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Payroll & politics: Jersey City hiring top Democrats who could boost Fulop's run for governor
By Matt Friedman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on May 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM, updated May 20, 2015 at 8:14 AM

TRENTON — Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who took office in July 2013, has made it no secret that he's considering a run for governor in 2017.

Such a campaign requires lots of help from the Democratic Party's powerful leaders in what promises to be a highly contested primary for New Jersey's most coveted political job.

Some of that help could come from those on Jersey City's payroll — or their relatives and associates.

Since Fulop became mayor, records show the city has awarded contracts to at least nine politically connected firms and has hired Democratic elected officials with ties to powerful county organizations — individuals and firms who could be well-positioned to aid him in the party's gubernatorial primary.

An examination of city council minutes and other public documents by NJ Advance Media shows that firms and individuals closely tied to Democratic officials or prominent insiders in seven key counties have received contracts or jobs from the city and its agencies that were worth as much as a combined $1.7 million

In addition, three elected officials from outside Jersey City — and a relative of another — have gotten jobs with the city.

Combined, the seven counties — Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic, Union and Somerset — have 1 million of the state's 1.8 million registered Democrats. That's pivotal not only in the primary, but in a general election in which Democrats feel they are primed to win back the governor's seat.

NJ Advance Media looked into the number of contracts awarded to politically connected allies of Fulop based on critics' assertions that the mayor was using his office to line up support for a future gubernatorial bid. After examining city records, NJAM found no evidence that any particular Jersey City contract was awarded for the purpose of currying political favor on behalf of the mayor, or that any contract recipient was unqualified for the work for which they're being paid. However, there is little question that the family members, friends and firms of leading Democratic power brokers have benefited from city contracts. Read more

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"Researching Home Histories with a Peek at Homes Here Over the Last 350 Years."
Thursday, May 21, 2014, 6:30 PM


Free; however, registration is required as seats are limited. Meet in The New Jersey Room, 3rd Floor, Jersey City Free Public Library. Sponsored by the Jersey City Free Public Library and JC Landmarks. This popular workshop is administered by Cynthia Harris, Manager, and NJ Room librarians John Beekman and Danny Klein. In addition to detailed instruction for determining a home's history, the NJ Room archivists will be showing photos of many of the city's early homes (DeMott, Armstrong, etc.) that have long since be demolished or, as in the case of the Sip Manor, still standing outside the city. Registration: charris@jclibrary.org

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15TH ANNUAL
JERSEY CITY LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY
PRESERVATION AWARDS CEREMONY

Thursday, May 28th, 6-9 PM
at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square


$35 per ticket; includes buffet, beer, wine, coffee and dessert and tour of theatre. Purchase tickets via PayPal by clicking here or purchase at the lobby door on the night of the ceremony.

Excellence in Preservation Awards
This award recognizes the recent restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of a building, structure or object which exemplifies high regard for the resource's historic and architectural integrity.

Paul Franciso for the restoration and redevelopment of 587 Jersey Avenue, a former funeral home, into condominium apartments. The project incorporates new construction that both integrates with, and complements the existing historic structure.

Robert Pulling & Colleen McNulty for the beautiful restoration of 187 Sherman Avenue, a turn-of-the-century wood-framed Victorian rowhouse in Jersey City Heights.

Building and Land Technology (BLT) for the restoration of The Paramount at The Beacon, the former Murdoch Hall nurses' residence of the old Jersey City Medical Center. The art deco lobby is one of the finest interior spaces in the city and has been returned to its former glory. Also recognizing: DMR Architects & EDI Architects, Architect of Record. Zakalak Restoration, Historic Restoration Contractor. Zakalak Associates, Historic Preservation Consultant. Dinallo Construction Corp., General Contractor. Weidlinger Associates, Structural Engineers.

Hopkins Group LLC for the adaptive reuse of Kennedy Lofts, 100 Newkirk Street, the 1965 former John F. Kennedy Office Building by architects/engineers Comparetto and Kenny. This is the first residential conversion of its kind in Journal Square in many years, and saves a fine example of often under-appreciated mid-century commercial modernism. Also recognizing: John Saracco Architect, Architect of Record. Angelo Beskaly Construction, General Contractor.

Preservation Initiative Award
This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of an individual or organization in promoting the protection of a historic resource.

Hudson County History Advocates, for producing the Hudson County History Fairs including the 2014 edition, and their ongoing work including the upcoming Hudson County 175th Anniversary Tours in late 2015.

J. Owen Grundy History Award
Named after the city's late historian, this award recognizes work that chronicles, through a written or visual medium, Jersey City history.

Richard Price, for his body of work in literature, heavily influenced by the people and places of Jersey City. Richard Price is a prolific and highly-respected author of novels and scripts for movies and television. His novels include Clockers, Freedomland, Samaritan, Lush Life and most recently The Whites, written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt. He has written screenplays for The Color of Money, Sea of Love, and The Wire. The JCLC is recognizing Price for his gritty, accurate depiction of Dempsey, NJ, a fictional city located between Newark and New York City. Those who know the terrain will recognize that it is a thinly-disguised Jersey City, where Price spent a great deal of time observing the lives of detectives, inner-city survivors, and small-time criminals.

Jersey City Legend Award
This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to Jersey City.

Ed Lucas, for his inspiring life as a reporter, broadcaster, writer, family man, motivational speaker, and advocate for the blind. Despite losing his sight in childhood, Lucas graduated from college in 1958, becoming one of the first blind students to do so, and went on to a successful career in sports reporting/broadcasting. In 1980, he became the the first disabled person in the USA to win full custody of his children from a non-disabled spouse. In 1985, he was the first layperson appointed to the board of St. Joseph's School for the Blind, and has since been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for this Jersey City institution. In 1995, he was inducted into the NJ Sports Hall of Fame. For over 50 years, he has inspired many with his "no cup or cane" mentality, and for this he is recognized as a Jersey City Legend.

Sponsored by JCLC and Friends of the Loew's. Join JCLC and FOL for its 15th year of recognizing local heroes of historic preservation - from bricks and mortar restoration to grass roots advocacy. For additional information, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact JCLC at jclandmarks@gmail.com

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Dining / Food Truck Saturdays
« on: 05-06-2015, 03:38pm »
From the Jersey City Eats blog: Food Truck Saturdays

This Saturday, several of Jersey City's food trucks will gather together and park at the 318-328 Newark Avenue lot (between 4th and 5th Street) for the first time to officially launch the JC Food Truck Rally, anticipated to run every Saturday.

The trucks will be serving food from 3pm-9pm and this week's line-up includes Chopping Block, ME Casa, and The Incrediballs. The rotation of trucks will change each week so there will be a lot of variety and if you're like me and can't get to the trucks during the weekdays, this is a great opportunity to have them all in one place.


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Jersey City to launch mobile crime-alert system
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM, updated April 28, 2015 at 3:03 PM

JERSEY CITY – Residents in three neighborhoods will soon begin to test a new alert system that will notify them about crime trends in their communities and offer recommendations for how to avoid becoming victims.

The alert system, set for a limited release this fall in anticipation of a citywide launch once all the kinks are worked out, will allow users to receive text or email messages about crime trends in South Greenville, Paulus Hook and the neighborhood around Bayside Park.

Open-data group Open JC is partnering with the city to create the system using data from the city's 911 system. Akisia Grigsby, the group's co-executive director, said the idea isn't to offer real-time alerts about crimes in progress, but to alert residents about trends city officials are seeing.

"Let's say in the span of a week you have five bike thefts that are occurring in your local area," Grigsby told The Jersey Journal. "We would send out an alert saying, hey, this is happening ... then we'll send with that a list of recommendations from the police department as to how they can prevent this in their lives."

The crime-alert system is being funded with a $250,000 grant from Google Ideas, a think tank offshoot of the tech giant. Read more

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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Bocelli's Italian Deli
« on: 04-29-2015, 12:34pm »
Bocelli's Italian Deli
274 ‪‎Central Ave‬
Jersey City, NJ

In the former Grille Two 74 space.

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Real Estate / Charles & Co.
« on: 04-10-2015, 12:01pm »
Charles & Co.
Corner of Grove Street and Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ



A peek inside the Silvermans' 38th Jersey City development
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM, updated April 10, 2015 at 8:13 AM

JERSEY CITY - Developers Eric and Paul Silverman gave The Jersey Journal an exclusive tour of Charles & Co., the seven-story, 99-unit Grove Street building that will start leasing next month.

Named after the carpet and flooring place that used to call the site home, the Silvermans' latest creation is located next to City Hall, and will house retail shops on the ground floor, office space on the second and residential units from floors two through seven.

"We're making good progress," Paul Silverman told The Jersey Journal. "We have bathtubs in and showers are tiled and kitchen cabinets are going in."

Another Man's Treasure, a vintage clothing store located at Grove Street and Newark Avenue, plans to relocate there, as does wine store CoolVines, which is operating out of a temporary home on Grove Street until Charles & Co. is finished. Silverman said there will also be a fitness center open to residents and the public, a Mathnasium tutoring center and a to-be-determined restaurant.

The second floor will include the Silvermans' headquarters, located now across Grove Street, as well as co-working space. Read more

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Restaurants & Bars / Carvao BBQ
« on: 04-09-2015, 04:36pm »
Carvão BBQ
686 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey
(551) 200-6363

Open pit BBQ & bar. This looks interesting.

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Groundbreaking for new apartment complex marks renewed interest in Jersey City neighborhood
By Matthew Speiser | The Jersey Journal
on April 07, 2015 at 5:06 PM, updated April 07, 2015 at 5:18 PM

JERSEY CITY - For the first time in a long time, development is happening in Bergen-Lafayette.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today with local developer John Fiorito and Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman, Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman, and community advocate June Jones at 234 Suydam Ave. -- the site of what will soon be a brand new 83 unit residential apartment complex.

"This is the largest project that we have seen in Ward F in a number of years and it really speaks to what we are trying to achieve here," said Fulop. "We want to encourage development away from the water front so we are very proud to have the partners that we do and we want to make sure this is a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family."

The apartment complex, which will be named Baker Building after the Baker Coating Factory that used to stand in its place, will be a 100,000-square foot wood frame building at the end of Suydam Avenue -- a dead end street, less than four blocks away from the Liberty State Park Light Rail station -- according to Fiorito.

The building will have one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments units priced between $1500 and $2300 per month as well as on-site parking, a gym, a dog walk and dog washing station, and green space with fire pits and grills. It is set to open in April 2016.

"Whatever you would expect to have in a full amenity building Downtown you will have here," said Fiorito.

Fiorito and his development company -- Point Capital Development -- have built 17 buildings in Jersey City over the last 10 years mainly in the Downtown area. He says the idea behind building in Bergen-Lafayette is to provide an alternative to the increasingly pricey options Downtown.

"I think this area is in need of rehabilitation and I think this site is very well suited for lower cost residential housing for people who may be getting priced out of Downtown and who may not want to be as far away as Harrison or Newark," said Fiortio. "Now they can stay in Jersey City but have a more affordable rent."

Fulop attributes the $20 million dollar investment Point Capital is making in Bergen-Lafayette to the city's tax abatement program.

"When we started to revamp the tax abatement program in order to incentivize development away from the waterfront, John was one of the people who capitalized on that," said Fulop. "I think that the program in many ways helped make this a reality and prospect to incentivize away from the waterfront in more beneficial tax abatement programs to encourage development here." Read more

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JC Reservoir's Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser! - May 2nd 2015
The Jersey City Reservoir is hosting it's first fundraiser of the year as the season kicks up again with the (hopefully) warming weather! Come join us May 2nd at the Applebee's on Route 440 from 8am-10am! Please email JCResEvents@gmail.com or call Patrick Ambrossi at 201-961-5010 to purchase tickets. More information can be found below, hope to see you there!
 
When: Saturday, May 2nd -- 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Where: Applebee's, 701 Route 440, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Price: $14 per ticket
Meal Includes: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a beverage (coffee, juice, soda, or tea)

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General / :fulop: in [i]The New Yorker[/i]: Iron Mayor
« on: 03-30-2015, 12:44pm »
:fulop: in The New Yorker. Yes, The New Yorker.


Second City Dept. | April 6, 2015 Issue
Iron Mayor
By Betsy Morais

Steven Fulop, the mayor of Jersey City, has a Kuota K-Factor bike with Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLS wheels. “It’s for triathletes,” he said, as he walked out of City Hall and along the bike lane on Grove Street. He wore a long brown coat and a blue-and-red tie. “I did an Ironman—that’s with a two-and-a-half-mile swim, a hundred and twelve miles on the bike, and then a marathon,” he said. “Now I do the half Ironman. In the mornings, I train.” This involves a 5:40 a.m. bike ride: twenty-five miles, up to the George Washington Bridge and back. Fulop, who is thirty-eight, has posted on Twitter and Facebook about his athletic pursuits, his encounters with tapas chefs and local artists, and a free heart checkup with Dr. Oz. He moved to Jersey City in 2000, and, after stints in the Marine Corps and at Goldman Sachs, he was sworn in as mayor in 2013. “We’re not yet at the forefront of top-tier midsize cities,” he said. “Starting to do things like bike-share systems is how we’re going to get there.”

In January, Fulop announced that Jersey City will start a program that connects to Citibike, in New York, allowing a person to hop on a bike, ride it to the PATH station, turn in the first bike, and pick up a new one on the other side of the river. He envisages the program attracting New Yorkers who want to spend the day in Jersey City. “The views of Manhattan are second to none,” he said.

He strolled toward Grove Street Plaza, which during the summer, he said, is “literally filled, filled, filled with bikes, so this is an ideal place for one of the larger docking stations.” He looked around. Behind him was an Asian fusion place and a Duane Reade. He added, “There was nothing here. It was empty. In the past four years it’s been on steroids.”
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A few bikes were chained to sign poles. “We started off with a program that was going to be Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken together on the bike shares,” he said. But Fulop dropped out. “There became a difference of opinion,” he explained. “The other two towns were more conscious of the price, because the system to integrate with New York is more expensive.”

Fulop has raised about two and a half million dollars from sponsors, enough to pay for the first order of bikes—three hundred and fifty of them, at five thousand dollars each, to be delivered in late summer. (As with Citibike, the color scheme goes to the highest corporate bidder.) He broke the news to the other New Jersey mayors gently. “It wasn’t the best of conversations,” he said. Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, said, “My priority was city-wide, and his priority was connection to New York City.” The bikes in the program she is running with Weehawken will cost less than a third of what Fulop’s cost.

Some people refer to Jersey City as New York’s sixth borough. “We’d be foolish if we didn’t try to capitalize on the proximity,” Fulop said. When his office approached Mayor de Blasio’s people about the program, he said, “they were supportive but relatively indifferent.” He continued, “They have their own challenges there. They weren’t really thinking about what’s happening across the river.”

Fulop popped into Grove Street Bicycles, where he buys parts for his Kuota. The proprietor, Rodney Morweiser, greeted him with a “Sup.” He had a long goatee and wore a mechanic’s shirt. He pulled out a bicycle that resembled a Manhattan Citibike. “Something like this is more casual, unisex,” Morweiser said. “The handlebars are higher rise, so it’s more comfortable. This is perfect for just knockin’ around town.”

Fulop gravitated toward another bike, near the front of the store, with wheels almost as thick as truck tires. “Maybe I should ride the fat bike,” he said.

Morweiser shook his head. “That’s extreme,” he said. “You can ride on sand, you can ride on snow. Imagine—three, four inches of snow, just flyin’ around in the park. It’s a blast. Ultimate in traction.”

Fulop lingered for a moment, and then returned to the knockin’-around bike and rolled it out the door. The cashier ran to bring the Mayor a helmet. Fulop started pedalling on the sidewalk. Then he said, “Don’t ride on the sidewalk!” He swerved over to the street. “I wouldn’t mind using it to get to a ribbon cutting,” he said. ♦

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Greenville / Plan for renaissance of Greenville announced
« on: 03-27-2015, 12:02pm »
Plan for Renaissance of Greenville announced
Mar 24, 2015

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski, and the South Greenville Neighborhood Association announced on March 24 plans for the revitalization of Greenville and the greater Ocean Avenue South neighborhood by implementing zoning changes to attract new commercial and residential development as part of the Fulop Administration’s goal of expanding investment to previously overlooked neighborhoods.

In partnership with the City Council and the community, the administration has developed a draft redevelopment plan for Ocean Avenue South that would spur redevelopment in the southern end of the city, expanding the Jersey City renaissance to Greenville. The concept is to allow greater density around transit, implement zoning for new, mixed-use residential development, and to rebuild Ocean Avenue as a vibrant commercial district.

“We want to reestablish Ocean Avenue as a neighborhood destination as we restore our old historic downtowns to what they once were,” said Mayor Fulop. “These zoning changes are the first step in having Greenville share in the renaissance that other parts of the city have experienced. By working with the community, we developed a plan that will jumpstart investment and bring new stores, restaurants, and housing to an area that has long been overlooked.”

Read more

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Restaurants & Bars / Just Beclaws
« on: 03-23-2015, 11:25am »


Just Beclaws
280 1st Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Seafood · Cajun & Creole · Vietnamese Restaurant





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More :cop: :drama:

Jersey City disbands police motorcycle squad amid internal squabbling, sexual harassment claims
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM

JERSEY CITY - When the St. Patrick's Day parade kicked off on Sunday afternoon, there was something missing: the police motorcycle squad, which usually leads the annual event.

But this year, there was no squad starting off the march because there is no squad anymore. City officials disbanded it last month amid internal squabbling, claims of sexual harassment and a possible investigation into improper overtime payments.

City officials say they eliminated the 26-member squad to make way for more foot patrols, but police sources who asked not to be identified criticizing their superiors say that's not true. Public Safety Director James Shea and Police Chief Philip Zacche disbanded the squad because they were tired of the internal fighting and decided it was easier to get rid of it, according to the sources, who say officers are angry about the city eliminating the century-old tradition.

"They can turn around and say it they're doing it for manpower," one said. "That's a bunch of baloney."

The squabble has landed in federal court, where police Lt. Kelly Chesler and Joseph Ascolese, a retired police captain, filed a civil suit last week against Jersey City, Shea, Zacche and other police officials who they allege ignored Chesler's claims that she was sexually harassed by a member of the squad. Ascolese, who says his complaints about the alleged harassment were also ignored, oversaw the the squad with Chesler. Read more

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Crime & Safety / Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« on: 03-15-2015, 10:13am »
Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
March 14, 2015 9:53 PM

JERSEY CITY - A Jersey City councilman is accused of driving while intoxicated after a three-car crash early Saturday morning.

Police say Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal was involved in a crash at Communipaw and West Side avenues at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say Councilman Ramchal was driving in an authorized city vehicle with the car's emergency lights on when allegedly he ran a red light. His Ford Explorer then hit a taxi cab, causing the taxi to lose control and hit another vehicle. A passenger inside the taxi was injured.

The third vehicle involved was being driven by an off-duty New York sergeant.

According to reports, the councilman told police that it was the taxi who "cut the light" at the intersection and caused the accident.

A report says the responding officer "detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage" on the councilman. Police say Councilman Ramchal failed the field sobriety test and had a .15 BAC.

Ramchal was arrested and taken to the West District headquarters.

News 12 has learned that Ramchal had been at a St. Patrick's Day party just blocks away at The Casino in the Park before the crash.

A spokesperson for Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop released a statement saying, "This is a very serious matter. We are awaiting additional details from authorities. Based on findings, appropriate consequences will be immediately issued."

Through email, Councilman Ramchal told News 12 he has been advised not to comment at this time. However, he says he will issue a statement by Sunday concerning the incident.

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Calendar / Jersey City's St. Patrick's Day Festivities
« on: 03-10-2015, 03:23pm »
:paddy:  Jersey City's St. Patrick's Day  :paddy:

Calendar of Jersey City's events:

Mar. 3 - Hudson County Flag Raising at William Brennan Courthouse located at 583 Newark Ave. at 5:30 p.m.

Mar. 11 - Jersey City Flag Raising at Jersey City Hall at 280 Grove St. at 3:30 p.m.

Mar. 13 - Annual Dinner Dance, which costs $125, will be held at Casino in the Park at 1 Lincoln Park at 6:30 p.m.

Mar. 14 - The Fist of the Fighting Irish Boxing Event at Jersey City Armory at 678 Montgomery St. (time TBA).

Mar. 15 - The Society of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick will hold a Mass for Peace at St. Aedan's Church at 800 Bergen Ave. at 9 a.m.

Following the mass, the Jersey City Fire Department Memorial Walk will hold a wreath laying ceremony at The Farrier Memorial at Lincoln Park's fountain located near Belmont and West Side avenues at 11:45 a.m.

The 2015 Jersey City St. Patrick' Day Parade will then take off from Lincoln Park and head north to Journal Square at 12:30 p.m. The parade will honor grand marshal Patrick Kelleher, Irishman of the year Eugene P. O'Connell, Irishwoman of the year Stacey Lea Flanagan, Irish police officer Patricia Cassidy-Stella as well as a number of other notable locals.

Mar. 17 - Police Memorial Walk/Wreath laying ceremony at Montgomery St. and Marin Blvd. at 3:30 p.m.

Mar. 17 - The Det. Marc DiNardo One Block Parade will be held at Healy's Tavern located at 374 Newark Ave. at 4 p.m.

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Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 03, 2015 at 4:33 PM, updated March 03, 2015 at 5:44 PM

JERSEY CITY -- New renderings show developers' plans for a 35-story residential tower on the site of the Downtown Pep Boys, part of a large-scale development called Hudson Exchange West proposed for that area.

If approved by city planning officials, the tower would house 421 units and include over 12,000 square feet of retail space on a four-acre site just north of the Harsimus Cove light rail station.

The tower would be the first phase of a massive revamp of the 11-acre Metro Plaza shopping center, which includes a ShopRite, BJ's Wholesale Club and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Preliminary plans submitted by developers to planning officials show a new street grid between Second and Sixth streets, plus a park in the middle of the new development. Read more

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Health officials confirm Jersey City case as N.J.'s first measles case of the year
By Tim Darragh | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 06, 2015 at 8:53 PM, updated February 07, 2015 at 12:03 AM

New Jersey has its first confirmed case of measles this year, health officials announced Friday night.

The state Department of Health, working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a 1-year-old baby in Jersey City did have measles, as suspected. The baby's case was publicly revealed Thursday.

The baby's case, however, cannot at this time be linked to the nationwide measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California, the state Department of Health said.

According to the department, the baby has recovered.

The baby had not been vaccinated, but health guidelines recommend the first measles vaccine be given between the ages of 12 and 15 months.

Residents of the building in which the baby's family lives have been notified of a potential measles exposure, the department said. The department did not release the baby's family's address. Read more

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Jersey City ordinance would require contractors to repave streets after utility work
By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal
on January 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM

JERSEY CITY — An ordinance that would require contractors to fully repave city streets following the completion of any utility work is up for final adoption by the City Council next week.

The measure, which is being advanced by Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne and is modeled after a successful Union City road-resurfacing program, specifically prohibits the opening of streets repaved in the last five years, except for emergency repairs.

The ordinance requires contractors to repave block-to-block any road that has been resurfaced by the city within the last 10 years.

“Jersey City invests heavily to maintain our roadways, only to see them torn up by utility contractors months, weeks and sometimes even days after the work is completed,” Councilwoman Osborne said. “We’ve seen this idea work in other cities and from now on when we spend millions of dollars to repave our roads, they are going to last or be replaced by those who destroy them.”

The ordinance comes in response to resident complaints of the patchwork of asphalt along city streets left by contractors, which city officials say contribute to potholes and undermine the integrity of roadways. In 2014, Jersey City spent $1.7 million – a combination of capital funds and state Department of Transportation grant dollars – on street resurfacing projects citywide.

“Councilwoman Osborne’s ordinance speaks to the work we are doing to make city government more efficient and to be strong stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor :fulop:. “This ordinance will go a long way to ensure the positive investments we are making into our City are preserved.” Read more

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:fulop::

"Instead of the weekly e-mail newsletter, I figured I would share a second significant press release from this week with regards to the city's growth and this time specifically, the Liberty Science Center (LSC). We took a significant step this week via the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency in which we designated LSC as the developer of 16 acres of city owned property, completely outside of Liberty State Park, but adjacent to LSC. We will start together a significant capital raise to grow LSC in which the details are below.
I wasn't joking around when I said I am committed to making Jersey City as one of the best mid size cities in the country. We have lots of work to do but we are moving fast and moving forward
Steve"


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Mayor Fulop and Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman Announce Plan for Liberty Science Center Expansion

 JCRA Designates Liberty Science Center as Developer of Land Value Worth More than $20 Million as City Commitment to Project; Overall Goal to Create Comprehensive Science and Technology Campus to Include School, Labs, Science-Themed Hotel, and Technology Business Incubator;
Jointly Will Embark on $80 Million Capital Raise


JERSEY CITY –The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) this week officially designated Liberty Science Center as the master developer for 16 acres of city-owned land adjacent to Liberty Science Center. This is the first and significant step in a commitment to support Liberty Science Center as the premier not-for-profit interactive science and technology center in the region.  The land that the City has committed to this project is valued at more than $20 million dollars.

“The City designating this land to Liberty Science Center is a major departure from past practices of selling property to private developers and instead speaks to the City’s commitment to growing Liberty Science Center as we create a world class city,” said Mayor Steven M. Fulop.

Advancing the Fulop Administration’s vision of making Jersey City a leader for job growth and a magnet for new industries, Mayor Fulop and Liberty Science Center President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Hoffman announced today an ambitious plan to create a comprehensive science and technology campus in Jersey City.  The project, ‘SciTech Scity,’ would build the City’s sci-tech sector while also educating the next generation of students to become leaders in the fields of science and technology.

‘SciTech Scity,’ will be developed by the Liberty Science Center on 16-acres of city-owned property adjacent to the center and is planned to include a technology business incubator, a biotech lab, a light manufacturing space, a coding lab, and a grade school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as a science-themed hotel and residences for visiting scientists.

“This is a great project for both Jersey City and the State of New Jersey,” said Mayor Fulop. “It speaks to our commitment to the Science Center that we would take such a significant step designate them, and we now will assist in a projected $80 million dollar capital raise. The city taking this first step is significant financially and speaks to our commitment.”

It adds to Jersey City’s aggressive job creation by leveraging the Science Center’s international reputation and connecting hands-on learning for our students with technology R and D. The incubator model will attract scientists and entrepreneurs from around the world who will pioneer new technologies, creating new businesses that will build Jersey City’s sci-tech sector and generate thousands of construction and permanent jobs.”

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) Board unanimously voted Tuesday night to designate the Liberty Science Center as the redeveloper of the property.  The Liberty Science Center will now begin the process of seeking corporate partners and will finalize the concept plan for the site.

“I look forward to working with corporate and government partners to create a world-renowned science and technology campus in Jersey City that will launch businesses, create jobs, and educate area youth,” said Hoffman.  “Liberty Science Center’s mission is to get students excited about pursuing careers in science and technology.  With this ambitious project, LSC will be going one step further and actually creating jobs in the important sci-tech sector of our economy.”

The campus’ research facility, to be known as Edge Works, will be a 100,000 square foot hybrid technology-based maker space combining private studios and open co-working spaces with high-tech workshops for start-ups and emerging businesses. SciTech Scity would also be an educational hub for the entire community with residents of all ages being able to utilize the leading-edge facilities, such as the coding lab to develop new apps or learn to write code.

Since Mayor Fulop took office, nearly 9,000 jobs have been created and the administration has successfully attracted new business sectors, including the clothing and media industries with both Nautica and Forbes Media relocating offices to Jersey City.  Jersey City is also making a faster unemployment recovery than all other New Jersey urban areas due to Mayor Fulop’s policies, with 50 percent faster job growth than New Jersey and 62 percent faster job growth than the nation as a whole, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics for the twelve months ending September 2014.

“The development of STEM fields is key to the continued prosperity of our country,” said Leonard J. Sciorra, Ph.D., professor of applied science and technology at Saint Peter’s University. “The planned STEM project, located in this beautiful setting, in a state that has been a leader in the development of so many STEM breakthroughs, is a wonderful step in maintaining the country’s commitment to scientific innovation, education and entrepreneurism.  The project will place Jersey City at center stage in the ongoing efforts to train scientists, promote new technologies and create new 21st century businesses to employ our citizens.”

Other major cities have launched similar sci-tech and education partnerships to increase entrepreneurship and job growth. For example, Cornell NYC Tech, a plan developed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is under construction on Roosevelt Island, through a partnership between Cornell University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

SciTech Scity is also planned to feature a science-themed hotel with 135 rooms and a visiting scholars residence for up to 275 scientists, entrepreneurs, and college students, further establishing the center as a destination.

The project is expected to create approximately 2,526 construction jobs during its development, and once complete will create 594 permanent jobs, of which a significant portion will be expected to go to Jersey City residents.

About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot not-for-profit learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. LSC is the most visited cultural institution in New Jersey with 600,000 visitors annually and the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area. Liberty Science Center’s partners include the State of New Jersey, Google, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Johnson & Johnson, Bell Labs, JPMorgan, ExxonMobil, Merck, PSE&G, BASF, Ernst & Young, ADP, Prudential, Bank of America, and PNC.

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:fulop::

"As we continue to grow as a city with as you can see, exciting news impacting every corner of the city weekly, I wanted to share with you some significant news from today. From the press release below, we continue to reshape the city's skyline not only with significant development for the first time in decades within Journal Square, but today we are moving forward with construction of the largest building in NJ. It is also the most ambitious condo project within the state.

It is exciting times in Jersey City as our policies continue to lead the city towards the front of the state in job creation, construction, and as a destination for arts/culture.

Steve"


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City of Jersey City Announces Plan for 95-Story Building that will be New Jersey’s Tallest as Fulop Administration Continues to Develop a World Class Skyline


 Most Significant Condo Project in State’s History Speaks to Strength of Jersey City Housing Market and Fulop Administration’s Success at Creating Record Construction Boom

JERSEY CITY – Already home to seven of the state’s ten tallest buildings, the City of Jersey City today announced an ambitious plan for a 95-story residential tower that at 950 feet would be “by far the tallest building in New Jersey, dramatically remaking the Jersey City skyline,” according to Mayor Steven M. Fulop.

With 760 condominium units, the development, by China Overseas America, Inc. at 99 Hudson Street, is also the most significant condo project ever in the State, illustrating the strength of the Jersey City housing market and demand for homeownership. The project will also include approximately 18,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, and provides for additional public spaces and plazas, including 7,365 square feet of passive park space.

Jersey City is currently experiencing the greatest construction boom in the City’s history due to the Fulop administration’s success at improving public safety, lowering taxes and creating a thriving community where people want to live, work and invest.  In 2014, Jersey City led New Jersey in residential construction starts with more than 6,000 units under construction and another 18,000 approved.  Jersey City is projected to become New Jersey’s largest city by 2016.

“This is another milestone moment for Jersey City,” said Mayor Fulop.  “Our plan here is to continue building a world class skyline and to continue leading the region in job creation with projects like this, and we couldn't be more excited to attract hundreds of millions of dollars of investment into the city.  This project is going to further put Jersey City on the map.”

Currently, the tallest building in New Jersey is in Jersey City – the Goldman Sachs tower at 781 feet at 30 Hudson Street.  Trump Plaza, at 532 feet, is the State’s tallest residential building and is also in Jersey City.  One of the three towers being developed as part of the Journal Squared Project by KRE is expected to be the second tallest residential building in the State behind 99 Hudson at 729 feet when completed.

“We are committed to developing this iconic project on Jersey City’s waterfront,” said Cindy Xiu, President of China Overseas America, Inc.  “This is indicative of the continuing growth of Jersey City and the administration’s vision to make this best mid-sized city in America.”

The last large-scale condominium project in Jersey City was Crystal Point, which opened in 2009 with 269 units.  While rental projects have continued to flourish in recent years, this is the first large-scale condo project in six years.

“The real estate market in Jersey City continues to grow at an unprecedented rate,” said Linda Cantatore, President of the Liberty Board of Realtors.  “Jersey City is the place more and more people are choosing to live, and as this project demonstrates, there is a demand for both rental and condominium properties.  This development will be a catalyst for even more condo projects as we see an increased demand for homeownership.”

The Planning Board will vote on the redevelopment plan change Tuesday night before heading to the City Council for approval. The Planning Board would then vote on final site plan approval, with China Overseas America, Inc. anticipating construction to commence late spring.


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Real-estate agents criticize Jersey City's new plan to crack down on code violators
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on January 20, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Jersey City officials are looking to embark on an aggressive new plan to ensure homes are compliant with local zoning rules.

But the measure, up for initial approval at tonight's Planning Board meeting, would be a "disaster" if implemented, according to critics who say it would bring the city's real-estate market to a standstill.

The plan would require most property owners to obtain a zoning certificate of compliance before they can sell their properties, obtain building or demolition permits or perform any kind of site improvements. The certificate would be issued by a zoning officer who certifies that the property complies with city zoning codes.

Ward B City Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal is pushing for the measure, saying it would help the city to locate illegal apartments and other code violations, as well as offer protection for home buyers.

Ramchal said the plan would halt what he says is a widespread practice of home owners duping buyers into purchasing homes without telling them about code violations like illegal parking spots or rental units.

Each certificate would cost $150. Ramchal estimates the added revenue would exceed $250,000 annually.

Ramchal said not all homes would have to be inspected — the city's chief zoning officer would know if a certain house has violations or not, he said — and that one or two more zoning officers would be needed to carry out the extra inspections.

Real-estate agents say it would create an unacceptable "lag" during a house sale.

"It would reduce the number of sales in Jersey City by maybe 25, 30 percent," said Joe Hottendorf, executive director of the Liberty Board of Realtors, a group representing agents countywide.

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:fulop:: "I wanted to share with you an innovative project that Jersey City is undertaking with JCMC-Barnabas Health and United Hatzalah. Our goal is to get sub 2 minute response time to 911 calls once scaled up to which we would by far be the fastest in the country. We are using mobile technology to re-invent how we respond to calls." 

"The sign up link and TED talk to see how they do this in Israel is included within the press release that explains the entire program below (which is the best way to understand how this will work).

So...think UBER, think AirBNB, think how technology can reinvent and improve currently accepted practices but we need your help to sign up and get started

Link: and Press Release below
http://www.unitedrescue.us.
Steve"


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Jersey City to Launch Community Focused 911 Responder Service To Expand Existing EMS; First in the USA Modeled after Israel

Jersey City will be Fastest Response Time in Country; Goal of sub 2 minute response


JERSEY CITY – Today, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, United Hatzalah and the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health are partnering to launch the first of its kind in the country of a mobile app based community response system for ambulatory calls. The program, known as Community Based Emergency Care (CBEC), is modeled after the highly successful Israeli community-based emergency care program United Hatzalah, which is described here: https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_beer_the_fastest_ambulance_a_motorcycle?language=en.

Initially, Jersey City will target 100 volunteers to launch the program. The volunteers will complete a course on basic emergency response provided by Barnabas; the volunteers will be outfitted with emergency response equipment, and will have a mobile app linked into the city’s EMS 911 system.

 “The idea is simple and it leverages technology. As an example, if a 911 call comes into a high-rise building for a heart attack victim on the 10th floor, why should we not try to bridge the response time to provide help if we know there is a doctor or someone who can help on the 5th floor? Rather than waiting for the ambulance to arrive and the doctor hearing the sirens, we will notify certified personnel, provide them with a real-time GPS locator so they can bridge the response time until an ambulance arrives. This system will be the first to leverage the community working with technology,” said Mayor Fulop.

Jersey City’s CBEC program will be funded completely through philanthropic donations raised by a group of United Hatzalah contributors and others (organized under United Rescue to deploy the model around the United States and the rest of the world).  It will come at no cost to the taxpayer or the Jersey City Medical Center.

“We have seen how effective this program is in Israel and we are excited to be the first city in the United States to launch such an innovative, life-saving program,” said Mayor Fulop. “When every second matters, we want to deliver the fastest, best medical service to our residents so we can save more lives. Using this technology and effective system, we can reach more people in critical life or death situations.”

The difference between life and death for someone suffering from a heart attack, stroke, choking, drowning or other accident is often determined by how quickly help arrives.  Now (anywhere outside of Israel), a child could be choking in her apartment -- while someone who could save her life might be, unaware, relaxing in his home a block away. 

An office worker could be suffering from a heart attack -- while someone who could save his life might be, unaware, in a meeting a floor below.   This lack of information exchange, Mayor Fulop, the leadership of Jersey City Medical Center and United Rescue believe, should no longer be the difference between life and death.  The goal of the CBEC program is to ensure that there is always a cadre of trained and equipped volunteers, who can be instantly located and dispatched from the 911 operator and on any scene in the city immediately.

“We are constantly working to enhance public safety, whether that means hiring more police officers and firefighters or redeploying personnel to the areas they are needed, and this is the next step in that process,” said Mayor Fulop.  “We are adding another layer to our public safety network to ensure residents are provided the highest level of service and at no cost to the taxpayers.”

In an emergency, residents will simply continue to call 911, where dispatchers will immediately deploy both an ambulance and a CBEC.  The United Rescue technology uses a GPS-enabled mobile app to track and deploy the nearest volunteer responders who are able to quickly navigate through dense urban areas on ambucycles or on foot -- whichever is fastest.

CBEC volunteers begin treatment in order to stabilize a patient’s condition until the JCMC EMS arrive on the scene, with an objective of reaching patients within 150 seconds from the time of the emergency call to treatment. The national standard for ambulance response times is eight minutes and 59 seconds; the Jersey City Medical Center ambulance response time is approximately six minutes.

“Jersey City Medical Center looks forward to working closely with the City of Jersey City to ensure that residents have the quickest possible response time in medical emergencies,” said said Joseph F. Scott, FACHE – President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center—Barnabas Health. “We are always exploring new methods and technologies to guarantee we are on the cutting edge of technology.”

 All of the United Rescue volunteers will either live or work in Jersey City, increasing the benefits of being part of the Jersey City community.  The City and the JCMC anticipate training volunteer medics by mid-February with the ability to deploy by July 1.  The long-term objective of the program is to have a cadre of 250+ trained volunteers throughout Jersey City, enabling victims of trauma anywhere to be treated within moments.

“Because of the leadership of Mayor Fulop and the Jersey City Medical Center EMS, Jersey City is poised to become the first city in the United States to deploy a system of community-based emergency caregivers that will enable residents and visitors who suffer from trauma to be treated on the right side of the moments that separate life from death, ” said Mark Gerson, Chairman of United Hatzalah.

As in Israel, the program aims to include volunteers from all sectors of Jersey City’s diverse community. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Jersey City Community Based Emergency Caregiver can register at the program’s website at http://www.unitedrescue.us.

Volunteers will undergo a 60-hour training course, receive CBEC app and medical equipment, and will be a vital part of the local emergency responder community, helping saving the lives of neighbors in times of need.

The United Hatzalah program was established in 2006 in Israel and currently fields more than 2,500 trained volunteers who respond to more than 200,000 emergency calls annually. 

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