I am using my head to compose this letter however the thoughts and sentiments are coming directly from my heart.
We must thank all of the council members who over past years have served our city and assisted the residents, Council President Brennan, Councilmembers Sottalano, Lopez, Richardson and Donnelly.
Our Mayor, Jerramiah T. Healy, took over the reins of city government after an interim mayor served and was able, over the eight plus years in his noteworthy stewardship bring our city to new heights being recognized with a triple A bond rating, placing Jersey City in the forefront in the effort for sensible gun control, maintained the public safety with the addition of police and fire personnel when other cities were in fact laying off in this area and provided programs for the very young to the most senior resident. Most importantly he governed the city with a caring, compassionate manner and with honesty and integrity. Mayor Healy is and will always be one of us—part of the regular working men and woman.
Council member William Gaughan, the longest serving council member for over twenty years also served with honesty, integrity and dignity and was instrumental in making the heights area and the entire city a better place than when he took office. Bill Gaughan was instrumental in saving the bus lines in the city, was instrumental in bringing the Light Rail to the heights and preserved the public safety amongst other accomplishments. He is a kind and giving individual who sacrificed many long hours to help govern the city.
As we thank our mayor and council for bringing our city to new heights in the past eight plus years we wish our new mayor and council well in their duties by, for and of the people of the greatest city in the country-Jersey City.
Robert B. Knapp