Census Bureau Director for the New York Regional Office Jeff Behler and members of the Hoboken City Council encouraged Hoboken residents to participate in the 2020 Census during the Jan. 15 council meeting. (see brief)

Hoboken urges residents to get counted

The Hoboken City Council adopted a resolution on Jan. 15 recognizing the importance of the 2020 Census.

The resolution supports Hoboken’s Complete Count Committee. The committee will host a Census Jobs Fair at Stevens Institute of Technology on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p,m., and a Census “Lunch and Learn” at Fox Hill Gardens on Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Visit the city’s Census page ( for more information.

Jersey City adds 15 new firefighters 

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea swore in 15 new firefighters last week, including Bruce Springsteen’s son Sam.

Since 2013, 204 new firefighters have been hired, bringing the total to 666.

“Our fire department responds to 1,300 fires a year,” Mayor Fulop said.

New chief of detectives makes Hudson County history

Keith Lamont Stith has become the first African American chief of detectives in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was promoted to Chief of Detectives of the Criminal Investigation on Jan. 9 after serving the past three years as the Deputy Chief for the Prosecutor’s Office.

Woman pepper-sprayed in Hoboken

The Hoboken Police Department seeks the public’s help identifying robbers who stole a backpack from a woman on Jan. 15 after spraying her in the face with pepper spray.

According to a press release from the police department, at about 9:06 p.m. a woman was robbed of her backpack on Bloomfield Street near 12th and 13th streets by two men.

One man was wearing a black down winter jacket, black pants with a white stripe down the side, and white sneakers. The second was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black winter jacket, black pants, and black sneakers.

The men were last seen fleeing southbound from the area.

If anyone has information that may help with this investigation, contact Detective David DiMartino at 201-420-2108 or or Detective Michael Miranda at 201-420-2118 or of the Hoboken Police Investigations Bureau. All callers remain anonymous.

Man found dead under overpass in Union City

An unidentified man was found dead under an overpass in Union City on Monday, Jan. 13, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

Hoboken police discovered the body at approximately 9 a.m. The body was found underneath an overpass near 14th Street and Manhattan Avenue in Union City, near the border of Hoboken.

The cause and manner of death have yet to be determined by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating the case alongside the Union City Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at

Hoboken Police arrest two people for alleged attempted burglary

Hoboken police officers arrested Jersey City residents Lovett Rodriguez, 29, and Bayla Martinez, 24,  on Saturday, Jan. 11 at about 8:48 p.m. after they allegedly attempted to burglarize vehicles in western Hoboken.

Rodriguez was charged with attempted burglary and resisting arrest. He had five warrants for his arrest, three from Jersey City, one from Hoboken, and one from Ocean County.

Martinez was charged with attempted burglary, obstruction, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She had four warrants for her arrest from Jersey City, Paramus, Wayne, and Union.

Rodriguez and Martinez are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Register for Weehawken Free Public Library’s ‘Baby and Me’ story time 

The Weehawken Free Public Library will begin registration for its popular Baby and Me and story time classes on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  A limited number of spots are available for Weehawken residents only.

Register in person or by call 201-863-7823 beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 28.

Proof of Weehawken residency and the child’s birth certificate or passport are required.

Residents who register by phone must bring their documents to the first class.

For details, call the Library at 201-863-7823 and ask for the 2nd Floor Circulation Desk.

2020 U.S. Census open house in North Bergen

A job fair for the 2020 census will be held in North Bergen on Jan. 27. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Hudson Community Action Corporation at 400 38th St., Suite 214, Union City.

Applicants are required to have valid U.S citizenship and a valid SSN. Those interested must pass a background check..

Bill calling for measure of Global Warming now Law

A bill seeking to reverse the effects of climate change was signed into law by Gov. Murphy on Monday. The legislation requires New Jersey’s state agencies to use a 20-year time horizon, versus the 100-year time horizon, to calculate the ‘global warming potential’ and environmental impact of greenhouse gases.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) was a sponsor of the bill.

Menendez, Latino Pastors Coalition Kick-Off 2020 Census Campaign, Urge Everyone to Get Counted

On Jan. 13, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and the New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers, representing 375 churches and more than 37,000 parishioners across the state, kicked off a yearlong effort to ensure everyone in the Hispanic community gets counted in the 2020 Census.

Trusted clergy and civic organizations will play a an out-sized role in 2020 to encourage greater participation due to the unique challenges Hispanics face. Sen. Menendez said this is due to President Trump’s harmful immigration policies that have fostered fear of government throughout the community.



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