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Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Gusciora slams council for blocking reappointment of city water works acting director

By Nikita Biryukov, December 20 2019 6:34 pm

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora slammed the City Council for not reappointing the acting Trenton Water Works director Steven Picco Friday.

“Under Acting Director Picco, TWW has added 45 full time positions, most of whom are Trenton residents. This is more than the previous two administrations combined. We continue to rely less on outside vendor contracts and are beginning our long-awaited lead service line replacement program,” Gusciora said. “The City Council has voted to not support our efforts to eliminate lead from our drinking water. They are endangering the health of residents within our service area, especially our children.”

Councilman Jerrel Blakely and Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson backed Picco’s reappointment.

The council also shot down a bond ordinance providing for capital improvements.

Councilman George Muschal voted in favor of that measure.

“Last night, City Council chose politics over public health by not approving the reappointment of our Department of Water and Sewer Acting Director Steve J. Picco, a former DEP Assistant Commissioner, and national expert on water resources,” Gusciora said. “They would like to disrupt the substantial progress TWW has made over the last year and a half by shamelessly and recklessly jeopardizing our water quality.”

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