Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Nutley Gifted and Talented Specialist Maryann Woods-Murphy to be Honored at Annual Racial Justice Awards

HACKENSACK, NJ -- The YWCA Bergen County’s 5th Annual Racial Justice Awards will be held at Hackensack Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. 

The event honors trailblazers who work to make a difference in the community, in the hopes of eliminating racism, while promoting peace, justice freedom and dignity for all people. 2018 honorees include: Al Stawsky, ...

Bill Aimed at Stopping Teacher Predators Signed Into Law

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Jay Webber’s landmark legislation stopping child predators in schools from easily changing jobs was signed into law April 11 by Governor Phil Murphy.

“This is a huge victory for our children, their parents, and our state,” said Webber (R-Morris) in a statement. “This landmark legislation creates safer schools and prioritizes the ...

Hackensack Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Threats Against Livingston High School

NEWARK, NJ – After pleading guilty on Friday to making social media threats against Livingston High School and others in 2016, John Coulouris, 19, of Hackensack, was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey State Prison by the Hon. Mark Nelson, Judge of the Superior Court, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino.

Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Giordano, who handled the ...

Former Gov. Florio, gun violence activists, offer blueprint

NEW BRUNSWICK - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun control is unthinkable. But 40 years ago, it was not a big ...

Former Newark Police Officer Convicted of Impersonating a Cop

NEWARK, NJ –Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted of Eddie Gonzalez, 39, of Newark of impersonating a law enforcement officer and making false reports against an ex-girlfriend.

A jury convicted Gonzalez of four counts of making false reports and one count of impersonating a police officer following a trial before the ...

NJ Attorney General Issues Directive on School Violence Threats


TRENTON, NJ – In the wake of the deadly Valentine's Day school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and teachers dead and other recent mass shootings, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has issued a statewide law enforcement directive to clarify that when local law enforcement agencies receive tips about suspicious activity related to terrorism or threatened ...

Thousands March for Our Lives in Parkland

PARKLAND, FL - Thousands of Parkland residents and friends from near and far marched on Saturday in Parkland to call for action regarding gun violence in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy.

Prior to the march, Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said, "Whether you are marching today or not, regardless of your political views, we all strive for the same goals - safe and ...

Thousands rally in Newark as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives

Newark, NJ—Thousands of protesters converged on Newark's Military Park today as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives demonstrations calling for an end to gun violence. 

Led by students from around New Jersey, the Newark rally was just one of nearly two dozen marches taking place across the state, and one of hundreds of protests across the United States, pushing for ...

United States Post Office Mailboxes Burglarized in Passaic Valley Towns 

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — Local police departments responded to burglaries and thefts involving United States Post Office blue collection mailboxes Little Falls at 229 Main St. and Woodland Park at 1017 McBride Ave. on March 16. Little Falls Police said that unknown actor(s) pried open the mailboxes and took the contents of each. 

These burglaries are now under investigation with the U.S.

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