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Jersey City Councilwoman Amy Dizzis doubled down on her decision not to resign amid calls to do so after hitting a bicyclist with her car last month before fleeing the scene.
During a city council meeting Wednesday night, DeGese addressed personal attacks and pushed back at critics who are calling for his resignation. He said they should wait until the legal process unfolds before commenting further on the situation. About 100 people spoke at the meeting, which was open to the public. Most of the speakers called for Digges’ resignation. Only a few expressed support.
“Once the legal process in the traffic court is over, I will have more to say and I will be able to address outstanding concerns and questions. And in the meantime, I am not resigning,” he said flatly, after more than two hours of hearing. Community members.
“For those who have called for my resignation, you have been heard and I understand that you have concerns and questions that I respect and I would enjoy any dialogue or discussion with you after going to court,” the Jersey City councilwoman added. .
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The comments come as the councilwoman is accused of speeding through an intersection in her SUV and hitting 29-year-old Andrew Black, who was on a bicycle, leaving him with deep lacerations.
Both sides differed on who had the right of way in the apparent hit-and-run accident, but DeGese still faced calls for his resignation because he allegedly fled the scene.
In her comments on Wednesday, the councilwoman turned to personal attacks and suggested she too had been a victim in the situation.
“I don’t identify with the perception you have of me, but adversity makes us work harder,” he added. “To those of you who believe in me, thank you.
“I hope no one here ever goes through this amount of trauma,” he said. “But if you are, I’ll have your back. I’ll speak up for you and I’ll make sure no one puts you or your loved ones through this.”
“It’s only made me stronger and I’ll use that strength to fight for issues that help every resident,” added Daisies.
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The councilor woman began her remarks by saying that she felt terrible about the situation and wanted to continue to deal with the matter personally.
“I’m a private person, more than you think. I know everyone thinks I enjoy this public eye. [but]I’m a very private person,” DeGese said. “And, I want to deal with it personally and I want that respect but it’s become vulgar.”
Diggs also addressed those who have supported him since the alleged incident.
“I’m grateful for everyone who came out and stayed tonight. I’m grateful and thankful for all the people who reached out to support me or wanted to wait out the court process to ask me more questions. [or] And I can’t get through these days without you to torment me.”
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“I am committed to this position on the council, regardless of your perception of me. Please know that my commitment is true, as is my love for Jersey City, and it is as strong as ever. Thank you.”
Traffic camera video released by city officials showed that a black SUV driven by Digis failed to slow down or stop before or after hitting the bicyclist July 19 at the intersection of Forest Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
The councilwoman said she does not have a court date for the alleged crime.
Fox News’ Jeremy Kopas and Daniel Wallace contributed to this report.