Homicides and Shootings Decline in Trenton + Pedestrian Safety Improvement on the Way, and more…

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Capital City sees a decrease in murders and gun violence

Mayor Reed Gusciora recently announced that the City of Trenton has made significant progress in reducing violent crime, specifically gun-related homicides, through collaborative initiatives and social intervention efforts.

The Gusciora administration deployed several social interventions with the primary or ancillary goal of affecting a noticeable decline in violent crime. Since June 1, 2022, there have been no homicides in the City of Trenton.

“While violent crime has continued to surge in other cities across America this summer, Trenton is doing what it takes to become a leader in urban violent crime reduction,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said. “We are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the Capital City is a safe place for all who live, work, learn, and play here. With the help of our law enforcement partners and members of our community, we are innovating to establish a new public safety standard and we are doing it together.”

Route 129 Pedestrian Safety Improvement project in Trenton is on the way

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) along with New Jersey 15th Legislative District representatives Senator Shirley K. Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Assemblyman Anthony S. Verelli recently announced plans to start a Pedestrian Safety Improvement project along Route 129 in Trenton. The project will use smart, predictive technology to improve the safety conditions for pedestrians and cyclists at intersections on Route 129, at Lalor Street, Cass Street, and Hamilton Avenue. In the early stages of the design, some of the improvements will include revising the traffic signal timing to allow pedestrians more time to cross, adding signal backplates to increase visibility, and installing upgraded, advanced warning signs over the roadway to replace ground-mounted signs.

“Unfortunately, Route 129 has been a dangerous blight on our capital city and now the Lalor Street intersection has been named one of the most unsafe in the country,” said Senator Shirley K. Turner. “For nearly 30 years, our city residents have lived with a highway that bifurcates Trenton with heavy traffic that threatens the health and safety of residents who live in the area and puts the lives of pedestrians and cyclists at risk. The safety improvements are being prioritized to minimize the hazardous conditions to prevent future serious injuries and fatalities.” Good job to the NJDOT and all involved in making Trenton a bit safer for its residents.

Trenton Cycling Revolution is hosting a ride to commemorate those lost and injured in traffic violence in Trenton

On Wednesday night, August 31st, the Trenton Cycling Revolution hosted a ride to remember those who have lost their lives to traffic violence or have been seriously injured on the roads. The ride was also a rally for safer roads in the Trenton area. The ride began at the Community Outreach Garage at 601 North Clinton Avenue Alleyway, where a moment of silence was held followed by the ride. Ghost bikes and shoes were presented at memorial sites to commemorate those individuals who lost their lives.

Mass union rally to fight health care cost increase

Rutgers Councils of American Association of University Professors/American Federation of Teachers union (AAUP-AFT), along with many other organizations are holding a mass rally to oppose the pending 20% increase in health care contributions on September 13th at noon at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton. New Jersey wants to raise health benefits contributions, which will heavily affect working residents during these times where most are already experiencing financial difficulties. Everyone is welcomed to the rally and are being asked to wear their union colors. They are also urging individuals to take action by calling the governor’s office to voice their concerns about the increase. If you’re interested in having your voice hear, come out and support!

The city has received funds in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) to improve Trenton’s fire departments

Last week, U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced $226,939.92 in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding to improve safety and operations in Trenton’s fire departments. These funds will be used to install exhaust extraction systems in firehouses. “Trenton’s firefighters run into danger and risk their lives to protect us,” said Sen. Booker. “I’m proud to secure funding that will provide them with the equipment and resources they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively, and protect their community.” Since 2001, the AFG program has provided direct financial assistance to local professional and voluntary fire departments, emergency medical services organization and state fire training academies.

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