Charlie Sits Down For Bilingual Interview With Carlos Ramirez

Carlos Ramirez is just 16 years old, but he’s already made a name for himself as one of the most fearless and determined reporters covering New Brunswick.

After getting his start as a journalist working at New Brunswick Today, the bilingual publication that Charlie launched in 2011, Carlos created his own popular news page on Facebook and he continues to be one of the top reporters at New Brunswick Today.

On July 15, Charlie sat down for a live interview with Carlos, who asked him serious questions about the issues facing the Hub City and translated all of the questions and answers into Spanish for his audience.

Watch the full interview below:
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NJ Revolution Radio: “This activist has a real shot at making a big change”

On July 11, Charlie sat down with Brian Powers to discuss the campaign on NJ Revolution Radio, a new media outlet focused on progressive politics here in the Garden State.

Here’s what they had to say about the campaign:

Charlie Kratovil, the founder and editor of the New Brunswick Today newspaper, is running for Mayor of that city in the November election. Charlie has helped uncover corruption and won awards for his work at the newspaper, and now he has some big plans to lift up the community there, including launching a city bus system.

Running free of corporate party control has some disadvantages, but because he has served the community for so long this activist has a real shot at making a big change in our “Hub City”.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Home News Tribune: “Kratovil Approved For November Ballot”

The city’s official newspaper, the Home News Tribune, featured the news that Charlie has been approved for the November ballot on page 2 of their June 22 edition.

Here’s what they had to say:

Charlie Kratovil has been informed by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office Division of Elections that his candidacy for Mayor of New Brunswick was approved and his name will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 6, ballot. Kratovil announced his candidacy at a kickoff event on June 6.

Click here to read the full Central Jersey Daily Rundown for June 22, 2018.

NBToday: “Editor Challenges Mayor Cahill with an Ambitious Platform”

Pauline Rappilly Ferniot and Ilya Arbit have both worked for Charlie at the bilingual community newspaper New Brunswick Today, but their latest assignment had them covering his campaign to lead the city government.

Here’s some of what these talented reporters had to say in the most comprehensive article yet about our historic campaign:

Kratovil proposed to create an effective & user-friendly public transportation system based on a plan he presented to the city earlier in the year. This plan would allow for connections between the people who aren’t able to afford a car and potential job opportunities. However, Kratovil also vowed that it would help with his other declared goal – “make the air we breathe cleaner by eliminating pollution from our mass transit system.”

Kratovil criticized the New Brunswick Parking Authority which he believes to be the primary obstruction to an effective public transportation system in the city. Kratovil called for the immediate dissolution of the existing authority and instead proposed to form a transportation division charged with creating a more robust and comprehensive transportation system, one that will focus more on alternative means of transit such as pedestrian traffic, bicycle traffic and other forms of transport in demand by the public.

“Jersey City, the second most-populated city in the state, saved almost a million per year by getting rid of their Parking authority,” said Kratovil.

Kratovil’s well-publicized investigative reports into the New Brunswick Water Utility led to prompt action being taken by the government. Kratovil stated that if elected, he was making a promise to residents that if there would ever be a problem with the drinking water in the future during his term, “everyone will be informed immediately, no more cover-up.”

Kratovil further went on to describe a proposal to create an anti-corruption task force to investigate each municipal institution. As watchdog editor of New Brunswick Today, Kratovil regularly investigated and reported on allegations of corruption in city government.

The New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority is another entity that Kratovil vowed to drastically reimagine. He pointed out that the authority does not act in accordance with fulfilling its original mission. If elected to the office of the mayor, Kratovil indicated that he would separate the housing authority from the redevelopment authority in order to allow the NBHA to refocus on the mission of providing affordable housing for the residents of the city without mixing its business with the interests of developers.

Kratovil also indicated that if elected as mayor, he would “advocate and abide by a two-term limit for all officials at the municipal level.” Kratovil said that he believes that many problems the city has had “would be solved by getting fresh faces and new blood in the system.”

Kratovil’s final point of his platform was a call to establish a system of civilian review of the New Brunswick Police Department, similar to the one currently in existence in New York City.

Residents and supporters gathered outside of City Hall appeared impressed with Kratovil’s announcement and platform.

Click here to read the full article, which includes great quotes from several supporters.

Blue Jersey: “Go Charlie!”

Thanks to Blue Jersey’s Editor Rose Efthim for mentioning the kickoff of our historic campaign in her “News Roundup for Thursday, June 7.”

Here’s what she had to say about the campaign:

Charlie Kratovil announces he’s running for mayor of New Brunswick: Journalist Charlie Kratovil, who founded the hyperlocal New Brunswick Today certainly knows the local issues because he’s covering the news, attending the local meetings, and organizing people in his town for years. Part muckraker, part community organizer, part journalist, Charlie exercises his citizenship with passion, and is now running for mayor to fix the city’s problems he writes about. Go Charlie! Watch the announcement. Here’s my favorite profile of Charlie Kratovil (New Jersey Monthly)

Click here to read the full post on BlueJersey.com.

POLITICO: “CHARLIE 4 CHANGE”

Reporter Matt Freidman included the kickoff of our campaign in his popular “POLITICO Playbook” newsletter.

Here’s what the veteran political reporter had to say about our campaign to change “machine-complacent New Brunswick” for the better:

New Brunswick Today publisher Charles Kratovil, who proudly takes up the gadfly role in machine-complacent New Brunswick, will challenge Mayor James Cahill as an independent. He announced his campaign yesterday. “New Brunswick is a great city with tremendous potential, but the people here deserve a full-time Mayor who will be 100% focused on cleaning up our streets, our drinking water, and our local government,” Kratovil said in a statement.

Click here to read the full POLITICO Playbook newsletter from  June 7, 2018.

Patch: “Feisty Reporter Announces Candidacy For New Brunswick Mayor”

Thanks to Patch.com’s Carly Baldwin for covering our campaign announcement.  Here’s some of what she had to say in her first article about this historic campaign:

Charlie Kratovil, a reporter who is extremely critical of the current New Brunswick administration, announced he is running for mayor.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A reporter who is extremely critical of the city of New Brunswick and its administration announced Wednesday he is running to be New Brunswick’s next mayor.

Yesterday, Charlie Kratovil submitted over 125 signatures from New Brunswick residents who support his candidacy, which is enough to get his name on the November 6 general election ballot. He will be challenging Mayor James Cahill, who has been the city’s mayor for the past seven terms.

“New Brunswick is a great city with tremendous potential, but the people here deserve a full-time mayor who will be 100% focused on cleaning up our streets, our drinking water and our local government,” said Kratovil.

Cahill has been in office since 1991 when he took over the mayor position from his cousin, John Lynch, Jr.

Click here to read the full article.