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Hudson County, New Jersey
- Budget is published.
- Officials are listed with phone numbers in the directory.
- Meeting schedule and agenda available.
- Current bids are online.
- Permits and zoning are not applied at a county level in New Jersey.
- Tax information is available.
- County audits are not online.
- Does not say if it belongs to any Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations.
- There is no information on how to obtain public records.
Hudson will receive $87.4 million more in state education aid in 2011 than in 2010. The aid will total $878.4 million.
Budget cuts in 2010 led to the Hudson County Schools of Technology board to vote away with sports two countywide high schools. Some schools are trying to get some sports reinstated despite the fact that the budget is already passed.
|Legislative, Executive, and Finance||$15,276,677|
|Health and Human Services||$68,802,161|
|# of Awards||Total Amount||Reported Jobs|
- 3 years
- Legislative branch
- Check on the executive branch (County Executive)
- Approves contracts
The County Executive is Thomas A. DeGise.
- 4 years
- Choose department heads
- Manage departments and divisions
|Albert||Santos||Clerk of the Board of Chosen Freeholders|
|Cheryl||Fuller||County Finance Officer|
|Frederick||Tomkins||Registered Municipal Accountant|
Former Hudson County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski was found guilty of tax evasion and accepting bribes and received a sentence of 41 months in 2005. Janiszewski was County Executive from 1988 to 2001. He had taken bribes in exchange for county contracts. In one instance he received a $20,000 bribe from Dr. Oscar Sandoval for contracts for psychiatric services for the county jail and mental hospital.
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, the law firm that represented Hudson County against Janiszewski in 2008, has accused Hudson County of owing them $125,000 in legal fees. According to county spokesman James Kennelly, the original fee agreed upon was $275,000, but the firm went over budget without contacting county officials. The county offered $85,000 to the firm to avoid going to court but the firm refused.
See also: New Jersey state government salary
Two former Sheriff Chiefs are being investigate for double dipping. John Bartucci and Andrew Conti are accused to receiving their pension from the police and fire pension fund while having a job covered by that system. Batrucci earned $174,909.94 in pension monies as chief during 2008-2010 and Conti earned $19,217.22 from the fund over a four month span.
The Hudson County Community College average salary range is $18,000 to $58,000.
An undersheriff in Hudson County earned $90,000 a year in 2008.
State Senator Nicholas Sacco holds three public positions in Hudson County. He is a State Senator, mayor of North Bergen, and the assistant superintendent of schools. His combined salary is $278,000.
Below is the 2009 median police officer salary in cities of Hudson County.
|City||2009 Median Salary||Ranking Salary Among 466 PD||# of Officers||# who made more than $100k||2008 Crimes per 100 Residents||Ranking Crime Rate among 466 PD|
|West New York||$83,023||314||103||25||22.9||176|
Hudson County had to pay a $300,000 settlement over sexual harassment charges against two corrections officers.
Richard Greene, who was charged with corruption but had them eventually dropped, but was not rehired by Hudson County received a $293,000 settlement.
See also: New Jersey public pensions
No pension information was available.
See also: New Jersey government sector lobbying
In 2011, Hudson County spent $20,000 on lobbying firm Winning Strategies Washington through the Hudson County Improvement Authority.
Transparency & public records
The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was passed by the NJ State Legislature in 2001 and guarantees citizen access to a wide variety of government documents. For more information on OPRA and public records see OPRA Central.
The website has a separate website dedicated to taxes and has property tax rates listed.
Below is a table showing where revenue for the 2011 budget came from
|Raised by Taxation||59.60%|
|Health and Human Services||3.70%|
The Associate Director of the NJEA was caught on tape discussing voter fraud for a mayoral race in Hudson County in 1997.
- Official Hudson County Website
- Hudson County Clerk
- Hudson County Prosecutor's Office
- New Jersey Visitors Network - Hudson County
- Public Records Directory - Hudson County
- Hudson County on E-Reference
- Hudson County News
- Hudson County Quickfacts
- Hudson Reporter
- "American Fact Finder" Census
- 2011 Budget
- County Tax
- 2011 Budget
- NJ "Hudson freeholders OK 2011 budget; tax levy nearly flat in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne but rises in Weehawken, Secaucus"
- Hudson Reporter "State education aid increasing in Hudson County"
- Hudson Reporter "We can work it out"
- County Executive
- County Executive
- NYTimes "Former Hudson County Leader Gets 41 Months in Corruption Case"
- http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2011/06/law_firm_says_hudson_county_ow.html NJ "Law firm says Hudson County owes it $125,000"]
- NJ "Two former Hudson County Sheriff's Chiefs under investigation for possibly double-dipping from pension fund"
- Career Bliss
- NJ "Hudson's state pols reveal jobs, salaries"
- The Aquarian "The Freak Show: NJ Politicians Grabbing All The Money They Can" (timed out)
- Star Ledger "Hudson County"
- NJ "Former Hudson County employee allegedly called 'hussy' and 'ho' to receive $305,000 in settlement"
- NJ "Former Hudson County employee not rehired after corruption charges are dropped gets $293K settlement"
- 2011 Budget
- Breitbart.tv, O’KEEFE: TOP UNION OFFICIAL CAUGHT ON TAPE DISCUSSING VOTER FRAUD, Oct. 26, 2010