Via Jersey City surpasses one million rides

Via Jersey City has surpassed one million rides since its introduction in February 2020, the city of Jersey City announced. The shuttle service serves about 50,000 people per month, according to the city, with most of them being those that are lower-income and people of color.

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According to the city, 61 percent of riders primarily use the service to go to work, school, or for doctor appointments and healthcare. The most common pickup and dropoff points include the city’s public transit hubs that connect to New York City and other Hudson County cities.

Fire sinks yacht in Hudson River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating what caused a fire that sank a yacht in the Hudson River on August 20. The 48-foot vessel caught fire in the waters between West New York and 72nd Street in Manhattan.

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Hoboken man charged after BB rifle involved in dispute with construction workers

A Hoboken man was charged for aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon after having a dispute with construction workers that involved a BB rifle near Stevens Institute of Technology, the Hoboken police announced.

Michael Jasmine of Hoboken had surrendered to police after having a dispute with the workers on 5th to 6th on Hudson Street over what time street construction began, according to Detective Lieutenant Johnathan Mecka. A rifle style BB gun was recovered during the investigation.

$170k grant announced for West New York EMS

Rep. Albio Sires has announced over $170,000 in federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding for West New York Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.

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North Bergen distributed school supplies to residents in need

NB C.A.R.E.S. in conjunction with Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township of North Bergen once again held their annual back-to-school drive, distributing school supplies to local children and families on Monday, August 29. More than 850 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to residents.

The giveaway is held each year shortly before school starts, with residents invited to the Recreation Center to pick up whatever they need for the school year. Kids get to select their own backpack from among hundreds of options, and fill it with pens, pencils, markers, crayons, folders, notebooks, glue sticks, erasers, sharpeners, scissors, hand sanitizer, and more.

Sacco and Commissioners Hugo Marenco and Allen Pascual visited the site to greet residents as they picked up supplies for the upcoming school year. Also on hand were representatives from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, handing out safety items for kids, and the North Bergen Health Department, distributing free vaccines.

The distribution was organized by NB C.A.R.E.S. Coordinator Aimee Focaraccio with the help of the North Bergen Recreation Department, NBPD, and numerous volunteers.

Secaucus man arrested again for alleged car burglaries

On August 25, at 2:14 a.m., a Born Street resident called the Secaucus Police Department and reported that an individual allegedly burglarized his parked vehicle and allegedly attempted to burglarize five other vehicles, also on Born Street. Police reported that nothing was taken from the vehicle that was entered, but noted that it was left unlocked.

Patrol Division officers worked collaboratively with the Detective Division and arrested Joshua Muniz, a 28-year-old of Secaucus, at the Rodeway Inn Motel on Route 3 East at 3:23 a.m. Muniz was charged with burglary and five counts of criminal attempt to commit burglary, and was lodged in the Hudson County Jail.

This was the second time Muniz was busted for alleged burglary in Secaucus. On June 12, Muniz allegedly attempted to burglarize and allegedly did burglarize vehicles on 3rd Street and was charged with two counts of burglary and four counts of criminal attempt to commit burglary.

“This arrest is another clear example that bail reform needs to be reexamined to better ensure that individuals are not given the opportunity to commit additional crimes while on pretrial monitoring,” Chief Dennis Miller said. “I again remind residents to be vigilant, lock their vehicles, and report any suspicious activity to the Secaucus Police Department.”

Anyone with additional information on these burglaries is asked to contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at 201-330-2052 or These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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