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Jersey City Mayor Fulop Hosts Annual September 11th Remembrance Ceremony in Memory of Loved Ones Lost  

 Jersey City’s Memorial Event Emphasized with Backdrop of the World Trade Center  

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined local dignitaries, family members, and community members today to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with Jersey City’s annual “Reflections” Ceremony, located across from where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood.

“Jersey City had one of the larger amounts of fatalities outside of New York, so it’s always a day of significance here,” said Mayor Fulop, who decided to enlist in the Marine Corps because of the terror attacks.  â€œThere are many reasons why this event is so important – to memorialize the many lives lost 21 years ago and to educate the broader public, especially our younger generation who may not have been born yet.” 

“Last year was a milestone year, but every year it is just as important that we come together to commemorate the lives lost on that horrific day where Jersey City became a respite for many.  Attending this event allows me to give my support to those who lost loved ones and to keep their memories alive no matter how much time has passed,” said NJ Assemblywoman Angela McKnight. 

The annual remembrance ceremony in Jersey City took place with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.  All 39 names of the Jersey City residents who were killed on September 11th were read by Assemblywoman McKnight and the Jersey City Municipal Council members.  The entire event was live-streamed for those who couldn’t attend in person. 

The annual waterfront ceremony where Jersey City’s 9-11 memorial is located was used as the area’s largest triage center on the day of the attacks in 2001. At the site, Jersey City emergency responders did not hesitate to provide assistance and medical treatment to the countless people who flocked to Jersey City by boat to seek refuge. 

The Jersey City 9-11 memorial is comprised of twisted steel beams from Ground Zero. The beams are sculpted to form the letter “A” when viewed from above. The ‘A’ for America serves as a backdrop to the black granite memorial stone that names the 38 fallen residents from Jersey City. 

“Having these events and acknowledgments every year keeps their memories alive.  It’s important for me to make sure I attend every year because my friend, Barbara Etzold, didn’t get an opportunity to move on with her life,” concluded Jersey City resident Barbara Smith.  â€œThe fact that it’s now 21 years and how quickly it’s gone by.  It really is the least I can do.” 

Mayor Fulop Unveils Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program to Directly Involve Residents in Jersey City’s Spending Decisions

27TH Annual JCAST

Community-driven Ideas Converted into Concrete Proposals, Promoting Transparency and Accessibility

 Mayor Steven M. Fulop announces the launch of a participatory budget pilot program to directly involve residents in the City’s spending decisions.  The participatory budget creates a transparent process where residents decide which community projects and initiatives they want to see funded.  Each ward will vote on residents’ ideas and determine how the money to spend.

Mayor Fulop Opens 6th Vaccination Site to Prioritize newly Eligible Frontline Workers

9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce the opening of the City’s sixth vaccination site located near the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station as New Jersey’s eligibility requirements expand to frontline workers, including all food and restaurant workers, grocery store workers, porters, hospitality workers, warehouse workers, those in the medical supply chain, and more.  In step, the additional site opening today will significantly increase access and provide priority for these frontline workers.   

Jersey City Approves 1,600 Households Rent and Utility Relief Grants to Help Low-income Residents Struggling amid the Pandemic

9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

Jersey City Allocates over $2.5M in Direct Recovery Assistance to Help Prevent Eviction, Regardless of Immigration Status; City Announces 2nd Round of Rent Relief for May that will Allocate an Additional $7M in Rent/Utility Relief  

Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC)to award over $2.5 million in rent relief and utility assistance to over 1,600 low-income households throughout Jersey City who are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the application process for the Jersey City COIVD-19 Hardship Assistance Program, every resident who applied for financial assistance and met initial program screening will be notified that they are eligible for $1,500 in hardship relief funds, with 95-percent of the grant money providing direct aid to residents in The Heights and south west sections of the City.  

Mayor Fulop Announces Approval for new School Incorporated into Downtown Redevelopment Project alongside Affordable Housing and Public Park Space

Administration’s Efforts to Leverage Development and Private Sector for Community Benefits comes to Fruition

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins City Council members to announce the approval to move forward with the Laurel and Saddlewood Court project as passed 7-1 by the municipal council last night. Construction will include over 800 residential units, of which 5% is mandated affordable housing, as well as major onsite stormwater capture improvements, a public park, and a new 50,000 square-foot public school for PreK-5 students – valued at nearly $25 million, at no cost to taxpayers.

County Executive DeGise and Mayor Fulop announce nearly 600 Small Businesses to be Awarded a total over $9 million in CARES Act Grants

Small Business Grants Distributed across the City to Help Struggling Stores Reopen and Remain Open after Pandemic Causes Months of Closures and Lingering Limitations

Mayor Fulop Unveils Brand new State-of-the-art Jackson Hill/Greenville Community Park & Playground, a Decade in the Making

Community-Driven Park to replace Troubled Park Space with Upgraded Amenities and Features to Attract Community Engagement

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today the $2.5 million investment to build the new Bethune Park to enhance accessibility for local residents and increase community engagement with special design features including a stage for live performances and community events, amphitheater seating, a retail area for Farmers’ Markets and food trucks, passive seating areas, and a large playground for kids of all ages to enjoy.

“We’ve been working with community members to come up with a plan that is most beneficial for the surrounding Jackson Hill/Greenville neighborhood,” said Mayor Fulop.  “This new park is directly in line with our efforts to revitalize the city’s south west side as parks play a key role in sustainable community development, especially in urban neighborhoods.”

After various ideas and drafts over a nearly 10 year period , the Fulop Administration suggested moving the existing Fulton Park – a mostly concrete pocket park in disrepair and tucked behind a large building – to a more suitable and accessible location one block north. The new park will be 20% larger and a significant upgrade with state-of-the-art amenities, located along a main roadway and with greater public safety.

The new park will be located on Martin Luther King Drive directly across from the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, an integral hub for city services and community activities, which can now be extended outdoors to the new park space. The existing Fulton Park site will become a public parking lot dedicated for park-goers and the Bethune Center only.

“This has been 10 years in the making, so I’m really encouraged that this park will move forward to become a gem for the Jackson Hill/Greenville area and serve as a safe space for community engagement,” said Council President Joyce Watterman.  “With so many families in the surrounding area, and the Bethune Center across the street, I know the new location along MLK will be much better utilized.”

“Jackson Hill is excited to see more outdoor space for residents to enjoy, for family-friendly outdoor entertainment and gatherings,” said Michele Massey, Executive Director of the Jackson Hill Special Improvement District (SID).  “Our goal is to see a farmers’ market, to have more families utilizing the playground equipment, and to offer much more in partnership with the Bethune Center.”

The resolution for the new Bethune Park passed the City Council on August 12, 2020, and construction is expected to start within the next two months.

jERSEY cITY mAYOR fULOP Addresses small business needs during coronavirus crisis

Jersey City Introduces Local Relief Program 

First Phase of Program Targets Local Small Businesses; City will Match NJEDA Grants, Doubling Financial Assistance for Local Small Businesses Amid Crisis

JERSEY CITY – Following Mayor Steven Fulop’s announcement that he will introduce an ordinance with the Jersey City Municipal Council to freeze rent increases within rent controlled buildings, Mayor Fulop is unveiling a program of local grants to support small businesses that are facing financial hardships due to the current Covid-19 crisis. 

The small business grant program will entail the City of Jersey City matching 100% of any state grants awarded to Jersey City applicants of the NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which goes live from Friday, April 3rd to April 10th.  The local Jersey City program will be administered through the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC), a 501c3 nonprofit.  

 â€œWe’ve been working to stay ahead of the curve by anticipating our residents’ and business owners’ needs to survive this pandemic not only from a health standpoint, but also economically which could further devastate our community,” said Mayor Fulop.  “We decided to structure local programs that fully complement the state and federal program so that our local businesses can get a much needed advantage. We are achieving that here with short term grants up to $10,000 per business.”

The Administration will use available CDBG funds to match the $1,000 to $5,000 in state funding being made available to small businesses and nonprofits with a physical storefront.

“As a city, we believe in small businesses and their contribution to the economy, which is why providing a matching grant program is essential,” said Council President Joyce Watterman.  “Small businesses are the backbone of our city, and are among those who need financial help the most right now.  This financial boost will really help businesses get back on their feet.”

The JCEDC is already working with local community partners to highlight this opportunity for small businesses and nonprofits, which is the latest step towards providing financial relief to those who need it most during this crisis.

“The money we match will be used to help with payroll and provide working capital with the goal of retaining employees,” said Vivian Brady-Phillips, Vice Chair of the JCEDC. “The business owner must certify as to the COVID-19 related need for financial support and be committed to retaining employees.  This is key for both businesses and the workers who also live in our community.”

The application for the NJEDA Small Business Grant program will be available on https://cv.business.nj.gov beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The pandemic we are facing has brought challenges to nearly every aspect of our community. We continue to see the number of positive cases rise. As of today, April 2nd, we have 902 cases and 26 fatalities – both of which are the highest in New Jersey. Our thoughts continue to be with those families that are dealing firsthand with someone that has the virus or a family member that has been lost due to the virus. 

You should know that as a City, we are focused very much on the here and now with regards to making sure people are safe – that is our number one priority – but we must also plan for tomorrow, for how our Jersey City community will recover months from now.  
While we continue to stay home and continue to practice social distancing, we know that many of the small businesses that are the fabric of our community are suffering. From closing their doors indefinitely to having the lay off staff, we know that they have already made challenging business decisions, with a long road ahead.
We are now seeing some relief programs in place at the federal and state levels for small businesses. I know for many this will not be enough and for that reason, we are launching some local initiatives to help small businesses and their employees. For those businesses in Jersey City that use the state grant program, we will match at the local level every dollar of the state grant they receive to enhance the help for our small businesses. We will literally double the grant you receive from the state and all you have to do is apply. Our goal with local programs like this is to think strategically on how we can leverage existing programs at the state or federal level and enhance them so that Jersey City businesses gain an advantage. 
With this program we are launching tomorrow, small businesses and nonprofits with a storefront can receive up to $10,000 as a grant.

I know these times are tough, but you should know that we will continue to work at the local level to confront the challenges together and we will get through this.

Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations

Mayor Fulop Announces Plan to Install Electric Car Charging Stations in All Wards; Stations will be Open to the Public

Administration Looking to Transition City Vehicle Fleet to Electric Vehicles; Office of Sustainability to be Created following Adoption of Ordinance by City Council this Week

Jersey City to install Electric Car Charging Stations

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the administration is advancing a plan to install electric car charging stations that will be open to the public in all six wards of the
city as part of the Fulop administration’s sustainability agenda.

“We are excited to bring  this technology to Jersey City as we know our residents are conscious  about reducing our impact on the environment,” said Mayor Fulop.  “We also believe that government should lead by example,  so we will be looking to transition the city vehicle fleet to electric vehicles  and hope this will inspire more residents to do the same.” Continue reading Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Director of Public Safety James Shea To Swear in 25 New Police Officers

 Fulop Administration Has Hired a Over 300 New Officers Since Taking Office in 2013

Fulop Administrations Grows Jersey City Police Department to Largest Size in Two Decades; Graduating Class Brings Department to 932 Officers


Mayor Fulop to Swear in  25 new police officers Mayor Fulop to swear in 25 new police officers

  Mayor Steven M. Fulop will swear in 25 new Jersey City police officers at a graduation ceremony at City Hall on Thursday. This latest class brings the size of the department to 932 total officers, its largest size in two decades. The Fulop administration has hired over 300 officers since 2013, increasing visibility and allowing for added walking posts in areas where they are needed most.  Continuing the administration’s priority on diversity recruitment, the 25 new graduates also include thirteen Hispanic officers, three African-American officers, and two Asian officers.  And with five females now joining the department, this class marks one of the largest amounts of female officers graduating from a single class.  Another class of officers currently in the Police Academy will allow for an additional 24 officers to graduate this fall, bringing the department closer to Mayor Fulop’s goal of 950 officers.


    Thursday June 8th, 2017 at 11 a.m.

   Council Chambers, City Hall

 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ


Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

Director of Public Safety James Shea

Jersey City Police Department leadership

Graduating Officers