Bayonne Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) is calling on the state comptroller to investigate ex-Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) Reach NJ opioid program since the multimillion dollar advertising campaign did not not allocate any new funds to drug treatment.Â Screenshots via NJ Reach YouTube.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewChiravalloti said in a statement that since the program’s inception last year, nearly $34 million have been redirected from school funding including pre-school expansions, new school construction and the tuition aid grant program.Furthermore, the second term Assemblyman says the commercials served little purpose other than to increase Christie’s profile.“These advertisements were designed to promote Christie and was not solely created for the victims and families of the opioid epidemic. This is clearly evident by Christieâ€™s prominence in all the ads,” Chiaravalloti stated in a media release.“These ads were costly, took away from necessary funds and had a limited shelf life. These ads are unusable by any administration. This money could have been spent on treatmentprograms to directly assist victims of the epidemic – not wasted on production edits featuring Christie.â€In a January 30th letter sent to the Office of the State Comptroller, Chiaravalloti cites figures from the state Office of Legislative Services that call for further inspection:Unfortunately, former Governor Chris Christie chose to use money from underfunded budget needs. The Office of Legislative Services has reported that the transfer included:â€¢ $18.75 million from a debt-service fund for payments on school construction maintained by the NJ Department of Education (total from fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018)â€¢ $8.53 million from Tuition Aid Grants administered by the NJ Department of State (fiscal 2018)â€¢ $8.5 million from the New Jersey Building Authority, an interdepartmental account (fiscal 2018)â€¢ $5.62 million from Preschool Education Expansion Aid, an NJ DOE program (fiscal 2018)Given that “not one additional bed was opened, not one additional dollar was dedicated to treatment,” the Hudson County legislator wants clarification on who developed the campaign strategy, how consults were obtained and hired, as well as how certain programs were deemed to have excess funds.Christie’s Reach NJ commercials hit the airwaves in May and also has a limited reach on his YouTube page.The anti-addiction program cost the state approximately $42 million: $25 million for the 2017 fiscal year and $17 million in the 2018 fiscal year, The Record reported.“Recognizing that no life is disposable, Governor Chris Christie has acted with a strong commitment to change the conversation in how we treat drug abuse and drug addiction in New Jersey and working past the stigma associated with this disease,” according to Reach NJ’s website.“In doing so, New Jersey is leading the nation by advancing forward with a focus on treatment first to save lives, restoring hope and giving people the second chance they deserve.”Late last year, President Donald Trump (R) named Christie, an unsuccessful presidential candidate who was one of the first to drop out and endorse the controversial business tycoon, the chair of a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.The commission offered 56 recommendations, including expanding drug courts and increasing federal funding for addiction programs, to Trump in November (h/t PBS).The Office of the State Comptroller and Christie could not be reached for comment. Bayonne Chiaravalloti calls on comptroller to investigate Christie’s Reach NJ opioid program Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say By John Heinis – February 19, 2018 5:18 pm 0 CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Facebook Twitter Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articlePolice: 21-year-old arrested after calling in false rape report to Hoboken policeNext articleSeveral Hoboken council members take aim at Bhalla over new of counsel position John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops TAGSchris christieNick Chiaravallotinj assemblynj reachoffice of the state comptroller SHARE BayonnePolitics & Policy Bayonne
Previous articleAfter showdown at North Bergen Zoning Board, Vainieri vs. Wainstein feud wages onNext articleFor 1st time, Bayonne shows LGBTQ pride with flag raising John Heinis Facebook Twitter CrimeHoboken All part of the “vibrant” nightlife in Hoboken’s First Ward that Councilman DeFusco wants bring to less “vibrant” parts of Hoboken. BoogieNights Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By John Heinis – August 20, 2018 1:25 pm 1 Jersey City cop among 3 arrested in Hoboken for early Sunday morning street fights Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne Bayonne 1 COMMENT August 20, 2018 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm TAGSaggravated assaulthoboken policeJersey City Policestreet fight SHARE A Jersey City police officer was among three arrested in Hoboken early Sunday morning after at least two fights broke out in the middle of the street, authorities said.Â By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewAt approximately 2:56 a.m., Hoboken Police Sgt. Saverio Binetti called in a fight in the area of 1st and River Streets. He also requested an ambulance to the scene. As uniformed personnel arrived, they observed a group of about 40 people in the street, according to Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.They observed an unconscious male on the ground bleeding from a cut under his eye. He was being tended to by several bystanders, along with Officer Cynthia Rivera who was already on scene, officials said.As the officers attempted to disperse the crowd, they received information as to the person who caused the injury to the victim, authorities said.They observed Erik Castro, 24, a Jersey City resident and police officer, standing outside of 41 First St. He advised the officers that he struck the victim causing the injuries, police said.Several witnesses confirmed the defendantâ€™s role in the assault, along with defendant Kely Nunfio, also 24 and from Jersey City. He was found on scene as well, officials said.As the officers spoke with several witnesses, they were advised that both Castro and Nunfio struck the victim several times rendering him unconscious. He was also struck by the defendants while still unconscious on the ground, police said.According to authorities, they were both placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. The victim suffered serious head trauma from the assault.He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center Trauma Unit where he remained under observation. Castro was released on a summons, while Nunfio was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.Both defendants were charged with aggravated assault.Meanwhile, as Officers Matthew Rossi and John Hermann assisted with a previous street fight, they received a call of another fight in the area of 84 Washington St., police said.As the officers arrived, they observed Sgt. Donald Rosso on the ground struggling to place the defendant under arrest. A short distance away, they also observed a male lying on the ground unconscious, bleeding from the back of his head, authorities said.After a brief struggle, the defendant was eventually placed under arrest. Prior to the arrest, Rosso observed a large fight taking place in the street. As he exited his vehicle, he gave several commands to disperse, officials said.The defendant, David Fetchko, 23, of Bayonne, refused to comply and remained on top of the victim, continuously punching him in the head and face, police said.Fetchko was transported to headquarters, where he was processed for aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault and resisting arrest, before being remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.The victim sustained serious head injuries and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center. Rosso was also evaluated by medical personnel for injuries to his knees and was not able to complete his shift. Comments are closed.
In an ironic twist of fate, the NYC rental market doesn’t seem as weak as it seems. With the opening of Phase 2 in New York City, rental leasing activity has increased sharply. The new saviors for the rental market: recent Generation Z graduates and younger, single millennials. With the demographic change comes changes in renter needs. Outdoor space, property location, privacy, Covid-19 health protocol, and apartment size are the new “must-haves” for renters.Ironically, one of the newest rentals to feature all the must-haves is located in Elmhurst, Queens. The Elm West residences features 142-apartment rentals and was designed specifically to provide tenants the newest luxury living standards with the space of the suburbs. Opened in Summer 2020 by Pi Capital Partners, the new massive rental development features over 220,000 sf of large apartment living. The Elm West was upgraded in the months prior to opening to take into consideration the new social distancing and CDC health protocols. When you walk into the rental building, you are greeted by a large, spacious grand lobby. Face mask and social distancing signs are all around the lobby interior. Hand sanitizing stations are in the main lobby elevator banks. Pi Capital Partners took the opportunity to also enhance the fitness center with equipment spacing, complimentary wipes and plexiglass dividers in-between each workout station.Perhaps the greatest advantages of living at the Elm West is its location. Elmhurst has turned into the newest shopping mecca in Queens, NY. Within three blocks, tenants can walk to retailers including Costco, Target, Best Buy, Apple Store, Starbucks and more. Elmhurst also benefits from its proximity to two of the largest parks in New York City: Flushing-Corona Park, Forest Park, and Alley Pond Park. The Elm West has on-site parking and complimentary bike racks for its tenant. This additional service allows tenants an opportunity to quickly head into the city or drive out to nature. The Elm West is located directly on top of the Grand Avenue-Newtown MTA Subway Station and has direct access to the Q53-SBS, Q58 and Q60 bus lines.The Elm West feature Studio apartments starting at $1650/month, 1-Bedroom starting at $2150/month and 2-Bedrooms beginning at $2900/month. Each apartment features custom made cabinetry, white countertops, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Most apartments themselves have outdoor balconies or terraces. The building features full-time security staff and fitness center.ABOUT PI CAPITAL PARTNERSPi Capital Partners is a private real estate development company based in New York City focused on affordable housing, mixed-use living communities, and retail development projects. The family manages over 40 properties worth over $1 billion with the majority of assets in Manhattan and Queens NYC. Its core values are centered on social and economic improvement, community development, local collaboration, and exemplifying industry standards. Visit picapitalpartners.com.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was rocked in more ways than one during a turbulent visit to the Council of Ministers in Brussels last week to meet EU foreign affairs supremo Javier Solana.Not only was he greeted by an early contender for ‘best demo of 2004’, as protestors hollered slogans through a megaphone the size of a windsock, but he also had to contend with a guitarist belting out rebel songs for the delectation of fonctionnaires, who couldn’t miss a note in their Justus Lipsius offices.But if Uribe thought he’d had enough earache in Brussels, more was to come at the Strasbourg Parliament: on Tuesday (10 February) the hardline Colombian addressed MEPs and, whisper it quietly, there was a public execution. OK, it wasn’t a real one – it was staged by yet more protestors (from War on Want and Justice for Colombia) in the wake of wide condemnation of the visit. Some deputies were handcuffed and gagged in a show of solidarity with the country’s trade union movement which, it says, has hundreds of its members killed or ‘disappeared’ every year. Scores of MEPs also walked out of the chamber during the Colombian’s address. Mr Uribe is obviously a popular guy.
It’s a (funk) family affair! For one night only, Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science/Pretty Lights Live) and his father, Bobby, will team up with Richie Hart (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Don Patterson) and his son, James, for a funky family throwdown as 33 1/3. Rounding out this powerful lineup are Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), Deke Strauss, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Eddy Bishai and Jonathan Strange. 33 1/3’s album release party is going down at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on May 19th — get tickets here.Richie Hart and Bobby Deitch go way back to the Berklee College of Music, where they were classmates in the mid 70s, when funk music was at an all-time high. The friends often recorded together, and even performed together with Bobby’s son Adam and Richie’s son James when Adam was 17 and James was just 9 years old! It wasn’t until last year that Richie contacted Bobby to join forces and the two reunited in order to recreate the fire and bring their special brand of funk to today’s younger audiences.As all things come full circle, Richie is now a professor of Guitar at Berklee, with former students including Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Shmeeans! He has performed extensively with jazz greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws and Freddie Hubbard.Aside from being Adam’s proud dad, Bobby has been performing and recording as a drummer for over 40 years. Bobby is also a songwriter, producer, author and music educator. He has performed with notable musicians in funk, jazz and pop bands throughout the US. He is currently a drummer and musical director for the renowned tribute to Ray Charles, “Forever Ray”; drummer for the rock band, The “New York Hitmen”; and drummer on the newly released CD “The Richard Sorce Project.”James has practically been born in to the music business. He has witnessed and spent his childhood and teenage years surrounded by countless jazz greats such as George Benson and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He left successful bands such as Platinum and Hudson so that he could perform in 33 1/3. He is also producer of the new 33 1/3 CD.Adam Deitch, Shmeeans and Peter Levin will open up the evening, followed by 33 1/3 (Bobby Deitch, Richie Hart, James Hart, Shmeeans, Peter Levin, Eddy Bishai and Deke Strauss) as the main act! Doors at 7 PM // Show is 18+. Get tickets here!Win (2) tickets by entering the contest below:
Four drivers. One race. One championship.The stakes could not be higher for the Championship 4 of Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Under the sun, and then the lights, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one of them will raise the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup high above their heads as champion.For Truex Jr., a seven-time race winner this season, the title would be a career’s culmination, one full of unexpected twists and turns that somehow ended with him as the dominant driver of a dominant team housed in Colorado.For the others, crossing the start/finish line first among the four would yield a second career Monster Energy Series title. For Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, their previous titles came in the elimination-style format. It would be Brad Keselowski’s first in this playoffs format, as his previous title was in 2012.MORE: Starting lineup | Race-day snapshotBeyond the championship race, the spotlight is firmly affixed to Dale Earnhardt Jr. He will climb into the No. 88 Chevrolet for likely the final time in the Monster Energy Series, ending a 17-year career. Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick join Junior at the twilight of their NASCAR careers.It all adds up to iconic day ahead at Miami (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Get yourself fully prepped for today’s championship race below.FIRST TO THE FLAGMartin Truex Jr. is considered the favorite on Sunday. He has seven wins so far in 2017. Matt Sullivan | Getty Images• Preview: Want the highlights? Here’s a breakdown of the four championship contenders. | READ HERE• Fightin’ words: Kyle Busch didn’t mince words when asked about his relationship with Brad Keselowski. “Sometimes you just don’t like a guy,” he said during Media Day. There was plenty more when the drivers got together. | TOP QUOTES• Final exams: Saturday’s second practice session was noteworthy. Read up quickly on the highlights for every Championship 4 driver. | READ HERE• Line ’em up: See not only the full starting lineup in photos, but also crew chief listings and pit crew rosters. | READ HEREBrian Lawdermilk | Getty Images• Just a kiss: An in-car camera view during a Saturday practice yielded an unexpected shot when Martin Truex Jr. scraped the outside wall. | WATCH WHAT HAPPENED• Why ___ will win: For the second consecutive year, we’re telling you how every driver could win today’s race. | Kyle Busch | Kevin Harvick | Brad Keselowski | Martin Truex Jr.• Always by your side: This Championship 4 field has something in common beyond just being exceptional drivers — they all have exceptional women beside them. PHOTOS: Brad and Paige | Martin and Sherry | Kyle and Samantha | Kevin and DeLanaMORE TO WATCHBeyond deciding a series champion, there is plenty happening in Miami. Here’s the best of the rest. • Forever family: Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are like father and son. We explore their relationship. | READ HEREJared C. Tilton | Getty Images• #Appreci88ion: It’s Dale Jr.’s likely final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, and we’re taking a look back at top photos, paint schemes and moments from his incredible career. | READ HERE• Better together: Matt Kenseth joins Dale Jr. in riding off into the sunset. The two posed together for an iconic photo, with their throwback paint schemes no less. | WATCH THE MOMENT• Emotional goodbye: Two days before the season finale, Danica Patrick announced, in effect, her impending retirement from racing. She’ll run two marquee races next year, though. | READ MORE• Lasting legacy: What a ride it’s been for Danica. Take a glimpse through her career in photos. | DANICA PHOTOS
Eric Krasno welcomed John Mayer for the sixth installment of his Plus One podcast. The show, launched last month, has provided consistent star power with guests such as Dave Matthews, Marcus King, Chris Robinson, and more.The Soulive/Lettuce guitarist was joined by the high-profile solo artist Dead & Company guitar player for a wide-ranging conversation. The two discussed the songwriting process and how it changes with age, how they each find new music, and, of course, the Grateful Dead.Related: Eric Krasno Releases ‘Live At Garcia’s’ Album With E3 [Listen]In a preamble to the interview, Krasno admits that he has known Mayer for some time but that the two never got a chance to really sit down and have a full conversation like the one he is about to play. The interview actually comes from backstage at LOCKN’ in 2018 when Mayer was headlining in Dead & Company with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge. Krasno, meanwhile, was at the festival with Lettuce, who performed several times throughout the weekend including a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band. The two musicians go back quite a ways, stretching back to 2006 when Soulive actually opened for Mayer when he was touring in support of Continuum, an album Krasno says is a favorite of his to this day.The interview opens mid-conversation where Mayer says the prescient line, “I do find that interesting about people, that if both of us were on a deserted island…no, no, no. If the both of us had a virus we’d probably split the antidote and both die.” From there, Krasno inquires how Mayer discovers new music, which quickly transitions into Mayer’s assertion that many musicians at their age (they are both 42) begin to get “phased out.”“And I’m very curious in not getting phased out,” Mayer said. “That doesn’t always mean making what everyone’s making, but I think that if you can come to an understanding of it, you don’t have to get phased out.”The interview proceeds to cover a lot of ground in the proceeding hour of dialogue. Of course, the two touch on their wealth of Grateful Dead knowledge, with John’s tenure in Dead & Company as well as Krasno’s experiences playing with Phil and Friends. Rather than fanboying over their favorite “Playing in the Band” jams, the two musicians discuss appreciating the Dead’s music while still keeping their own styles and not attempting to emulate the band’s signature feel, with Mayer saying “it’s just not honest” to try and write a Dead song if you weren’t in the band.Listen to John Mayer on the Eric Krasno podcast Plus One.Eric Krasno Plus One — John MayerNew episodes of Plus One are available every Monday via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Osiris Media‘s website. Scroll down for a list of upcoming episodes.Ep 7: Mac AyresEp 8: John ScofieldEp 9: Derek TrucksEp. 10: QuestloveView Episodes
Continuing with the Council of Representatives’ recent focus on inclusivity at Notre Dame, student body president Pat McCormick offered members a preview of upcoming events and projects relating to social concerns. Following Monday’s talk by Sr. Helen Prejean on the immorality of the death penalty, McCormick said a pending execution presented the opportunity for interested students to get more involved with the issue. “There’s someone who has been sentenced to death right now, and it could be carried out in a few weeks,” he said. “So for those interested in some advocacy, there may be some going on at Notre Dame.” McCormick said a tentative upcoming campus visit by a high-profile name in the immigration debate could also relate to the issue of inclusion at the University. “This upcoming October there’s an historic opportunity for Notre Dame with Cardinal Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles,” McCormick said. “He’s interested in coming to Notre Dame to discuss the issue of human dignity at the center of immigration reform.” McCormick said Notre Dame’s history as an educational institution for the children of Irish immigrants makes it an ideal place for such debate. “Notre Dame is the perfect place to start this conversation since it was a place Irish immigrants could come to become part of the U.S. society,” he said. “For Mexican immigrants, but really just immigrants in general, it’s about expanding inclusion.” McCormick emphasized the need for campus debate to focus on the ethical rather the political aspect of the issue. “We’re doing our best to steer clear of politics, [and move] toward the dignity at the center of the issue for those involved not only immigrants but also law enforcement,” he said. “This could be a controversial issue, but if we focus as a student union on human dignity I think there’s a chance to do some really cool work.”
On a more personal note, O’Donnell, a mother of five, shares details of her homebound experience, as the world stays home to fight the coronavirus. “I’ve been painting with poured acrylics,” she says. “I’ve been doing a huge Lego thing with my daughter, who’s seven, and I’ve been making collages about the epidemic with my 17-year-old daughter.”O’Donnell worries about her 20-year-old son Blake, who continues his job at his grocery store. “He’s working at Wegman’s,” she says. “He works at the meat counter, and he said when he brings a truckload of meat to the counter, people are going crazy over it. He goes in every day and comes home, and I have anxiety about it. I know the grocery stores need to stay open, but I told him nobody would think it was bad if he wanted to give his notice. He’s like, ‘No, Mom. I’m going to do it.’ Between him and my son [Parker] in the Marines, we’ve got selfless boys that we raised here.”As for keeping her own sanity in check, O’Donnell offers some personal tips. “I’m getting through every day like everyone else,” she says. “I struggle with depression, so I’m keeping that in check. And I’m following the three basic rules that I tell people fighting depression or anxiety: Shower every day, get out in the sun and move your body.”And for two sure-to-be unforgettable hours on Sunday night, O’Donnell gets to do what makes her happier than everything: be a cheerleader for Broadway and the people that make it shine. “I don’t know how it’s going to go,” she says, excitedly. “It’s an experiment, a fundraiser, and everybody’s got to tune in!” Rosie O’Donnell on March 5 at opening night of “The Girl from the North Country,” the last Broadway premiere before the shutdown. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Rosie O’Donnell on the set of The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1996 (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) Below: A look back at the Broadway medley that appeared on the final episode of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. “Broadway guests were always the most fun for me… It was dream fulfillment from when I was a kid wanting to be a part of it.” View Comments From 1996 to 2002, Rosie O’Donnell ruled the daytime airwaves with The Rosie O’Donnell Show, a joyful talk show featuring A-list stars, flying Koosh balls and a healthy obsession with Barbra Streisand. Thanks to O’Donnell’s love of all things Broadway, the show was also a rare television opportunity for the theater community, with countless stage stars appearing as guests and thrilling musical performances that live on via YouTube.Now, The Rosie O’Donnell Show is back for one night only, as a Broadway.com webstream, raising money for The Actors Fund during a time when the Broadway shutdown and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put many in the entertainment community in need. Joining O’Donnell on Sunday, March 22 at 7PM ET are trusty bandleader John McDaniel and a “night of a thousand stars” level lineup of talent. Rosie O’Donnell The idea for the return was the brainchild of Erich Bergen, the film (Jersey Boys), TV (Madam Secretary) and stage (Waitress) star, who reached out to O’Donnell. “He called me up and said, ‘Would you do this?’,” O’Donnell tells Broadway.com. “I said, ‘If you can put it all together, I’ll do my best!’”O’Donnell mulled the notion of hosting from a house full of family during a lockdown: “Me in my kitchen, celebs in their kitchens… I’m going to have my kids here. I’m trying to see how to set it up so the light is good… And I will have to take a shower! And blow dry my hair, which I haven’t been doing.”Saying yes to O’Donnell was easy for theater stars like Colleen Ballinger (a.k.a. Miranda Sings), Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Judith Light, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera and so many more. Also on the bill are theater-loving music icons Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow.O’Donnell brushes off the suggestion that she’s a leader in the theater community. “I just like to know that I’m a part of it,” she says. “The Broadway community has always been vital in my career. It’s the reason I became an entertainer and still a huge part of my life.” For the lifelong theater fan, getting to talk to theater stars on The Rosie O’Donnell Show was the ultimate: “Broadway guests were always the most fun for me. I’d see someone in so many shows and then get to meet them, get to know them… It was dream fulfillment from when I was a kid wanting to be a part of it.” Star Files
Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris sent us this pic of a praying mantis attached to a police car’s antenna:“Maybe hoping not to go to jail,” speculated Morris.