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State's Report Shows 4.6% Increase in Fair Lawn Crime

Fair Lawn saw 17 more incidents of crime in 2009 than it did in 2008.

rime in Fair Lawn increased from 373 incidents to 390 incidents from 2008 to 2009, according to an annual report of state crime data.? Attorney General Paula Dow…


From an Editorial posted by Jerry DeMarco April 1, 2011

But the manuevering continues.

Click on the hyperlink below to read the full editorial.

Why are Bergen sheriff's officers treated differently than other police agencies?

 

EDITORIAL: Bergen County sheriff’s officers don’t begrudge the pay raises and benefits enjoyed by their counterparts at the county police department or prosecutor’s office -- they just don’t understand why county officials are threatening to lay them off, demanding self-insurance and considering privatizing the county jail. “Where is the fairness?” one asked.


Fair Lawn last fall switched to a self-insurance plan that employees have called a disaster.

“Employees have been sent to collections, some bills from as far back as September 2010 have not even been paid and others have been forced to hand over credit card information as backup in the event the plan does not pay,” said PBA Local 67 President David Boone of Fair Lawn.

The architect of that plan, Edward J. Trawinski, is now the county administrator. He has proposed the same approach for the sheriff’s department.

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September 14, 2010

Check out our new You Tube video regarding police layoffs and it's impact on your cops and community!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noL0e5bQSBM

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Good for Fire Company 1 and the Community!  Mayor Tedeschi has repeatedly stated to the public via media outlets and public meetings that; "we don't have the money!"

Borough to purchase George Street property
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Last updated: Thursday September 2, 2010, 1:25 AM
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Fair Lawn — The Open Space Committee had its "first major accomplishment" with the acquisition of a property owned by Fire Company No. 1 last month, according to Deputy Mayor Steve Weinstein.

"I'm pretty happy that this worked out this way," Weinstein said. "It's good for the neighbors and good for the environment."

The governing body unanimously approved the purchase of the property at 12-34 George St. on Aug. 17 for $292,500 plus an additional $2,457 for settlement fees, totaling $294,957.

The borough will fund the purchase through a 50 percent matching grant for the property from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program – which seeks to set aside open spaces for parks throughout the state.

Weinstein said the borough had accumulated nearly $1.2 million in open space funds but that this was the first time the municipality could utilize them.

Weinstein said the idea to purchase the property arose in 2008 when the River Road Improvement Corporation (RRIC) considered putting a parking lot on that property. Weinstein said the committee was eventually able to convince RRIC that a park would better serve the community than a parking lot for the business district.

Weinstein joked that it was the reverse of the Joanie Mitchell song, "Big Yellow Taxi," which has the lyric "Paved paradise to put up a parking lot."

"Instead, we [will] put up a pocket park," Weinstein said.

Weinstein added that the borough was still in negotiations with the owners of the Naugle House for acquisition of the property, stating that both sides were "quite a bit apart" in terms of the property's price.

For the past few years, the borough has been in negotiations with David Neidani, a developer and the current owner of the property, to acquire the historic house.

Fair Lawn — The Open Space Committee had its "first major accomplishment" with the acquisition of a property owned by Fire Company No. 1 last month, according to Deputy Mayor Steve Weinstein.

"I'm pretty happy that this worked out this way," Weinstein said. "It's good for the neighbors and good for the environment."

The governing body unanimously approved the purchase of the property at 12-34 George St. on Aug. 17 for $292,500 plus an additional $2,457 for settlement fees, totaling $294,957.

The borough will fund the purchase through a 50 percent matching grant for the property from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program – which seeks to set aside open spaces for parks throughout the state.

Weinstein said the borough had accumulated nearly $1.2 million in open space funds but that this was the first time the municipality could utilize them.

Weinstein said the idea to purchase the property arose in 2008 when the River Road Improvement Corporation (RRIC) considered putting a parking lot on that property. Weinstein said the committee was eventually able to convince RRIC that a park would better serve the community than a parking lot for the business district.

Weinstein joked that it was the reverse of the Joanie Mitchell song, "Big Yellow Taxi," which has the lyric "Paved paradise to put up a parking lot."

"Instead, we [will] put up a pocket park," Weinstein said.

Weinstein added that the borough was still in negotiations with the owners of the Naugle House for acquisition of the property, stating that both sides were "quite a bit apart" in terms of the property's price.

For the past few years, the borough has been in negotiations with David Neidani, a developer and the current owner of the property, to acquire the historic house.

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What have the members of PBA Local 67 tried to do?

April 2010

FACT

A mediated contract was agreed to by Mayor & Council designated representative Acting Borough Manager Joanne Kwasniewski & Borough retained Labor Attorney Brian Giblin. This contract was quickly ratified by members of PBA Local 67 & contained considerably more concessions that would have saved substantially more tax dollars than the proposed furloughs & lay offs.

The Mayor & Council, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, failed to ratify the contract that had been previously agreed to by both the Mayor & Council designated representatives & the PBA/SOA.  

FACT

Why not furlough?

It's against state law. The law was enacted by your state legislature. They recognized that furloughs increase the risk to the public & police officers in the community.  

FACT

A police officer was murdered & another officer severely injured when a minimal amount of officers were assigned to work. 

FACT

The members of PBA Local 67 have made MANY proposals to the Mayor & Council in an effort to avoid costly arbitration. The Borough has budgeted $50,000 (2010 Municipal Budget, Sheet 13, Page 22) just for the arbitration phase of the contract we wanted to ratify without arbitration ever taking place! 

We continue to offer viable ideas to avert lay offs and furloughs! To date, those ideas have been dismissed by the Mayor & Council! 

FACT

Officers have retired, resigned or are retiring during the next few months. These retirements coupled with the the lay off of four additional police officers brings us to an unacceptable public safety level!

We will continue to do our very best to serve and protect the community but we need your help!

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WHAT IS THE MAYOR & COUNCIL'S AGENDA? WHY HAVEN'T THEY AGREED TO OUR MANY CONCESSIONS? THE SAVINGS WE HAVE PROPOSED TRANSLATE INTO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN TAX DOLLAR SAVINGS FOR MULTIPLE YEARS! 

Many of your Fair Lawn Police Officers not only work in the Borough. They live in the community, raise their families in our great town, are coaches, volunteer as first responders with the fire department and rescue squad, help manage community programs and pay taxes just like you! 

Other officers that do not reside in town have family and friends here and maintain very close ties to the community they spend so much time and energy protecting! 

So we are not just workers in the community, we are part of the community! 

Question your governing body!

Don't be dismissed as we have!
     

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