Photo Credits: Jersey City Government Page Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the entire nine member City Council were sworn in on Saturday to four year terms in City Hall. For Fulop it was an historic day, as he became the first Mayor in the City’s history to take the oath for a third, consecutive time. The Mayor spoke eloquently of his family during his remarks, paying tribute to his father, saying, “He worked in his deli in Newark from 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to provide a better life for our family than what he had experienced. Everything we had was because of his work ethic. The lesson there for me was that nothing comes easy in life, and hard work is rewarded.”
The day saw two, new Council members take their oaths. Fulop slate member Amy DeGise, a teacher, daughter of the Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hudson County’s Democratic Organization Chairperson, was sworn in as a Councilperson At Large.
Also taking the oath of office for the first time was Frank “Educational” Gilmore, who is now the Ward F Councilman. Gilmore defeated Fulop-backed incumbent Councilman Jermaine Robinson.
In an ironic twist, Gilmore, who served time in prison as a younger man on drug charges, but has turned his life around, was sworn in by the judge who sentenced him 25 years ago in juvenile court, Judge Baber.
Also sworn in were Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley for a second term,
Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey,
Ward C Councilman Richard Boggiano, who had to win a runoff to retain his Council seat,
Ward D Councilman Yusef Saleh,
Ward E Councilman James Solomon, who won a second term,
Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman, who retained her Council Presidency in a unanimous vote during the reorganization meeting later in the day,
and Councilman-at-large Daniel Rivera, who was elected by his Council colleagues as President Pro Temp.
Also during the reorganization meeting, John J. Metro was named the city’s Business Administrator, having the interim tag removed, and Walter “Greg” Kearce was appointed Director of the city’s Department of Public Works. He will retain oversight, at least for now, of the Office of Emergency Management.