Jersey City schools may see cut of $8.5 million in state aid
While not the drastic loss that some have predicted, Jersey City schools could see $8.5 million in state aid cut if a legislative compromise is approved. Local officials have been concerned about loss of state aid partly because a number of high profile abatements to new developments do not require payments to the schools. Previously, this was not an issue, because a large portion of the cost of running the schools came from state aid.
This year the state will give Jersey City $419 million in state aid. The Jersey City school budget this year is $673 million.
City loses appeal against former reval company
Jersey City officials have refused to comment on an Appellate Court ruling which affirmed a previous court’s ruling against the city, requiring the city to pay for an aborted reevaluation of property values in 2013.
Realty Appraisal Co. of West New York, won the bid to do a reval in 2013 under Mayor Jerramiah Healy and started the work only to have Steven Fulop cancel the service when he took over as mayor in July of that year.
Fulop claimed the firm had a conflict because a former city employee had taken up a job with the company, and use this as an excuse not to pay the $1 million fee, something two court rulings found invalid.
City spokesperson Jennifer Morrill said, “We do not comment on pending litigation,” suggesting that the city may seek further recourse in the courts.
Jersey City man fatally shot near MLK Drive
Alshaakir Talmadge, 20, of Jersey City, who suffered apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body during the incident, was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center on June 14.
According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Jersey City police officers on June 14 at approximately 10:10 p.m., responded to the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Union Street on a report of a male gunshot victim.
The officers found a victim on the sidewalk near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Union Street. Talmadge was unresponsive and was immediately treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Services. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by EMS where medical treatment continued. He was pronounced dead at approximately 11:40 p.m.
The cause and manner of his death are pending an investigation by the Medical Examiner. No arrests have been made and the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.
New sheriff’s officer suspended prior to being sworn in
Hudson County sheriff’s officer Kristen Hyman has been accused of conduct unbecoming a public employee and could face disciplinary actions because she allegedly appeared in bondage films more than five years ago, according to NJ.com.
In a published account, the department claims she allegedly received pay for private performances.
In court documents published by local media, Hyman said she never appeared naked or performed sexual acts, and simply did “stupid stuff she did as a kid.”
She compared her role to that of an actor, and said she never used her real name.
The department suspended her on May 26, claiming she failed to disclose her appearance in such films and allegedly exposed the department to ridicule.
Christ Hospital Holding ‘Lunch and Learn’ About Lung Disease on June 21
CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will hold its second free seminar about dealing with lung disease as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, June 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Subjects will include proper nutrition and food label reading. The event will include hands-on demonstrations and a question-and-answer period.
A free, healthy lunch will be provided for participants.
For more information, call Nancy Aleman, Director of Community Outreach, at (201) 341-1310.
Christ Hospital is located at 176 Palisade Ave.
WPA Music in the Park Series begins July 8
On Saturday, July 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. the Washington Park Association of Hudson County, Inc. (WPA) will hold an enchanting evening of local music and entertainment as part of this summer’s WPA Music in the Park Series.
For the second year in a row, The WPA Music in the Park Series will be filling several nights this summer with fun and entertainment for our entire community to enjoy. Bring the family and a blanket.
The event is set to take place in Section 1 of Washington Park, at the Gazebo, adjacent to North Street. (Limited parking is available.) Music will be by local band the VooDUDES, and will include American roots music and classic rock.
Food trucks including Squeez’d and Jerk and Grind will be there ready to fill bellies and face painting will be available for everyone, young and old.