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Clean Elections needs scrubbing

The commission charged with overseeing the state's Clean Elections pilot project held a post mortem this week at Brookdale Community College.  This year's pilot project, conducted in the 13th and 6th legislative districts, was an unmitigated failure.

If it's 'open,' why not videotape it?

Jersey Journal Editorial
Monday, November 28, 2005

There was an interesting state appeals court ruling Wednesday that will probably be closely read by Hudson County's municipal officials involving the rights, or rather lack of rights, to videotape open government meetings.   The three-judge court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit by a Camden County man who claimed he was wrongfully arrested for attempting to videotape two borough council meetings in September 2000.

Court revokes right to tape official forums

Taking back a right the public has had for 21 years, a three judge state appeals court ruled yesterday the New Jersey Constitution does not protect citizens who videotape open government meetings.  The court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit by a Camden County man who claimed he was wrongfully arrested for attempting to videotape two borough council meetings in September 2000.

Finance Department to be privatized. Council hopes for more efficient, cheaper bookkeeping

For years, Hoboken's Finance Department has received substandard reviews on city audits, especially for not adequately maintaining the city's books.

In an effort maintain better municipal records and save money, the council approved a $300,000 contract with Donahue, Gironda, and Doria - a Bayonne firm that specializes in municipal accounting - to privatize the city's Finance Department. The Doria in the firm is not related to Bayonne Mayor and State Senator Joseph Doria. The $300,000 contract, according to officials, is roughly the amount of payroll for the whole department.

FBI wants city files on project

In a widening federal probe into the business dealings of Democratic power broker John Lynch and his business partner, John E. Westlake, FBI agents Wednesday served New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill and the city with subpoenas, Cahill said Thursday.

The $70 million project was developed by Roseland Property Co. of Short Hills, Matrix Development of Cranbury and The Applied Cos. of Hoboken. The New Brunswick Development Corp.

Squeaky-clean start is goal of Corzine team

Gov.-elect Jon S. Corzine and the head of his transition team, Richard C. Leone, both said Thursday they hope to "set a tone" for the next four years with tight ethical standards from the start.

Corzine has pledged to cut down on the number of political appointees in the government work force, and Leone indicated his team would begin working on that goal.

"We're going to look into the numbers and the positions, as well as try to get a line on the quality of performance," Leone said. "It's not a disqualification to have come via the political route, but it does mean, I think, tightened scrutiny."

Council postpones rent control 'fix'

The city agreed last Tuesday to postpone imposing a controversial rent control amendment for up to 90 days - and the City Council may be mulling over some changes to the ordinance to avoid a court battle.

Referendum on rent control?

Longtime tenant advocate and former mayoral candidate Dan Thumpson warned City Council members that if they approved controversial changes to rent control, he would eventually beat them on the streets.

Well, the City Council went ahead and approved the amendment weeks ago and Thumpson made good on his promise yesterday when he dropped 70 pages of certified signatures at the City Clerk's Office, signaling the start of a referendum that threatens to repeal the changes.

FBI searches office of former Sen. Lynch

Documents from powerful Democrat and developer partner sought in corruption probe

FBI agents yesterday raided an office shared by former state Sen. John Lynch and a politically active developer, bringing into the open a longstanding corruption probe involving one of the state's most powerful political figures.

Bar's fate still awaits court date. Hearing rescheduled as business owner fights St. Peter's Prep over land

The Golden Cicada, located on the corner of Grand Street and Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, has become the center of media attention in recent weeks. 
 
If you approach the Golden Cicada Bar and Restaurant on Grand Street in Downtown Jersey City, you will be greeted by a sign perched above the fence:

"Hands off my property,

The ten Commanants [sic] says 'THOU SHALT NOT STEAL!'

Support the campaign to stop Eminent Domain here

If they can steal mine, yours could be next.