Ed Mecka

Hoboken Police Captain Ed Mecka (ret) is a 28 year veteran of the Hoboken, New Jersey Police Department. 

But retirement hasn't stopped Ed from doing what he does best, investigations into political curruption and managing his Hoboken Community Activist website "edmecka.com"

New Jersey's OPRA "Open Public Records Act" and OPMA "Open Public Meetings Act" are the citizens' window into the inner workings of New Jersey government. 

The Open Public Records Act "OPRA" provides guidelines for the dissemination of “public” government records.  Not every government record is “public” and there are restrictions.  But for the most part, OPRA does a good job in providing record access.  Unfortunately, sometimes even the simplest request for a "public" document can be a nightmare for many citizens.  If you know your rights under OPRA and the record is “public”… you should have an easier time getting the requested information.   Learn more about OPRA.

The Open Public Meetings Act “OPMA” sets a standard for government meetings, i.e. City Council meetings, Freeholders meetings, etc.  Learn more about OPMA.

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Hudson County Victims of Hurricane Irene to get IRS TAX RELIEF

The Internal Revenue Service is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene. 

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15, 2011, to file their 2010 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011, which would normally be due Sept. 15.

In New Jersey, IRS filing and payment relief applies to the following counties and municipalities:  Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren

NYSC Honors 911 First Responders With Special Lifetime Gym Membership Rate

Town Sports International (TSI) – the company that owns and operates New York Sports Clubs (NYSC), Philadelphia Sports Clubs (PSC), Boston Sports Clubs (BSC) and Washington D.C. Sports Clubs (WSC) – is honoring first responders by offering a special discounted membership rate to all police, firefighters, EMS workers and military personnel, in appreciation for all of their hard work and sacrifice. Through September 11, first responders can sign up at any TSI Club location to receive a rate of $20 per month for the lifetime of the membership.

Nancy Pelosi Heckled At Town Hall Over Debt Bill, "Sell-Out"

Nancy Pelosi Heckled At Town Hall Over Debt Bill: "Sell-Out" House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was heckled several times at a town hall meeting in response to her vote for the "Satan sandwich" debt ceiling bill in Oakland, California. Pelo...

New York Sports Club offers "First Responder" membership

The 10th Anniversary of 9/11 is coming up and NYSC (New York Sports Club - Town Sports International) would like to honor all of the First Responder's who put their own lives in danger to help save the lives of others with a special "First Responder" membership.

Like many other New Yorkers and beyond, Town Sports International felt the September 11th attacks very close to home. Four of TSI's downtown NYSC locations were closed due to damage in the days following the attacks. The 30 Wall Street NYSC location opened as a 24-hour "Comfort Center" for World Trade Center rescue and relief workers. Many hundreds of workers took advantage of cots, food, water and medical supplies provided by NYSC and the Red Cross.

Our President and CEO Bob Giardina said recently in a press release "With the tenth anniversary of September 11th upon us, we continue to honor all first responders to let them know that we are truly grateful for all of their hard work and sacrifice. We hold them in the highest regard and will never forget the bravery they exhibited. We are appreciative of every first responder's daily commitment to keep us safe."

Hudson Healthcare, operator of Hoboken (N.J.) University Medical Center, top 20 unsecured creditors

Hudson Healthcare, operator of Hoboken (N.J.) University Medical Center, filed for bankruptcy on August 1, 2011.  As required by Federal Bankruptcy Rule 1007(d), the debtor is required to submit a list of the 20 largest unsecured claims.

Included in the list are claims from "PSE&G - $2,502,670",  "Hoboken Parking Authority - $1,007,740", "City of Hoboken - $903,638", "District 1199J, the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO - $1,055,045 and $494,417" and "Verizon - $306,647".

On August 9, 2011, the Jersey Journal reported that the former chief operating officer Spiros Hatiras will receive a $600,000 severance package from the Hoboken University Medical Center even though the agency that oversees the hospital is not obligated to pay it.  Hatiras, who resigned on July 14, was CEO for just two years.

In the worst economic climate since the Great Depression… Hoboken, New Jersey moves to use Eminent Domain against private property owners to build a Park!

In addition to the faltering U.S. economy, property owners in a six acre area of  Hoboken, N.J. designated  as “Southwest Six (SW6)” will now have to contend with the City’s threaten use of Eminent Domain to acquire their  property for a Park.

Technology Consultant - City of Hoboken

The City of Hoboken is looking for a technology consultant to advise and provide input and design suggestions for the Information Technology implemented throughout the city. Candidate must have enterprise management experience in networking and telecommunications. This experience should include project management, solution design and implementation.

Finance Director City of Hoboken

The City of Hoboken, New Jersey is seeking a Finance Director to plan, direct and administer the finances of the city.  Duties include preparation of annual budget in conjunction with the Business Administrator, along with debt statements, maintenance of Edmunds accounting system, administration of municipal bond sales and tax anticipation notes.


New Jersey Civil Service Commission Job Announcements


Issue Date: 10/29/2010 Closing Date: 11/19/2010

Jurisdiction: HOBOKEN Salary: $25.00 Per Hour Num. of Positions: 1

Workweek: 24 Hours per week   Application Fee: $25.00

Hoboken’s Half-Assed OPRA Response for WILLIAM D. CAMPBELL vs. CITY OF HOBOKEN!

Fifteen days after the attorneys for Appellant CAMPBELL (WILLIAM D. CAMPBELL vs.censored2.bmp
CITY OF HOBOKEN) submitted an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request to the City of Hoboken, the law firm finally received two response packets.  The first packet, dated October 14, 2010 City OPRA LOG # 10-1696, consists of 10 pages while the second packet, dated October 15, 2010 City OPRA LOG # 10-1695, consists of 29 pages.   

For the record, there is no question that the law firm faxed the OPRA request to the Hoboken City Clerk’s Office on September 29, 2010 @ 4:02pm and entered into the OPRA LOG file the following business day, September 30, 2010 @ 9:36am.