JC man sentenced for $3.4 million scam
Antonio Fasolino, 62, of Jersey City, was sentenced on Jan. and faces 29 to 37 months in prison for swindling two investors of $3.4 million by falsely representing that his businesses had secured lucrative contracts to sell olive oil to major retailers, said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Fasolino pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael Vazquez to all four counts of indictment charging him with three counts of wire fraud and one count of transacting in criminal proceeds. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence in Newark federal court.
Crime prevention cameras increased
Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea said Jersey City has expanded its new CCTV camera system with the installation of 42 additional cameras in eleven high crime areas. Phase III of the CCTV project will be fully completed this spring, which also includes extending fiber optic lines for continued expansion.
In 2018, Phase II of the CCTV project was completed, bringing the total of CCTV cameras installed and implemented to a total of 166 cameras citywide. With 42 more cameras, the new 208 cameras are operating at 5-times more clarity compared to the city’s former 1-megapixel technology.
Volunteers needed for blood drives
New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), which supplies blood to hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to help at blood drives. The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of the blood collection team whose task it is to assist donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed and have the willingness to follow the rules. For additional information contact, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Manager of Community Relations & Volunteer Services Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906.
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Gov. Murphy signs LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum legislation
Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a law requiring Boards of Education to include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
This law would require that LGBTQ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, are included and recognized for their significant historic contributions to the economic, political, and social development of New Jersey and the United States. Specifically, this legislation would add LGBTQ people and individuals with disabilities to the existing list of underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, which are covered by current law related to inclusion in textbooks and other instructional materials in schools.
This law would bring classroom materials into alignment with Core Curriculum Content Standards by ensuring that students receive diverse instruction in history and the social sciences, which will cultivate respect towards minority groups, allow students to appreciate differences, and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to function effectively with people of various backgrounds.
Storm water utility legislation advances
The New Jersey Legislature in early January passed legislation which will enable local governments to create storm water utilities to help manage storm-related pollution and flooding. This legislation now goes to Gov. Murphy for his consideration.
“Handling storm water is a complex problem. It requires a multifaceted solution,” said Jane Kenny, Jersey Water Works’ co-chair. “Recognizing the importance of maintaining storm water infrastructure, and providing the funding to do so, is necessary to prevent flooding from taking an even bigger toll on New Jersey families and businesses. Storm water utilities are one key way to accomplish this”
New Jersey’s storm water management infrastructure is increasingly not able to handle the volume of storm water generated by more and more severe storms. The resulting flooding frequently leaves New Jersey roads closed, basements filled with water, and businesses having to account for the extra costs associated with damaged products and lost productivity. This bill, if signed, will provide local governments with a new tool to address this problem.
NJ Transgender Birth Certificate Law Takes Effect
The “Babs Siperstein Law” went into effect on Jan. 30, allowing transgender and non-binary New Jerseyans to update their birth certificate to match their gender identity without invasive, outdated, or burdensome “proof of surgery” restrictions.
“The Babs Siperstein law is a historic, life-changing moment for transgender New Jerseyans,” said Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino. “New Jersey has always been a leader for LGBTQ equality, and this law moves us one step further in bringing dignity, respect, and affirmation to every transgender person in our state. I’m grateful to Governor Murphy and our lawmakers—both Republicans and Democrats—for ensuring that equality reaches everyone in New Jersey.”
The Babs Siperstein Law, named for New Jersey transgender activist Barbra “Babs” Siperstein and advocated for by Garden State Equality, was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 3, 2018.
The law streamlines the process for New Jerseyans to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, removing the outdated, burdensome, and invasive “proof of surgery” requirement; adding a third gender option (“X” for non-binary/undesignated); and removing the provider certification (e.g. – letter from a therapist) and replacing it with Self Attestation. This allows many in our state, including transgender, intersex, and non-binary people, to have full recognition in New Jersey.
Saint Peter’s basketball weekend will be Feb. 22-24
Saint Peter’s Athletics has announced its inaugural Jersey City Basketball Weekend in conjunction with the anniversary of Jersey City’s incorporation on Feb. 22.
A city full of diversity, art, and tons of athletic talent, Jersey City has been home to the Saint Peter’s Peacocks for 147 years. In honor of the city’s 181st birthday, Saint Peter’s will host a Jersey City Basketball Weekend from Feb. 22-24, with home games for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Saint Peter’s athletics department is offering two free tickets for both games to any Jersey City resident who registers at saintpeterspeacocks.com/jerseycity.
The celebration begins Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. when the women’s basketball team takes on Fairfield. The festivities continue on Sunday, Feb. 24 when the men’s basketball team faces off against Niagara at 2 p.m. Both games will be at the Yanitelli Center, 870 Montgomery St., Jersey City.
For more information, contact Marketing & Communications Assistant Anna Pitingolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cunningham, Kean bill will create campus sexual assault commission
Legislation sponsored by Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission, cleared the Senate on Jan. 31.
The bill, S-778, would establish a commission comprised of 12 members to study and evaluate emerging issues, policies and practices concerning campus sexual assault. The twelve-member commission would include experts, stakeholders, members of the public and at least one campus sexual assault survivor.
The commission would meet quarterly to address emerging issues and provide recommendations periodically to policy makers. They would also develop and administer campus climate surveys and create recommendations based on the findings of the surveys.
According to a report by the New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault released in June 2017, approximately 20 percent of undergraduate women experience sexual violence while on college campuses around the nation, most often in their first year of school. Data also shows that a larger number of undergraduate students, particularly women, are impacted by sexual violence while on campus.