SECOND ANNUAL, STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

THE HONORABLE
MAYOR OF TRENTON:

MAYOR T'ONY F. MACK
NEW JERSEY'S CAPITAL CITY

TRENTON CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MARCH 21, 2012

Good Evening Member

of Council,

elected officials, and di tinguished for the City of

guests. Welcome to my Second Annual State of the City Addres Trenton.

When we met a year ago, I set forth 'concrete goals' that our administration determined would strengthen our City's foundation and we begin this State of the City Addres by revisiting tho e goal. We recognized early - that these goals

would not bear fruit immediately, but we pressed on becau e we believe our City de erves more than short term gimmick . I am proud to ay that we are cIo er to realizing these goals than we were last year. They include:

1. Live Where You Work legislation which requires all new hires within our
Police and Fire Department in our City within and Board of Education to permanently live over 750 ix months of their hire date. Currently,

employees, within the e department

and sy tern, have combined annual our City every

alaries exceeding $60 mi1lion. Yet, this revenue leave

single year. Imagine, for a moment, if our City had a strong residency law on the books for these employees twenty-five year ago. I firmly

believe we would be dealing with a different City of Trenton today. Our administration legi lator legislature. ha pent the past year lobbying and meeting with State tate

in order to gain bill spon ors in both hou es of our

We have a tentative agreement for spon orship, so far, and upport. We will continue the fight

are working on obtaining additional for economic elf-determination

for the City of Trenton. We are headed

in the right direction. 2. Reopening Trenton Central High School Vocational Program is another priority our administration ha been working toward. Our children should high school, work or coJ1ege. It is

have two options upon graduating

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incumbent upon us, as adults, to ensure they get the be t education and training pos ible to prepare them for life. I am proud to announce that we are in the final phase of discussion and preparation to create the 'City of Trenton Career & Technical Evening School.' CIa es would be ho ted at Trenton Central High School and are designed to introduce participants to variou entry level vocational clas es to make them employable in the
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field of their choice. CIa ses will al

be

tructured to deliver content

relevant to the current job market. Some of the clas es to be offered include: masonry, carpentry, machine shop practice, and computer

technology e sential . The program will follow a ten week semester in the fall and again in the spring. Instructional taff will be fuIJy qualified

and certified to teach in their re pective content area. Lastly, the program will be equipped to handle roughly two hundred and seventy during an academic year. Our administration programs that seek to offer our resident tudent

win continue to fight for

acces to education and training. es scouting in the right

After all, a better educated community i attractive to busine for office and manufacturing direction. pace. We are headed

3. Mv Commitment to Higher Education remains a priority. I firmly believe that recruiting an institution of higher learning win make the City of Trenton discussion more competitive. Over the past year we have been in

with college

and universities

throughout

our State about

having a pre ence in here in the Capital City. I am proud to announce that our administration Community has e tablished a partnership with Mercer County Civil

College and the New Jer ey Institute of Technology

Engineering Program to establish a summer internship program focu ed on planning, de ign, con truction, operation and management of our
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municipal

infrastructure.

This intern hip program

targets engmeenng

students and will provide them with practical learning experience a it relates to developing intern ustainable citie in New Jersey. pecifically,

will have three weeks to analyze a special infrastructure project
that tudent academic credit for their work. La tly, our adrnini tration University School of Engineering about

through field and de ktop experience. The e are unpaid internship offer

is in discus ions with Rutger

joining this summer intern hip program. We are beaded in the right direction. Now that we have di cus ed the tatu of orne of our pa t commitments let us turn our attention to step our administration The City continue has taken to turn our City around. that recommend

to employ competent financial profe sional

prudent decisions that improve our fiscal po ition. Even Moody's Investors Service recently recognized our efforts, stating, "Fiscal 2012 budget inc1udes structural improvements to financial operation and de pite additional state aid cuts of $5 tability and

million in the fi cal 2012 budget, year-to-date performance indicate structural improvement to operations."

De pite a fiscal tsunami when we took ubsided.

office, we are headed in the right direction, and every fiscal tsunami Some of tho e improvement • • • • include:

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Balancing an inherited $55 million deficit for the 2011 Fi cal Year. Submitting a balanced budget, that initially had a $34 million deficit for the current 2012 Fiscal Year. Proposing a 2012 Fi cal Year budget that wa $22_9 million les than the previous year. Department Budgets totaled $106.3 million for the 2010 Fiscal Year and has steadily decreased to the current amount of $86.9 million. (That's a $] 9.4 million reduction). Our City workforce totaled 1,339 employees for the 2010 Fiscal Year and stands at 998 for the current fiscal year. That is a reduction of 341. employee. We asked all departments to reduce their expen es, and orne of those include:
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Reduction in profes ional service and consultant fee. Reduction in equipment maintenance costs. Reduction in photocopying, books, and publication , and Reduction in rent. As you can see, we are headed in the headed in the right direction.

We recognize that there is more work to do in order to shore up our fiscal foundation, government but we are headed in the right direction. Let us not forget that across this nation had to make the same tough fi cal decisions. it could be

Although our national economy i showing signs of rebounding several years before funding tate and local government

ee significant increa e in our will continue to work hard to

ources. Until then, our administration

guarantee essential services re idents have come to expect. The fact that we have submitted two balanced maintain many vital ervice budgets and continue to and

is an example of sound fi cal management
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good government. Our fiscal situation

on the road to recovery. Our City has

run budget deficits for more than a decade. Many of you know our City raised taxe every single year with the State as it relate ince 1990. Our City alway had a tressed relationship

to a better funding formula. Our City has al ways had of RCA funding for
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an anemic tax base for decades, and the acceptance many years certainly compounded the problem. Having our financial hou e in order i important

in

term

of attracting

investors, but guaranteeing a safe and ecure City is an even bigger draw. Thi past year ha community.
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been particularly

challenging

a

it relates to policing

our

City was one of the la t municipalities

in the State to downsize

our police department due to fi cal constraints. done it sooner, but I disagree. The decision wa

Some argued we hould have made early on to keep our

police officers on the job as long a we could afford to do so. We exhau ted our financial re ources and our political network at every level of govemment. administration
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lobbied officials from the State House to the White House for
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public

afety funding. In October of la t year, I met with officials at the Justice

Department and the White Hou e and wa assured that as oon a funding was made available our Community would be revisited. Our lobbying efforts paid off in terms of getting the New Jer ey Attorney General Mercer County Sheriff, US Marshals Regional. Taskforce, and Mercer County Pro ecutor's Office to recognize that our police department had a real need for reinforcements. The State Police have been patrolling our treet since Oriented Policing Services grant application

the econd week of February. This was made possible with support from a ho t of individual. The sheriffs and prosecutor's office al
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have manpower on the ion. tride despite a

ground working with our police officer The Trenton Police Department

in crime suppre
continue

to make

significant reduction in manpower. In June of 2011, the department Directed Neighborhood Patrols, a program similar

instituted

to the Neighborhood

Enforcement and Stabilization Task Force ..This program utilizes multi-faceted strategies, community such as high-visibility outreach foot and motorized and nuisance patrols crimes. along with

to reduce violent

The officers

assigned to the Directed Neighborhood speaking directly to the residents

Patrols literally went door to door of the community. The Directed

Neighborhood Department Enforcement

Patrols also coordinated their effort unit (Tactical Anti-Crime, Crime

with other Trenton Police Suppression & Vice

Units), along with employing

the assistance

of other City of

Trenton departments

such as Inspections, Public Works, and the Trenton Fire

Department to address the issues that impacted "Quality of Life" issues in our City. The initiative provided a true assessment and evaluation of neighborhood living condition , ranging from crime occurrence , housing and health i sue

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along with community concem of our City's neighborhoods. Then there wa department cheduled identified

and was utilized as a fir t tep in the re toration

the implementation hot

of regular foot patrols. The police foot patrol were

pots where regular dedicated

even days per week at et times. The officers on foot patrol were

charged with interacting with re idents along with responding to any call for ervice within their designated relationships between community foot patrol area. In order to further cement member and the department, the evenmg and our

Shift Commander wa a igned to attend evening community meeting Acting Police Director regularly meets with community groups. The Department ha re-instituted

downtown Bike Patrols after a nine year

absence. Police officers patrol the downtown area on bicycle . A1ternate Bike Officers are also being outfitted to begin bicycle patrols in other areas of the City on a random basi. Officers
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now be better suited to keep our ing issues of crime and

downtown community

afe and clean, while addre

quality of life complaints. While patrolling the downtown area, officers are able to strengthen the police department's the business community. relationship with downtown residents and

Bike Patrol Officers are working seven days a week.

o date, officers have issued 557 motor vehicle summon es for moving and parking violations, 25 summon es for violation of City ordinance, and have

made 12 custodial arrests. The Bike Officers are being outfitted through the final Weed & Seed grant. We are excited about the new 2012 Comprehen initiative will serve as a critical piece to addressing example, our focus on "broken windows policing' ive Crime Initiative. Thi crime in our City. For

recognizes that we can no

longer afford to ignore small petty quality of life crimes such a aggressive panhandling, loitering, littering, and prostitution, to name a few. Another
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example is recognizing the importance of technology and utilizing it to reign in on crime. We will be reaching out to the younger generation and encouraging them to use our 'Text-A- TIP line. lt al
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means determining how technology

can supplement depleted manpower. Lastly, and certainly not least, our $25,000 reward program, which leads to the arre t and conviction of a person

responsible for a homicide in our

ity. We will utilize drug forfeiture funds to

make this a reality. We are headed in the right direction. One of the biggest complaints politicians deal with is the fact that we do not keep our campaign prorni es. I am proud to stand before you and say that we campaigned on: requesting State Police a i tance with crime reduction (and we did it), 'Park & Walk" a program that got officers out of their squad cars and back on the beat, (and we did it) and 'Cops on Bikes confidently ay that somewhere (and we did it). I can

in our City, tonight, the State Police are on

patrol there is an officer walking the beat, and up unti 1six o' clock th is evening there were officers patrolling direction .. The Department of Fire & Emergency Services continues to lead the pack as a 21 t Century equipped department. I wanted to take this time and hare with you examples of their continued commitment to keeping our City afe. During the last year the department has: • • • • Responded to over 13,000 Service and First Re ponder CaJl . TEMS responded to over 18,000 call for ervice. Re-organization of command staff for a more improved, effective & efficient chain of command and it working. Increased re ponsibility & activity of the Fire Prevention & Public Education branch of the department. Thi also included a record number of free moke detector. given to City re idents. (Smoke detectors save livesl). Received a federal grant award for a new mobile command vehicle. our treets on bike , and we're headed right

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Received a State of New Jer ey Em rgency Management Grant to as ist our office of Emergency management. • Applied & rece.ived preliminary approval. of a federal Port Grant. This grant could potentiaUy award the department. over $300,000 in specialty equipment. • Received an AFG grant for 3 new ambulances for EMS. • Graduated a new Haz-Mat cia . • Graduated a new Dive Team cla s. • We are headed in the right direction. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Trenton Health Team has made significant advancement in providing health care ervices to the

re idents of Trenton over the past year. The Trenton Health Team i a collaborative alliance compri ed of the City of Trenton, Capital Health-Mercer Health-Fuld Campu and Campus, Capital

st.

Franci

Medical Center, as well a , Henry J Austin

Health Center, Trenton's

only Federal1y Qualified Health Center. The Trenton planning and service organization committed to

Health Team is a community

de igning and implementing a tightly integrated health care delivery City of Trenton.

y tern in the

This past year a re ident of Trenton wa hired to erve a the City's Health Officer, a requirement of the State Department of Health. Working with the

Director and the Trenton Health Team, the Division of Health is on it way to restore many of the health services provided adole cents, and adult. Some of those ervice in the past to Trenton's include: working with the children, renton

Health Team to re-e tabli h program Outcomes, Cancer Services, Diabete and Geriatric Services.

for Infant and Pre-school Health, Pregnancy ervices, Cardiova cular Di ease Service,

The Divi ion of Health, Environmental retail food e tablishments

Staff continued to inspect over 700

to ensure that food handling was done according to es. The

tandard, and that the dining public were protected from food borne illne Animal Shelter provided free Rabie Clinics for vaccination

for our dogs and cat,
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and over 400 dog

and cat were adopted this past year. Our Clinic and Nursing

Services at 218 North Broad Street saw and treated over 5,000 City re ident for a variety of medical condition , including investigating over 500 ca es of childhood lead poisoning. Over the next year, our ability to reach more City re idents and focu on the health need of our home Ie community will begin. is

Our Office on Aging, a Divi ion within Health & Human Services, charged with overseeing entices for our aging population.

he City ha five senior

centers that work with seniors to improve their "quality of life" which includes a number of health is ue heart attacks. senior
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uch as high blood pre

ure, cancer, diabete , obesity, which wi1l educate the

ite supervisor

are creating campaign

on how to work towards gaining knowledge a a tool for prevention, early and improvement in order to increase longevity of their Iives. The

intervention

centers are working with the Trenton Health Team and the Divi ion of Health to get a speaker board and field trips in order to be informed to make proactive deci ions in their senior lives. Our senior centers are also working on increasing seniors becoming more knowledgeable about computer, cell phones, fax

machines, and scanners. The centers are working on getting updated computers and starting some classes for our senior . Representatives from our five center repre ented the City of Trenton at the Our seniors came home with

November 2011 Senior Olympic three gold and three silver medal

in Woodbridge.

in bowling and billiards. Ms. Lawaner Sykes,

Supervisor of the Reading Center, repre ented the City of Trenton at the Senior Ms. America Pageant in Atlantic City. The City of Trenton, Department of Health and Human Service programs was

awarded a total of $2.5 million

for local homeless

from the U.S. the City of

Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trenton has been succe sful in receiving

For several year,

this annual award through this very
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competitive national proce

. The City of Trenton is grateful for the opportunity to

be funded again this year to assist our mo t vulnerable population. The award provides $1.5 million in funding for 16 renewal project includes tran itional housing and permanent upportive housing to that erve

approximately

440 homeless individuals and families.

Project sponsor

include: and the

Greater Trenton Behavior Health Care, Catholic Charities, HomeFront, Gershen Group (YWCA).

On March 13, 2012, Secretary Donovan announced an

additional award of almost $1 minion for three (3) new projects to provide 63 new permanent housing units for chronic and non-chronic families. homeless individual and

This is a significant increa e in rental assi tance leasing vouchers for

permanent supportive housing in our community. In addition, HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide supportive substance abuse ervices such a : case management, job training,

ervices, mental health coun eling, and life skills. Continuum of provide an

The City of Trenton in collaboration with the Trenton/Mercer Care which i the planning body of approximately 30 organizations

on-going process to maintain and develop a comprehensive

homeles

delivery

ystem. It is through the Continuum of Care's efforts that new homeless initiative such as Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing focus on hou ing the homeles as

quickly as possible. These program models provide housing stability and improve quality of life. This award will enable the Continuum to align our community's homeless needs and goals with the federal Opening Door Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homele ness.

Our Office on Adult & Family Service , a Division, within the Health & Human Services Department, the plight of unemployment, Adult and is working with a number of citizens experiencing eviction, foreclosure, and homelessnes . The Unit of

amily Services i partnering with various area social service agencies Health System, Catholic Charities, Family
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such as Greater Trenton Behavioral

Guidance, HomeFront mental

I Ie,

Re cue Mission, con tituent medical

Capita] involved health

Health with

System,

Legal

Aid

and

in getting

ub tance abu e counseling, budget management,

health

coun ding,

counseling, advocacy. Weare

mortgage loan modification, continue to keep Trenton direction.

and entitlement

Our admini tration will headed in the right

strong and healthy.

The Department of Public Works continue

to lead the effort in maintaining

and upgrading our infrastructure. Some of their efforts include: Filled over 2,000 pothole . Laid 1 450 ton of asphalt. (Example include) o South Broad Street {Liberty to Dye) o Centre Street (Cass to Furman) o Edgewood Avenue (Sullivan to Bruce Park) o Perry Street (Southard to Caroll) o Clinton Avenue (Olden to Perrine) • Collected 142 truckloads of leaves. • Responded to 1,] 56 calls for pecial pick-ups. • Boarded up and ecured over 180 City and public propertie . • Installed safety padding on all baseball field fences. • Reconditioned bathroom at Cadwalader Park, West End and Gully Fields. • Repaired 47 ewer/drain main. • Collected, treated, and disposed of approximately 4.4 BWLLlON gallons of wastewater. • Treated and di posed of approximately 21 million gallons ofbiosolids. • Completed recon truction projects on: Broad Street and Bellevue Avenue. • Began a $500,000 recon truction project on Perry Street. • Preparing plans for reconstruction of: North Warren Street, Ea t Hanover Street, and Montgomery Street. • Our administration is committed to taking care of the little things like smooth road and potholes. We are headed in the right direction. The Department of Housing & Economic Development continues to upgrade the housing stock and provide new home for working families through the
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administration properties for

of HOME and CDBG funds and the disposition redevelopment projects. The Division

of City-owned incentive

admini ter

programs like the senior grant and loan program for facade improvement projects that upport and encourage total redevelopment the City.
In 2011, the Division

to enhance the economic vitality of

completed

con truction on 20 home

for working on North

families on East State Street, 42 homes on Dunham Street, 22 home

Broad and Feeder Street, 2 homes on North Clinton Avenue, 2 home on Academy Street, and a home on Stockton Street. Con truction i also complete on the 52 homes on Spring and Pa saic Streets in the City'
HD

designated

Homeownership

Zone .. Thi

i the la t project in the Zone and 18 new families

have moved in with sale pending on five more unit . Con truction recon truction of the is ongoing on 18 homes on Carteret Avenue and the

idewalks on Carteret Avenue, 4 units on Academy Street,

Phase II of the Delaware run project by K. Hovnanian Home, and the rehabilitation of 199 homes under the Trenton Housing Rehabilitation Tran it Center continue project to drive revitalization attracting Program. The Trenton

major redevelopment

such as the] 00 mil1ion HOPE VI project. This project, a partnership with 309 housing units and
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the Trenton Housing Authority, will provide approximately

many construction jobs. The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York al a $1.1 million subsidy from the Affordable

awarded

Housing Program to the $10 million

Chambers Loft project. Thi 64 unit project will serve and attract commuters u ing the 6th busiest train station along the Northeast corridor. Projects in the pipeline include: the propo ed redevelopment 101(Roebling Complex); new hou ing development housing development by HomeFront· of Building

by the Rescue Mi sion; new of the Polizzi meat

the redevelopment

market site; the Whittaker Project which is the redevelopment

of the former M iU
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Hill Hotel Site, the 2nd phase of the Old Trenton Neighborhood Spring Street, which is the redevelopment

Project, 320

of the former Old People's Residence,

the development of 187- [89 and 482 West Hanover Street, the rehabilitation of the Escher Street SRO and the rehabilitation Better Community Housing of Trenton. The City of Trenton's Brownfields Environmental Solutions for Trenton Program, in partnership with the Better committee, succe sfully petitioned the of several homes on Tyrell Street by

legislature to amend regulations conducting Brownfield

that save municipalities

funds as it relates to accepted its sixth

remediation.

The City of Trenton

Phoenix Award for Brownfields Brownfields Conference

Redevelopment The

at the United States National City received this honor of

in Philadelphia.

distinction for the Brownfields redevelopment

of the former Magic Marker/Gould

Battery site. Trenton has won more Phoenix Awards than any other community in the United States. Additional accomplishments include: • Small Business Loan Program which reassigns $500,000 for small business loans from UEZ funding. • Holding an auction in December of 20] 1 that resulted in 33 properties which are currently under contract with an estimated dosing date in April. The City will continue to hold quarterly auctions. • The Gateway Project encompasses development of Warren Street between John Fitch Way and Market Street that creates a roundabout at Livingston Street to improve traffic downtown and creates an immediate gateway from Route [ and Route 29 into downtown Trenton. • The City will provide $2.6 minion in gateway improvements to our main corridors coming into the City of Trenton. This program begins in the Wilbur Section of Trenton at the comer of E. State Street and Olden Avenue .. • The old Glen Cairn Arms site will finally be demolished, and a developer will be sought to create a more marketable and valuable site. '. Finally, we hosted various visiting delegations that may create international partnerships,

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As you can see with the e incredible accompli hment , we are headed in the right direction. of Recreation, Natural Resource, & Culture continue to

The Department

provide valuable services to our re idents. Thi employees coming together to provide a nece example, our Summer Feeding succe sfully fed thousand nutritional department

department i another example of
ary service with les re ources. For

Program ran from June to August 2011, and while also educating them about

of City youth,

and health habits. Our five City pools are another example of the providing residents an avenue to cool down during the summer

months. The Summer Concert Serie i another e ample of the department tapping into local mu ician for the benefit of the community. Another example i our

Annual Fishing Derby, where 60 children participated, and learned about the sport of fishing. Last and most important, Centers the department will have four of it and ummer include:

Recreation/Community enrichment programming the Ike William

open for after- chool program

ervicing hundreds of youth daily. The e center

Recreation Center, We t Ward Recreation Center, Sam Naple

Community Center, and the North Clinton Ave Community Center. The activitie include: homework, mentoring, gardening, game, and sport activitie .

I wanted to spend some time talking about the plans our ad mini tration ha for the City'S libraries. For the pa t twelve months, the Mayor's Learning Center Library Initiative Committee has been meeting on a weekly basis with sole purpo e of REOPENING the Skelton Library, the Cadwalader Library, the Brigg Library, and the East Trenton Library by or before April 30th, Branch 2012. I

commissioned

thi group of talented and committed individual

to work on plans

and as a result our admini tration ha found a way to reopen all four facilities on a part-time basis with the ultimate goal of having them open full time.

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The Mayor's Learning Center Libraries will be much more than your typical library. They win be community learning and resource centers, in addition to being a full service borrowing and research library ..The genera] public and our children will be issued a library card to borrow books, as well as having access to an elibrary service. They win have the support and service of a librarian in addition to being able to connect to Mercer County Library's EBSCO database which win enable them access to a diverse set of reading resources .. Youth programs will. provide special support for students. Students will be able to utilize the library to receive homework help via technology or on-site volunteer tutors. Tutoring and

homework help wUJ be available to students Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 7pm. Additional programs and activities may include: basic skill development vocabulary, reading comprehension, summer reading youth book clubs, programs, in

a1is and craft preparatory fitness

activities,chess,

math, Spanish,

and college

programs. Adult programs may include: reading and writing workshops, classes, computer classes, and career planning

and resume writing workshops.

Physical and mental health awareness programs will educate adult about nutrition, men's health, women's Finally, health, and important medical issues impacting our

community.

branch

libraries

will provide

a meeting

space for local

organizations to convene. Funding win come from various sources to operate our centers. As you can see from these accomplishments, we are offering our children

safe, fun, and structured activities. We are beaded in the right direction. Finally, I wanted talk about our administration's steps towards remaining

open and transparent. We continue to be accessible and visible to members of the public, Since we took office, 1 have held over 20 Town Hall Meetings throughout our City. These meetings have and win continue to be open to all members of our community to ask question of us and voice their concerns ..W,e do not pre-select
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which residents to invite or throughout our City; offering

creen que tion . I have

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ited over 15 school and di cussing anti-

words of encouragement

bullying, due to the fact that peer pressure is a very real is ue in our schools. I have met with dozen of religious leader throughout our community encouraging them Block Grant Program. Our resident , often picking up can do i ensure they can of the public

to consider applying for our Community Development churches provide critical program where government to under-privileged

cannot. The least our government

apply for funding relief We were also readily available to member impacted by Hurricane Irene, la t ummer. We held clos

to a dozen pre of our

conferences to keep members of the pubJic informed about the deci ion emergency management official. Weare headed in the right direction.

When our admini tration took office we set a clear goal of revamping our City website to be more user-friendly Trentonians and rich in information. sources For a long time about our

have had to go to multiple

for information

community and government. Our web ite has now become that medium, with over 21,000 unique visitors per month. Re idents can currently view and download: our municipal holiday chedule, trash suspension days, six years of adopted budgets, member information, meeting and our annual real

five years of annual audits, board and commission schedules for boards, commissions,

and civic associations,

property tax li t which includes information about every the City of Trenton. Our administration firmly believe

ingle taxable property in that a vibrant community

should have acee s to ba ic information about their community. As time progre se we will continue to upload information to our web ite for the public's benefit. While we have much more work to do, we fulfilled campaign promises, and we began good work here in the City, but the real work is ahead of us. When we met a year ago, I outlined concrete goals, and those goal What translated into action.

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out1ined tonight was clear, these are the steps we"ve take to improve
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Trenton. Our administration

is confident that we've taken appropriate

steps to

better Trenton, and we are headed in the right direction. The ere ult can be een by ju t looking at a few small. things like, our finances, on foot and bike patrol , on the road play in, re-establishing vocational eeing our police officers

that you drive on, the parks your children and technical school, and improved

communication

with our constituents

through an open-door policy and a record

number of townhall meetings. But that's just the beginning of our progre s. These goals will continue to bear fruit and sprout throughout the City. But, do not judge or pick the fruit before it i ripe, give it an opportunity to bloom, and join our admini tration in moving our City forward. We fulfilled promise, we

began implementing our goals, but that's just the beginning, now let's continue to erve our resident together. And now more than ever, I tand before you with

confidence that the State of our City is well. De pite our challenges, the State of our City is well. Despite our unique issues, the State of our City i well. And, despite the naysayers, the State of our City i welL Despite being targeted on every front, the State of our City is well. De pite those trying to sabotage our progre s, the State of our City i well! We hope you will join us, and watch the seeds of our progress bloom throughout our great City, becau e the State of our Capital City i ALIVE and WELL. God Bles You, God Ble s the City of Trenton, and God Bless the United State of America.

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