A taskforce arrested more 27 people in a series of raids across Hudson County on May 29 as part of the “Operation Safer Summer” program. Officers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Frank Schillari, conducted a warrant sweep for subjects wanted for felony crimes.
“This warrant sweep is the result of a lengthy investigation into criminal activity throughout Hudson County, and the efforts today by all the officers assigned to this multi-agency roundup were incredible,” he said. “Today’s arrests speak volumes about the dedication of our officers to taking dangerous criminals off the streets and preserving the safety of our citizens.”
Hudson County Sheriffs were joined by officers from the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey State Patrol, and Homeland Security.
Arrests took place in Bayonne, Jersey City, West New York, and Hoboken and covered a range of charges from sexual assault to possession of drugs and firearms.
Sheriff’s officers alerted local police in each town before making the raids, said Bayonne Police Chief Ralph Scianni. “But this was their operation.”
“This is the second year the sheriff’s department has been involved in this,” said Sheriff Department spokesman Michael Makarski. “These are people who were not accessible other times so the officers went to places where they lived or worked to apprehend them.”
He said there were additional arrests made later in the day.
Board of Education to review photo/movie policy
A parent complaining about the content of a photo shoot at Bayonne High School last month will result in a review of the policy for content, said Board President Bill Lawson. Bayonne High School is a popular location for a variety of movie and photo shoots and serves as a revenue source for the school district. But one parent said her daughter, a student at the school, showed her the photos taken during a shoot at the school, which she labeled nearly pornographic. Lawson said the school tries to anticipate content when it gives approval but will look more closely at the policy for future projects.
Housing vouchers issued for victims of Superstorm Sandy
In support of Governor Christie’s commitment to help New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents, the Christie Administration today announced that more than 700 Section 8 Special Admissions Housing Choice Vouchers have been provided to date to low-income families displaced by Superstorm Sandy. The federally funded housing vouchers average approximately $9,840 per year per household and are designed to help residents, who cannot return to their homes because of damage caused by Sandy, move into more permanent housing.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Assistant Commissioner Ana Montero and New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez joined other state and local officials today in Asbury Park on the boardwalk to highlight the importance of the program. Also on hand was a Sandy-displaced resident who received a Special Admissions voucher and is moving into housing that meets her needs.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated people of all socioeconomic levels,” said Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “The Christie Administration quickly set aside Section 8 vouchers to ensure they have the resources necessary to get into good housing and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.”
The Administration earmarked 1,000 Special Admissions vouchers from the DCA-administered Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in December 2012. The HCV program provides decent, safe and sanitary housing to very low-income households in the private rental market by reducing housing costs through direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. The Special Admissions vouchers are funded through existing program dollars that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the DCA.
To date, 714 Special Admissions vouchers have been issued to eligible households. Of those, 318 have either moved into permanent housing or are nearly leased. Staff from the DCA is diligently working to help those voucher recipients still engaged in a housing search locate available rental housing that meets their needs. Staff is also continuing to review voucher applications for eligibility.
More information on Special Admissions Section 8 vouchers can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/announcements/pdf/faq_sandy.pdf on the DCA website.