Tonight (6/20) from 7-9 pm, Council President Rolando R. Lavarro, Freeholder Bill O’Dea and Ward B Councilman John J. Hallanan are hosting a public safety meeting in Ward B at Saint Aloysius Gym located at 721 West Side Avenue. At the meeting, residents can expect to hear updates on recent arrests. Representatives from the Jersey City Police and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will also be attending, including Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
This meeting hopes to continue the conversation started in the ward at a standing-room only community safety meeting held in early January, which was attended by Mayor Steve Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea. That meeting raised questions about recent crimes and overall safety, which then included the murder of a shopkeeper on Bergen Avenue near Journal Square on December 19 and an infant recovering from a stray bullet wound just a week later on December 26.
Then and today, there are ongoing questions from the community about root causes of crime in the area and the response by the administration. In the January meeting, for example, Mayor Fulop discussed the city’s increase in recreational opportunities for youth one of many steps towards correcting the problem. Unsatisfied, residents countered by suggesting that people involved in crime are not typically the same people who take advantage of the recreational offerings.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the ongoing safety strategies for Ward B is encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting.