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March 14, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos blames, among other factors, the State of New Jersey shortchanging the Town of Kearny on utility tax receipts for hosting two Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) power plants in South Kearny, for a property tax increase. Mayor Santos stated that per his calculations the Town of Kearny was suppose to receive 28 million dollars but only received 18.4 million dollars in utility tax receipts. The difference is a 9.6 million dollar shortfall.

PSEG Coal Burning Power Plants framed by the Pulaski Skyway in South Kearny NJ. Photo Courtesy

The shortfall is not the only item fueling a property tax hike. A $725,349 hike in employee health insurance; unanticipated overtime for police and fire in the amount of $640,000; cancellation of water contracts with the Towns of Nutley and Cedar Grove in the amount of $482,000 and an increase in sewerage fees to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission in the amount of $125,544.

Mayor Santos is seeking to receive 3 million dollars in state aid. But even with the expected state aid, property taxes will increase $70 for a home valued at $100,000. So a house valued at $400,000 would pay an additional $280.00 in property taxes. The above increase is only for the Municipal portion of the Town's total property tax bill. Increases in the Board of Education and/or County of Hudson will further increase the total property tax bill.

March 10, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) In October 1973, four clubs: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, The Irish American Club, The Four Provinces, and The Friends of Erin came together to form the United Irish Association.

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The first parade organized by this new association was in 1974. The founding members were: John Evans, Bob Reid, Desmond Boomer, Bob Carney, Dennis Smith, Ike O'Hagan, Frank Morgan and Eugene Docherty.

The tradition of holding the St. Patrick's Day parade through the streets of Harrison, East Newark and Kearny continues this coming Sunday, March 16, 2014 starting on Harrison and North 3rd Street in Harrison NJ starting at 2 p.m.

March 1, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos announced his support this week for Kearny On The Web. The latter statement is true but don't misinterpret it because Mayor Santos did not directly endorse KearnyOnTheWeb, the website, but that Kearny Businesses should be On The Web.

Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos. Photo courtesy Jersey Journal.

KOTW agrees and congratulates the Mayor on his effort to get businesses a web presence. Mayor Santos has started a push to get Kearny businesses on the web in order to increase their exposure and boost their bottomline. According to Mayor Santos only 50% of the businesses in the United States are online, while 97% of customers are searching for businesses on the web. What percentage of Kearny businesses are online is not known at this time. Mayor Santos and the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone (KUEZ) have partnered with Google to provide free services to Kearny businesses to get their business on line.

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For more information, contact the Executive Director of the KUEZ, John Peneda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also click on this link to go to the Google, New Jersey Get Your Business Online website which has videos and other instruction materials to help you not only get your website online but attract customers to it.

March 8, 2014 (Kearny, NJ) Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos and Hudson County officials have accused NJ Transit of derailing plans the Town of Kearny and Hudson County had for South Kearny. Specifically, Mayor Alberto Santos is upset that NJ Transit's proposal to build a backup power generation plant in South Kearny has derailed plans to redevelop the Koppers (Seaboard) Koke Redevelopment Area. Mayor Santos in cooperation with the Hudson County Freeholders have been trying to redevelop the area to boost ratables for the town and county.

New Jersey Transit Train. Photo courtesy NJ Transit

The Koppers (Seaboard) Koke Redevelopment Area is located in industrial section of South Kearny. The Area consists of two former industrial properties totaling approximately 227 acres and is owned by the Town of Kearny and the Hudson County Improvement Authority.

February 25, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) In typical Harrison Council fashion, the Harrison Council moved and appointed nominee James Fife as the interim Mayor of Harrison to serve until the end of the year. If you came fifteen minutes late, you would have missed the resolution and the swearing in. The mood was festive but at the same time surreal as you expected at any moment that the late Raymond McDonough would walk in and everyone would turn to greet him as he walked up to the Mayor's desk at the front of the council chambers. Of course, that isn't physically possible but it may be spiritually possible. Many in the chambers would have preferred that.

Interim Mayor James Fife moments after swearing in at Mayor's Desk in Harrison Town Hall.

KOTW, with its reliable sources, had broke the story this morning that the appointment of James Fife was in the works. The other two nominees for the Mayor's position were Maria Vila and Harold Stahl. The fix was in for Fife however with the Harrison Superintendent of Schools and Harrison Councilman James Fife having gotten the agreement from his fellow council members to nominate and appoint Fife. There are rumors that not all the councilmembers were in agreement with the nominees put forth by the County Committee but that is a fight for another day.