JERSEY CITY – The Official Inauguration of Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the 49th Mayor of Jersey City, will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013 outside of City Hall, 280 Grove Street in a public celebration that invites residents to participate in the event.
Mayor-Elect Fulop chose an Inauguration format similar to that of Mayor Thomas Smith in the 1970s in the hope of bringing the people back to City Hall to be part of the ceremony and part of the civic process.
“We believe that government should be responsive and should work for the people, which is why we chose to break with tradition and have our Inaugural ceremony at City Hall and after the work hours, so as many people could participate as possible,” said Mayor-Elect Fulop. “The Inauguration is the first step in the process of bringing change to city government and we want the residents of Jersey City to be with us each step of the way.”
At 6 p.m., Mayor Fulop will be sworn in by the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. Mayor Fulop will then deliver his Inaugural Address and outline his administration’s vision and goals. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez will deliver remarks. The nine City Council members will also be sworn in during the ceremony.
The block party celebration, which is free and open to the public, will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and will include a performance by ELEW, who has performed for President Barack Obama at the White House, as well as local Jersey City bands, food vendors, and much more. Residents are encouraged to participate in the festivities and welcome their new Mayor and City Council. The block party celebration is not paid for with taxpayer dollars, but is paid for by the Election Fund of Steven Fulop.
On May 14th, 2013, Jersey City residents voted resoundingly to elect Steven M. Fulop as their next Mayor with 53 percent of the vote. Candice Osborne was also elected the Ward E Councilwoman on May 14th, while the other eight Council races were decided in a run-off election held on June 11th, 2013.
The newly-elected At-Large Council Members are Joyce Waterman, Rolando Lavarro, and Daniel Rivera; Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski; Ward B Councilman Khemraj ”Chico” Ramchal; Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano; Ward D Councilman Michael Yun; Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne; and Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman.