The council passed an ordinance in a 7-2 vote to have a referendum on the ballot this coming November allowing voters to decide whether to reinstate runoff elections for mayor and council. Councilwoman Emily Jabbour and Councilman Jim Doyle voted no.
The city did away with runoff elections in 2012. Before that, if no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in an election, the top two vote-getters would participate in another election. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and allies thought the process wasted money and encouraged too much political wrangling. But after this past November mayoral election, in which six candidates ran and Mayor Ravi Bhalla was elected with a third of the vote, the other candidates seem to have had a change of heart. Click here for more.
In an attempt to change the way they are portrayed in the media, some members of the Jersey City Board of Education attempted at the Jan. 16 caucus to get the board to issue a joint statement disputing the perception that they are opposed to Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles.
Board President Sudhan Thomas said some members of objected to way they were portrayed in The Jersey Journal and The Hudson Reporter.
The Reporter, in a story about the board’s reorganization meeting earlier this month, made reference to two factions on the board that can generally be described as those who support School Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles, and those who oppose her. This was based on some of the members’ statements in the past, as well the support they received from the teachers’ union, which is generally perceived as anti-Lyles. It was unclear what the board objections were to the story in The Journal. Click here for more.
Local police, volunteers, and animal control officials saved an estimated 33 poodles, 15 birds, and three cats from what they said was a roach-infested apartment in Union City, on Jan. 10.
The owner voluntarily relinquished ownership of the dogs, police said. Her brother agreed to take ownership of the cats and birds. The apartment was located on 48th Street.
Union City police made the shocking discovery while responding to a water main break in the two-bedroom apartment, according to Geoffrey Santini, the local animal control officer.
Called for assistance, Santini, who runs the New Jersey Humane Society shelter in West New York, brought his employees to help rescue the dogs. Click here for more.