The police department and now the fire department have been singled out by Atlantic City government, becoming the target for mass lay-offs. While the amount of murders and violent crimes increase, the Mayor and City Council have been decreasing the number of police officers.
It is clear that the Mayor and a majority of City Council were intent on laying off a large number of policemen and firemen. I find it incredible that there is not a single Atlantic City councilman, who is standing against the Mayor and the majority of City Council’s confrontation with public safety.
If you look at any issue, no matter how crazy it is, e.g. was 9/11 an inside job? did UFO’s abduct Elvis, etc… there are always some people who take one side and others taking the other side of the issue. Yet when it comes to laying-off 60 policemen and 30 firemen, there is not even one Atlantic City Councilman – on a 9-man Council – who is standing against the Mayor and the majority of Council’s confrontation with public safety.
The absence of opposition on City Council to this significant reduction of public safety begs the question, “Is there not another side to this issue?” There is always a pro and a con to every issue. City Council’s behavior suggests either that there is unanimous agreement in laying off 60 policemen and 30 firemen, or those who disagree are lacking the courage to stand against these layoffs.
City Council is supposed to be a representative body. The various members are designed to represent the various people, ideas, viewpoints, etc… in the city. There are a growing number of Atlantic City residents growing nervous about the police and fire lay-offs. Residents and visitors alike are posing serious questions as to whether the city is less safe now that 60 police and 30 firemen have been laid off.
Who on Council represents that viewpoint? In other words, who represents us?
Is there not one man on Council willing to take a clear and vocal stand on behalf of public safety and against these police and firemen lay-offs? Unfortunately, there has not been even one Councilman to clearly, publicly, and forcefully oppose these lay-offs. Voters ought to remember this next June and November, when all six ward council seats are up for election.