Despite plea from Boggiano, Freeholders approve $50 million in Hudson County Courthouse bonding

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Despite a plea from Jersey City Councilman Richard Boggiano, the Board of Freeholders approved $50 million in bonding for a new Hudson County Courthouse.

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders approved $50 million in bonding related to the future development of a new Hudson County Courthouse, as well as the acquisition of property for open space in North Bergen due to the construction of a preschool.

The meeting started with Jersey City Councilman Richard Boggiano, who represents the courthouse area, asking the Board of Freeholders to delay the vote, as well as $160 million in bonding for the creation of a new school, until more county residents could add their input.

Taxpayer advocate Yvonne Balcer said developers like Joe Panapinto, who recently received a 30-year tax abatement in Journal Square, were not paying their fair share towards the courthouse.

Freeholder E. Junior Maldonado said the County needed to purchase the property now, before it becomes too expensive because of new development, and that money would be made back when land from the existing courthouse is sold.

Finally, Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso reiterated security concerns related to the existing courthouse.