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Former Hoboken Mayor Anthony Russo died on April 19 at the age of 74. (see brief.)

Cracking down on distracted driving

North Bergen supports the Distracted Driving 2021 Crackdown. A certificate was presented to Police Chief Peter Fasilis affirming his commitment.

Gonnelli unopposed

Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and a slate of incumbent council members are running unopposed for re-election. Councilmen Bill McKeever, Mark Dehnert, and Robert Costantino are running with Gonnelli as independents.

June 8 is the last day to file. The election will be held in November.

Teens can register for vaccine

The county has launched a campaign, including a video message from the county executive, and texts with information to schedule vaccine appointments.

To book at the county site in Kearny visit hudsoncovidvax.org.

 Former Hoboken Mayor dies 

Former Mayor Anthony Russo died on April 19 at age 74.

He served as mayor from 1993 to 2001 helping revitalize Hoboken and the waterfront.

“Hoboken is the great place it is today in large part thanks to his vision for our City,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Russo is survived by Hoboken 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, retired Hoboken Police officer Nicholas Russo, and Hoboken Police Officer Anthony Russo.


Calling all artists


The Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corporation seeks creative proposals for public art installations within the Central Avenue shopping district. Selected artwork will be commissioned for installation in the late summer or early fall and paid upon completion.

The submission deadline is Friday, July 30.

All artists interested in participating must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is available online: www.JCHeights.com.

A hard copy of the application can also be obtained from the CASID office.

To learn more, visit www.JCHeights.com


Stevens Institute of Technology will require COVID-19 vaccines


Stevens Institute of Technology will require all members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall.

The decision, announced by university President Nariman Farvardin, was based on input from faculty, staff and students, along with the expanded eligibility for and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This requirement will allow Stevens to plan for a fully in-person, on-campus academic year starting with the fall 2021 semester, including in-person classes, on-campus research and a full range of social events and activities.

All students, full and part-time, as well as faculty and staff who are required to be on campus, must be inoculated with a COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall.

Limited exemptions will be considered and the process for requesting an exemption will be communicated by the Division of Human Resources for Stevens employees and by Student Health Services for Stevens students.

For more information visit https://www.stevens.edu/vaccine


Man wanted in Hoboken shooting apprehended


Police arrested a Paterson man for the alleged attempted murder of an Amazon employee that took place in Hoboken in October 2020.

On Monday, April 19, 2021, Paterson resident Corey Ferguson, 27,  was arrested for the Criminal Attempt Murder of the 32-year-old Newark man.

He is charged with Criminal Attempt Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, and Endangering an Injured Victim.

With the cooperation of the Paterson Police Department,  Ferguson was placed under arrest and transported to the Passaic County Jail.

Ferguson is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Third man charged in 2019 Jersey City arson


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Arson Task Force has arrested and charged a third person in an arson fire at La Tribu Minimart on Princeton Ave. in Jersey City on June 9, 2019.

Jersey City resident Jeremiah Lane, 29, is charged with Aggravated Arson and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Arson.

Officers arrested Lane on Monday, April 19,  at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City after he turned himself in.

In October of 2020, the two owners, Amado Gonzalez-Abreu, age 38, and Francisca Duran-Tejada, age 47, of Jersey City, were also arrested and charged with the arson.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department for their work on the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Regional Arson Task Force at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

The above charges are merely accusations. Lane is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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