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Passaic County Judge Esther Suarez nominated as Hudson County prosecutor

first_img News By John Heinis – June 24, 2015 2:13 pm 1 After three years without a Hudson County prosecutor, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has nominated Passaic County Judge Esther Suarez to fill the vacancy and become the first woman to ever hold the position. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewBack in February, Suarez – who was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010 – lived in Wayne, but real estate records showed her house was up for sale. Now, Christie’s nomination – which was made public on Monday – lists her as being a resident of Secaucus.Suarez, a native of Bayonne, attended Rutgers University where she received her undergraduate degree, before earning her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University Law School in 1997.Additionally, Suarez is a former member of high-powered Lyndhurst law firm Scarinci Hollenbeck, working at the firm for a couple of years in the late 90s.After winning a publicized lawsuit regarding longevity payments against the city of Hoboken in late 2000, Suarez was an easy pick to serve as the city’s corporation counsel – beginning in July 1, 2001. Living in the Mile Square City at the time, Suarez left her city counsel job in 2003.She was then appointed as Bergen County counsel in 2003 by then-County Executive Dennis McNernery.The next year, Suarez was tapped to investigate allegations that Bergen County and statewide officials, including McNernery and then-Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero, had county police officers chauffeur them to Yankee games, among other activities.The investigation revealed that the endeavors ran up a bill of approximately $1,000 in police overtime, as The Record reported.Suarez married Keith Furlong, the vice president of the Catania Consulting Group who serves as the Passaic County spokesman, in 2009.Back in February, Suarez was one of three possible names – along with North Bergen Public Defender Julio Morejon and Acting Prosecutor Gaetano Gregory – profiled by Hudson County View as the next potential Hudson County prosecutor.Weeks after being named a Passaic County judge, Suarez served as the treasurer to a political committee affiliated with Union City Mayor/state Senator (D-33) Brian Stack.While Morejon received the support of a number of Latino organizations touting him to be the next prosecutor in Hudson, he apparently was never able to ease the tensions that existed between him and Stack.Stack, state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-33), also the North Bergen mayor, will play a major role in the nomination being approved by the state Senate.Christie had stated last year that the three Hudson County senators could not agree on a pick for prosecutor, and out of senatorial courtesy, the position remained vacant.Suarez would potentially replace Edward DeFazio, who left the position in June 2012 and is now a Hudson County Superior Court judge.Suarez could not be reached for comment. Ethics! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Julio Morejon Hudson County Prosecutor? Ha! Give us a break! Is this the same Julio who was featured on Channel 12 News for over billing Union City’s Housing Authority? We here that HUD’s Inspector General is currently investigating this matter. Crime 1 COMMENT TAGSchris christieesther suarezgaetano gregoryjulio morejon SHARE June 25, 2015 10:08 am at 10:08 am Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction center_img Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say BayonneHobokenJersey CityNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWest HudsonWest New York Comments are closed. Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleAssembly panel advances Prieto bill to appropriate $300M to pension systemNext articleSacco wants ’eminently qualified’ Suarez as Hudson County prosecutor John Heinis Facebook Twitter Passaic County Judge Esther Suarez nominated as Hudson County prosecutorlast_img read more

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Exiled Chinese billionaire’s $300M lawsuit dismissed

first_imgFrom left: Shiya Pan and Guo Wengui (Credit: Wikipedia, Getty Images, iStock)A judge dismissed a $300 million lawsuit against Chinese developer SOHO China and principal Shiya Pan, according to court documents filed today.New York Supreme Court Judge Paul Goetz dismissed a complaint brought by Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese billionaire and real estate developer who alleged he had been unjustifiably sued by Soho two years ago. The judge found no indication that the 2017 lawsuit had been “perversely utilized” by Soho for any other goal than to protect its reputation.In his complaint, Guo accused Soho of a “malicious and knowingly baseless attempt to badger [Guo] through unjustifiable litigation.” Guo alleged that as a result of that case, his construction projects were canceled and he lost rental income. He sought $300 million in damages and attorney fees.READ MORESOHO principals lend $63M to ChetritGuo drops asking price on Sherry-Netherland apartment to $67M Soho ’s lawsuit had accused Guo of slander for accusing the company on social media of improperly procuring favorable zoning changes to increase the value of its development, colluding with Chinese government officials and breaking regulatory agreements. Guo even called into question the true ownership of Soho, alleging that high-ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party “secretly own and control” Soho.Soho dropped its case in 2018 while a motion to dismiss from Guo was still pending.Guo, who also goes by Miles Kwok and Kwok Ho Wan, has been outspoken about corruption in the Chinese government and has been seeking asylum in the United States since 2014. Guo’s whistleblowing has drawn the ire of “corrupt individuals” who hope to maintain their “ill-gotten wealth,” his complaint alleged.Soho, China’s largest office developer, partnered with Brazilian financier Moise Safra to acquire a 40 percent stake in New York City’s GM building in 2013. Soho also experimented with co-working through its brand 3Q, which debuted in 2016 and leased 16,000 desks in Beijing and Shanghai. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Bed-Stuy townhouse tops Brooklyn luxury contracts

first_img126 Hancock Street and 85 North 3rd Street (Google Maps, Corcoran)Brooklyn’s luxury home market didn’t take a vacation the last week of August.While Manhattan has seen an exodus of people — and a decline in deals — following the coronavirus, the Brooklyn market has proven quite active.For the week ending Aug. 30, well-heeled buyers snapped up 13 properties, each asking $2 million or more, similar to last week’s 15 deals, according to Compass’ market report. However, sales volume fell considerably from $58.5 million to $34.2 million week over week.Read moreManhattan homes with outdoor space sell at 5% premiumIt’s never been more expensive to buy a home in the USCondo at the Oosten tops Brooklyn’s list of priciest contracts The contracts were for six condos, one co-op and six houses. The properties spent an average of 142 days on the market, had a median asking price of $2.6 million and an average listing discount of 1 percent.The most expensive deal, based on asking price, was for a 4,205-square-foot townhouse at 126 Hancock Street in Bedford Stuyvesant, built in 1886. The eight-bedroom home includes an 1880s pier mirror, four bathrooms and five decorative fireplaces. It was asking about $3.5 million.The second priciest unit was a condo in Williamsburg, at 85 North 3rd Street. The 2,250-square-foot pad has 75 square feet of balcony space and 11 oversized windows with views of Manhattan and Williamsburg. It went into contract for just under $3.3 million.Strength in the Brooklyn luxury market comes as existing home sales nationwide hit a new reported high: The median sales price reached $300,000 for the first time, based on July data.U.S. sales grew by 25 percent in July compared to the month prior, with more than two-thirds of homes being listed for less than one month before selling.Contact Orion Jones at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Seasonal standards

first_imgThough the new legislation will not affect member states’ powers to restrict the entry of unskilled workers from outside the EU, for example through quotas, national governments are concerned that it will create additional costs for their social services. The directive was among the four pieces of proposed EU legislation that prompted the highest number of opinions from national parliaments in 2010-11, according to the European Commission. “The political context is extremely difficult now,” Moraes said. “Even at the best of times, this kind of legislation is difficult. If the members [of the civil liberties committee] had simply looked at the politics of seasonal workers in the middle of austerity and not studied the actual proposal, this would never have passed.” But, he said, “we still need workers in the EU despite austerity, to keep the European economy growing, we have to have standards, we have to encourage good employers and to marginalise exploiters”. Seasonal workers from outside the European Union could gain new rights under legislation taking shape in negotiations between the European Parliament and national governments.  Negotiations began yesterday (30 May) with a meeting between MEPs and diplomats from Denmark, the holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers, and Cyprus, which takes over the presidency in July. This is the first time that the EU has legislated on non-skilled immigrants. MEPs endorsed draft minimum standards in an unopposed vote in the civil liberties committee in April, a result that surprised national diplomats as well as Claude Moraes, a centre-left British MEP in charge of the dossier. But Moraes says that stronger social protection for seasonal labourers, who typically work in tourism and agriculture, is not a priority for either Denmark or Cyprus. last_img read more

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Béla Fleck & The Flecktones ‘In Discussions’ To Reunite After 3 Year Hiatus

first_imgLet’s hope we hear more news about a Flecktones reunion sooner rather than later! It’s been more than three years since Béla Fleck & The Flecktones went on hiatus after a 24-year run, but now it looks as though that break might be coming to an end.Flecktones fan Connor Clay posited the question to Fleck and Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten on Twitter if there was any chance the group would be getting back together for a tour. Fleck’s response is music to our ears. Check out the interaction below:last_img read more

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Pink Floyd Offers Free ‘Live at Pompeii’ Stream [Watch]

first_imgWhile the chances of a Pink Floyd reunion remain much closer to 0% than 1%, the rock ‘n’ roll vets are determined to ease the quarantine blues. The band has uploaded Live at Pompeii to YouTube today, which will be available to stream for 24 hours only.Related: New Jersey Police Shut Down Pink Floyd Tribute Concert, Charge Musician For Disobeying Coronavirus LockdownOn April 16th, the band announced a weekly YouTube concert series which will see Pink Floyd share unseen, rare, and archived vault material for free over the coming weeks. Pulse, which features Floyd’s 1995 performance at London’s Earls Court, saw a 24-hour release last week, while the legendary October 1971 performance at an empty ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy gets the call this week.The film will appear as it did in Pink Floyd’s The Early Years box set from 2016 and will stream until tomorrow, April 25th, at 12:00 p.m. ET. During the performance, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason run through songs like “Echoes”, “A Saucerful of Secrets”, “One of These Days”, and more. Enjoy a momentary escape from quarantine and transport yourself to Pompeii below.Pink Floyd – Live at Pompeii[Video: Pink Floyd]As a followup to Live at Pompeii, next week Pink Floyd will stream their 1970 performance at KQED Studios in San Fransisco, CA. Head to the band’s website for the latest stream information.last_img read more

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Irish finish regular season with third straight loss to Stanford

first_imgSaint Mary’s sophomore Natalie Schultz said while the Irish did not reign victorious on Saturday, they did win the battle of the uniforms. “After they scored the last touchdown I gave up,” Schultz said. “Our helmets looked fantastic though compared to Stanford’s black ones, we just need to match up the pants to the helmets.” Schultz watched the game in her friend’s dorm room at Saint Mary’s. “My friends and I were so sad after the game, we actually began to watch ‘Twilight,’” Schultz said. The Irish football team closed out their regular season on a sour note, losing 28-14 at Stanford on Saturday. Freshman Sean Hamilton, a northern California native, cheered on the Irish at Stanford Stadium and noticed a prominent showing of Notre Dame fans. “About a quarter of the stadium were Notre Dame fans,” Hamilton said. “Pretty impressive considering Stanford set the record for amount of fans at their stadium.” Hamilton said the field conditions seemed horrible from his perspective in the stands. “The field was awful and looked to be really slippery,” Hamilton said. Hamilton said the outcome of the bowl game would largely rely on the opponent selected. “We play pretty consistently, we just need to see how it stacks up against the other team,” Hamilton said. “We always seem to make the same mistakes.” Saint Mary’s sophomore Jessica Carter said she thought the play of the Irish was terrible. “I thought we could have played a lot harder than we did,” Carter said. “I was really happy when Coach Kelly put in [Andrew] Hendrix because I felt like [Tommy] Rees was having a bad day. He just was not there.” Carter said she watched the game at home in South Bend with her family. She said she thinks the Irish have a good chance of winning their bowl game. “I hope we can play better,” Carter said. “The defense is doing better but I think we need to shape up our offense by giving the ball to [Michael] Floyd more.” Senior Julie Hyppolite chose not to watch the final regular season game of the year. “I was at a surprise birthday party for a family friend who turned 50, but was not pleased with the outcome,” Hyppolite said. Hyppolite said she hopes the team can play better for the bowl game. “I feel like we play really sloppy sometimes, but I think we can do well at the bowl game,” Hyppolite said. “We have a lot of talent on our team and I think they can put it together.”last_img read more

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Notre Dame commencement speaker changes

first_imgInstead of Lord Christopher Patten, Rev. Ray Hammond will deliver Notre Dame’s 169th Commencement address May 18, the University announced today in a press release.Patten had to cancel his scheduled speech at Notre Dame, as well as several other engagements for health reasons, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne told The Observer.Hammond, a Philadelphia native, is the founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston and was announced in March as an honorary degree recipient for this year’s ceremony.“We are disappointed that Lord Patten will be unable to join us and will keep him in our prayers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “At the same time, we are delighted and grateful that Rev. Ray Hammond has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2014.“His life’s story and work are an inspiration, and I know he will provide our graduates with a powerful address.”Browne said Jenkins’ personal interactions with Hammond played a role in the decision.“Fr. John had met [Hammond] personally and was impressed with his spiritual demeanor as well as his life’s accomplishments and thought he would deliver a powerful message to the students,” Browne said.Hammond entered Harvard University as a 15-year-old, earned his bachelor’s degree at 19 and his medical degree at 23, according to the release. He worked as a doctor before turning to ministry in 1976 and earned a Master of Arts degree in the Study of Religion (Christian and Medical Ethics) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1982, the release said.Hammond served as the former chair of the Boston Foundation and founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, which the release described as “an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders behind Boston’s successful efforts to quell gang violence in the 1990s.”He also has served as executive director of Bethel’s Generation Excel program, executive committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance, chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda and a member of the Strategy Team for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the release said. Beyond that, he is a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Math and Technology Charter High School.Tags: Commencement, Commencement Speaker, Graduationlast_img read more

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Services today and death notices for Oct. 19

first_img Steven L. Benoit, 68, of Hillister died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Homer Austin Baxter, 61, of Beaumont died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Bruce C. Johnson, 64, of Beaumont died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Death noticescenter_img Services todayDelores J. Hebert, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, 2 p.m.last_img

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OUT IN THE YARD — Tried and true technique ensures garden success

first_img Place plastic over the mixture and allow to cook for weeks or you can plant in it right away.Sandra planted in the garden right away as an experiment thinking it would never work. To her surprise, it did!After harvesting your garden for one season, add more layers for the next season. Newspaper is not added again.Thanks, Sandra, for helping us learn this tried and true technique! Scrolling through Facebook last week resulted in information from a newspaper posting describing a quick way to start an easy garden without having to dig up soil.It explained that you could place multiple layers of wet newspaper down on grass or weeds, place transplants on top of the wet newspaper and then spread soil over the whole thing.In Southeast Texas, the following proven garden technique works. It is called lasagna gardening. Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461.center_img Sandra Hoke, a volunteer from Shangri La Gardens and an Orange County Master Gardener, graciously shared this information with our master gardener group last year about making a lasagna garden.She provided us with 10 steps. I added step No. 1. According to Sandra, there’s still time to build your lasagna garden now for the fall.To make a lasagna garden, begin by selecting a sunny site with at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. Place cinder blocks, untreated landscape timbers or a rope to mark the area. A good height is 2 cinder blocks high or 2 timbers high.Stomp down grass and weeds. No need to pull weeds or grass. Apply six to eight thick layers of wet Refrain from using any shiny colored newspaper. Cardboard is used as a base layer if you have a hard time getting rid of weeds.Peat moss goes on top of the wet newspaper because it holds in the moisture. Completely cover the newspaper with the peat moss.Sprinkle compost from your compost pile or buy it by the bag.Sprinkle composted manure from horses, cows or chickens onto the lasagna garden.Sprinkle coffee grounds as the next layer.Tear up newspaper or use shredded paper from the paper shredder.Place compost over the shredded or torn paper so it will not blow away.Spread leaves over the compost.Add bone meal like parmesan cheese tops a lasagna.Lastly water, water, water the pile. The pile should now be around 12 inches tall.Sawdust from a carpenter’s shop and wood ash from your fireplace can also be added to this garden.last_img read more

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