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Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon. (Photo: Twitter)

Solomon wants DeGise to resign or face recall

Downtown Jersey City councilman weighs in on hit-and-run incident

By David Wildstein, July 27 2022 9:27 am

A Jersey City Councilman wants one of his colleagues to resign after a hit-and-run accident last week, and if she doesn’t, he wants voter to recall her.

James Solomon, who represents the Downtown ward on the city council, said he was “horrified” by closed circuit television footage of a collision between Councilwoman Amy DeGise and a bicyclist who ran a red light.

“Leaving the scene of a crash is illegal.  Doing so demonstrated a callous disregard for the life and health of the victim she hit, Solomon said.  “Public servants must be held to a higher standard.”

The video shows Andrew Black, an Uber Eats delivery driver, switching into the opposite lane and going through a red light and colliding with DeGise, who never stopped her vehicle.

DeGise was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.  The case will almost certainly be moved to a different municipal court outside Jersey City.

“While Councilmember DeGise is entitled to forgiveness and her day in court, both should come as a private citizen,” said Solomon.  “She should resign.  “If she fails to do so, she should be recalled.”

A recall, if it comes to that, could take a while.  New Jersey state law prohibits the recall of an elected official during their first year in office.  DeGise, a former Hudson County Democratic chair, was elected to an at-large seat last year and was sworn in on January 2, 2022.

 

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