Category: Trenton

Mayor Gusciora Announces American Rescue Plan Proposal Focused on Youth and Neighborhood Services, Infrastructure Improvements, and Local Jobs and Businesses

June 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora released the first version of the Trenton American Rescue Plan (ARP) proposal, which allocates more than $70.82 million in direct federal aid to combat the lingering economic effects of COVID-19 by building youth and neighborhood resilience, transforming outdated infrastructure and making critical investments in local jobs and businesses.

“This plan incorporates much of the feedback we’ve received from City Council, concerned community stakeholders, and numerous employee organizations that were impacted greatly by the pandemic,” said Mayor Gusciora. “This plan is focused on addressing many of the long-term symptoms of COVID-19, including spikes in violent crime, shrinking job and business opportunities, and a workforce that endured hundreds of COVID-19 cases while continuing to provide critical services. We expect this plan to evolve as we reach out to more residents, receive additional U.S. Treasury guidance and continue our ongoing discussions with City Council.”

The plan outlines 38 spending items across three major themes that highlight U.S. Treasury guidance concerning negative COVID-19 economic impacts, public health support, and replacing lost public sector revenue:

  • Building youth and neighborhood resilience: $32.47 million to improve the health and wellbeing of Trenton residents, students, and employees, including $15 million in direct support to Trenton households, $8 million in hazard pay for city workers who were active throughout the pandemic, $2 million to expand mental health services, $500,000 in youth neighborhood counseling to combat violent crime, and more than $6 million in arts and recreation programming.
  • Transforming aging infrastructure: $21.72 million to counter municipal COVID-19 budget shortfalls that have prevented much-needed investments in city infrastructure, including $14.5 million for facility repairs and HVAC improvements at the TWW Filtration Plant, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton Police Headquarters, and multiple historic sites.
  • Investing in local jobs and businesses: $16.63 million to improve job training and business support programs, including a $5 million local venture capital fund, $4 million in expanded Urban Enterprise Zone support for local businesses, and more than $6.5 million in new internship and job training programs.

The plan was first introduced on a community Zoom meeting on June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The plan is available here: Trenton’s American Rescue Plan Project | Talk Trenton.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help employ essential workers, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical infrastructure investments. Trenton will receive $72,913,998 across two payments, the first $36.5 million of which was received on May 19, 2021. City Council voted to adopt a Resolution to accept this first round of funding on May 27, 2021.

The funds received must be appropriated by the City no later than Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

Eligible expenses include supporting public health costs, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Generally, municipalities must assess whether and how the proposed use would respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and identify the connection between the negative impact and how the assistance alleviates that impact.

The interim U.S. Treasury guidance offers wide latitude to support public health initiatives and resources, including COVID-19 mitigation and containment, medical expenses, and behavioral and mental health services. This also includes capital investments in public facilities to meet operational requirements related to the pandemic. Municipalities are also empowered to address negative economic impacts for individuals, households, small businesses, and non-profits, especially in low-income and socially vulnerable communities.

The Gusciora Administration and City Council are currently considering options based on the updated guidance. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the Office of the Mayor also assembled an advisory committee of city officials, policy experts, and community leaders to help evaluate upcoming projects.

Residents interested in learning more about the American Rescue Plan can visit https://talktrenton.org/trenton-american-rescue-plan-advisory-committee



Two People Shot In Area Of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue

June 22. 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski  told MidJersey.News that on Monday, June 21, 2021 at approximately 3:57 p.m. Trenton Police Communications received calls for a shots fired in the area of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue. Patrol and Street Crimes arrived and located one male, Victim #1 a 62 year old City resident, with a gunshot wound to his finger. Victim #1 was transported by EMS to Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Shortly after, Victim #2 a 20 year old City resident, arrived at Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right calf.

Shooting Response Team is continuing this investigation.


Road Rage, Argument Leads To Stabbing In Trenton

June 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:03 a.m. the drivers of two vehicles were arguing with each other near Route 129 and Cass Street. Both vehicles came to a stop near the railroad tracks of Cass Street and Route 129.

According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski one had a golf club and the other a knife. Both parties engaged in an altercation that led to one of the combatants being stabbed multiple times. The victim was treated at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for multiple stab wounds.

The Trenton Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau is continuing the investigation.


3 Day Juneteenth Celebration Kick-Off Held Tonight at War Memorial

June 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning an inaugural 3-day, city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the capital City of Trenton. The Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo and St. Francis Medical Center.

On September 10, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S19) which designated the third Friday of June a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. “Juneteenth was a defining moment in American History, claiming the beginning of African American independence in the country”, said Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, who sponsored the legislation that became a law. It was time for the commemoration of a pivotal moment in history to become an official state holiday, underscoring its importance to our communities and giving time for reflection on how far we have come and have to go to achieve equality and justice for all.”

Latarsha Burke, Executive Director of AACCofMC, said, “as a Collaborative, we endeavor to be more than just a festival and I was ecstatic and humbled to have been approached by Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson to spearhead this significant event in our capital city.” The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. The City of Trenton, Mercer County Parks Commission and many other partners have been working diligently to ensure public safety.

Although the weekend will center on contributions of African American people in our region, all communities and groups are invited to join. The planning committee has been extremely busy mobilizing partners over the past six months. Commitments from Greater Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Center for Child and Family Achievement have evolved into a plethora of family centered activities that will be held simultaneously in Downtown Trenton. As a result of collaboration with the Let’s Ride Foundation and the Samuel McCoy Scholarship Fund, a Juneteenth Freedom Day Bike Ride will also start at Mill Hill Park on Saturday and travel throughout Mercer County, with options for novice to advance riders to explore neighboring towns including Ewing, Lawrence, Hamilton and Hopewell.

An invite only Kick-Off will start the festivities on Friday with expected greetings from New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy, Congresswoman Bonne Watson-Coleman, sponsors and others. Simultaneously, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka, will be featured in a StreamYard Kick-Off Panel discussion entitled “How We Get Free: Artivism in the Past, Present and Future” which is sponsored by Art All Night 2021 in collaboration with the AACCofMC. Saturday will include events in downtown Trenton including a Main Stage with local and world-renowned entertainers. The headliner will be American Jazz musician Marcus Johnson. Local community activist Crystal Feliciano will serve as host for the Main Stage. A nearby Legacy Stage will feature youth/young adult entertainment hosted by “The #1Host” Kevin Hines and community champion Jasi Edwards. A Children’s Literacy Village including free books and interactive demonstrations, will open with a ribbon-cutting by Senator Shirley K. Tuner who sponsored a portion of the village. The Healthy Living Experience is being presented by Mama Yoga’s Wellness Coaching and Training and will include Trenton’s Health Team and Capital City YMCA featuring speakers, fitness, dance and activities for youth to seniors. Mercer County Stables will also serve as a location for an equestrian experience with the Crazy Faith Riders. The finale will be a Gospel Celebration on Sunday in historic Mill Hill Park featuring Trenton’s own JVR and Union Baptist Church’s Ensemble. WIMG and gospel recording artist Craig Hayes will serve as host for Sunday’s concert.

Burke says, “We believe that the inclusion of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds promotes unity.”

For more information please call 609-474-4073 or visit www.taacf.com



City of Trenton to Hold Webinar Introduction to the American Rescue Plan

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton will host a public webinar on Zoom Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to give an overview of the American Rescue Plan and discuss eligible expenses related to the federal guidelines.

Those interested in attending the webinar can visit this link Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A to address any comments or concerns. The webinar will be recorded so residents who cannot attend the meeting will still have access to the discussion. No registration is required beforehand.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help employ essential workers, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical infrastructure investments. Trenton will receive $72,913,998 across two payments, the first $36.5 million of which was received on May 19, 2021. City Council voted to adopt a Resolution to accept this first round of funding on May 27, 2021.

The funds received must be appropriated by the City no later than Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

On May 10, 2021, sixty days after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued its “Interim Final Rule,” which details eligible uses for funds. The Interim Final Rule is currently open for a 60-day comment period, which will close on July 9, 2021.

Eligible expenses include supporting public health costs, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Generally, municipalities must assess whether and how the proposed use would respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and identify the connection between the negative impact and how the assistance alleviates that impact.

The guidance offers wide latitude to support public health initiatives and resources, including COVID-19 mitigation and containment, medical expenses, and behavioral and mental health services. This also includes capital investments in public facilities to meet operational requirements related to the pandemic. Municipalities are also empowered to address negative economic impacts for individuals, households, small businesses, and non-profits, especially in low-income and socially vulnerable communities.

The Gusciora Administration and City Council are currently considering options based on the updated guidance. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the Office of the Mayor also assembled an advisory committee of city officials, policy experts, and community leaders to help evaluate upcoming projects.

Residents interested in learning more about the American Rescue Plan can visit https://talktrenton.org/trenton-american-rescue-plan-advisory-committee.


Trenton Resident Stands Watch Aboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76)

June 16, 2021

SOUTH CHINA SEA, Yesterday June 15, 2021, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Franchesca Rivera, from Trenton, New Jersey, stands forward lookout watch aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Santiago Navarro)


Off Duty Trenton Firefighter Pulls Body From River; In Possible Accidental Drowning

June 15, 2021 — Updated

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– A person was found dead in the Delaware River early Tuesday afternoon in a possible accidental drowning. Rescue crews were dispatched to Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, around 2:00 pm on a reported person in the water. The victim was quickly pulled from the water and pronounced dead on the scene.

Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski of the Trenton Police Department told MidJersey.News that an off-duty Trenton Firefighter, Akyse Watkins, was in the area and flagged down by a concerned citizen. The off-duty Firefighter jumped into the river, retrieved the body, and swam back to the shoreline.  While on shore,  off-duty firefighter Akyse Watkins began CPR until EMS and Trenton Fire Department arrived on scene.

Trenton Fire Department and EMS along with Capital Health Paramedics, Trenton Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and Mercer County Prosecutors Office responded to the scene.

Detective Brian Jones is conducting the investigation, Detective Lieutenant Szpakowski said.




Police Looking For Man Who Walked Away From Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

June 14, 2021

TRENTON – EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:08 AM Ewing Police dispatch was notified by NJ Human Services Police that a male walked away from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH).

Investigation revealed that Angel Sariol, 03/30/1972, 6′ 1″ 173 pounds, bald, last seen wearing a white or green shirt and blue jeans, walked away from the facility at approximately 9:00 AM. Sariol was being held at TPH on a non-criminal hold.

Information received from Human Services Police is that Sariol is not considered a danger to the public.

Human Services Police have entered Sariol into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person.

Sariol has ties to Bergen County and his last known address is listed as 2224 East Ward St, Hackensack NJ, with TPH. If you see Angel Sariol, please do not approach him, and call 9-1-1.




Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Press Release from March 27, 2018 as found on the Ridgewood Blog website:

March 27,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of ANGEL SARIOL (DOB: 3/30/1972; single; and employed as a custodian) of 22-24 Ward Street, Apartment 2H, Hackensack, NJ, on charges of Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and members of the Rochelle Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Robert Flannelly.

From Monday, March 19, 2018, through Wednesday, March 21, 2018, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information from no fewer than 19 municipal police departments in Bergen County about a substantially similar series of phone calls that they received during that three-day period from an anonymous caller. During many of these calls, the unknown caller stated that police officers from those towns would be murdered. The ensuing investigation, led by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Rochelle Park Police Department, revealed that Angel SARIOL used technology to disguise his calling line identity and placed the phone calls.

As a result of the investigation, Angel SARIOL was arrested in Hackensack on Thursday, March 22, 2018 and charged with one count of False Public Alarm, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3B, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Terroristic Threats During a State of Emergency, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Terroristic Threats, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3A, a 3rd degree crime. Angel SARIOL was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court on March 23, 2018.

Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would like to thank the Rochelle Park Police Department, Hackensack Police Department, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and Union City Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. In addition, Acting Prosecutor Calo would also like to thank all the agencies that provided investigative leads in this matter, including:

Wood-Ridge Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Wyckoff Police Department
Elmwood Park Police Department
Maywood Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department
Waldwick Police Department
Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department
Saddle River Police Department
Harrington Park Police Department
Woodcliff Lake Police Department
Hackensack Police Department
Oradell Police Department
Demarest Police Department
Saddle Brook Police Department
River Edge Police Department
Weehawken Police Department (Hudson County)

Update: Shooting On West State Street, One Injured, Three Suspects In Custody

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Department responded to a shooting last night in the 600 Block of West State Street near Delawareview Avenue at 7:49 p.m., June 13, 2021

According to Trenton Police Department Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski two shots fired struck a victim. The victim ran to 620 West State Street and advised building security that he was shot. The building security called 9-1-1 to advise police of the shooting.

The suspect vehicle drove to the front of 620 West State Street then into the parking lot to turn around and was involved in an accident.

Three male suspects were taken into custody.

The victim was transported by Trenton EMS and Capital Paramedics to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for Treatment

The Trenton Shooting Response Team was notified and is continuing the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Police investigating after man injured in shooting on West State St

Update: Shooting On West State Street, One Injured, Three Suspects In Custody

June 13, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Trenton Police are investigating after one person was injured in a shooting Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred just before 8:00 pm in the 600 block of West State Street. Initial reports indicate a male was shot in the chest on West State Street near Atterbury Avenue. He was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

MidJersey.news has reached out to Trenton Police for further information on the incident. Once more information is available, the post will be updated.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Early Morning Hit And Run Kills Pedestrian On Route 129 And Cass Street

June 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski told MidJersey.News that on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at approximately 3:55 a.m., a pedestrian was struck by a hit and run driver on Route 129 and Cass Street. The victim is a black female who has not been identified at this time. She was struck by an unknown vehicle that ran the red light on Route 129 north as the she was crossing over Cass Street. The suspect vehicle fled the scene. 

The victim was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for severe head injuries and succumbed to her injuries.

Trenton Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective Lieutenant Sheila Tatarek, Det. Sgt. Gregory Hollo, Detective Nicholas Morgante, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sal Vacarro, responded to this incident and are continuing the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


Hold On To Your Tickets: Winning Power Ball Claims On Hold Due To Technical Difficulties In Another State For June 9, 2021 Drawing

June 11, 2021– Update 9:10 a.m.

UPDATE: NJ Lottery reports issue with other state involved in Power Ball has resolved technical issues and everything back online.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you happen to win a prize and try and make a claim, go onto the NJ Lottery website or use the Lottery or Jack-pocket applications you will notice under Power Ball results that “Results Not In” or “Pending” posted in red.

MidJersey.News reached out to the NJ Lottery to ask the question what was going on with the results since some time had passed since the drawing. According to Missy Gillespie of NJ Lottery Communications the problem stems from technical difficulties in another state and results are delayed. Please hold on to your tickets and NJ Lottery will let you know when retailers are able to make claims on winning Powerball tickets from the June 9, 2021 drawing.

See full statement below including Cash 4 Life drawing information:

“There is a delay in finalizing the draw results for the drawings of Powerball and Cash 4 Life held on June 9, 2021.  The delay is the result of technical difficulties in another state.   The Lottery notified our retail network of nearly 7,000 retailers this morning that results were delayed because of technical difficulties in another state.  Please hold on to your tickets, and we will let you know when retailers are able to make claims on winning Powerball tickets from the June 9, 2021 drawing.  The Lottery is processing winning tickets for the Cash 4 Life drawing held on June 9, 2021.  We apologize for the delay.” –Missy Gillespie, Communications, NEW JERSEY LOTTERY


 

Trenton Multiple Shooting: Two Teens And Senior Citizen Shot In Broad Daylight; Teen Critical Condition At Trauma Center, Others In Stable Condition

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski told MidJersey.news that three people were shot in the 700 Block of Martin Luther King Boulevard at 5:51 p.m. When Trenton Police arrived they found multiple shell casings on the ground. Three people were being treated at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. One 15 year old victim was in critical condition. Two other victims a 17 year old and 70 year old were in stable condition.

The Trenton Shooting Response Team is investigating the shooting.

The investigation is active and no further information is available at this time.




Trenton Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire On Stuyvesant Ave.

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 5:40 p.m. Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 800 Block of Stuyvesant Avenue. When firefighters arrived the reported fire on division 3 (3rd floor), and an “all hands” was called sending additional manpower and equipment to the scene.

Firefighters advanced hose lines to the 3rd floor and quickly knocked down the fire. PSE&G was called to secure electric and gas to the building.

No further information is available.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Pride Month Celebrated In Mercer County

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County elected officials and local leaders joined County Executive Brian M. Hughes today outside the Courthouse Annex on South Broad Street in Trenton to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and raise a rainbow flag atop the building in celebration of Pride Month.



“NJWEEDMAN” Is On The Unofficial Candidate List For Governor Of NJ

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The NJ Department of State, Division of Elections has released the unofficial candidate list and Edward “NJWEEDMAN” Forchion is on it 836 signatures.

Edward “NJWEEDMAN” Forchion is running under the “Legalize Marihuana Party”

“NJWEEDMAN” will be running against Incumbent Democrat Governor Phil Murphy, Republican Jack Ciattarelli, Green Party Madelyn R. Hoffman, Libertarian Party Gregg Mele, and Socialist Workers Party Joanne Kuniansky.



EDWARD “NJWEEDMAN” FORCHION
Petition Signatures 836
322 EAST STATE STREET
TRENTON, NJ 08608
LEGALIZE MARIHUANA PARTY



MADELYN R. HOFFMAN
Petition Signatures 1275
PO BOX 513
BUDD LAKE, NJ 07828
Green Party


GREGG MELE
Petition Signatures 1000
1 KERSHAW CT
BRIDGEWATER, NJ 08807
Libertarian Party


JOANNE KUNIANSKY
Petition Signatures 1517
6045 KENNEDY BLVD EAST B2
WEST NEW YORK, NJ 07093
SOCIALIST WORKERS PARTY


PHILIP MURPHY *

196 W STATE STREET
TRENTON, NJ 08608
Democratic

ATLANTIC ATLANTIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
COMMITTEE
8,165
BERGEN DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE OF BERGEN
COUNTY
24,007
BURLINGTON BURLINGTON COUNTY REGULAR
DEMOCRATS
23,608
CAMDEN CAMDEN COUNTY DEMOCRAT
COMMITTEE, INC.
32,956
CAPE MAY CAPE MAY COUNTY REGULAR
DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION
3,551
CUMBERLAND CUMBERLAND COUNTY REGULAR
DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION
4,840
ESSEX ESSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
COMMITTEE, INC.
30,036
GLOUCESTER REGULAR DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION
OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY
13,093
HUDSON HUDSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION
30,054
HUNTERDON HUNTERDON COUNTY REGULAR
DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION
5,663
MERCER MERCER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION
13,742
MIDDLESEX MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION
34,987
MONMOUTH MONMOUTH COUNTY DEMOCRATS 18,044
MORRIS MORRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
COMMITTEE, INC.
18,137
OCEAN OFFICIAL REGULAR DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION
14,201
PASSAIC PASSAIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION, INC.
11,405
SALEM SALEM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
COMMITTEE, INC.
1,986
SOMERSET SOMERSET COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
ORGANIZATION
12,540
SUSSEX SUSSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC
COMMITTEE
3,415
UNION REGULAR DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION
OF UNION COUNTY
27,168
WARREN WARREN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY 2,962
Total 334,560


JACK CIATTARELLI

70 MURRAY DRIVE
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ 08844
Republican

ATLANTIC ATLANTIC COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN
7,272
BERGEN REPUBLICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE
GOVERNMENT
12,354
BURLINGTON BURLINGTON COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
8,743
CAMDEN CAMDEN COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN PARTY
6,154
CAPE MAY CAPE MAY COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
5,215
CUMBERLAND CUMBERLAND COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
2,798
ESSEX ESSEX REPUBLICAN PARTY
ORGANIZATION, INC.
4,077
GLOUCESTER REGULAR ORGANIZATION REPUBLICAN 5,624
HUDSON HUDSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN
COMMITTEE
2,078
HUNTERDON HUNTERDON COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
5,456
MERCER REGULAR ORGANIZATION REPUBLICAN 3,560
MIDDLESEX MIDDLESEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN
ORGANIZATION
8,332
MONMOUTH MONMOUTH COUNTY REPUBLICAN
ORGANIZATION
14,511
MORRIS REGULAR REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 17,886
OCEAN REGULAR REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
OF OCEAN COUNTY
21,295
PASSAIC PASSAIC COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION, INC.
6,665
SALEM REGULAR REPUBLICAN 1,247
SOMERSET SOMERSET COUNTY REPUBLICAN
ORGANIZATION
8,624
SUSSEX SUSSEX HOMETOWN REPUBLICAN
TEAM
5,016
UNION REGULAR ORGANIZATION REPUBLICAN
OF UNION COUNTY
5,675
WARREN WARREN COUNTY REGULAR
REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
3,096
Total 155,678




Trenton Police Director Sheilah Coley Terminated Effective Today

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced that effective today, June 9, 2021, Sheilah A. Coley will no longer be the Director of the Trenton Police Department.

“Director Coley dutifully served the City of Trenton during its most trying times,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Police departments are rightfully under public scrutiny like never before, and social unrest and COVID-19 have exacerbated many of the conditions Trenton has struggled with for decades. But Director Coley’s efforts to increase accountability, modernize law enforcement technology, and diversify the TPD command staff have been commendable. However, my administration has decided to move in a different direction and will begin a search for a new Director immediately. We thank Director Coley for her service to our residents and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Mayor Gusciora is currently evaluating replacement candidates and will make an announcement when a decision is made. Top priorities include building on TPD’s accomplishments over the last few years while also working to expand recruitment, boost community engagement and improve efforts to combat violent crime, which was at an all-time high last year.

In the meantime, Captain James Slack, a veteran with nearly 30 years of service with the TPD, will assume command of the department.

“Captain Slack has served every bureau within the department and has been recognized for his exemplary performance throughout his career,” said Mayor Gusciora. “We have no doubt that TPD will be in capable hands while we find a permanent replacement.”





Trenton Celebrates Groundbreaking on Vessel Housing Redevelopment Project on Perry Street

June 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced the start of a redevelopment project by Vessel Technologies Inc. (Vessel) on Perry Street that will turn a former city-owned vacant lot into modern, affordable, and energy efficient housing for Trenton residents.

The property at 121-125 Perry Street is in the Canal Banks Redevelopment Zone. Pursuant to a redevelopment plan that was approved by City Council in February 2021, a Vessel affiliate purchased the property from the City of Trenton in order to redevelop it into a modern, attainably-priced, luxury housing site.

The plan calls for a modular, productized housing system that features six two-bedroom units with smart-home integrated technology allowing residents to control lighting, temperature and other features with voice commands or mobile devices. The units will also feature high efficiency LED Lighting and energy efficient appliances. Completion is tentatively planned for Labor Day this year.

“This design is an excellent way to maximize the potential of a vacant lot in our city,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “Turning around the city lot by lot, block by block is our number one priority. Seeing a modern residential space added to the character of this neighborhood over the next few months is big step to that plan.”

“This new development blending the old with the new will jump start the revitalization of Perry Street,” said Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. “I believe that young people who want to reside in the City will definitely show interest in renting in the vessel that will be equipped with all of the modern technology. The North Ward of Trenton is on the move and this new exciting project I believe will encourage people to reside here. Perry Street is a gateway to the City: what better place to develop this project?”

“The City of Trenton, under the leadership of Mayor Gusciora has been a tremendous partner in bringing us to where we are today – breaking ground on a new, unique apartment building on Perry Street,” said Neil Rubler, Founder and CEO of Vessel. “This particular lot offers us a perfect canvas for what we build and we hope this is the first of many opportunities to work together to achieve the city’s vision of growth and redevelopment.”


Update: Trenton Shooting on N. Hermitage Avenue

June 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Department Detective Lieutenant Cynthia Hargis told MidJersey.news that the Trenton Police Communication Bureau received a call of a shooting in process at 37 N. Hermitage Avenue.

Upon Police Officers arrival, they were flagged down by a driver who was transporting the victim to the hospital. A Police Officer then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

The victim (James Prickett, 41 yrs old) from Trenton, NJ, stated he was standing in front of 37 N. Hermitage Ave, looking for friends and then decided to walk in Gilbert Alley, when he heard a noise and fell to the ground.

The victim alleged that an unknown suspect, wearing a mask, then took $1000.00 in US currency from his pocket and fled the area.

The victim sustained a through and through gunshot wound to the right buttocks. 

This investigation is on-going and being investigated by the TPD Shooting Response Team.  

The victim is listed in stable condition at this time according to LT. Hargis

Last night’s MidJersey.news story here: Shooting Reported On North Hermitage Ave. In Trenton



Shooting Reported On North Hermitage Ave. In Trenton

Update: Trenton Shooting on N. Hermitage Avenue

June 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:55 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department and Trenton EMS were detailed to the 1st Block of North Hermitage Avenue for a shooting. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Trenton Fire Department responded back to the scene about an hour and a half later for a “wash down” to help police clean up the scene.

The Trenton Police Department is investigating the shooting.

No other information is available at this time. MidJersey.News has reached out for official information and when it becomes available the story will be updated and any corrections made.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

2 Vehicle Crash Bridge and Centre Streets In Trenton

June 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Trenton EMS responded to Bridge and Centre Streets for reports of an accident with multiple injuries. It was unclear the condition of the occupants or the exact number of injuries. Trenton Police Department is investigating the crash.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

City of Trenton to Host Webinar on Transition to Calendar-Year Budget Cycle

June 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that the City of Trenton will host a public webinar on Zoom tomorrow, June 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the City’s transition from a fiscal-year to a calendar-year budget cycle.

The virtual meeting will include an introduction by Mayor Gusciora, followed by a brief presentation by Chief of Staff Arch Liston, Business Administrator Adam Cruz, Assistant Business Administrator Colin Cherry, and the rest of the Trenton budget team. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A discussion to address any comments or concerns.

Those interested in attending the webinar can do so by visiting this link tomorrow at 4:00. The webinar will be recorded so residents who cannot attend the meeting will still have access to the discussion. No registration is required beforehand.

“The City of Trenton is one of only a handful of municipalities in New Jersey that still operate on a fiscal-year budget,” said Mayor Gusciora. “It’s time to make the sensible transition to a calendar year-budget. However, this is a big change, and we want concerned residents to have every opportunity to learn more about the fiscal impact of this transition.”

Ordinance 21-012 will move the City’s budget from a fiscal year cycle to a calendar year cycle starting Jan. 1, 2022. If passed by City Council, Trenton will begin a one-time six-month transition period in July 2021 before shifting to a 12-month calendar at the start of 2022. The move will streamline the budget process and align Trenton with how most municipalities and counties in the state operate. Trenton is one of just seven municipalities in the entire state that still operate under a fiscal year budget calendar. Paterson made a similar conversion last year.

During the proposed 18-month budget transition from July 2021 through December 2022, Trenton would need to make only one pension payment in April 2022. However, the City would still get two State aid payments in November 2021 and November 2022, resulting in millions of dollars in surplus.

The N.J. Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has supported the transition and made a presentation outlining the benefits of the calendar year budget before City Council on May 25, 2021. Afterwards, City Council voted to advance Ordinance 21-012 to the related public hearing and second reading on June 10, 2021.



Trenton Celebrates 2021 Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Month Flag Ceremony at City Hall

June 7, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today signed a Proclamation recognizing June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the City of Trenton and raised a Pride Flag over City Hall.

On the front steps of City Hall at 1:00 P.M., Mayor Gusciora was joined by Kadja Manuel, the LGBTQ Committee Chair of the Trenton Branch NAACP and Executive Assistant and Community Organizer with Garden State Equality, as well as Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson.

Mayor Gusciora is the first openly LGBTQ+ individual to serve as the Mayor of the Capital City. During his time in the Assembly and now as Mayor, he has worked to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ residents in Trenton. The City held its first major Pride event, Trenton PrideFest, in 2019 and plans to do so again in 2021 after the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2020, Mayor Gusciora named Rick Kavin as the City’s first LGBTQ+ Liaison to ensure any issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community are addressed in a respectful and timely manner.

“Every year, we recognize June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Those riots occurred in response to decades of abuse, oppression, and disrespect shown toward members of that community, and while Pride highlights the progress since, we must also acknowledge the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community continues to face,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Events like this here today help us ensure that our LGBTQ+ residents are recognized that they are given a voice, and that they are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. It is with great pleasure – and Pride – that I sign this Proclamation recognizing Pride Month here in the City of Trenton.”

Kadja Manuel is the LGBTQ Committee Chair of the Trenton Branch NAACP, which is just the second branch in the nation and the first in the state of New Jersey to have such a standing committee, and he also serves as the Branch’s 3rd Vice President and Chair of its Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Committee. Mr. Manuel is also the Executive Assistant and Community Organizer for Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.

“Pride is an amazing thing, and it’s an amazing time, but it’s important to remember who and what we’re fighting for and how we got here,” said Manuel, “How great is it that we have the first openly gay mayor in Trenton who was also the first openly gay member of the state legislature to sign a proclamation supporting June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month? That’s important for two reasons. First, a proclamation is a declaration and acknowledgment of solidarity- it acknowledges hardships the LGBTQ community has faced. Secondly, it acknowledges how far we’ve come and also the long road ahead. So, as we gather for pride, a celebration that could not be possible without transwomen of color, we must remember that we gather not just to be visible and proud but to listen and hear. That’s why I and fellow Executive Committee members advocating for the creation of an LGBTQ Committee within the Trenton Branch NAACP was necessary! Now Trenton is the only municipality in New Jersey where the local branch of the NAACP has an LGBTQ Committee. I hope other municipalities and branches follow Trenton’s lead.”




Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Trenton Man Identified In Fatal Accident On 295 Yesterday Morning

June 6, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police have identified the driver of the Hyundai in the fatal crash reported yesterday morning as Nathanal King, 26, from Trenton, NJ., SFC Lawrence Peele of the NJ State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news

The accident occurred at 4:44 a.m. on Interstate 295. Preliminary information indicates that the crash occurred in the area of milepost 58 when a Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling southbound in the right lane when it struck the rear of a disabled tractor trailer. The driver of the Hyundai sustained fatal injures in the crash and was pronounced deceased. The two right lanes of Interstate 295 were closed for approximately 4 and a half hours. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Related MidJersey.news stories here:

Update: Fatal Accident On I-295 Early This Morning

Read MidJersey.news story from earlier here: TRAFFIC ALERT: Serious Crash Investigation In Hamilton Township

Car Crashes Into Wishie Washie Laundromat And Home On Lalor Street

June 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:15 p.m. the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton Police Department, Trenton EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics were all dispatched to the Wishie Washie Laundromat on Lalor Street for a car into a building. Councilman George Muschal owns the business and has a home there.

Councilman Muschal commented to OnScene News Photographer Brian McCarthy that when he called 9-1-1 the phone kept ringing with no answer. Muschal also commented that another agency Mercer County Central called him back.

Trenton Fire Department worked on a fuel spill from the car that struck the building. No serious injuries were reported in the crash.

Check back as we collect further information.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Popup BBQ Held In Trenton

June 5, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– New Jersey State Police Troopers joined the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and Restoring Hearts Ministry for a pop-up barbecue in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

New Jersey State Police Troopers joined the Trenton Fire Department, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and Restoring Hearts Ministry for a pop-up barbecue in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

Photos provided by: New Jersey State Police / Tim Larsen

Newly Recruited Trenton Police Dog Sniffs Out First Major Drug Bust Resulting in Arrest of Hamilton Resident

June 4, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced that K9 handler Detective Nicholas Mahan and K9 Ugo uncovered 4,500 decks of heroin and $582 in suspected drug proceeds during a traffic stop at approximately 5:28 p.m. Wednesday at Hills Place and Furman Street in Trenton.

Ronald Messa Jr, 28, of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, was arrested on June 2, 2021 and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and several motor vehicle offenses.

K9 Ugo – a black labrador retriever – just graduated last month from the University of Pennsylvania Vet Working Dog Center.

“While the end to the COVID pandemic may be in sight, our struggle with opioids remains a constant threat to our residents,” said Director Coley. “The TPD is dedicated to taking advantage of every resource at its disposal, including our elite K9 officers that have been instrumental in getting dangerous narcotics off our street. Yesterday’s bust prevented thousands of doses of heroin from making their way throughout our community.”


K9 Ugo with his first bust


Trenton Firefighters Save Apartment Building From Probable Arson Fire

Investigators from Trenton Police Department, Trenton Fire Department and Mercer County Prosecutors Office are on scene.

June 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Fire Department responded to a reported fire at an apartment building around 7:40 a.m. at 944 Riverside Avenue. When firefighters arrived they were met with a fire and a smoke condition and an “all hands” was called sending additional resources to the scene. Firefighters advanced a hose line and extinguished the fire. Fans were used to evacuate the smoke from the building.

Immediately after the fire was extinguished command called for the Trenton Police Department to respond with their arson investigator, Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Trenton Fire Department Fire Marshal.

According to Trenton Police Department, Detective Lieutenant Cynthia Hargis, investigators believe the house fire was purposely set.  Investigators have a suspect in custody and was transported to Trenton Police Headquarters for questioning. The Mercer County Prosecutors Office and Trenton Police Detective Sergeant Hollo are working on the case. The investigation is still active and on-going at this time. 


Governor Murphy Announces Appointment of Laurie Doran as Acting Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

June 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy today announced the appointment of Laurie R. Doran as Acting Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), effective June 6, 2021. Doran will take over for Director Jared Maples, who is departing state service to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the National Hockey League (NHL).

“I am proud to appoint Laurie Doran to serve as Acting Director of NJOHSP,” said Governor Murphy. “Laurie has served our country and our state honorably for over three decades, and she could not be more qualified for this role. At the same time, our loss in Jared is the NHL’s gain. He set a standard of excellence, integrity, and honorable service that I am confident Laurie will continue to uphold. I thank him for his years of service across multiple administrations.”

“Jared has been an incredible leader, mentor, and friend,” said Laurie R. Doran, incoming Acting Director of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. “NJOHSP will continue to benefit from his leadership, guidance and efforts, and we wish him the very best in his new endeavor. I look forward to carrying on our mission and thank Governor Murphy for this opportunity.”

Ms. Doran joined NJOHSP in April 2018 as Director of the Intelligence and Operations Division, after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with more than 32 years of service. At the CIA, she served as a Senior Manager and Operations Officer in the Directorate of Operations, serving overseas for the majority of her career.

Under Director Maples, Ms. Doran oversaw the activities of the Intelligence and Operations Division, collaborating with federal, State, and local partners on efforts related to counterterrorism and domestic terrorism, including other specific criminal matters with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and other law enforcement entities. Additionally, she implemented intelligence collection and outreach programs and resources to help NJOHSP meet its mission of keeping the residents and visitors of New Jersey safe.

Ms. Doran holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University.

“I want to thank Governor Murphy for the opportunity to serve New Jersey and build upon NJOHSP’s foundation,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. “I have full confidence that NJOHSP and our residents are in good hands with Laurie at the helm. Laurie’s breadth of experience in areas such as counterterrorism and counterintelligence has been immeasurable to our efforts in New Jersey and the nation.”

Maples has served as Director of NJOHSP since 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Administration for NJOHSP, and previously spent over a decade at the CIA and two years with the U.S. Department of Defense. Maples will transition to his role with the NHL as Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer on June 7.