Hudson Reporter

The meaning of Memorial Day

I have to state that my most sacred holidays in the year, in addition to those of a religious nature are Memorial Day, Veterans Day and July 4th as each of these days recognizes the sacrifices, many times the supreme sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces of the United States, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
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Secaucus updates zoning code regarding setbacks, driveways, and more

Secaucus has updated certain specifications of its zoning code, in part intending to streamline things for homeowners. Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Secaucus Town Council have adopted an ordinance amending the zoning code regarding accessory structures, driveways, front and side yard setbacks and use, and non-conforming uses. The council voted...
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Hoboken to launch public safety and community engagement forums

Hoboken will launch a series of community engagement sessions with public safety officials this week to increase awareness of public safety initiatives and education campaigns. The Community and Public Safety forums, aka Hoboken CAPS, will bring community members together for open discussion with a number of public safety divisions, with...

Juvenile charged after threatening to bomb Bayonne High School

A teenager has been arrested and is facing charges for a bomb threat against Bayonne High School, according to Captain Eric Amato of the Bayonne Police Department. A 15-year-old male juvenile from Bayonne was taken into custody after being identified as the individual responsible for a threatening email sent to several Bayonne High School staff members on May 22 at 5:55 p.m., police said. The threat involved the use of a bomb to be carried out on Tuesday, May 24.

Making democracy happen

Many Americans seem to feel that democracy is a reward that society reaps by enabling free, individualized action, mostly unrestrained by the government. After all, it’s all about freedom, isn’t it?. But peace and happiness for all isn’t just the sum of the well intentioned, purposeful behaviors of...

Response to Councilman Phil Cohen special newsletter on Cannabis Dispensaries

Thanks for sharing your extensive thoughts on the cannabis dispensaries and your frequent communications. I would like to take issue with some of your statements that echo those of Mayor Bhalla, Michael Russo, Commissioner Allen and others in Team Bhalla. I find it disingenuous to criticize Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher who undoubtedly got things wrong during the first set of meetings and then talk about how you and the other Council members amended the ordinances at least three times after. It logically follows that you ( the mayor and 8 council people in total) got the ordinances wrong . This is a new industry and everybody had to learn about how to manage it. The ad honimen attacks politicize the issues unnecessarily and makes the second ward residents feel like we are ignored and punished through no fault of our own. Blaming your colleagues on the council for recognizing that they made mistakes and trying to fix them does feel wrong to me, don’t you agree?

COVID-19 cases are rising in Hudson County again

After decreasing in the wake of the holiday season surge, COVID-19 cases have begun to gradually increase again in Hudson County. The county has seen a seven-day average of 361 cases since May 19, a 68 percent increase over the past 14 days, and the highest in recent months. The number of cases since the holiday surge had leveled since early-to-mid February.

North Bergen is ready for a fun-filled summer of recreation

As summer begins, the township of North Bergen is preparing to offer its residents a season of fun featuring a slew of events hosted in conjunction with the Recreation Department. The Hudson Reporter spoke with Parks and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera about the township’s plans for the summer. Cabrera said...

North Bergen cuts school district budget by $75,000

North Bergen has cut the school district’s budget. The Board of Commissioners received the proposed school budget and consulted with the Board of Education on it, then adjusted the budget under the category of debt service at its May 11 meeting. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution...

Weichert, Realtors’ Hoboken Office Recognized for Sales Achievement in April

Joe Cubias, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that the Hoboken office was recognized for outstanding sales performance at the regional level in April. The Hoboken office, which is managed by Joe Greco, had the most sales in the Weichert sales region, which is comprised of offices throughout Hudson County and parts of Bergen County.

Hoboken City Council enacts new cannabis regulations

At the Hoboken City Council’s latest meeting, the council considered more cannabis regulations, including grandfathering dispensaries and expanding the Cannabis Review Board, and adopted amendments for the Hoboken Yards Redevelopment Plan. More cannabis regulations. The ordinance adopted for grandfathering says that existing medical cannabis dispensaries that want to sell...

Bayonne opens and dedicates Makowski Park

Bayonne has formally reopened and dedicated Makowski Park at 29th Street and Avenue F. The park is now named after two councilmen, father and son, who served on the council of the city of Bayonne: Joseph L. Makowski and his dad Joseph E. Makowkski, who is deceased. “This beautiful new...


Bayonne held its third-ever Food Truck Festival on May 14, with many attending the annual event after a two year hiatus. First offered in 2018, the festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, city officials decided conditions were stable enough to have the festival come back in full force in 2022, although it was delayed a week from May 7 to May 14 due to inclement weather, and everything went off without a hitch as crowds of residents taking advantage of the many choices of food trucks and other vendors.