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Feb 20, 2017 | 486 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a move that could put a wedge between the Board of Freeholders and the Hudson County executive, immigration activists want the county to stop doing business with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the wake of President Trump’s executive order and the rise of the sanctuary city movement. Last July, the county renewed its agreement with the federal government to serve as a detention center for undocumented immigrants collected by ICE and awaiting hearings. Immigration activists are pushing to have the county – which serves as one of four detention centers in the state –stop hosting these immigrants. In a speech that appears to be a reaction to the activists’ push, County Executive Tom DeGise in his State of the County Address issued on Feb. 16 defended the county’s agreement with ICE. Click here for more. Union City has become the second municipality in Hudson County (after Jersey City) to designate itself a sanctuary city in the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order pressuring municipalities to report undocumented immigrants. The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the city as a sanctuary at its Feb. 7 meeting. The mayor of Jersey City had signed an order to become the first on Friday, Feb. 3. Although there is technically no legal definition of a “sanctuary city” certain towns have gone on the record in the last few decades as saying they won’t ask their police to cooperate with federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons, unless they are involved in serious crime. Click here for more. Meika Roberson, resident and chief medical officer of Hoboken University Medical Center, saw a local need for sexual assault training, particularly in this city of young bar patrons. “I thought, ‘What can we do to help the community better understand how sexual assault can occur, and how can we work together to proactively help prevent it?’,” said Roberson. She found out that education programs have been implemented in cities across the country to establish “safe bars” and educate tavern employees on how to see telltale signs of a potential sexual assault. She decided to try to implement a similar program here. “Raising the Bar: Hoboken Bar-Bystander Training,” a community awareness and accountability program aimed at curtailing violence and sexual assault, began with a meeting in December 2016. Click here for more.
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Plane crashes in Bayonne
Feb 19, 2017 | 509 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BAYONNE -- A small plane crashed in Bayonne on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd Streets on the morning of Sunday, February 19, injuring the pilot and causing damage to several vehicles and wires, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The pilot was taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, the BPD confirmed; no one else was injured. The crash remains under investigation. That block of Avenue E will remain closed until the investigation is complete and debris is removed from the road. The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management tweeted notice of the crash at 10:20 a.m., while another tweet from a Bayonne resident showed parts of the plane and front-end damage to a car.
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