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Star Ledger reporters Tom Moran, Brian Donohue and cartoonist Drew Sheneman visited Harrison on Friday. Their visit apparently is not a one time event. It appears that they have visited Harrison in the past. What drew these reporters and cartoonist to Harrison was not an assignment from the Editor to cover a Mayor & Council Meeting, a Redevelopment Meeting or a Board of Education Meeting but something far less controversial.

The Star Ledger reporters have visited Harrison in the past but they have failed to file any reports until now. On occasion the Star Ledger has printed articles on the proposed Redevelopment mostly favorable to the redevelopers and to the McDonough administration painting rosy pictures of the new Harrison. The Star Ledger has never covered a Mayor & Council meeting, a Redevelopment Agency meeting or Board of Education meeting. On one occasion almost two years ago, the Star Ledger published a story entitled Little Town A Big Target In Hunt For Corruption which suggested that the town of Harrison was suffering from political corruption, ethical lapses and "curious decisions by political officials". The Star Ledger however never followed up with any article and has failed to send any reporter to cover monthly meetings of the Mayor & Council, Redevelopment Board or Board of Education. Mayor Raymond McDonough denied the allegations contained in the Star Ledger's article and the Kearny Observer carried a front page story with McDonough's denial that there was any criminal investigation of the town.

Harrison Town Hall is located just 1.8 miles from the Star Ledger's Headquarters just across the Passaic River. Here is a map from the Star Ledger Headquarters to Harrison's Town Hall.

View Larger Map Obviously, the Star Ledger's reporters can easily find Harrison's Town Hall, Board of Education office and the Redevelopment Agency office. But the Editors at the Star Ledger have apparently decided that Harrison is too insignificant to cover.

Ironically, one of the reporters who wrote the Star Ledger Little Town A Big Target In Hunt For Corruption Story story, Jeff Whelan, is now working for Governor Jon Corzine's re-election campaign. Whelan retired from the Star Ledger due to the papers downsizing and took a job with Corzine's re-election campaign. Corzine is a big supporter of Mayor Raymond McDonough. One must wonder if Jon Corzine asked Jeff Whelan to apologize to Mayor McDonough for an article that apparently contained accusations that were not true?

The point of this article is to point out the obvious: The Star Ledger reporters should take the time out to attend Mayor & Council meetings at a minimum and report the news. Reporter Tom Moran, Brian Donohue and cartoonist Drew Sheneman would find plenty of material to draw from for articles and some political cartoons. And Nino's Restaurant and Pizzeria makes great pizza (and food).

For those of us who frequent Nino's Restaurant and Pizzeria in Harrison, we are glad that the Star Ledger reporters have discovered Nino's. Nino's got a mention and a complement from Brian Donohue at the end of his Ledger Live video regarding the First Governor Debate when he stated, "Let's shut up and get to the Pizza from Nino's in Harrison. Sicilian. This is Great stuff." Indeed. It would be even better if I was reading a well written Star Ledger story on Harrison's Mayor & Council meeting sitting at Nino's while I was biting into a Nino's Sicilian slice.

The next meeting of the Mayor & Council is this upcoming Tuesday, October 6, 2009 starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Caucus upstairs on the third floor of the Town Hall, 318 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, New Jersey followed by a 7:00 p.m. General Meeting on the second floor of the Town Hall. Any member of the public can attend either the Caucus or General Meeting. Hey, Tom, Brian and Drew, I'll meet your over at Nino's at 5:30 p.m. so we can have a snack before the meeting and discuss the meeting's Agenda. Love to have you at a Harrison town meeting reporting the news.

Congratulations to Nino for having such great food (not only pizza) that he got a mention at the end of Brian Donahue's Star Ledger Live video segment. Click on the link below for the video.

Ledger Live Video: Corzine, Christie, Daggett and Nino's Pizza from Harrison

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Star Ledger reporters Tom Moran, Brian Donohue and cartoonist Drew Sheneman visited Harrison on Friday. Their visit apparently is not a one time event. It appears that they have visited Harrison in the past. What drew these reporters and cartoonist to Harrison was not an assignment from the Editor to cover a Mayor & Council Meeting, a Redevelopment Meeting or a Board of Education Meeting but something far less controversial.

The Star Ledger reporters have visited Harrison in the past but they have failed to file any reports until now. On occasion the Star Ledger has printed articles on the proposed Redevelopment mostly favorable to the redevelopers and to the McDonough administration painting rosy pictures of the new Harrison. The Star Ledger has never covered a Mayor & Council meeting, a Redevelopment Agency meeting or Board of Education meeting. On one occasion almost two years ago, the Star Ledger published a story entitled Little Town A Big Target In Hunt For Corruption which suggested that the town of Harrison was suffering from political corruption, ethical lapses and "curious decisions by political officials". The Star Ledger however never followed up with any article and has failed to send any reporter to cover monthly meetings of the Mayor & Council, Redevelopment Board or Board of Education. Mayor Raymond McDonough denied the allegations contained in the Star Ledger's article and the Kearny Observer carried a front page story with McDonough's denial that there was any criminal investigation of the town.

Harrison Town Hall is located just 1.8 miles from the Star Ledger's Headquarters just across the Passaic River. Here is a map from the Star Ledger Headquarters to Harrison's Town Hall.

View Larger Map Obviously, the Star Ledger's reporters can easily find Harrison's Town Hall, Board of Education office and the Redevelopment Agency office. But the Editors at the Star Ledger have apparently decided that Harrison is too insignificant to cover.

Ironically, one of the reporters who wrote the Star Ledger Little Town A Big Target In Hunt For Corruption Story story, Jeff Whelan, is now working for Governor Jon Corzine's re-election campaign. Whelan retired from the Star Ledger due to the papers downsizing and took a job with Corzine's re-election campaign. Corzine is a big supporter of Mayor Raymond McDonough. One must wonder if Jon Corzine asked Jeff Whelan to apologize to Mayor McDonough for an article that apparently contained accusations that were not true?

The point of this article is to point out the obvious: The Star Ledger reporters should take the time out to attend Mayor & Council meetings at a minimum and report the news. Reporter Tom Moran, Brian Donohue and cartoonist Drew Sheneman would find plenty of material to draw from for articles and some political cartoons. And Nino's Restaurant and Pizzeria makes great pizza (and food).

For those of us who frequent Nino's Restaurant and Pizzeria in Harrison, we are glad that the Star Ledger reporters have discovered Nino's. Nino's got a mention and a complement from Brian Donohue at the end of his Ledger Live video regarding the First Governor Debate when he stated, "Let's shut up and get to the Pizza from Nino's in Harrison. Sicilian. This is Great stuff." Indeed. It would be even better if I was reading a well written Star Ledger story on Harrison's Mayor & Council meeting sitting at Nino's while I was biting into a Nino's Sicilian slice.

The next meeting of the Mayor & Council is this upcoming Tuesday, October 6, 2009 starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Caucus upstairs on the third floor of the Town Hall, 318 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, New Jersey followed by a 7:00 p.m. General Meeting on the second floor of the Town Hall. Any member of the public can attend either the Caucus or General Meeting. Hey, Tom, Brian and Drew, I'll meet your over at Nino's at 5:30 p.m. so we can have a snack before the meeting and discuss the meeting's Agenda. Love to have you at a Harrison town meeting reporting the news.

Congratulations to Nino for having such great food (not only pizza) that he got a mention at the end of Brian Donahue's Star Ledger Live video segment. Click on the link below for the video.

Ledger Live Video: Corzine, Christie, Daggett and Nino's Pizza from Harrison

View the full article

Nino's food su*ks.

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