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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.

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.

February 25, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) The Harrison Council will be meeting tonight to select an interim Mayor to serve out the remaining term of the late Mayor Raymond J. McDonough. The Harrison County Committee met last night to nominate three potential candidates that will be considered and voted on by the Harrison Council. The interim Mayor will serve out the Mayor's term which ends on December 31, 2014. The interim Mayor may or may not run for a full term.

Late Mayor Raymond McDonough and Harrison Town Council members. Photograph courtesy of Town of Harrison website

Based upon information obtained by KOTW, the Council is expected to nominate and select President of the Harrison Board of Education and Commissioner of the Harrison Redevelopment Agency James A. Fife as interim Mayor to serve out the remainder of the year. It is not clear whether Fife will seek an additional term. Fife is a close friend of Harrison School Superintendent and Harrison Councilman James P. Doran. Fife will have to give up the Harrison Board of Education Presidency to assume the role as interim Mayor. Fife will remain on the Harrison Redevelopment Agency.

Other candidates may announce their intentions of running after the appointment. The Primary Election is June 3, 2014 and the General Election is on November 4, 2014.

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.

February 17, 2014 (Harrison, NJ) Traffic along Harrison Avenue was diverted onto Hamilton Street to allow the Harrison Police and Fire Honor Guards and Elected Officials to assemble in front of Harrison Town Hall for Mayor Raymond J. McDonough's funeral. Mayor McDonough awaited an almost full to capacity Holy Cross Church church composed of a United States Congressman, New Jersey Assembly Members, Mayors from all of Hudson County, and Council members from Harrison, East Newark, and Kearny; as well as Police Officer, Firefighters, Emergency Services units, and Harrisonians wishing to bid the Mayor a farewell and support the Mayor's wife, Constance McDonough, and her family.

Honor Mayor Raymond McDonough and Governor Chris Christie in background at the Harrison Path Station Modernization Ground Breaking Ceremony. Photograph courtesy of The Observer

It was obvious that Mayor McDonough's wife, Constance McDonough, was receiving support from her family, friends and clergy but that the events of the past week had taken a toll on her. She was supported by her two brothers throughout the funeral mass and the ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetary in North Arlington.