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Bergen County Executive Candidates Meet For Third And Final Forum [Video]


Bergen County Executive Candidates Meet For Third And Final Forum [Video]The candidates for Bergen County Executive met on Tuesday night for the third and final forum that was moderated by the Bergen County League of Women Voters.  Officers from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department filled the room dressed in Team Tedesco and Tedesco for Bergen County Executive t-shirts. More than 100 of the 144 seats were occupied by the officers and their family members who were vocal in their support of James Tedesco and equally critical of Donovan.

Freeholders Heading To Court To Compel Donovan To Cooperate With Investigation


Freeholders Heading To Court To Compel Donovan To Cooperate With InvestigationIn what would be considered bizarre anywhere but in 2014 Bergen County the Bergen County Freeholders today passed a resolution to authorize the board to ask a judge to compel County Executive, Kathleen Donovan, and other staff members to appear before them to answer questions.

Donovan’s Attack Ad: ‘100% Lie’ According To Officials and Documents [Video]


Donovan’s Attack Ad: ‘100% Lie’ According To Officials and Documents [Video]Freeholder and Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive James Tedesco was joined on Sunday morning by Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera and more than a dozen supporters to address allegations made in a recent political advertisement put out by his opponent Republican Kathleen Donovan.  Freeholder Steve Tanelli said “we are here to put to rest the lies that have no place here in Bergen County.”

Hackensack Police Director Mordaga, Bergen Prosecutor Can Be Sued In Mob Hit Case


Hackensack Police Director Mordaga, Bergen Prosecutor Can Be Sued In Mob Hit CaseIn the latest chapter of a story that reads like a cliff hanger from the Sopranos a Federal Appeals Court vacated an earlier dismissal of a law suit brought by the estate of reputed mobster Frank P. Lagano against Michael Mordaga, former Chief of Detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office.

Bergen County Police Chief Avoids PBA Suspension


Bergen County Police Chief Avoids PBA SuspensionAs reported, Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins, who is also the Director of Public Safety, was called before the judiciary committee of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association to face accusations that stem from an incident in August 2013 when Republican Freeholder Maura DeNicola was stopped by a county sheriff's officer.

Donovan Allies Cashing In With The Help Of The Bergen County Improvement Authority


Donovan Allies Cashing In With The Help Of The Bergen County Improvement Authority The Bergen County Improvement Authority (BCIA) is one of the least know parts of Bergen County Government, to voters that is. For political cronies the BCIA is the honey pot of County government. The BCIA has quietly run up a tab of legal fees in the millions, all paid to political allies of Kathleen Donovan, delivering on that promise of a ‘higher quality of life’ for some citizens at least.

Tedesco Responds To Threats From Donovan Ally Alan Marcus


Tedesco Responds To Threats From Donovan Ally Alan MarcusJim Tedesco, the Democratic Candidate for Bergen County Executive, today released the following statement to a letter received from Alan Marcus – Kathe Donovan’s former campaign manager and advisor

Donovan To Sheriff’s Officers: “The Case Is Not Over”


Donovan To Sheriff’s Officers: “The Case Is Not Over”Still defiant, even after a Supreme Court rejection, Donovan insisted - “We must pay it and we are but in theory, the courts could have it paid back. That’s the other remedy that if they rule in our favor, in my favor, in the taxpayers’ favor, they would have to pay the money back”

Bergen County School Board Candidates


Bergen County School Board Candidates Here are the candidates for school boards across Bergen County in the November elections. New Jersey’s 4,800 board members are the largest group of elected officials in the state, responsible for decisions affecting the operation of more than 2,400 public schools and the education of over 1.37 million children.


Former Elmwood Park Co-Workers Come To Aid Of Children Who Lost Their Parents To Tornado

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On October 22 at a ceremony at the BioReference Laboratories headquarters in Elmwood Park, the company paid tribute to Lord and Lolibeth and their son – the couple were both former employees of the company. Lord and Lolibeth Balatbat and their 13-year-old son Lheandrew Lloyd lost their lives tragically when a tornado struck their campsite in Cheriton, Virginia on July 24.

Garrett Blasted For Dodging Meeting In Mahwah

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Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and 5th District candidate for Congress Roy Cho today criticized incumbent Congressman Scott Garrett for failing to take part in an important meeting on local transportation issues in Mahwah last week -- even though Garrett was in the building and even made the effort to be seen by participants.

Christie Comments On Minimum Wage Draws Criticism From U.S. Labor Secretary

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Speaking at a Bloomberg News event in Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez said Gov. Chris Christie has “got his head in the sand” when it comes to the nation’s lowest-paid workers.

Dems Say Video Caught Bergenfield Republicans Trying to Steal Opponent’s Yard Sign

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Democrats in Bergenfield say a video captured by a security camera system caught their opponents stealing lawn signs.  On Thursday the campaign released the video and the following statement:

Legislation Would Toughen Eligibility For PTI In Cases Of Domestic Violence

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg announced on Thursday their intention to introduce legislation that would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence, the program that allows offenders to avoid jail time under certain conditions.

Workers Compensation Bill Named For Late Hackensack Firefighter Passes Senate

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“The Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act," named for a late Hackensack deputy fire chief was passed by the full Senate on Thursday. Christie vetoed a prior version of the legislation in July, saying the current workers compensation law provides reasonable procedures for considering claims. The Senate voted 22-12 on Thursday in favor of a new version of the bill.

Tedesco Releases Transportation Policy Paper

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Jim Tedesco, the Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, today released his plan to improve transportation across the county.  The plan touches upon the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the Route 17 Rochelle Park Expansion, Park & Rides, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and other important transportation initiatives.

Weinberg Bill To Aid Community Transition Of Incarcerated Victims Of Domestic Violence Clears Senate

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Women imprisoned for crimes against their abusers would be helped in making the transition back into the community through a program proposed by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg in legislation approved today by the Senate. The Supervised Community Reentry Program would be created in the New Jersey Department of Corrections according to a bill, S-995, approved today by the full Senate.

Assembly Panel Advances 7 More Bills Aimed at Making College More Affordable and Attainable in NJ

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An Assembly panel on Thursday approved seven more bills that are part of a larger 20-bill package aimed at addressing the systemic factors pushing more and more New Jersey students into the real world saddled with debt and without a college degree.

Legislation To Protect Businesses From Courts Fees In Fraudulent Lawsuits Advances In Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora and Joseph Lagana to eliminate the award of attorney’s fees, filing fees, and costs of suit in cases of technical violations under the Consumer Fraud Act was released by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Woman hit by car in apparent suicide attempt on Route 80, state police say

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Troopers were called around 5:30 p.m. after the 50-year-old Bogota resident was struck by a 2012 Mazda in the highway’s left westbound lane, near milepost 67, according to a state police spokesman.

PSE&G cuts residential gas bills this winter with three months of bill credits

Public Service Electric and Gas announced today that it is providing a bill credit for the next three months for its residential gas supply customers that will cut the average bill for the typical residential gas heating customer by about 31 percent.  The company will provide its residential customers who purchase gas supply from PSE&G a 28-cents per therm bill credit for usage during November, December and January.

Body found in Hudson River identified as Fairview man, 20

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A body recovered from the Hudson River in New York City has been identified as that of a 20-year-old Paul Kim of Fairview, Port Authority police said Thursday.

Union Representing County Employees Endorses Jim Tedesco For County Executive

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On Wednesday Local 755 USWU/IUJAT announced their support for candidate James Tedesco in the upcoming election for Bergen County Executive.The endorsement of the union was voted on by the union membership. Tedesco, a Democrat, received 118 votes and incumbent Republican Kathleen Donovan received 26 votes. 8 votes were cast for ‘neither’ candidate.

Port Authority NY/NJ Approves New Freedom Of Information Policy

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The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today continued its ongoing reform initiatives by approving a new Freedom of Information policy that will take effect on January 1.  The revised policy will provide the public with an enhanced ability to obtain agency records and a two-tiered appeals process in the event a request for a document is denied.
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