The New Jersey Attorney General Division of Criminal Justice has taken over an investigation into Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli’s office , WPIX News reported Friday. The state AG is investigating whether Molinelli’s office made false statements about sports memorabilia the Prosecutor auctioned off earlier this year.
The graduating class comprises recruits from 32 agencies throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties, according to Bergen County Police Department Lt. Michael Devine, the academy’s officer-in-charge. It includes a married couple, nine women and nine military veterans and six alternate-route recruits who paid their own way — about $5,000 — for the academy.
In June, Paul Nichols, a Bergen Dispatch reporter, filed a First Amendment challenge to a gag order issued by Essex County Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli in a 2011 a divorce and custody suit. On Friday, United States District Judge William J. Martini rejected Sivilli’s motion to dismiss the case finding that the gag order violates the Frist Amendment.
Three North Jersey men today admitted conspiring to conduct or participate in the affairs of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Genovese family”) through a pattern of racketeering activity, including a conspiracy to extort members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced.
Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan recently honored two small businesses at opposite ends of the county. Hogan attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Mazur’s Bakery in Lyndhurst and met with the owner of Glazer Promos of Mahwah, at a statewide Small Business Awards Luncheon.
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that New Jersey will receive approximately $332,000 as a result of its participation in a national settlement with T-Mobile USA, Inc. that resolves allegations the company engaged in unlawful “cramming” – the placing of charges for unsolicited and unauthorized third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills.
The New Jersey Judiciary announced revised guidelines for the use of electronic devices in the courts to be effective Feb. 2, 2015. The new guidelines replace the 2003 edition and were developed to address advances in technology and changes in who reports the news.
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.
The citizen activist group Bergen Grassroots gave state Sen. Loretta Weinberg its annual Byron Baer award Thursday night in a ceremony filled with humor and warm anecdotes about the veteran Democratic lawmaker’s political career.
On Thursday the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved the nomination of David Hespe as Commissioner of Education. Hespe has been serving as Acting Commissioner since March.
Legislation Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Reed Gusciora, Herb Conaway, Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to once again invalidate Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts to dismantle Civil Service rules that protect New Jersey from corruption and cronyism was approved 23-13 Thursday by the Senate.
Legislation Assemblymen Joseph A. Lagana and Timothy Eustace sponsored to prohibit agencies from using imported materials to complete a job was approved by the full Assembly on Thursday.
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