Newark Mayoral Candidate Anibal Ramos Unveils His Public Safety Agenda
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
October 3, 2013
Newark mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos outlined his plan for what will likely be a key issue in the race, public safety.
Ramos’ “safe streets safe neighborhoods” agenda calls for increasing the number of cops on the streets, gang intervention, and re-engineering the city’s police department by adding a new precinct. There are currently 5 wards in the state’s largest city but only 4 precincts. Ramos says combating crime is a top priority adding that the police department hasn’t been revamped in nearly 40 years.
“The central ward for example does not have a precinct that it calls home, and the second precinct primarily is responsible to police the north ward and also covers about 35 percent of the central and 15 percent of the west ward.”
Ramos says revenue from parking tickets and a surcharge on municipal court violations would help fund the plan.