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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.

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.


Police Emerson man whose wife disappeared 7 years ago had false identity

The husband of an Emerson woman who disappeared seven years ago after they had an argument has used a false identity for decades, authorities who are still investigating the case said on Wednesday. Paschal Delahunty, 51, of Emerson, has been going by the name Joseph Murphy for years, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Saddle Brook man, 45, in critical condition after Elmwood Park crash with tractor trailer

A 45-year-old Saddle Brook man is in critical condition after a car crash with a tractor-trailer Tuesday night, the police chief said.

2 North Jersey men accused of lewd acts in Bergen County Park South bathroom stall

William Manahan, 72, from Wood-Ridge, and Joseph Laido, 50, from Lyndhurst, are charged with disorderly conduct and fourth-degree lewdness, according to Capt. John Valente. They were released pending a court date.

Bergen Freeholders OK salary increase for county surrogate

The Bergen County Freeholders on Tuesday unanimously approved increasing the annual salary of Surrogate Michael Dressler from $138,000 to $149,500. The board voted after a public hearing that drew no comment. The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.

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

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Bergen 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.

Judge revokes bail for Englewood Cliffs man accused of defrauding law firms

A federal court judge on Tuesday denied bail for an Englewood Cliffs man who was charged with his wife in a scheme to defraud two New York City law firms of legal consulting fees through dummy companies they established.

Police investigating Teaneck shooting

Incident occurred Tuesday before 6 a.m. at a house on Beaumont Avenue

Fliers for KKK group turn up in dozens of Rutherford driveways

Up to 100 leaflets from the ""White Knights"" may have been distributed in the borough

N.J. man with 300 pairs of Air Jordans sentenced for stealing money to buy them, report says

The Hackensack resident was sentenced to up 10½ years in prison on grand larceny conviction

Hackensack honors school employees for saving woman's life, report says

The City Council honored six school employees Monday for reviving an unconscious woman in the Jackson Avenue Elementary School

Local NAACP Chapters Issue Statement Denouncing Acts Of Violence

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The Bergen County, Passaic and Paterson local chapters of the NAACP issued a statement denouncing acts of violence. “We join the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in denouncing any acts of violence against police officers connected with the names of their loved ones.”

Holiday pickpocketing crew busted at Best Buy, Paramus police say

Three New York residents are accused of stealing a shopper's credit card at Fairway Market and then purchasing more than $3,000 worth of merchandise at Best Buy.
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