ATLANTIC CITY NJ(April 25, 2021)--Local small businessman, former Assemblyman, and 2nd Legislative District State Senate Candidate Vince Polistina blasted Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, who chairs the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, for failing to secure critically needed funding for our local police and fire departments.
In recent Facebook posts, the Pleasantville Fire Officers of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4928 revealed their Fire Department had no choice but to take one of their fire engines off the street due to budget shortfalls – and it’s now been out of service for 72 hours.
“Urban communities like Atlantic City and Pleasantville have been especially hard hit by the Coronavirus Pandemic and they deserve legislators who will fight to ensure they receive their fair share of desperately needed state resources,” said Polistina. “Like a lot of Democrats, Vince Mazzeo takes communities like Atlantic City and Pleasantville for granted. He expects to get their votes in November and clearly doesn’t even think he needs to put the work in to earn it. When I’m Senator, every single community and every single person in the 2nd Legislative District will be a priority, and not just during election season.”
Polistina noted that the State of New Jersey recently passed a nearly $45 billion budget, the largest in state history, which included hundreds of millions in covid relief funds intended to avoid situations just like this one in Pleasantville.
“Our hard-working middle-class families in Atlantic City and Pleasantville are entitled to just as much protection as the residents of any other community,” added Polistina. “No one in Atlantic County should ever have to go to sleep worrying that if, god-forbid, their home or their neighbors’ caught on fire as to whether their calls for help would ultimately go unanswered due to budget cuts.”
Polistina’s comments come one week after Mazzeo publicly announced his support for extending the state takeover in Atlantic City. The state takeover has stripped the city’s police officers and firefighters of basic civil service protections which continues to weaken their storied Atlantic City Police and Fire Departments.