Thursday, June 13, 2013
Teaneck senator says Democrats backing the Republican governor are “surrendering” party values.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has lambasted fellow Democrats for backing Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. In a statement, the Teaneck senator said officials elected as Democrats owed it to their constituents to support the party ideals. “Democrats who endorse Republican Governor Chris Christie are being less than true to the people they were elected to represent and are, in fact, undermining the trust of their supporters. There is a difference between bi-partisan cooperation on policies and surrendering the basic beliefs and core principles that are so important to Democratic voters and our belief in what government can and should do,” Weinberg said. “Christie’s Republican agenda not only ignores the needs of middle class …
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Father of teen killed in shooting to speak in Englewood
The father of a slain teenager later turned gun-control activist will speak at a public forum on gun violence in Englewood Wednesday night. Ron Davis’ 17-year-old son, Jordan, was gunned down on Thanksgiving in Jacksonville, Fla. He will speak at Englewood's Community Baptist Church along with State Sen. Loretta Weinberg and radio host Mark Riley from 7 to 8 p.m. at 224 First Street. Englewood Councilman Wayne Hamer, who helped organize the event, said the discussion would offer a legislative and personal viewpoint on gun violence. Michael David Dunn allegedly shot Jordan Davis after confronting him over loud music the teen was listening to in an SUV, the Associated Press reported. Dunn reportedly claimed he thought the teen was armed, …
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Teaneck commemorated Memorial Day with a patriotic observance ceremony on the Municipal Green, drawing a crowd of officials, residents, veterans and service members. The patriotic ceremony drew hundreds of people to hear speeches by Jason Castle, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, and retired New Jersey National Guard commander Jorge J. Martinez. Castle, a Teaneck resident, was initially uninvited from speaking over his criticism of township officials, but re-invited through a 5-0 council vote after scores of residents and veterans rallied to support him. In his speech, Castle spoke of his Marine Corps service and reflected on his fellow service members. The town's annual Cedar Lane festival also offered a range of fun for scores of …
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Christie's political ambitions could mean veto if governor wants to appeal to national Republican primary voters
Democrats say the multibill gun-reform package they are poised to send to the governor’s desk can be a model for other states, but there are no guarantees that it will become law. That’s because it remains unclear whether Gov. Chris Christie's potential national ambitions might cause him to take a more conservative stance on gun laws than he has in the past. If he does, it could result in him vetoing or conditionally vetoing the legislation. Christie, a former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, has endorsed an assault-weapons ban in previous political races and is on record supporting a state one-gun-per-month limit. Academics who study New Jersey politics said the gun issue has a low profile and is unlikely to affect statewide races. If the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Leader says assembly will not move on senate legislation unless ammunition limit is included, according to report.
Friday, April 26
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said Friday she would back a bill to shrink the capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds, the Star-Ledger reported. Stephen Sweeney, the State Senate president, didn't include the magazine limit in a package of gun control legislation headed to the senate's Law and Public Safety committee, the report said. There has been no action on the magazine-limiting proposal. Weinberg said a hearing set for Tuesday was only the start of a process. Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald said the Assembly would not move forward on the Senate's gun bills if they did not include the lower ammo limit, according to the newspaper report. Weinberg has been pushing for a host of new gun control measures…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions
A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. "The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Weinberg, Pascrell, Gordon urge residents to lobby for new gun laws.
With the failure of proposed gun control measures to pass the U.S. Senate this week, gun control proponents turned their focus to the state level in a rally on Sunday. “Stand Up for Gun Sanity,” sponsored by the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and held at Ridgewood’s Christ Episcopal Church, featured Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9), Joseph Chuman, leader of the Teaneck-based Ethical Culture Society, State Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Robert Gordon (D-38), as well as several speakers from around the county. “We support the second amendment rights of law abiding Americans,” Pascrell said. “We support citizens’ right to possess firearms for hunting, shooting sports, defense—lawful and legitimate purposes. But we insist…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Senator Loretta Weinberg to speak at Ridgewood event
A number of prominent gun control activists will be gathering in Ridgewood on Sunday for a "sanity" rally. The "stand up for gun sanity" rally – which features speakers and the screening of film Living for 32 – is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Ridgewood's Christ Episcopal Church. "Come stand with the majority who support common sense legislation to prevent homicides, suicides and mass murders," the flyer reads. Featured speakers include: The event will also feature a screening of the film Living for 32, a film exploring both the 32 victims of the Virginia Tech shooting and the average of 32 people killed by guns on a daily basis in America.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Host of gun regulations and instant background check system proposed by State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Teaneck council's push to have schools and counties share the tax appeal burden meets opposition.
Wednesday, April 3
Bergen County's tax official expects to process around 15,000 tax appeals this year, a record-setting number, according to a report on northjersey.com. In Teaneck, the council is considering bonding $2.2 million to cover a slew of property tax appeals. The township is set to make its case for borrowing before the Local Finance Board next week. The council also passed a resolution calling the tax appeals an "inequitable burden" and seeking to have the school district and county pitch in to cover their slice of the $2.2 million in appeals. The council's move backs pending legislation that would share the payments with schools and county government. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, however, has said the town should be responsible …