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Third Person Charged in Hoboken Voter Bribery Scheme

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Hoboken NJ, A Hoboken man has been charged with promoting a voter bribery scheme by use of the U.S. mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

William Rojas, 68, is charged by complaint with a violation of the federal Travel Act for causing the mails to be used in aid of voter bribery contrary to New Jersey state law. He is scheduled to have his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Under New Jersey law, registered voters are permitted to cast a ballot by mail rather than in person. To receive a mail-in ballot, voters must complete and submit to their county clerk’s office an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (VBM Application). After the application is processed by the county clerk’s office, voters receive a mail-in ballot.

From September 2015 through November 2015, Rojas agreed to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots for the November 2015 Hoboken municipal election. Rojas provided these voters with VBM Applications, told the voters that they would get paid $50 for casting mail-in ballots, and then delivered the completed VBM applications to the Hudson County Clerk’s office. After the mail-in ballots were delivered to the voters, Rojas went to the voters’ residences to collect the mail-in ballots and mailed the completed mail-in ballots to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office. After the election, Rojas delivered checks to these voters. Bank records show that voters living in Hoboken received $50 checks from an entity associated with the campaign that employed Rojas.

Rojas faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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BEVERAGES NOT PERMITTED ON ANY NJ TRANSIT TRAIN, BUS OR LIGHT RAIL DURING HOBOKEN SANTACON

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is prohibiting all beverages on its trains, light rail vehicles and buses on Saturday December 15th and the early morning hours of Sunday December 16th to coincide with the annual Hoboken SantaCon event.

No beverages of any kind, in any type of container, open or closed, will be permitted on board trains, buses or light rail vehicles during this time. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

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Former Hoboken City Council Candidate and Campaign Worker Indicted in “Pay for Vote”, Scheme

Hudson County Machine Politics

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Hoboken NJ,  A former candidate for the Hoboken City Council and a campaign worker were charged today by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme by use of the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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NJ TRANSIT TO HOST CUSTOMER FORUM AT HOBOKEN TERMINAL

NJT ticket machine

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Hoboken NJ, NJ TRANSIT is inviting customers to interact with senior management and operations personnel at the latest “We Are Listening” forum at Hoboken Terminal Thursday, October 11th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Ridgewood Youth arrested on two 4th degree charges of False Public Alarm and False Reports to Police in Hoboken

Hoboken Police Rick Toscano

Hoboken Police photo by Rick Toscano

February 20,2018

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Hoboken NJ, Hoboken Police Chief and Vice-President of the Hudson County Chiefs of Police Association reported on twitter that , “Last night, an intoxicated male, 21 years old, from Ridgewood, was rejected admission to go into 1Republik in @CityofHoboken . He proceeded to call 911 to report that a rape was occurring in 1Republik’s bathroom causing an emergency response, a dangerous situation.”

Chief Ken Ferrante followed up , “Great work by @HobokenPD Sergeant Rino Binetti and Officer Anthony Rutkowski who through their immediate work, identified the caller and arrested him on two 4th degree charges of False Public Alarm and False Reports to Police. Sick behavior! “

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New ferry route between N.J. and midtown to begin this fall

NY Waterway

By Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 12, 2017 at 6:12 AM, updated April 12, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Last week, in the midst of the commuter chaos caused by the train derailment at Penn Station, NY Waterway set up an extra ferry route from Hoboken to mid-town Manhattan.

That service will now become a permanent later this year, NY Waterway officials said.

The new ferry service will run the same route between West 39th Street and Hoboken terminal, starting in September, said Arthur Imperatore Sr. NY Waterway president and founder.

That ferry service was launched as an emergency route during the height of last week’s commuting crisis caused by a derailment in Penn Station New York on April and four days of reduced rail service while track damage was repaired.

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