Presidents’ Day Ferry Service

On Presidents’ Day this upcoming Monday, Feb. 19, NY Waterway ferries will be running on a Sunday schedule. More details can be found here. There will be no NJ Shuttle service.

Public Safety

The Jersey Journal reports that 14 people were displaced from their homes when their Heights building at 77 Nelson Avenue caught fire on Thursday. The fire damaged the roof of a neighboring building.

Politics

Hudson County View reported that Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon is publicizing an opportunity to meet with U.S. Representative Andy Kim, who is running for U.S. Senate; and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who is running for Congress. The event will take place at the Jersey City Theater Center at 165 Newark Ave. on February 23rd at 6 p.m. Solomon wrote, “It is so rare in Hudson County that we get truly competitive elections; when we can tell the bosses who are elected officials will be, not the other way around.”

The New Jersey Senate Education Committee has unanimously advanced a bill sponsored by state Senators Brian Stack and Angela McKnight of Hudson County, which would require Latino and Hispanic American History education in schools. “Nearly one-quarter of New Jerseyans identify as Hispanic or Latino, as does a large portion of my district,” said Senator Stack. “It is important for students to see themselves and the diverse community around them reflected in their school’s curriculum. Providing classroom instruction on Latino and Hispanic American history will only enrich New Jersey’s public schools even further.”

The New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee has unanimously advanced a bill that would give more transparency to tenants by requiring LLC property owners and landlords to disclose information about each beneficial owner. “The shield of anonymity afforded to LLCs can present significant challenges for tenants. It can make it more difficult for a tenant to understand who is responsible for services like building repairs or maintenance,” said state Senator Brian Stack of Hudson County, who is sponsoring the bill. “By providing reliable contact information, tenants will be better equipped to advocate for themselves and landlords will be held more accountable.”

Environment & Sustainability

NJ.com reported that Skyway Golf Course has been granted the designation of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The certification means that Skyway was able to demonstrate environmental quality in areas like reduction and safety of chemical use, wildlife management, and water conservation. Hudson County Executive Craig Guy said, “The designation of Skyway Golf Course as Hudson County’s first Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary is a momentous occasion for our community, and we are proud to have a public golf course that not only provides recreational opportunities but also serves as a model for environmentally conscious development.”

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a Liberty State Park Design Task Force Meeting on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. The meeting will focus on “alternatives for potential active recreation, arts, and cultural amenities in LSP-North (Phase 1B), as well as elements for inclusion in the Master Plan for LSP-South (Phase 2).” The public is invited to provide comments by attending the meeting in-person at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Building at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, or to watch a virtual livestream. Visit the Liberty State Park Revitalization Program website to register and learn more.

A study from commercial real estate blog CommercialCafe ranks Jersey City fourth in the country for green commuting in mid-sized cities. Jersey City benefits “from its proximity to New York City, as well as its robust public transit infrastructure and commitment to reducing car dependency.” Honolulu ranked first in the study.

Business

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s dispensary directory now lists over 100 cannabis dispensaries in the state. “When the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission was established, our administration’s goal was to develop a stronger, fairer, and more equitable model for the rollout of an adult-use cannabis market. Reaching 100 cannabis dispensaries is a huge milestone that shows we are headed in the right direction,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “As we continue towards our goals for the cannabis market in New Jersey, I am grateful to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for their dedicated work and leadership on this critical area of our economy.”

Six cannabis dispensaries can be found in Jersey City: downtown FLWR, Garden Greenz, The Leaf Joint, 1634 Funk, RIPT, and The Cannabis Place.

Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.