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Bergen County Introduces Smoking Cessation Resources

January 18, 2019

Roughly 14 percent of New Jersey adults smoke cigarettes.  Although this number has decreased since 2010, multiple organizations are working to give those who live or work in Bergen County the tools and resources to make the commitment to quit.  Quitting isn’t easy, however an estimated seven out of 10 current smokers wish to quit.  Counseling and medication are both ...

Hackensack School Parent and Council Member Opposes Tuesday's Referendum

HACKENSACK, NJ -- As a parent of two and soon to be three public school children and a former educator, Hackensack Councilwoman Stephanie Von Rudenborg is taking a stand against a $170 million school construction referendum taking place this Tuesday.

“We all recognize that our schools desperately need major repairs and upgrades, but this plan creates adverse educational issues and is ...

Residents and Council Members Oppose $170M School Referendum

HACKENSACK, NJ -- A large group of residents voiced their opposition to a school bond referendum scheduled for a public vote on January 22 at the Hackensack City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

Mayor John Labrosse and several city council members also spoke out against the plan, which involves renovating every existing school and constructing a new Middle School next to the current high ...

Federal Officials Present as Bergen County Freeholder Board Appoints All-Female Leadership; First Latina Chairperson

HACKENSACK- Bergen County officials swore in incumbents Tracy Silna Zur (D-Franklin Lakes) and Steven A. Tanelli (D-North Arlington) for their third terms at the Freeholder reorganization meeting in Hackensack Monday night. The two won approximately 60% of the votes in a historically purple county during the 2018 midterm elections.

As their first meeting of 2019, known as a reorganization ...

Bergen County Clerk's Office to Honor 'Five Star Student' Every Three Months

HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Bergen County Clerk's Office is introducing an exciting new program called "The Five Star Student Award."

Beginning this month, Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan will honor one student from Kindergarten through College every three months. An award will be distributed in March, June, September and December of 2019.

"These outstanding students ...

Congressman Josh Gottheimer Sworn Into 116th Congress

WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) was sworn into his second term as federal representative. Gottheimer was joined by his family, including his wife Marla Tusk, daughter Ellie, and son Ben, as he took the oath-of-office.

“I’m honored to be sworn in for a second term to represent New Jersey’s Fifth District in Congress and I’m looking forward to ...

Bergen County Executive Tedesco Sworn in to Second Term in Hackensack

HACKENSACK, NJ – Earlier today, at Bergen County Academies, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco was sworn in to his second term, surrounded by family, friends and elected officials including U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

A former Paramus Mayor, then-Freeholder Tedesco unseated former County Executive Kathleen Donovan in 2014. This November, Tedesco defeated Republican County ...

Mayor Calls for School Bond Referendum to be Postponed

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Characterizing the Hackensack Board of Education's impending $169 million School Bonding Referendum as "one of the largest" in recent state history, Mayor John Labrosse today called on the district to delay the vote which is currently scheduled for January 22. Labrosse raised numerous concerns in a letter he sent to Schools Superintendent Rosemary Marks ...

HUMC Tower Approved by Hackensack Planning Board

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack University Medical Center received unanimous approval at last Thursday’s Planning Board meeting for a new 300,000 square foot patient tower to be built along Second Street.

The tower is set to serve as a replacement for the current inpatient operating rooms, as well as some existing ICU beds, while creating three floors of private rooms.

The ...

In Wake of East Brook Bus Tragedy, Legislation Passed to Ensure School Bus Safety

Four new bills were signed into law this week, making the Garden State an example for the rest of the country on school bus safety. The bills mirror federal legislation Gottheimer introduced earlier this year -- Miranda’s Law and the Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment Standards (SECURES) Act of 2018 -- in the wake of the Paramus bus accident in May that tragically killed two ...

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N.J. Department of Human Services: February SNAP Benefits to be Paid January 19

January 14, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

Recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive them on Jan. 19 on ...

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 13, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...