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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond

Echo News T.V. L.L.C. 2024 Updates & Biggest Stories From 2023

January 2, 2024

Stories from 2023:

The Killing Of Jersey City Citizen Mr. Andrew Washington By Police Officers Enraged Jersey City Community To Action.

Mr. Andrew Washington, a Black citizen who had long-term mental illness, unfortunately, was killed on Aug 27, 2023. Washington was experiencing a mental health crisis, and his family reached out to the proper authorities to request medical intervention assistance and not the police. But guess who showed up with their gun drawn while tasing Washington? Officer Stephen Gigante of the Jersey City Police Department shot Washington twice while his faithful sidekick, Officer Felix DeJesus, tased Washington while being attacked. Mr. Washington's family and neighbors began protesting the injustice served to the now-deceased Mr. Andrew Washington. To learn more, please click the links:

New Jersey Citizen's Homelessness Became A Crisis In 2023 In Correlation To The Extravagant Rent Increases. Coupled With Refugee Crisis.

According to Zumper's National Rent Report, for example. Jersey City became the second most outrageous rental market in the nation. The report said that the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment assessed a whopping $3,780, climbing 25% over last year. The average rent on a one-bedroom apartment came in at $3,170, rising 19.6%. The surge of migrants crossing the southern border and being placed in sanctuary cities in N.J. over the past ten years has overwhelmed sanctuary states, including New York, and towns in New Jersey and, as a result, with the help of money-hungry landlords who are either American or foreign. The sky-high rents mixed with overcrowding are leaving more citizens who live simply homeless or in jeopardy. To learn more, please click the links:

A New Jersey 911 Call Center Was Investigated For Poor Management And Understaffing.

Jersey City Call Center was reprimanded publicly for their understaffing and poor response to 911 calls that they seemed unable to manage. Per a story shared in the Jersey City Times by Aaron Morrill on March 21, 2023, titled "Unpaid, Overworked and Understaffed 911 Workers Complain of "Hostile Work Environment," shares:

"According to the workers, chronic understaffing and poor management have compromised public safety, and many employees are owed thousands of dollars in back pay because of a malfunctioning payroll system. According to the emails, the staff has not received state-mandated training, nor has management developed a protocol for handling "active shooters."

Complaints about JCPSCC's performance are not new. In November, Public Safety Director James Shea acknowledged that the problems go back ten years."

To learn more, please click the link below.

Mr. Blue Skies Could Possibly Be Turning White If A Major Winter Storm Passes Through New Jersey This Week.

National Weather Service announced that New Jerseyans may experience heavy rain plus a wintery mix this weekend. If the storm system tracks strengths this week. New Jerseayns can expect 6 to 12 inches of snow if the storm system lands. School closings are possible if storm systems land, providing children with more days off from school coupled with their recent winter break. So, parents plan accordingly. To learn more, check out Middletown Patch Alexis Tarrazi's January 2, 2024 report titled "Major Winter Storm Possible This Week In NJ" by clicking the link:

Fatal Car Crashes Plus Shooting In New Jersey On New Year's Eve

If this New Year's Eve 2023, fatal car crashes and shootings are a precursor for the 2024 year, we should all run for the hills. On the last day of 2023, eight people in the Garden State experienced car crashes coupled with deadly shootings that fatally injured victims. Per Middletown Patch reporter Sarah Salvadore on January 2, the report titled "8 Dead In Crashes, Shootings Over NYE Weekend In NJ" shared that "Luis A. Suarez, 41, of Montclair, was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose." To learn more about click the link:

The American Constitution May Become The Very Instrument That Will Block Former President Trump From Running For Election.

On December 28, 2023, Maine became the second state to ban former President Donald Trump from running for office, per a report by Patrick Marley of the Washington Post on December 29, 2023, titled: Donald Trump Removed From The Maine Primary Ballot By The Secretary Of State. Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows removed Trump from the ballot because the U.S. Constitution states that "insurrectionists are not allowed to hold any office." This trend of law enforcement per state secretaries due to laws stated in the United States Constitution could become the achilles heel that may trip President Trump from re-election. To learn more, please click the link: 

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