Ines Garcia Keim for Freeholder
Want to support Ines Garcia Keim for Freeholder? Attend an art auction? Have a few glasses of vino? Well swing down the the Neumann Leather building tomorrow night, April 4, 2008 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.
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Here’s an update for Ines Garcia Keim’s bid for Hudson County Freeholder.
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2/28/2008 Press Release:
Press release issued by Ines Garcia Keim, as she prepares to run for Hudson County Freeholder. You can meet up with her at DC’s Tavern tonight at 7pm if you want to learn more.
Ines kicks off her campaign
Takes on her Opponent for Lack of Attention to the Issues that Matter
Speaking to volunteers at a recent campaign meeting held at her home on Washington Street, in Hoboken, Ms. Garcia Keim said, “I am running for Freeholder because I strongly believe our government needs to be smarter about how it spends our money.”
Ms. Garcia Keim, a long time proponent of open space, better schools and better parks, says she will crack down on corruption, which she believes has “run rampant in Hudson
County.” She continued, “For too long Hudson County has spent too much of our money without providing the services we need.” Since 2002, out of 100 New Jersey political corruption cases where the defendants have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted, 20 have originated in Hudson County. These include the County Executive and 2 members of the Freeholder Board. “This kind of behavior has to stop,” she said.
One of the services she highlighted was bus service in Jersey City, “The considerable reduction of bus service in Jersey City Heights is a problem that affects working people, seniors and the disabled. There is no excuse for it and it must be fixed.”
Ms. Garcia Keim also called to attention what she called current Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons’ “lack of attention to the people he serves. This job should be about more than finding ways to use tax payer money to take care of your friends,” she said, “Hoboken is one of the smallest municipalities, yet we are giving so much more to Hudson County than we are getting back. We don’t need any more fancy cars for government fat cats. What we need are better schools, safer streets and more parking.”
She went on to criticize Fitzgibbons’ lack of action on issues like development, “While developers were planning on monster projects in on the Jersey City and Hoboken borders, like 800 Jackson Street and Millennium towers, Mr. Fitzgibbons was nowhere to be found. It should have been his duty to taxpayers to stand up and be a voice for what is right. Instead he was hiding. In order to control development Hudson County needs to do what Hoboken has done at a local level, pass ‘pay to play’ laws. We can no longer give developers a free ride.”
Other topics hit on by Ms. Garcia Keim were taxes the budget, “In the last 10 years, our county taxes have increased an average of 10% per year. Hoboken contributes over 35 million annually to the county’s 400 million dollar budget. We’re not getting our money’s worth.”
The Democratic primary for Freeholder will be held on June 3rd. In closing Ms. Garcia Keim remarked, “I want to run a positive campaign for sensible change that helps all of us. I am looking forward to learning from the voters what issues are important to them. And then I intend to follow through on doing something about them.”