Atlantic City mayor appoints prominent Democrat to special assistant position

David Madden
December 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
Steven Perskie.

Courtesy of State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small is tapping a governmental veteran to return to service as a special advisor. 

Steven Perskie has pretty much done it all. As a legislator, he helped develop the gambling plan for Atlantic City. He later ran the Casino Control Commission and was twice a judge and chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Florio.

The 74-year-old Perskie is now in private law practice, but he’s about to return to public service at Small’s request, as a special assistant for policy matters.

"As we try to cultivate the city of Atlantic City’s relationships to put us in the best place possible, I couldn’t think of a better person to bring on than Steve Perskie," Small told KYW Newsradio.

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The deal’s not completely set up yet. Perskie’s salary, among other things, needs to be agreed on, although Small expects him to be on board early in the new year. Given the state takeover, any such move would require the blessing of the Murphy administration. 

Small doesn’t see that as a problem.

"(Perskie) brings a lot to the table with his relationships with various people up and down the state," Small added. "But we already have a strong relationship. We’re just looking to add to it."

The governor says the current supervision is likely to continue for at least another year.