Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy and Jersey City Education Association (JCEA) President Ron Grecco made quite a charge in remarks to JCEA members two weeks ago: that if Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop is elected mayor on May 16, many of them will lose their jobs. It is a serious thing, to tell Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE) teachers, non- certified administrators and secretaries that they will lose their jobs if one person is elected mayor over another. Perhaps Mr. Grecco or Mayor Healy would explain how an incoming mayor might accomplish this task since the mayor has no authority over school district personnel. Our fine teachers have possibly the most important job in this city. That job is challenging enough without our mayor and union leadership stoking anxiety over their job security. The key to Mayor Healy’s education platform appears to be held by former schools’ superintendent Charles T. Epps Jr., who joined the mayor’s ticket last year.
I wonder what Dr. Epps might accomplish for the children and parents of Jersey City as Ward A Councilman considering the little he accomplished for them in the eleven years as their superintendent. Councilman Fulop is the only mayoral candidate to offer a detailed education platform, supporting the BOE with expanded recreational programs, facilities assistance and additional revenue from a percentage of tax abated properties. These are areas in which a mayor can have a positive impact. The betterment of our city’s children will elevate every Jersey City constituency. Mayor Healy can not win re-election on the backs of our children or our educators. And Mr. Grecco does his membership a disservice by intentionally misleading them. A vote cast for Councilman Steven Fulop on May 14 is a vote for our students, teachers and all citizens.