After roughly 100 people attended a city council meeting in Jersey City on Wednesday, most seeking the resignation of Amy DeGise, a first-term councilwoman who has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after colliding with a bicyclist.
But DeGise says she’s going to wait until after a judge decides the two summonses issued by Jersey City police.
“I’m not resigning,” she said.
Another councilman, James Solomon, has repeated his call for DeGise to step down.
“I am disappointed that once again, my colleague has chosen herself over her constituents by failing to acknowledge her role in a crime we all witnessed and refusing to resign,” Solomon said.
Solomon accused DeGise of putting herself ahead of her constituents and disagreed with her decision to allow the legal process to play out.
“Anyone who commits a hit and run has the right to due process and is subject to criminal liability. At the same time, as elected officials, we are held to a higher standard. She should exercise that right to due process and face that criminal liability as a private citizen—and last night, her constituents made that clear.”
DeGise hinted that she was also a victim since the bicyclist, Andrew Black, is shown running a red light before hitting her car. DeGise never stopped.
“I do not identify with the perception that you have of me, but adversity does make us work harder,” she told the crowd.
The summons has been transferred to Superior Court Judge Mark Ali in Essex County. No court appearance has been set.