Government

July 10, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ – With the nation’s once a decade census count delayed by the COVID-19 public health crisis, Hudson County lawmakers are joining in a call to prepare for a temporary extension of the New Jersey’s redistricting process whereby New Jersey legislative seats are apportioned across the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - In a move that could pit civil liberties against public health, Jersey City will require anyone entering a municipal building to undergo a temperature scan. In a first in the nation move, Mayor Steven Fulop has ordered the installation of state-of-the-art body temperature ...

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WASHINGTON, NJ - Federal legislation that would extend the eviction moratorium for those impacted by COVID-19 to March 27, 2021, as well as expand it to cover all renters, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-180, with the support of Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ-08). The bill, ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Councilman James Solomon has given an update on Jersey City’s continued fight against COVID-19, including regarding new rules on gatherings, appointment-free testing opportunities, and the opening of Hamilton and Van Vorst Parks. On Friday, Governor Murphy updated his own ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Faced with a lawsuit that city attorneys said could not be won, a divided Jersey City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract that will lead to the installation 72 5G poles. Council President Joyce Watterman said the legislative body was helpless to do anything but ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Expecting to get reimbursed through the federal CARES Act, the city council voted earlier this week to approve a $750,000 contract for COVID-19 testing to Bio Reference Laboratories of Elmwood Park. Of this, $300,000 will be used for antibody testing.  “This is different ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - The federal government has to do more to in the way of financial assistance to help lift communities, health care providers, workers, and families out of the economic downturn brought on by the spread of COVID-19, Congressman Albio Sires said Friday with his vote in favor of the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Although the Jersey City council introduced a rent control ordinance at its May 6 meeting, a second stricter ordinance authored by Councilman James Solomon will be introduced at the May 18 meeting that would include additional properties not currently regulated under existing rent ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - More questions about new 5G technology caused the Jersey City Council to delay the adoption of an ordinance that would give right of way for the installation and upgrade of 72 utility poles throughout the city to house on May 6. “We do not know enough to approve this,” said ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven M. Fulop said the proactive steps taken to aggressively address unprecedented financial hardships amid the current health and economic crisis are being cited by Moody’s credit rating as reason for a “stable” rating. The announcement comes as many other cities are ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City has seen a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases from a daily high of nearly 300 on April 18 to below 200 daily cases, according to city statistics. As of Monday, Jersey City has recorded 4,975 cases of COVID-19. Men made up nearly 64 percent of all the cases ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Councilman Rolando Lavarro visited Audubon Park early Monday to judge for himself whether the space was prepared for visitors. While praising local workers for their efforts up to that point, his verdict, after noting used gloves and other trash around the perimeter and on the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - City Council President Joyce Watterman announced Monday that the body will meet Thursday to consider the appointment of Yousef Saleh to serve the remainder of former Councilman Michael Yun’s term. Yun died April 6 from complications caused by coronavirus.  Saleh, a ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Concerns about the more powerful telecommunication upgrades called “5G”, as well as issues with the location and the types of poles on which the equipment is being installed, may result in the Jersey City council refusing to adopt an ordinance continuing the work. The ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ -  While discussions on the varying measures continue, members of the Jersey City City Council appear poised to take action on rent freezes and a ban on late fees at their next meeting. An initial ordinance crafted by the Fulop Administration was introduced in early April to ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Saying that the bill contained numerous important provisions that he and his Democratic colleagues fought hard to include, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) voted in favor of an interim stimulus package, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, that went before the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City will reopen five local parks as a first step to safely help residents restore their routines through outdoor exercise and recreational activities while adhering to social distancing measures, Mayor Steven M. Fulop said Saturday. The parks will be open for residents to ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - In an effort to save local taxpayers over $1 million as residents continue to face the economic impact of COVID-19, Mayor Steven M. Fulop has proposed the elimination of the Jersey City Open Space Trust Fund tax for 2020. On Wednesday Fulop asked the council to do away with the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - In order to review all possible candidates to fill the council seat vacated by the death of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, the Jersey City Council pulled a resolution that would have voted on the replacement earlier this week. Yun died on April 5 as a result of complications ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - While New Jersey state officials have continued to grapple with how to support tenants possibly having difficulty paying their rent during the COVID-19 crisis, Jersey City is wrestling with potential changes to its rent control ordinance that could dramatically reshape the real ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced the death of former Councilwoman Viola Richardson Friday. “These times are hard,” Fulop said in a tweet. “We are so sad to share the passing of former Councilwoman Viola Richardson.” Fulop served on the city council with Richardson for ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced Monday that city employees with more than 15 years of service with Jersey City will be offered a voluntary separation package. The effort comes as one of the first steps local officials are taking to combat the anticipated $70 million budget impact ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - After a long battle with COVID-19  which he is reported to have contracted during a trip to Korea two months ago, Ward D. Councilman Michael Yun died Monday. “He was a great coworker and a tireless advocate for the people of Jersey City,” said Mayor Steven Fulop in a tweet.

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County and local municipalities will share $9.3 million from the first of federal stimulus monies earmarked to help deal with the economic fallout caused by COVID-19, according to a Thursday announcement by U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City officials have released a COVID-19 dashboard for residents to track the progress of the virus. As of Thursday, the city has recorded 841 positive cases and 20 virus-related deaths. Mayor Steven Fulop said the city has performed more than 1,000 tests since opening ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Council members Rolando Lavarro and Michael Yun were absent from the city council’s first on-line public meeting on March 25 after Lavarro tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and Yun was admitted to an intensive care unit showing symptoms. Lavarro self-isolated himself at ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven Fulop joined public safety and health officials in unveiling two city-run testing sites for Jersey City residents Friday. While indications show the death toll from the virus might not reach the original horrific estimates, the virus poses a serious public health ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City may be vulnerable to future lawsuits as a result of a city council vote to approve a $918,000 contract for the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP). In a meeting held online in efforts to adhere to current social-distancing protocols, the council ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven M. Fulop and health officials announced Wednesday that the city is increasing humanitarian efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic by expanding lifesaving services for the homeless - including the reopening of free public showers, supplying meals and personal hygiene ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Although Jersey City has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, it will implement a curfew for night clubs, restaurants, and other public venues, and cancel all public gatherings sponsored by the city, Mayor Steven Fulop has said. At a Thursday press conference held at the Hudson ...

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