"Michele is very well known to myself and a whole host of other people in Jersey City as an active, concerned, knowledgeable and diligent member of the Jersey City community," said Mayor Healy. "She knows about neighborhood revitalization which this entire city is experiencing and we think she will be a very positive addition to the City Council and look forward to her confirmation and to working with her for the betterment of Ward F and all of Jersey City."
The Ward F seat was left vacant after the ward's longtime representative, Viola Richardson, was elected to a Council-at-Large seat during last month's special election.
Massey's appointment must still be approved by the full City Council. The council will hold its final public meeting for the year on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
If Massey is approved by a majority of the council members, she will serve in the seat until a special election in November 2012. The winner of the special election will then serve out the remainder of Richardson's Ward F term, which ends in May 2013.
Massey is currently the executive director of the Monticello Community Development Corp. - E. Assata Wright