Chiesa Cuts Worry Local Legislators, Sweeney’s Latest and Inside ACDevCo – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Mazzeo, Whelan Worried By Chiesa Cuts
The governor’s emissary to Atlantic City, Jeffrey Chiesa, would like to cut 101 firefighting jobs from the Atlantic City Fire Department, as part of a commitment to public safety and economic revitalization in the World’s Playground. Cuts to the ACPD are on the horizon as well. This is old news, as we say.

The new news is that local representatives Sen. Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, having sponsored the legislation that brough Chiesa and his mighty hatchet to Atlantic City, now possess concerns he may wield that hatchet too frothily.

“We must be cognizant of public safety concerns related to a depleted and understaffed public safety department,” they wrote, in a letter to Chiesa, obtained by the Press of Atlantic City.

Under the cuts, three or four fire companies could be closed and at least one fire station – possibly the one on S. Annapolis Avenue – could be closed entirely, Christian Hetrick writes.

The union’s estimating 49 of 54 potential retirees will take the buyout.

Sweeney Has Another Idea
Elsewhere in South Jersey, Senate President Steve Sweeney stakes out the controversial position that property taxes unfairly burden our middle class. What’s to be done about it? We must “maximize the use of shared services by municipal governments.” Meaning cuts to things like police and fire.

Inside ACDevCo
There are a lot of eggs in the proverbial Atlantic City Development Corp basket, with many hoping the non-profit’s investment in the city could herald a new era of non-casino-generated bounty. Route 40 took a look under the hood, though, and at least through 2015 (the date of ACDevCo’s latest tax filing) there wasn’t a whole lot going on there.

The rest of today’s headlines include news on new restaurants at Tropicana, NJ’s attempt to bring public-worker pension costs under control and a state-wide argument over beach access.

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