Thursday, July 19, 2012
The two Democratic Freeholders have both said they’re undecided on whether to merge the two law enforcement departments, but they both say they want voters to be able to decide.
With an Aug. 17 filing deadline for ballot questions looming, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders members David L. Ganz of Fair Lawn and Joan Voss of Fort Lee renewed their call Wednesday for a public referendum on police consolidation. The two Democrats urged board chairman John Mitchell, a Cliffside Park Republican, to place a resolution on the freeholder calendar that if approved would put the question of whether the County Police and Sheriff’s departments should merge before voters in November. “We want to give the people the right to participate in this important decision about the future of law enforcement in Bergen County,” Ganz said in a statement, while Voss said she hasn’t yet decided whether a merger is called for, a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Bergen County Freeholder’s talk will air on cable access later in the week. This video provides a preview.
Bergen County Freeholder Joan Voss of Fort Lee discussed taxes, elections, the county budget and other issues Wednesday at the Fort Lee Public Library, where she was invited by the United Homeowners of the Borough of Fort Lee to speak with residents about county services. “People want to have a hands-on approach to government,” Voss said. “They want to know where their tax dollar is being spent.” She said about 30 percent of people’s taxes go toward running the municipal government, about 60 percent go to the school system and roughly 10 percent go to the county. She also said elections—whether school board, primary or general elections—are “very, very expensive,” costing the borough about $40,000 each. Voss described recent Freeholder …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mayor and Council unanimously approve anti-semitism resolution
The Mayor and Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism during Monday's work session, making New Milford the first municipality in Bergen County to pass such a measure. The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Hedy Grant, is a response to a string of anti-Semitic incidents that recently occurred in Bergen County. Among them: The resolution acknowledges that the residents of New Milford have a rich history of being tolerant to all faiths and religions and that "an attack on one faith or religion is an attack on all." According to the document, the Mayor and Council condemn all forms of hatred and anti-Semitism and encourage the use of law enforcement resources of Bergen County "to apprehend the perpetrators of …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Independent endorses Democrats during forum
- Myles Ma
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The candidates for Bergen County Freeholder Board agreed on one thing: Taxes will be the biggest issue for voters come Nov. 8. But they laid out different ways to deal with that issue at a candidates forum at Bergen Community College on Tuesday. The five candidates are vying for the seats of David Ganz, a Democrat who is running for re-election with Assemblywoman Joan Voss, and Bernadette McPherson, also a Democrat, who isn't seeking re-election. Republicans Joel Brizzi, of East Rutherford, and Anthony W. Rottino, of Franklin Lakes are hoping to wipe the Democrats off the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Brizzi accused Ganz, who has served on the Board for 9 years, of presiding over tax increases and corruption during his tenure. "We've heard …