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County Executive Elect James Tedesco Names New County Administrator and Chief of Staff


County Executive Elect James Tedesco Names New County Administrator and Chief of StaffBergen County Executive James Tedesco announced today that he has selected Dr. Dominic Novelli as his choice for County Administrator.  In choosing Novelli, Tedesco is appointing a veteran county employee who previously served as Acting Administrator and Chief of Staff to former Republican County Executive William “Pat” Schuber. Tedesco also filled the top position within his office, naming Michele DiIorgi as Chief of Staff.

Englewood Cliffs Couple charged with Defrauding Two Law Firms And Their Clients Of $5 Million


Englewood Cliffs Couple charged with Defrauding Two Law Firms And Their Clients Of $5 MillionAgents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested Keila Ravelo, 49, and Melvin Feliz, 50, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this morning on a complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They are scheduled to make their initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

Bergen County Politics: 15 People to Watch in 2015


Bergen County Politics: 15 People to Watch in  2015 As 2014 comes to a close we look forward to a New Year, new administration and new stories about the people who will make headlines in Bergen County politics in 2015. Here are the Bergen Dispatch’s top picks of people to watch for in 2015.

Union Workers Rally Against Cleaning Contractor Ahead Of Federal Action


Union Workers Rally Against Cleaning Contractor Ahead Of Federal ActionContracted cleaners at the East Rutherford landmark high-rise where major tenants include: Public Relations Firm MWW+, American Dream Meadowlands/ Triple Five, AEGIS, Hudson News and Michael Kors were joined on Thursday by community allies and union members to deliver the formal complaint by the National Labor Relations Board to the cleaning contractor, Eastern Essential Services to demand they get reinstated.

Menendez: Policy Announcement On Cuba Is ‘Misguided’


Menendez: Policy Announcement On Cuba Is ‘Misguided’Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued a statement regarding the U.S. – Cuba relationship. “It is a fallacy that Cuba will reform just because the American President believes that if he extends his hand in peace that the Castro brothers suddenly will unclench their fists"

Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]


Bergen NAACP Joins March Against Police Violence In Washington DC [Photos]Anthony Cureton, president of the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP and a group of about two dozen local members joined the thousands in Washington, D.C. at the National March against Police Violence on December 13, 2014. Protesters chanting "I can't breathe!" -- "Hands up, don't shoot!" and waving signs reading "Black lives matter!" marched across the U.S. on Saturday. Organizers said that as many as 25,000 had shown up at the march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.

Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The Spotlight


Vacancy On Bergen Freeholder Board Puts Racial Diversity In The SpotlightSources confirm that Roy Cho has taken himself out of the running to fill the seat on the Bergen County Freeholder Board that will become vacant when Jim Tedesco is sworn in as County Executive in January.  After Tedesco takes the oath of office as Bergen County Executive the Democratic Party’s County Committee members will meet to pick a replacement for Tedesco.

New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For Improvement


New Jersey Gets Good Marks On Child Homelessness But Much Room For ImprovementChances are you won’t see one of the nation’s fastest growing homeless populations camped out on a park bench or queuing up at a local shelter. One in 30 of American children is homeless—an all-time high of 2.5 million. These kids are often invisible, crashing with their families on friends’ couches, sleeping in all-night diners or hopping from motel to motel from week to week.

In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A Prayer


In Hackensack, Bergen County’s Oldest Church Getting By On A PrayerIn the shadow of the construction of the $147 million Bergen County Justice Center stands an all but forgotten monument that has served its City, County and Country for over 325 years. Today, Hackensack’s First Dutch Reformed Church, also known as the Church on the Green, continues to serve the community as it has done since its founding in 1686. The church is the oldest church in Bergen County.


Lawmakers React To Vetos Of PANYNY Reform

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New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement Saturday after Govs. Christie and Cuomo vetoed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reform legislation she sponsored that uanimously passed the New Jersey and New York Legislatures:

Official 2 Cliffside Park special police officers hit by car, seriously hurt

Two borough special police officers were struck by a car and seriously injured Saturday night, a Cliffside Park spokesman said.

Police foil jump attempt at GWB after call to suicide hotline, Port Authority says

Port Authority police intercepted a man on the George Washington Bridge walkway who called a suicide prevention hotline and said he planned to jump from the crossing, authorities said Saturday.

Pedestrian killed trying to cross Route 17 in East Rutherford; identity unknown

Police are trying to identify a man who was struck and killed while trying to cross Route 17 on Friday night. Google Maps  EAST RUTHERFORD — Police here are seeking the public's help in their efforts to identify a man...

More calls for reform of Port Authority; N.J. legislators criticize heavy overtime

Staggering amounts of overtime at the Port Authority, especially in the police ranks, underscore widespread mismanagement and the need for greater oversight of the bi-state agency, which has come under critical scrutiny since the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal last year, state lawmakers said Friday.

Man falls from roof in Christmas morning burglary attempt, Lyndhurst police say

Township police captured a would-be thief after he fell off the roof of a house in a burglary attempt on Christmas morning, authorities said.

N.J. woman killed in Virginia highway crash, report says

The driver was charged with reckless driving

Police band together to help ailing Bergen teen

Madison Libroia, a 15-year-old Harrington Park resident battling lymphoma, has found a wide support network.

Minivan driver had drugs, fireworks and bootleg DVDs, Palisades Interstate Parkway police say

Tommy Borzumato, 36, of Astoria, was traveling at 75 miles per hour on Christmas Eve when Officer Michael Griffin pulled him over, the department said in a news release.

Mahwah widow's cat and dog killed in Christmas Day house fire

Fire broke out while family attended church services, according to police officials.

Paramus school board won't renew superintendent's contract, report says

Kenneth Rota's contract won't be renewed.

Franklin Lakes bans e-cigarettes in some public places, report says

Franklin Lakes expanded its smoking ordinance to include a ban on electronic cigarettes and lighting up in parks, recreational facilities and public buildings, according to a report.
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