A Four Pillar Plan for a Better Perth Amboy

The “Democrats for a Better Perth Amboy” campaign, led by Gonzalez, Kowitski, and Zevallos, presents a holistic vision for the city that is rooted in safety, development, economic vitality, environmental responsibility, and inclusive governance. As Perth Amboy stands at the threshold of change, these four pillars offer a roadmap to a brighter, more prosperous future for all its residents.

The Four Pillar plan

The Four Pillar Plan identifies the key areas which require reform in order to build a Better Perth Amboy. These four pillars cannot stand alone which is why Public Safety and Quality of Life are the foundation of our platform.

Foundation

Public Safety & Quality of Life

At the core of the agenda is a steadfast commitment to bolstering public safety and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. The foundation of their platform emphasizes a greater police presence to deter crime, higher police pay to attract and retain talent, and responsible spending on public safety to ensure the well-being of the community.

  • Greater Police Presence: Increase police visibility and community engagement to deter crime and enhance public safety.
  • Higher Police Pay: Improve officer retention and attract new talent by offering competitive salaries.
  • Public Safety: Ensure responsible municipal spending on appropriate equipment and improve safety in public spaces.
01

Housing & Urban Development

Recognizing the critical role of housing and urban development, the campaign aims to address hazardous housing conditions, celebrate Perth Amboy’s rich history through tourism, and rejuvenate the waterfront to attract both visitors and businesses. These initiatives promise not only to improve living conditions but also to showcase the city’s heritage and potential as a destination.

  • Addressing Hazardous Housing: Expand and enforce code enforcement to improve living conditions and support underrepresented citizens.
  • Developing Historic Tourism: Celebrate and leverage Perth Amboy’s unique history to attract tourism and alternative revenue.
  • Enhancing the Waterfront: Repair and maintain waterfront infrastructure while developing it as a district to attract visitors and businesses.
02

Environmental & Public Health

Acknowledging the interconnectedness of environmental stewardship and public health, the platform includes rigorous enforcement of sanitation regulations, initiatives for water cleanup, and a commitment to transparent, eco-friendly city purchases. These efforts aim to safeguard Perth Amboy’s natural and urban environments for future generations.

  • Garbage and Sanitation: Enforce regulations to keep public spaces clean and invest in beautification efforts.
  • Water Cleanup: Establish a task force to address water contamination and replace harmful infrastructure.
  • Review of Equipment and Purchases: Ensure city purchases are appropriate for the urban landscape and enhance transparency in spending.
03

Economic Growth & Diversity

To combat economic stagnation, the team proposes revitalizing business diversity, expanding entertainment and dining options, and tackling parking challenges to foster a thriving, accessible urban center. These strategies are designed to draw in visitors, support local businesses, and create a vibrant, diverse economic landscape.

  • Lack of Business Diversity: Reestablish a chamber of commerce to promote diverse commercial development and reduce competition.
  • Greater Development of Entertainment and Restaurant Space: Fill vacant spaces with a variety of businesses to attract outside visitors and support local economy.
  • Addressing Lack of Parking: Implement smart redevelopment strategies to increase parking availability and encourage walkability.
04

Governance & Community Engagement

The final pillar underscores the importance of governance and community engagement, advocating for accountable representation, the enforcement of ordinances to improve quality of life, and participatory budgeting to empower citizens in financial decision-making. This approach ensures that government actions are transparent, responsive, and aligned with community needs.

  • Accountable and Responsive Representation: Ensure government transparency and responsiveness to community needs.
  • Enforcing Existing Ordinances: Review and enforce ordinances to maintain order and improve quality of life.
  • Participatory Budgeting: Establish a community budget advisory committee to involve citizens in financial planning and decision-making.
the first 100 days

Mayoral candidate Gonzalez is committed to delivering the 4 Pillar Plan and has outlined radical actions and goals for his first 100 days in office.

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