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Re: Hyatt House at Exchange Place
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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/


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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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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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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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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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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


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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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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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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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Re: Jersey City puts end to police officers working off-duty jobs
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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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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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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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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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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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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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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


Posted on: 2/8 12:44
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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


Posted on: 2/2 15:25
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Fulop faces police ire over halting off-duty jobs

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's pledge to end a program that allows cops to make extra cash working off-duty jobs is leading to howls of protest from the city's police force.

The program is under fire thanks to a federal investigation that has led to guilty pleas from 10 people, including a former police chief, Phil Zacche. More cops are expected to be ensnared in the probe.

"For too long the program has been abused with police officers more focused on off-duty work than on-duty work," Fulop said in an email to The Jersey Journal. "The widespread corruption was known by countless officers within the department and the degree of abuse is astonishing."

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


Posted on: 2/1 10:17
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A Postcard View of Manhattan

THE NEW YORK TIMES - By FEB. 1, 2018

The lack of a car had begun to grate on the nerves of Jacqueline Troccoli and Alberto Pomello.

The couple lived in a high-rise in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan. And most days, she walked to her downtown office, while he took the subway to work downtown. But anytime they left the city — which they frequently did — traveling was a challenge, as they usually took the train and were beholden to a schedule.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/rea ... rd-view-of-manhattan.html


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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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Company postpones public presentation for new Liberty State Park marina

JERSEY CITY -- Suntex Marinas, the company seeking to build a new 45-acre marina in Liberty State Park, has postponed a public hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The presentation was set to be held at the Liberty House restaurant, but after a request from officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the company agreed to postpone, according to a release.

The company said an alternate date will be announced once it has been confirmed.

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


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Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen 'at the earliest possible date'

By MATT FRIEDMAN  - Updated 01/19/2018 05:26 PM EST

Two months after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the federal corruption case against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the Justice Department on Friday said it wants to retry them — and soon.

“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” reads the one-paragraph notice signed by AnnaLou Tirol, acting chief of the department's public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”

Menendez, New Jersey's senior senator, is up for reelection this year.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01 ... justice-department-350904


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Jersey City deputy mayor appointed to head of housing, economic development dept
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Jersey City deputy mayor appointed to head of housing, economic development dept

JERSEY CITY -- Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil has been appointed to the head of the city's Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce (HEDC).

As deputy mayor, Vigil oversaw economic development and real estate, and created strategies for sustainable development and affordable housing. He joined the administration in 2015.

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


Posted on: 1/20 21:30
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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Liberty State Park marina plan can move forward, judge says

A Hudson County judge today rejected a push by Jersey City to halt plans to build a new marina in Liberty State Park, paving the way for the plans to proceed with required state approval.

Judge Barry P. Sarkisian, who heard arguments from Jersey City, the state and the marina company at a hearing on Tuesday, rejected the city's arguments that the proposed deal between the state and Suntex Marinas is invalid because the state did not seek bids for the marina plan. The city's arguments are "without merit" because the state in this case is not required to seek bids, Sarkisian said in his ruling.

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


Posted on: 1/19 21:18
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Jury acquits man in murder of Dickinson High student in 2016

Emotion overwhelmed an 18-year-old Jersey City man when the jury took only a few hours of deliberation to find him not guilty on all six counts he faced in the murder of a Dickinson High School student.

"Thank you very much for a fair trial your honor," said a choked up Isaiah Huggins to Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson after the verdict was rendered at 4:15 p.m.

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


Posted on: 1/19 10:31
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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Former toxic site shouldn't just be for the rich, Jersey City mayor says

In a major shift that would transform a 100-acre mixed-use community planned for Jersey City's western waterfront, Mayor Steve Fulop said his administration will seek to make 50 percent of the planned residential units on-site affordable housing.

Fulop announced the proposed change, which could increase the number of affordable units on the Bayfront site by 900 percent, in a letter he sent earlier this month to Honeywell International. Honeywell co-owns the formerly chromium-contaminated site with Jersey City and will partner with the city to find developers.

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


Posted on: 1/16 13:38
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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Opponents seek to mislead on proposed LSP marina | Opinion

When state officials developed a master plan for Liberty State Park in the late 1970s, they envisioned a park with a host of amenities that people from the surrounding communities could enjoy. The plan, developed with input from then-Gov. Brendan Byrne, called for the southern end of the park to include a fishing pier, picnic area, restaurants and a marina. That proposal was later reaffirmed in a 1983 action plan and again in a 1987 Senate report. 

It is clear from each of these documents that the vision for this beautiful urban park has always included plans for waterfront recreation, and the creators of the park never intended this land to become neglected as it has today.

Recently, Suntex Marinas developed a proposal, bringing these early plans to fruition, a plan that would offer residents precisely the kind of activities called for when the park was originally preserved.  But during a recent protest at the park and again in a pair of Op-Eds published last month, opponents of the plan have attempted to portray the proposed marina as a playground for millionaires on yachts, making it inaccessible to the millions of people who visit Liberty State Park each year.

In fiery rhetoric designed to scare, the protesters decried the loss of "recreational opportunities for the hardworking taxpayer in an irreplaceable setting."  This statement could not be further from the truth for the following reasons:

  • The proposed marina is aimed at middle-class boaters and fishermen, not, as opponents would have you believe, wealthy yachters. 
  • Studies completed in advance of this project show there is a real need for marina space among small boat owners.
  • Suntex has planned several recreational opportunities open to the public, including a children's sailing school, a waterfront restaurant and a boat club that will allow residents access to sailboats and other watercraft, all for a nominal fee.
  • Suntex has agreed to restore the dilapidated public boat launch that is all but unusable in its current condition.
  • The plan calls for Suntex to build a public fishing pier for park guests.

All of this will be done at our expense without any taxpayer dollars, adding to the area's recreational opportunities, not limiting them.

More importantly, as part of the plan, Suntex has agreed to take on the repair and maintenance of the bulkhead at the northern edge of the park. According to the State Department of Environmental Protection that will save the state $43 million.  

And yet, in their Op-Ed, opponents of the plan dismissed the substantial savings to taxpayers that comes with the proposed pier. They claim, "other monies are available to fix the bulkhead."  The other monies they refer to are taxpayer's dollars, plain and simple.

Furthermore, opponents seek to portray any changes to the park as the plotting of evil despots intending on taking away the public's right to enjoy this urban gem.  What they don't say, and likely never will, is that Suntex is offering a vast upgrade to what has become a neglected portion of the park.

The opponents have depicted our agreement with the state DEP as cronyism conducted at the behest of the current governor.  But due to delays forced by the opposition, our fate will now be decided by the administration of incoming governor, Phil Murphy.  However, despite the attempts to derail or delay our project, we are confident that our plan is strong enough to win support of the incoming governor, who will no doubt see the benefits Suntex is offering to the community.

We have found the opposition from local elected officials disappointing and disheartening. We at Suntex have always been dedicated supporters of Jersey City and its current administration, additionally we have been immensely accommodating to the city's needs. Now officials have cast aspersions on the company and the project, without so much as a phone call to discuss our plans.

And yet, as plans take shape for a golf course in the park, we've heard no such protests from either elected officials or the Friends of Liberty State Park.

Let me be clear -- we support the Friends of Liberty State Park.  We have in the past and will continue to donate to their tireless advocacy.  Their passion for the park is admirable, in fact, our interests are in every way aligned: To keep Liberty State Park a destination for families and visitors throughout New Jersey to enjoy green space and recreational opportunities. 

Where we differ with the Friends is that where they see an area in danger, we see an area in need.

We are confident that once the public has been given the facts about what we offer the park, this project will be welcomed with open arms.

Ron TenEyck is a Senior Vice President at Suntex Marinas.

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


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Re: Kids in 11 N.J. Cities Have Higher Lead Levels Than Flint
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Jersey City awarded $689K grant to expand child lead testing program

Jersey City has been awarded a $689,000 grant to expand lead testing for children in the city, according to a release.

This award for the Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention (CLEP) project comes in addition to the $198,000 the city has received in the past to operate the program -- representing a 247 percent increase in funding to the city, according to the release.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_awarded_689k_grant.html


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Re: Jersey City pencil company going strong after 125 years
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Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A photographer captures a colorful world of craft and complexity.


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Re: New CCTV cameras being installed in Jersey City
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Cop-arazzi! Jersey City adding surveillance cams to high-crime hot spots

The bad guys had better be ready for their "close-up."

Jersey City officials said that 40 new surveillance cameras -- which will produce images that are five times clearer than in the past -- will be installed in high-crime hot spots in 2018 as part of the city's CCTV program. The new cameras will be bring the total to 197 across the city, officials said.

Four high-definition fixed cameras will be placed at intersections of Dwight and Ocean avenues, Winfield and Ocean avenues, Bartholdi and Ocean avenues, Fulton and Ocean avenues, Lexington and Bergen avenues, Bayview and Garfield avenues, Monticello and Brinkerhoff avenues, Monticello and Belmont avenues, Monticello and Jewett avenues, and Monticello and Gardner avenues.

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


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