List of Local History Web Sites

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By John Hallanan
The oldest such organization in the country dating back to the night of Lincoln’s death. Assisted in having the route of the Lincoln Highway marked in the County for the Highway’s 100th anniversary. Sponsors a presentation for the Lincoln High School Jr. ROTC of reenactors portraying the 26th US Colored Troops. On February 12 every year there is a ceremony at the monument on the Blvd. at the Park then a dinner at the Casino. Details are in the website.
Founded by John Gomez, a teacher in Jersey City, they are interested in landmarking and preserving Jersey City’s architectural past. Members conduct walking tours in different sections of the City. Sponsor Preservation Month in May to give awards for preservation efforts in the City.
Family history oriented, they assist people looking for past records of their family. They also construct databases for general research. History articles in their blog.
The George Washington Commemorative Society for the last 30 years has been involved with the preservation of the Apple Tree House near Bergen Square. It participates in ceremonies commemorating the Revolutionary War battle of Paulus Hook in Jersey City. On President’s Day they will be at the Apple Tree House at 11:00 AM. August 19 is the anniversary of the battle of Paulus Hook. The Paulus Hook Association usually sponsors a small parade and a presentation at the monument at Grand and Washington.
The Morris Canal Greenway project in Jersey City which is waiting for funding .The canal reached here in 1836 and closed in 1924, you can walk the filled-in canal bed behind Country Village. The available funding allocated for this study of the Canal was used in planning the project. The proposal for the actual construction of the pathways and greenways did not receive the expected funding in 2014. We hope to have a tour in the Spring. Berry Lane Park along Garfield Ave. is built on part of it. More portions can be seen behind Tsigonia Paints on Communipauw Ave. website of the Morris Canal in Jersey City, work in progress. Bus tour of the Canal in Jersey City to be scheduled.
The Lincoln Highway, 100 years old in 2013, ran along Kennedy Blvd from Union City through Jersey City making a turn to the West through Lincoln Park and out to San Francisco. You can see pictures of some of the cars on the Centennial Tour on the website for the Lincoln Association of Jersey City that is mentioned above.
website of the NJ Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. Bus tour of the Highway in Hudson County to be rescheduled.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the contribution of NJ residents. Several books have been published and are available online. The official commemoration is now complete so I don’t know if there will be updates or how long the publications will be available.
Local museum.
Website for the Weehawken Historical Society.
Indexed list of Jersey City historic places and people
The official website to commemorate the 350th year of New Jersey.
In addition, if you GOOGLE “jersey city african american museum”, you will go to a Jersey City site that will then get you to an interesting site operated by local computer expert, history buff, and book exchanger, Anthony Olszewski. The museum is the only museum in Jersey City, the other City sponsored museum is closed due to funding problems.
Website for Bayonne History
Save the railroad embankment on 6th Street in Jersey City

NJ Military Museum in Sea Girt, took a beating from Sandy Hook
The 69th Infantry, last surviving unit of the Irish Brigade of the Civil War, now a unit in the NY National Guard, much military history of the unit
Veterans Corps of the 69th, speakers on for a treat.

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One man, one vote by David Friedland

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By David Friedland

My father told me that in all the years he served as an Assemblyman he was not able , not once, to get any of the Bills he sponsored released from committee , much less voted upon. When I was first elected, I was determined to break the back of that system.

For most of pre-modern New Jersey, the Senate was controlled by Republicans. There were 21 counties and 21 Senators. The smallest county, Cape May had 58,000 or so voters. The Senate Republican Caucus was ruled over by Senator Hap Farley. He needed only 7 votes from the 7 Southern Counties to block all legislation. His 7 Senatorial votes were elected by voters in Counties having in total less population than Essex and Hudson combined. Thus for most of the history of New Jersey , it was impossible for the large urban areas to get any legislation passed. The minimum wage, and most legislation granting urban aid, languished while bill after bill passed appropriating money to kill Gypsy Moths, or to build highways, or schools in the Southern Counties. That is how the Republicans held on to their power.

As you know in 1963-1964 I started the One Man One Vote case that changed all that. I was a young lawyer. I asked Chris Jackman (who was then a client of our law firm) to serve as Plaintiff. He hesitated, fearing to look ridiculous. In the days following the filing of the lawsuit, we were ridiculed in the State Newspapers. The Jersey Journal and Star Ledger carried comments by some of the State’s most prominent attorneys claiming that my lawsuit was frivolous foolish vexatious litigation instituted by a boy lawyer. They opined that I had NO chance of winning. After all New Jersey had the little federal system. How could a Court possibly declare unconstitutional the very system permitted for federal elections?

Jackman twice threatened to withdraw. Later he claimed the suit was his own idea.

I argued the suit before the New Jersey Supreme Court. I left feeling like a nudist in a mosquito colony punctured by the Courts deft questions, I was deflated and certain I had lost.

The Chief Justice called my father and congratulated him “You should be proud of your son, Jake- he made an excellent argument”

I called the Chief the following day to complain. I told him that I was very upset that he said I had done well. He asked “Why?”

I said ” Mr. Chief Justice, when I left the Court, I was depressed. I went home. I told my wife that I done miserably and certainly lost the case and as a result ruined my career. Beth never questions my legal opinions. Now my father will tell her about your call. My wife will never trust my opinions again.

He laughed.

Shortly after the argument the Senate adopted a weight voting rule. Under it, we would still have 21 Senators but some Senators would have twice or even three times the vote of others. I filed another suit to have that declared unconstitutional.

The Chief asked me to describe the progress of the Legislature in obeying the Court’s Mandate.

I said ” Chief Justice, the legislature has not moved forward, nor has it moved backwards. It moved sideways, slowly…. like a crab!”

The Court declared the weighted voting system unconstitutional. The rest is history. Both houses of the legislature were redistricted. The Senate was increased to 40. Hudson received additional assemblymen and senators. For the first time in New Jersey’s History the large urban counties
had legislative power and shortly took control of the assembly with Maurice Brady (another of my clients ) as Speaker. The suit actually changed the dynamics of South Jersey politics as well and in recent years Democrats were elected in counties that had never failed to elect republicans. Indeed many of the Democrats who later castigated me for the deal I made with Tom Kean, were elected to seats created by the suit I brought.

Hap Farley era had ended forever. Or so I thought!

I reintroduced updated versions of most of the bills my father had fought for unsuccessfully during his 12 year stint in the legislature, including a number of my own.

And waited.

I could not get my bills out of committee for a vote.

Maury Brady , my own client, and Speaker would not allow my bills to be voted upon.

So, I did the unthinkable. I challenged and then upbraided the Speaker publicly, and literally caused parliamentary chaos. It became so heated, Brady complained to Kenny. Kenny called me into the hospital. Asked me what I was doing. I told him. He laught. He said “Go for it kid!

The result? Bill Musto reintroduced some of my bills under his own name, and allowed me to cosponsor them.

They passed!

In or about the same time I was retained by Lenny Bruce to argue the appeal of his conviction for pornography in New York.
He wanted me to argue that the only word in his act that was NOT obscene was the word “mother-fucker” He said he uttered it in the idiom of the negroes, and as such it was a term of affection. He told me. “The only word in my act that is obscene is the word ‘BUT’. It is the universal subtractor. It denies meaning whenever it is used. I love you….but. I would do that for you but……..”

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Bryna Raeburn of Jersey City

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Bryna Raeburn was a remarkable voice over actress who was born and raised in Jersey City. She performed in many radio dramas, The Mad Magazine TV Special (1974) the audio version of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage and a large number of commercials.

The Jersey City Heights being what it is, Bryna Raeburn is perhaps best remembered here as the Josephine XV who did the follow-up record to They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Bryna Raeburn lived one block away from us. One day while waiting for a taxi at Journal Square, my mother noticed Bryna at the end of the line and so suggested that she ride with us. In the cab, my mother asked Bryna Raeburn about her work. What followed was like a daytime seance with a multitude of different voices filling the air.

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Jersey City Campaign Buttons And Graphics

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Some Campaign Buttons From The Kenny Era

Another Kenny Button Shown Actual Size

John R. Longo Was Jailed Over What Was Generally Considered To Be A Fabricated Charge

A Glimmer Of A Forgotten Scandal?

A Set From The Late 60’s And Early 70’s

For Over Fifty Years, Nick Baffa Sold The Graphic Weapons To All Sides!

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Victor Mravlag, pastor in an Online Deliverance ministry, is from North Hudson

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Victor Mravlag is from North Hudson, NJ. I’d not thought of him in nearly forty years, but for some unknown reason his name came to mind last week. I typed it into Google — that wonder of the invisible world and learned that Victor now is a pastor with an Online Deliverance ministry.

Below is a Link to a Podcast from 2011:–exorcism-of-demons
He often appears on live episodes at the same Site.

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The Greene Street Boat Club in Jersey City

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The Green Street Boat Club in Jersey City circa 1973 -- Photo by Jack Sember

The Greene Street Boat Club in Jersey City circa 1973 — Photo by Jack Sember

For generations, the Greene Street Boat Club was the hub for Downtown Jersey City fishing enthusiasts. Though the club did not have title to the property, members maintained squatter rights to their docks.

Supposedly to make way for development, Mayor Gerald McCann (during his first term) evicted the Greene Street Boat Club.

Now part of Peninsula Park, this section of Waterfront remains unused.

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Major developer Web Sites hacked?

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Lefrak Web Site hacked?
It strikes me as sorta strange that there are billionaire big shots playing Monopoly with the real thing who don’t bother to do a Google search on themselves — or pay someone to do it for them. And another sour note, I wanted to tag LeFrak in a Facebook post — either the business or one of the family — to give them a heads up. Strange to relate, the LeFraks seem to be Social Media-phobic with the only presence on Facebook for LeFrak City — with not but 194 Likes one might add.

Panepinto Properties Web Site hacked?
While on the topic of hacked real estate Sites — though I posted it in the Jersey City Politics Facebook Group like WAY BACK WHEN — Google STILL thinks that the Panepinto Properties Web Site has been hacked. The Panepintos — both business and principals — ain’t showin’ up when I try to tag them. Are theys all Social Media off the grid, too? Now the Panepintos used to be big on Google searches. (They’d email me when people were talkin’ nasty about one of ’em on my Hudson Count Politics Message Boards.) I wonder if the Panepintos don’t bother doing Web searches anymore or what? Robert Torricelli ain’t in either as far as Facebook goes. Too bad. Maybe he’d know who’s supposed to be watchin’ the shop for the Panepinto Properties Web Site goes.

One BIG developer plus one big developer equals two hacked Sites. Does this — like — indicate a trend? Is it only 3rd rate work letting some silly spammers in? Or, could this be industrial espionage?

And in the CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER department, for both of the heavy hitters, not a single lawyer, not a single contractor, not a single copy writer, not a single photographer, not a single architect, not a single engineer. . . not one of the army for hire of professionals firing away with invoices night and day ever did a Google search and noticed THIS SITE MAY BE HACKED. Or, they saw it but didn’t bother to say it? Or, they dutifully brought it to the attention of their organization contact — who didn’t do anything? Or, there really is no problem, but Google is bad mouthing both LeFrak and Panepinto?

panepinto properties whois
And dig this for the Domain registration — an invalid email address.

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Mayor Frank Hague’s New Year’s Day

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Mayor Frank Hague's New Year's Day early morning reception -- January 1, 1947, the last year of Hague's rule

This photo dates from January 1, 1947 – the last year of Hague’s rule.

Mayor Frank Hague (right), a teetotaler, held an early morning reception on New Year’s Day.

His followers had the choice of imbibing moderately the night before or suffering silently through the ceremony.

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Pat O’Melia interviews Anthony Olszewski about Hudson County Facts

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… asked to vote for Steve Fulop using different names at several different polling places when he ran for councilman …

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... asked to vote for Steve Fulop using different names at several different polling places when he ran for councilman ...

Fulop 2008 North Precinct Report PDF


owns a store 1n the diamond district possibly named the Exchange which was located on 47th
St. possiblYca betw,een ~th an~ 6th 5t. i~ New York City. Mr. Cortez stated that Abe lives in
~rooklYn an he ~escrlbes h1m as a Jewlsh male who wears a Yamlka and is approx. 5 ft 9
1nches tall land 15 between 50 and 55 yearsi of age. Mr. cortez stated that he met Abe when
he was arou~d 1 year~ of age and.he start~d out as a personal driver for Abe until Abe
taught h,’m lrnow FO encode the cred,t cards. Mr. Cortez stated that he would get blank
credit card frpm either Abe or another pe’rson who he knows as Iris who picks up the blank
cards from bes personal driver who he knows as vinny. Mr. Cortez went on to describe a female who he knows as Iris by stating
that she is the second person who is used ~n making the fraudulent cards. Mr. cortez stated
that Iris h s e~~ipment to put the printing on the front of the credit cards. He believes
t~is machine is called an Eltron machine and he knows ~ris to also make phony Drivers
L,censes fo~ se~eral different states USi~ this machine. Iris is described as an hispanic:
f~male ap’pr,x. 50 years old with brown hair and she lives in an older White house on the
r1ght si~e of S~evens Ave. off of Ocean av. in Jersey c:ity with her children. Iris is
known to drIve an older mOdel black maxim . Mr. Cortez stated that ~ third person was used to make the front side of
the credit ard~ and he would later rememler the name of this person when being interviewed
by the detetti,~es from the prosecutors of ice. Mr. Cortez went on to further describe how
after the credit cards were finished he w uld deliver them to people he called workers who
he would me~t ~n the street and sometimes at the Dunkin donuts on Griffith St. and central
Ave. Mr. Corte~ stated that these workers would’use the cards to bu¥ numerous types of
items rangit 1rom gift cards at SUpermar ets to expensive electron,cs and Relex watches.
The items w’re then taken to Abe and he wduld give the workers 18% of the retail value of
the items. ‘
Mr. Cortez further stat~d that one of the skimmer’s recovered at his
apartment h 0 be delivered on 4/13/08 to a person who he knows as carlos who works at a
shell gas s~’ation on the Eastbound side of Route 3 in Secaucus. Nj. Mr. cortez stated that
he has neve m t carlos but he was going to contact him with a number whic:h was in his cell
phone. Mr. or ez stated that he would usually leave the skimmer for two weeks at a
location befor retrieVing it and obtaining the stolen numbers. Mr. cortez informed us that
they only u~ed Visa and Mastercard numbers with the skimmer because they could not be
traced as e~sy as American Express cards. Mr. Cortez further stated that he would not use
the skimmer ag in at the same location for at least two weeks.
, Mr. COrtez informed the uls that when business was busy he sometimes made
300 to 400 hun red credit cards daily. He stated that he was now making up to 100 cards two
or three times a week. Mr. cortez stated that he would be paid 5 dollars a card by Abe
Berger. After Mr Cortez explained his role in the making of the fraudulent credit
cards he infor ad the u/s and Detective Armstrong that he had told the arresting officers
that he wa~ in olved in some kind of voting fraud in Jersey city and he would also like to
speak about th t during the interview. Mr. cortez started by stating that he and at least
six males were asked to vote for Steve Fulop using different names at several different
polling places when he ran for councilman 2 or three years ago. Mr. Cortez stated that he
was askea ijy h·s long tim$ friend Luis Torres. Mr. cortez stated that on the day of the
election hilmse f and the following peop1e were picked up in a white van and given a list of
names to use tp vote for Steve Fulop as they were driven to various polling places in the
downtown a~ea. Mr. cortez stated that he personally voted using eight different names. The
names of t~e m~les he was able to remember who also voted under different names were Luis
TorreS I charlie Torres, Joseph Romeo, Eddie Torres and Victor Reyes. Mr. cortez better
clarif,ed the ~~es of these individuals ‘during the tap’ed audio statement with the
detectiveslof ~he Prosector’s office. Mr, Cortez state~ that these individuals were given a
1 000 dollar check that was given to Luis Torres who cashed the checks in his wife’s bank
a~count an~ the individuals ~ere given ~he cash by Luis Torres. Mr. Cortez stated th~t
these checks_~ere given to LU,S b¥ Charl,e and Tom who both worked for the Fulop’ campa’gn.
Mr. cortezialSo stated that charl,e would go to the polling places to help out in case any
of the ind vicuals would be challenged from voting.
, Mr. Cortez additionally added that if he could talk with someone from the
n~rcotics qUid he had information involving some drug locations in the Newark and Jersey
c, ty areas f , •
North.Detective cOTmander Lt. sprague did respond to the North D,strlc~
and did contact the ch,ef of Detect,ves at the Hudson county prosecutor~ off,ce. Detect,ve
Vincent Bopaccolta did respond to the north district. U/s Detective,along wit~ PO J~nes did
have N303 tr~sport Mr. Cortez to the Hudson County prosecutors off,ce ,nterv1ewe9 by
Oet. Bona~l a and Detective Michael Signorile from the prosecutors speclal Investlgatl0ns
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JERSEY IcrTY POLICE OEPiI2. Mwl’ Q~ilII 1’5A. Crime Ill’Icldllnl I’D. “fD~i!lculr:lr’l!I Oalle NQ. 120. Oi!l~B”m!!lI’lL PIII!I Nc. Oi.Wel, NQRT~ 10906 IOe.oll022 unit. Detec~jve S;gnorile and Bonaccolta did take a formal audio statement from Mr. cortez
concerning ~he fraudulent credit card use and the voter fraud. Detective Bonaccolta stated
that he wasJthe liaison for the Prosecutors Office to the secret service and he wo~ld be
makin~ thos necessary notifications when needed. u/s Detective responded back to the North
Distrlct to Icomplete necessary reports. PO Jones and Detective Bonaccorte did later
transport M~. Bonnacorte back to the North District to be processed to BCI and the county.
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Intunt tQ Co,,”p.lto Card w/o COnlu;mt (1) 2C,2l”,,1 possel!’,il;/10I1 of Forgery Devlc:sp;; (1) 2C:2l·1c Forgary and Rahat d Of1″,mGIDI (1) 2C:21·1 Receiving Stolen Property (1) 2C:20.!

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