Community News

September 9, 2008 (Harrison, NJ).  Councilwoman Carol Mandaglio announced that the Mayor and Council will hold a memorial candlelight vigil on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in front of the 9/11 Memorial located on Harrison Avenue at the Library Park Green.

The memorial event will be held rain or shine and all are welcome to attend.  The vigil will be dedicated to the all who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Mayor Joseph Smith announced that the  East Newark Mayor and Borough Council will hold a special ceremony  for the

Challenge to Harrison Redevelopment Ends

 

September 13, 2008 (Harrison, NJ).  A reliable source has informed KOTW that Anthony De Rose, Manny Amaral, and Steven Adler have settled their litigation against the Harrison Redevelopment Agency and Harrison Commons Inc and Harrison Commons LLC.  The settlements provide for substantial increases in the amount of money being paid for the properties located adjacent to the Harrison Path Station.  The Harrison Redevelopment Agency and Harrison Commons had come under increased pressure to move the redevelopment project forward to meet the town's commitment to the Red Bulls to provide a parking garage for its fans. 

September 25, 2008 (Harrison, NJ)  As promised here are the settlement amounts for Anthony DeRose, Manny Amaral and Steven Adler.  DeRose will receive 1.4 million for his property on Sixth Street.  Amaral will receive 4.5 million for his property along South Frank E. Rodgers Blvd.   Steven Adler will receive an initial 5 million to settle the "blight" count of his complaint.  In addition, Adler and the Harrison Redevelopment Agency will submit to arbitration two issues: 1. the value of Adler's buildings which have been demolished. 2. The contribution (if any) that Adler must make to the cost of removing contaminated soil from his properties. 

September 25,2008 (Harrison, NJ).  KOTW has received information from a reliable source that Harrison's Chief Financial Officer, Beth Higgins, will be vacating her position before the end of the year.  The official reason being given is that Higgins is vacating the position for personal reasons. 

Beth Higgins is the sister of Peter Higgins who is the Chairman of the Harrison Redevelopment Agency.   Peter Higgins and Mayor Raymond McDonough were the subject of a Star Ledger article almost a year ago which suggested that there was an ongoing Federal investigation in Harrison.  Mayor McDonough denied that there was an ongoing investigation or any wrongdoing.  Since then the Star Ledger has not followed up with any additional articles and it appears that Mayor McDonough was correct in his assertion that his administration was not under investigation.

October 15, 2008 (Harrison, NJ).  In an article published last year in the Star Ledger entitled "Little town a big target in hunt for corruption" reporters Jeff Whelan, Rick Hepp, and John P. Martin wrote that investigators were eyeing the McDonough administration for corruption.  Mayor Raymond McDonough denied in an Observer article that there was any investigation.  Almost a year later it appears that Mayor McDonough was correct.  There has been no news since the Star Ledger article was published on October 22, 2007.