Friday, March 8, 2013
Inclement weather moves ceremony inside, but did not deter many from coming out for the dedication.
Despite the fact that the weather moved the dedication of the Comfort Women Memorial indoors, it did not prevent people from coming out to the ceremony. The memorial, sponsored by the Comfort Women Memorial Committee, takes its place in front of the Bergen County Justice Center (Courthouse) beside monuments commemorating the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, the Irish Great Hunger and African American Slavery. County Executive Kathleen Donovan, calling this memorial "a long time coming," said it was dedicated to comfort women not only from Korea, but from all of the countries so affected. Comfort women were women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces. According to the Comfort Women Memorial Committee, the …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Two freeholders ask for public input on dissolving county police, merging functions with sheriff's office.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The public can weigh in on a controversial proposal to merge the county police department with the sheriff’s office at a forum in Teaneck Tuesday. Democratic Freeholders Joan Voss of Fort Lee and David Ganz are holding a countywide “listening tour” on the proposed consolidation. The freeholders voted earlier this month to put a non-binding merger referendum on the November ballot and passed an ordinance on first reading to immediately disband the police department, merging its functions with the sheriff's office. County Executive Kathleen Donovan, who has been an outspoken opponent, filed a legal challenge to block the ballot question and the merger. “We have already heard from the elected officials,” Ganz said in a statement. “Now it’s …
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, May 28, 2012
Residents and local organizations laid wreaths to honor Fort Lee veterans during one of the best attended Memorial Day celebrations in years.
While approximately 200 Fort Lee residents of all ages waved American flags to fight back the heat in front of the Fort Lee Cairola Barber Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 2342 building on Center Avenue Monday, one absence did not go unnoticed, that of VFW Commander Jimmy Viola. While Viola, a World War II veteran, was recuperating at Helen Hayes Hospital after two recent open heart surgeries, veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War and other historic battles were honored for their bravery and sacrifices to preserve democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Members of the Fort Lee Police Department performed a 21-gun salute, as they have for …
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 …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A podcast of the show is available after it ran live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Former Democratic Assemblywoman and current Bergen County Freeholder Joan Voss of Fort Lee was a guest on “Record Talk Radio” Wednesday, according to NorthJersey.com. Voss, who was sworn in as a freeholder in Hackensack on Jan. 3, chose to run for the seat instead of challenging Democratic counterparts Gordon M. Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle in her former District 37 after redistricting was announced last year. She replaced Rutherford Democrat Bernadette McPherson, who decided not to seek reelection after serving nine years on the board. You can listen to the live broadcast at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, or hear it as a podcast after it runs, according to NorthJersey.com.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ, Jan. 3, 2012.
Former Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Voss of Fort Lee was sworn in as a Bergen County Freeholder in Hackensack Tuesday. Voss, who chose to run for freeholder instead of challenging Democratic counterparts Gordon M. Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle in District 37 after redistricting was announced last year, replaces Bernadette McPherson, (D-Rutherford). McPherson decided not to seek reelection after serving nine years on the board. Voss and incumbent David Ganz of Fair Lawn bested Republicans Joel Brizzi of East Rutherford and Anthony Rottino of Franklin Lakes and Independent Edward Brunner in the General Election in November. Republicans continue to hold a 5-2 majority on the board. Donna Brennan captured these images of Voss's swearing…
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Assemblywoman Joan Voss presented a proclamation from the General Assembly to Fort Lee High School’s Alex Chong, as the school board also honored the high school cheerleaders for their recent state title
The Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting Monday was highlighted by two special honors presented to Fort Lee High School students. Assemblywoman and Freeholder-elect Joan Voss (D-38) of Fort Lee presented a proclamation from the General Assembly to one very active FLHS senior, and the board entered a resolution of recognition into the meeting minutes honoring the Fort Lee High School cheerleading team for winning another state title. School board member John Bang said he was curious to find out more about Alex Chong, after he started noticing the high school senior showing up at school board meetings and even “contributing to a couple of the meetings” by asking questions and raising issues. “Normally high school students …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Former assemblywoman talks about her transition from legislator to freeholder
Taking time out from packing up her Fort Lee legislative office for the move to her new headquarters in Hackensack, Assemblywoman and Freeholder-elect Joan Voss laughed as she recounted her “high-heeled” boots-on-the ground campaign for Bergen County Freeholder. “My running mate [David Ganz] wanted to know if I taught all the residents of Bergen County,” Voss said, explaining that wherever they went, she ran into her former students. Having taught at Fort Lee High School for 41 years, there is no doubt that she taught thousands who are scattered throughout Bergen County. Thousands who came out to vote her into the office of Freeholder by a comfortable margin in November. Voss, a Democrat who began her political career in Fort Lee as a …