An initiative that has empowered dozens of citizens to find solutions to problems will be expanded statewide after pilot programs in Trenton and Perth Amboy found success. The Citizens Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy group that has led efforts to pass state and municipal pay-to-play rules, launched the Civic Trustee initiative as a way for residents to work together and address issues facing their cities.
We recently celebrated the inaugural Civic Trustees from Trenton, Perth Amboy, and Newark at our Celebration of Civic Innovation Gala. In his speech to the Trustees and the other esteemed attendees, our Chairman, Harry Pozycki, talked about how we got here, the commitment of the Trustees and their incredible accomplishments to date. He also talked a little bit about hope.
The use of auxiliary police forces, trained citizen volunteers who work alongside sworn officers, may be helpful to bridge trust between the community and police, acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Thursday while speaking at an event at Thomas Edison State College. Hoffman said programs should be worked out based on the needs and climate of each agency, but that he sees how the use of auxiliary officers, like those employed by the Perth Amboy Police Department, can be a benefit.
The "Trenton Makes" bridge is seen in this Times file photo. (Times File Photo) In an effort to allow citizens to work independently to address issues in their community, the Citizens Campaign has created and fostered the Trenton Civic Trustees program in the city. The group of 30 engaged residents approach the problems in their communities differently than others, said Harry Pozycki, chair of The Citizens Campaign. "Often times when citizens feel there is a problem going on and they go to a government entity they just say there is a problem," Pozycki said.
Published in The Times of Trenton In an effort to protect against flooding and damage from storms, the city's planning board approved a series of recommendations to address flood control for building projects and redevelopment. The board passed a resolution at its Feb. 12 meeting containing recommendations from the Citizens Campaign, which says the resolution is the first of its kind in the state.