BAYONNE- After repeated written attempts to contact the City, Michael Embrich, founder of the Bayonne Center for Progress, approached the Bayonne City Council at their February meeting to request in person that they consider pay-to-play legislation, which Council President Sharon Nadrowski agreed to do.
In September of 2018, Embrich called for pay-to-play legislation, essentially banning political donors from landing City contracts. Back in September, a Bayonne spokesperson said the City’s law department was “reviewing the matter.” In February, the City Council finally agreed to consider the reforms.
“I think it is a great victory for the citizens of the City of Bayonne. Donors shouldn’t have more political clout than taxpayers, and addressing pay-to-play scenarios would help alleviate the overwhelming tax burden we see in the City,” said Embrich. “I commend City Council President Sharon Nadrowski for acknowledging that there is a problem, and I welcome the opportunity to help implement pay-to-play and other ethics reforms,” Embrich added.
When asked what the next steps would be for the Bayonne Center for Progress, Embrich said, “Our work is far from done. We must make sure the City Council takes real steps to fix our broken political system. We’re going to see pay-to-play legislation through to completion and fight for other ethics reforms such as term limits for the mayor’s office and the creation of community boards, so Bayonne residents can have a say in what gets built in their neighborhoods. The Bayonne Center for Progress will continue to fight to make our government better, fairer, and more accountable to taxpayers.”