Jesse Kurtz – Atlantic City
I was born, raised, and am now raising my family all in Atlantic City. I love this city and am very appreciative of the opportunity to serve my neighbors: the good people of the 6th Ward – Lower Chelsea & Chelsea Heights neighborhoods.
I grew up with the desire to be part of local elected leadership to be part of the solution to various challenges that the city faces.
I believe that it is very important to identify problems, develop solutions, all while putting in the work to bring good out of difficult situations.
Jesse Kurtz – Accomplishments
- Advocate for giving Atlantic City residents preference in municipal hiring & promotions.
- Working with Senator Brown, Ventnor & Margate government to lobby Department of Transportation to elevate the West End Ave evacuation road for Absecon Island
- Leading multiple community clean-ups with neighbors and school groups.
- Bringing Bay Atlantic Symphony to the 6th ward for free neighborhood concert.
- Re-paving Ventnor Avenue
- Bringing back Summer movies under the stars at Bartram Avenue Park.
- Building new Kingston Avenue Playground
- Re-building stretch of bulkhead at Tallahassee Avenue – the first re-build in many years.
- Banning gas & electric-powered motorized bicycles, skateboards and scooters from Boardwalk
- Bringing first handicap-accessible beach mats to Bartram & Albany Ave
- Establishing necessary preparation, consensus and funding to replace sections of eroded public bulkhead between Jackson and Albany Avenues
- Stopped sale of water company
Jesse Kurtz – 6th Ward Atlantic City
An excessive use ordinance, which establishes graduated fines for properties that are continual problems, encouraging absentee property owners to be more responsible with their occupants.
Ending the duplication of senior transportation, meals on wheels, and some public health services, moving these services to Atlantic County Government, and saving taxpayers over $1 million annually.
Leadership. The last few years have been quite challenging, yet quite rewarding. In the midst of tumult, it’s been rewarding to focus on what’s important and accomplishing improvements in the city.
Signature ordinances include:
Transparency Acts. Ensuring that citizens have greater access to public information. Ex: Online and on-demand live broadcasts of City Council meetings.
The first limit on the clustering of group rehab homes in any town in New Jersey: my December 2018 ordinance establishing a 660 linear foot radius between existing and new group rehab homes in Atlantic City. We are the only town to establish common sense limits to the growth of group rehab homes in residential neighborhoods.
Establishing an annual Christmas caroling, toy, candy cane, and flower distribution in the ward with Saint Nicholas, working with high school service clubs to bring joy during the holidays to our residents.
Supporting the Gateway project: Stockton & South Jersey Gas