Reader Submitted Article – Illegal Aliens Reason For Our High Taxes?

24 09 2007

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The “Safe Haven” resolution passed by the Passaic City Council is an outrage and an affront to the law abiding, tax paying American citizens of Passaic.

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http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzNTkmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcxOTU0MTEmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz

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Many Passaic taxpayers are being crushed by oppressive New Jersey taxes, and illegal alien gang crime is spreading around the country. The US Supreme Court has declared school voucher programs to be constitutional. American born children who attend private schools receive almost nothing from NJ, while NJ spends about $20,000 per year to educate each illegal alien child!

Lets demand that our elected city councilmen post answers on the PassaicJews forum to the following questions:

1. Which city and/or county services and programs are now open for use by all persons, including illegal aliens?

2. What is the total cost to the City of Passaic and Passaic County for all these city services and programs?

3. Approximately how many illegal alien immigrants are residing in Passaic?

4. Are Passaic police inquiring about the immigration status of arrested persons, and are they then reporting illegal alien criminals to the Federal immigration enforcement authorities?

5. Approximately how many illegal alien gang members are residing in Passaic?

6. Which illegal alien gangs are known to be operating in Passaic, and what is being done to arrest and/or deport them?

Please email these Passaic City Councilmen and demand answers to the above questions:

gschaer@cityofpassaicnj.gov
cmunk@cityofpassaicnj.gov
dschwartz@cityofpassaicnj.gov

If Jews intend to survive in an increasingly hostile world, then lets start following the wisdom of our own Jewish sages –
“THE LAW OF THE LAND IS LAW” – Baba Kama 113a, Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), Choshen Mishpat Chpt. 369.

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Web Links:

Illegal Alien Crime Waves
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51424

“In Passaic, we have MS-13 (Al-Quada connected illegal alien terror gang)”
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDYmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY5NjY2MjcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0

NJ’s Costly Immigrant Burden
http://www.city-journal.org/html/eon2007-08-29sm.html

Costs of Illegal Immigration to New Jerseyites
http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=research_njcosts





Passaic attorney nixes bid in scandal’s wake

19 09 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

PASSAIC — Gary Schaer’s attempt to hire a special counsel to represent the City Council in the wake of the mayor’s arrest in a statewide sting was thwarted by a city attorney’s legal opinion.

On Tuesday, Councilman Gerry Fernandez said the city attorney looked at case law and advised against appointing a special counsel. Sheri Siegelbaum, the city attorney, refused Tuesday to comment for this story.

Fernandez said the council did not take a vote at a special meeting Monday called by Schaer, the council president, which ended within five minutes.

“The city council tried to hire special counsel and they weren’t allowed to,” Fernandez said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Schaer wanted to hire an “independent attorney” to advise the City Council as federal agents look into dealings that Mayor Samuel Rivera, Councilman Marcellus Jackson and former Councilman Jonathan Soto had with contractors.

Rivera, Jackson and Soto were arrested Sept. 6 on charges of bribery and extortion. Soto was a councilman from July 2003 to July 2007.Schaer and four other council members present at Monday’s meeting did not return telephone calls seeking comment Tuesday. Jackson was absent from the meeting.

Last week, Schaer announced at a regular council meeting that the city should hire the independent lawyer.

Some critics said that hiring another attorney would be a waste of money and that Schaer was taking political advantage of Rivera’s arrest. Schaer also is a state assemblyman who faces re-election in November.

Rivera, Jackson and Soto allegedly took thousands of dollars in bribes from FBI undercover agents posing as insurance brokers. The bribes were in exchange for getting the city to enter into a contract with the insurance brokers. Rivera is alleged to have said to undercover agents “I can get four (council) votes easy, easy, easy.”

The council approved a resolution proposed by Soto in December that allowed insurance brokers to offer medical spending accounts to city employees without going through the “fair and open” bidding process required by city ordinance for agreements costing more than $17,500.





O’Toole Calls for Attorney General, U.S. Attorney to Probe Passaic Water Commission

19 09 2007
Assemblyman Kevin J. O’Toole today called on state Attorney General Anne Milgram, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s office, to probe possible criminal activity within the Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) and the Passaic City Council following alleged boasts by Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera of his influence over both entities.

Rivera was arrested with 10 other public officials earlier this month and charged with bribery following an 18-month federal sting operation.In a sworn affidavit by an FBI agent involved in the investigation, Rivera boasted of being able to easily obtain the necessary votes by members of the PVCW and City Council in order to secure business in exchange for cash for what turned out to be an insurance brokerage firm set up by federal law enforcement officials.

“These are extremely disturbing and serious claims of influence by Mr. Rivera over two government bodies that cannot and must not be overlooked,” said O’Toole, R-Bergen, Essex, Passaic. “Therefore, I am calling on State Attorney General Milgram to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s office to fully examine these allegations. No stone should be left unturned if we are to stem this tide of corruption that seems to permeate every level of government in our state.

According to the criminal complaint filed on September 5, 2007 in U.S. District Court, the FBI agent testified that, “…[D]efendant Rivera touted his influence over a majority of the seven-member Passaic City Council, stating ‘I can get four votes easy, easy, easy.’ When CW-2 (an unidentified cooperating witness) confirmed that only four of seven votes of the Council was needed, defendant Rivera replied, “and I got ‘em easy.

‘”In addition, Rivera stated that he “would be able to control five of the seven commissioners of the Passaic Valley Water Commission.” The PVWC was managed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who were appointed by, among others, Rivera.





Passaic’s ‘haven’ status hailed

17 09 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

 

By MEREDITH MANDELL

HERALD NEWS

 

PASSAIC — Immigration advocates Friday praised the passage by the City Council of a resolution that declares the city a “safe haven” for immigrants.

“I think this is very good, because Passaic is a city of immigrants,” Tamara Morales, vice president of Casa Puebla, a Mexican-American social activist group in Passaic, said in Spanish. “They have made the city better, businesses are growing, people are renting apartments, real estate has gone up, there’s more money circulating in the city and more construction.”

The resolution, approved Tuesday in a 6-0 vote, prohibits city officials from asking residents about their immigration status. Residents can get access, without fear of unnecessary interrogation, to all of the city’s services — including mental health and drug counseling, food vouchers for infant children and hospital emergency rooms.

The symbolic resolution comes in the wake of fears that a tide of anti-immigrant sentiment is rising in New Jersey.

Last month, state Attorney General Anne Milgram issued a directive instructing law enforcement personnel to inquire about the immigration status of individuals who are arrested on serious criminal charges. The decision came after the arrest of suspects in the killing of three college students in Newark. One was an illegal immigrant.

The city’s resolution is similar to the so-called “sanctuary” order adopted in Prospect Park earlier this year. Borough Mayor Mohamed Khairullah was the first in Passaic County to declare that all immigrants were entitled to borough services regardless of their status.

Norberto Curitomai, president of the Paterson-based Immigrant Rights Defense Committee of New Jersey, said he believes the measure will calm fears among many in the undocumented community, who are reluctant to deal with city officials, fearful about reporting a crime or a slumlord.

“They made it clear that the city’s services and assistance programs will be open, without import as to a person’s resident status,” he said.

None of the City Council members returned calls for comment Friday.

Mayor Samuel Rivera said Friday he was pleased the resolution was approved because immigrants “are human beings and they deserve the primary services.”

Last year, Rivera proposed opening a day-laborer center on Parker Avenue in front of The Home Depot. The center was seen as a compromise in the wake of resident complaints about the day laborers littering and loitering on the streets and public outcry over police ticketing the violators.

The day-laborer dispute in Passaic reflected heightening tensions in towns across New Jersey.

Earlier this year in Morristown, Mayor Donald Cresitello proposed deputizing local police officers as federal immigration agents. Cresitello applied without success to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security for admission into a program that trains police officers on handling immigration matters and gives them the authority to file civil immigration charges.

Some residents Friday said the Passaic resolution was long overdue because immigrants — whether legal or not — have boosted the city’s economy.

“If all the illegal immigrants were released tomorrow we would belly up and we would become another Camden,” said Jose “Alex” Ybarra, who contracts with Passaic as a translator in Municipal Court.

Other residents believed that illegals should not have access to city services because they are not paying taxes.

“They pull in these gorgeous vans and they come with the best of baby carriages,” said resident Willa Daniels, of the immigrants she sees waiting in line for the WIC program, a supplemental nutrition program for low-income mothers and their children.

“We are being overtaxed because these people are getting a benefit without working for it.”

 





Mayor Rivera issues Veiled threat to expose Gary Schaer’s own Illegal Behavior

16 09 2007

For those who can read between the lines, this is from an article in the Herald News. Complete article available by clicking “Read the rest of this entry” below.

Rivera said that Schaer had no legal right to call for a special counsel.

“So he wants to play games. Let him play games,” Rivera said. “He is a person that shouldn’t be striving for a more intense investigation.”

For complete article, including other people blasting Gary Schaer, click here:
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Clifton gets FEMA aid for nor’easter

9 09 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007  

CLIFTON — The city is one of seven New Jersey communities to receive federal emergency money to cover costs incurred during the April nor’easter.Clifton has been awarded an $82,498 grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the city’s costs, according to a press release from Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson. City Manager Al Greco said the money will be used to help pay for overtime for police, fire and Department of Public Works employees in the aftermath of the storm, and to replace damaged playground surfacing at city parks that is designed to cushion children’s falls.Clifton had applied for a $160,000 FEMA grant, Greco said. “We liked to have gotten a little more,” he said. Clifton received the second-highest grant of the communities listed Friday. The six others are in Essex County. Bloomfield received the top award, with $97,069





New Jersey Corruption Complaints Reveal Scheming

9 09 2007

9:11 AM EDT, September 8, 2007

TRENTON, N.J.

Passaic Councilman Marcellus Jackson was, according to federal prosecutors, more than happy to receive $6,000 to try steer city business to an insurance company. “I appreciate it, baby,” he said, according to the criminal complaint. “Good things is gonna happen.”

His fellow councilman, Jonathan Soto, thought the “sky was the limit,” making sure those doling out money knew, “I have friends in other municipalities, and I’m all for getting my feet wet as well, man, you know what I’m saying?” The criminal complaints against the 12 people arrested Thursday in New Jersey on federal corruption charges detailed what prosecutors describe as brazen greed even for a state infamous for corruption.The 12, including 11 public officials, were released Thursday after initial court appearances.

They will enter pleas at a later date, though attorneys for two state lawmakers who were arrested said they would plead not guilty and Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera said, “I’ll have my day in court.” Others either declined to comment or didn’t return calls seeking comment.

The complaints feature quotes from secretly recorded conversations that depict public officials negotiating for as much cash as they could get and bragging about their influence. Bribes were accepted in parked cars, highway rest stops and parking garages, according to the court documents.

“It’s been six years doing this job, and I thought I could no longer be surprised by a combination of brazenness, arrogance and stupidity,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said. “But the people elected in this state continue to defy description.”

The probe into bribe-taking in the awarding of public contracts resulted in the arrests of two state lawmakers, two mayors, three city councilmen and several members of the school board in Pleasantville.

The investigation began last year, focusing first on the Pleasantville schools. The FBI established a fake insurance brokerage purporting to employ the government’s two informants along with undercover agents. The probe widened when Pleasantville board members referred the informants to public officials in northern New Jersey.

Those who were arrested took bribes of up to $17,500, according to an investigation that featured hundreds of hours of audio and videotaped encounters. It was, Christie said, another example of “those who put their own self-interest in front of the public interest.”

Money was their ultimate goal, according to the criminal complaints.

While meeting the witnesses at a Passaic restaurant, Rivera, the one who vowed, “I’ll have my day in court” made clear he had the influence to get contracts approved, claiming, “I can get four votes easy, easy, easy,” a complaint said. He then took $5,000, it said.Soto, charged with taking $12,500, made sure to tell the cooperating witnesses on Nov. 3 he was “very appreciative that, you know, you guys have counted me as part of the team,” a complaint said.

But he was also apparently anxious to get his money, though he didn’t exactly say that. According to the complaint, he sent a text message on Nov. 6 asking, “Any word on that cake?” Twelve hours later, he got $5,000 in a car parked at a Garden State Parkway rest stop, the complaint states. He got another $5,000 the next day in a shopping center parking lot. After he pushed the council to approve the company on Dec. 19, he sent another message: “Will need that green broccoli for the 1st entree,” the complaint said. He is accused of getting another $2,500 in February.