Your Taxes Are Going Up!

29 01 2009

Passaic’s Mayor Alex Blanco released the following letter today.
He’s trying to break the news as gently as possible before the elections, but the bottom line of the letter is:

YOUR TAXES ARE GOING UP! AGAIN!

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Angel Laboy Will Fight For Council Seat Again

8 01 2009

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PASSAIC – When Angel Laboy lost his city council bid last year to Ken Lucianin by 24 votes, he said he would probably come back this year, and time’s proved him right.

Laboy, a public school vice principal, is holding a fundraiser on Jan. 15th in which he hopes to lay the groundwork for what he believes will be about a $5,000-$6,000 race for council.

“I would like to run alone,” he said. “I have been approached to run on a ticket with several of the mayoral candidates, and I’m not ruling it out, but I’m leaning against it.”

Three council people are up for reelection: Gerardo Fernandez, Joe Garcia and Daniel Schwartz. The top three vote-getters win.

Indicted on corruption charges in connection with the case of jailed former Mayor Sammy Rivera, Fernandez said he intends to fight and beat the rap but hasn’t yet indicated he would pursue another term on the council.

During the grind of last year’s campaign season – in which he was allied with Laboy – Garcia said that he wouldn’t run for mayor again if he lost, which he did. Now the question is whether he will run again for his council seat, and unconfirmed sources say he will run, as will Schwartz.

Higher up on the ballot, Rivera’s successor, Mayor Alex Blanco, wants to again defeat real estate developer Jose Sandoval and city super Vincent Capuana to win a full term as mayor.

Max Pizarro is a PolitickerNJ.com Reporter and can be reached via email at max@politicsnj.com.





Breaking News 2 Robberies in the last 10 minutes by gunpoint

6 01 2009

The passaic police department is on a search for  a green Mercedes older model  with scratches on the side door. Shots were fired at victim #1 but Thank G-D the gunman missed, nothing was taken from him. A 2nd victim was outside the Home Depot in Down town passaic. Victim # 2 was robbed but no shots were fired and a hand gun was displayed.

Update; 11:17Pm 6 Passaic County Units are in passaic searching for the gunman.

PCJN is first to report this story as well as all Breaking News





Does anyone know where WOODLAND Park is?

6 01 2009

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WOODLAND PARK — Governor Corzine came to what used to be West Paterson on Thursday to swear in Democratic Mayor Pat Lepore, who, in his fourth term, is now mayor of Woodland Park.

The borough’s name change from West Paterson to Woodland Park became official Jan. 1. Corzine noted that both names have the same initials and used the initials in speaking of the borough and praising Lepore.

“W.P. has a lot of tough choices to make and you have to have people you trust making those decisions,” Corzine said.

The governor delivered an optimistic New Year’s message. Despite tough economic times, he predicted New Jerseyans will prevail in 2009.

“This is a great country and we will be able to turn the top,” Corzine said, addressing a crowd of roughly 150 people.

The Democratic governor was surrounded by Democratic leaders, including Passaic County Democratic Party Chairman John Currie and Assemblyman Tom Giblin, of Clifton. They all gathered in the municipal building of the newly renamed borough.

“The nation has faced tough times in the past. We’ve always come through these and we’ve been stronger because we’ve worked together,” Corzine said.

After Lepore took the oath of office, the crowd sang “Happy birthday, governor!” to Corzine, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Thursday.

After the ceremony, Corzine said his New Year’s resolutions for 2009 were to “get the economy going and stabilize the best we can. And stabilize the world for our citizens.”

When asked why he chose to come to Woodland Park out of the Garden State’s 566 municipalities, he said, he wanted to support Lepore, who has to contend with a fair share of disgruntled residents who opposed the borough’s name change. NorthJersey.com





Does anyone know where WOODLAND Park is?

6 01 2009

Page 1 2 >> Fit story on 1 page

WOODLAND PARK — Governor Corzine came to what used to be West Paterson on Thursday to swear in Democratic Mayor Pat Lepore, who, in his fourth term, is now mayor of Woodland Park.

The borough’s name change from West Paterson to Woodland Park became official Jan. 1. Corzine noted that both names have the same initials and used the initials in speaking of the borough and praising Lepore.

“W.P. has a lot of tough choices to make and you have to have people you trust making those decisions,” Corzine said.

The governor delivered an optimistic New Year’s message. Despite tough economic times, he predicted New Jerseyans will prevail in 2009.

“This is a great country and we will be able to turn the top,” Corzine said, addressing a crowd of roughly 150 people.

The Democratic governor was surrounded by Democratic leaders, including Passaic County Democratic Party Chairman John Currie and Assemblyman Tom Giblin, of Clifton. They all gathered in the municipal building of the newly renamed borough.

“The nation has faced tough times in the past. We’ve always come through these and we’ve been stronger because we’ve worked together,” Corzine said.

After Lepore took the oath of office, the crowd sang “Happy birthday, governor!” to Corzine, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Thursday.

After the ceremony, Corzine said his New Year’s resolutions for 2009 were to “get the economy going and stabilize the best we can. And stabilize the world for our citizens.”

When asked why he chose to come to Woodland Park out of the Garden State’s 566 municipalities, he said, he wanted to support Lepore, who has to contend with a fair share of disgruntled residents who opposed the borough’s name change. NorthJersey.com





Torres: ‘We need … to police the police’

6 01 2009

PATERSON — At a special City Council meeting tonight, Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres will discuss plans to bring in two outside consulting firms to conduct a top-to-bottom audit of the city police department.

Two years after a blue ribbon panel issued its report on the department, Torres hopes to hire the International City/County Management Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to review city police affairs.

Torres believes the consultants can find ways to use auxiliary officers for routine police duties and reduce expenses at the department, which accounts for more than a quarter of the city’s budget.

He wants the organizations to recommend ways to shorten police response times and create better ties to the community. The department needs more accountability and defined performance benchmarks, especially since the city has invested millions of dollars in new police technologies, Torres said.

“We need someone to police the police,” he said. Northjersey.com





Winter storm could slow Tuesday ride home in NJ

6 01 2009

TRENTON, N.J. – Snow and ice threaten to slow Tuesday’s ride home across New Jersey.

The National Weather Service says snow and sleet will fall over the state later in the day and throughout the night before changing to rain.

Winter storm warnings will be posted for Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Morris and western Passaic counties. Forecasters fear the precipitation will change into freezing rain that could last past Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

As much as a half inch of ice could accumulate on trees and power lines in those counties.

Elsewhere, forecasters say a mix of snow and sleet will fall over most of the state before changing to freezing rain and rain.

Rain is most likely in south Jersey.