HUDSON REPORTER BRIEFS

North Bergen officials gave out Basketball Clinic Awards on March 23.

Second accomplice pleads guilty in Jersey City murder-for-hire scheme

The second accomplice in the 2014 murder-for-hire scheme of Jersey City resident Michael Galideri has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in it.

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George Bratsenis of Connecticut pleaded guilty with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire. He and another accomplish, Bomani Africa, were solicited by political consultant Sean Caddle to murder Galideri in his apartment. He faces a potential sentence of life in prison.

Weehawken ends rent freeze

According to Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, letters should be going out the next week or two, with the rent freeze ending effective April 1. The rent increase for 2021 is 1.8 percent. While Turner said the township will deal with the 2022 increase later, that increase will be 2.5 percent.

Hoboken doctor and man arrested for illegal drug sale

A Hoboken doctor from Hoboken University Medical Center and her partner were arrested for illegal drug sales, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Serge Corporan was charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and Elizabeth Johnson, the doctor, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and MDMA/ecstasy.

North Bergen man charged for unlicensed physical therapy practice

Kim Pozharsky, a 48-year-old from North Bergen and the CEO and Founder of Personal Care Professionals sports rehabilitation and medical wellness center, was charged with the unlicensed practice of physical therapy, according to the prosecutor’s office. Personal Care Professionals is also known as First Step Solutions, Inc. and or Kinu, Inc.

On March 14, Pozharsky was processed at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for three counts of third-degree unlicensed practice of physical therapy. He was later released on his own recognizance pending a future Central Judicial Processing Court hearing. The charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Hoboken releases Sinatra Drive survey

Hoboken released an online survey to begin the public visioning process for the redesign of Sinatra Drive from Fourth Street to Hudson Street. Survey responses will help the city and project consultants to create concept designs for the waterfront street’s redesign, which will be presented at a public meeting later this spring.

The survey can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/SinatraDriveRedesignSurvey, and will close on April 6.

Senator Menendez touts $250k for EV charging stations in Hoboken

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez visited Hoboken to tout $250,000 for electric vehicle charging stations in the city, which was earmarked from the recent federal spending bill signed into law. Hoboken plans to add at least six more EV stations this year to have up to 22 across the city.

Authorities investigating a crash on Kennedy Boulevard

On Sunday, March 20, at approximately 8:01 a.m., the North Bergen Police Department responded to the area of Kennedy Boulevard and 26th Street on reports of a motor vehicle collision, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Responding officers found the occupants of a Honda Accord, a 19-year-old Union City man and a 15-year-old female, had suffered serious injuries. Both were transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center, where they continue to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit determined the Honda Accord was traveling north on Kennedy Boulevard and struck multiple parked vehicles between 18th Street and 26th Street before crashing into a telephone pole. The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Department are actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip. All information will be kept confidential.

Smorasgburg set to return to Jersey City

Smorgasburg, a weekly open-air food market, is set to return to Jersey City on April 2 at Harborside Place at Hudson St. For a list of vendors, visit www.smorgasburg.com.

Taste of Hoboken

“A Taste of Hoboken”, a fundraiser to support the Hoboken Community Center, is returning this year on June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maxwell Park, featuring local restaurants, drinks and entertainment. For more information, visit www.hobokencc.org/a-taste-of-hoboken.