Union City/Jersey City, NJ – On Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 am to 6 pm Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA) unleashes an amazing lineup of entertainers, visual artists and more at the fifth annual Washington Park LIVE! Arts & Music Festival.
By Ricardo Kaulessar
“I am proud to announce that in 2014, we will introduce a budget with a tax reduction and flexibility for the Council.” That was one of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s final lines in his State of the City address Thursday night, when he addressed not only the progress of the city on various fronts since he took office last July but also how it is going forward in the upcoming year. But Fulop was more detailed about other accomplishments and goals while speaking in front of over 400 people inside the McMahon Student Center on the campus of Saint Peter’s University.
He spent time talking about how the city’s consolidation of the Fire and Police departments into the recently-formed Public Safety Department enabled the city to save money to hire 26 more firefighters and 34 more cops, and how the additional cop manpower along with the employment of various crime-fighting initiatives will help the police bring crime down by double-digits by the end of this year.
He then said coming this Monday, the city will launch a reentry program for ex-offenders that will provide treatment, housing options, and job opportunities with the goal of reducing recidivism for ex-offenders by over 30 percent from the current average for those residing in Hudson County. This effort was described by Fulop as being in sync with his Marine training.
“We here in Jersey City also believe no person should be discarded, that no life is nonredeemable, so as a progressive and as a marine, we’re doing things differently,” Fulop said. Continue reading Fulop’s State of the City: Municipal Budget to Greater Police Presence
Jersey City Youth Foundation Joined with Mayor Fulop for Annual Toy Drive; More than 600 Children Received Gifts, A Visit with the Cake Boss & Gelato from Tommy Two Scoops
Photos by Steve A. Mack- River View Observer
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Youth Foundation have teamed up for the Mayor’s Annual Toy Drive to deliver holiday cheer and toys to more than 600 children, with the toys being distributed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 20th, 2013, at City Hall, 280 Grove Street.
And this year, Santa’s elves had some extra helpers with Cake Boss Buddy Valastro on hand to treat kids to cupcakes and cookies and local business owner Tommy Two Scoops was serving up gelato.
“We wanted as many people as possible to join us and get in the holiday spirit as we help bring a little cheer to those in need,” said Mayor Fulop. “The holidays are a time to give to others and what better way that joining with your community to celebrate.”
More than 200 toys were also donated by the Hudson County Building Trades and Local 696.
“The outpouring of gifts has been tremendous and we thank all of the residents and businesses who again this year participated in the toy drive,” added Mayor Fulop.
The Resident Response Center has been registering families and collecting donations since early December and a number of local businesses helped by donating gift cards to the Jersey City Youth Foundation for the purchase of toys for children newborn to twelve years old.
About the Jersey City Youth Foundation
The JCYF strives to provide, enhance, expand and participate in the high-quality educational, recreational, cultural, and community enrichment programs. In 2013, our inaugural year, JCYF was able to provide backpacks to school children, Thanksgiving turkeys to families, and holiday toys to children. 2014 will be an exciting year as we continue to grow as an organization and expand our programming and impact on youth in Jersey City.
All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary for the City of Jersey City, at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.///
High-Visibility Patrols Also Targeted Disorderly Groups and Holiday Shopping Areas
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that the Jersey City Police Department arrested 17 individuals on a variety of charges, including various narcotics offenses, and issued nearly 150 motor vehicle summonses during a large-scale, joint law enforcement operation.
The operation, which was led by the JCPD, began at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6th and went through the early morning hours on Saturday, Dec. 7th. A total of 50 undercover officers from the JCPD, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency participated in the operation.
A key success of the operation was the execution of a search warrant at a home on Orient, which has been a source of community complaints as a known drug distribution site. The home was heavily fortified, however, the JCPD Emergency Services Unit breached the front door. As suspects with known prior weapons offenses were believed to be inside, a flash bang was deployed upon entry. Three individuals were arrested at this location. Earlier in the day, police recovered two bricks of heroin which had been sold from the house. Continue reading Jersey City Police Arrest 17 Individuals As Part of Large-Scale, Joint Law Enforcement Operation
Fundraiser for Relief Effort for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines
– A fundraiser has been planned by Mayor Steven M. Fulop and City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. to aid the victims of the devastating Typhoon Yolanda that struck the Philippines impacting an approximate 9.5 million people with nearly 1,000 casualties already reported.
Some Filipino officials are projecting that the death toll could reach 10,000.
“Jersey City has one of the largest Filipino communities in the nation and we know that our Filipino residents are all extremely concerned about their loved ones who are in the Philippines,” said
Mayor Fulop. “As the relief effort is going to take much time and billions of dollars, we are asking residents in Jersey City to help aid in the mission. The Jersey City people have always come together to help other communities and other countries when faced with natural disasters and other tragedies, and we know this time will be no different.”
The fundraising event will take place from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14th, 2013 at Porto Lounge, 286 First Street. A representative from the American Red Cross will be on hand to collect checks for the relief effort and Porto Lounge will donate a portion of their receipts as well.
“I thank Mayor Fulop and many members of the community, including businesses like Porto Lounge, for stepping forward to help in this hour of need,” said
Council President Lavarro. “I’m personally moved by the outpouring of support and how Jersey City is demonstrating its generous spirit.”
Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross with the memo designation of “Philippines Typhoon and Flood.” If you are unable to attend the event but still want to donate, you may do so online or by sending a check to your nearest American Red Cross chapter. Information can be found by visiting redcross.org.
All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary to Mayor Steven M. Fulop at 201-547-4836./////
By Sally Deering
On Thurs, Nov. 21, Saint Dominic Academy (SDA) will honor Jersey City Cultural Affairs Director Maryanne Kelleher, Class of ’90, with the Dominican Pillar Award, the highest honor given to “outstanding individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the values of Saint Dominic.” The 15th Annual SDA Leadership Awards Gala will be held at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville and the money raised will to go to SDAs scholarship fund.
“It is a special thing to be honored by the community that I serve,” Kelleher says, “but to have SDA reach out to me to say, ‘You’ve done well, kid,’ twenty-three years after graduation is a whole other experience all-together. This is very touching and a personal honor which I will cherish for years to come.”
Jersey City’s Director of Cultural Affairs since 1996, Kelleher has worked for several administrations including Mayors Bret Schundler, Glenn Cunningham, L. Harvey Smith, Jerramiah T. Healy, and the newly-elected Mayor Steven M. Fulop. Her primary mission as a public servant, she says, is to remain keenly aware of the needs within the creative, ethnic and preservation communities and advocate on their behalf to realize their goals. She encourages Jersey City artists — dancers, actors, writers – to contact her office if they need help with their projects.
JERSEY CITY – Jersey City’s first Filipino-American Chief Municipal Court Judge, Carlo Abad, and new full-time Judge Mark Curtis will be sworn in at a 4 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013, at Jersey City Municipal Court, 365 Summit Avenue.
The two judges were appointed by Mayor Fulop and confirmed by the City Council last month.
Carlo Abad, a Filipino American, has been serving as Acting Chief Municipal Court Judge and has been serving on the bench in Jersey City since 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Abad served in the Newark Prosecutor’s Office, the Jersey City Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as working in several private law firms.
Mr. Curtis, a graduate of Seton Hall University Law School, has served as a Jersey City municipal prosecutor and long-time attorney practicing in Jersey City and Hudson County.
Pursues Another Termination of Employment for Latest Infraction & Will Install GPS Systems in City Vehicles
JERSEY CITY – With only ten days into office, Mayor Steven M. Fulop is quickly learning and aggressively pushing to change the culture of City Hall employees with termination charges for any employee violating policy and breaking the law.
Last week, Jersey City Police Detective William Kallert was charged with DWI and was immediately suspended without pay after he was found intoxicated in an unmarked police vehicle he was not authorized to use after hours. This was followed by yesterday’s incident in which a DPW manager was arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute while in a city vehicle he was also not authorized to use after work hours.
The employee, George Reyes, is facing termination as a result of the arrest.
“This is the second time in just one week that a city employee has committed a crime while using a city vehicle without authorization, which speaks to the pervasive culture of abuse that has been allowed to exist in Jersey City,” said Mayor Fulop. “This is unacceptable and we are going to root out this type of behavior and put an end to it. We will not tolerate this.” Continue reading 10 Days into Office Mayor Fulop Sees Culture in City Hall & Vows to Change via No Tolerance Policy
Outdated Programs to be Phased Out; High-Performing Programs to Receive Additional Resources & Redeployed Staff
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop today announced that his administration has started a desk audit of all civilian management and supervisory employees. A desk audit hasn’t been conducted in Jersey City in nearly ten years.
The purpose of the desk audit – which will be conducted division by division, department by department – is to evaluate employee functions and accomplishments over the last year, as well as program performance and the need for redeployment of staff to better serve the residents. Additionally, the audit serves to eliminate any duplication of services.
“The taxpayers deserve to have every dollar they pay to the city work for them and redundant services eliminated,” said Mayor Fulop. “We want to make every employee and every office accountable and working to its fullest potential for the residents and business owners. To do that, we need to understand the human resources we have in place and maximize staff utilization.”
Mayor Fulop expects to complete the internal review over the next several weeks and begin restructuring programs and departments based on the findings.