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Ridgewood Water Litigation ;the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Ridgewood NJ, Mayor Hache fills us in on all the details and where we stand . Since 2010, the governing bodies of the three communities outside of Ridgewood served by Ridgewood Water (Gen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff) have been engaged in a law suit, which challenged the allocation of expenses by the Village for the water company’s budget. The 3 towns felt that a 21 percent increase in rates in 2010 was excessive. The actual rate per 1,000 gallons is not excessive and, in fact, is in the lower middle of rates offered by other neighboring water utilities and still much cheaper than Suez. The challenge was started by the governing body of Wyckoff, whose auditor is a member of the former auditing firm of the Village when similar allocation methods procedures were used by the Village for the Water Utility budget. The claim argued that the methodology used by the Village in allocating percentages of Village expenses to the Water Utility was unfair (since it was not actual expenses) to the 3 towns and it caused the rates for water usage to be unreasonably excessive to the rate payers of the 3 towns and those rate payers were subsidizing the property taxes of Village residents.


The methodology used by the Village had been accepted by the Local Finance Board of the State in 2004, and the Village continued using that method throughout the years. This litigation which was started in 2010 (and amended in each of 2011 & 2012), finally reached trial in 2017. The trial court decided that the ordinances which approved rate increases in 2010, 2011 and 2012, did not have an adequate factual basis in the record that would warrant the rate increases that were adopted by the Village. As a result, the Court required the Village to hire an expert to calculate what the appropriate rate increases for the years in question should have been.
The Village (while still disagreeing with the Court’s decision that the record lacked an adequate factual basis), complied with the preparation of the rate study by hiring the most qualified expert in the field of water rate studies, Howard Woods. Mr. Woods completed his rate study and has recognized that the Village did not adopt excessive rates during those years challenged by the 3 towns.

The three communities decided to appeal the Court’s decision, and that appeal is pending; the Village cross-appealed on those issues raised by Plaintiffs. Their requests to stay the rate study pending the outcome of the appeal has been denied (at least for now) by the trial Judge. The rate study was presented to the Village Council in early 2018. The Village Council adopted an ordinance to adopt rates established by the Woods study, with the purpose of establishing rates for the years of 2010 through 2017.

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Former Midland Park Man Arrested In Kansas On Charges Of Running $900,000 Ponzi Scheme

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Midland Park NJ,  A former Bergen County, New Jersey, man was arrested today in Park City, Kansas, on charges that he defrauded at least 20 people by soliciting investments in what he claimed were highly successful financial instruments, but which was actually a Ponzi scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Thomas Lanzana, 51, formerly of Midland Park, New Jersey, and now residing in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, was charged by complaint with one count each of wire fraud and commodities fraud. He is scheduled to have his initial court appearance today in Wichita federal court.

According to the criminal complaint:

As early as 2013, Lanzana fraudulently solicited approximately $900,000 from at least 20 customers to invest in algorithm-based trading pools in foreign currency derivatives (forex) and other financial instruments. He falsely claimed to prospective customers that he was a successful forex trader. Lanzana allegedly took several steps to keep his customers’ trust: he sent them false account statements; he posted false monthly account statements to his companies’ websites showing balances, some in excess of $800,000, for forex trading accounts that did not exist; and he sent false tax documents to customers reporting earnings that did not exist.

Lanzana misappropriated at least $350,000 in customer funds, using some to repay earlier investors in the manner of a Ponzi scheme, and to pay for his personal expenses, including purchases on Amazon, payments to a luxury car dealer and a jewelry retailer, and golf expenses.

The count of mail fraud with which Lanzana is charged carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the scheme. The count of commodities fraud carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, or twice the gross gain or loss.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, and special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of John R. Tafur, with the investigation leading to the arrest. He also thanked the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement for its role in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David W. Feder of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Cyber Crime Unit.

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

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United States Postal Service holiday package theft prevention/awareness campaign

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Midland Park NJ, from the Midland Park Police Department :

Midland Park residents………
From the United States Postal Service….The U.S. Postal Inspection Service would like to notify local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel that due to the increased amount of holiday deliveries USPS employees will be working extended holiday hours including delivering mail through the evening hours and they may be utilizing non-USPS vehicles.

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Midland Park Police Department : Organization Currently Soliciting for Ads has No Affiliation with any Midland Park Sports Organization

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Midland Park NJ, Midland Park Police Department warns all Midland Park residents be advised this organization is currently soliciting for ads in this journal. THEY HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH THE TOWN AND ARE NOT SOLICITING ON BEHALF OF ANY MIDLAND PARK SPORTS ORGANIZATION , if you have any questions please contact Midland Park Police Department.

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“It’s snowing, the roads are terrible, stay home. Thank you!”

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Midland Park  NJ, our neighbor to the north , Midland Park is the home of the best snow storm quote for the Blizzard of 2018 . From the Midland Park Police Department’s Facebook page, that’s says it all  :

Midland Park Police Department
November 15 at 5:21 PM ·
Traffic Advisory….
It’s snowing, the roads are terrible, stay home. Thank you!

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Watch Out Seniors a Midland Park Pharmacy is Filling Prescriptions in the Wrong language !

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Midland Park NJ, watch out seniors , the Ridgewood blog has learned that the CVS in Midland Park on Godwin Avenue has been filling drug prescriptions all in Spanish. Great if you speak Spanish but leaving English only speakers with no way to verify if the prescription is correct putting some seniors in serious jeopardy .

The report came in on Thrursday and raised a lot of eyebrows given the epidemic of prescription drug abuse gripping Bergen County .Midland Park which according to the 2010 census was 92.82% white and only 6.65% Latino made the even more particularly concerning .

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day October 27th

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police Department reminds residents that National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

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Ridgewood Water will be hosting a series of Community Open Houses in Wyckoff, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Glen Rock

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water announced that it is hosting a series of Community Open Houses in Wyckoff, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Glen Rock to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about Ridgewood Water’s regular maintenance, system upgrades, and compliance with new and evolving regulations for drinking water, including Per – and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS are man-made chemicals that are found to be widespread and extremely persistent in the environment.

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Midland Park hit by Ongoing PSE&G and IRS Scams

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Midland Park NJ, the Midland Park Police Department would like to remind you of the ongoing PSE&G and IRS scams. PSE&G and the IRS do not solicit for payment by phone or require payment by gift card. If you receive a phone call from someone representing themselves to be a PSE&G or IRS employee who is requesting money please hang up the phone.

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Murphy Signs DePhillips bill putting New Jersey at the forefront of science and technology

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Midland Park NJ,  Legislation (A3652/S2329) sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips establishing a state commission on science, innovation and technology is now law.
DePhillips said the new law will help make New Jersey one of the most innovative states in the country in science and technology. New Jersey is currently a global leader in biotechnology, especially pharmaceuticals, but other states have been ramping up their efforts to get the industry to come to them.

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