St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and The Citizens Campaign hosted a Call to Service Summit on Friday, June 17th featuring Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones and The Citizens Campaign Chairman Harry Pozycki.

More than 50 residents came out on Friday evening to learn how they can become more active in the City of Paterson and get results.  Speaking at the event were Mayor Jeffery Jones, St. Joseph’s Director of Government Affairs and Paterson Councilman Ken Morris, and The Citizens Campaign Chairman Harry Pozycki.

A large portion of the evening was focused on 4 Paths to Service any resident can pursue, including “citizen legislator,” “citizen journalist,” “political party committeeperson” and “appointed officeholder.”  Here are some Paterson residents who are Answering the Call to Service in their own way:

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Paterson resident Marc Lazarus recently made a presentation before the City Council to adopt a “Best Price Insurance Reform” proposal which requires a more competitive process for obtaining insurance coverage and caps on broker’s fees.  Recognizing that health insurance costs make up a substantial portion of the municipal budget, the use of a competitive process can help drive down the cost of insurance.  Marc had taken The Citizens Campaign’s “Citizen Legislator” class, learning how anyone can identify an issue, devise a solution, make a constructive proposal, and get results.

Tana McPherson also answered the Call to Service, by becoming a “Citizen Journalist.” Tana is a lawyer by trade, but after taking the Citizens Campaign “Citizen Journalist” class, Tana realized she could put her writing skills to use and passion for film, art, and history by covering the Paterson arts community for  Read Tana’s most recent story on “Umi” movie preview.

Frank Filippelli, a devoted parent in Paterson with a passion for helping kids, applied and got appointed to the Youth Guidance Commission. The Youth Guidance Commission is a board comprised of Paterson youth and residents appointed by the Mayor to make sure young Patersonians' issues are heard and acted upon. Paterson offers dozens of opportunities on boards which address wide range of issues and community needs for residents. The Mayor and City Council are continually looking for residents like Frank Filippelli to step up and serve the community.