Caption: Representatives from Ocean Wind 1, the Atlantic City Police Department, the City of Atlantic City, Pedego and other organizations, following the unveiling of 10 electric bikes, funded through a donation from Ocean Wind 1.
Atlantic City, NJ (December 12, 2022) – Today, through a generous donation from Ocean Wind 1, a fleet of 10, zero-emission, electric bicycles were delivered to the Atlantic City Police Department where they will be incorporated into their policing activities.
After unveiling the e-bikes, Police Chief James A. Sarkos and members of the Atlantic City Police Department took them for a trial spin around the parking lot. Ocean Wind 1 donated nine e-bikes with Ocean City-based retailer, Pedego donating one, for a total of 10.
“We salute the work of the members of the Atlantic City Police Department, and we are so pleased to present these e-bikes to introduce a clean energy concept that helps power the officers’ important work in the community,” said Maddy Urbish, Head of Government Affairs and Market Strategy, New Jersey, Ørsted. “Some of the best and most effective initiatives start the way this one did – through partnerships and creative approaches to getting the job done.”
Ørsted and PSEG are building Ocean Wind 1, the state’s first offshore wind farm off the southern coast of New Jersey. Ørsted is also building an operations and maintenance facility in Atlantic City, as part of its commitment to helping diversify the City’s economic base while preparing offshore wind job training, development and employment opportunities here.
Joseph R. Jingoli, Jr., CEO, JINGOLI and Jack Morris, president and CEO, Edgewood Properties, Inc., both, co-owners of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, brought the idea to Ocean Wind 1 following a conversation with Chief Sarkos. “Anything we as corporate citizens can do to offer ideas or assistance to our police, we should do,” said Jingoli and Morris. “When this need arose, we immediately turned to Maddy Urbish for help given Ørsted and PSEG’s commitment to Atlantic City and sustainability, and she jumped in with two feet, offering to donate the e-bikes to the Atlantic City Police Foundation.”
”Partnerships between the public and private sector like this are an important part of our community and made possible through the Atlantic City Police Foundation,” said Chief Sarkos. “Any tool that can help us better connect with residents and serve the needs of the City, I’m open to. I envision the bikes will be used within the community, on the boardwalk on the beach and anywhere greater accessibility is needed.”
“This is community partnership at its best,” said City of Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. “We have an aggressive clean and safe agenda here in the great City of Atlantic City, and this creative idea, put into action by the Ocean Wind 1 team, offers a unique clean energy solution that will give our police officers another tool to protect our residents and visitors alike. We appreciate this donation.”