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In a light rain, young men and women gathered on the steps of City Hall on March 7, wearing crisp new dress uniforms and brandishing their new police badges. They were 25 of the latest recruits to the Jersey City Police Department, who were sworn in among much hoopla and cheers from families and friends. Mayor Steven M. Fulop said these recruits bring the size of the department to 922 officers, the largest in two decades, and the new cops are one of a number of moves meant to demonstrate his commitment to public safety. “We have made rebuilding the police department a priority since day one, and while there is still more work to do, we are proud of this new class of officers, and of where we are today with our police department,” said Mayor Fulop. ”We will continue to build the department and with each new class we hire, we will be able to increase foot patrols with officers interacting directly with members of the community, enhancing public safety and strengthening community relations.” Click here for more.

In Hoboken, after residents gave feedback at a meeting last August on a proposed toddler playground at the public Maxwell Park on the waterfront, the designers returned March 2 to present three concepts. There’s already a playground at the park, on Sinatra Drive near 11th Street, that looks out at the waterfront. But it caters to older children. Apple Montessori School and the city have hired Suburban Consulting Engineers Inc. to add to the playground. “This project is part of a proposed private/public partnership with Apple Montessori Schools,” director of Environmental Services Leo Pellegrini in August. “Their foundation, the Seth Morris 9/11 Foundation, approached the city about wanting to donate additional equipment for the park in the form of a toddler park. They have paid for all of the expenses for the planning so far. And if this project has community backing and also the support of the City Council, they will pay for all the equipment and the construction as well.” Click here for more.

Two weeks ago, at the Feb. 14 council meeting, Secaucus resident Michele LaRue urged officials to adopt legislation making the town a “sanctuary city.” Sanctuary cities are municipalities that refuse to work with federal immigration agents to locate undocumented immigrants in their jurisdictions, unless they’ve committed a serious crime. Union City and Jersey City recently declared themselves “sanctuary cities” to stand up to Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants who commit crimes, fearing that others will be detained in the process. But at the most recent council meeting on Feb. 28, two other residents spoke against the idea, and Mayor Michael Gonnelli confirmed the town will not become a sanctuary city. Click here for more.

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