The last remaining controls that council think they still had over Atlantic City, have now been totally taken over by the State of New Jersey. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the Department of Community Affairs Deputy Commissioner Rob Long informed Council President Marty Small and others that the state would be assuming 100% full authority under the Municipal Recovery and Stabilization Act of 2016.
Translation: whenever you hear a councilperson flapping their gums on the radio or in a newspaper story…..it’s all baloney and complete B.S.
It’s not like Atlantic City Council had much power anyway.
While most were snoozing, including those in the media, the State of NJ leveraged the CRDA to effectively steal the most valuable parts of the city away from it’s residents. The so-called Tourism District and the Stockton University district are no longer managed by the city or it’s residents. The Mayor and Council Presidents forgot to share that little detail.
“The State of New Jersey has exerted their power for full takeover at this time,” proclaims Atlantic City Councilman, Marty Small.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that the state has always been in charge under the Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act.
Observers noted that council president Small was not always precise in how he explained how little power he and council truly wielded. Small reduced the number of public council meetings from 2 to 1 recently. Few understood that the real power was with the CRDA and the DCA, not council.
So is exactly is running Atlantic City at the local level? That would be Business Administrator Jason Holt and financial monitor Rick Richadella.
State of NJ downplaying major embarrassments to Democratic Party of Atlantic City and Atlantic County.
Fresh off a $10,000 campaign mistake, AC Mayor Frank Gilliam is now under federal investigation by the FBI and the IRS. Gilliam is also facing criminal charges of simple assault and harassment from a lat night fight outside a Golden Nugget casino nightclub in November.
Big Frank has missed the past two council meetings, but interestingly attends the CRDA monthly meetings.
ACprimetime is proud to take credit for calling out the CRDA Board of Directors for their lack of diversity and inclusiveness.
For years, the Mayor of Atlantic City occupied a seat at the rear of the 17 member arrangement. We found it odd and preposterous that local socialite, Gary Hill, sat up front while those elected to represent the citizens of Atlantic City (Guardian, Gilliam, etc) were relegated to the rear. After we wrote about this disgusting and disrespectful situation, ACprimetime is happy to announce that the Mayor of Atlantic City is now front and center. Where he should be. Snuggled between Gary Hill and CRDA Chairman Bob Mulchahy.