ATLANTIC CITY — City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz is among the appointments to a transition committee for Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.
The 3rd Ward Councilman is among several others who will serve as a member of the Urban and Regional Growth Committee. The full list of the 14 committees and the more than 500 people named as members was released earlier this month by the Transition 2018 team.
“The issue of urban development is critical to the future of our great state,” said Shabazz, who serves as chair of City Council’s Planning and Development Committee. “I am critically aware of the need for an urban agenda and strategy to help promote regional development.”
Although not listed on the Transition 2018 list, former Atlantic City Councilman and current Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest D. Coursey also said he was appointed to the transition team.
The committees will do analysis and give recommendations on state issues, policy and organization as the new administration prepares to take office in January.
For the next two months, the committees will meet around the state and submit reports and recommendations to Murphy before the inauguration, according to a news release.
Shabazz said he feels “honored” and “excited” to be a part of the transition and hopes to present concerns from the people of Atlantic City to the state.
Considering the state takeover of the city, Shabazz said, he hopes to discuss how to move from a takeover to a partnership, and eventually, back to self-governance in the city.
Coursey said he’s looking forward to representing Atlantic County and submitting recommendations that can do “what’s good for the region as a whole.”
“I would like to represent Atlantic County as best my ability,” Coursey said. “I would give insight into some of the things that’s important to the region.”
Wasseem Boraie, of Boraie Development LLC, who is bringing The Beach at South Inlet residential complex to the city, as well as Chris Paladino, president of the Atlantic City Development Corp., were also listed on the committee.
“New Jersey needs an administration ready to hit the ground running in January, and through the work of the transition committees, my administration will not take office blind to the challenges and opportunities before us,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am grateful to everyone who accepted the call to serve our transition.”