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AMERICA NEEDS TO UPGRADE ITS ECONOMIC IQ

Public policy in New Jersey and elsewhere is being influenced by poorly informed politicians

by Frank Pallotta

Frank Pallotta, Mahwah resident, is a former Wall Street executive and owner of a specialty finance company Steel Curtain Capital LLC. He also works with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a nonprofit group that helps military veterans transfer back into the workforce.

What passes for basic economic knowledge in American politics today is shocking. There is an alarming and increasing rate of economic ignorance (and deceit) among elected officials, activists and many in the media and it is negatively impacting public policy.

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Facts you should know about fake “tech support” scams

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney

Ridgewood NJ, If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.

That’s just what happened in the FTC’s lawsuit against Elite IT Partners, Inc., which was announced today as part of a massive law enforcement sweep. According to the complaint, Elite bought key words on Google that let them target people searching for how to recover lost passwords. You’d fill out an online form and give your contact information. Then, says the FTC, Elite’s telemarketers would call and ask to get online access to your computer – supposedly to check for problems. Once they were in, the caller would show you fake “evidence” of viruses or other threats that, they said, had to be removed right away.

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MAN CHARGED WITH BIAS INTIMIDATION, FALSE PUBLIC ALARM, TERRORISTIC THREATS, AND STALKING OF BERGEN LAW ENFORCEMENT

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Edgewater NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of STEVE ORTIZ (DOB: 6/21/1974; separated; and employed as an entrepreneur) of 319 18th Street, Union City, New Jersey on charges of Bias Intimidation, Terroristic Threats, False Public Alarm, and Stalking. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Edgewater Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Martin, and the Nassau County Police Department under the direction of Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder.

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4810 Store Closing and its Only March

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Ridgewood NJ, all signs point to a retail apocalypse , according to Coresight Research.already, 4,810 store closures have been announced by retailers in 2019. . And it’s only March. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30 percent from a record 8,139 closures announced in 2017. Among those closing are the Gap, Victoria’s Secret, J.C. Penney, Tesla and Abercrombie & Fitch .

Internet retailer Amazon said this week it will shut all 87 of its pop-up shops inside Whole Foods, Kohl’s and malls across the country. But the company has vowed to invest more in its book stores and other bricks-and-mortar concepts, including its cashierless convenience store called Amazon Go.

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Three Bronx Men Charged In Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin And Fentanyl in New Jersey

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NEWARK NJ , Three New York men have been charged for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl after they were arrested at a heroin mill in Bronx, New York, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Jhan Carlos Capellan Maldonado, 30, Jose Antonio Vasquez Pena a/k/a “Tono,” 46, and Dilson Vasquez Genao, 22, all of Bronx, are charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute approximately 100 grams of more of suspected heroin and fentanyl. Maldonado appeared March 6, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson, and was detained. Pena and Genao appeared last week before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer and were detained.

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High Density Housing Could Threaten Drinking Water for 800 thousand Bergen Residents

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River Vale NJ, A proposed high density housing development along a portion of the Hackensack River that leads to the Oradell Reservoir is drawing concerns from local residents and environmentalists in an uproar that it will increase runoff into a water source for 800,000 people.

The project would be built on a portion of the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale and significantly increase the amount of asphalt, concrete and other impervious surfaces by 23 acres.

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Assemblyman Gets Some Sales Tips from the Girls Scouts

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Hillsdale NJ, Assemblyman Robert Auth made the rounds on  Saturday getting some marketing and sales tips from local girls scout troops . Auth stared his day in Hillsdale , calling the girls scouts young enraptures of New Jersey . He then moved on to Woofcliff lake with troop 97113  who sold him thin mints. He  suggested  eating them frozen. Next Auth moved to Mahwah , then closed out his day with troop 5988 which had just about sold every box of cookies .

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2 BROOKLYN MED STUDENTS CHARGED WITH LIABILITY FOR DRUG INDUCED DEATH IN MAHWAH

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Mahwah NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the indictments of MOLLY R. CAMPBELL (DOB 3/21/1989; Single; and employed as First Year Medical Resident/Expired) of 10 Saint Paul Place, Brooklyn, NY and ANTHONY M. KOPIECKI (DOB 6/2/1989, Single, First Year Medical Resident/Suspended) also of 10 Saint Paul Place, Brooklyn, NY on charges of Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death. The indictments are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Mahwah Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Stephen Jaffe, the Jersey City Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Kelly, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton.

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Attorney General and NJDEP Charging Wind Mills but Fail to Lift Finger to Protect Bergen County

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TRENTON NJ, More virtue signaling from the Murphy Administration , Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that the State has joined a motion in federal court seeking to block drilling-related seismic testing activity and fight to prevent offshore drilling in New Jersey .

Where exactly was the NJDEP during the 14 months that the Toll Brothers owned Apple Ridge site leached arsenic into Pleasant Brook and Saddle River  ?  We failed to notice one press release from the NJ Attorney General and the NJDEP only responded after the run off from the site was featured on CBS News and NorthJersey.com .

Next time someone want to raise your tax to save the environment remind them of Apple Ridge and the destruction of Bergen County water ways. 

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UPDATE: Progressives Push Anti-semitism in DC

photo Rep. Ilhan Omar

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Washington DC, Progressives embrace anti-semitism . A vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar is being put off amid intensifying pressure from progressives both inside and outside the House Democratic Caucus.

An array of progressive groups declared their support for Omar, while both the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus — two of the most important factions among House Democrats — wanted more time to review the situation, lawmakers and aides said.

Bergen county has seen a significant up tick in anti-semitism , including events in the Village of Ridgewood and Ridgewood Schools.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the first two Muslim members of Congress, persists in her anti-Israel, anti-Semitic statements, even after condemnations from leading Congressional Democrats, questions are being asked about the party’s inability to take real action against the freshman firebrand.

Some of those concerns are even coming from Jews in Israel. David Rubin, American-Israeli political commentator and author of “Trump and the Jews”, has been tracking those concerns, pointing out that, “American Jews and Israelis are used to hearing the bombastic statements of anti-Semites who use Israel to get at the Jews, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is no exception.”

Rubin added, “What is especially troubling, however, is the impotence of leading Democrats, in confronting such provocative news voices in their party. Why, for instance, given her harsh views about Israel and Jews, does Omar continue to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee? What are the Democrat leaders afraid of? Last, but not least, are the Dems, with their inaction, abandoning their strong base of Jewish supporters?”