Three of the four deaths were considered suicides, including a high profile case of a man transferred from Atlantic City who was supposed to be on a suicide watch. A woman who committed suicide was found to have more than three liters of foreign matter such as a nail clipper in her stomach.
A report on the deaths was given to the county freeholders at the Jan. 23 caucus, but many did not have time to review it. Freeholders said they would release aspects of it at a Jan. 31 special meeting.
But instead of releasing the details last Wednesday, the freeholders went into closed session to further discuss the report’s implications. They asked for a statement from HCCF Director Ronald Edwards prior to the closed session on some actions taken to deal with the jail situation. Click here for more.
“It was a true adventure,” said Dawn Zimmer about her time as Hoboken’s mayor, as she sat at a small booth in the back of the local Panera restaurant recently, sipping a chai latte, “an incredible adventure with unexpected twists and turns, and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve gotten done…it was an opportunity to really do great things for the community, and that’s what I’m really proud of.”
Zimmer was first elected to the Hoboken City Council as a 4th Ward councilwoman in 2007, and became acting mayor in 2009 after then-Mayor Peter Cammarano was arrested on corruption charges three weeks into his term. Zimmer, as council president, was elevated to the position, then won a special election later that year.
Having served as the 38th mayor of Hoboken for eight years, Zimmer is proudest of making Hoboken more resilient in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, through the federal Rebuild By Design program and through resiliency parks (parks that help absorb storm runoff). The town acquired eight acres of open space during her term. Click here for more.
North Bergen residents who are tired of seeing a building sit abandoned on 73rd Street are in luck. At their Jan. 24 meeting, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the town to acquire remaining tax liens at 116 73rd St, an empty four-story, 18-unit condominium. They began demolition proceedings Jan. 23 and recently finished tearing the structure down. They planned to finish clearing the area by Feb. 3 or 4.
According to town officials, the building fell into disrepair over the years, even while still occupied, and people stopped paying their fees to the condo association, hampering maintenance efforts.
Residents began moving out as the building worsened, eventually leaving it vacant around 12 years ago, officials said. Click here for more.