City Hall News: 7/21/2009
A couple announcements from the Mayor’s office at City Hall. Collaborating with the Farmers Market in an effort to educate kids about healthy eating – and suggested new ordinance limiting the value of “gifts” received by city employees.
Ordinance to restrict value of gifts
“Mayor Peter J. Cammarano and his Administration are seeking the passage of a restrictive ordinance amending and supplementing the Code of the City of Hoboken as it relates to the acceptance of gifts by municipal officials and employees of the City. The ordinance states that, “No officer or employee of the City of Hoboken shall directly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $25 or more…”
“The existing threshold of $400 for gifts could possibly create a conflict of interest,” said Mayor Cammarano. “By amending the ordinance to $25 and creating in clear and unambiguous terms the penalties for compromising this policy, the City of Hoboken will be more in line with State standards regarding the acceptance of any gifts or solicitations.”
The policy proposed in the ordinance is meant to supersede any previous gift policy established by the City of Hoboken. Mayor Cammarano is sponsoring the ordinance in conjunction with his campaign pledge to implement a zero tolerance policy in regard to any perceived or real improprieties in the City of Hoboken.
A copy of the proposed ordinance, which is part of the agenda for the Wednesday, July 22nd City Council meeting, is available in the City Clerk’s office located on the first floor at 94 Washington Street.
Veggies better than Doritos
“Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano will joing with local children and representatives of the Hoboken Farmers Market to distribute produce and discuss healthy eating as part of the Mayor’s ongoing “Healthy Tuesdays” nutrition program (today at 3:30pm) – at the Jubilee Center (6th and Jackson).
The Mayor and “Jersey Fresh” farmers will discuss the value of incorporating locally grown fresh fruit and produce into a healthy lifestyle.”