Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, today, announced an special council meeting to discuss the City's monkeypox and Covid preparation response and the need to dedicate resources to ensure residents are protected. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 5 pm.
The Biden Administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency. Since mid-May, there have been over 6,000 confirmed cases in the United States. Moreover, there are more than 1,500 cases in New York and 185 reported cases in New Jersey. Mercer County has five (5) reported cases as of Aug. 4. Within Mercer County, one case has been recorded in Trenton, the remaining cases reported in Hamilton and Hopewell.
Last week, Council President Kathy McBride blocked an attempt by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson to bring the measure to a vote. McBride tried to block Caldwell-Wilson from even mentioning the subject of the resolution.
"It is disappointing to hear that you refused to entertain a walk-on Resolution by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson to address this growing crisis and that you further would not allow the subject matter to be disclosed on the record," said Mayor Gusciora. "The purpose of this resolution is to ensure that the City will be adequately prepared to address this public health emergency."
Link to the letter sent to Council President