While no one likes to read about a “troubled museum,” the fact is Jersey City Museum as well as many other non-profits in the state and around the country have had a very difficult time during the past two years. Fortunately, with events such as Artrageous on the Green / The Golden Door mini-golf event, and long-time donors such as the City of Jersey City, the Silvermans, and dozens of other organizations and individuals, I believe JCM is on the road to reinvigorate itself as the area’s primary art institution. One item that demands correction is the statement in the article that Laurene Buckley was fired. As the former chairman of the museum, I can state categorically that such a comment is unfortunate and totally incorrect. Other than two individuals who were needed to keep the museum functioning, the entire staff was placed on furlough at the beginning of April 2010 for economic reasons. Laurene, along with every other JCM staff member, deserves credit and our gratitude for working hard and putting in extraordinary effort in the most trying of economic times to keep the museum going.
Nathan Sambul, Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees
FY 09 – 10 Jersey City Museum