Assemblyman Reed Gusciora chose an abandoned municipal parking garage to formally launch his bid for Mayor of Trenton, using the backdrop as a metaphor for missed opportunities that have caused the state’s capital city to face severe economic hardships.
“I chose to announce my candidacy in front of this parking garage, because in many ways, it is representative of the opportunities that Trenton has. It’s fenced in and unusable: maintaining or repairing it would be financially irresponsible for the city, so it’s been closed permanently. However, it’s location in the middle of Downtown, on a property ripe for redevelopment, means that allowing the structure to just sit there is equally irresponsible,” Gusciora said. “Overlooking the site of the most crucial battle in our nation’s history, we should imagine Trenton’s future in each plan for new development. My administration wouldn’t squander the opportunities offered to us. We would seek developers, establish the partnerships necessary to get shovels in the ground, and move forward. Trenton’s future depends on what we can achieve now, and without proactive and careful guidance, our city will not progress, but continue to sit decaying.”
Gusciora submitted his petitions to run in the May mayoral election last week and was certified on Thursday.
“I am running for Mayor because Trenton needs dedicated, experienced, and innovative leadership. As a long-serving State legislator, I am uniquely positioned to view and address Trenton’s issues from the broad perspective they require, and to work with our partners in the public and private sectors more effectively to fund the critical initiatives and spur the development that the city needs to succeed,” Gusciora said. “Collectively, I believe my experiences – as legislator, lawyer, prosecutor, and professor – qualify me for the office of Mayor of Trenton, because they have given me a broad perspective on the issues that affect the City and understanding of the broad toolkit of policy remedies that can address those issues. I also believe that I can position my Administration as an empowering force in the life of Trenton’s residents.”
The Trenton Democrat wants City Hall “to be a proactive partner that works with our robust network of community organizations to identify the issues important to them, and then provide residents with the professionals, support, and tools that they need to succeed.”
“There’s no question that Trenton has more than its fair share of problems, all of which are compounded by high rates of unemployment and poverty. The city’s issues are uniquely interrelated: without a significant tax base, we are unable to fund critical functions, including public safety, education, and the repair of abandoned properties, said Gusciora. “Our challenge is to increase the tax base, and thereby increase our capacity to provide services while simultaneously prioritizing new resources and offering as many programs as possible”
Gusciora says Trenton needs a “steady, experienced leader, with innovative ideas and, most importantly, the drive to implement them.”
“My administration will focus on promoting retail and residential development, managing City Hall’s functions responsibly and efficiently, and working directly with community organizations to improve the City, so we can generate resources for critical repairs and improvements to our public works, public safety, and education systems,” said Gusciora. “We cannot transform the city overnight, but together, we can lay the seeds for Trenton’s revival.