It was a busy week in the "City in Motion," with a major political kickoff event taking place in Hackensack, a cutting-edge medical procedure announced at Hackensack University Medical Center, a big win for the Hackensack High School Comets Boys Basketball team and much more! Check out our weekly recap of the stories that made news this week.
Top Democrats from across the state showed up this morning to endorse Bergen County Executive James "Jim" Tedesco as he announced his bid for reelection at Bergen County Democratic party headquarters on Hudson Street. Governor Philip D. Murphy, Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Congressman Josh Gottheimer were all present, as were county and local elected officials. Tedesco, a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years and former Paramus mayor, was first elected in 2014.
Hackensack University Medical Center is adding another notch to its belt, with the announcement that the hospital is now one of only three in New Jersey to offer a new cutting-edge stroke prevention procedure. Known as TransCarotid Artery Revascularization, or TCAR, the procedure is minimally invasive and can prevent debilitating strokes in patients suffering from blocked carotid arteries during treatment. The procedure was first performed on a patient at HUMC in November by David O’Connor, M.D., FACS, vascular surgeon and director of vascular research and assistant clinical professor of surgery at the facility.
James "JT" Taylor and his fellow members of celebrated R&B/Funk band Kool & The Gang will be celebrating good times soon as the group is set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Taylor, who was born and raised in Hackensack, will be joined by band mates Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown in recognition of their career penning and performing hits like "Steppin' Out," "Jungle Boogie," and of course their seminal number one hit "Celebration." The band will be officially recognized at a ceremony to be held in July in New York.
The Hackensack Comets Boys Basketball Team is on a tear, having advanced to the Oscar F. Thompson Jamboree quarterfinals last Saturday, and last night winning the Big North Freedom Division.
City Manager Ted Ehrenburg has officially terminated five members of the Hackensack Police Department who were involved in an illegal search of a Prospect Avenue apartment during an attempted drug bust, according to an announcement by the city. The five officers are Det. Rocco Duardo, Det. Mark Gutierrez, Det. Joseph Gonzales, Sgt. Justin de la Bruyere and PO Victor Vazquez. The termination is effective immediately, however the officers may seek to appeal the decision.