NEW BRUNSWICK - Mayor Jim Cahill announced his bid for re-election along with his running mates, City Councilman Kevin Egan and City Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar, citing forward progress and key accomplishments that are improving the quality of life in the Hub City.
Key among these are the 7,000 new jobs created for local residents over the last 10 years, development of housing units for all income levels, $22 million in annual property tax relief generated by ongoing redevelopment projects, and more than $3 billion in new economic development. In fact, New Brunswick has managed to maintain an unemployment rate below regional, state and national averages.
Running for his eighth term, Cahill pointed to close collaboration among the city and its residents, employers and many community organizations.
“We have built and look to expand the partnerships that have been such an important part of New Brunswick’s success. With unprecedented coordination among our community, the city, Middlesex County, the state of New Jersey, Rutgers and our healthcare institutions to improve and enrich the experience of living, learning, working and enjoying leisure time activities in New Brunswick, there’s much more to come,” Cahill said.
Over the last several years, New Brunswick has seen a renewal of Rutgers University’s College Avenue campus, with construction of its new Honors College, new facilities for the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, construction of The Yard, and lane redesign for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles on College Avenue.
In addition, the city has been conducting a $5 million repair and upgrade of its sewer system and has committed nearly $20 million to a five-year upgrade for the New Brunswick Water Utility.
On the horizon are completion of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, now under construction on Livingston Avenue, and the development of the Hub Innovation and Technology District, a new state-of-the art incubator hub in Downtown New Brunswick recently promoted by Governor Murphy.
The City is also entering the next phase of the efforts to renew and re-energize its parks system as part of the City’s Healthier New Brunswick initiative with implementation of the New Brunswick Parks Action Plan, a comprehensive review of all 272 acres of New Brunswick’s public parks system and a Blueprint for Action, containing both long-and- short-term customized recommendations for each City park and the development of two new parks on Neilson and Welton streets.
Also in partnership with the state, the Gov. Phil Murphy recently nominated six of the city’s census tracts as Opportunity Zones, a powerful economic tool for New Jersey communities made available through recent federal legislation. New Brunswick communities include Esperanza Neighborhood Project, Unity Square, the Georges Road area, Downtown, and the Jersey Avenue and Somerset Street corridors.
With our community partners, New Brunswick has provided new housing for victims of domestic violence and the homeless, and the City Council has adopted new ordinances to provide earned sick leave, municipal identification cards and protection for workers against wage theft.
And the rehabilitation of abandoned properties in our city will get underway this year, returning these sites to our housing stock and providing new housing opportunities for our residents.
In addition, the construction of the new Redshaw School has been completed and the expansion and renovation of the Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts will be ready for the opening of school this fall.
Egan and Escobar are both running for their third terms on the New Brunswick City Council.
“Together, we have spurred a new momentum in our city, making improvements throughout,” Egan said.
Added Escobar, “As we expand community services, improve our schools, and enrich our social service and arts organizations, we are also improving the quality of life for every one of our residents.”
“We are proud of the partnership we’ve created among everyone who lives and works in the City” Cahill said. “And we look forward to making life in New Brunswick even better over the next four years. Our simple goal is to continue.to make New Brunswick better. To do this, our efforts are always focused on:
Creating jobs and putting more people to work than ever before so they can better care for themselves and their families.
Creating homes for all income levels, including those without any income at all, so everyone can live in a clean, safe and affordable home.
Providing a healthier lifestyle and better access to healthcare and fresh, nutritious and affordable food, especially for the most vulnerable and traditionally underserved.
Giving our children a nurturing environment and the opportunity to excel in their academic pursuits.
Continuing our 300 plus year history as a welcoming community for all living here, providing a home and the opportunity for a better life.”