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Kate Steinle

December 1,2017
by Kevin Ryan

San Francisco Ca, Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, the illegal immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015 as she walked on a pier with her father, has been found not guilty of murder. The San Francisco jury only found him guilty of a single gun possession charge.

Garcia Zarate, 45, a felon with 7 prior convictions related to heroin possession and manufacture, had been deported from the U.S. 5 times, yet kept sneaking back in. He was actually released from custody by San Francisco authorities just 2 months before the shooting, despite an order from federal immigration authorities requesting the city keep him in custody so they could pick him up and deport him.

San Francisco is a “sanctuary city” that does not cooperate with federal authorities on locating and deporting illegal immigrants. Garcia Zarate admitted to going to San Francisco to take advantge of its sanctuary city status. The case sparked national outrage and debate over sanctuary cities as well as border security.

He had faced 15 years to life on a second-degree murder charge in the Steinle shooting, though jurors, 3 of which were immigrants themselves, were also allowed to consider first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. His defense argued that the gun, which he claims to have found in a dumpster, had gone off accidentally. The gun was later found to have been stolen.

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Former Democrat mayor of Paterson, N.J, was sentenced to 5 Years in prison

Senator Bob Menendez, Nellie Pou, and Jose "Joey" Torres

photo Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.,Senator Bob Menendez, Nellie Pou, and Jose “Joey” Torres.

November 15,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Paterson NJ,  Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that Jose “Joey” Torres, the former mayor of Paterson, N.J, was sentenced to prison today for directing that city employees perform work at a private warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew while the employees were being paid by the city. Three former supervisors in the Paterson Department of Public Works also were sentenced today.

Torres, 59, of Paterson, N.J., was sentenced today to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable in Hudson County. Torres pleaded guilty on Sept. 22 to a charge of second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct. As a result of his guilty plea, he forfeited his position as mayor and is permanently barred from public office and public employment in New Jersey. He is jointly and severally liable with his co-defendants for paying restitution of $10,000 to the City of Paterson for payments, including overtime payments, made to city workers for the time they spent working at the private warehouse.

The following three co-defendants pleaded guilty on Sept. 22 to third-degree conspiracy charges and each was sentenced today by Judge Venable to a three-year term of probation:

Joseph Mania, 51, of Randolph, N.J., Supervisor, Paterson DPW Facilities Division;
Imad Mowaswes, 53, of Clifton, N.J., Supervisor, Paterson DPW Traffic Division; and
Timothy Hanlon, 31, of Woodland Park, N.J., Assistant Supervisor, Paterson DPW Facilities Division.

Those men also forfeited their jobs with the city and are permanently barred from public employment.

Deputy Bureau Chief Jeffrey Manis and Deputy Attorneys General Cynthia Vazquez and Peter Baker prosecuted the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. The defendants were indicted in an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau and the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau North Squad.

“Joey Torres corruptly used his vast power as mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city to serve his own selfish ends, when he should have been serving the residents of Paterson,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Torres thought he was above the law and is now on his way to prison. This prison sentence demonstrates that nobody is above the law, least of all public officials who brazenly abuse the authority entrusted to them.”

“By unlawfully using on-the-clock city workers to assist with a family business, Mayor Torres put his own interests ahead of the interests of city residents and compromised the integrity of his office,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Public corruption takes many forms, but it always has the corrosive impact of undermining good government and public trust. We will continue to make these cases a top priority.”

“Torres betrayed many staff and colleagues who unknowingly believed in him, but his betrayal of the residents of Paterson, whom he was entrusted to serve, is by far the worst of all,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I commend the State Police Official Corruption North Bureau and their partners for bringing justice to the people of Paterson.”

The investigation revealed that, at Mayor Torres’ behest and under his supervision, Mania, Mowaswes and Hanlon performed work and/or assigned subordinate employees of the Department of Public Works (DPW) to perform work at a private warehouse facility at 82 East 15th St. in Paterson. The facility was leased by “Quality Beer,” a limited liability company formed by Torres’ daughter and his nephew. The tasks performed by the DPW workers included renovation, painting, carpentry, and electrical work. The work was performed on various dates between July 2014 and April 2015, while the three supervisors and other DPW workers were “on the clock” working for and being paid by the City of Paterson. The daughter and nephew intended to use the warehouse as a wholesale liquor distribution facility, but they ultimately terminated the lease after failing to obtain the necessary permits and license from the state.

The investigation further revealed that Mania, in his capacity as a DPW supervisor, caused false time-keeping records to be submitted to the city, including overtime verification forms and bi-weekly timesheets. These records falsely stated that Mania and other DPW employees were working overtime details on legitimate city projects, when, in fact, Mania knew that he and the other employees spent at least part of these overtime shifts working at the private warehouse. By submitting and signing off on these timekeeping records and authorizing the overtime details, Mania caused the city to make overtime payments to himself and other employees for hours spent performing private work for the mayor and his relatives, with no connection to any legitimate city business. Mania’s co-defendants, including the mayor, also were charged with falsifying these records as accomplices and co-conspirators.

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North Bergen Sister of Boston Marathon Bombers accused of threatening a woman

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November 14,2017

David Henderson and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

North Bergen NJ, for those who don’t believe the system is being sucked dry by people who hate us, Ailina and Bella Tsarnaev, sisters of the Boston Marathon bombers, are living as unwed welfare mothers in North Bergen with Katherine Russell, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in the aftermath of the bombing.

Being on welfare hasn’t stopped Ailina from getting arrested on a counterfeiting charge for which she didn’t appear. and also making bomb threats..The 24-year-old, of North Bergen, New Jersey, is accused of threatening a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her partner.

She also was arrested in 2009 on charges she left the scene of an accident, but the case was dismissed. Prosecutors also said Tsarnaeva failed to cooperate with a police officer investigating the passing of a counterfeit bill by a group of people eating at an Applebee’s restaurant in the South Bay Center, a mall in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, on April 16, 2010.

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Three vehicles have been stolen from residential driveways since October 31st in Glen Rock

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November 13,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Glen Rock NJ, Three vehicles have been stolen from residential driveways since October 31st. In each case the vehicles were unlocked and the key fobs were in the vehicles, making detection extremely difficult as no forced entry was involved. Two of the three vehicles have been recovered in Newark. A vehicle stolen this morning also had a credit card in it that was used at a fast food restaurant in Irvington. Surrounding towns have also been experiencing a rash of stolen vehicles overnight from driveways, in all of these cases key fobs were left inside unlocked vehicle.

In Glen Rock, the stolen vehicles include a 2016 Lexus GC from Windham Place on October 31st, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Yardley Court on November 7th and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Highland Road on November 13th. Detectives are investigating a limited number of leads, including video surveillance from a resident whose vehicles were locked and therefore not taken:

Any residents or business owners with video surveillance systems are asked to check overnight activity for any persons who may have entered their driveways or yards in a similar manner. Detectives are interested in viewing any of these images as the investigation progresses. Those with video surveillance are asked to contact Det. Jim Calaski at (201) 670-3948 or Det. Mike Trover at (201) 670-3947.

All motorist and residents are reminded that there is no place, including your driveway, where it is safe to leave a vehicle with the keys or key fob inside. Lock your vehicle and take the keys with you at all times. Do not leave valuables in plain sight.

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Glen Rock Police Department Warns Residents on the Dangers of Key Fobs Left in Cars

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November 12,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Glen Rock NJ, The Glen Rock Police Department warns residents  that Glen Rock as well as the surrounding towns have again been experiencing a rash of stolen vehicles overnight from driveways. All vehicles that are being stolen have the KEY FOBS LEFT INSIDE making it extremely easy for thieves to steal them. Please remember to remove your key fobs from your vehicles and lock the doors.

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Reader asks Do you really think handouts work well for the poor?

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You say: “That is not why I voted for him though. I am always willing to pay a little more as long as there are children in this state going to bed hungry every night.” You either are joking or are super naive. How is Murphy better than Guadagno or Christie with regards to poverty? Do you really think handouts work well for the poor? You have never tasted socialism. I come from such a country and it sucks, BADLY. I hope you or your kids don’t get to see it for yourself. You can’t erase poverty by forcefully taking $$ from one side and giving it to the poorer side. Doesn’t work. It only makes it worse for both sides and in the end nobody is better off. By the time you realize it didn’t work all has gone to ruins. To me it seems like people are bored with what they have and want to experiment. Good luck with that.

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2017 General Election Results by District for Ridgewood


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In the words of renown local landscape architect James Rose , “the problem is you live here “

November 8,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, 2017 General Election Results by District for Ridgewood  : 

While “high taxes”  and “opioid crisis” where the key issues, residents voted in overwhelming numbers for the person or persons who promised to raise taxes on everything and create a sanctuary state. From yesterday results it does appear the state has committed fiscal suicide .

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Saddle River Police Report High End Auto Thefts and Burglaries by Felony Lane Gang

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November 7,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Saddle River NJ, Saddle River police report that Saddle River and several neighboring jurisdictions have experienced high end auto thefts and auto burglaries. If everyone removes the keys and key FOB’s from their vehicles these thefts will stop. Locking your vehicle when its in the driveway prevents car burglaries from occurring and deters criminals from our area.

If you see suspicious activity call the Saddle River Police desk anytime at 201-327-5300 or call 9-1-1

There has been an uptick in residential burglaries countywide. It’s getting dark earlier and that can provide thieves the cover of darkness they like to operate in. If you have an alarm system make sure you activate it, even if you’re just running out for a few minutes. Remove your valuables from the master bedroom and it’s closet. If you have a safe make sure it is securely bolted in place. Even large safes have been carried out of homes during burglaries. Adjust your light timers accordingly to illuminate your residence to help deter an intruder. Security cameras are a great tool. Check your system now to make sure its functioning properly before an incident may happen.

Most crimes are prevented or criminals are caught when the public assists the Police by reporting suspicious persons and activity. Discuss this with your neighbors, family and friends. Advise them to secure their homes and to report suspicious activity when it is observed, not the following day. The eyes and ears of the community are of great assistance in preventing and solving crimes. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the police desk @ 201-327-5300 or by calling 9-1-1

For additional information or assistance please call Saddle River Police headquarters anytime at 201-327-5300.

Also be aware that the Felony Lane Gang is active in our area. They break into vehicles and steal identities. They target areas that women and mothers attend hoping to steal a purse that has been left behind by a busy women. This gang targets gyms, parks, daycare centers, and sporting events likely to be frequented by women and increasing the chances of finding purses left in vehicles; they conduct surveillance at these locations and unlawfully enter vehicles through unlocked doors or by using a window punch to break the window of a locked vehicle; and they specifically look for identification such as driver licenses, checks, and debit cards. Make sure any valuables and purses aren’t left in a vehicle to be stolen by these criminals.

Just a few simple steps will reduce your chances of being victimized by these criminals.

For additional information or assistance please call Saddle River Police headquarters anytime at 201-327-5300.

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Bergen County Native Among those Killed in the Lower Manhattan Terror Attack on Tuesday

Darren Drake

November 2,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

New Milford NJ, we are sorry to report that  Darren Drake, a New Milford native and former school board president, was among those killed in Tuesday’s terror attack in Lower Manhattan. Drake, 33, was a project manager at Moody’s Investors Service at Seven World Trade Center.

Assemblymen Bob Auth District 39 issued the following statement , “I am deeply saddened by the attack of our fellow neighbors in New York City yesterday afternoon. My prayers, and the prayers of my family, go out to the victims and their families. I am especially saddened to hear that New Milford council candidate, Darren Drake, was among those who succumbed to his injuries. He had been elected to the New Milford school board and eventually became president of body. He will be missed by many. ”

Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi District 39 said , “I just heard that one of those killed in yesterday’s terrorist attack was a Bergen County resident. I am someone who is a realist on immigration issues. I believe in a pathway to citizenship for people who have built their lives in the US while working, paying taxes and providing for their children. However, if we turn NJ into a Sanctuary State, game over. We are literally advertising to every single person who comes into the US illegally, to every person who has a nefari…ous purpose for being here, that we as a State will not only welcome them but we will provide them with driver’s licenses and benefits, we will refuse to cooperate with Homeland Security and ICE and we will HARBOR TERRORISTS. As a legislator representing Bergen and Passaic counties, counties that the terrorist directly impacted and lived in, I say NO. If you care about the future of this State you must vote against us being a Sanctuary State and you must vote for representatives who pledge to fight against it. Make you voices heard on November 7th.”

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Again New Jersey Ranks Worst in Tax Climate for Business

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file photo by Boyd Loving

October 30,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, in the Tax Foundation’s annual comparison of state business climates New Jersey has once again ranked at the bottom of U.S. states  as it has since at least 2015.

While neighboring states  Delaware 15, Pennsylvania 26, Connecticut 44 , and New York 49.

The think tank ranked New Jersey 36th in unemployment insurance tax, 42nd in corporate business taxes, 46th in sales taxes, 48th in individual income taxes and dead last in number 50 in property taxes.

Joining New Jersey at the bottom of the ranking were New York, California, Vermont, Minnesota, Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, Louisiana and Rhode Island.

Over two million people left New Jersey between 2005 and 2014, taking billions of dollars in income and economic activity with them, according to a state business group that blames high taxes for the exodus. Is anybody listening ?