This past week, Mayor Fulop’s administration announced its recommendation to the City Council that Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) be awarded the 3-year Basic Life Services (“BLS”) EMS contract at zero cost to taxpayers. This marks a positive, penultimate step in what has been a protracted, and often contentious, process to award Jersey City’s next 3-year EMS contract. The final step – slated for this Wednesday, November 12th – is a City Council vote on the resolution to ratify the 3-year contract.
I believe the public should support the approval of this resolution because EMS is a critical component of our local healthcare system and our existing provider, Jersey City Medical Center (“JCMC”) EMS, is a nationally recognized model for EMS.
Let’s Get Civic
It is imperative that this contract be approved because JCMC is the clearly superior provider to the only other bidder in the process, CarePoint-owned McCabe Ambulance; this comparison is not to suggest that McCabe is poor, rather that JCMC is exceptional. I elaborated on these differences in a series of posts about this topic last year.
Indications are positive that the resolution will pass, given recent public pressure and that the Fulop-dominated Council has aligned itself with the Mayor on many issues over the past year. But if getting civic is about anything, it is about taking nothing for granted when it comes to government.
How You Can Help
If you want to support the passing of this resolution, there are several things you can do:
- Contact your local council members and express your support for Resolution #14.715. Two Council members – Mr. Lavarro and Mr. Rivera – have already recused themselves from the vote due to conflicts of interest related to the contract. This leaves seven remaining Council members who have the authority to approve or deny the contract:
- At-Large Councilwoman Joyce Watterman
- Ward “A” (Greenville) Councilman Frank Gajewski
- Ward “B” (West Side) Councilman Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal
- Ward “C” (Journal Square) Councilman Richard Boggiano
- Ward “D” (The Heights) Councilman Michael Yun
- Ward “E” (Downtown) Councilwoman Candice Osborne
- Ward “F” (Bergen/Lafayette) Councilwoman Diane Coleman
- Attend the City Council meeting on Wednesday November 12th and vocalize your support of Resolution #14.715.
- Get connected with “Save Our EMS” for immediate updates about this issue. They have both a website and a Facebook page where you can learn about this issue in more detail and keep updated on the latest developments.
- Share this information with your friends and neighbors.
- Take nothing for granted until the contract is ratified.
Contact information for local Council members is here.