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Mayor Gusciora prevents Capital city shutdown

Last week, before the fourth of July, Mayor Reed Gusciora issued an executive order that avoided a government shutdown in Trenton. Council President Kathy McBride’s postponement of all departmental hearings for the City budget back in April has halted many operations throughout Trenton. On June 16th, the City Council did not approve the emergency appropriations, pushing Gusciora to take action. The Mayor’s request to the N.J. Department of Community Affairs for intervention was also unsuccessful. According to a press release, Gusciora said, "They approve bonds, but won't pay bond bills. They hire summer workers, but stop their paychecks in July. They want more businesses, but won't allow them to be licensed…This Council's leadership continues to be the most destructive force in City government." The executive order authorized and ensured the continued provision of goods and services, as well as the financial stability and well-being of Trenton’s citizens for a period of 30 days or whenever City Council passes temporary emergency appropriation or the budget for the year. Click this link to read the executive order.

McBride won’t budge on Trenton school board budget

Kathy McBride seems to be in the middle of a lot of Trenton issues as of late. Trenton school teachers could possibly see layoffs in the near future if the Trenton school board’s request for $24.2 million is not granted. Trenton school board member, Gene Bouie, is fighting to get this request in front of the council, which he notes that if not, the results may affect 18,000 Trenton school children. However, Council President, Kathy McBride refuses to support the tax levy on the residents and businesses of Trenton during a time of inflation, noting that the school board mishandled their funds. McBride also believes that the school district’s low rating does not help their request, as she looks for significant improvement before considering the tax levy. I guess we have to wait and see how this plays out, there’s so many people and jobs at stake here.

Trenton Fire and Emergency Services work to better serve the community

The Trenton Fire and Emergency Services earned the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), which provides first responders the ability to properly assist autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals during emergencies. IBCCES has been a leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for more than 20 years. The IBCCES program teaches scenario-based training to tend to a growing number of individuals diagnosed with autism. Surely the resources and training provided by IBCCES will be a positive addition to the city of Trenton.

Levitt AMP Trenton music series is back!

Trenton Downtown Association and the African-American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County will present the free 10-concert Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, which will include plenty of fun events and music for all. Every Saturday July 9th to September 17th, except for September 3rd, music lovers could enjoy musical acts, family activities and food trucks and vendors. The series starts at 2 p.m. with artists performing around 5 p.m. The Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey will be the first to hit the stage on July 9th at Cadwalader Park, with the next eight concerts to convene at the series’ usual Mill Hill Park location. Closing out the series on September 17th will be Grammy nominated Ariacne Trujillo Duran at Unity Square Park. See the schedule of concerts below:

  • Cadwalader Park, 36 Parkside Avenue, Trenton—July 9, at 7 p.m.
  • Mill Hill Park, E. Front Street and S. Broad Street, Trenton—July 23, July 31, August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27, September 10 and September 17
  • Unity Square Park, Hamilton Avenue between Chestnut Avenue and Division Street—July 16

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