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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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$588M 2018 budget proposed for Jersey City

JERSEY CITY — The City Council last week introduced a $588 million municipal budget for 2018, a plan that comes as residents hit by results of the property revaluation are clamoring for major spending cuts.

The budget total is largely unchanged from the one adopted in 2017, and that may not be enough for residents facing reval-related tax increases later this year. At a meeting about the reval at Casa Colombo in February, one resident demanded the city reconsider how it spends "every penny."

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... osed_for_jersey_city.html


Posted on: 3/19 17:33
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Two N.J. congressmen call for ban on tourist helicopter flights following fatal crash

JERSEY CITY -- Two New Jersey congressmen are calling for a ban on tourist helicopter flights over the New Jersey and New York region in the wake of a deadly crash that left five passengers dead.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. called on the agency's acting administrator to ban tourist helicopter flights in the New York metropolitan region.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... n_tourist_helicopter.html


Posted on: 3/17 17:29
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Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Jersey City is one of the few municipalities that has seen stable taxes every single year while increasing and enhancing city services the way that we have,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“Our City serves as proof that cities can be both fiscally responsible and socially progressive. This balance has been one of our major priorities, and as we start a second term, I promise to continue to move our City forward while focusing on long-term budgeting and management.”

https://hudsoncountyview.com/jersey-ci ... t-with-zero-tax-increase/


Posted on: 3/16 17:57
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Re: School #7 Teacher Arrested for Molesting Students in Classroom
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New Charges for Teacher Accused of Touching Several Students

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey teacher accused of inappropriately touching several students is now facing more charges.

Hudson County prosecutors said Friday that Sean Lora faces charges of sexual contact and child endangerment after another alleged victim came forward following Lora's arrest earlier this month. The new counts come the same day the 42-year-old Bayonne man is due to appear at a detention hearing.

March 16, 2018, at 1:18 p.m.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-state ... touching-several-students


Posted on: 3/16 13:37
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Re: Jersey City puts end to police officers working off-duty jobs
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Ex-Jersey City cop sentenced for off-duty jobs scheme

A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his role in an off-duty jobs scheme that included paying bribes to get off-duty work he did not perform, federal authorities announced. 

Michael O'Leary, 35, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and was facing up to five years in prison. 

Vazquez imposed the 18-month sentence today in Newark federal court.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... or_off-duty_jobs_sch.html


Posted on: 3/16 13:18
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Re: Teacher Protests Disturbing Neighborhood
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Fulop defends hands-off approach on teacher strike

JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steve Fulop said he's largely staying out of the contract dispute that has led to today's Jersey City teacher strike, despite pleas by the teachers union to help broker a deal.

Fulop, speaking at a City Hall press conference, said he's both sympathetic to teachers, who are seeking lower health care costs, and the school district, which says it is facing a $65 million deficit in the 2018-19 school year.

The mayor, whose rise to political power coincided with his efforts to elect education reformers to the nine-member school board, today defended his hands-off approach with the teachers’ contract.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ch_on_teacher_strike.html


Posted on: 3/16 13:14
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Re: Woman Found Dead in Jersey City - Country Village
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Former Jersey City police dispatcher guilty of murdering wife

Family members of Monica Montone gasped with relief when her husband, a former Jersey City police dispatcher, was convicted yesterday of strangling his wife inside their County Village home in 2014.

"I lost my breath for a second when he said guilty," said Jose Garcia, the brother of Monica Montone, 34, whose husband, Kevin Montone, 37, was convicted of killing her.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... sey_city_police_disp.html


Posted on: 3/16 6:22
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Re: Critics target Jersey City over outside law firm
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Jersey City council votes down law contract sought by Fulop

The City Council Wednesday night defeated a measure reauthorizing a contract with a law firm the city says handles "special or complex" public-records requests.

The action was the first time in recent memory the council has voted down a contract sought by Mayor Steve Fulop, who has six allies on the nine-member council. The defeated measure would have approved another $20,000 for a previously authorized contract with West Orange law firm Arleo & Donohue.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_council_votes_down.html


Posted on: 3/16 6:20
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Re: Jersey City, Port Authority settle dispute over taxes
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Jersey City ends $400M suit against Port Authority, gets $17.75M in land deal

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Today’s announcement of our agreement with the Port Authority is the major step in reshaping our relationship with an entity that is a major force in Jersey City,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“This resolution is a positive one for our residents, bringing over $35 million to Jersey City as well as a renewed commitment to several important projects.”

The mayor’s office released the details of what the settlement will entail, including a $17,750,000 payment from the Port Authority to the city for the ownership of the triangle parcel on Washington Street, which will be the site of new PATH transformers.

https://hudsoncountyview.com/jersey-ci ... gets-17-75m-in-land-deal/


Posted on: 3/15 10:37
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As Jersey City teachers' strike threat looms, deal to end dispute in works

The Jersey City school board may vote on a deal today intended to end an eight-month contract dispute with the public school district's teachers and avoid the first Jersey City teachers' strike in 20 years.

A contract offer by the district is "under the final stages of synthesis," and the board will discuss and vote on it at its meeting today, according to Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas. The teachers have worked under an expired contract since Sept. 1.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... city_teachers_strike.html


Posted on: 3/15 10:32
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Re: Tab for public workers' unused sick days tops $2 billion
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Putting an End to Sick-Pay Accrual by Longtime Public Workers


Posted on: 3/14 7:16
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Deputy Attorney General Baker to replace Farrell as Jersey City corporation counsel
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Deputy Attorney General Baker to replace Farrell as Jersey City corporation counsel


Posted on: 3/13 13:12
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Hyatt House Jersey City opens with designs by Stonehill Taylor

The brand-new Hyatt House Jersey City creates an exciting destination with spectacular views of Manhattan in Exchange Place’s increasingly popular waterfront downtown area.

Stonehill Taylor completed Interior Design for the hotel, housed in a 10-story bank building from the 1920s with a 3-story modern glass addition on top by Atlanta-based PFVS. The interiors feature striking historic features of the old bank building layered with comfortable contemporary accommodations, bringing in richness in texture and a sense of history.

https://hoteldesigns.net/industry-news ... igns-by-stonehill-taylor/


Posted on: 3/11 7:03
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Re: Political war brewing over county exec seat
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Fulop on DeGise: ‘When you no longer have that fire in the belly it’s time for a change


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Political war brewing over county exec seat
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 Political war brewing over county exec seat
Fulop, Stack, Bhalla, Roque call for change in county leadership
A whole year ahead of the primary to select candidates for the 2019 Hudson County Executive election, a number of prominent elected officials publicly called for a change of leadership.

“Today, we stand with State Senator Brian P. Stack, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Mayor Felix Roque, and Mayor Ravinder Bhalla, as we collectively seek change in the leadership of Hudson County government,” said a statement released Thursday and signed by Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, Jersey City freeholders Bill O’Dea and Joel Torres, Union City Freeholder Tilo Rivas, County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado, County Register Diane Coleman, and Jersey City Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley and Jermaine Robinson.

The big question is: Who do these officials want to replace Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise? Do any of them plan to run, or do they have another candidate in mind?

Posted on: 3/11 6:44
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As reval heats up, Jersey City finds new attorneys to handle tax appeals

As Jersey City struggles to deal with anger over the incoming results of the property revaluation, the city has dropped the outside attorney who has handled tax appeals for the city for four years.

Since October 2013, Matthew O'Donnell, of Morristown firm O'Donnell McCord, has represented the city in front of the Hudson County Board of Taxation when property owners seek new assessments. It has been a lucrative gig for his firm, which made $260,720 in 2015 alone, city records show.

The council last night approved contracts with two firms that will replace O'Donnell: Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, of Warren, and Florio Kenny Raval, of Hoboken, each for $75,000.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... al_attorney_as_reval.html


Posted on: 3/5 5:50
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On marijuana, why help criminals keep their monopoly? | Moran

The latest head-count in the Senate offers sobering news for those working to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. Only five senators said yes, from a total of 40.

"We need to slow this thing down," says Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, who is holding public hearings to drum up more opposition.

Great. The criminal prohibition against weed is as crazy and destructive as the prohibition against alcohol in the 1920s, and we just may stick with it.

Both prohibitions taught millions of decent people to ignore the law of the land. They both allowed bad guys with guns to make a fortune. And today, we add a modern twist by imprisoning African-Americans for weed crimes at three times the rate of whites.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... s_keep_their_monopol.html


Posted on: 3/5 5:47
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Re: Netflix series Seven Seconds (takes place in JC!)
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What locals are saying about Netflix drama 'Seven Seconds'

Netflix debuted its 10-episode police drama "Seven Seconds" last week and Jersey City has a lot to say about it.

The show stars Emmy winner Regina King as a grieving mother seeking justice for her teen son, who is killed after he is struck by a white cop driving an SUV. The show is set in Jersey City, though it was largely filmed elsewhere.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... s_are_saying_about_n.html


Posted on: 3/2 7:00
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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$300K settlement on tap to end lawsuit targeting Jersey City

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City plans to shell out $300,000 to settle a lawsuit that revealed some ugly allegations about Mayor Steve Fulop's administration in advance of last year's mayoral race.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015 by city worker Dan Wrieden, led to the disclosure of an old voicemail between two former top city officials that Fulop critics allege revealed a 2014 effort to steer a contract to a favored bidder. Fulop has said he knew nothing of that effort and halted the bid when he found out.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... lawsuit_targeting_je.html


Posted on: 2/27 17:55
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Jersey City teachers take step toward first strike since 1998
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Jersey City teachers take step toward first strike since 1998

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City teachers are inching closer toward striking for the first time since a five-day strike in 1998 that caused pandemonium citywide.

The teachers union, which has been battling the 29,000-student school district over health care costs, voted yesterday to authorize a strike as a last resort, according to two sources with knowledge of the vote. Teachers have worked under an expired contract since the beginning of the school year and a deal for a new pact does not appear close.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _toward_first_strike.html


Posted on: 2/27 16:38
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Jersey City divided as new tax assessments finally roll out

New assessments released citywide as part of the long-delayed property revaluation are exposing anew divisions between residents of Jersey City's Downtown and those who live in the city's less affluent neighborhoods.

Hundreds of Downtown residents have crowded community centers, churches and schools in recent weeks to express anger about the enormous tax hikes expected to accompany their new assessments. The owners of one Washington Street brownstone may see their annual tax bill increase by $36,066.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_divided_as_new_tax.html


Posted on: 2/14 17:24
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Jersey City moves to ax off-duty jobs for cops

JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steve Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announced at City Hall today that the city is moving forward with a plan to dismantle a program that allowed cops to work off-duty gigs, angering officers who say Fulop is punishing the entire force for the actions of a handful of bad cops.

The move comes as the program is under intense federal scrutiny, with 11 people, including ex-Police Chief Phil Zacche, admitting their involvement in a scheme that allowed officers to accept payments for off-duty jobs they didn't work. Shea said today officers' misconduct related to off-duty jobs is "much more widely spread" than what is publicly known and he suggested that the entire force knew about the malfeasance.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... f-duty_jobs_for_cops.html


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Eight-year fight over Jersey City tower plan could be nearing conclusion

JERSEY CITY — An eight-year-old effort by a company hoping to get a high-rise built near Journal Square may be nearing a conclusion, with the City Council this week scheduled to approve an ordinance required by a 2012 settlement between the city and property owners.

The ordinance set for initial approval on Wednesday would vacate a portion of West Street, a 250-foot, dead-end road off Magnolia Avenue, to make way for a potentially 42-story tower just east of Summit Avenue. The city agreed under the previous mayor, Jerramiah Healy, to give that portion of the street to the property owners, now Hap Investments, to settle a lawsuit.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ity_plan_could_be_ne.html


Posted on: 2/12 15:57
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In Jersey City, Murphy signs executive order creating commission for Puerto Rico relief
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In Jersey City, Murphy signs executive order creating commission for Puerto Rico relief


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Learn more about Jersey City reval at upcoming meetings

Residents who want to learn more about Jersey City's revaluation, or sound off about their proposed new assessments, can visit a handful of neighborhood meetings in upcoming weeks.

Appraisal Systems, the company conducting the long-delayed reval, has started issuing waves of new assessments for properties citywide. So far residents Downtown, in and near Society Hill and in portions of Journal Square and the Heights have received new assessments.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _at_upcoming_meeting.html


Posted on: 2/9 15:58
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Fulop signs executive order implementing ‘Vision Zero’ to improve traffic safety

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“During the past few months, Jersey City has been the scene of a number of tragic traffic fatalities that have each shaken our community and created a desperate need for a solution,” Fulop said in a statement.

“Signing on to ‘Vision Zero’ is our latest, and hopefully our final, initiative to eliminate
traffic fatalities on our city’s roadways. Each and every life that has been lost as a result of a traffic accident is avoidable, and today, we are taking an important step towards building a powerful, data-driven Action Plan to make sure that no more lives will be senselessly lost on our roads.”

http://hudsoncountyview.com/fulop-sig ... o-improve-traffic-safety/


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Re: Judge critical of JCPD over shooting of man near cop killer's memorial
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Police shooting of man as he fled was justified: prosecutor

JERSEY CITY -- Jersey City police officers were justified in firing at and wounding a man who threw a pointed, wooden fence post at them in the tense aftermath of the murder of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago in 2014.

The officers "were justified in using deadly force in the reasonable belief that such force was immediately necessary to protect themselves and each other from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death," according to a statement released by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... y_man_as_he_fled_was.html


Posted on: 2/8 15:35
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Re: Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer
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Former dominatrix fired from Hudson County Sheriff's Office

JERSEY CITY -- The Hudson County Sheriff's Office rookie who previously worked as a paid dominatrix and appeared in multiple fetish videos online was officially fired today.  

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari confirmed that a hearing officer presiding over Officer Kristen Hyman's disciplinary hearing made the determination to terminate her this afternoon, adding, "I agree with the hearing officer."

A source said the key reason Hyman was terminated was for lying about her prior work as a dominatrix on her sheriff's office application, although it's possible she would not have made it into the academy had she been honest about her past.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... udson_county_sheriff.html


Posted on: 2/8 12:54
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Re: JC golf course seeks to expand into Liberty State Park
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Leasing Caven Point would be disaster; Area should remain natural | Feedback

Caven Point a critical natural habitat

I have just written the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to implore the Office of Leases to keep Caven Point (in Liberty State Park) as a natural wilderness area. It would be disastrous to lease it to Liberty National Golf Course for any length of time. Currently managed as protected wildlife habitat, Caven Point includes one of the last relatively undisturbed marsh areas of the Hudson River Estuary and a long natural beach.

Being off limits to people (and their dogs) from March 1 through September, the Point provides critical and unique habitat for wildlife in the area because it is relatively undisturbed. These existing benefits, which will get only more valuable as time passes, need to be factored into any land-use planning for the area.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... disaster_area_should.html


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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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Eleventh Jersey City cop admits guilt in off-duty jobs scheme

NEWARK — An eleventh Jersey City cop has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a federal probe of the city's police department that brought down a former police chief last month.

Juan Berrios admitted in a federal courthouse in Newark today to accepting more than $34,000 in corrupt payments for off-duty jobs he did not perform. Berrios, 41, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy to commit fraud charge.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ilty_in_off-duty_job.html


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