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Kenneth Martin, Jason Nunnermacker, Joanne Mania Colon, Joseph Barreto and Scott Young have more than 400 signed petitions declaring their bid for Hackensack City Council. On March 1, the five members of the Hackensack Coalition for Open Government gathered at City Hall as a united team to formalize their intention to run in the May 14 election.
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Hackensack,” said Martin, a retired Hackensack police officer. “In addition to implementing our own plans for the improvement of our community we look forward to meeting with our residents to learn what it is on their list of concerns as well.”
The team has pledged transparency in city government. They took the opportunity to unveil their 10-point plan for open government.
• Formally adopt the Local Open Government Principles.
• Establish a local ethics board to monitor and review actions of city officials and employees in regard to conflicts of interest and other ethical violations.
• Establish a Citizen Complaint Review Board to offer residents an alternate route in reporting unsatisfactory dealings with city departments.
• Establish a Civil Litigation Review Board to assess the validity of claims against the city and review the related city policies and procedures.
• Publish proposed ordinances on our city Web site along with the opportunity for online public comment.
• Create a process on our city Website, www.Hackensack.org to allow for online petitions concerning local issues of interest and concern.
• Require representatives of city departments to attend public council meetings to report on activities and answer questions from residents.
• Issue monthly reports to residents describing the significant issues and activities for that month.
• Televise city council meetings.
• Re-establish and promote City Hall office hours so that residents can seek the help and services of their city council.
“We plan to announce our team’s position on the other very significant issues and challenges facing our community as this campaign progresses,” said Campaign Manager Roger Mattei.
Another slate, Hackensack Citizens for Change, comprised of John Labrosse, Kathy Canestrino, David Sims, Rose Greenman and Leonardo Battaglia, filed on Feb. 28.