Monday, June 10, 2013
The borough dropped the cash — along with another $10,000 for maintenance of an AM radio frequency — to ensure residents don't get stuck in the dark during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy.
Fort Lee is the proud papa of... 250 hand crank radios. After Hurricane Sandy cut power last year for millions in the northeast, the borough decided to seek a private donation of $10,000 and purchase 250 emergency radios, which can be powered by electricity, battery and hand crank. "Since Hurricane Sandy, Fort Lee government has devoted substantial time and effort on ways to ensure the safety of our residents, especially during times of crisis," Mayor Mark Sokolich said last week. "The lack of telephone service, lack of internet service, and state-wide power outages made it virtually impossible for government to properly communicate with the public. "The inability to communicate with the public, especially seniors and residents with …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Mayor Mark Sokolich reads to the students as Fort Lee School 1 celebrates Read Across America.
In celebration of Read Across America, Fort Lee's School 1 received a visit by two very special guests--Mayor Mark Sokolich and a very smart cat that knows a lot about inspiring the love of reading--The Cat in the Hat. The event, coordinated by Mrs. Green, included all Pre-K, Kindergarten, first and second grade students. Green talked about the difference between fiction and nonfiction books and emphasized the importance of reading daily. “You can read under a table, on the floor, on your bed, or on a couch. It doesn’t matter where, as long as you know how,” she explained. Kindergarten teacher Ms. Simone and art teacher Ms. Suh created a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss, as well as the welcome banner on stage. Music teachers Mrs. Hernandez and …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich delivered his annual State of the Borough Address Thursday, discussing some of the highlights of 2012 and what residents can look forward to in 2013, including new ferry shuttle service.
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich says residents can expect further progress on Redevelopment Area 5 in 2013, better communications during emergencies like Superstorm Sandy, expanded ferry shuttle service after the Port Authority agreed to donate more buses and a Special Improvement District for the borough’s rapidly declining Main Street. The mayor made those remarks, among many others, during his annual State of the Borough Address at the Fort Lee Mayor and Council’s reorganization meeting Thursday. Among the highlights of 2012, Sokolich said, were the reelection of Councilmen Joseph Cervieri Jr. and Harvey Sohmer, the way Fort Lee’s emergency services performed throughout the year, the Fort Lee Police Department starting a new era while …
Monday, November 5, 2012
With as many as 5,000 customers still without power in Fort Lee, Mayor Mark Sokolich delivered a list of all the areas in town needing to be restored. He also said the pedestrian curfew is now 8 p.m. so people can vote.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 7:15 p.m. Monday. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich met with the president of PSE&G Monday afternoon—a meeting he said was arranged by State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37), who will also be present—to give him a list of all the areas in Fort Lee that remain without power. Sokolich said earlier in the day that the meeting with PSE&G president and CEO Ralph LaRossa was “not going to be a pleasant one.” “I don’t know how productive it was for Fort Lee, per se, but I’m appreciative of anyone that faces the music, so to speak,” Sokolich said after the meeting, adding that he confirmed that work orders are in for what he called “critical buildings” and circuit breakers that need to be fixed. Although Sokolich …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said that borough officials are “as ready as we can possibly be,” but that damage, possible blackouts and dangerous conditions are inevitable.
The Mayor of Fort Lee says borough officials are about as prepared as they can be for the arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, having begun planning about five days ago when it became apparent that the storm was likely to significantly impact the area. But he also warned residents to take the storm very seriously and stay inside. Sokolich said Fort Lee officials and crews have cleaned sewers, trimmed trees and removed as many leaves as possible over the last several days. The borough has also invested in additional generators and equipment to pump residents out should that become necessary. Sokolich said all of the borough’s emergency service agencies have extra staffing working, and that an emergency command center, which brings them…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Outgoing Chief, Keith Sabatino, recognizes the membership of the department and all who support them.
The annual fire department dinner was held at the Alpine Country Club October 6 to celebrate those volunteers who "answer the call" day and night and in all kinds of weather for the residents of Fort Lee. Outgoing Chief Keith Sabatino called to order all of the members, recognizing the tradition of the Fort Lee Fire Department and recognizing their years of contribution to the town. Mayor Mark Sokolich praised the firefighters for their continual commitment to service to the residents of Fort Lee and, along with the council, presented Sabatino with an award recognizing his year as chief. The members of Hook & Ladder Co. 3 shared a special moment with life member Artie Schnackenberg as they gathered around him for a company picture.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich Thursday talked about two events—one tragic, and one a triumph—that he said “eclipsed” what would, in any other week, have been the biggest news in Fort Lee.
A period of a few days in Fort Lee that started with a tragic incident involving the death of a high school student turned a little brighter just days later as one family learned that their 15-year-old son would receive the heart transplant he so desperately needed. Johnny Damato was born with what his mother Rita Damato previously described as “an extremely rare congenital heart disease” called Corrected Transposition of the Great Vessels and needed a heart transplant. At Thursday’s Fort Lee Mayor and Council meeting, Mayor Mark Sokolich, with whom the youth has maintained a close relationship for years, said Johnny received that heart the previous day. “He got that phone call on Tuesday night at around seven o’clock that a heart became …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mayor Mark Sokolich not implicated in any wrongdoing, sits on Board of Bank of New Jersey with other prominent locals.
The now-former law partner of the Fort Lee mayor arranged for a pair of drug smugglers to launder their money at a bank where the mayor sits on the board of directors, authorities said Monday. The mayor, attorney Mark Sokolich, has not been implicated in any wrongdoing. His friend and longtime law partner, Marcanton "Marc" Macri, was charged this past weekend with money laundering and facilitation for allegedly setting up large-scale pot dealers with an assistant manager at a local bank, who authorities said converted the $10 and $20 bills into crisp hundreds. The scheme was carried out through a teller at a Bank of New Jersey branch in Fort Lee, said Steve Cucciniello, Chief of Detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Matthew…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Severs professional ties after money laundering arrest.
Mayor Mark Sokolich said Sunday that he was "surprised, stunned and beside myself" at money laundering charges filed against his longtime friend and law partner. Marcanton "Marc" Macri, 44, is accused of "facilitating" a relationship between large-scale pot smugglers and an assistant manager at a local bank. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said two Edgwater men, Matthew Martin and Danny Saleh, imported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana into New Jersey from Northern California since the start of 2012. Sokolich said Sunday that he has cut professional ties with Macri, who had been talked about as a future head of the Fort Lee Democratic Party. The mayor said he is "completely surprised, stunned and beside myself regarding these …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Group needs to raise an additional $40,000 for a statue of Thomas Paine it plans to unveil in Monument Park in November 2012
The Fort Lee Common Sense Society and the Fort Lee VFW will honor Mayor Mark Sokolich with the first annual “Thomas Paine Winter Soldier Award” at a dinner fundraiser in November. The Common Sense Society also hopes to raise a good chunk of the remaining $40,000 it needs to complete funding for a statue of Thomas Paine the group commissioned to be permanently placed in 2012 at the site Paine and the rest of the American Army encamped with General George Washington in 1776—present day Monument Park in Fort Lee. “We’re honoring Paine specifically for his role in Fort Lee,” said Common Sense Society vice chair Tom Meyers. “[Paine began] to write The American Crisis right here in Fort Lee, and anyone who doubts that, read the first few …