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The Mayor of Atlantic City, the Governor and legislative leadership today agreed on compromise legislation to provide the city the time and tools it needs to avoid a state takeover.

The new deal will give the City 5 months to develop a plan to balance their budget for 2017 while ensuring State financial assistance. The compromise avoids a state takeover provided the City offers the State with a balanced budget plan in that time.

Following our recent meetings with the Mayor, including a discussion with him this afternoon, the State PBA is comfortable that the City can develop a balanced budget under the conditions set by the new bill language.

The bill also includes an early retirement incentive option for AC employees. This, coupled with ongoing negotiations between the City and PBA 24, should be adequate to further the goals of a balanced budget moving forward at least as it relates to the PD.

The bill is expected to pass the Legislature in the next few days. The PBA will remain a partner to the Mayor moving forward and we are grateful for his passionate defense of the men and women of the AC PD. This compromise also would not have been possible without the insistence of Speaker Prieto that collective bargaining and fairness be protected during this difficult time.

As a result of ongoing negotiations on recovery legislation for Atlantic City there will be NO Assembly session on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Our discussions with legislative leadership are continuing on a daily basis. We will update the membership as soon as possible on our next steps.

Amid the ongoing Atlantic City crisis and a north-south standoff with a bill he backs apparently in the docket on Thursday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop unleashed a torrent of criticism aimed at the triumvirate of Gov. Chris Christie, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and South Jersey Democratic Leader George Norcross III.

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If Governor Christie would devote even a third of the time he is spending these days behind a microphone, at a game, on television or, apparently, drawing up charts towards actually working on behalf of a solution for the workforce in Atlantic City we would already have a resolution.  The Governor has shown time and again that he would much rather attack from his bully pulpit than work towards compromise and today’s display at the Statehouse was no different.  Governor Christie would rather lie to the public and blame Speaker Prieto, the media, the Office of Legislative Services, and the very people working to protect Atlantic City families rather than look to the real source of the problem.

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