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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:22am
ONE REASON property taxes remain so high in New Jersey is the lucrative payouts given to some employees upon retirement.   A veteran police chief in North Arlington who just retired will receive about $200,000 mainly for unused sick and vacation time. His final salary of about $187,000 a year also will provide the chief with an annual state pension of around $131,400.   There is nothing untoward or even unusual about the retirement package for departing Chief Louis Ghione. Many veteran public employees in all areas cash in unused time, and pensions are based on workers' salaries at the end of their careers, which often can be quite large.   Yet this case presents obvious questions for local and state officials who often talk piously about the need to keep taxes in New Jersey under control.   Just how did it happen that the salary for the police chief in a relatively small borough like North Arlington grew to $187,000 a year? That is more than what the governor makes and only about $...
Robert Ceberio, RCM Ceberio LLC, Redevelopment, Eminent Domain, Transparency, North Arlington, Property Seizure
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
GOP-hired consultant attacks Democrats over request for information!         Robert Ceberio, retained earlier this year by North Arlington as its redevelopment consultant, duked it out – verbally – with the two Democratic members of the Borough Council last Thursday.   Ceberio took umbrage at an undated letter to him from Councilmen Al Granell and Tom Zammatore, asking for “full disclosure” of his firm’s current – and past – dealings with prospective developers.   The letter also requested copies of a Request for Qualifications to solicit developers for the Porete Ave. Redevelopment Area that Ceberio drafted for review by the borough attorney that will, presumably, be used to solicit proposals from developers.   Ceberio did produce the RFQ but, reading from a prepared statement, said he would not share information about any discussions. Read More via theobserver.com      
Al Granell, Tom Zammatore, Kelly O’Malley-Velez, North Arlington
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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 1:50pm
North Arlington Democrats have a team that’s capable, qualified and ready-to-serve. Community leaders putting homeowners and taxpayers first! Councilman Al Granell along with Councilman Tom Zammatore and Kelly O’Malley offer residents a new day and a new tomorrow when it comes to property taxes and a redevelopment strategy you can trust. North Arlington needs responsible two-party government where we have an equal number of Republicans and Democrats serving the community.   Click Here for More Info!  
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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 3:36pm
Recollections of World War II with thoughts on 9/11 and the War in Iraq from North Arlington Councilman and American Patriot Jim Ferriero, Lt. Colonel, US Army Retired.   Question: What was your proudest moment as a member of the military?Jim Ferriero: My proudest moment or time would be my playing a small part in being able to serve my country to the ultimate victory in World War II- being a member of the "Greatest Generation" as Tom Brokaw put it.   Q: Did you see combat and what was that like?JF: I was part of the invasion and landed on Utah Beach. I have a couple of punctured eardrums probably from the bombing in Normandy. It was both a scary and exhilarating experience, especially jumping into my "fox hole" on the first night off the beach. I have a citation from the Republic of France and the "Normandy Medal" for my participation in the invasion. I was also awarded the "Distinguished Service Medal" for my combat service. I spent 39 months in service with two years overseas...
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:18pm
With both Republicans and Democrats receiving no opposition from within, more North Arlington Democrats than Republicans voted yesterday in the Democratic Primary for incumbents Gary Schaer, Marlene Caride, Steve Tanelli, Tracy Zur, Al Granell, Tom Zammatore and newcomer Kelly O’Malley-Velez for the positions of General Assembly, Bergen County Freeholder and North Arlington Borough Council. Local Republicans recaptured control of the North Arlington Mayor & Council for the first time in two years and promptly raised property taxes $224. The tax hike was led by appointed GOP Councilman Brian Fitzhenry who cast his seventh vote for higher taxes in seven years as a local elected official. Mr. Fitzhenry raised school taxes six times in six years and now a seventh since being appointed to the governing body last January. Republicans Richard Hughes, Daniel Pronti and Kerry Cruz joined Fitzhenry in the decision to raise taxes yet again after flip-flopping to raise property taxes in 2014...
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:05pm
Jill Doherty Honors Father Who Gave the Gift of Life NORTH ARLINGTON – June 3, 2015 – Jill Doherty of North Arlington will gather friends and family on Sunday, June 7 to honor the generous legacy of her father, an organ and tissue donor who gave the gift of life. Team Gene, created in memory of Eugene “Gene” Doherty, who lived in Kearny, will participate in NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 7 in New Providence. It’s the team’s fourth year participating in the event. For Jill Doherty, team captain, the event is an opportunity to celebrate those who have generously donated organs and tissue to help others. The team also wants to give hope to those currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Jill Doherty was the only child of Eugene Doherty and she considered her father her best friend. Gene Doherty, who suffered from sleep apnea, was rushed to the hospital in 2012 with cerebral anoxia caused by his condition. The hospital determined brain death...
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North Arlington Woman Participates in NJ Sharing Network’s 5th Annual 5K Celebration of Life to Honor Her Best Friend — Her Father

06/03/2015 - 4:05pm

Jill Doherty Honors Father Who Gave the Gift of Life NORTH ARLINGTON – June 3, 2015 – Jill Doherty of North Arlington will gather friends and family on Sunday, June 7 to honor the generous legacy of her father, an organ and tissue donor who gave the gift of life. Team Gene,...

Back to the Future?

05/15/2015 - 11:48am
Eminent Domain, Property Seizure, North Arlington New Jersey, Joe Bianchi, Richard Hughes, Brian Fitzhenry, Dan Pronti, Kerry Cruz

Will the Republican dominated Mayor and Council authorize the use of eminent domain seizure of private property along Porete Avenue for the purposes of redevelopment? The attached video provided by Democratic Councilman Albert Granell shows that several private companies along...


Greenwald & Sarlo potential choices for LG TRENTON – While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) makes his way through the Midwest and particularly Iowa to take the temperature of Republicans nationally, an early crop of successors has emerged to succeed Christie in what most regard as a blue state run amok! While Democrats have entrenched and embedded majorities in both the General Assembly and Senate, Democrats have struggled to hold the governor’s chair after a series of scandals, high taxes and a bad economy has sunk several incumbents. Republicans under Tom Kean controlled the governor’s chair from 1982-1990 when Democrat James Florio became just the second gubernatorial incumbent to be defeated for reelection (William T Cahill was the first in 1969). Florio was defeated for reelection in 1993 and Christy Todd Whitman was elected and reelected with less than 50% of the electorate. In 2001 James McGreevy easily defeated former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler only to resign under a cloud of sexual scandal. State Senator Richard Codey served as acting governor was succeeded by US Senator Jon Corzine in 2005. But in 2009 Corzine was proven to be politically weak and message less as then former US Attorney Chris Christie upset Corzine by less than 100,000 votes. Building strong bonds with Democrats across the state, Christie’s reelection was a coronation in 2013 as he trounced former Middlesex County Senator Barbara Buono. Former Ambassador Phil Murphy seems to be making inroads in various counties including Bergen and Passaic as Senate President Steve Sweeney looks to add to his South Jersey base of support in wake of stiff competition from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop who seems to have absolute support in his home county of Hudson while vigorously seeking the support of neighboring Bergen, Passaic, Union and Essex counties. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) of Sayreville continues to make the rounds as well as an alternative to the more moderate Sweeney and...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:22am
ONE REASON property taxes remain so high in New Jersey is the lucrative payouts given to some employees upon retirement.   A veteran police chief in North Arlington who just retired will receive about $200,000 mainly for unused sick and vacation...
Robert Ceberio, RCM Ceberio LLC, Redevelopment, Eminent Domain, Transparency, North Arlington, Property Seizure
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
GOP-hired consultant attacks Democrats over request for information!         Robert Ceberio, retained earlier this year by North Arlington as its redevelopment consultant, duked it out – verbally – with the two Democratic members of the Borough...