7 candidates for Trenton mayor. 1 question about marijuana.

As State Assemblyman, I wrote, sponsored and passed the bill creating the State's medical marijuana program, and have introduced a recreational legalization bill that is deeply conscious of all the issues that underpin the legalization debate, and that provides remedies to the communities most affected by the failed War on Drugs. Without a doubt, I have been a leading public voice in the debate about marijuana in New Jersey for more than two decades, and I look forward to continuing my role in the conversation as Mayor of Trenton.

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Reed Gusciora
Gusciora Administration to Seek Reinstating Trenton Recycling Program

In 1998, the City of Trenton left Mercer County’s recycling program as a means of providing additional revenues and employment opportunities for the City. The program ended in December of 2004, under questionable circumstances. Ultimately, as was ruled in 2006, the dismantling of the City of Trenton’s recycling program was politically, rather than economically or logically, motivated. Frankly, abolishing it was nonsensical – reinstating it is the only logical option for the City.

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Reed Gusciora
Trenton Election Rumblings: Gusciora would reinstate recycling program; Caldwell-Wilson lands endorsements

When the City was operating the Recycling Bureau at full capacity, it employed thirty people, and generated upwards of $300,000 in revenue a year for the City,” Gusciora continued. “The most expensive equipment – the bailer, the compressor – are still sitting idle on some City-owned property. The Capital start up cost would be negligible; that revenue is real money sitting within our grasp that can be used to fund critical programs, and real jobs that can be used to support prisoner reentry, or for light-duty work for City employees.

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Reed Gusciora
Gusciora on Water Works: “Action is Needed. Now.”

If I am elected, during a transition period I would seek out expertise that can be found right within our region.  As an example, Shing Fu-Hsueh, the former Mayor of West Windsor, served with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for more than 30 years as a Water Supply Administrator. He has expressed a keen interest in participating in a plan to assure that Trenton Water Works adopts the best industry practices in service to its customers. There are likely other experts as well that can help steer us towards improving our processes and operations.

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Reed Gusciora
Gusciora turns to old allies in Asbury Park

“When we see something like Trenton, which is on that upswing, we want to make sure that people that we know that have that grit, that determination get elected in Trenton,” said Asbury Park Democratic Chairman Joe Grillo. “Reed has been in the assembly since 1996 and has taken no shit from anybody either, including the former governor, so that’s what we need in our cities.”

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Sierra Club Endorses Reed Gusciora for Trenton Mayor

I’m deeply honored to receive the Sierra Club’s endorsement for Mayor of Trenton. For more than two decades, in my role as Assemblyman for the 15th District, I have worked closely with them in order to make New Jersey a national leader in progressive environmental policy. Trenton has more than its fair share of problems, and as a result, environmental concerns can fall by the wayside. The next Mayor will be left to deal with these problems. As someone who has been a strong voice for environmental policy at the State level, I know I can expeditiously address these problems once I take office.

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Reed Gusciora
Trenton Election Rumblings: Former Sen. Inverso, a prominent Republican, endorses Gusciora

Reed Gusciora has shown he is a sincere public servant who is motivated by doing the right thing. I believe he will be the right mayor to get the state to fund its obligations and the right Mayor to implement the plan to make Trenton a great Capital City. Reed is honest, hard-working and independent and tough minded enough to ward off any influence from an entrenched political machine which might attempt to dilute his drive to “Lift Trenton Together.”

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Reed Gusciora
Victory Fund Endorses 35 More LGBTQ Candidates for 2018, Spotlights Four New Historic Races

“We have an unprecedented number of LGBTQ leaders running for office this cycle and are on-track to endorse more candidates than at any time in our 27-year history,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Our candidates are the authentic, values-driven leaders America desperately needs right now. They are leaders committed to equality, but also to addressing the bread and butter issues that are too often ignored by today’s politicians. Victories for our candidates on Election Night can have a profound impact on millions of Americans’ lives.”

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Reed Gusciora
Worthy, Gusciora raise most money so far in Trenton mayoral race

“I think that my message resonates and that people get we need economic development downtown,” Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) said Monday in a phone interview. “The most I hear from developers is that it’s a bureaucratic nightmare to deal with the city and they have complaints about the economic development officer and I have my own complaints. I think people are excited for a change and to have a person with experience leading the city.”

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Reed Gusciora
Bill to Reinstate Expired UEZ in Plainfield, Other Cities, Heads to Governor’s Desk

“Over the years, the Urban Enterprise Zone program has helped attract both new businesses and consumers alike, and has helped revitalize cites struggling to reinvigorate once-thriving business districts,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “It makes little economic sense to have halted this momentum.  By extending this designation, we can help these towns continue their renaissance.”

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Reed Gusciora
Trenton tax incentive program dropped by Christie reignited by Gusciora bill

“Griffith Electric does $25 million in sales each year and you go in the parking lot and you see contractors coming from Pennsylvania or outside of Mercer County,” the longtime 15th district legislator said. “They come here because they get the break in the sales tax. The contractors come here because a lot of it’s the profit margin of paying less in sales tax than they would anywhere else.”

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Reed Gusciora
Trenton election 2018 LGBT candidates

“I am seeking office because I believe that my experience, relationships, and independence make me uniquely suited to be an effective Mayor for Trenton. As a 22-year [State] Assemblyman, I definitively stand apart from the field of candidates as the most experienced. During my tenure in the Assembly, I have aggressively pursued pro-Trenton policies, and I have a significant record of accomplishments as it relates to promoting the overall well being of Trenton’s citizens.”

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Reed Gusciora
Bill to extend UEZs in 5 N.J. cities clears Assembly panel

“Over the years, the Urban Enterprise Zone program has helped attract both new businesses and consumers alike and has helped revitalize cites struggling to reinvigorate once-thriving business districts,” said Gusciora. “It makes little economic sense to have halted this momentum. By extending this designation, we can help these towns continue their renaissance.”

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