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October 17, 2017, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Non-Profit United Voices for Puerto Rico Coalition Lead Case Manager Yvette Soto, La Casa Dominicana NJ President Luis Rodriquez, BMC Executive Producer Beatrice Caraballo, Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI) President Linda Carney, The Society Page en Espanol  The official Latin Style Magazine President CEO Jorge Restrepo, U.S. HART-P3 Director Jimmy Whitehead, New Vistas President Michael Cohan, and LandMatters Disaster Recovery Project Director Lou Strugala met to establish the U.S.-Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Rise) headquarters and logistical staging area located at CODI in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.

The Coalition discussed plans for the U.S. Federal Government’s $7.2B Seaport E funding; which will be used to expedite urgently needed humanitarian aid including food, water, medicine, healthcare, electric, telecommunications, infrastructure restoration, and community redevelopment. Mr. Whitehead advised the coalition that President Trump’s initiative will assist individuals and families throughout all 78 Puerto Rico municipalities.

U.S. Hurricane Rapid Recovery Program Chairman Ted Moats stated, “We are very proud to support President Donald Trump in expediting critical funds and services to assist with humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico.”

Houston, Texas recovery expert Counselor Greg Travis, who brings unique recovery compliance oversight experience, stated, “President Donald Trump has the right idea about engaging the public and private sector to expedite Puerto Rico’s recovery, and our team is steadfast behind his distinguished leadership.” 

Mr. Whitehead introduced Disaster Recovery Project Director Lou Strugala. Mr. Strugala has extensive construction background and experience with rehab/rebuild after Hurricane Sandy where he was responsible for coordinating redevelopment throughout 30 NJ municipalities. Mr. Strugala informed the coalition that “We know what to do and more importantly what not to do to avoid huge redundant mistakes, fraudulent contractor services, and rebuild communities.”

Key Atlantic City Community Leaders Endorse Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian for Re-Election

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

(Atlantic City, NJ) - On Monday, October 16th, 2017, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian announced a key endorsement for re-election of mayor from important local Atlantic City community leaders.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said: “Today, I humbly accept the public endorsements of four key Atlantic City community leaders: former Atlantic City Councilman Ernest D. Coursey, current City Council President Marty Small, Sr., Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr., and Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II. These four community leaders have been serving Atlantic City residents for many decades, and truly represent our Atlantic City community. By giving me their endorsements today, I thank them for putting their trust in me to lead Atlantic City for the next four years. 
Ernest Coursey and Council President Marty Small had the courage to stand up against the governor and outside Camden County political bosses to do what’s right for the residents of Atlantic City. I am also honored to accept the personal endorsements of two faithful community leaders - Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr. and Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II. Reverend Days and Bishop Hargrove have always put the needs of Atlantic City residents first. Whether it’s providing food to the hungry, a place to stay for the homeless, rest for the weary, or encouraging the broken hearted with comforting words, they have always served our community with love and compassion. I humbly accept their powerful endorsements.”
Ernest Coursey stated: “I am endorsing Don Guardian for mayor of Atlantic City. I am honored to call Don Guardian my friend. This election is not about Democrats versus Republicans. This election is about electing the best person to serve as mayor of Atlantic City. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Don Guardian is the best person.  He has worked tremendously hard over the past four years, and has earned the right to serve Atlantic City residents for four more years. We must vote to re-elect Don Guardian because Atlantic City cannot go backwards. Too much progress has already been made under the Guardian Administration. I am honored to support Don Guardian for re-election as mayor of Atlantic City.”
City Council President Marty Small stated:  “As a Democrat and City Council President, I truly believe that current Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is the best candidate for Mayor. Don and I fought hard against the State takeover on behalf of the residents last year, and we worked well together for the sake of moving Atlantic City in the right direction.The same can’t be said about Frank Gilliam. Frank is bought and paid for by political bosses near and far, and is nothing more than a Manchurian candidate. Councilman Frank Gilliam was missing in action during the most important time in our City’s history because he was promised things by political bosses. Frank is nothing but an obstructionist voting ‘no’ on issues to save our city, flip flopping positions for political gain, and more importantly, offering no solutions. Frank Gilliam is temperamentally and professionally unfit to serve as mayor of Atlantic City. Lastly, special interest candidate Frank Gilliam is still a stranger to the community, only becoming visible during the Mayoral campaign. As seen in the Primary, Frank Gilliam will do and say anything to get elected, as proven by his alliance with former Council President Craig Callaway and his organization. The last time Callaway was in charge of the city, we all know how that ended.
Don Guardian has earned my respect as mayor. He crosses party lines to get things done. This election is too important to worry about party lines (Democrat vs Republican) and racial lines (black vs white). It’s about who is more qualified to serve the residents of Atlantic City, and Don Guardian has earned the right to be mayor for the next four years. As I always stated ‘I may not always do the popular thing, but I take pride in doing the right thing by the residents of Atlantic City.’ Re-electing Don will keep the Mayor’s office in local control. Don isn’t only the better candidate but he’s the better person. He is a good man, and that’s why I wholeheartedly endorse and support Don Guardian as the best person for mayor of Atlantic City. I will make sure that all of my family, friends, supporters, and voters from the June Primary vote for Don Guardian for Mayor.”
Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr.: “Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian has proven himself to be the right mayor for Atlantic City. He has endured many trials and tribulations over the past four years, but still leads our community with optimism and faith. Mayor Guardian has blessed our community with his dedication of serving with wisdom and discernment. So many things have been done for our community in the past four years that I feel he deserves another term to be our mayor. He shows up to every event to offer his support.  I have not seen any mayor work harder than Mayor Guardian. That is why I am endorsing Don Guardian 100% for re-election as our mayor of Atlantic City for the next four years.”
Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II: “I have watched Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian closely since he was elected mayor and I am truly impressed with his record of accomplishments and his love for Atlantic City. In particular, he is sincerely committed to the residents and doing what’s right for them. Like Nehemiah in the Old Testament, I have watched Mayor Guardian work to rebuild Atlantic City so that it can be vibrant again for all residents. And like Nehemiah in the Bible, when critics tried to keep him from doing his work, he says, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down.’ This is the type of leadership we need.  We need a leader who is focused on rebuilding Atlantic City for everyone, and that leader is Don Guardian. I support Don Guardian for Mayor of Atlantic City.”

Governor Christie Sends Complement of State Police Personnel to Puerto Rico 48 Troopers On Way to Assist Puerto Rico In Aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma

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Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie announced today that 48 troopers from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) departed New Jersey to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The troopers from Troop "B" Headquarters in Totowa and Troop "C" Headquarters in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will meet with the New Jersey State Police advance team, which arrived a week earlier to coordinate recovery efforts with local, state, and federal authorities. These additional troopers will focus primarily on law enforcement and humanitarian aid to the region, hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“New Jersey law enforcement and emergency personnel take their first-hand expertise gained during Superstorm Sandy with them as they work with officials in Puerto Rico to help their people regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives after such devastating storms,”

Governor Christie said. “Their experience should prove invaluable to Puerto Rico and we wish them well on their mission. We will continue to deploy help as needed that has been requested by the Governor of Puerto Rico.”

Last week, Governor Christie authorized the mobilization of 1,100 emergency responders and soldiers to deploy to Puerto Rico, including NJSP and 500 National Guard citizen soldiers with various equipment.

In addition, two New Jersey National Guard armories continue to accept donations to aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. The following are suggested items that elected officials, community leaders and organizations should collect for donation:

Baby food, batteries, box fans, canned goods, cots, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, flash lights, flood pumps, hand sanitizer, first aid items, leather work gloves, new underwear and socks, new bed pillows and blankets, toiletries, utility knives and high capacity generators to restore power for hospitals, water service, and flood pumps.

 The armories will not accept any items dropped off for deliver and all deliveries must be scheduled by calling 1-833-NJ-HELPS. Financial donations may be made by visiting

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian to Hold Ribbon Cutting for Atlantic City Boardwalk Reconstruction, Phase 2

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian to Hold Ribbon Cutting for

Atlantic City Boardwalk Reconstruction, Phase 2

(Atlantic City, NJ) – Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Federal and State Officials will be holding a ribbon cutting/press conference for Phase 2 of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Reconstruction on Thursday, October 12th at 1:30 pm at end of Melrose Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Phase 2 extends from Madison Avenue to Melrose Avenue and is part of a $50 million project to extend the Boardwalk to Gardners Basin. This section of the Boardwalk and the property behind it is now protected for the first time by a rock seawall and steel bulkhead.

Who: Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and NJEDA officials

What: Ribbon Cutting for Phase 2 of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Reconstruction

Where: Melrose Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Directions: If entering the City on the Atlantic City Expressway, turn left on Arctic Avenue, proceed to New Hampshire Avenue. Turn left onto New Hampshire Avenue and proceed to two blocks to Melrose Avenue and make a right, proceed to the end of the street (Boardwalk).

When: Thursday, October 12th at 1:30 pm

Atlantis Avenue Inundaciones completadas

para abordar los problemas de drenaje del vecindario

(Atlantic City, NJ) - El alcalde de Atlantic City, Don Guardian, y funcionarios federales realizaron hoy un corte de cinta para el Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate Project, lo que marca la finalización de la primera fase de un importante proyecto de resiliencia para reducir las molestas inundaciones en los vecindarios de Atlantic City.

El alcalde Don Guardian declaró: "El Canal de la Avenida del Báltico fue construido en 1912 para proporcionar un sistema de drenaje para toda el área entre la Autopista y la Entrada. En la década de 1960, las puertas de inundación de madera en cada extremo del canal ya no funcionaban. 

El canal tiene dos salidas con puertas de marea asociadas: una ubicada en Atlantis Avenue y Beach Thorofare, y otra en un canal abierto en Fisherman's Park. Las puertas de inundación de madera fueron diseñadas originalmente para ayudar a controlar el agua de lluvia recolectada en las avenidas atlántica, ártica y báltica, así como también en las calles circundantes. En el pasado, las puertas se cerrarían durante los eventos de marea alta para evitar que el agua ingresara al sistema e inundara las calles de la ciudad.

El proyecto Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate Project es parte de un esfuerzo de $ 12 millones para reconstruir el Canal de la Avenida Baltic. La puerta de inundación de madera ha sido reemplazada por una compuerta de acero inoxidable de diez pies de ancho con tornillos de titanio y un conector de bronce. Un generador de emergencia con combustible diesel alimentará la puerta de la inundación durante los cortes de energía.

El alcalde Guardian señaló: "Se trata de proyectos como este que ayudarán a elevar los valores de propiedad en Atlantic City. Las inundaciones molestas han sido un problema durante décadas durante las mareas altas y los eventos de tormenta ".

El canal de la Avenida Baltic tiene 9,700 pies de largo, más de diez pies de ancho y ocho pies de alto. Puede almacenar más de 1,1 millones de pies cúbicos de aguas pluviales cuando las compuertas de inundación están en funcionamiento, y sirven a un área de drenaje de 775 acres que se extiende desde Ducktown hasta la entrada.

El proyecto Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate fue financiado por los fondos de la Agencia de Desarrollo Económico de los Estados Unidos y la Beca de Desarrollo Comunitario.

El otro extremo del canal en Fisherman's Park también se está modernizando con una nueva compuerta de inundación, un mamparo reemplazado, 85 pies de canal nuevo y dos bombas para evacuar el canal cuando las compuertas están cerradas para proporcionar capacidad de almacenamiento de aguas pluviales durante eventos de inundación . Esta sección del proyecto se completará más adelante este año. El Proyecto Fisherman's Park está financiado en su totalidad por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias y otras fuentes federales.

"Atlantic City ha avanzado con muchos proyectos desde la supertormenta Sandy para hacer que la ciudad sea más resistente", comentó el Alcalde Guardián.

La semana pasada, la Ciudad abrió la Fase 2 del proyecto de reconstrucción Absecon Seawall y Boardwalk de $ 50 millones. Este proyecto ha estado en el tablero durante más de veinte años. Cuando se complete por completo en 2018, el vecindario Inlet de la Ciudad estará blindado con mamparos de roca y acero.

La Ciudad ha recibido fondos de la subvención del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército, la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, la Autoridad de Desarrollo Económico de Nueva Jersey, el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Nueva Jersey, el Departamento de Transporte de Nueva Jersey y el Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Nueva Jersey. proyecto.

La Ciudad también está trabajando con los dueños de propiedades locales que han tenido reclamos de inundaciones múltiples para atraer fondos de FEMA para ayudar a financiar la elevación de sus hogares. Dado que los propietarios no pueden solicitar esta subvención directamente, la Ciudad ha trabajado para presentar solicitudes en su nombre. Más adelante esta semana, se enviará una solicitud de subvención de FEMA para financiar la elevación de 25 viviendas en Atlantic City. Este programa de subsidio se ofrece anualmente y los propietarios interesados ​​deben comunicarse con la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de la Ciudad.

La Ciudad ha asegurado $ 450,000 para generadores de emergencia para los edificios de All Wars y PAL para que puedan servir a los vecindarios en tiempos de cortes de luz.

En una escala más grande, se le otorgó a la Ciudad una subvención de la Junta de Servicios Públicos de Nueva Jersey para diseñar una microrred que alimentaría las instalaciones críticas durante los apagones.

El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército y el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Nueva Jersey se han asociado con la Ciudad para desarrollar formas de proteger el barrio de Chelsea Heights. Debido a la persistencia de la Ciudad, estas agencias han comprometido hasta $ 14 millones para proteger este vecindario.

Atlantic City también está trabajando con el Army Corps y el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Nueva Jersey para desarrollar un plan de protección costera para todo el área de Back Bay. El estudio de gestión de riesgos de tormentas costeras de New Jersey Back Bay de $ 3 millones desarrollará soluciones que reduzcan los daños causados ​​por las inundaciones costeras.

Los problemas de inundación en Black Horse Pike han seguido siendo una prioridad para la Administración Guardian. La Ciudad está trabajando activamente con el Departamento de Transporte de Nueva Jersey, que ha asignado $ 8.6 m


Posted on September 16, 2017 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 15, 2017) – Mayor Don Guardian is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with a community event celebration coordinated by La Casa Dominicana and the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The free event features special recognition of the “Latina of the Year” award, entertainment and a flag raising ceremony.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Latinos whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan on August 17, 1988.

September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is October 12th.

Mayor Guardian is a strong advocate for the Latino community. Throughout his four years in office he has offered community celebrations, recognized various Latino organizations and established a program with the Mexican Consulate to keep families together during difficult times.

In Atlantic City, Hispanics/Latinos consist of 33% of the city’s population. To ensure proper representation in City government, Mayor Guardian’s election slate features two City Council candidates with bilingual skills. Stacey Kammerman speaks fluent Spanish, and Paul Tonacci, who was born in Chile and also speaks fluent Spanish.

The following events are open to all media representatives and the entire community:

What: Major Latino Campaign Endorsement for Don Guardian for Mayor, City Council Candidates Ron Bailey, Stacey Kammerman and Paul Tonacci for City Council

When: Monday, September 18th 2017 at 12:30pm

Where: Don Guardian for Mayor HQ, 2309 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City


What: Atlantic City Consulate Day

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

Where: Our Lady Star of the Sea, 15 N. California Avenue, Atlantic City


What: Latino Coalition Pot Luck

When: Thursday, September 21st 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Our Lady Star of the Sea Cafeteria, 15 N. California Avenue, Atlantic City


Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian with Ron Bailey, Stacey Kammerman and Paul Tonacci, Candidates for City Council At-Large.

Feel free to reach out for more information. Thank you.

Stephanie Velasquez

Public Relations Coordinator

Office 609.646.0414 x143

Cell 609.385.6410

[email protected]