On Sunday March 16, 2014 Irish eyes were smiling at the 41st Annual West Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Under clear blue skies, thousands of people lined Kearny Avenue to enjoy the parade. This year Grand Marshal Joseph McGonigal and Deputy Grand Marshals Larry Handlin and Carol Manley led the march through Harrison, East Newark and Kearny. The United Irish Association of West Hudson sponsors the annual event.
Mayor Alberto G. Santos announced that New Jersey’s Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) is available to help eligible people who have housing-related financial distress that resulted from Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Santos said, “Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage in Kearny and other New Jersey communities. I urge all eligible victims of Hurricane Sandy to apply for help from SHRAP, if they meet the guidelines for the program.
Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Kearny DPW Superintendent Gerry Kerr announced that a telephone hotline is available for residents to report the location of potholes on the Town’s roadways. The public can share information about where potholes are located by calling (201) 955-7889. When leaving a message on the hotline, the public is asked to provide the nearest street address or the nearest cross street where the pothole is located.
The Town of Kearny’s Uniform Crime Report Index for 2013 shows there were 1,286 reported crimes in Kearny in 2013, a drop of 2.5% from the previous year’s number of 1,320. While the decrease in crime for 2013 was modest, the recently released numbers confirm the significant drops in crime that occurred from 2011 to 2012 when reported crimes fell by 18%.
Town of Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos today reminded local businesses about a partnership with Get Your Business Online with Google City Challenge a new initiative to help Kearny’s small businesses get online.
On Friday, January 3, 2014, the Town of Kearny held its Inaugural Ceremony and annual Reorganization Meeting. The elected officials were led into the Council Chamber by bagpiper Fran Raftery. Nicole Gouveia performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and Reverend Nicholas J. Connolly offered the invocation.
“The citizens of Kearny should control the future of Kearny.”
Members of the Town Council, Reverend Connolly, family and friends, as we start the new year and as the Council and I begin our new terms of office, we come together in our shared commitment to making Kearny a better place.
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, hundreds of families celebrated at the Annual Kearny UEZ Tree Lighting Festival outside Town Hall on Kearny Avenue. The festival has become a very popular town-wide tradition and the kickoff of the holiday season in Kearny. The evening began at 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Alberto G. Santos is pleased to announce that on Saturday, December 14, 2013 the Town of Kearny in cooperation with North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) will hold a workshop where trained facilitators will be available to assist Kearny residents who wish to enroll in the federal Healthcare Exchange. The session will be held in the Kearny Main Library, 318 Kearny Avenue, on the lower level from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
On November 13, 2013, the new USS Juneau Memorial Center building in Kearny was dedicated. The Juneau Center will serve as home to the County OEM Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s new, climate-controlled evidence center.