still go and show support.

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I and several people I know did not realize that we must put our names on a list by today in order to speak tomorrow.

Is it still possible to get on the list or speak?

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If you haven't called the councilman and Mayor, call today, Tuesday, Jan 23rd,whatever your take on the Pay to Play Reform initiative to let your voice be heard

If you are able to attend please show up early as reading will be first item on agenda at 6PM


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Councilman Steven Fulop, Ward E has announced that he will introduce a Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance at the January 10, 2006 meeting of the City Council.

The proposed ordinance, endorsed and supported by Civic JC would ban political contributions to local candidates and political parties from developers and their professionals.

New Jersey law grants local officials tremendous authority to make permanent and long reaching decisions in the redevelopment process including the taking of private land through eminent domain, irrevocably changing the use and zoning of land, and awarding tax abatements and other financial incentives. Redevelopment agreements have a profound impact on the quality of life of Jersey City citizens and the financial future of the city. It is critical that this powerful process be protected from the undue influence of political and campaign contributions. We hope to sever the link between redevelopment agreements and political contributions.

Please contact and express your support for the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance. We ask that you contact your ward councilperson, the three at large council members and Mayor Healy by email and / or fax. We have provided below, both email and fax numbers along with a sample message that can be cut and pasted into an email to send.

Thank you for your time, effort and concern.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy: MayorHealy@jcnj.org, Fax: (201) 547-4288

Council President Mariano Vega: mariano@jcnj.org
Councilman at Large Peter Brennan: brennanp@jcnj.org
Councilwoman at Large Willie Flood: floodw@jcnj.org

Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano: sottolanom@jcnj.org
Ward B Councilwoman Mary Spinello: spinellom@jcnj.org
Ward C Councilman Steve Lipski: lipskis@jcnj.org
Ward D Councilman William Gaughan: bgaughan@hudsoncountynj.org
Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop: fulops@jcnj.org
Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson: richardsonv@jcnj.org

Sample correspondence:

Dear [ ] :

I support the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance being put forth by Councilman Steven Fulop and endorsed by Civic JC.

While redevelopment can bring about positive changes in our city, there is a tremendous potential for abuse, corruption and conflict of interest throughout the process.

The proposed ordinance bans political contributions to local candidates and political parties by developers seeking redevelopment agreements. The main purpose of the law is to protect the integrity of the redevelopment process which is powerful and an irrevocable.

Please introduce and approve the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance.

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Bump,so as to prove i am still civic minded and not totally engrossed in the board war with NWA.Now get off this thread and back on the NWA thread,we got a record to break.

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The proposed ordinance was not on the agenda for the Jan 10 councilmeeting. Council President Vega advised that he referred it to the Corporation Council for review and that it would then be placed on the January 24th agenda.

For those who have not done so already, please show support and contact your council person, the three at large and Mayor Healy.

Thank you, Dan

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Bump for concision on this issue (and one more voice asking for a copy of Healy's comments/interview).

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i posted this on the other thread regarding the pay to play ordinance so i'll do it here too.

Todays JJ has a letter to the editor from Mayor Healy disagreeing with Fulops ban on Pay to Play.
Can someone please post this letter?It's not online so you have to get the printed version.I don't know how or i would.

Lastly why can't we keep one thread going on this subject so as not to dilute the importance of of the ordinance.

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i posted this on the other thread regarding the pay to play ordinance so i'll do it here too.

Todays JJ has a letter to the editor from Mayor Healy disagreeing with Fulops ban on Pay to Play.
Can someone please post this letter?It's not online so you have to get the printed version.I don't know how or i would.

Lastly why can't we keep one thread going on this subject so as not to dilute the importance of of the ordinance.

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Thanks to Sam Stoia of HPNA for this info below:

The following is the proposed Pay to Play ordinance for your review:

AN ORDINANCE IMPLEMENTING CAMPAIGN REFORM FOR REDEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS WITHIN THE City of Jersey City

SECTION I. Chapter X, Section XX, entitled "Redevelopment Campaign Reform "is hereby added to the Municipal Code of the City of Jersey City to read as follows:

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REDEVELOPMENT PAY-TOPLAY REFORM

Subsection XXXX.1 Prohibition of entering into or amending redevelopment agreements with certain contributors.

(a) Any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, any redevelopment entity designated by the City Council excluding the City of Jersey City Housing Authority (the "Redevelopment Entity"), shall not enter into an agreement, amend an agreement, or otherwise contract with any Redeveloper for the planning, replanning, construction or undertaking of any redevelopment project, including the acquisition or leasing of any public property in conjunction with the redevelopment of any area within the City of Jersey City, pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, if that Redeveloper has made any contribution of money or pledge of a contribution, Including in-kind contributions, during the applicable time period as specified below, to a campaign committee of any candidate for City of Jersey City Municipal office or holder of Municipal public office (at the time the contribution was made),having responsibility for arranging, entering into, or approving the
redevelopment agreement, or for appointing those who enter into the agreement on behalf of the Redevelopment Entity or the City, or; to any County or Municipal party organization, or election committee (excluding election committees of non-municipal elected officials and candidates for non-municipal offices) which regularly engages in the support of municipal elections and/or municipal parties or which engages in the support of City of Jersey City Municipal campaigns. For the purposes of this section, the "applicable time period" shall be i.) for redevelopment areas which have been determined and the redevelopment process begun prior to the Effective Date of this ordinance the time period between the date on which the Redevelopment Entity first seeks Request For Qualifications ("RFQ) from potential developers to redevelop the property and the date of entering into the redevelopment agreement, or the twelve (12) months prior to entering into the agreement, whichever is longer; or ii.) for proposed redevelopment areas considered subsequent to the Effective Date of this ordinance form the time period between the date the property (ies) which are the subject of the proposed redevelopment area are included in a memorializing resolution adopted by the governing body directing the Planning Board to Conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if the sites (s) are in need of redevelopment and the date of entering into a redevelopment

agreement, or twelve (12) months prior to entering into a redevelopment agreement, Whichever is shorter.

(b) All redevelopment agreements or amendments thereto entered into by a Redevelopment Entity shall contain a provision prohibiting Redevelopers as defined in section (c) from soliciting or making any contribution of money or pledge of a contribution including in-kind contributions, to any candidate for City of Jersey City municipal office or holder of municipal public office (at the time the contribution is made) having responsibility for arranging, entering into, or approving the redevelopment agreement, or for appointing those who enter into the redevelopment agreements or; to any City of Jersey City political organization or political campaign committee, or to a Hudson County Party Organization, any committee or, election committee (excluding election committees of non-municipal elected officials and candidate for non-municipal office) which regularly engages in the support of City of Jersey City municipal campaigns between the time the City or the Redevelopment Entity first receives a proposal from a prospective Redeveloper and the later of the termination of negotiations with the prospective Redeveloper or the completion of all matters specified in the redevelopment agreement. Any Redeveloper making a contribution in contradiction of the herein required contract provision shall be in breach of the Redevelopment Agreement.

(c) As defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-3, ( the "Act") a "Redeveloper" means any person, firm, corporation partnership or limited liability company that shall enter into or propose to Enter into a contract with the City or its designated Redevelopment Entity for the Redevelopment or rehabilitation of an area in need of redevelopment, or an area in need of rehabilitation , or any part thereof, under the provisions of the Act, or for any construction or other work forming part of a redevelopment or rehabilitation project. For purposes of this ordinance the definition of a Redeveloper includes an individual, including an individual's spouse, an any non-emancipated child living at the same address; firm; corporation; professional corporation; partnership; organization or association, including all principals who own ten percent (10%) or more of the equity in the corporation or business trust, partners and officers employed by the entity as well as nay subsidiaries directly controlled by the Redeveloper, and excluding sub-contractors or subsidiaries in which Redeveloper has a ten (10%) percent or more ownership interest.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the office that is considered to have responsibility for arranging and entering into the under the Act shall be:

1. The City of Jersey City Municipal Council (the "Council") ifthe Council has designated itself as the redevelopment entity, the redevelopment Agreement requires approval or appropriation from the Council or a public officer who is responsible for arranging and entering into the redevelopment agreement if that public officer is appointed by Council; or

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2. The Mayor of City of Jersey City if the redevelopment agreement requires the approval of the Mayor or a public officer who is responsible for arranging and entering into the redevelopment agreement if that public officer is appointed by the mayor; or

3. A designated redevelopment entity, if the redevelopment agreement requires the approval of the redevelopment entity.

Section XXXX.2. Contributions made prior to the effective date.

No contribution of money or any other thing of value, including in-kind contributions, made by a Redeveloper to any of the candidates, office holders, or entities described in Subsection 2- 95.1 (a) and (b) shall be deemed a violation of this ordinance nor shall an agreement for redevelopment projects of any kind whatsoever be disqualified thereby If that contribution or agreement was made by the Redeveloper prior to the effective date of this section.

Section XXXX.3. Notice given by Municipality; Sworn Statement of Redeveloper.

(a) It shall be the municipality's continuing responsibility to give notice of this Section when the municipality gives notice of redevelopment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6 and when the municipality adopts a resolution directing the planning board to prepare a redevelopment plan and at the time that the municipality adopts the ordinance to implement the development plan.

(b) Prior to arranging a redevelopment agreement being approved by the Redevelopment Entity or the City with any Redeveloper, the City or redevelopment Entity shall receive a sworn statement from the Redeveloper that the Redeveloper has not made any contribution in violation of this ordinance. Furthermore, the Redeveloper shall have a continuing duty to report any violations of this ordinance that may occur during the pendency of the redevelopment agreement, and until all specified terms of the agreement have been completed.

Section XXXX.4. Contribution Restrictions and Disclosure
Requirement Applicability to Consultants.

(a) The contribution and disclosure requirements in this Ordinance shall apply to all Redevelopers as well as professionals, as defined in N.J.S.A 40A:11-1 et seq., consultants or lobbyists contracted or employed by the Redeveloper ultimately designated as the Redeveloper to provide services related to the:

1. Lobbying of municipal government officials in connection with the examination of an area and its designation as an area in need of redevelopment or in connection with the preparation, consultation and adoption of the redevelopment plan;

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2. Obtaining the designation or appointment as Redeveloper;

3. Negotiating the terms of a redevelopment agreement or any amendments or modifications Thereto; and/or

4. The performance of professional services in completing the terms of the redevelopment professional; it being understood that nothing herein shall be interpreted to include tradesmen, craftsmen, or other persons licensed in
connection with performing construction or construction related services (e.g. electricians, plumbers, etc.) in this prohibition.

(b) It shall be a violation of this ordinance, and shall require immediate termination of the consultant's contract, for a consultant to violate the contribution limits or fail to disclose a contribution as required in this Ordinance.

(c) A redeveloper who participates in, or facilitates, the circumvention of the contribution restrictions through consultants or professionals shall be deemed to be in Violation of this Ordinance.

(d) All redevelopment agreements or amendments thereto shall include a provision proving for the enforcement of the consultant's termination in the event of violation of this ordinance.

Section XXXX.5. Return of Excess Contributions

If a Redeveloper inadvertently makes a contribution that would otherwise bar it from entering Into a redevelopment contract under the terms of this Ordinance, or makes a contribution during the duration of a redevelopment contract in violation of this Ordinance, the Redeveloper may notify the Municipal Council in writing of the contribution and request a full refund from the municipal candidate or municipal or county political party or election committee referenced in this ordinance and, if such reimbursement is received by the Redeveloper within thirty (30) days after the date on which the applicable ELEC report is published, the Redeveloper would again be eligible to receive a redevelopment contract or would no longer be in violation of this ordinance and/or terms of the redevelopment contract, as appropriate.

Section XXXX.6 Penalty.

(a) It shall be a breach of the redevelopment agreement for a Redeveloper to: (i) make or solicit a contribution for an entity described in subsection 2-95.1 (a) and (b); (ii) knowingly conceal or misrepresent a contribution given or received; (iii) make or solicit contributions through intermediaries for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting the source of the contribution; (iv) make or solicit any contribution on the condition or with the agreement that it will be contributed to a campaign committee of any candidate of holder of the public office of City of Jersey City ; (v) engage or employ a lobbyist or consultant with the intent or understanding that such lobbyist or consultant would make


4 Or solicit any contribution, which if made or solicited by the Redeveloper itself, would subject that entity to the restrictions of this ordinance; (vi) fund contributions made by third parties, including consultants, attorneys, family members, and employees; (vii) engage in any exchange of contributions to circumvent the intent of this ordinance; or (viii) directly or indirectly, though or by any other person or means, do any act which would subject that entity to the restrictions of this ordinance.

(b) All redevelopment agreements and amendments thereto shall provide that the or it designated Redevelopment Entity shall have the authority to impose such fine and penalties, up to and including termination in the event of a breach of the Redevelopment Agreement.

(c) Furthermore, any Redeveloper who violates subsections (a)ii-vii of section 2-95.6 above Shall be disqualified from eligibility for future City of Jersey City redevelopment agreements for a period of four (4) calendar years from the date of the violation.

Section XXXX.7 This ordinance shall be effective
(the "Effective Date").

Section XXXX.8 The provisions of this Ordinance shall be severable. In the event that any portion of this Ordinance is found to be invalid for any reason by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be limited in its effect only to that portion of the Ordinance actually adjudged invalid and shall not be deemed to affect the operation of any other portion thereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.

Section XXXX.9 All other Ordinances or parts of Ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of
such inconsistency.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, this Ordinance shall take
effect immediately upon final
passage and publication in accordance with the law.

ADOPTED:

I certify that the above is a true and exact copy of the
Ordinance adopted by the Municipal
Council of the City of Jersey City at their regular meeting held on

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MUNICIPAL CLERK

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There could be a problem, but given that developers aren't a specially protected class, if there has been a consistent problem with campaign contributions being considered a requirement for development approval, it would likely be upheld...it remains to see whether it will make a difference.

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Thanks to Sam Stoia of HPNA for this info below:

The following is the proposed Pay to Play ordinance for your review:

AN ORDINANCE IMPLEMENTING CAMPAIGN REFORM FOR REDEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS WITHIN THE City of Jersey City

SECTION I. Chapter X, Section XX, entitled "Redevelopment Campaign Reform "is hereby added to the Municipal Code of the City of Jersey City to read as follows:

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REDEVELOPMENT PAY-TOPLAY REFORM

Subsection XXXX.1 Prohibition of entering into or amending redevelopment agreements with certain contributors.

(a) Any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, any redevelopment entity designated by the City Council excluding the City of Jersey City Housing Authority (the "Redevelopment Entity"), shall not enter into an agreement, amend an agreement, or otherwise contract with any Redeveloper for the planning, replanning, construction or undertaking of any redevelopment project, including the acquisition or leasing of any public property in conjunction with the redevelopment of any area within the City of Jersey City, pursuant to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, if that Redeveloper has made any contribution of money or pledge of a contribution, Including in-kind contributions, during the applicable time period as specified below, to a campaign committee of any candidate for City of Jersey City Municipal office or holder of Municipal public office (at the time the contribution was made),having responsibility for arranging, entering into, or approving the
redevelopment agreement, or for appointing those who enter into the agreement on behalf of the Redevelopment Entity or the City, or; to any County or Municipal party organization, or election committee (excluding election committees of non-municipal elected officials and candidates for non-municipal offices) which regularly engages in the support of municipal elections and/or municipal parties or which engages in the support of City of Jersey City Municipal campaigns. For the purposes of this section, the "applicable time period" shall be i.) for redevelopment areas which have been determined and the redevelopment process begun prior to the Effective Date of this ordinance the time period between the date on which the Redevelopment Entity first seeks Request For Qualifications ("RFQ) from potential developers to redevelop the property and the date of entering into the redevelopment agreement, or the twelve (12) months prior to entering into the agreement, whichever is longer; or ii.) for proposed redevelopment areas considered subsequent to the Effective Date of this ordinance form the time period between the date the property (ies) which are the subject of the proposed redevelopment area are included in a memorializing resolution adopted by the governing body directing the Planning Board to Conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if the sites (s) are in need of redevelopment and the date of entering into a redevelopment

agreement, or twelve (12) months prior to entering into a redevelopment agreement, Whichever is shorter.

(b) All redevelopment agreements or amendments thereto entered into by a Redevelopment Entity shall contain a provision prohibiting Redevelopers as defined in section (c) from soliciting or making any contribution of money or pledge of a contribution including in-kind contributions, to any candidate for City of Jersey City municipal office or holder of municipal public office (at the time the contribution is made) having responsibility for arranging, entering into, or approving the redevelopment agreement, or for appointing those who enter into the redevelopment agreements or; to any City of Jersey City political organization or political campaign committee, or to a Hudson County Party Organization, any committee or, election committee (excluding election committees of non-municipal elected officials and candidate for non-municipal office) which regularly engages in the support of City of Jersey City municipal campaigns between the time the City or the Redevelopment Entity first receives a proposal from a prospective Redeveloper and the later of the termination of negotiations with the prospective Redeveloper or the completion of all matters specified in the redevelopment agreement. Any Redeveloper making a contribution in contradiction of the herein required contract provision shall be in breach of the Redevelopment Agreement.

(c) As defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-3, ( the "Act") a "Redeveloper" means any person, firm, corporation partnership or limited liability company that shall enter into or propose to Enter into a contract with the City or its designated Redevelopment Entity for the Redevelopment or rehabilitation of an area in need of redevelopment, or an area in need of rehabilitation , or any part thereof, under the provisions of the Act, or for any construction or other work forming part of a redevelopment or rehabilitation project. For purposes of this ordinance the definition of a Redeveloper includes an individual, including an individual's spouse, an any non-emancipated child living at the same address; firm; corporation; professional corporation; partnership; organization or association, including all principals who own ten percent (10%) or more of the equity in the corporation or business trust, partners and officers employed by the entity as well as nay subsidiaries directly controlled by the Redeveloper, and excluding sub-contractors or subsidiaries in which Redeveloper has a ten (10%) percent or more ownership interest.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the office that is considered to have responsibility for arranging and entering into the under the Act shall be:

1. The City of Jersey City Municipal Council (the "Council") ifthe Council has designated itself as the redevelopment entity, the redevelopment Agreement requires approval or appropriation from the Council or a public officer who is responsible for arranging and entering into the redevelopment agreement if that public officer is appointed by Council; or

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2. The Mayor of City of Jersey City if the redevelopment agreement requires the approval of the Mayor or a public officer who is responsible for arranging and entering into the redevelopment agreement if that public officer is appointed by the mayor; or

3. A designated redevelopment entity, if the redevelopment agreement requires the approval of the redevelopment entity.

Section XXXX.2. Contributions made prior to the effective date.

No contribution of money or any other thing of value, including in-kind contributions, made by a Redeveloper to any of the candidates, office holders, or entities described in Subsection 2- 95.1 (a) and (b) shall be deemed a violation of this ordinance nor shall an agreement for redevelopment projects of any kind whatsoever be disqualified thereby If that contribution or agreement was made by the Redeveloper prior to the effective date of this section.

Section XXXX.3. Notice given by Municipality; Sworn Statement of Redeveloper.

(a) It shall be the municipality's continuing responsibility to give notice of this Section when the municipality gives notice of redevelopment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-6 and when the municipality adopts a resolution directing the planning board to prepare a redevelopment plan and at the time that the municipality adopts the ordinance to implement the development plan.

(b) Prior to arranging a redevelopment agreement being approved by the Redevelopment Entity or the City with any Redeveloper, the City or redevelopment Entity shall receive a sworn statement from the Redeveloper that the Redeveloper has not made any contribution in violation of this ordinance. Furthermore, the Redeveloper shall have a continuing duty to report any violations of this ordinance that may occur during the pendency of the redevelopment agreement, and until all specified terms of the agreement have been completed.

Section XXXX.4. Contribution Restrictions and Disclosure
Requirement Applicability to Consultants.

(a) The contribution and disclosure requirements in this Ordinance shall apply to all Redevelopers as well as professionals, as defined in N.J.S.A 40A:11-1 et seq., consultants or lobbyists contracted or employed by the Redeveloper ultimately designated as the Redeveloper to provide services related to the:

1. Lobbying of municipal government officials in connection with the examination of an area and its designation as an area in need of redevelopment or in connection with the preparation, consultation and adoption of the redevelopment plan;

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2. Obtaining the designation or appointment as Redeveloper;

3. Negotiating the terms of a redevelopment agreement or any amendments or modifications Thereto; and/or

4. The performance of professional services in completing the terms of the redevelopment professional; it being understood that nothing herein shall be interpreted to include tradesmen, craftsmen, or other persons licensed in
connection with performing construction or construction related services (e.g. electricians, plumbers, etc.) in this prohibition.

(b) It shall be a violation of this ordinance, and shall require immediate termination of the consultant's contract, for a consultant to violate the contribution limits or fail to disclose a contribution as required in this Ordinance.

(c) A redeveloper who participates in, or facilitates, the circumvention of the contribution restrictions through consultants or professionals shall be deemed to be in Violation of this Ordinance.

(d) All redevelopment agreements or amendments thereto shall include a provision proving for the enforcement of the consultant's termination in the event of violation of this ordinance.

Section XXXX.5. Return of Excess Contributions

If a Redeveloper inadvertently makes a contribution that would otherwise bar it from entering Into a redevelopment contract under the terms of this Ordinance, or makes a contribution during the duration of a redevelopment contract in violation of this Ordinance, the Redeveloper may notify the Municipal Council in writing of the contribution and request a full refund from the municipal candidate or municipal or county political party or election committee referenced in this ordinance and, if such reimbursement is received by the Redeveloper within thirty (30) days after the date on which the applicable ELEC report is published, the Redeveloper would again be eligible to receive a redevelopment contract or would no longer be in violation of this ordinance and/or terms of the redevelopment contract, as appropriate.

Section XXXX.6 Penalty.

(a) It shall be a breach of the redevelopment agreement for a Redeveloper to: (i) make or solicit a contribution for an entity described in subsection 2-95.1 (a) and (b); (ii) knowingly conceal or misrepresent a contribution given or received; (iii) make or solicit contributions through intermediaries for the purpose of concealing or misrepresenting the source of the contribution; (iv) make or solicit any contribution on the condition or with the agreement that it will be contributed to a campaign committee of any candidate of holder of the public office of City of Jersey City ; (v) engage or employ a lobbyist or consultant with the intent or understanding that such lobbyist or consultant would make


4 Or solicit any contribution, which if made or solicited by the Redeveloper itself, would subject that entity to the restrictions of this ordinance; (vi) fund contributions made by third parties, including consultants, attorneys, family members, and employees; (vii) engage in any exchange of contributions to circumvent the intent of this ordinance; or (viii) directly or indirectly, though or by any other person or means, do any act which would subject that entity to the restrictions of this ordinance.

(b) All redevelopment agreements and amendments thereto shall provide that the or it designated Redevelopment Entity shall have the authority to impose such fine and penalties, up to and including termination in the event of a breach of the Redevelopment Agreement.

(c) Furthermore, any Redeveloper who violates subsections (a)ii-vii of section 2-95.6 above Shall be disqualified from eligibility for future City of Jersey City redevelopment agreements for a period of four (4) calendar years from the date of the violation.

Section XXXX.7 This ordinance shall be effective
(the "Effective Date").

Section XXXX.8 The provisions of this Ordinance shall be severable. In the event that any portion of this Ordinance is found to be invalid for any reason by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be limited in its effect only to that portion of the Ordinance actually adjudged invalid and shall not be deemed to affect the operation of any other portion thereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.

Section XXXX.9 All other Ordinances or parts of Ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of
such inconsistency.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, this Ordinance shall take
effect immediately upon final
passage and publication in accordance with the law.

ADOPTED:

I certify that the above is a true and exact copy of the
Ordinance adopted by the Municipal
Council of the City of Jersey City at their regular meeting held on

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MUNICIPAL CLERK

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I don't think this ordinance will be passed, however I think it's meant at the very least to send a message to local politicians that pay to play type conflicts of interest are a major concern of the voting public and that people are watching. If current laws in place are not enforced, people are willing to take other measures, such as this.

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I hear ya eddie. I never understood why people are so gung-ho on new laws, when the laws already in existence (that address the same problem) aren't enforced.

And I place a high level of scrutiny on any legislation that discriminates on any basis, particularly where basic rights are concerned.

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The Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance has not been challenged.

Nor is Citizen's Campaign aware of any forthcoming challenges.


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DanL- have any of these ordinances in other NJ municipalities had constitutional challenges yet, and if so, do you know what the outcome is?

I'm all for reform and appearance of propriety, but i can see the argument harwood is laying the groundwork for in the JJ article.

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At the risk of offending the populace at large, isn't there an inherent backward logic at work in a law like this?

Now, I'm all for cleaning up government, especially most of the ones in NJ, but an ordinance that punishes contractors for acting in a perfectly legal, moral and constintuionally protected way seems off the mark. Naturally, developers will support candidates that are pro development. Anti-development forces are welcomed to support anti-development cadidates as well. There is nothing unseemly about this. If actual bribery is going on, then we have laws to address that. If developers are being treated differently, based on whether they contributed or not, then a prosecutor should investigate. However, to usurp the rights of citizens because politicians can't make moral judgements seems to me to be the wrong way to make a difference.

Maybe JC is so far gone that this kind of ordinance is necessary. However, I would like to see some of the accountability rest with the politicians that started such a system.

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For what it's worth, I've sent my emails to the mayor, three at large council members and one to Fulop expressing my support. Unfortunately, with my work schedule I don't see being able to show up in person for the meeting.

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This would be a great issue to show up in force for.If there is only twenty people in the chambers than they can quickly vote no and move on.We should organize......

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Congratulations to Councilman Fulop for bringing this proposal forward. It will take nothing short of a groundswell of public support to push this through. Send those e-mails!!

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development is good, corrupt politicians are not.

There is nothing illegal about putting up an "ugly" building, otherwise all the vacant buildings and vinyl siding would be gone.



There's also nothing illegal about developers making campaign contributions. Or about holding multiple city/state/county jobs and collecting multiple pensions. At least, not until legislation is adopted to make it illegal.


DanL- have any of these ordinances in other NJ municipalities had constitutional challenges yet, and if so, do you know what the outcome is?

I'm all for reform and appearance of propriety, but i can see the argument harwood is laying the groundwork for in the JJ article.

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For all the gripes and complaining on JCList, this is an opportunity for each of us to help effect change for the better.

The public needs to communicate support and make it dificult for our current city council members to oppose, block or delay this legislation.

Please take the time to contact your council person, the three at large and Mayor Healy. This is even easier to do than voting.

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development is good, corrupt politicians are not.

There is nothing illegal about putting up an "ugly" building, otherwise all the vacant buildings and vinyl siding would be gone.

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NNJR i am shocked - i thought all development was good. why the need for reform?

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Councilman Steven Fulop, Ward E has announced that he will introduce a Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance at the January 10, 2006 meeting of the City Council.

The proposed ordinance, endorsed and supported by Civic JC would ban political contributions to local candidates and political parties from developers and their professionals.

New Jersey law grants local officials tremendous authority to make permanent and long reaching decisions in the redevelopment process including the taking of private land through eminent domain, irrevocably changing the use and zoning of land, and awarding tax abatements and other financial incentives. Redevelopment agreements have a profound impact on the quality of life of Jersey City citizens and the financial future of the city. It is critical that this powerful process be protected from the undue influence of political and campaign contributions. We hope to sever the link between redevelopment agreements and political contributions.

Please contact and express your support for the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance. We ask that you contact your ward councilperson, the three at large council members and Mayor Healy by email and / or fax. We have provided below, both email and fax numbers along with a sample message that can be cut and pasted into an email to send.

Thank you for your time, effort and concern.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy: MayorHealy@jcnj.org, Fax: (201) 547-4288

Council President Mariano Vega: mariano@jcnj.org
Councilman at Large Peter Brennan: brennanp@jcnj.org
Councilwoman at Large Willie Flood: floodw@jcnj.org

Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano: sottolanom@jcnj.org
Ward B Councilwoman Mary Spinello: spinellom@jcnj.org
Ward C Councilman Steve Lipski: lipskis@jcnj.org
Ward D Councilman William Gaughan: bgaughan@hudsoncountynj.org
Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop: fulops@jcnj.org
Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson: richardsonv@jcnj.org

Sample correspondence:

Dear [ ] :

I support the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance being put forth by Councilman Steven Fulop and endorsed by Civic JC.

While redevelopment can bring about positive changes in our city, there is a tremendous potential for abuse, corruption and conflict of interest throughout the process.

The proposed ordinance bans political contributions to local candidates and political parties by developers seeking redevelopment agreements. The main purpose of the law is to protect the integrity of the redevelopment process which is powerful and an irrevocable.

Please introduce and approve the Redevelopment Pay to Play Reform ordinance.

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