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Hudson County Democratic chair Amy DeGise. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

DeGise won’t resign Jersey City post after hit-and-run incident, spokesman says

Councilwoman won’t have public comment until legal process plays out

By David Wildstein, July 29 2022 12:00 pm

Facing calls for her resignation after a hit-and-run accident ten days ago, Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise, through a spokesman, says she “will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service.”

“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City,” said her spokesman, Phil Swibinski.

DeGise hit a bicyclist, Andy Black, after he ran a red light around 8 AM on July 19 and collided into her.  But DeGise did not stop and has received summonses for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.

Swibinski said that DeGise “is thankful that no one was seriously injured and she fully intends to speak out more when the legal process is concluded.”

The matter is expected to be transferred out of the Jersey City Municipal Court, but that has not yet occurred.  DeGise’s court appearance will be set by judge.

“Amy recognizes the calls that have been made for additional information and transparency,” Swibinski said.  “She would very much like to address this situation more comprehensively, but there is a legal process that must play out first and she will not be making any additional public comment at this time.”

Jersey City Police have not yet said if they will ticket Black for running a red light.  Black had maintained that the light was green when he entered the intersection.

Black has started a GoFundMe page to help with his rent, good and monthly bills after the bicycle he uses to work for Uber Eats was damaged in the collision.  He’s trying to raise $10,000 and has already brought in a little over $1,000.

“I’m left with questions about what to do and how to get back to work.” Black said.  “Would appreciate anything at all.”

Two Jersey City councilmen, James Solomon and Frank Gilmore, have called for DeGise’s resignation.

But calls for DeGise’s exit could also be related to political agendas.  Chris Gadsden, a former city councilman, wrote an Op-Ed for Hudson County View calling on DeGise to resign, and then told the Jersey Journal that he would consider running for her seat.

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