West Ward Councilwoman Celebrates Love and U.N.I.T.Y.

Last night was a celebration at Cooper’s Riverview as West Ward Councilwoman Teska Frisby and a bevy of invited guests celebrated love and unity. The event was billed as, “Honoring Our King,” an evening that celebrated the dream, the dreamer, and Black History. The night was also an occasion for Councilwoman Frisby to pay homage to her husband Mercer County Commisioner Sam Frisby. Guests were asked to wear their finest garbs. Many attendees wore African-inspired prints and first, second, and third place prizes were given to guests who wore their best ethnic attire. Guests included Mayor Reed Gusciora, Assemblywoman, Verlina-Reynolds-Jackson, At-Large Councilwoman, Jasi Edwards, At-Large Councilwoman, Yazminelly Gonzalez, North Ward Councilperson, Jennifer Williams, and special guest Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “I came here today, because it’s my responsibility. I count Sam as a friend, as a brother, and we have to show up for one another, that’s just the reality,” Baraka told the crowd. “The bloodline that he comes from—his mother—and the work that she’s done…the work he’s doing and the work his wife is doing for our people and this community, for this county is immeasurable,” he continued. It’s been reported by several sources that Baraka is considering a run to become the next governor of New Jersey in 2025. As a Trenton resident it felt good to see unity in the room between councilmembers and the mayor. Hopefully this is a good sign of what’s to come for our city. Let’s remain hopeful.


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