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He added: "What do you want me to do? Do you want me to call for their resignations?"

Yes please.  TIA.

+1.  He's essentially a lame duck until this is resolved through the courts.  It would be better for all, including him, if he stepped down so he can concentrate on his own problems and let someone else worry about the problems of Ward B
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He added: "What do you want me to do? Do you want me to call for their resignations?"

Yes please.  TIA.

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:fulop: breaks silence on DWI arrest of Jersey City councilman
« Reply #14 on: 03-18-2015, 12:53pm »
:fulop: breaks silence on DWI arrest of Jersey City councilman
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM, updated March 17, 2015 at 7:32 PM

JERSEY CITY -- Mayor Steve Fulop broke his silence today about the DWI arrest of one his City Council allies, though he didn't say anything his spokeswoman hasn't already said on his behalf.

Fulop, speaking to The Jersey Journal after the annual Det. Marc DiNardo Jersey City St. Patrick's Day One Block Parade this afternoon, said the city is "looking into the facts" of Ward B Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal's Saturday arrest.

Asked whether he thinks Ramchal should step down from the council, Fulop repeated what city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said in the aftermath of Ramchal's arrest.

"We're investigating it and, again, after the facts are there, we'll discuss appropriate actions," he said. "I have nothing else to say other than that."

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Fulop built his political brand railing against using City Hall for politicking, double dipping and personal use of city vehicles. Today, he said his views on those topics have not changed, despite the actions of his council allies. The city will take "appropriate actions" if anyone does anything improper, he said.

"At the end of the day, I can't control anybody on the council," Fulop said. "They are each individually elected and how they view things or mistakes they make or positive things that they do are judged by the voters. That's how the process works."

He added: "What do you want me to do? Do you want me to call for their resignations?"


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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #13 on: 03-17-2015, 10:23am »
KIYC: Jersey City councilman had history of vehicle policy violations
March 16, 2015 7:09 PM

Jersey City Councilman Chico Ramchal has a history of driving vehicles with unauthorized lights and sirens according to a report. (3/16/15)

JERSEY CITY - A Jersey City councilman allegedly involved in a drunken driving accident over the weekend has a history of driving public vehicles with unauthorized red and blue emergency lights flashing, according to emails obtained by News 12 New Jersey. And when Jersey City officials took the councilmans city vehicle away last year amid concerns about his driving habits, a city spokesperson says Councilman Khemrak Chico Ramchal simply circumvented city policy by obtaining a new SUV from an independent authority the city could not regulate.

Ramchals vehicle slammed into a taxi Friday night at the intersection of Communipaw and West Side avenues in Jersey City. Police say a Breathalyzer indicated Ramchal had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit. Witnesses tell police the SUV was also sporting red and blue emergency lights, which were turned on at the time of the crash. The vehicle was registered to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, of which Ramchal is a board member. The authority would not comment on whether it was aware the vehicle had been equipped with emergency lights, who had installed them, or why.

But emails obtained by Kane In Your Corner show that just over a year ago, Jersey City officials took away a city SUV from Ramchal amid concerns he was misusing the emergency lights on that vehicle. In an email, the citys then Public Works director ordered Ramchal and Councilman Daniel Rivera to please return your vehicle to public works (because) the vehicle has unauthorized lights and siren. The emails indicated the vehicles would be replaced with similar vehicles without sirens to be used during on-duty hours only.

Rivera replied to say that he would comply at once. But in an apparent reference to Ramchal, adds I want to be very very clear I completely respected the fact that I am not a public safety personnel and would never cross that line, adding I respect my city way too much to makeyou all look bad by being a loose cannon like my other council colleague. Rivera did not return calls seeking comment.

Mayor Steve Fulop also had no comment on the emails, but his spokesperson, Jennifer Morrill, says the vehicle Ramchal drove in the crash was issued by an autonomous agency circumventing the city policy without approval. This is another reason why the mayor will look to get the council this year to support eliminating the JCIA.

Ramchal, meantime, took to social media to apologize for his drunken driving arrest and to say that he will take part in a counseling program. Ramchal did not return calls, however, asking about his apparent history of driving with emergency lights on, as if he were a police officer or other first responder.

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Officials told about Jersey City councilman unauthorized use of emergency lights before crash
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 17, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Top city officials were told one year ago that Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal had unauthorized emergency lights and a siren in his city car, according to an email obtained by The Jersey Journal.

The officials, including Public Safety Director James Shea, received the email on March 14, 2014, exactly one year before Saturday's three-car collision that led to Ramchal's arrest on a DWI charge. A witness told police that at the time of the accident Ramchal had red-and-blue emergency lights activated on his vehicle, a different one than the one cited in the 2014 email.

Sources tell The Jersey Journal that Ramchal routinely used the emergency lights on the car he was driving Saturday, a 2013 Ford SUV, while using it for personal business.

State law restricts the use of emergency lights by unauthorized vehicles not responding to an emergency. Oren Dabney, executive director of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, which owns the car Ramchal was driving on Saturday, did not return a request for comment. Asked whether Ramchal was authorized to use emergency lights, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said only emergency personnel on their way to emergencies are authorized to use emergency lights on their vehicles. Read more

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Jersey City councilman facing DWI charge apologizes, says he will seek counseling
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM, updated March 16, 2015 at 2:31 PM

JERSEY CITY - Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal told The Jersey Journal today he plans to seek counseling in the aftermath of his drunken driving arrest on Saturday, and is apologizing for his behavior that night.

Ramchal, 39, told The Jersey Journal in an email that he has made an appointment to see a counselor "with regards to why I made such (a) huge error in judgment on the night of the accident."

"I take full responsibility for this incident, which I regret very deeply," he said in a statement issued by a spokesman. "I also want to thank all of the people who have contacted me and expressed their support and friendship. I have learned a valuable lesson and will never allow anything like this to happen again." Read more

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #10 on: 03-16-2015, 02:59pm »
Jersey City Councilman Chico Ramchal apologizes for drunk driving arrest
March 16, 2015 - Jersey City, News - Written by John Heinis

Jersey City Ward B Councilman Khemraj Chico Ramchal has apologized for his driving while intoxicated arrest Saturday morning in a statement released to various media outlets moments ago.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

I would like to apologize to my constituents and all of the people of Jersey City for my actions on Friday evening. I take full responsibility for this incident which I regret very deeply, Ramchal said in a prepared statement.

I made a mistake and will deal with the consequences through the legal system as well as participate in a counseling program.

I also want to thank all of the people who have contacted me and expressed their support and friendship. I have learned a valuable lesson and will never allow anything like this to happen again.

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #9 on: 03-16-2015, 12:33pm »
Why would a JCIA vehicle have emergency lights?  Do they chase litter bugs?  If so, they are doing a shite job.
"god hates you. you will all go to yuppie hell. in yuppie hell there is no starbucks or hole foods or sushi bar. in yuppie hell you will work 16 hours a day in a bodega. in yuppie hell your car will not start when the sweeper is coming down the street. in yuppie hell your doorman will terrorize you and have sex with your wife or husband...when you are at work....in the bodega. in yuppie hell you will go to the laundromat and lose your last quarter in a broken washing machine. in yuppie hell you will buy all your food and clothing at the 99 cent store. in yuppie hell there are no cell phones, you will use a pay phone. a filthy pay phone".      -   Cat_Man Dude

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Jersey City councilman accused of DWI was driving city agency SUV at time of arrest
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on March 16, 2015 at 12:10 PM, updated March 16, 2015 at 12:13 PM

JERSEY CITY - The vehicle Councilman Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal was driving in on Saturday when police say he was driving under the influence is registered to a Jersey City agency, state officials say.

Ramchal, 39, who was charged with drunken driving early Saturday morning after witnesses told police he ran a red light at Communipaw and West Side avenues, causing a three-car collision, was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer registered to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, according to the state Motor Vehicle Commission.

Ramchal was appointed last October to be a commissioner for the city agency, which manages the city's garbage and recycling collection. It's an unpaid gig.

JCIA Executive Director Oren Dabney could not immediately be reached to comment. JCIA Chair Maureen Hulings told The Jersey Journal she knew Ramchal used a JCIA vehicle, but referred all other questions to Dabney.

In a July 2014 commissioners meeting, Dabney said he wanted to install GPS trackers on all JCIA vehicles.

When Mayor Steve Fulop was a councilman, he made it something of a crusade to take city cars away from non-emergency personnel. One of his first announcements after being elected mayor in May 2013 was that he was restricting the use of take-home city cars, calling it a "wasteful practice." Read more

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #7 on: 03-16-2015, 10:21am »
Hey Chico - Red means stop.  They teach you that in driver's ed class in high school.  Remember?  Oh wait...

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #6 on: 03-16-2015, 09:51am »
I'm sure he was just moving the car for the street cleaner due to lack of off-street parking in front of his home.

If he had a curb cut for front yard parking this all could have been avoided. :drama:

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #5 on: 03-16-2015, 09:45am »
I'm sure he was just moving the car for the street cleaner due to lack of off-street parking in front of his home.

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #4 on: 03-15-2015, 01:33pm »
From the NY Post.

Alleged drunk driving Jersey City pol. crashes into NYPD Sgt.

By Natasha Velez and Laura Italiano

March 15, 2015 | 12:12am


An allegedly drunk-driving Jersey City councilman picked the wrong guy to smash into at a Jersey City intersection: an off-duty NYPD sergeant, who helped local cops pinch the pol.

NYPD veteran Sgt. Raymond Elie-Pierre, 48, was waiting at a red light at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when Councilman Khemraj Chico Ramchal careened past, causing a three-car crash, according to a police report obtained by The Post.

No one was seriously injured in the accident. Ramchal, 39, blew a .15 on

a breath test, almost twice the legal limit, police said.

Earlier in the evening, the councilman had been at a nearby catering hall for a St. Patricks Day party, The Jersey Journal reported. The councilman told The Post in an e-mail that he would beissuing a statement concerning the crash, but had not as of Saturday evening.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, cops said.
"god hates you. you will all go to yuppie hell. in yuppie hell there is no starbucks or hole foods or sushi bar. in yuppie hell you will work 16 hours a day in a bodega. in yuppie hell your car will not start when the sweeper is coming down the street. in yuppie hell your doorman will terrorize you and have sex with your wife or husband...when you are at work....in the bodega. in yuppie hell you will go to the laundromat and lose your last quarter in a broken washing machine. in yuppie hell you will buy all your food and clothing at the 99 cent store. in yuppie hell there are no cell phones, you will use a pay phone. a filthy pay phone".      -   Cat_Man Dude

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #3 on: 03-15-2015, 10:37am »
Okay, let's say Chico is a moderate drinker and weighs 150 lbs. To blow a 0.15% BAC at 12:30 AM, he would need to have consumed 12 beers (or 8 beers & 4 shots) since 6:00 PM. The variables may change but the results are the same - if you add x units of alcohol into y body in time you get (xyz!) Drunk.

I'm sure he'll be candid with the facts* as a sworn official his integrity is beyond reproach. The real lesson here is - how can this guy serve the public when he can't 'serve' himself?  And the emergency lights? :canteven:

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* Important to know how many since when. He could've had a 12 pack for lunch and nothing more all day. In which case he needs to visit Dr. Bob and Bill W.
« Last Edit: 03-15-2015, 02:02pm by CeeDub »

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Re: Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #2 on: 03-15-2015, 10:27am »
1. If he was on his way home there was no need to drive.  He lives a few blocks from Casino in the Park.  If you have feet, use them.

2. Why does he have emergency lights on his cars?  And why were they being used?  Was it his personal car or a city-owned car?

3. His subsequent use of the phrase "'very unfortunate accident'" irritates the shite out of me and shows a lack of remorse.  "Unfortunate" for who?  The person who was taken to hospital or his political career?
"god hates you. you will all go to yuppie hell. in yuppie hell there is no starbucks or hole foods or sushi bar. in yuppie hell you will work 16 hours a day in a bodega. in yuppie hell your car will not start when the sweeper is coming down the street. in yuppie hell your doorman will terrorize you and have sex with your wife or husband...when you are at work....in the bodega. in yuppie hell you will go to the laundromat and lose your last quarter in a broken washing machine. in yuppie hell you will buy all your food and clothing at the 99 cent store. in yuppie hell there are no cell phones, you will use a pay phone. a filthy pay phone".      -   Cat_Man Dude

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Jersey City councilman accused of DWI
« Reply #1 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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