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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 Police Departments Host 2014 Annual PBA Toy Drive


Bergen Police Departments Host 2014 Annual PBA Toy DriveThe Bergen County Sheriff’s Department along with local Bergen County Police Departments and local businesses have teamed up for the annual PBA Toy Drive. All toys collected will go toward the Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, Shelter our Sisters, Tomorrow’s Children, and several Military families.

President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]


President Obama Visits New Jersey Joint Military Base [Video]On Monday, President Obama addressed about 3,000 service members and civilians at U.S. military members and civilian personnel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst houses more than 38,000 people, including active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel; their families; and a civilian workforce.

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.

Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ Transit


Forum Connects Bergen Commuters With Decision Makers At Port Authority And NJ TransitAbout 30 Bergen County commuters attended a second forum held by State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in Teaneck on Thursday night. Bus and rail riders came face to face with officials of both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Transit.  An earlier forum was held in June and audience members offered high praise for changes that were put in place, almost immediately, after that meeting and have reduced long lines and commute times, for some.

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.


New Jersey Attorney General Probing Bergen Prosecutor's Office

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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.

Bergen County Police Academy graduates 97 recruits

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.

Federal Judge Finds NJ Family Court Gag Order Violates First Amendment

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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.

Genovese Crime Family Soldier And Associates Admit Racketeering Conspiracy

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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.

County Clerk Honors Bergen County Small Businesses

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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.

New Jersey Joins Multi-State, Federal Settlement with T-Mobile Over Charges for Unsolicited Text Subscription Services

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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.

NJ Judiciary Announces New Guidelines for Using Electronic Devices in Court Proceedings

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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.

Bergen County Politics: 15 People to Watch in 2015

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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.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg honored for activism, earns Byron Baer award

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.

New Jersey Senate Approves Hespe as Commissioner of Education

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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.

Resolution to Invalidate Christie Effort to Dismantle Civil Service Approved by Senate

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.

Lagana & Eustace Bills To Require Use of Materials Made in America Head to Governor's Desk

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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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