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Hoboken’s crime rates have held relatively steady for the past year, according to data released by the Police Department, which shows only slight increases and decreases in certain areas. Every year the Hoboken Police Department and police departments around the country submit data on their town’s crime to state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The overall crime rate rose from 21.01 index crimes per 1,000 residents in 2015 to 21.27 last year. And the violent crime rate decreased from 2.89 per 1,000 residents to 2.41 in 2016. Click here for more.

In Jersey City, Paul Hoffman, CEO of Liberty Science Center, has petitioned the City Council to donate 16 acres needed to develop a new high tech campus, something he said could generate as many as 100 high tech startup businesses and provide a rich educational resource for young people. Called “SciTech Scity,” the new campus would be located along Phillip Street in Jersey City’s Ward F, and could become a valuable educational tool for helping at-risk kids get a start in tech fields currently considered among the best future careers. Total estimated cost of the project is about $320 million, and LSC will have to raise about $78 million on its own. Click here for more.

In North Bergen, Save Latin America, a Union City based non-profit, held an Obamacare enrollment event at North Bergen’s Uptown Public Library on Saturday, Jan 14. The group, working with the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, wanted to enroll as many people as possible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (referred to commonly as “Obamacare”) before the Jan. 31 open enrollment deadline. The event came six days before Donald Trump, who made repealing the legislation a campaign promise, was inaugurated as president. It also came before a Jan. 17 report by the Congressional Budget Office claiming that repealing Obamacare’s major provisions would cost 18 million Americans insurance in the first year. The report also said the number of uninsured Americans would rise by 32 million in nine years, while causing premiums to double in that timeframe. Click here for more.