Friday, October 19, 2012
Republicans Robert Hermansen, an incumbent, and Margaret "Peg" Watkins, and Democratic candidates Steve Tanelli and Tracy Silna Zur debated at the FGS Korean Community Center Thursday evening.
Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and the Korean American Civic Action Committee hosted a debate with the candidates for Bergen County Freeholder Thursday at the FGS Korean Community Center in Englewood. Noting that the Korean-American population in Bergen County is nearly 57,000, that 14.5 percent of the county’s population is Asian-American and that 6.3 percent is comprised of Korean-Americans, mostly concentrated in Fort Lee, Palisades Park, Paramus, Leonia, Cliffside Park, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, KACE staff attorney and debate moderator Chejin Park said the objective of the debate was twofold. “The two objectives of this debate are to help the Asian-American community make an educated decision at the November general …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Less than a week after calling for a referendum on merging the county police and Sheriff’s departments, the two Democrats, Joan Voss and David Ganz, say they want to hear what police and members of the public think.
Bergen County Freeholders David Ganz (D- Fair Lawn) and Joan Voss (D- Fort Lee) Monday announced plans for what they called a “public listening tour” in Bergen County intended to “take the pulse of the people” on a potential referendum on the question of merging the Bergen County Police and Sheriff’s Departments. “Picking up on a suggestion from Sheriff Michael Saudino, I think we need to also seek the opinion of all sworn police officers as to merging the County Police with the Sheriff’s Department,” Ganz said in a statement. Voss said the two freeholders “also want to know what the people think,” noting that the she and Ganz have been unsuccessful in their attempts to “persuade” their Republican counterparts on the Bergen County Board of…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The two Democratic Freeholders have both said they’re undecided on whether to merge the two law enforcement departments, but they both say they want voters to be able to decide.
With an Aug. 17 filing deadline for ballot questions looming, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders members David L. Ganz of Fair Lawn and Joan Voss of Fort Lee renewed their call Wednesday for a public referendum on police consolidation. The two Democrats urged board chairman John Mitchell, a Cliffside Park Republican, to place a resolution on the freeholder calendar that if approved would put the question of whether the County Police and Sheriff’s departments should merge before voters in November. “We want to give the people the right to participate in this important decision about the future of law enforcement in Bergen County,” Ganz said in a statement, while Voss said she hasn’t yet decided whether a merger is called for, a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Bergen County Freeholder’s talk will air on cable access later in the week. This video provides a preview.
Bergen County Freeholder Joan Voss of Fort Lee discussed taxes, elections, the county budget and other issues Wednesday at the Fort Lee Public Library, where she was invited by the United Homeowners of the Borough of Fort Lee to speak with residents about county services. “People want to have a hands-on approach to government,” Voss said. “They want to know where their tax dollar is being spent.” She said about 30 percent of people’s taxes go toward running the municipal government, about 60 percent go to the school system and roughly 10 percent go to the county. She also said elections—whether school board, primary or general elections—are “very, very expensive,” costing the borough about $40,000 each. Voss described recent Freeholder …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Man serving life sentence for 1976 rape and murder of Kim Montelaro is up for parole.
The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution asking that the New Jersey State Parole Board deny parole for Christopher Righetti. Righetti is eligible for parole on April 16, nearly 36 years after he killed Kim Montalero, a 20-year-old New Milford resident who he kidnapped from the Paramus Park Mall on Aug. 31, 1976, brutally raped and stabbed to death in a secluded area of the Pine Lake Swim Club in Washington Township. Righetti was found guilty and given a life sentence. Righetti, a Northern State Prison inmate whom officials said has the word "animal" tattooed on his body, is a champion prison powerlifter who can squat 1,000 pounds. He was denied parole in 2009 and declared ineligible until 2022. …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Keith Jensen hasn’t announced his candidacy yet, but he said he’s leaning toward running; he’s also going to start “turning up the screws” again locally in touting Fair School Funding.
Fort Lee resident and former District 37 Republican candidate for State Assembly Keith Jensen says he kept quiet on the issue of "Fair School Funding" during the run up to the Fort Lee Board of Education’s school bond referendum out of respect for the borough’s school children and at the behest of borough and school officials and other community leaders. But he says now that the referendum has passed, “It’s time for me to get loud about [Fair School Funding] again.” He also said he’s considering a run for Bergen County Freeholder. “If people thought I was silent on [Fair School Funding] or just gave up because of the election, au contraire,” said Jensen. “It’s because I was asked by a lot of the leaders in the community who were focused—as…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Independent endorses Democrats during forum
- Myles Ma
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The candidates for Bergen County Freeholder Board agreed on one thing: Taxes will be the biggest issue for voters come Nov. 8. But they laid out different ways to deal with that issue at a candidates forum at Bergen Community College on Tuesday. The five candidates are vying for the seats of David Ganz, a Democrat who is running for re-election with Assemblywoman Joan Voss, and Bernadette McPherson, also a Democrat, who isn't seeking re-election. Republicans Joel Brizzi, of East Rutherford, and Anthony W. Rottino, of Franklin Lakes are hoping to wipe the Democrats off the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Brizzi accused Ganz, who has served on the Board for 9 years, of presiding over tax increases and corruption during his tenure. "We've heard …