Amazon will lay off 36 Jersey City employees and transfer 41 others to its offices in Newark and New York City, effective May 31, according to a story on njbiz.com, an online business journal.
Amazon employs around 100 people in Jersey City and more than 14,000 people throughout New Jersey, according to the story.
The company posted a WARN disclosure about the Jersey City departures on Thursday. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN Act, is a federal law requiring companies to make public layoffs of certain sizes under different circumstances. New Jersey also has its own WARN law requiring companies to file a public notice to be filed when 50 employees are being laid off or transferred.
The news comes as Amazon is searching for a second headquarters, with Newark among cities short-listed for that project.
The transferred employees will keep their jobs and pay. The laid-off employees work in Amazon’s consumer and retail businesses, a spokesperson said, and Amazon will try to find them similar jobs within the company.
JC hires deputy attorney general as new city attorney
Mayor Steven M. Fulop has announced the hiring of Deputy Attorney General Peter J. Baker as Jersey City’s Corporation Counsel. As a resident of Jersey City, and a former Hudson County assistant prosecutor, Peter Baker brings both statewide experience and local familiarity to one of the city’s most important positions. Baker will replace current Corporation Counsel Jeremy Farrell, who has led the city’s Law Department since 2013.
“After an aggressive and deliberate search for an experienced and dedicated candidate, I am beyond proud to announce the addition of Peter Baker to our team,” said Mayor Fulop. “As a deputy attorney general and former Hudson County assistant prosecutor, Peter’s work on high profile cases has exemplified the kind of skill, commitment and ambition that is perfectly aligned with our city and this administration. I look forward to working with Peter to continuing moving Jersey City forward.”
During his career as deputy attorney general, Baker’s role in the Official Corruption Bureau involved prosecuting criminal activity relating to public corruption, engaging in plea negotiations on behalf of the state, and directing and participating in investigations with Division and State Police detectives. In 2016, he received the Attorney General’s Award for “Excellence in Investigations” for investigation in the case of State of New Jersey v. Robert Schroeder.
The Fulop Administration’s efforts to root out public corruption most recently included ending the Jersey City Police Department’s off-duty program, which had led to corruption and misconduct going back several decades.
Baker will begin his service as corporation counsel on April 16. “I am tremendously honored and humbled by this opportunity,” said Peter Baker. “I am looking forward to serving the people of Jersey City and working on their behalf.”
Farrell will continue to serve residents of Jersey City as the executive director of the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority.
Low-cost spay and neuter program available
Recognizing the need in Jersey City for affordable spay and neuter services, local small business owners Jaclyn Fulop and Drew Nussbaum of Exchange Physical Therapy Group in Jersey City and Weehawken have teamed up with the non-profit Liberty Humane Society to establish the first low-cost spay and neuter program in Jersey City.
This will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Corgi Spirits, 1 Distillery Drive in Jersey City. The cost is $25 per person with sponsorship opportunities available starting at $500.
“When we learned about this situation and that a solution was within reach, we immediately knew we had to help,” said Jaclyn Fulop, co-owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group. “We have seen the benefits owning an animal can have, through our therapy dog Chloe, and want to make sure all of Jersey City’s dogs and cats have an opportunity at a good life. That’s what this program will provide.”
To help Liberty Humane Society reach its fundraising goal, Exchange Physical Therapy Group is hosting a fundraiser next week. The initial goal is to raise enough funds for the first year of the program, approximately $25,000, but to also create an ongoing donor base for subsequent years. The public is invited to attend and tickets can be purchased for $25 online at: www.exchangephysicaltherapygroup.com.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Exchange Physical Therapy Group and Jaclyn Fulop for this new, life-saving spay/neuter program,” said Irene Borngraeber, Executive Director of Liberty Humane Society. “The lack of affordable spay/neuter surgery in Hudson County has contributed to thousands of accidental litters and unwanted pets entering our shelter system. Making this life-saving procedure both affordable and accessible to pet owners in need is a momentous step towards creating a safer, more humane reality for Jersey City’s pets.”
For the first year of the program, Liberty Humane Society would be partnering with People For Animals (PFA) in Hillside to bring their mobile spay/neuter RV to the shelter in Jersey City to provide these public services, approximately twice per month (depending on public demand and PFA availability). Due to capacity and resources, the program is designed initially for large dogs (40+ pounds) and outdoor cats in colonies of 10 or fewer whose owners/caretakers reside in the contracted service areas of Jersey City and Hoboken. Eligible pet owners would pay $10 to spay or neuter their dog or cat.
Caribbean Carnival honors its 2018 grand marshals
On March 9, the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association, Inc. welcomed the Grand Marshals Class of 2018 to the family at the annual meet and greet reception.
These included Antigua’s Heather Spencer, Bermuda’s Marlene Butterfield, Cayman Islands’ Jill Jones, Cuba’s Dr. Andrea Perez-Smith, Dominican Republic’s Jennifer Hidalgo, Rafael Mata, Herminio Mendoza, Garden State of New Jersey’s Michael Gray, Iya Oseye Mchawi, Chief Dr Iwuozo L. Obilo, MD., Dominic Tamin, Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson, Guyana’s Counsel General Hon. Barbara Atherly, Tangerine Clarke, Haiti’s Micmo Eura, Auger Laguere, Isle of Jersey City’s Michael Billy Bosogno, Commander Tony A. Goodson, Nicholas “Nick” Jayme, Tommy Parisi, Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Councilman Jermaine Robinson, Robert “Bobby” Stewart, Dauod David Williams, Hudson County and Puerto Rico’s Freeholder Joel Torres, Hudson County’s Former Councilman Philip Kenny, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez, Paul Silverman, Jamaica’s Crystal Smith, Dr. Samuel Roy Walters, MD., Puerto Rico’s Juan and Lisa Cartagena, Lilli Romona Diaz, Trinidad and Tobago’s Dane Gulston, Freddie “Elvis” Hamilton, Austin Lyons “Super Blue”, Keiron Ottley, Kwasi Wahtuse, and Venezuela’s Mayor Hon. Alberto G. Santos.
To keep the momentum going, the grand marshals will be honored at the Founder’s Day Gala on Sunday April 8 at Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City. Early bird donations are $75 thereafter $100. This is part of events leading up to Carnival Weekend July 26-29. For more information text 2017579043 or call (201) 522-2649.
Jersey City makes peace with the Port Authority
The City of Jersey City and the Port Authority of NY/NJ announced on March 14 an agreement that resolves litigation and long-standing issues between the two government entities, representing what they called a new chapter of positive relations between them.
The agreement includes a $17.75 million payment from the Port Authority to the city for the ownership of a triangle parcel on Washington Street which will be the site of new PATH transformers. Both the city and the Port Authority will work on the design of the transformers to increase performance and reliability.
The agreement will also authorize the transfer of the Powerhouse Building on Washington Street from the Port Authority to the city so its rehabilitation can commence.
The Port Authority also agreed to a 70 percent increase in annual payment in lieu of taxes to the city for several properties, amounting to $1.7 million per year for a 10-year period, for a total of over $16 million.
The Port Authority will perform a feasibility study for a new Marion PATH station to take place over the course of one year. This would be a new station west of Journal Square that would accommodate large new proposed development in the Marion section of the city.
The agreement also includes the dismissal of all litigation between the two entities with prejudice.
“Today’s announcement of our agreement with the Port Authority is the major step in reshaping our relationship with an entity that is a major force in Jersey City,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “This resolution is a positive one for our residents, bringing over $35 million to Jersey City as well as a renewed commitment to several important projects.”
Reporter article on ‘fake news’ mentioned in Columbia Journalism Review
The March 4 cover story that appeared in several of the Hudson Reporter’s newspapers – “The truth about fake news” -- garnered more than 30,000 hits on the Reporter website in the five days after it was published, and was mentioned in a roundup of notable newspaper articles on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on March 7.
The story looks at the dangers of fake news both to individuals and to the country, how fake news about Hoboken spread nationwide after it was published, and how Donald Trump’s labeling fact-based news outlets “fake news” can make the country more open to propaganda.
To read the story, go to https://tinyurl.com/fakevsfactsHR.