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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


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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


Posted on: 1/15 21:28
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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


Posted on: 1/15 12:48
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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.


Posted on: 1/15 12:44
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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


Posted on: 1/11 0:49
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Re: Disbarred lawyer stole $1.5M from clients, AG says
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Disbarred lawyer convicted of stealing more than $1.5M

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Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 8:00 am Updated: Jan. 10, 2018 6:49 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A disbarred lawyer has been convicted of stealing more than $1.5 million overall from five clients, including the trust fund of a young boy whose father died in a workplace accident.

Joseph Talafous Jr. was convicted Wednesday on numerous counts of theft, misapplication of entrusted property and filing fraudulent state income tax returns. He faces several decades in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 16.

http://www.njherald.com/article/20180110/AP/301109673#


Posted on: 1/11 0:44
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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Ex-Jersey City police chief says he warned city about off-duty jobs scam

Jersey City's public safety director was warned four years ago about potential abuses by cops working off-duty security details at public-housing complexes, according to a letter obtained by The Jersey Journal.

The letter was written in October 2013 by former police chief Robert Cowan, whose successor, Phil Zacche, admitted Friday in federal court that he charged the Jersey City Housing Authority more than $30,000 for security details he did not work at the Marion Gardens public-housing complex.

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


Posted on: 1/8 23:15
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Re: $512K payout for top Jersey City cop renews call for reform
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Ex-Jersey City police chief admits stealing $31K from city's housing authority

TRENTON -- Phil Zacche, a Jersey City cop for 38 years who rose to the rank of police chief in 2014, admitted in federal court today to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Jersey City Housing Authority.

Zacche, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds in the fifth-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson in Trenton this afternoon.

The charge comes with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a potential $250,000 fine. As part of Zacche's plea agreement, he agreed to forfeit $24,700.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... mits_stealing_31k_fr.html


Posted on: 1/5 19:57
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Re: Meeting set for input on future of Casino in the Park
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One last bash at Jersey City's Casino in the Park

JERSEY CITY — After decades running the Casino in the Park banquet hall, Kathy Sweeney can’t settle on her favorite moment.

It could be meeting Muhammad Ali, who came there in the 1970s and attracted so many fans they “pushed in the doors to get to see him,” Sweeney said.

Or maybe it’s Bill Clinton — who visited in 2005 to raise campaign cash for Jon Corzine — stopping to autograph a report on his home state of Arkansas that Sweeney’s granddaughter wrote for a school assignment.

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


Posted on: 12/29 21:35
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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Fulop: ‘I would not be surprised if the [JCPD] off-duty jobs go away entirely in 2018′


Posted on: 12/26 17:33
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Re: Jersey City, police union at impasse over new contract
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Jersey City cop union loses appeal of arbitrator's award

JERSEY CITY -- Jersey City's police officer union has lost its appeal of an Oct. 4 arbitrator's decision that awarded a four-year contract with the city that the union loathes.

In a 36-page decision issued yesterday, the state Public Employment Relations Commission dismissed the union's eight critiques of the arbitrator's award, which granted the city almost all of its demands. The commissioners' report says they agree with the arbitrator's analysis of the city's and union's claims regarding the contract dispute and declined to reverse any of his decisions.

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


Posted on: 12/22 14:41
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Re: Jersey City’s priciest rental is this $11K/month penthouse
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See the most expensive apartment in Jersey City history (PHOTOS)


Posted on: 12/21 14:28
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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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Alleged serial bike thief arrested again near Journal Square PATH

An Irvington man who was arrested in May for stealing a bike at the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City was arrested again Saturday for trying to steal a bike at the same location, authorities said.

Christopher Williams, 52, of Irvington. (Port Authority) 

Christopher Williams, 52, is now facing charges of theft by unlawful taking, possession of burglary tools, drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and a felony count of bail jumping.

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


Posted on: 12/18 22:21
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Re: U.S. Sen. Menendez - new federal investigation
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Eye Doctor Tied to Bob Menendez Case Convicted in $100 Million Fraud Scheme

By Terry Spencer / AP
December 5, 2017

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A federal judge heard wildly conflicting stories Tuesday about a prominent Florida eye doctor convicted in a $100 million Medicare fraud scheme. Some former patients said Dr. Salomon Melgen restored their sight for free, while others described painful and unnecessary treatments that left them blind.

Melgen, 63, is facing a possible life sentence after being found guilty of 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients’ files. Evidence presented during his trial earlier this year showed he subjected patients to unnecessary procedures, including sticking needles in their eyes and burning their retinas with lasers.

Melgen also stands accused in a separate federal case of bribing Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey in exchange for favors including visas for his foreign mistresses.

http://time.com/5051062/salomon-melgen-bob-menendez-fraud-scheme/


Posted on: 12/14 21:21
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Re: Hyatt House at Exchange Place
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The best view of NYC will be from this new rooftop bar in Jersey City

Sometimes you have to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture, New York City. Whether those times are at brunch, happy hour or a night out, the ideal place is at The Terrace at RoofTop at Exchange Place in Hyatt House in Jersey City. We got an exclusive look at the new rooftop bar, and yes, it is the epitome of hashtag views. 

Let’s unwrap the name real quick: Jersey City is west of Manhattan, Exchange Place is its coastal neighborhood, the Hyatt House is JC’s just-opened hotel, The Terrace is on its 13th floor (no, it isn't scared of superstition) lounge, and one floor above that is the RoofTop, an atrium bar that will open the same time the tulips do this spring. Anyway, it’s like drinking in a postcard. As you gaze out on one of the best skylines in the world (apologies, NYC, but Hong Kong and Chicago have us beat) you get the full panorama of Gotham. Surely, there are wonderful rooftop bars dotted along Manhattan and the outer boroughs, but because The Terrace and RoofTop are situated on the Jersey City waterfront, you get a clear view of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty from one vantage point—I tried to get them all in one Snapchat but the vista was too vast to scan in a scant 10 seconds.

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One of my dining and drinking companions who is a Manhattanite was rendered gobsmacked by the view. Though I’ve lived in Jersey City for about 15 years and have spent most weekends during that duration having coffee on the same block as The Terrace, I too was rapt when seeing a scene that has been a backdrop of my life from a higher vantage point. Back over the Hudson, a millionaire investment banker was swirling his Dalmore 64 Trinitas scotch and looking out from his Tribeca high-rise, but we, looking back at him, were the ones with a billion-dollar view.


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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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Jersey City deputy mayor set to replace director involved in ‘bid rig’ tape lawsuit


Posted on: 12/9 21:37
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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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Bike thief caught red-handed in Jersey City, cops say

John Pachecho, 52, was arrested Thursday in Jersey City.

When police caught an alleged bike thief red-handed in Jersey City Thursday, there was no foot pursuit, struggle or dramatic confrontation. 

Instead, police say, the man simply said: "You got me."

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


Posted on: 12/9 21:32
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James Solomon - Jersey City Ward E Councilman
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JERSEY CITY -- Stop us if you've heard this one before: a political neophyte and Jersey City transplant pledging to reform city government takes on the political establishment and becomes the Downtown Jersey City councilman in an upset.

That was the story Tuesday night, when James Solomon stunned Jersey City by winning the Ward E City Council seat. It was the same tale 12 years ago for Steve Fulop, now the mayor and a frequent target of Solomon's campaign for not living up to his promises of reform.

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


Posted on: 12/9 21:30
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Re: Western hemisphere's largest planetarium set to open in Jersey City
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Planetarium Opens in New Jersey, Ushering In a New Kind of Star Wars

JERSEY CITY — Bigger is better when it comes to planetariums — a bigger dome to make the audience ooh and ahh, more pixels to make the stars and planets sharper, more colors to make them more realistic, more windows on intriguing but distant nebulas, more images of Earth as a shimmering jewel against the dark drape of space.

This is especially true when the planetarium in question is in New Jersey, a state that perpetually has a chip on its shoulder. That may or may not explain the debut of the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. It opens this week in Jersey City.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/nyr ... ew-kind-of-star-wars.html


Posted on: 12/7 22:56
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Re: Give Mayor Fulop the hat trick with wins in Wards A, B, and C on Dec 5th, 2017
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Jersey City runoff results a mixed bag for Fulop

JERSEY CITY -- The results of today's four council runoffs brought mixed news for Mayor Steve Fulop, whose team defeated one of his council critics on the West Side while another potential political adversary won a closely watched contest in the Downtown.

Fulop's allies in Wards A and B, Denise Ridley and Mira Prinz-Arey, won easy victories, according to preliminary results from the county clerk's office. Prinz-Arey, 45, defeated incumbent Councilman Chris Gadsden, a Fulop critic. Ridley, 34, will succeed Fulop ally Frank Gajewski. Both women are first-time candidates.

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


Posted on: 12/5 21:52
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Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey

Thanks to sweeping Democratic victories up and down the ballot last month, recreational pot is en route to the Garden State. Here's what that might look like.

Cannabis-industry players are already scouting locations in Jersey City, Hoboken, Fort Lee, and Newark for potential storefronts. “New Jersey has a incredible opportunity to have a first-mover advantage in the Northeast, particularly the overflow they would likely experience from New York because of the extremely restrictive medical market there,” said Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, a marijuana agriculture company.

Peterson suggested retailers might offer a mix of products available in other states—and that perhaps half would be raw flour and the other half ready edibles and concentrates.

Legalization in Jersey seems inevitable despite expected opposition from some lawmakers, new wave drug warriors, and, of course, Sessions, a Reefer Madness type who signaled he may crack down on pot as recently as last week. Then there’s Christie, who will still be involved with the Trump administration’s commission on opioid use even after he leaves office. Remarkably, he cited (questionable) research suggesting smoking weed can lead to opioid addiction in the commission's November report, while ignoring a bevy of studies finding medical marijuana is associated with a reduction in opioid overdose deaths.

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a3j ... d-is-coming-to-new-jersey


Posted on: 12/5 20:29
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Endorsements define Jersey City Ward E runoff candidates: Political Insider


Posted on: 12/3 21:42
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Re: U.S. Sen. Menendez - new federal investigation
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Menendez 'I won't forget you' warning inspires gift for N.J. political mavens


Posted on: 12/1 20:27
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Conte, Ridley face off in Jersey City council race
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Conte, Ridley face off in Jersey City council race

JERSEY CITY -- Next week's runoffs in Wards B and C feature two sitting councilmen fighting for their political lives and in Ward E hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent in the battle for a new Downtown council person.

But there's a fourth runoff on Tuesday, one that's flying a little more under the radar than the other three. In Ward A, Joe Conte, a school district worker, and Denise Ridley, who works in sales and marketing for a pharmaceutical firm, are facing off to succeed Frank Gajewski on the nine-member council. Gajewski did not seek a second term.

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


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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Two vie to replace Jersey City's Ward E councilwoman

JERSEY CITY -- Ward E is home to the most expensive council race in Jersey City this year, and the money continued to flow in a major way after Election Day.

The two candidates in the Dec. 5 runoff -- James Solomon and Rebecca Symes -- have reported raising more than $324,000 combined, while an independent group with ties to a labor union has reported shelling out $43,700 on polling and a television ad in support of Symes.

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


Posted on: 11/30 18:42
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Jersey City’s priciest rental is this $11K/month penthouse
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Jersey City’s priciest rental is this $11K/month penthouse

The apartment spans 2,300 square feet and overlooks the Hudson River

by Nov 30, 2017,

One of Jersey City’s latest luxury developments, a 41-story rental building designed by Arquitectonica and named Ellipse, is officially home to the neighborhood’s most expensive rental.

Penthouse Five, a four-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom abode that encompasses 2,300 square feet has hit the market for a whopping $10,995/month. The apartment is one of five pricey penthouses but is no doubt the most luxurious among them and occupies a corner of the oblong-shaped building’s top floor. Its features include a huge living and dining room space, hardwood oak floors throughout, and floor-to-ceiling windows that give view to the Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline.

https://ny.curbed.com/2017/11/30/16721 ... artment-penthouse-ellipse


Posted on: 11/30 18:35
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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WATCH: Jersey City Ward E hopefuls talk issues with The Jersey Journal

Jersey City council hopefuls James Solomon and Rebecca Symes are with us today at our headquarters in Secaucus to talk about the issues at stake in their Ward E runoff election on Dec. 5.

Jersey Journal reporter Terrence McDonald is moderating the discussion, which is being live-streamed on our Facebook page.

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


Posted on: 2017/11/28 19:46
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