first_imgMidtown Lumber, 37 Fairmount Ave. in Jersey City, recently held its grand opening with Mayor Steven Fulop cutting the ribbon. On hand for the opening were (left to right) Matt Johnson, Jamie Belleggie, Zach Chasky, Mayor Fulop, Alban Krasniqi, Dave Leto, Dardan Salaj, and Taulant Salaj. ×Midtown Lumber, 37 Fairmount Ave. in Jersey City, recently held its grand opening with Mayor Steven Fulop cutting the ribbon. On hand for the opening were (left to right) Matt Johnson, Jamie Belleggie, Zach Chasky, Mayor Fulop, Alban Krasniqi, Dave Leto, Dardan Salaj, and Taulant Salaj. Four JC police reinstated while feds probe crash Four Jersey City police officers who were suspended after a video showed them kicking and dragging a bystander following a fiery auto crash have been reinstated, according to published reports.Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill told NorthJersey.com the city’s officers will be on modified administrative duty and will not be on patrol.She said federal investigators have asked the department not to bring departmental charges against the men, including a lieutenant, as a federal probe continues.The officers had been chasing a different man whose car resembled one used in a shooting several days earlier.Officials said earlier this month the officers violated several guidelines during the chase.center_img Groundbreaking held for 122 microapartmentsMayor Steven Fulop joined principals from Nest Micro Apartments on Thursday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the first private non-subsidized new construction building to offer furnished studio units under 300 square feet in the New York City metro area since the 1980s.Nest Micro’s 122 fully-furnished apartments will start at under $1,300 with the use of smart design and transformable furniture that maximizes every inch, creating homes that function like those twice the size. All residents of the building at Academy Street between Summit and Baldwin will have access to amenities including coffee house/lounge, on-site laundry facilities, bike storage, gym, roof deck lounge with a grill and outdoor showers, and storage units, while its location is central for those who work, play and dine in Jersey City and Manhattan.“Today’s young professional is achieving success in the workforce before reaching the financial threshold to move out of their parents’ houses unless they want to live with multiple roommates,” said Keith Schwebel, CEO of KSNY. “Nest Apartments are priced so that they can live autonomously and with dignity with a quick commute to work in Manhattan or other parts of New Jersey within a vibrant Nest community”“Jersey City’s Journal Square is the perfect location for micro apartments, offering cultural immersion in city centers, nearby to great dining and entertainment and outdoor activities,” said Ken Sato, CEO of Strategic Properties.Residents will be within walking distance to transportation to New York City through the Journal Square PATH train, and walking, Citi Bike or a short cab ride distance from popular areas of Jersey City including Grove St., The Waterfront, and Little India.Smart Living Development, LLC, formed by KSNY and Strategic Properties, received construction permits for Nest Micro and projects with leasing to commence in August 2018.New Jersey City police body camera app would be first of its kindJersey City is on the brink of starting a new police body camera program, a cellphone-based system that is the first of its kind in the nation. The one-year program comes at no cost to the city.A few officers have been testing the program and that may expand to as many as 250 of the city’s 900 officers if the City Council approves the deal as they were expected to do last Thursday, reported nj.com.The app, CopCast, allows officers to stream encounters with the public on their phones. An officer using CopCast downloads it onto his phone, straps the phone to his chest and hits a button to start recording. There’s an option for supervisors to monitor via livestream. After the encounter is over, the officer stops recording.CopCast is being introduced at a time the city’s police force is facing two investigations involving federal authorities, one by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office and Hudson County prosecutor into the end of a June 4 police pursuit in which video shows officers kicking a man who turned out to be an innocent bystander, and a second in which federal prosecutors have been investigating the city’s off-duty jobs program for cops since at least 2015.Civil liberties advocates have said they encourage police to wear body cameras, calling them a tool that allows for more accountability for officers’ actions. But the advocates have expressed concern about whether the cameras will turn into inner-city surveillance and whether the video footage will be available to the public, the report said.Alexander Shalom, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of New Jersey, said it’s unclear whether Jersey City’s use of cellphones as body cameras will “do what we think they should do.”“If officers have carte blanche to turn the cameras on or off, it almost certainly will not provide the accountability we’ve been promised,” he said.Mayor Steve Fulop first announced in 2014 that Jersey City would require its officers to wear body cameras. The city’s first attempt, a $1.2 million contract with Pennsylvania-based MVC that was going to provide cameras for the city, Newark and Paterson, failed when law-enforcement sources said the first batch of cameras didn’t work. American Dream project will proceed after completing $2.77B financingAmerican Dream (formerly “Xanadu”) mall developer Triple Five has announced Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have sold $1.1 billion in tax-exempt bonds required to fully finance the project in East Rutherford, according to NJBIZ.com, a real estate website.The sale was completed almost one month after Triple Five closed a $1.67 billion construction loan provided by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.“The now-completed financing allows Triple Five to proceed with full construction of this unprecedented project, which will create tens of thousands of jobs, bring millions of tourists and billions of dollars in economic growth annually to Bergen County and the state of New Jersey,” Triple Five President Don Ghermezian said. ”We look forward to unveiling American Dream to the world in March 2019.”The Triple Five president thanked the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, state Economic Development Authority and borough of East Rutherford for their help during the bond sale.last_img