Three Bayonne men admit connection to gambling operation
Three city men admitted to their roles in a racketeering conspiracy through their participation in an illegal online gambling enterprise, according to a press release from the United States Attorney, District of New Jersey, on July 30.
Mark A. Sanzo, 56, Robert J. Scerbo, 56, and William A. Bruder, 44, all of Bayonne, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to separate information charging them with one count of racketeering conspiracy, according to the release from the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
According to documents filed for the case and court statements:
Beteagle.com was a website located in Costa Rica and was allegedly used to facilitate illegal online sports betting in northern New Jersey and elsewhere. Sanzo, Scerbo, and Bruder each admitted, according to the release, that they conspired with the criminal enterprise to commit racketeering acts; the illegal sports betting operation, and that they and their co-conspirators profited from this criminal venture.
At their sentencing, Sanzo, Scerbo and Bruder each face a maximum potential punishment of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, the release further stated.
Bridge weekend closure for work on ‘Raise the Roadway’ project
The Bayonne Bridge will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, for work on the "Raise the Roadway" project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.
Bayonne Medical Center parent company and union come to terms on tentative contract
The owners of CarePoint hospitals in Bayonne and Jersey City and the union representing the bulk of Bayonne Medical Center’s workers came to tentative, one-year contracts for both facilities on Thursday, July 31.
Officials of CarePoint and the Emerson-based Health Professionals and Allied Employees forged the new collective bargaining agreements, a union spokeswoman said. The contract at Bayonne Medical Center was due to expire July 31.
The new Bayonne agreement, which would expire on June 30 next year, was scheduled to be voted on this week by HPAE workers at Bayonne Medical Center, union spokeswoman Jeanne Otersen said in a written statement.
“This is an agreement that reflects our priorities as caregivers in both the Jersey City and Bayonne communities, and an agreement that will help us recruit and retain qualified staff for both hospitals,” said John Bauer, a registered nurse and president of the HPAE local at Bayonne Medical Center.
There are about 800 nurses and health care workers represented by the union at the Bayonne hospital.
City Burger King part of regional cancer fund drive
Local Burger King customers can help fight cancer through Sept. 7 by contributing $1 to the Jimmy Fund through the A Chance for Kids & Families program at the Burger King restaurant at 1088 Broadway in Bayonne.
The effort is part of a drive in six New England states and throughout New York and New Jersey.
With each contribution, customers will receive a promotion card guaranteed to be a winner, with prizes including all-inclusive vacations, American Airlines miles, theme park tickets, Valvoline Instant Oil Change discounts and free services, and prizes from Burger King.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to raise funds that will help so many people through our partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” said Jim Froio, a Burger King franchisee. “Cancer touches every family and it means a great deal to the Burger King community to be able to work toward saving lives and furthering critical cancer research through this program.”
Elks Lodge sponsoring racetrack foray
The Bayonne Elks Lodge will be hosting a bus trip to Monmouth Park Racetrack on Sept. 13.
Tickets are $35 and include transportation, admission to the track, and breakfast at the lodge, which opens at 8 a.m., before the bus departs at 9:30 a.m.
“It’s Trucktoberfest at the track, so you can purchase your lunch and alcohol from the vendors or bring your own cooler,” a spokeswoman said.
The fundraiser benefits the Elks’ National Foundation. For more information, call (201) 589-4344.