Meet the Labor Candidates

Helmin J. Caba

For Mayor

American Federation of Teachers member

Paraprofessional at Perth Amboy High School

City Councilman

Democratic chairman

Entrepreneur and former business owner

Arts Council board member

Former Municipal Alliance member

Rose B. Morales

For Council

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees member

Middlesex County College curriculum coordinator

Former real estate agent and retail sales manager

Former Democratic committeewoman

Studied Communications at Rutgers University

Their 2020 Vision Platform

LOWER TAXES

  • Market Perth Amboy to new businesses, corporations, retail stores and light industries
  • Add those businesses to our city’s tax base
  • Attract new better-paying jobs for residents
  • Market Perth Amboy as a tourist destination
  • Establish a city “Historic District”
  • Attract hotel chains; more bed and breakfasts
  • Launch a “Visit Perth Amboy” campaign to highlight our waterfront, restaurants, cuisine; history and recreation

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Prioritize and resurface major roads and more neighborhood streets
  • Launch a citywide “Green Initiative”
  • Enhance city parks, playgrounds
  • Create new public parking facilities
  • Strictly enforce ordinances for noise, trash removal, maintenance
  • Improve water quality in partnership with environmental agencies and state legislative representatives

CITY HALL FINANCES

  • Request a complete state audit of city finances
  • Use businesslike “zero-based budget” methods
  • Pursue federal, state and private grants to offset taxes.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Increase police visibility on city streets
  • Use proactive “community police” techniques
  • Rebuild our Neighborhood Watch program
  • Use social media as a crime-fighting tool
  • Redesign traffic flow and truck routes to alleviate traffic congestion, make pedestrians and cyclists safer and make deliveries more efficient
  • Install speed bumps on selected streets
  • Strictly enforce traffic safety and parking ordinances

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Get NJ Transit to renovate our Train Station
  • Upgrade our city’s aging water system
  • Separate our sanitary and storm sewers
  • Prioritize city capital improvement projects
  • Require public utilities to make safety upgrades
  • Practice “Smart Growth” development to reduce impact on our infrastructure