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Bergen GOP freeholder candidate says bankruptcy taught him hard fiscal lessons

Ramsey Councilman Ken Tyburczy and Lt

Ramsey Councilman Ken Tyburczy and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.


RAMSEY — A Republican candidate for Bergen County freeholder, campaigning on the importance of fiscal management, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011.

Ramsey Councilman Ken Tyburczy said his failed coupon business taught him the “importance of debt management.”

“I took a risk, and it didn’t work out,” he said in a phone interview Friday evening. “I filed for bankruptcy. It was a rough period for my family.”

He is one of three Republican candidates running for freeholder. Democrats currently hold a 5-2 majority on the board. Three seats currently held by Democrats are up for election, and that gives the GOP an opportunity to regain control of the Freeholder Board.

Tyburczy said he was sole proprietor of the Hudson County business Super Coups, which tried to help small businesses deliver discounts by mail.

According to the bankruptcy filings, Tyburczy reported $538,598.85 in assets and $581,045.12 in liabilities.

He reported $163,720 in credit card debt, including $56,408.65 in a student loan and more than $79,000 in business debt. He reported taking out a first and second mortgage on his home and that creditors Bank of America Corp. and BAC Home Loans/Countrywide held $417,324.49 in secured claims.

He listed the current value of his interest in a home at 133 Orchard Place in Ramsey as $440,000. He reported $98,598.85 in personal property including cash on hand, a 2003 Toyota Highlander, a 2000 Ford 150 pickup truck, two watches, a wedding band and $68,425.06 in an IRA.

With his $500 stipend as a councilman and his wife’s income, the couple reported an average monthly net income of -$1,073.16.

“Basically, to sum it up, I never had the good fortune of being given anything,” Tyburczy said.

He framed the experience of filing bankruptcy as an important life lesson he can use in county government, where he hopes to reduce debt.

“It’s something that’s a primary focus and concern of mine, and I keep bringing it up in my campaign,” he said.

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Bookkeeper from Dumont nine-year sentence for embezzling $500K but Ex-Ridgewood inspector gets Probation?


Bookkeeper from Dumont draws nine-year sentence for embezzling $500K from Ramsey company

OCTOBER 2, 2015, 5:56 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015, 5:58 PM

A bookkeeper who authorities said embezzled more than $500,000 from a Ramsey flooring company and lost most of it gambling at casinos was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison.

Monica P. Arencibia, 51, of Dumont told state Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti that she has been living “under the control of a dark secret” — a gambling addiction — and that she wished she could “undo” the harm she had caused.

She acknowledged that she had “violated the trust” of her employer, Gary Perazzo, the owner of Modern Floor Co., Inc., and said she had wanted to tell him what she was doing, but felt “too ashamed.”

Ex-Ridgewood inspector apologizes for stealing nearly half a million dollars in quarters

JULY 9, 2014, 2:39 PM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014, 2:57 PM

HACKENSACK — Ridgewood’s former public works inspector repeatedly apologized on Wednesday for stealing nearly half a million dollars in loose parking meter quarters from the village.

“I am sorry for what I have done,” Thomas Rica told Judge Patrick Roma moments before being sentenced to five years’ probation. “I am very sorry. I’m…I’m just sorry.”

Rica, who lives in Hawthorne, was employed by the village for 10 years before his arrest early last year.

As part of a plea deal accepted by Roma Wednesday, Rica plead to four counts of third-degree theft, and will pay back a little more than half of what he admits he stole from his former employers.

Rica admitted in March to taking the coins over more than two years from a storage room within Village Hall.

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Paramus School bus Involved in Accident on Paramus Road

Paramus School bus Involved in Accident on Paramus Road
photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page 
October 1,2015
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Paramus NJ, Six (6) children who were passengers on a mini school bus owned & operated by the Paramus Board of Education escaped injury after the bus was involved in a multi-vehicle collision on Paramus Road near Bergen Community College on Wednesday afternoon, 09/30.
Two (2) of the four (4) vehicles involved were removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck, including a pickup truck that mounted a concrete center divider, knocking down a traffic control sign in the process. One (1) person involved in the incident complained of chest pains related to the crash impact, but refused to be transported to a hospital. Paramus PD and EMS responded.
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Critics of Bergen County prosecutor told to take issues to N.J. attorney general


OCTOBER 2, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015, 12:24 AM

The day after a tumultuous county freeholder meeting attended by critics seeking the ouster of Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss said those concerns should be taken to the state.

“If they have an issue, they should go to the attorney general,” Voss said Thursday, noting the attorney general oversees all county prosecutors.

“The Freeholder Board can’t do anything,” she added. “It’s the prerogative of the attorney general.”

Bill Brennan — a former firefighter who runs a Facebook page critical of Molinelli — and several others attended Wednesday’s meeting to call on the board to pass a resolution requesting the attorney general take over the Prosecutor’s Office due to a crisis in public confidence. Brennan said Thursday that state law would allow it; Voss said she has not had a chance to talk with the board attorney.

“Their stubborn refusal to act is myopic,” said Brennan. “They must know they have this authority and if they didn’t know there’s ample opportunity to investigate it. I want them to act in accordance with the law.”

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Pedestrian Hit Crossing Rout 17 in Mahwah

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Rout 17 in Mahwah
photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page
September 29,2015
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Mahwah NJ, Police, fire, and EMS personnel working at the scene of a serious accident on Route 17 southbound near Route 202 in Mahwah. A medevac helicopter landed on the closed highway to evacuate one (1) victim from the scene.
At the time there were conflicting reports regarding the nature of the incident. Some broadcast radio reports indicated that a passenger vehicle had collided with a motorcycle, while bystanders at the scene said that a pedestrian trying to cross Route 17 had been struck by a passenger vehicle. A crew cab Dodge Ram pickup truck with driver’s side damage was observed being examined by police officers in the parking lot of a nearby Super 8 Motel.
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Police remove Molinelli foe from meeting of Bergen County freeholders


SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, 11:57 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015, 12:01 AM
A frequent critic of Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli was removed from the county freeholder meeting late Wednesday night after attempting to play a video of a woman who claims authorities did not impose sufficient penalties on a Teaneck dermatologist who has been accused of sexual misconduct with patients.

Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss declared that the board would not allow the video to be played until the board’s lawyer has a chance to review the legality of showing it. The video was posted on YouTube earlier in the day.

That decision threw the room into tumult when Molinelli critic Bill Brennan attempted to play the video anyway.

“Mr. Brennan, I am going to have you removed if you do not stop, and I mean it,” Voss said shortly before two officers led him out of the freeholder chambers.

Brennan — a former firefighter who runs a Facebook page critical of the prosecutor — and several others attended the meeting to call on the Board of Freeholders to ask that it petition the state attorney general to take over Molinelli’s office.

Among them was Carlstadt Mayor William Roseman, who was accused by Molinelli’s office of allowing his ex-wife to continue to receive health benefits after their divorce.

The state Supreme Court ruled in June in a sharply worded decision that prosecutors had wrongly denied an application for Roseman and his ex-wife to enter the Pretrial Intervention program, which allows the accused to avoid prosecution by entering a rehabilitation program.

The court called the denial “a gross abuse of discretion.” And a Superior Court judge in Hackensack dismissed the indictment against Roseman and his ex-wife in July.

Molinelli could not immediately be reached for comment late Wednesday.

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Father of fallen Waldwick Marine calls renaming of post office ‘a mixed blessing’



Waldwick – As the community this week awaits the final step in a three-year effort to rename its post office in honor of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph D’Augustine, his father on Tuesday, Sept. 29, characterized it as “a mixed blessing.”

On Sept. 24, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to rename the post office at 1 Walter Hammond Place the “Staff Sergeant Joseph D’Augustine Post Office Building.” The bill had already been approved in the Senate in an effort spearheaded by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th District) and co-sponsored by the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation.

The bill now sits before the president, whose deadline to sign it into law is Monday, Oct. 5.

The post office would become the 16th in the sate to be dedicated to an individual, and the fourth in Bergen County.

The long wait has tempered excitement about the tribute, but has also engendered appreciation. D’Augustine’s father, Anthony, spoke to the bittersweet nature of the effort’s route to success.

“On the one hand, we still lost our son,” he said in an interview. “That’s a hole in your heart that can never be healed.”

But, he added, “It is nice to know that people recognize his sacrifice. He’ll be honored in that regard. That makes my family feel happy as far as it could be happy. We’re pleased that Joey is being recognized for his service and his sacrifice.”

D’Augustine, 29, was killed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on his second tour of duty March 27, 2012. He had departed for boot camp at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the day after graduating from Waldwick High School. In addition to his father, D’Augustine is survived by his mother Patricia and sisters Nicole, Jennifer and Michelle.

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Will American Dream overshadow the malls of North Jersey?



Will American Dream Meadowlands be a nightmare for North Jersey malls?

With the recent news that the long-delayed shopping and entertainment complex had signed Hermes as a tenant and lured the luxury brand away from The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, American Dream is looking more like a reality.

But retail experts are betting the existing malls in Bergen and Passaic counties will be able to hold their own against the untested newcomer. While North Jersey shopping centers may have to evolve, they said, there is enough spending power in the region to withstand competition from a new project, even one that claims it will be unlike any other mall.

North Jersey shopping centers — particularly top performers Westfield Garden State Plaza and The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, both in Paramus, and Willowbrook Mall in Wayne — have an advantage as known revenue producers, unlike a project that was stalled for more than a decade.

The developers of American Dream have said since taking over in 2011 that their project — with an indoor water park, amusement rides, ice rink and concert hall — is so different that it won’t compete with, or steal tenants, from traditional North Jersey malls, and that it will draw visitors from all over the world, rather than just New Jersey. However, the news that Hermes is leaving Hackensack for the Meadowlands raises the question of whether the the area’s malls should be concerned.

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Freeholder Candidate John Mitchell :Voting is at the heart of democracy. A vote sends a direct message to the government about how a citizen wants to be governed.


September 26,2015

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Woodcliff Lake  NJ,  Voting is at the heart of democracy. A vote sends a direct message to the government about how a citizen wants to be governed……..That direct message was sent to the commuters/voters by a group of us at the Woodcliff Lake train station early this morning. There is too much at stake not to vote this year and in fact every year. Election Day is November 3rd. The experts are predicting a very low voter turnout. Let’s defy the experts. PLEASE VOTE!

…Pictured with John Mitchell are Woodcliff Lake Council President and Mayoral Candidate Carlos A. Rendo, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Council Candidate Kristy Herrington, and my Freeholder running mate Daisy Ortiz Berger.