The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on March 16, 1976 · 21
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 21

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c o fir ite SfcCTION 6 Business Classified Ads -Editorial Pages Legal Notices - Obituaries Sports, Racing - - B-7, S -BUM - B 2. 3 - B :a - B 21 - B-S-12 TUESDAY, MARCH 16. 1976 Calabrese denies inf Imence charge ? I v v ' ') .' StH Photo by AJ Paoliont . v . ' 1 " " rw- 0 fern ! "J A tentative approach to spring There's a foretaste of spring in the air, and there are all sorts of ways of coping with the annual change of season including a paddle and a paint brush. Above, Terrence E. Coughlin of Franklin Lakes applies a coat of paint to the wall around Bloomingdale's store in Hacken-sack off Route 4. Matty Holtzberg gets in some . early paddle ball practice under balmy skies at the Hackensack High School handball courts. By FRAN HAWTHORNE Staff Writer Freeholder Gerald A. Calabrese denied yesterday that he influenced County Court Judge James P. Madden in the sentencing of two alleged loan sharks last spring. County Prosecutor Joseph C. Woodcock Jr. said both officials may give grand jury testimony as soon as Thursday or Friday. Woodcock said no subpoenas are needed because Calabrese and Madden have said they want to testify. Madden also has denied that Calabrese got him to sentence the two accused loan sharks to less than one year's imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to reduced charges. "I'm very anxious to get before the grand jury to prove my innocence," Calabrese said yesterday. He also is mayor of Cliffside Park. A subpoena ordering Calabrese to testify was issued March 4, but the prosecutor's office agreed to drop it because Calabrese was leaving on a long-planned Caribbean trip the next day. He returned Sunday night and called Woodcock to confirm his willingness to testify. Madden and Calabrese are longtime friends from Cliffside Park, where Madden also has been mayor. Woodcock also is friendly with the two officials. The prosecutor graduated from Cliffside Park High School with Calabrese, and political sources say Woodcock helped get Madden appointed to the district court bench in 1967. But Woodcock yesterday denied reports that the friendships have made him reluctant to press the case. "Am I happy about this kind of investigation? No, I am not," he said. "But I understand my obligations." He attributed the delay to a staff shortage, pressure of other cases, and the work involved in the investigation. He also admitted that his office deliberately postponed grand jury proceedings until after last November's election, when Calabrese won the mayoralty of Cliffside Park and his freeholder seat. The grand jury's investigation is based on tapes recorded during an 11-month probe last year into loan-sharking, gambling, and bribery in Bergen. On one tape, recorded after the guilty plea but before sentencing, reputed racketeer Anthony "Tony C" Carminati told defendant Frank Pintozzi of Fort Lee that he would have Calabrese ask Madden for light sentences. Pintozzi and the other defendant, Louis Albanese, also of Fort Lee, spent four weeks See CALABRESE, Page B-20 Reldan admits burglary Staff Photo by W. Peter Monsees Restrictions on sex merchants planned By JEFF MARSHALL Staff Writer Hackensack, now embroiled in a court battle with an adult bookstore that opened two weeks ago, plans to regulate the location of establishments selling explicit sexual literature and paraphernalia.! The City Council last night introduced an amendment to city codes that would prohibit businesses from selling sexual materials within 730 feet of churches and synagogues, hospitals, schools, or bus or railroad stations. Such establishments also could not locate within 750 feet of a property or facility housing a governmental agency or operation of any level city, county, state, or federal nor within 500 feet of liquor stores and other establishments principally selling alcoholic beverages. A bookstore at 170 River St., Le Sex Shoppe, was raided by police two weeks ago shortly after opening. The shop was open for just one more day before voluntarily being closed by the owners' pending a court hearing. A temporary injunction issued the following Monday has kept it closed since. The same owners. Heritage Enterprises, were evicted from a similar bookstore in Elmwood Park last October after Dist. Judge Gerald E. Monaghan ruled that the store violated state obscenity statutes, which make community standards the basis for judging obscenity. Monaghan said Bergen residents would find the store's wares obscene. Hackensack Atty. Seymour Chase said the current city code contains no distance restrictions. Rather it prohibits the sale or issue of inde See COUNCIL, Page B-20 By EDWARD J. FLYNN Staff Writer Robert R. Reldan, who has been questioned in connection with the murders of Susan Reeve and Susan Heynes, pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Closter home and to attempting entry into a house in Norwood. The' 35-year-old Tenafly ! man, who is under a $750,000 bail on the burglary charges, entered the guilty pleas before his trials were to begin in Hackensack. County Court Judge Alfred D. Schiaffo set May 7 for sentencing Reldan, who faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the two charges. The extraordinarily high bail was set last week after a closed hearing at which documents pertaining to the two murders were presented. Under questioning by Schiaffo, Reldan admitted breaking into the Closter Was quizzed in Bergen slayings home of Richard Leeds of 1 Highwood Court last Oct. 31, 'Reldan said he had seen a woman leave the house and that he entered through the front door. Reldan also admitted attempting to break into the home of Margaret Munio of Norwood the previous day. Reldan said that he had climbed a garage roof but did not enter the house because he saw someone inside. Asst. Prosecutor Barry Evertz said that plea bargaining was not involved in Reldan's guilty pleas. After his court appearance, Reldan was returned to Bergen County Jail. Reldan had been held without bail since his arrest because of a parole violation. He has previous convictions for raping a Teaneck woman in 1967 and assault with intent to commit robbery in 1971. Reldan's attorney, Ronald LoLordo of the public defender's office, made an application for bail last week after a detainer, filed by the state parole board, was lifted because the board had not sought a hearing on the parole violation. At the bail hearing, sealed affidavits . were presented concerning the murders. Although the contents of the statements were not revealed, it is known that Reldan's Tenafly apartment and house have been searched and that blood and hair were See RELDAN, Page B-20 Rent laws: Now comes the test By ALAN FINDER Staff Writer Horizon House, the six-tower monument to the good life atop the Palisades, is seeking a hardship rent increase. Claiming to have lost more than $1 million last year, Helmsley-Spear Inc. is requesting a 23 per cent rent hike, more than nine times the legal limit in Fort Lee. The hardship request is the first of such magnitude in the borough. It won't be the last, there or elsewhere. Because of a December decision by the state Supreme Court, rent boards around the county and state soon will be struggling with similar cases. They will be asked to examine a landlord's books and rule on the highly controversial question of how much a landlord should earn. Tenants of Horizon House say the buildings did not lose nearly as much as the landlord says, if they lost anything at all. Tenant leaders insist that the mountain of financial data submitted by management the Horizon House application fills a file at least three inches thick is incomplete and often misleading. Task is immense Those who will have to decide the case the seven volunteer members of the Fort Lee Rent-Leveling Board face an overwhelming task. For three months, they have studied the Horizon House application which would raise rents $112 a month for an average apartment in the 1,260-unit development. Rents now range from $280 for the least expensive studio apartment to $900 for the most expensive three-bedroom apartment. -.. . i .. j " t y...-i. mnii i. .nun i ' ' " ' ' """T. -- " ' " " ; ' Staff Photo bv Ed Hill Fort Lee's Horizon House complex. Can a volunteer rent board decipher a multimillion-dollar profit and loss statement? The rent board has commissioned an outside audit. It has also sat through two lengthy hearings and expects to sit through more. Ultimately, it will have to decide two important, difficult questions: Is Horizon House being managed efficiently, and is it returning a fair and reasonable profit to its owners? The new questions are unsettling, not only for landlords and tenants, but for the rent board members themselves. They are likely to alter significantly the shape of rent-control battles in New Jersey, and may just be the catalyst that leads to a statewide rent code. The court's ruling, upholding municipal rent increase formulas so long as they allow an efficient landlord to make a fair profit, deliberately encouraged state rent guidelines. Landlord and tenant leaders officially are in favor of a state code, but the two sides are far apart on the particulars. Over their heads? The Supreme Court ruling will open the door to landlord hardship requests, rent experts say, and will force the local boards to make Solomon-like decisions on complex financial matters. The result, many fear, is that the rent boards will be in over their heads. Even the sophisticated and experienced Fort Lee rent board, whose members include an accountant and a mathematician, is finding the Horizon House case a burden. "How can a rent board sit down and understand all this financial data?" asks David Baslow, president of the New Jersey Tenants Organization. "You go to a rent board and there's likely to be only one or two people who understand all this. If that person is a tenant, it's likely to be a protenant board. If it's a landlord, it's likely to be a prolandlord board. See RENT, Page B-20

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