Elvin Dominici for City Council: Accountability, Affordability, and Accessibility

Elvin Dominici
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Elvin Dominici

Dear Editor:

Accountability

For far too long have our cries fallen on deaf ears in the council chambers. Week after week residents voice out their concerns with ordinances only to see their city council “representatives” turn around and vote in favor of the administration’s agenda. As an independent council candidate the only commands I will take on legislation is from the people who elected me. I will apply my background in finance and banking to make sure every cent is spent for the betterment of our communities

Affordability

Jersey City is growing rapidly, we seem to be ignoring the residents who built our city and the dynamic cultural representations that make every neighborhood unique. As the skyscrapers and condominium conversions continue, the less fortunate are left to struggle with high rents and lack of responsibilities from slumlords. With a pandemic looming over our heads, the cry for affordability has been louder than ever before. As your council person, I plan on fighting to keep Jersey City Affordable by:

Overturning the “Inclusionary Zoning Law, ordinance No. 20-089” which was written to ensure that the City can negotiate for illegal exactions from developers without actually requiring the affordable housing to be provided.

2. Not providing any new Tax Abatements unless they guarantee Affordable Units for the 30% Annual Medium Income families.

Accessibility

Technology has provided us opportunity to connect to our constituents like never before, but it still feels hard for us to get in contact with our elected officials. If elected, I will increase accessibility by:

Instilling an open-door policy at my council offices to discuss concerns.

2. Hosting continuous community meetings in neighborhoods throughout the city.

3. Support and sponsor legislation that creates more transparency in City Government such as: Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and others.

4. Audit all current PILOT payments and vote to revoke any PILOT in violation of their agreements.

The lack of independent leadership on the Jersey City Council continues to grow as each day passes. Our residents will have an opportunity in November to bring fresh, independent leadership to the council to ensure that all members are accountable to those who matter the most, the residents of Jersey City! The power to influence change in the life of the residents of Jersey City has to be trusted to independent leadership who can hold the administration accountable. Please join my journey to become the next Councilman At Large of Jersey City. #JCDeservesBetter

Elvin Dominici