Harry Hurley’s web-site and radio show served as the forum for Bob McDevitt to deliver the impressive results of his petition drive. Mr. McDevitt used his union’s clout to collect approximately three times the necessary signatures to stall the Revel bonding ordinance. Voters will now have the ability to decide for themselves if Revel should receive preferential treatment from the city, or if they have to raise capital in the private, free market.
Statement From Bob McDevitt On Submission of Referendum Petition on Ordinance 59
Today, Local 54 submitted a petition to the City Clerk of Atlantic City calling for a referendum on Ordinance 59. The response from the people of the Resort has been overwhelming, and we have submitted far in excess of the required number of signatures needed to send this Ordinance to a vote of the people. People from every neighborhood, Ward and District of Atlantic City have sent a message that they want to vote on City Council’s and the Mayor’s decision to negotiate an agreement to provide municipal bond financing to a casino. Now the residents of Atlantic City will decide whether this should be the priority for our local government.
Mr. McDevitt is to applauded for leading and turning in the needed signatures for this referendum petition. We questioned Mr. McDevitt’s motives and speculated that he was merely bluffing with the petition. We were wrong.
Now, Atlantic City residents have a chance to vote “no” on this so-called public/private partnership. This Atlantic City resident looks forward to telling Revel to find its own financing. Public bond financing is for public projects, not Revel’s business venture.