Mayor Tony F. Mack’s Biennial Review Press Conference

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					MAYOR TONY MACK'S
 BIENNIAL REVIEW
PRESS CONFERENCE




  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
CITY OF TRENTON MISSION STATEMENT

Recognizing the people of Trenton have made us guardians of the public
trust, we are committed to govern with integrity and fiscal responsibility,
to seek excellence in the City’s operations, and to serve all of the City’s
people with respect and compassion.

We are committed to enhancing the quality of life throughout the City and
providing quality services to all citizens, particularly those in greatest
need.

We are committed to conducting the City’s affairs with respect for our
environment, to foster opportunity, empowerment, and public
participation, and to pursue a vision of the City as a community shared
equally by all people.


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                                  Honorable Mayor Tony F. Mack
             Sam Hutchinson, Business Administrator, Department of Administration
                                  Vacant, Department of Finance
                           Qareeb Bashir, Director, Department of Fire
              Ruth Carter, Acting Director, Department of Health & Human Services
             Carmen Melendez, Acting Director of Housing & Economic Development
                Cleveland Thompson, Acting Director, Department of Inspections
                       Walter Denson, Acting Director, Department of Law
                     Lourdes Cosme, Trenton Municipal Court Administrator
                           Ralph Rivera, Director, Department of Police
                    Harold Hall, Acting Director, Department of Public Works
                 Vacant, Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, & Culture
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                 OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
•   25+ Town Hall Meetings
•   Visited over 15 Trenton Public Schools with an anti-bullying message.
•   Reopening of closed library branches as Mayor’s Learning Centers.
     – Skelton Branch Learning Center
     – Briggs Branch Learning Center
     – Cadwalader Branch Learning Center
•   Mayor’s After School Initiative
     – Provides meaningful activities for youth between 3pm-7pm on weekdays.
•   Created the Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs
•   Successfully lobbied State for funds for renovations to Trenton Central High School.
•   Lobbied The White House and Department of Justice for public safety funding.
•   Presided over the funding and opening of the Cadwalader Park Tennis Center, the
    nations largest junior tennis facility.
•   Steps toward transparency include: municipal holiday schedule, trash suspension days,
    six years of adopted budgets, five years of annual audits, board and commission member
    information, meeting schedules for boards, commissions, and civic associations, and our
    annual real property tax list are all available for download on our City website.

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  2010 CITY WEBSITE




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                FINANCE DEPARTMENT
•   Balanced an inherited $55 million deficit for the 2011 Fiscal Year.
•   Submitted a balanced budget, that initially had a $34 million deficit for the current 2012
    Fiscal Year.
•   City workforce totaled 1,339 employees for the 2010 Fiscal Year and stands at 1063 for
    the current fiscal year, a reduction of 276 employees.
•   The City’s ratable tax base increased from $1,980,295,615 in 2011 to $1,984,535,097 in
    2012, an increase of over $4,000,000.
•   The City’s exempt property (non taxable) assessments decreased from $2,166,989,430 in
    2011 to $2,148,659,130 in 2012, a decrease of over $18,000,000.
•   The ratio to true value increased from 65.70% in 2011 to 72.20% in 2012, which means
    properties are being assessed closer to 100% true market value.




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                 COMPARISION FY2010, FY2011, FY2012 BUDGETS
                                     (EXCLUDING GRANTS)

           190
                         $189.3


           188



           186


                                                $184.4
Millions




           184



           182

                                                                       $181.7

           180



           178



           176

                           FY 2010 Budget   FY 2011 Budget   FY 2012 Budget


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                                    3 Year Departmental Budget Comparision
                      FY 2010 Budget,
 120
                           $106.3                FY 2011 Budget,
 100
                                                      $97.5                FY 2012 Budget,
                                                                                $88.2
   80
Millions




   60



   40



   20



      0
                                                  Budget Year




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FY 2012 NON-DISCRETIONARY/DEPARTMENTAL EXPENDITURES
                                      $96.9 MILLION FOR FY 2012
                                                 Reserve for Uncollected
                                                          Tax                            Workers Compensation
                           School Debt Service            2.2%                                   3.8%
                                  6.4%
  Municipal Debt Service                                                                                 Group Health, Prescription
          22.6%                                                                                                 & Dental
                                                                                                                 28.0%




                                                                                                                   Unemployment Fund
                                                                                                                         2.9%
     Deferred Charges/Loan
            Reserves                                                                                            Liability Insurance
              1.2%                                                                                                      1.7%


                                                                Salary Increase & Sick
                                   Pension & Social Security              Pay             Utilities & Central
                                            21.7%                        1.9%                   Accounts
                                                                                                  7.5%




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                                      State Aid Analysis
                                  State Aid from FY 10 - FY 12
                                      $87.6
                            $90
                            $80                     $73.3        $68.2
                 Millions   $70
                            $60
                            $50
                            $40
                            $30
                            $20
                            $10
                             $-
                                   FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
                                              Fiscal Year

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        FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES
                DEPARTMENT
•   Applied for & awarded a grant which supplied TEMS with 3 new ambulance vehicles to
    replace outdated and non-compliant trucks.
•   Awarded new command vehicle thru FEMA grant, thus providing us with state of the art
    incident command upgrades.
•   Increased Specialized Training: Additional Haz-Mat Technicians, Swift Water Rescue
    Technicians, Rail Tank Car Operations, and Certification for Divers.
•   Applied for & awarded $13 million FEMA grant, which saved and paid for 61 firefighter
    jobs.
•   Applied for & awarded 2 grants which provided the department with $180,000 for
    SCBA and related equipment as well as $180,000 for Haz-Mat equipment.
•   Completed and signed off on the City of Trenton 325 page Emergency Operations Plan
    and Emergency Activation Plan.
•   The Office of Emergency Management received a $406,549.62 re-imbursement for the
    City of Trenton from FEMA for work done during Hurricane Irene & Tropical Storm
    Lee.
•   18 new Fire fighters hired to fill the numerous vacancies which will result in positive
    effect on logistics and daily operations.
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         HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
               DEPARTMENT
•   The Department of Health and Human Services had 68 full time employees during fiscal year
    2010 and that number has been reduced to 37 in the present Fiscal Year 2012, but still has
    been able to ensure mandated State code compliance numbers.
•   The Environmental Health Unit inspected over 1200 retail food establishments, over the last
    two years, in Trenton, to ensure that food served and sold in the City of Trenton is safe for
    human consumption.
•   The Environmental Health Unit, and Lead Nurse Case Manager has investigated over 600
    homes for lead based paint and other sources of lead.
•   Over 4,000 public health complaints were investigated and 300 summonses were issued to
    property owners who did not comply with orders to abate the problem.
•   The Public Health Nursing Services and Clinics located at 218 North Broad Street provide
    free STD testing and treatment and has seen almost 5,000 individuals, over the last two years.
•   The Animal Shelter was able to process over 2,500 dogs and cats over the past two years.
•   The Vital Statistics Unit collected over $559,185.00 in revenue over the past two years which
    is generated from marriage, death, birth, dog licensing, and divorce certificates.
•   The City of Trenton has been awarded $4.8 million over the past two years for local homeless
    programs from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
•   The Office of Adult and Family Services has worked with over 1500 families and individuals
    with the plight of eviction, unemployment, foreclosure, and homelessness.
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           HOUSING & ECONOMIC
         DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
•   The City of Trenton was selected to received $1 million in brownfields grants during the
    2011 round of USEPA funding.
•   The City of Trenton accepted its sixth Phoenix Award for Brownfields Redevelopment at
    the United States National Brownfields Conference in 2011.
•   Rehabilitated 14 homes on Dunham Street with CDBG funding.
•   Started construction on 10 homes, of which 3 are completed, on Carteret Street.
•   Completed construction on 34 homes on Lamberton and Lalor Street with 50 more
    currently under construction.
•   Construction of 20 units on East State Street was completed and new working families
    have moved in.
•   $1,100,000 Affordable Housing Program subsidy from the Federal Home Loan Bank of
    New York for the $10 million Chambers Loft project.
•   Trenton Housing Rehabilitation Program (Grants for home improvements)
     –   13 completed.
     –   70 homeowners are pre-approved and we are waiting for supporting documentation.
     –   60 are approved and are waiting for cost estimation for selection of qualified contractors.
     –   10 are in process for approval.


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          INSPECTIONS DEPARTMENT

•   Conducted approximately 96 demolition projects on collapsing unsafe structures to
    protect the health, welfare and safety of the public.
•   Plan review, permits and C/O application processing time has been reduced
    tremendously to expedite both commercial and residential occupancy developments.
•   The Inspections Department has collected approximately $7 million within the last 2
    years. This is the most the City has ever collected in the history of this Department.
•   The Department has vigorously cracked down on unauthorized construction and issued
    stringent penalties totaling $151,200.
•   Intensified the non-occupant registration fee collection.
•   More diligent in controlling absentee property owners by issuing summons totaling
    5,773 which resulted in more court revenue and less blighted properties.
•   Over 3,600 rental inspections have occurred.
•   Over 400 properties have been boarded up by Division of Public Property.




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                         LAW DEPARTMENT

•   During FY2012, at present, the Law Department has been able to realize a surplus of
    approximately $118,000 through a reduction in outside counsel bills.
•   The Law Department has secured settlement settlements of approximately twenty (20)
    cases for $30,000 or less, saving the City hundreds of thousands of dollars.
•   Since 2010, the Law Department has succeeded in securing dismissal and/or summary
    judgment for approximately fifty (50) cases.




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                     POLICE DEPARTMENT
•   Instituted Safe Surrender Program for residents with outstanding matters in Trenton
    Municipal Court. This program works with residents to resolve fines, setting up payment
    plans, complying with court orders, scheduling new court hearings, and other types of
    relief.
•   Instituted Directed Neighborhood Patrols which utilizes: as high-visibility foot and motorized
    patrols along with community outreach to reduce violent and nuisance crimes.
•   Implementation of foot patrols in designated hot spots.
•   Re-instituted downtown Bike Patrols after a nine year absence.
•   Downtown improvements include cracking down on petty crimes: aggressive panhandlers,
    loitering, & prostitution.
•   Food for Guns Program
     –   This program removed two-hundred and four weapons from the streets of Trenton. People were able
         to trade in their weapons for a one-hundred dollar ShopRite gift card.
•   Violent Enterprise Source Targeted Program
     –   The Trenton Police Department has coordinated its efforts with multiple outside agencies to assist in
         the targeting of gang violence, large scale drug sales, and wanted fugitives. This program allows
         participation from all agencies from the moment of arrest to the point of conviction. The agencies that
         participate in this program are the Attorney General’s Office, New Jersey Parole, New Jersey
         Probation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Mercer County Prosecutor’s
         Office, New Jersey State Police, Morrisville Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and
         the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.
•   $25,000 reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person responsible for any homicide
    within the City of Trenton.


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        PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
•   The New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program awarded the City
    of Trenton a $500,000 grant that called for new sidewalks and reconstruction of the
    roadway along Perry and Bank Streets.
     – Perry Street’s resurfacing should be complete within the next week.
     – North Warren Street’s resurfacing will begin in July.
•   The Delaware Toll Bridge Commission awarded the City of Trenton a $5.3 million grant
    meant to improve pedestrian safety and access. New sidewalks are being constructed
    along with total reconstruction of Warren and Market Streets. Included are new islands
    with greenery and a new roundabout at Livingston and Warren Streets.
•   The Sewer Utility generated approximately $185,000 last year by treating water from
    Magnesium Electron Inc.
•   Filled over 2,000 potholes
•   Laid over 1,800 tons of asphalt.
•   Repaired over 50 sewer/drain mains.
•   Responded to over 1,300 calls for special pick-ups.


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RECREATION, NATURAL RESOURCES,
    & CULTURE DEPARTMENT
•   The City of Trenton has invested over $12,000,000 in funds into park and cultural venue
    upgrades. Some of those upgrades include:
     –   Cooper Field – Ground Breaking for Renovation – April 20, 2011
     –   Roberto Clemente Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – May 26, 2011
     –   Calhoun Street Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – June 2, 2011
     –   Ike Williams Center – Grand Opening – June 23, 2011
     –   Cadwalader Park Junior Tennis Center – Grand Opening – September 17, 2011
     –   Greg Grant Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – September 13, 2011
     –   Mill Hill Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – September 27, 2011
     –   George Page Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – September 29, 2011
     –   Cadwalader Park – Ground Breaking for Renovation – October 4, 2011




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