“You can pass as many bills as possible, but to get things done, you need to be in center court. … As a mayor, you can do stuff. If someone needs a pothole filled or trash picked up … you can effectuate change,” he said.
Algernon Ward Jr., a lifelong Trentonian and city activist, is optimistic that Gusciora can bring change, but said it will be difficult. He noted that the new mayor has already experienced a few setbacks.
Gusciora ran on a platform that he would be “able to leverage his relationship with the governor” to get more funding for Trenton, but Gov. Murphy surprised him and others when he cut promised funds from the recently approved budget, Ward said.