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Civic Trustee Initiative Aims to Empower Residents

The Citizens Campaign says Perth Amboy’s public schools have a 60 percent graduation rate. But, the campaign suggests the school district can raise the rate by using a tested and proven code of conduct that includes discipline, mentoring and internships and more. “We received a positive response so I’m really hopeful and excited about the difference that we’re going to be making,” said Civic Trustee Lisette Lebron. That approach is called the Civic Trustee Initiative. A hallmark of it is not pointing fingers. “That starts taking over the conversation. You have to be able to harness that emotion and say, ‘What can we do?’” Lebron said. “People are running for the exits from the civic arena,” said The Citizens Campaign Chairman Harry Pozycki.

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Proof that government and citizens can work together

Last winter, Trenton's planning board approved a series of recommendations to address the issue of flood control for the city's building projects and redevelopment. Business as usual? Not quite. The resolution the board passed was based largely on work done by representatives of the Civic Trust Initiative, an innovative project of the nonprofit advocacy group known as the Citizens Campaign.

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Pilot program empowering residents to find solutions to expand across N.J.

An initiative that has empowered dozens of citizens to find solutions to problems will be expanded statewide after pilot programs in Trenton and Perth Amboy found success. The Citizens Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy group that has led efforts to pass state and municipal pay-to-play rules, launched the Civic Trustee initiative as a way for residents to work together and address issues facing their cities.

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Where There is a Will and a Way, there is Hope for the Future.

We recently celebrated the inaugural Civic Trustees from Trenton, Perth Amboy, and Newark at our Celebration of Civic Innovation Gala.  In his speech to the Trustees and the other esteemed attendees, our Chairman, Harry Pozycki, talked about how we got here, the commitment of the Trustees and their incredible accomplishments to date.  He also talked a little bit about hope.

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Auxiliary citizen police officers may help bridge trust between community, police

The use of auxiliary police forces, trained citizen volunteers who work alongside sworn officers, may be helpful to bridge trust between the community and police, acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Thursday while speaking at an event at Thomas Edison State College. Hoffman said programs should be worked out based on the needs and climate of each agency, but that he sees how the use of auxiliary officers, like those employed by the Perth Amboy Police Department, can be a benefit.

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