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The Hon. Douglas Palmer

Council of Mayors


The Hon. Douglas Palmer is a Member of the Council of Mayors at RIDGE-LANE LP.

Mayor Palmer served as the first African American mayor of Trenton, New Jersey.  He was elected in 1990 and re-elected four times since.  Mayor Palmer was the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and a past President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.  He was also a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition headed by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Mayor Palmer takes credit for Trenton’s emergence as a regional transport hub, with an expanded station serving the Amtrak line. He also placed the health of citizens as paramount, with a comprehensive childhood immunization program, important given the lack of affordable healthcare in the US. His anti-crime and anti-drugs initiatives have also earned him a national profile among city mayors. Trenton is also the first recipient of federal funding to establish long term drugs prevention.

Under Mayor Palmer’s stewardship, vacant properties in Trenton reduced from more than 8,000 to fewer than 2,500.   Mayor Palmer attracted praise for his handling of the sub-prime borrowing crisis, with other city mayors examining Trenton’s response, which uses non-profit organizations to buy homes under threat and lease them back to homeowners on an interim basis, rather than face eviction from lenders.

Mayor Palmer was born in Trenton and attended Trenton Public Schools. He then graduated from Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Virginia’s private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

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