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Re: Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop
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Agency reviewing controversial Fulop donations from water company

JERSEY CITY -- Officials with the city Municipal Utilities Authority and Suez, the company that runs the city's water system, are in talks over how to handle the thousands of dollars in Suez donations to Mayor Steve Fulop's campaign that are at the center of pay-to-play allegations.

Suez and its political action committee have given a combined $10,800 to the mayor's re-election campaign, plus $1,000 to the Jersey City Democratic Committee, campaign records show. The contributions exceed limits set by the city's pay-to-play ban.

"On the pay-to-play issue we are discussing with (Suez's) counsel ... to understand exactly what happened," MUA attorney Frank Borin told the agency's commissioners at their meeting last night. "We don't have any conclusions yet."

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


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Re: Bill Matsikoudis for Jersey City Mayor
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Gadsden to run for re-election on Matsikoudis slate

JERSEY CITY -- Councilman Chris Gadsden, who joined the council after a stunning upset victory last November, announced today he will seek re-election on mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis' ticket.

Gadsden, 42, who represents Ward B, said he thinks Matsikoudis' "type of advocacy and that type of voice is necessary." The two men worked recently on a measure that would require the city to share more of the revenue it receives from tax abatements with the local school district.

"While I have no ill feelings whatever towards any of the mayoral candidates running ... for me, Bill's someone with a plan and an agenda to move the city forward," Gadsden said.

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


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Bill introduced that would give tax break to homeschool parents
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Bill introduced that would give tax break to homeschool parents

Assemblywoman Angela McKnight has proposed legislation that would cut the costs of books and other materials for parents who home-school their children.

The proposed bill would let taxpayers with incomes of up to $150,000 claim a tax credit for out-of-pocket expenses for home-schooling their children. Taxpayers would be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,000 per child, and a maximum total of $3,000 per taxable year.

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


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Re: Jersey City LIVE Falcon Camera - 101 Hudson Street
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WATCH: Scientists 'band' world's fastest bird atop a Jersey City skyscraper


Posted on: Yesterday 14:58
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Jersey City Mayor and Council Race Takes Shape

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With five months to go before Jersey City voters cast ballots in the city’s first November municipal election, Mayor Steven Fulop on Wednesday announced that first-time candidate Moriah ‘Mo’ Kinberg will be joining the the Team Fulop Slate.

Kinberg, a former campaign manager for the NJ Work Environment Council, will be Team Fulop’s Ward D candidate. She joins at-large council members Daniel Rivera, Joyce Watterman, and Council President Rolando Lavarro as well as Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson and Ward A council candidate Denise Ridley.


Posted on: 6/21 14:31
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Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop
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Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop

JERSEY CITY -- Donations to Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election bid by the company that manages the city's water system are raising new accusations of violations of the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez and its political action committee gave Fulop's re-election bid at least $10,800 in the last four years, plus another $1,000 to the Fulop-controlled Jersey City Democratic Committee, campaign reports show. Those amounts exceed contribution limits placed on some city vendors by the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez is at the tail end of a 10-year contract with the autonomous city Municipal Utilities Authority to run the water system. The company is in the middle of negotiations for a new contract with the MUA, whose bylaws say it will adhere to the city's pay-to-play restrictions. The MUA director is Jeremy Farrell, who is also the city's corporation counsel

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


Posted on: 6/21 10:54
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HAP fundraising in Israel for Jersey City apartment tower By REW • June 20, 2017
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HAP fundraising in Israel for Jersey City apartment tower

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HAP Investments has raised $6.8 million for its planned Jersey City project, HAP Tower Journal Square.

The money was raised through a private placement in Israel of 544 participation units, each valued at $12,500. These units cannot be traded and are not listed for trading on any stock exchange.

The funds will partially be used to develop the 800-unit tower over the next three-to-four. Total project costs are estimated at $437 million and HAP said another funding round will take place with current investors offered an anti-dilution clause.

The private placement was approved by the Israeli Securities Authority (ISA), an entity similar to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the United States.

http://rew-online.com/2017/06/20/hap- ... sey-city-apartment-tower/


Posted on: 6/21 0:16
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Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid


Posted on: 6/20 0:23
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Want to be Jersey City's police chief? Inquire within
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Want to be Jersey City's police chief? Inquire within

Who wants to run the Jersey City police department?

Anyone? Anyone?

Phil Zacche, the former chief, retired recently and the city is conducting one of its famous nationwide searches for his replacement.

The job posting is now available on the city website. The city says it will conduct interviews through August.

The base salary is $173,414, plus medical benefits, dental, life insurance and the chance to exchange hundreds of unused days for a six-figure check when you retire.

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


Posted on: 6/15 23:42
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Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer
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Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer

Should a former dominatrix who appeared in bondage movies for pay be allowed to work as a Hudson County sheriff's officer?

That's a question that is expected to be answered when newly sworn-in sheriff's officer Kristen Hyman, of Bayonne, attends a disciplinary hearing on June 27. 

The county Sheriff's Office suspended Hyman without pay on May 26, six days before she was scheduled to graduate from the police academy, saying she failed to disclose that she made bondage videos and saw clients privately for money.

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


Posted on: 6/15 23:40
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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Jersey City council rejects repeal of chain store limits

 JERSEY CITY -- In a surprising move, the City Council voted decisively tonight against repealing the city's two-year old restrictions on where chain stores can open Downtown.

In a 1-8 vote, the council opted to keep the restrictions in place, rejecting the administration's request to repeal them and possibly setting up the city for a legal battle with CVS. The pharmacy giant wants to open up a location inside the zone where large chain stores are mostly barred. 

Tonight's move was an unusual one for the council, which is dominated by allies of Mayor Steve Fulop and rarely votes against measures his administration backs. Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski was the lone vote in favor of repeal.

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


Posted on: 6/14 23:31
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Downtown Jersey City council hopefuls set for meet-and-greet
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Downtown Jersey City council hopefuls set for meet-and-greet

JERSEY CITY -- Jersey City's election is still five months away and no candidates will qualify for the ballot until after Labor Day, but the would-be candidates are already facing voters.

The four men who have announced their candidacies for the Ward E council seat have agreed to appear before the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association tomorrow night. Each will address the crowd for three minutes to present their platforms.

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


Posted on: 6/14 15:24
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Re: Paterson, Jersey City and Newark plan to equip cops with body cameras
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Jersey City police body camera program still in trial period

Controversy surrounding the high-speed police pursuit through the streets of Jersey City on June 4 escalated after video surfaced showing cops kicking a man who later turned out to be an innocent bystander.

That video came from an eyewitness to the pursuit, not from body cameras worn by the officers. That's because nearly three years after Mayor Steve Fulop first announced he was working with Newark and Paterson on a plan to outfit the three cities' cops with body cameras, Jersey City's system has yet to move beyond a trial phase.

Public Safety Director James Shea said yesterday he doesn't believe body cameras would have changed anything about the pursuit or the altercation captured on video.

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


Posted on: 6/13 15:55
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Jersey City expected to tighten loophole in rent control laws
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Jersey City expected to tighten loophole in rent control laws

JERSEY CITY - The City Council is expected to vote on a new ordinance that would eliminate what housing advocates call a loophole in current rent control laws.

The updated ordinance comes after Jersey City Together, a coalition of community and religious leaders, shed light on a tactic they say is being used by landlords to exploit rent control guidelines through Section 8 vouchers.

A first reading of the ordinance will take place Wednesday.

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


Posted on: 6/12 23:47
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Jersey City Democrats elect new chair
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Jersey City Democrats elect new chair

Political operative Barbara Stamato was elected tonight as the Jersey City Democratic chair.

Stamato, aide to Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski, replaces Shawn "Sully" Thomas-Sullivan, formerly an ally of Mayor Steve Fulop. Jersey City Democrats voted in Stamato tonight at the Moose Lodge on West Side Avenue.

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


Posted on: 6/12 23:42
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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The battle begins
New Jersey City ‘Immigrant Commission’ to respond to federal order to cooperate with ICE

by Al Sullivan - Reporter staff writer -Jun 11, 2017
The newly-formed Jersey City Immigration Commission will prepare a response to a memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that ordered the city to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement or lose federal dollars.

At their second meeting since being established, the JCIC discussed how to respond to the federal demand that could result in the loss of more than $9 million in federal aid.

Sessions released a memo on June 4 defining “sanctuary jurisdictions,” a term for local governments that refuse to fully comply with federal immigration laws.

Sessions said that those cities that meet his definition will be ineligible to receive grants from the Departments of Justice or Homeland Security.

Posted on: 6/11 0:38
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Re: Mayor Fulop Signs Executive Order Dedicating 10% to Future Tax Abatement Payments to JC Public schoo
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Jersey City plan for stricter PILOT rules alarm developers, unions

JERSEY CITY -- Real-estate developers and labor unions are sounding the alarm about measures before the City Council that would sharply increase the requirements tied to tax abatements.

One of the measures, which have yet to get final votes by the nine-member council, would require all tax-abated Downtown properties include 20 percent affordable housing, while the other would force developers seeking tax breaks to pay an extra fee that would go to the public-school district.

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


Posted on: 6/11 0:14
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Re: WeWork, Kushner mulling WeLive in Jersey City
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Kushner Cos. Loses $6.5 Million Tax Break For Jersey City Skyscraper

One Journal Square, the Jersey City skyscraper that White House adviser Jared Kushner's family marketed to wealthy Chinese investors as a way to get U.S. visas, will probably need more money: WNYC reports, "A $6.5 million annual tax credit attached to its erstwhile anchor tenant, WeWork, is about to be revoked."

WeWork had been planning on bring both their co-working and co-living brands to the $400 million tower. According to Bloomberg News, "Kushner and [partner] KABR were each slated to own one fourth of the WeWork tower, according to the request to the development authority. WeWork would own the remainder. But $59 million in tax breaks were tied to WeWork’s occupying and operating the building as a technology incubator—not merely owning it. A spokesman for WeWork declined to comment."

WNYC reported that "WeWork, which had entered into a 50-50 partnership with Kushner Companies for the project, missed a May deadline for extending its state tax credit. 'By not submitting the required documents or requesting an extension by the deadline, the company did not meet the terms of its approval,' a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Virginia Pellerin, said in an email... [T]here’s no guarantee that any future tenant would get the $6.5 million in tax breaks, further squeezing the building’s finances."

http://gothamist.com/2017/06/09/kushn ... ses_65_million_tax_br.php


Posted on: 6/9 13:24
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Re: Police Pursuit ends in fiery crash in Jersey City Heights
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Posted on: 6/8 18:14
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Re: Local Control of Schools
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Is Jersey City ready to take complete control of its schools again?

In 1989, the state of New Jersey took over Jersey City's school district, citing a "total education failure" in a district that was rampant with nepotism and corruption. That was 28 years ago.

On Wednesday, the state said its second-largest city was ready to take back full control of its schools. 

It's been a long process.

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


Posted on: 6/8 11:26
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Jersey City awarded $388K in cleanup funding
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Jersey City awarded $388K in cleanup funding

Jersey City is receiving close to $400,000 in annual Clean Communities grant funding, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced yesterday.

The $387,918 award is part of $20.2 million in Clean Communities grants to municipalities and counties around the state to assist them with conducting litter cleanups. More than $17.9 million is earmarked for municipalities, while $2.2 million will be awarded to counties.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_awarded_388k_in_cl.html


Posted on: 6/7 16:59
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Re: Local Control of Schools
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Finally, Jersey City close to regaining local control of schools, state says

TRENTON -- Jersey City is likely to regain local control of its school district's instruction and programming later this year, the final step in emerging from the state's nearly 30-year takeover of city schools, acting state Education Commissioner Kimberely Harrington said Wednesday. 

The district passed the state's latest review of school instruction, Harrington said at Wednesday's state Board of Education meeting. A resolution to return control of instruction to the district will likely come before the board in a few months, she said, setting the stage for a historic vote. 

That resolution is expected to pass, President Mark Biedron said.

http://www.nj.com/education/2017/06/j ... l_control_of_schools.html


Posted on: 6/7 16:52
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Re: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic - Liberty State Park June 3, 2017
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Why Neil Patrick Harris and 20 Other Celebrities Attended This Polo Match

We break the chicest polo match of the summer down by the numbers


Posted on: 6/5 23:39
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Re: $512K payout for top Jersey City cop renews call for reform
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Jersey City makes police promotions as chief readies to retire

On the eve of Police Chief Phil Zacche's final day leading the police force, 18 Jersey City police officers were promoted in a City Hall ceremony.

Zacche, who is retiring tomorrow after 38 years working for Jersey City, told the crowd assembled for yesterday's promotions that he will spend his retirement "doing a lot of babysitting."

"It's hard to believe it's been 38 years," Zacche said, "until I look in a mirror."
Zacche made only brief remarks and appeared to do so only after Mayor Steve Fulop began the event by noting his upcoming retirement.

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


Posted on: 6/4 0:50
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Re: 2017 Primaries.
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Who's funding the 31st Legislative Democratic candidates?

BAYONNE -- The four Democratic candidates who will be vying for two seats in the primary election have filled their campaign war chests through very different means.

Recent campaign funding disclosure forms show the various sources that have fueled the candidates' campaigns for the June 6 primary election, which will determine which Democrats will face off against Republicans Michael Alonso and Lauren DiGiaro in the November general election.

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


Posted on: 6/2 23:16
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Re: 6 Things to Know About Criminal Justice Reform - Starts 1/2
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Fulop and Hudson County prosecutor applaud bail reform changes targeting gun offenses

JERSEY CITY -- Mayor Steve Fulop and Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez are lauding changes to state detention guidelines recommending that people charged with many weapons offenses should now be held without bail during their prosecution.

"We have been very vocal on the issue of illegal guns and we are happy that the Attorney General is taking these important steps," Fulop said of the changes to criminal justice reform guidelines approved by the state Supreme Court last week.

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


Posted on: 6/1 20:32
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Art House Productions finds new home in Jersey City at Cast Iron Lofts
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Art House Productions finds new home in Jersey City at Cast Iron Lofts

After leaving their space in Journal Square, a Jersey City arts and theater company has finally found a new home.

Art House Productions, the group that presents the quarterly JC Fridays, recently announced the move to the new location, Cast Iron Lofts at 300 Coles St. It's the "Soho West" area, which is near the border of Hoboken and Jersey City.

The three-year lease gives Art House Productions a 5,500 square-foot space on the ground floor of the building. Here, they will have a 99-seat flexible black box theater, a fine arts gallery curated by Curious Matter, rentable studio space and offices for the staff.

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


Posted on: 6/1 20:23
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After $40M renovation, City Crossing housing complex opens in Jersey City
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After $40M renovation, City Crossing housing complex opens in Jersey City

The former Brunswick Estates housing complex in Jersey City has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover.

A May 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the new City Crossing complex marked the finalization of the $40.2 million housing rehabilitation project.

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


Posted on: 5/30 21:33
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Re: Lawsuit targets Jersey City teachers performing full-time union work
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Judge: lawsuit over taxpayer-funded union jobs may proceed

A lawsuit between a conservative group and the Jersey City teachers union will proceed after a judge denied the union's bid to dismiss the suit on Friday.

The legal spat focuses on "release time," a provision in the union's contract with the public-school district that allows two top union officials to devote all of their time to union activities while getting paid by the district.

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


Posted on: 5/29 18:12
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Re: Kites, parachutes, Coast Guard demos: Liberty State Park is place to be
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Kites drape the sky over Liberty State Park during first annual Sky Art Kite Festival

JERSEY CITY -- Kites of all shapes, sizes and colors draped the sky over Liberty State Park Saturday afternoon during the first annual Sky Art Kite Festival.

People from up and down the east coast -- from Florida to Rhode Island -- made their way to Liberty State Park to show off their colorful kites for the festival, and to dazzle visitors of the park.

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


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