Maybe next year for vote on ambulance contract
Dec 19, 2013 | 2769 views | 1 1 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JERSEY CIITY -- Faced with a protracted conflict over possibly awarding of the city’s ambulance contract to a new vendor, Mayor Steven Fulop withdrew his request to the City Council just prior to the Dec. 18 meeting.

The Jersey City Council has announced that they have made the decision to postpone the vote on the resolution authorizing the award of a contract to CarePoint/McCabe Ambulance for basic life support ambulance service.

As a result, Jersey City Medical Center, who has been fighting to keep the contract, asked all of its supporters not to attend the meeting, and most complied, although supporters for CarePoint and McCabe Ambulance packed the chamber anyway, bearing signs for McCabe and against JCMC.

A number of key officials from both CarePoint and McCabe attended the meeting but for the most part agreed not to comment on the contract.

The current five-year contract with JCMC expired on Dec. 31, 2013. In order to continue service, the City Council voted to extend the contract for the month of January until the legal wrangling over the contract can be decided.

The matter is expected to come back onto the City Council agenda in January. Most observers on both sides of the issue believe the matter is destined for court, regardless of which provide the city selects. -- By Al Sullivan

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December 28, 2013
I’m sorry, but all this naysayer’s spiel and portensions of doom, should another EMS service takeover the city contract, is nothing but FEAR OF CHANGE and sour grapes on the part of JCMC officials. Jersey City residents are in desperate need of change, after 130 years! Awarding another EMS service the EMS contract does not preclude them from expanding the business. In fact, this is what any wise EMS business administrator would do. JCMC EMS needs competition. Let the NEW EMS service for Jersey City show they are better. Right now, JCMC EMS does not have the desire to prove it can be the best. Jersey City: do not accept the status quo as the best situation. Lest we forget: price gouging, diverting of patients to JCMC and missed emergency calls are some of the many complaints from Jersey City residents. My friend(Perelman_19104 on twitter) is the victim of ongoing gang-stalking which JCMC EMS drivers willingly participates in collaboration with OEM/HLS director W. Greg Kierce. This has gone on for four years. City taxpayer money should not be awarded to an organization that knowingly disrespects its tax payers.

JCMC EMS has forgotten that Jersey City residents are the “lives that matter,” not theirs.