Langford State of City
Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford delivers his state of the city address on Jan. 10, 2013.
- The mayor’s 2013 ideas and expectations
* Seek $313 million in storm mitigation grants, $54 million of which are linked directly to Superstorm Sandy
* Complete construction of compressed natural gas station at the city Public Works yard on Route 40, and continue municipal fleet CNG transition
* Phase out state supervision of City Hall financial operations
Finalize police contracts
* Reopen Garden Pier, which turns 100 this year and is currently closed due to roof damage by Superstorm Sandy that hit just a few months after a multi-million-dollar renovation was completed by the city and CRDA. Could be included in Atlantic City Alliance Do AC and other marketing initiatives.
* Install and start using ShotSpotter, an audio gunshot detection system
Continuing progress of city programs cited by the mayor
* Citywide demolition initiative with the CRDA: 23 blighted buildings bulldozed during 2012
* Needle exchange program: nearly 1,800 syringe clients, many who also got drug treatment referrals in 2012
* Health screenings: More than 2,600 in 2012
* Retail food inspections: More than 1,300 in 2012
* Class II police officers: 25 hired during 2012 to boost Boardwalk patrols, increasing safety in area critical to tourism and presence of seasoned police in more dangerous residential areas
* Frivolous litigation strategy: fighting the 55 lawsuits considered frivolous resulted in 34 dismissals and of $64 million sought, the city awarded $1 million. An analysis by The Press of Atlantic City of the overall program including legal costs, however, showed mixed results with a clearer answer as to effectiveness expected to be feasible after another year or so of continuing the strategy.
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:20 pm
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