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Bergen County Has Another New Acting County Administrator


Bergen County Has Another New Acting County AdministratorDumont lawyer Jerrold B. Binney has been named the new acting Bergen County Administrator. Binney is replacing Ben Kezmarsky, the county’s director of information technology, who was named acting administrator a few months ago when Ed Trawinski left the post for medical reasons.

Donovan Denied Stay In Court Battle With Sheriff’s Officers Over Pay


Donovan Denied Stay In Court Battle With Sheriff’s Officers Over PayIn Judge Reisner latest denial of Donovan’s request to withhold payment from the Sheriff’s officers she writes: “Based on the record presented to us, we conclude that continuing to preserve the status quo would be inequitable, would not further the public interest, and is unwarranted.”

Freeholders Respond To Chief’s Claim That Politics Is Reason For Lack Of Security At Nursing Home


Freeholders Respond To Chief’s Claim That Politics Is Reason For Lack Of Security At Nursing Home The Bergen County Freeholders responded to allegations made by Bergen County Police Chief and Director of Public Safety, Brian Higgins, that politics is the reason for a lack of security at the Bergen County Health Care Center (BCHCC), a 110-bed skilled nursing care center located in Rockleigh.

Retirement Rumors Abound For Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli


Retirement Rumors Abound For Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli Rumors about the imminent retirement of Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli were plentiful last week. Molinelli has served as county prosecutor since 2002. His second term, a five-year post, ended in January 2013.

In Bergen County Politics And Public Safety Collide


In Bergen County Politics And Public Safety CollideIn emails obtained by the Bergen Dispatch Bergen County Police Chief and Director of Public Safety, Brian Higgins points his finger at the Bergen County Freeholders claiming politics is the reason there is no Security Officer at the County run nursing home in Rockleigh, the Bergen County Health Care Center (BCHCC). 

Bergen County Suspends Family And Civil Trials Expected To Last More Than Two Weeks


Bergen County Suspends Family And Civil Trials Expected To Last More Than Two WeeksIn a letter sent to the state bar association on Monday, Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter E. Doyne said that as of Sept. 15, all family and civil trials expected to last more than two weeks will not be conducted in Bergen County.

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.

Bergen County Police Chief, Brian Higgins, Faces Two Year Suspension From State PBA


Bergen County Police Chief, Brian Higgins, Faces Two Year Suspension From State PBABrian Higgins, Chief of the Bergen County Police Department and 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.


Englewood stabbing victim's condition improving

The condition of a 27-year-old city man stabbed in the heart by his housemate early Thursday was upgraded from critical to stable by Friday evening, authorities said. Police have not identified the victim. They also have not identified the hospital where he was taken “for the protection of the victim,” said city police Detective Capt. Timothy Torell.

Contractor's blow torch ignites roof fire at Elmwood Park school

A blow torch used by contractors working on the roof of Elmwood Park Memorial High School inadvertently caused a minor fire on Friday, said Mike Pressler, assistant fire chief.

NJ Supreme Court allows construction to continue on Bergen County Justice Center

Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood-Ridge wants construction on the project halted while it appeals the county's decision to grant the $65.9 million contract to Dobco Construction Service of Wayne.

Red light camera ticket? 17,000 violations in NJ to be thrown out

The computer problems occurred between May 28 and June 30 and resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations that had been committed before then and were being processed. Under state law, if a ticket hasn't been served within 90 days it must be dismissed. Palisades Park and Wayne are among the affected towns.

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Bergen County Court House And Probation: Delayed Opening Due To Water Main Break

The Bergen County Court house and probation department will have a delayed opening Today, Friday, Aug. 22, until noon due to water main break.

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New Jersey Faces Loss Of Federal Funding For Food Stamp Program

Applicants who qualify for assistance must receive benefits no later than 30 days after their local Social Services office obtains an application, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. New Jersey ranks 52nd among 53 U.S agencies in its processing time for SNAP applications, according to the USDA.

Glen Rock, Fair Lawn police investigating attempted bank robberies

Authorities are investigating two attempted Bergen County bank robberies — one in Glen Rock and one in Fair Lawn — that happened Thursday afternoon.

Lawyers take Bergen County Justice Center dispute to N.J. Supreme Court

Earlier this week, an Appellate Court judge denied a request by lawyers for Terminal Construction Corp. to order work stopped on the project until the courts can hear the firm's appeal of the county's decision to award the $65.9 million contract to Dobco Construction Services of Wayne.

Englewood police ID suspect in stabbing attack

A 27-year-old Englewood man is “very lucky to be alive” after he was stabbed in the heart by a man with whom he lives on West Palisade Avenue, Englewood police Detective Capt. Timothy Torell said. Police identified the attacker as Jose Wilbur Hernandez, 23, who they say is here illegally from El Salvador.

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Port Authority Police Academy To Graduate Largets Class In It's History

The Port Authority Police Department will welcome 249 police officers to its ranks during a graduation ceremony to be held Friday, August 22, at the Dunn Sports Center, 600 Pearl Street, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Essex Court to Hold Expungement Seminar

The Essex Vicinage will hold a two-part expungement seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the J. Harry Smith Lecture Hall at Essex County College, 303 University Ave., Newark. Admission is free.

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Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion Settlement for Financial Fraud Leading up to and During the Financial Crisis

Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West announced today that the Department of Justice has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America Corporation to resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries, including Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch.

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By The Numbers: Hackensack Police Contract 2013-2015

The argument at hand is the amount of raise the Hackensack Police will receive. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor claim the raise is limited to 1.5%, in keeping with legislation that sets a 2% cap on Police and Fire Department arbitration awards. Opponents of the contract claim that with this contract the Local PBA #9 members will receive a 22% raise over three years.

Bergen County freeholders hire law firm to defend against public-records suit

The Bergen County Freeholders reluctantly agreed on Wednesday to pay up to $10,000 for an outside law firm to defend the county in a lawsuit filed by the Bergen County Democrats over a denial of their public records request.

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Hackensack Man Arrested For Possession And Distribution of Child Porn

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of Jorge Carabajo, 52, of Hackensack, New Jersey on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, specifically Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography. He was arrested on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, without incident. 

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ACLU-NJ Demands NJ State Park Police Stop Placing Social Security Numbers on Parking Tickets

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) sent a demand letter to Acting Director Terri Genardi of the New Jersey State Park Police demanding the agency stop using Social Security numbers (SSNs) as part of its process when ticketing vehicles.

Menendez touts new law aimed at aiding adults with autism in Paramus visit

For some adults with autism, once they turn 21 and are no longer able to attend public school, the lack of options and opportunities can leave them languishing. A new federal law passed seeks to help close that gap and provide more support for adults with autism who need assistance transitioning into independence.

Bergen County trio indicted for seriously injuring Lodi man while trying to steal iPhone

Chantell M. Wald, 19, of Moonachie; Ibrahim Z. Abuharthia, 19 of Ridgefield Park; and Felcia M. Dangelo, 18, of Moonachie face first degree charges of inflicting serious bodily injury on a 24-year-old Lodi man while committing a theft.

Oakland fills school board vacancy

Two people interviewed to replace trustee appointed to Borough Council

The Barclays Playing on home course exciting for Wyckoff native Morgan Hoffmann

Hoffmann, only the second player from Bergen County to play on the PGA Tour, tipped his cap or waved to acknowledge each shout. The 25-year-old Wyckoff native smiled as he posed for pictures and signed autographs less than a mile from Arcola Country Club, where he fell in love with golf.

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