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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Jersey City pulls political promotion of Fulop ally off city website

Jersey City pulled an item off the city website yesterday that promoted a political meet-and-greet intended to boost the chances of one of Mayor Steve Fulop's council candidates.

The event was listed on the taxpayer-funded cultural affairs calendar as a community barbecue hosted from noon to six today by Mo Kinberg (the calendar entry spelled her name "Kingsberg").

On her Facebook page, Kinberg, who with Fulop's support is seeking to unseat Ward D Councilman Michael Yun in November, promoted the event as a meet-and-greet alongside ads for her candidacy and Fulop's.

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


Posted on: 8/12 22:54
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Re: Battello's Closing 9/15 Until 2018 - Events Canceled
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Popular wedding venue abruptly closes -- a month early

JERSEY CITY - Less than 24-hours after it was reported one of the state's hottest wedding venues is slated to close next month, the waterfront restaurant is abruptly closing its doors this evening.

Battello, located in the Newport section of Jersey City, was expected to close for routine pier repairs on Sept. 15. Instead the pier is slated to be chained off Thursday evening.

In a statement, Newport Marine Holdings - the landlord of the popular Downtown dining spot - said in order to ensure the "longevity" of the pier, it would need to close immediately.

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


Posted on: 8/10 17:24
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Meeting set for input on future of Casino in the Park
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Meeting set for input on future of Casino in the Park

JERSEY CITY -- A West Side community group will meet on Sept. 9 to discuss the future of Casino in the Park, the county-owned banquet hall that is set for major changes next year.

The county's 20-year lease with the current operators of the 67-year-old eatery, the Sweeney family, ends next month. County officials have said they will seek input from residents before formalizing a request for bidders seeking to run the hall, located inside Lincoln Park.

County officials expect whoever is running Casino in the Park next year will undertake major renovations.

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


Posted on: 8/7 14:20
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Re: Charles Mainor, ex-assemblyman, to run for Jersey City mayor
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Charles Mainor backs out of Jersey City mayor's race

JERSEY CITY -- Former assemblyman and retired police detective Charles Mainor is dropping his bid to become Jersey City's next mayor, three weeks after suffering what he called a stroke-like event that landed him in the hospital for four days.

Mainor, 50, told The Jersey Journal that he is seeking the Ward A City Council seat instead of attempting to oust Mayor Steve Fulop. He said he is following doctor's orders that he cut down on stress.

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


Posted on: 8/7 14:17
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Re: Fights, Drugs, Weapons @ JC Blue Apron Facility
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Blue Apron to Slash Nearly 1,300 Jobs in New Jersey, or About a Quarter of its Staff

The layoffs would repressent about a quarter of the company's staff, based on the headcount in a recent regulatory filing. A Blue Apron spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.

Blue Apron went public on June 29, but the market has not had much of an appetite for the stock; shares are down 37 percent since then.

The company lost more than $130 million from 2014 through 2016, and lost more money in the first quarter of this year. Blue Apron warned in a June 28 regulatory filing that it might never achieve profitability. 


Posted on: 8/4 13:00
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Re: One person dead, one wounded, after shoot-out in parking lot of Jersey City diner
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Man loses appeal in dumpster crash death days before prison release

JERSEY CITY - The 31-year-old man who pleaded guilty to killing a man with his car while fleeing gunfire has lost his appeal to reverse the conviction, just days before he is to be released from prison.

William Sparrow argued he was not able to invoke his right to remain silent while being questioned by police at the time of his arrest for the 2012 incident that killed Jason Jenkins.

Authorities said Sparrow was involved in a shootout in the parking lot of Al's Diner on Communipaw Avenue on June 17, 2012. While leaving in his car, Sparrow crashed into a dumpster causing it to overturn and crush Jenkins to death. Sparrow fled the scene and was arrested two months later. Jenkins was reported to be an innocent bystander.

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


Posted on: 8/4 11:24
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Jersey City issued $14 million in parking violations last year
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This city issued $14 million in parking violations last year

By Caitlin Mota - The Jersey Journal

 If you’ve ever walked up to your car to find a white and red slip tacked onto the windshield and thought “not again,” you’re probably not alone.

In 2016, Jersey City issued more than 280,000 parking violations totaling more than $14 million. The city does not pocket most of the money collected -- much goes to different funds -- and estimated it would receive roughly $4.1 million in revenue from tickets in its yearly budget.

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


Posted on: 8/4 10:53
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Jersey City 2017 school board race
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Here's who is running in the Jersey City school board race


Posted on: 8/3 10:43
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Who is running in Jersey City's November election?


Posted on: 8/1 23:34
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Re: Couple seeks $18M from Jersey City in lawsuit over historic district guidelines
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$17M lawsuit over Jersey City historic district to proceed

JERSEY CITY -- A federal judge has ruled that a $17 million lawsuit filed by a Bentley Avenue couple over the city's new historic district on the West Side can proceed.

The couple argued in their six-count federal lawsuit that the city violated their constitutional rights to equal protection, free speech and unreasonable seizure, allegations related to the city halting construction on their home two years ago. In a 39-page opinion issued on June 27, U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty allowed those claims to proceed after the city asked him to toss the suit entirely.

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


Posted on: 7/31 23:44
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Re: Robert Mays, Arrested for Embezzlement of $200K from JCCDC
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18 months in prison for former chief of Jersey City Head Start

The former executive director of Jersey City Head Start, who used the program as his personal piggy bank from the moment he took the job, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Robert E. Mays, 40, of Jersey City, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark to three years of supervised release and must pay restitution of $257,418. Mays pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on June 7, 2016.

Mays took over as head of the Jersey City Child Development Centers Inc. (JCCDC), which provides early childhood development services and education to under-privileged children, in September 2013 and within two months he had illegally increased his salary from $96,500 to $155,000 by forging documents.

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


Posted on: 7/31 23:38
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Re: Exchange Place to become sixth SID in Jersey City
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Waterfront makeover is a go

Exchange Place Special Improvement District budget approved

A divided City Council approved a $3 million budget for the newly-established Exchange Place Special Improvement District on July 19, despite only getting the actual details just prior to the vote.

The SID will aim to promote more cultural programming, make capital improvements, and energize the Jersey City waterfront. This could include paving of streets that are currently in what one council person called “deplorable” condition, and other improvements.

The sixth SID to be established in Jersey City, the Exchange Place funding will differ from the others. It will come from property owners based not on square footage along the main shopping districts such as on Central Avenue in the Heights or Journal Square, but on the total assessed value of property in the district.

The Exchange Place SID covers an area that includes the Goldman Sachs tower at Essex and Hudson Streets, Harborside Plaza 10 on Second Street, and 70 Hudson, 90 Hudson, 101 Hudson, 30 Montgomery St., the Harborside properties, and the Hyatt Hotel, as well as others.

The vote was not without controversy. Councilmen Michael Yun and Richard Boggiano voted no, saying they needed time to look at the spending portion of the budget, which they received just prior to the public meeting.


Posted on: 7/31 11:58
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Re: Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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Jersey City school board passes new budget

JERSEY CITY - After being faced with criticism earlier this week, the school board passed a new budget for the coming academic year during an emergency meeting Thursday night.

The district had less than a month to re-balance its budget when it lost nearly $8.4 million in state aid.

On Tuesday night, the board tabled a vote on the new budget over concerns of the city's Department of Recreation taking over middle school intramural sports. Board members said they were not presented enough information about how the new programs would be operated.

School officials scrambled in less than 48 hours to find more than $350,000 in the budget as to not change the current after-school programs.

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


Posted on: 7/29 11:43
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Re: U.S. Sen. Menendez - new federal investigation
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From Russia with love: The Menendez trial will rival anything going on in Washington | Mulshine

Let us turn away for a moment from the great show going on in Washington  and look for a moment at a show taking place in Newark.

That's the Bob Menendez show.

 Our senior senator is about to go on trial on corruption charges in a case that has a little bit of everything that makes life in this democracy so fascinating: parties in the tropics, a mysterious and beautiful  Russian woman named Svitlana,  and a big dose of Palm Beach high life.

That life was led by Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor who is truly larger than life.

Unfortunately, the bills he submitted to Medicare were also larger than life.   In April, he was convicted by a jury in Palm Beach on 67 counts stemming from his practice of billing Medicare for as much as $20 million a year for some highly questionable treatments.  

The 67-year-old Melgen is due to be sentenced on Aug. 11 to a prison term that might amount to a life sentence. He could get even more time if he's found guilty in the Sept. 6 trial in Newark, in which he is a co-defendant with the senator.

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


Posted on: 7/28 10:46
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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3 more cops face prison in federal probe of Jersey City police

NEWARK -- A wide-ranging federal investigation of the Jersey City Police Department's off-duty jobs program ensnared three more ex-cops this morning, with the former officers admitting in federal court that they participated in a bribery scheme that netted them each thousands of dollars.

James Cardinali, 38, Christopher Ortega, 37 and Victor Sanchez, 37, each pleaded guilty this morning during back-to-back hearings in a federal courtroom in Newark to conspiracy to commit fraud. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The three men are among five ex-cops who have pleaded guilty in the federal probe of the jobs program, which allows officers to work off duty as private security or traffic managers. The five ex-cops have admitted allowing companies to operate worksites without officers present; submitting phony vouchers to get paid for work they never performed; and accepting cash from cops in exchange for their participation in the scheme.

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


Posted on: 7/25 14:45
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Re: Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop
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Mayor Fulop returns campaign cash to Jersey City vendor

Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election campaign and the Jersey City Democratic Committee have returned a total of $11,800 in donations tied to Suez, the company that manages the city's water system.

Fulop's campaign returned two donations, $1,000 on May 12 and $9,800 on June 28, and the JCDC returned $1,000 on June 28, according to campaign finance reports made public today.

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


Posted on: 7/24 14:12
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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The lowndown on what's new in Jersey City's mayoral and city council races

Race for City Hall in Jersey City

Voters will head to the polls in about 100 days for Jersey City's first November mayoral and City Council races (the nonpartisan elections were traditionally held in May). What's the status of the campaign so far?

Cash lead for Fulop

According to campaign finance reports released yesterday, Mayor Steve Fulop's campaign hauled in $356,398 in the last quarter (April through June), more than four times the amount raised by his chief rival, attorney Bill Matsikoudis.

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


Posted on: 7/21 22:31
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Fulop has cash lead in Jersey City mayor's race

THE JERSEY JOURNAL Updated July 21, 2017


Posted on: 7/21 16:14
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Re: Developers break ground on Jersey City micro-units apartment building
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City hopes these tiny 1st-of-its-kind apartments meet its big housing needs

JERSEY CITY -- With the market for studio and one-bedroom apartments having remained red hot for years in Jersey City, it's taken so-called micro-units a while to catch on. But they're now on their way.

Smart Living Developments has begun construction on what the firm says is New Jersey's first micro-unit residential project, which will offer space-efficient studio-type apartments of 222 to 285 square feet, for less money than standard studios.

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


Posted on: 7/20 10:15
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Jersey City Council advances new 20% PLA to benefit minorities, women
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Jersey City Council advances new 20% PLA to benefit minorities, women

HUDSON COUNTY VIEW - By John Heinis  


Posted on: 7/19 23:56
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Re: Charles Mainor, ex-assemblyman, to run for Jersey City mayor
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Jersey City mayoral hopeful in hospital after heart episode

JERSEY CITY -- Charles Mainor, the retired police detective and former state assemblyman running to become Jersey City's next mayor, is recovering tonight after suffering a heart episode, according to sources close to Mainor.

A status update on Mainor's Facebook page posted at about 10:20 tonight said he is in stable condition and asked his friends to "please pray."

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


Posted on: 7/19 23:50
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NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment
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NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment

New Jersey’s network of water pipes is aging and in need of a major overhaul but advocates believe the public knows little and cares less about the problem

The challenge of winning public support for a campaign to upgrade New Jersey’s aging network of water pipes is as big as its multibillion-dollar price tag, but that didn’t stop advocates making their latest bid to win hearts and minds.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17 ... s-and-massive-investment/


Posted on: 7/19 0:53
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Re: Bill Matsikoudis for Jersey City Mayor
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Matsikoudis rounds out at-large council slate in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY -- Bill Matsikoudis, the former corporation counsel seeking to unseat Mayor Steve Fulop this November, has finalized his trio of at-large City Council candidates.

Matsikoudis announced this morning in an email to supporters that Esther Wintner, the West Side activist who heads local good government group Civic JC, will run for an at-large council seat on his ticket.

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


Posted on: 7/18 12:13
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Re: Cat named Katy TAKEN from Kennedy Dancers (Beacon & Central Ave - Heights)
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Missing cat returned to Jersey City dance studio

A Jersey City dance studio's cat has returned home after it went missing last week.

Katy, the Kennedy Dancers' cat, was reunited with her owners on Saturday after a
Jersey City veterinary technician who treated the animal recognized it as the missing feline.

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


Posted on: 7/18 12:11
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Jersey City, police union at impasse over new contract
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Jersey City, police union at impasse over new contract

Jersey City has declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the city's police officers union, further straining relations between the 900-officer police force and Mayor Steve Fulop.

The city's contract with the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association expired in December and, according to a letter the POBA sent its members on Monday, the city told state officials that it wants an arbitrator to resolve the dispute.

The city's decision, which the union has likened to Gov. Chris Christie's actions during the recent state government shutdown, comes as police leadership is under fire by rank-and-file officers and the force is facing two investigations involving federal prosecutors.

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


Posted on: 7/11 23:56
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Re: HC proposes $538 million budget with tax increases for 6 towns
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Jersey City council set to adopt half-billion dollar budget

The City Council is expected to adopt the $589 million 2017 city budget at a special meeting on Monday morning.
The budget comes with no municipal tax hike. The spending plan has increased by about $16 million since the council unanimously introduced it in March. Most of the increase is a $15 million boost in this year's anticipated surplus.
Mayor Steve Fulop has said the steady tax levy can be attributed to an increase in property tax rateables, hotel occupancy taxes and municipal court fines.

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


Posted on: 7/11 23:49
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Federal appeals court approves $10M Honeywell settlement
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Federal appeals court approves $10M Honeywell settlement

A federal appeals court approved the $10 million settlement by Honeywell International for a group of Jersey City property owners who filed a class action lawsuit claiming their land was contaminated by chromium.

The settlement was initially approved in May 2016, but the amount was appealed on claims that the attorney's fees and other expenses were not properly calculated; and that the extent of contamination to the properties was never determined.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _10m_honeywell_settl.html


Posted on: 7/11 23:44
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Re: Bill Matsikoudis for Jersey City Mayor
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Meet the Greek Who Is Running for Jersey City Mayor

Running for Mayor of Jersey City Bill Matsikoudis says that he intends to bring the Hellenic values to the city if elected in the November 7 elections.

In an exclusive interview with the Greek Reporter, Matsikoudis, who was the chief attorney for Jersey City for nine years, spoke about the Greek American community, his ideals of Hellenism, and his love of Greece.

Jersey City was a destination for the first generation of Greek immigrants and two Orthodox churches are still located there. “The Greek American community has decreased over the last decades,” says Matsikoudis. “Many people of Greek descent have moved out of the city and into the suburbs,” he adds.

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2017/07/ ... ng-for-jersey-city-mayor/


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Jersey City taps founder of art nonprofit as director of Cultural Affairs
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Jersey City taps founder of art nonprofit as director of Cultural Affairs

JERSEY CITY - The city has tapped the founder of Art House Productions as the new director of Cultural Affairs.

Christine Goodman began working on July 5. She replaces Elizabeth Cain, who left the city position on Friday to work with the Exchange Place Special Improvement District.

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


Posted on: 7/11 23:35
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How Fulop has -- and has not -- lived up to his promise of reform
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How Fulop has -- and has not -- lived up to his promise of reform

JERSEY CITY -- As a two-term councilman, Steve Fulop developed a reputation as a fearless crusader against old-guard politics, where who you know and how much you donate count for more than what's good for the people.

Four years ago, Fulop pledged to bring his brand of political reform to City Hall, unseating Jerramiah Healy after a mayoral campaign that focused on corruption scandals linked to Healy's administration. Standing outside City Hall on his inauguration day, Fulop promised to lead "an ethical and competent" government.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... l.html#incart_river_index


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