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Ex-Hoboken finance aide pleads guilty to stealing 10G from nonprofit bank account

Kathryn Kinney

Kathryn Kinney, who was employed by Bayonne accounting firm Donohue, Gironda & Doria and assigned "full-time" to the Hoboken Finance Department as a financial specialist, pleaded guilty in Monmouth County Superior Court for stealing more than $10,000 from a nonprofit organization.

Before working for Hoboken, Kinney, 42, was working as the executive director of the Poricy Park Conservancy in Middletown.

Investigation of Toms River man leads to plea from Hoboken parking official

The former head of the Hoboken Parking Utility, who authorities say conspired with a Toms River man to steal coins from meters, has been indicted by a state grand jury.

John P. Corea, 45, used his position as head of the municipal parking authority in Hudson County to skim more than $600,000 from meters over the course of nearly three years beginning in June 2005, according to authorities. The indictment, handed up Friday, charges him with first-degree counts of conspiracy and money laundering as well as official misconduct, theft and misapplication of government property.

NJ Attorney General Indicts Hoboken Parking Utility Official

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2009

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director

Former Director of Hoboken Parking Utility Charged with Conspiring with Contractor to Steal More than $600,000 in Parking Meter Funds from City of Hoboken Contractor from Toms River pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.1 million

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TRENTON – Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that John P. Corea, former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, was indicted today on charges that he conspired to steal more than $600,000 in parking meter revenue that he allegedly split with a Toms River contractor whose company was hired by the City of Hoboken to collect coins from city parking meters.

Former Hoboken Parking Utility Director John Corea indicted on $600K theft

John Corea, former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility, was indicted today on charges that he stole $600,000 from Hoboken. He is shown in January demonstrating parking in the re-opened robotic public parking garage on Garden Street in his own Corvette. The former director of the Hoboken Parking Utility has been indicted on charges he conspired to steal more than $600,000 in parking meter revenue.

State Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the indictment against John Corea, 45 of Hoboken, today.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer hires Michael Kates as new Hoboken attorney

oboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has hired Michael Kates as the city's new corporation counsel, she announced today.

Steve Kleinman, who has served as corporation counsel since April of 2007, has resigned as of Monday, to go into the private sector, but will serve in a transitional capacity as an assistant corporation counsel through Jan. 15, according to to a news release from Zimmer.

Kates, who is currently a partner at Kates Nussman Rapone Ellis & Farhi, will start the position Monday, according to Zimmer spokesman Daniel Bryan.

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.

OPRA copying fees: Freedom of Information, but at a steep charge

Want a copy of that municipal budget so you can see how your money is being spent? Want the minutes to that meeting to see how the mayor and council or freeholders voted on a particular issue? Okay, but they’re going to cost you.

Governments and agencies, with the help of the Legislature’s hazy wording in the state’s Open Public Records Act of 2001, have been charging copying fees that are more than five times the actual costs.

At a time when elected and appointed officials are being investigated by the dozens, taxpayers should be encouraged to dive into the murky waters of local, county and state government. But exorbitant copying costs are discouraging them.

The law allows most agencies to charge at least 75 cents per page for the first 10 pages, 50 cents per page for the next 10 pages, and 25 cents for each additional page. That means a 20-page document costs a taxpayer $12.50.

That’s about 10 times what a copy chain charges.

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.

State Commission of Investigation has put 4 Hudson County municipalities under fire for fiscal waste

Four Hudson County municipalities - Harrison, Hoboken, Union City and West New York - got smacked in the State Commission of Investigation report on fiscal waste in municipal government that was released Tuesday.

Harrison took the biggest hit, with more than a half-dozen examples of spending and employee perks the report considers excessive - including the $241,851 paid to former Administrative Clerk/Deputy Municipal Clerk Marion Borek when she retired after 61 years with the town, the bulk of it for 881 days of accumulated unused sick leave.

Lenz to represent 4th Ward, Council picks polemic pol; ‘open process’ probed

Michael Lenz has meandered his way through Hoboken politics since the early 1990s, and now he will return in a pivotal role as the interim City Council representative for the 4th Ward – the powder-keg southwest corner of town where public housing projects meet condo palaces.

He fills the seat that was vacated by new Mayor Dawn Zimmer on Nov. 6.

A special election for the 4th Ward seat will be held with the general election in November 2010, according to the city. And the seat will be up for election again in May of 2011.

Lenz is one of the most controversial figures in town, but after intense debate, procedural protest, and legal consideration, he was appointed to the seat at the seven-hour council meeting this past Monday.