Anthony Romano

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Anthony Romano

District 5

BIO: Source - Hudson County Freeholders Website

A lifelong resident of the City of Hoboken, Anthony L. Romano has dedicated his life to advancing the interests of the public.   Currently, Freeholder Romano serves in the rank of Captain with the Hoboken City Police Department, where he has continued to make our neighborhoods safer for thirty years.

Freeholder Romano was an advocate for children long before taking his oath to represent residents at the county level.  Examples of his service to local youth include a former teaching career at Hoboken High School and current commitments as the President of the Hoboken Babe Ruth League and the Chairman of the Hoboken Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol.

Also, Anthony was proud to serve on the Hoboken Board of Education from 2006–2009, where he ensured the betterment of the public school system for students.

Furthermore, Freeholder Romano encourages academic achievement, having graduated from St. Peters College with a B.A. in History and M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. He later went on to complete the Command and Leadership Program at West Point and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Peter’s College.

Hoboken Police Union appeals 9 Hoboken police demotions to the state

Ken Ferrante left work at the Hoboken Police Department on Friday a lieutenant and returned today a sergeant.

"It feels awkward," said Ferrante who was formerly a commander of three community policing bureaus and is now a first line supervisor over one four-member unit.

Ferrante is one of nine senior officers who have been demoted effective today as part of Mayor Dawn Zimmer's police redeployment plan that she has said will save taxpayers on the city's high personnel costs.

The city recently reported over $2 million in savings through the plan.

In response, the PSOA - the senior police officers' union - is appealing the decision.

THE STAR-LEDGER: HUDSON COUNTY FREEHOLDERS SHOULD DROP JAIL CONTRACT APPEAL

The solution is so simple that the stubbornness of the Hudson County freeholders could lead people to believe there is something shady going on with a five-year, $22 million medical services contract for the county jail.

At every level, the courts have instructed the county to rebid the contract, but instead, freeholders are running up taxpayer costs by filing costly (and fruitless) appeals.

HUDSON COUNTY HANDED THREE STRAIGHT COURT LOSSES, CONTINUES APPEALING FLAWED $22 MIL CONTRACT

Hudson County was defeated twice in court last week over a controversial $22 million medical services contract it gave a politically connected bidder.  Wednesday a two judge panel of the New Jersey Appellate Division refused the county’s request to stay a previous court decision throwing out an amendment to the awarded contract.   The New Jersey Supreme Court later similarly refused to issue a stay.

Despite the consecutive court rulings, the county continues to appeal.

Superior Court Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli rules against Hudson County freeholders in pay-to-play lawsuit

Superior Court Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders should have sought new bids rather than drastically reducing a contract to provide medical services at the county jail and juvenile detention center.  

Superior Court Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli voided that amendment in a written decision Tuesday, saying the Board of Freeholders shouldn't have awarded the contract in the first place.

In his 14-page opinion, Gallipoli said allowing the amended contract to stand "would allow for the award of a contract which was never really put out for public bid."

Pay-to-play contract suit to be heard, $1,000 political donation made to Freeholder Anthony Romano

Hudson County Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow on whether Hudson County improperly awarded a contract for prison medical services.

CFG Health Systems of Evesham filed a suit last month accusing the county of circumventing the law when it awarded the contract to a campaign donor to a freeholder and a former county employee.

A $1,000 political donation made to Freeholder Anthony Romano should have disqualified the winning company from bidding, CFG contends, adding in other counts that the whole process violated the Local Public Contracts Law. CFG officials say they believe their suit is the first to use the state's pay-to-play law to challenge a contract.

Judge questions Hudson County's 'rush' to award prison contract

A superior court judge today questioned why the county rushed to award a prison medical services contract before getting the report of an expert it had hired.

“Why was there a rush to enter into the contract when they were spending money on an expert to see if the original contract was too much money,” Superior Court Assignment Judge Maurice Gallipoli asked attorney Edward J. Florio today.

The county Board of Freeholders hired Chicago doctor Ron Shansky in March to review its proposal for medical services at the county jail and juvenile correctional facility after bids came in high.

Hoboken Government

Now that the Hoboken Mayoral election is finally behind us, we can get back to monitoring Hoboken Government. 

Some important website changes are in progress.  This site will be monitoring all aspects of Hoboken government and will include the following areas; 

ELECTED OFFICIALS:

  • Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano - District 5 - Hoboken
  • Hoboken Mayor 
  • Hoboken City Council

 

APPOINTED AND STATUTORY OFFICIALS:

  • All "appointed" Hoboken City Officials
  • All "statutory" Hoboken City - Licensed employees

 

MORE SLAMMER JAM! Jail contract spurs pay-to-play lawsuit

Hudson County is in the cross-hairs of what may be the state's first pay-to-play lawsuit, a challenge to a $22 million contract for medical services at the jail and juvenile detention center.

CFG Health Systems of Evesham is accusing the county of circumventing the law when it awarded the contract to a campaign donor and former employee.

A $1,000 political donation made to Freeholder Anthony Romano should have disqualified the winning company from bidding, CFG contends, adding in other counts that the whole process violated the Local Public Contracts Law.

Anthony Romano takes office as Hoboken's county freeholder

Hoboken Police Capt. Anthony "Stick'' Romano was sworn in this morning as the city's representative on the Hudson County Board of Freeholders, the county government's legislative body, The Jersey Journal is reporting on Hudson County Now.

Romano replaces Maurice Fitzgibbons, who decided against running last year for a sixth three-year term as the representative for the 5th Freeholder District.