According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, on Friday, July 13, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Union City police officers received a report of an injured or possibly dead man in the area of 3rd Street and Manhattan Avenue in Union City. Officers found a male victim by the makeshift homes near Third Street and Manhattan Avenue. The man, who had not been positively identified at press time, was unresponsive with multiple wounds to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 8:55 p.m. The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death to be sharp force wounds to the torso and manner of death to be homicide.
Following a preliminary investigation, Verdejo Cruz, 79, of Union City, who was located at the scene, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter and weapons charges.
The prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate this case with assistance from the Union City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.
Stack calls for utilities to notify towns of power shutoffs
Following the death of a Newark woman in hospice care after PSE&G shut off her electricity, State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack has called for PSE&G to notify municipalities of pending, non-emergency shut offs.
“It is an absolute tragedy that a grandmother lost her life because her electricity was shut off and she was unable to use her oxygen tank,” Stack said. “Municipalities are in a position to assist residents, either through their own resources or through social service agency resources. This should never occur because a resident got behind on her payments.”
Stack has sponsored state Senate bill S-2477, which requires utilities providing electric, gas, or water services to notify the mayor, chief law enforcement officer, and health officer, in writing, at least 21 days prior to a non-emergency shut off. This would allow municipal officials, if needed, to intervene.
“I have pleaded with PSE&G for over 20 years to change their policies and work with municipalities to prevent unnecessary shut offs,” Stack said. “Residents, especially the most vulnerable, must be protected to ensure that tragedies like this do not continue to occur. My heart goes out to Linda Daniel’s family, who watched her needlessly suffer.”
Union City opposes North Bergen gas plant proposal
The Union City Board of Commissioners passed a resolution July 10 opposing the establishment of a new natural gas-fired power plant that has been proposed for North Bergen. The resolution declares the proposed plant would be a large source of greenhouse gas emissions leading to chronic illnesses, and would add to an already crowded power infrastructure in north Jersey. It also and cites a fatal explosion at a plant under construction in 2010 in Connecticut and the fact that the top 11 electric plant operators in the U.S. have been fined a total of over $13 billion since 2000 for 161 environmental violations.
The resolution also cites an ‘F’ grade in air quality in Hudson and Bergen counties from the America Lung Association, and calls the plant a direct threat to the Meadowlands, one of New Jersey’s most crucial ecological resources.
North Bergen Liberty Generating, the company behind the plant, says that using natural gas will lead to fewer emissions than other types, and can provide more electricity with less land use than renewable options. Natural gas is considered a fossil fuel contributing to global warming, although at a lower level than coal or oil.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection on June 26 issued the first permits to begin construction of the facility. It will be built on a 15-acre parcel of land near Railroad Avenue in the northwestern section of the town.
The facility would generate power for New York City through cables under the Hudson River. The plant would not provide power to New Jersey.
The initial permits authorize the construction of a gas turbine, two storm water outfall structures, and the installation of the cables under the Hudson River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve the plan.
North Bergen officials support the plan, predicting the project will create hundreds of union construction jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. The $1.8 billion project is being proposed by California-based Diamond Generating Corp. Officials with the company previously said the plant would be the cleanest and most efficient in the region.
For past stories on the plant, read the North Bergen news at hudsonreporter.com.
Radio Jarocho and Zenen Zeferino next up at Summer Concerts on the Hudson
Radio Jarocho has been mixing the music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, with the sounds of New York’s urban life for over ten years. Having recently joined forces with Son Jarocho legend Zenen Zeferino, they have played concerts at festivals and venues on the East coast, including the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, La Casita at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now! and Celebrate Brooklyn. They recently released “Rios de Norte y Sur,” their first studio production together, celebrating the music that unites Veracruz and New York, Mexico and the United States. It offers original songs and new arrangements for old Jarocho tunes, creating a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with sounds that have become part of New York City’s musical fabric – flamenco, cumbia, rock, baroque, and jazz.
A free concert will take place on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Harbor Park, just north of the Chart House restaurant on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken. Free parking is available and public transportation, including NJ Transit bus 158 from the Port Authority and the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, will bring concertgoers to Lincoln Harbor. Use 1700 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC), a New Jersey Not-For-Profit, presents this summer long series of open air concerts free of charge to the general public. Concerts are family friendly. Limited seating is available; however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn. For more information including the full summer concert schedule, directions, updates, and rain date info, please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540.
‘American Pickers’ to film in New Jersey
‘American Pickers’ is a documentary series that explores the world of antique picking on History.com. The show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, and their team, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always on the hunt for sizeable, unique collections and to learn the interesting stories behind them.
As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics, and along the way, to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.
The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life while learning a thing or two about America’s past.
They plan to film episodes of the hit series throughout New Jersey in August 2018.
‘American Pickers’ is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send them your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with
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