Solomon to DeGise: Resign

Jersey City Councilperson James Solomon today called for the resignation of Councilmember Amy DeGise after reviewing the video of the Councilmember’s hit and run crash which prompted the issuance of multiple citations last week.

“I am horrified by the video showing Councilmember DeGise’s hit and run crash,” said Solomon. “Leaving the scene of a crash is illegal. Doing so demonstrated a callous disregard for the life and health of the victim she hit. Public servants must be held to a higher standard. While Councilmember DeGise is entitled to forgiveness and her day in court, both should come as a private citizen. She should resign. If she fails to do so, she should be recalled.”

From the Hudson County View:

“The two roughly three-minute videos come from CCTV camera on Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street, respectively.

“A black SUV is traveling east on Forrest Street and a bicyclist, Andrew Black, is going south on Martin Luther King Drive around 8 a.m. on July 19th. Black runs the red light, the car hits him, briefly knocking him off his feet, and continues without stopping, footage shows.”

In an interview with NJTV’s David Cruz, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop offered the following:

“You should never leave the scene of a crash. I think the responsible thing is to wait for law enforcement and follow the law. I don’t think there’s any circumstances where that’s really justifiable.

” … Yeah, I think the sooner the better [to release the footage]. If it was a unilateral decision from me, I would’ve released it already, but that’s not the way the process works. I think always being forthcoming with information and transparent is a good thing for everybody involved.”

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