Looking Back and Moving Forward

NJHI 2017: Next Generation Community Leaders Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders
NGCL Students, Coaches, Mayor and Council Members from l to r top: Jessica Fernandez, Tej Patel, Councilman Gerbasio, Connor Marquez, Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Amanda Nesheiwat, Alyssa Jaipersaud, Councilman Clancy, Oscar Martinez. Bottom: Ethan Ngyuen, Justice Fisher, Lynn Kramer, Gillian Mosher.

As we begin planning our project for the summer of 2019, we are reminded of our experiences and successes this past summer. One of the most impactful moments was the last day of our project in July where we had the chance to meet with Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli in addition to Councilmembers John Gerbasio, William McKeever and James Clancy to explain the work we did during the project and what short-term goals we accomplished. During that meeting, we also presented them with what we learned about environmental health, composting, and about our beloved hometown of Secaucus.

In addition to sharing what we accomplished and learned, we were able to request the help of our local elected officials in making policy changes that would be sustainable for the town.

One of the most important requested policies changes was to pilot a food waste program because through our canvassing efforts, we secured agreements from nine businesses to join such a program, if enacted.

The mayor and council members seemed very receptive to the changes, and we would like to thank them for their continued support of our program!

Thinking back to these moments and meetings, and knowing we have our local officials’ support, helped propel our group forward. This year we hope to make long-lasting policy change and create a healthier and happier Secaucus.

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Ryan Palmer
Partners in Prevention | NCADD Hudson