This week in Jersey City, we are making crucial upgrades that will literally change the way we view crime. It has been nearly two decades since Jersey City's CCTV security system has been invested in, and many cameras throughout the city have unfortunately become outdated.
This week, Jersey City reached a significant milestone- for the first time in 20 years, we have grown the Jersey City Police Department above 900 officers. When our team took office in 2013, the Jersey City Police Department was at 779 officers, and during the past three years we have hired eight classes of new officers.
Today is Veterans Day, and as both a veteran and a mayor, I am proud of all we have accomplished in Jersey City to celebrate and support our veterans. From tackling veterans' homelessness, to providing job and training opportunities to veterans, we have worked hard to ensure that these men and women receive the services they truly deserve.
This week in Jersey City, we continue to champion the idea that if we manage our city efficiently and effectively, government can work, and as we have seen, it can work well. We have succeeded in keeping municipal taxes flat for the past three years and have received our third consecutive credit upgrade, all while hiring over 200 police officers, putting $6 million dollars into our city park system, and investing in affordable housing citywide. Jersey City is proof that we can maintain both a forward-looking approach to fiscal planning and a strong commitment to providing important services for our residents.
This week in Jersey City, we continue to make progress on our commitment to bridge the gap between neighborhoods. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and big progress happens by taking small steps every single day. This week was particularly successful with regards to moving development away from the waterfront.