August 10, 2008 (Harrison NJ). Harrison Garden's Executive Director and former Councilmember Mike Rodgers this week has continued to enforce the prohibition apparently in the public housing lease agreement that prohibits tenants from flying flags outside their apartments. Harrison Garden's resident Marie O'Brien wanted to fly the American Flag outside her apartment in honor of her daughter, Jennifer, who will be serving in the armed forces starting next month. In any other neighborhood, the American flag would be welcomed. Not in the Harrison Garden's neighborhood. Here is where a rule needs to be broken. Let Rodgers or any Harrison Public Housing official and/or worker take down Marie O'Brien's American flag. In this turbulent time of war, how can Mike Rodgers deny a mother the right to fly the American Flag in honor of her daughter.
August 14, 2008 (Harrison, NJ) The Department of Education released budget information for school districts throughout New Jersey. In Harrison, the cost per student has risen to $16,898 per student compared to Kearny which is $11,725 and East Newark which is $9,705. Harrison is an Abbott District while Kearny and East Newark are not.
The Department of Education has also published administrative salaries. The following are Harrison's administrative salaries.
September 3, 2008 (Harrison, NJ) At the end of August 2008, the Red Bulls held a ceremonial laying of the first beam on the Red Bulls Stadium site in Harrison. The Star Ledger ran an article entitled Soccer Team takes a Step Towards its Goal by Maura McDermott. At yesterday's council meeting, a resolution was passed for an operating agreement between the Town of Harrison and the owners of the Red Bulls. Attached to the town's resolution was a detailed planning board resolution which revealed some interesting facts about the redesigned Red Bull's stadium.
September 2, 2008 (Harrison, NJ) After a two month hiatus, the Harrison Mayor and Council return to a full agenda for their September 2, 2008 meeting.
Of particular interest is the proposed acceptance of a Development Agreement between the Town of Harrison and the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls began construction of a 25,000 seat stadium on the former Guyon Steel property at the intersection of South Frank E. Rodgers Blvd and Cape May Street. Shouldn't the Red Bulls have had approval of the Development Agreement before they started construction? The development agreement is suppose to set forth who will be responsible for infrastructure improvements necessary for the project.
September 5, 2008 (Harrison, NJ) According to Senator Steven Oroho of the 24th Legislative District, the recent COAH regulations would impose a 2.5% tax on the Red Bulls stadium in Harrison. The Senator estimates that the 2.5% tax will add another 5 million dollars to the cost of building the stadium.
Senator Oroho stated that “Piling new taxes on the Red Bull Park project only serves to undermine the $39.4 million in taxpayer-financed bonds that have already been invested to acquire the stadium site. These bonds are secured by future in-lieu-of-tax payments from the stadium and the larger Harrison Metrocentre public/private development project. Instead of talking about urban redevelopment and smart growth projects, maybe the politicians in Trenton should stop taxing them".