In a much-needed boost to his troubled and clouded administration, embattled Trenton Mayor Tony Mack managed to ink a deal with the state so his cash-strapped city will receive
more than $25 million in emergency funds, officials announced late last week in Trenton.
While some specifics of the plan are still being worked out, information has been released that the city must increase parking collections and enforcement and provide the state with all documents related to hiring, legal settlements and various major purchases made by City Hall.
The City Council must still approve the deal in order for the city to receive the funds. Meanwhile, the state has essentially taken over the day-to-day operations of the city of Trenton, following Mack’s arrest and indictment for corruption, fraud and other illicit activities last year by federal investigators. However, some residents still aren’t sure if the minor victory of sorts is enough to save Mack from going down.
“The city of Trenton is still in big trouble–financially, socially and everything else,” said prominent Trenton businessman Tracey Syphax.
“I just don’t know if it’s enough to save the mayor after he has damaged and destroyed our city so much.” Syphax added that Trenton has seen a spike in violent crimes, has laid off dozens of police officers and that Mack has lost the confidence of most Trentonians. Additionally, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stated repeatedly that in the wake of the federal investigation, the mayor should resign. Mack’s trial is scheduled to begin this summer.