ELIZABETH – Oscar Ocasio announced his candidacy for mayor of Elizabeth today. The former director of the Department of Planning and Community Development is expected to face current Mayor Chris Bollwage in next June’s Democratic Primary.
Ocasio says that his more than 25 years of management and administrative experience in business and the public sector give him the vision to lead Elizabeth out of the present crisis and lack of leadership that exists in the city. He charges that the mayor has no plan to fight gangs and a rising crime rate, and taxes continue to rise as city services and residents’ quality of life are reduced.
“I have a vision for Elizabeth,” Ocasio said. “It is a dream of a new thriving city, where we bring the community together, renewing our neighborhoods, providing real safety to our children, to our seniors and to the community-at-large. I have the passion to bring change and with your support Elizabeth, will be the city that all of us aspire it to be.”
Ocasio had been the director of Elizabeth’s Department of Planning and Community Development from 1994 until 2010, when he resigned due to supposed issues of “apparent conflict of interest” between his city job and his alleged involvement in some housing projects in the city.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, Ocasio will join supporters for an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at his campaign headquarters at 1137 Elizabeth Avenue.
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