HOBOKEN BRIEFS
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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD – James Farina, Hoboken’s city clerk and a big Frank Sinatra fan, threw a party in City Hall last week for what would have been the singer’s 98th birthday. The party was attended by a handful of residents and Sinatra fans, who were treated to a peek at Farina and the city’s vast collection of Sinatra memorabilia.
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Reporter holiday ad deadlines, office closings

The offices of the Hudson Reporter will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2014, in observance of New Year's Day. The office will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.

Thus, the advertising and editorial deadlines for the Hudson Reporter newspapers will change.

For the Wednesday, Jan. 1 Bayonne Community News, the deadline for editorial content is Friday, Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. and the deadlines for classified and display advertising are noon that day.

Instead of the regular North Bergen Reporter, Secaucus Reporter, Weehawken Reporter, Union City Reporter, West New York Reporter, Hoboken Reporter, and Jersey City Reporter for Jan. 5, the Hudson Reporter will be publishing our annual county-wide “Year in Review” that Sunday. That special edition will not contain letters to the editor. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 27 at 9 a.m., for editorial content, and the deadlines for classified and display advertising are Monday, Dec. 30 at noon.

Former Hoboken public safety director awarded 440K in suit against city

The city of Hoboken’s former Director of Public Safety Angel Alicea was awarded $440,000 in retroactive salary Wednesday when a jury ruled that the city had discriminated against him prior to his resignation in April 2011.

On Friday, Alicea’s attorney, Louis Zayas, revealed that Alicea had withdrawn a claim for additional punitive damages because the city agreed to a settlement. He would not say how much the settlement was worth. The Hoboken City Council will vote on the settlement at a special meeting on Monday evening.

Alicea’s suit had alleged that the city and Mayor Dawn Zimmer discriminated against him because he is Hispanic and complained about improprieties in the police department that he was tasked with overseeing. An eight-member jury ruled 6-2 in favor of Alicea in his charge against the city, but absolved Zimmer herself of any wrongdoing by a 7-1 vote.

Zimmer testified that she asked for Alicea’s resignation after she felt that he’d lied to her about whether he'd met with Solomon Dwek, the federal informant involved in Operation Bid Rig, which resulted in the arrests of dozens of political figures. (There was no accusation that he accepted money, but simply that he failed to tell the truth to Zimmer that he had taken a meeting with Dwek.)

Zimmer has said in the past that she asked for Alicea’s resignation following the revelation that he had met with Dwek during Alicea’s run for City Council in 2009.

Zayas recently denied that the meeting, which Zimmer claimed took place in 2009, ever took place, despite an article in NJ.com saying it did.

"The jury obviously did not believe Mayor Zimmer when she testified that Angel Alicea lied to her in a meeting in 2009 regarding ... Solomon Dwek,” Zayas told NJ.com. "My client is a very hardworking man and a very proud man and a large part of this case was about clearing his name.”

As public safety director, Alicea earned $27,000 per year to oversee the fire and police departments on a part time basis. Following his resignation, former Jersey City police officer Jon Tooke was given the job on a full-time basis with an annual salary of $110,000.

The city’s spokesman, Juan Melli, declined to comment on the proceedings until the jury has concluded its full deliberations.

Enterprise CarShare comes to Hoboken and Jersey City

Enterprise CarShare announced the launch of its services in Hoboken and Jersey City last week. The city already has a different share program through Hertz.

“Our expansion into New Jersey will provide even more area commuters with a car share option that features up-to-date vehicles and first-rate customer service,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president of Enterprise CarShare. “As urbanization continues, car sharing plays an increasingly significant role in serving local transportation needs, and our service is poised for continued growth throughout the entire region.”

New Jersey CarShare users will have access to nearly ten types of vehicles, ranging from economy cars to minivans and SUVs, according to a press release. Additionally, for a limited time, Enterprise is offering to waive the application fee and one-year membership charge for any New Jersey CarShare members. New members will also receive $15 in driving credits.

“Because our car-sharing services are part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, we have access to newer, cleaner and well-maintained vehicles and offer a lower member-to-car ratio than any other car rental or car-sharing company,” said Johnson.

More information is available by visiting www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page, or by following @carshare on Twitter.

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