Perth Amboy Council Adopts Sweeping Government Reforms

PERTH AMBOY — The Perth Amboy City Council adopted five government reform ordinances last week designed to ensure open and honest government.

This sweeping reform package included:

1) Closing the loopholes in the pay-to-play ordinance. The previously adopted ordinance allowed business entities to contribute to the political parties. The new anti-pay-to-play law effectively closes this loophole.

2) Redevelopment Pay-to-Play Reform. This ordinance bans developers seeking or performing redevelopment projects from contributing to local officials and political parties.

3) Requirement for developers to disclose political contributions. Developers applying for major zoning changes or variances will be required to disclose their political contributions for one year prior and while the application is pending.

4) Competitive negotiations for professional service contracts. Perth Amboy will use a competitive RFP process for the selection of professional services, so as to guarantee the city is getting the most qualified professionals at the best price.

The final proposal adopted by the City Council was the “Citizen Service Day” resolution which calls for an annual day of recognition for the city’s community leaders, as well as a public forum to recruit and train a new generation of public servants for city.

The Citizen Service Day resolution is part of the Citizens’ Campaign Jersey Call to Service, a statewide campaign to recruit and train 5,000 residents to take an active role in their community by participating in city government affairs or in crafting constructive public policy proposals.

The Jersey Call to Service is being led by Perth Amboy resident and Citizens’ Campaign chairman, Harry Pozycki.  Over the course of the next few months, local residents and Citizens’ Campaign members will work with elected officials and community organizations to increase public service in the city.

Citizens’ Campaign State Director Lauren Skowronski said, “The adoption of this broad reform package marks a new day for Perth Amboy citizens. The city has laid the foundation for a Call to Service, now it is time for Perth Amboy residents to ‘Answer the Call’.”

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