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Raj Mukherji named Deputy Mayor of Jersey City

March 08
22:20 2012

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and new Deputy Mayor Raj Mukherji at the swearing-in ceremony

NEW JERSEY: Twenty-seven year old Raj Mukherji, Chairman and Commissioner of the Jersey City Housing Authority, was sworn in as Deputy Mayor of Jersey City on March 2 in City Hall Council chambers. Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy had announced Mukherjee’s appointment to fill the vacant Deputy Mayor’s seat in Jersey City.
“Raj’s extensive public affairs experience will enable him to effectively advocate for our city in Trenton and Washington,” said Mayor Healy, who noted that Mukherji would be serving for a dollar a year. “His service at the Jersey City Housing Authority has shown him to be a tireless public servant and consensus builder.”
The appointment of Mukherji, who is of South Asian descent, is also a nod to Jersey City’s burgeoning Asian population, which comprised 25.2% of the City’s population as of the 2010 Census (representing a 46% increase from the 2000 Census).
At 24, Mukherji was appointed the youngest Commissioner and Chairman in the history of the Jersey City Housing Authority, to which he was twice confirmed by the City Council. During his tenure at the helm of the state’s second largest public housing authority, which administers more than 6,700 housing units and serves over 16,000 residents, the JCHA improved its annual SEMAP score from HUD to the three highest Section 8 performance ratings in the agency’s history for the past three consecutive years (and in two of those years, the highest score in the State among large municipal public housing authorities).
Under Chairman Mukherji’s leadership, the JCHA also received acclaim for its new anti-crime and social services initiatives; for using stimulus funds to create a “Green-hab Crew” to renovate units using green technologies; for undertaking a $9 million energy efficiency investment that spanned seven of its complexes; and for the HOPE VI-funded A. Harry Moore revitalization and beginning the $300 million transformation of the Montgomery Gardens-McGinley Square corridor (both of which led to visits from US Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan and $10 million in combined federal grant awards).
In the private sector, Mukherji co-founded a public affairs firm, Impact NJ, at the age of 19 and grew it into the state’s third largest lawyer-affiliated lobbying firm (according to the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2011 rankings). The firm has represented municipal governments, Fortune 500 corporations, hospitals, financial institutions, higher education institutions, a law enforcement union, social justice causes, and others.
Mukherji has worked with the NJEDA and the Business Action Center in successfully advocating for job creation and tax credit incentives; successfully brokered or facilitated complex transactions, including the sales of a nursing home and hospitals; facilitated labor negotiations; secured millions in grants or appropriations for hospitals and nonprofit clients and advocated to expand charity care for the underprivileged; and, while representing the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, successfully advocated to expand its powers to develop professional football training facilities for an NFL team as well as legislation revising horse racing regulations in New Jersey.
Mukherji previously owned an Internet consulting and hosting company. He holds an individualized Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State College. In the evenings, he is a part-time third year law student at Seton Hall Law School, which he is attending as a Chancellor’s Scholar.
Mukherji joined the US Marines as a reservist two weeks after September 11, 2001 and served in military intelligence. He is the recipient of two Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteerism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, a commendation from Marine Corps Counterintelligence, and Commanding Officer’s citations for exemplary service.
Mukherjee was appointed by then-US Senator Jon Corzine to his Military Academy Board in 2003.
In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the Governor’s Council on Volunteerism and Community Service. He was appointed in 2004 by the Presiding Superior Court Judge in Union County, and re-appointed in 2007, as a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee.
Mukherji was named to the Forty Under 40 list by NJBIZ, recognizing the state’s 40 most dynamic business leaders under the age of 40. As a result of his business leadership and community service efforts, Raj was honored by the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce as an annual Legends honoree for 2011. He was also selected to participate in the Junior Summit international forum conducted by the Media Laboratory at M.I.T.

India Post News Service

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