Government Top Stories

April 19, 2019

CLARK, NJ – Plans for the former A&P/Foodtown property on Westfield Avenue are in the works, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said during the Town Council Meeting Monday night. Where does the project stand? At the meeting, the council introduced an ordinance that would adopt the Westfield Avenue ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Health Department regulations and other local laws — including those pertaining to felines — are now accessible through a searchable system on the municipal website, the town has announced. The Westfield Health Department’s regulations are among those which have been transferred ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Honorable Judge Patrick Bartels, J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County Law Division has officially ruled to uphold a decision by the Township of West Orange to designate Essex Green Shopping Center and Executive Drive as areas in need of redevelopment, ...

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Rep. Tom Reed added his voice to the on-going Buffalo Diocese abuse scandal, addressing it and St. Bonaventure University President Dennis DePerro’s call for Bishop Richard J. Malone’s resignation. "Obviously, Dennis has weighed in on this topic, and I’ll defer to him on his concern and why he ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ – An Easter egg design created by a senior at Hackensack High School will represent New Jersey at the White House Easter Egg Roll Monday in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey Department of Education announced Thursday. Each year, every state is asked by the U.S. Department of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The final 2019 municipal budget is coming to Bridgewater Township, but it’s not done quite yet.   The Bridgewater Township Council held a public hearing on the budget April 15, although no one from the public chose to speak about it. The municipal operating expense for the ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The looming changes to the borough due to the affordable housing mandate keeps unnerving residents, including council members. Meanwhile the Borough Council is working on a resolution urging action against court-imposed high-density housing. The purpose of the proposed ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - After a small scheduling error, Millburn Township will look to re-work a bid for exterior masonry work at the Short Hills Train Station. The public notice of the rejection of prior bids was made public at Tuesday's township committee meeting. Resolution 19-107 noted that six ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- The Boroughs of Wood-Ridge and Teterboro will both receive monies as part of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid program it was announced on Wednesday. Wood-Ridge will receive $192,000 for Phase 2 of the Tenth Street project. According to Christopher Eilert, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - No one expected fireworks, but there were a few sparks at Plainfield's Planning Board meeting on Thursday.  They happened when the discussion turned to the resolution memorialization to grant preliminary site plan approval to South Terrill Urban Renewal, LLC, allowing for the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ  – Fanwood’s CFO Fred Tomkins introduced the Borough’s budget of nearly $10 million at the Borough Council on Monday, April 15 (Tax Day), with the announcement that the municipal tax levy would decrease slightly for each household. Overall, Fanwood’s municipal budget is about $88,000 ...

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NEWTON, NJ- The Town of Newton will hold a paper shredding event on Saturday May 4.  Residents are invited to bring their personal files to the Newton Recycling Center on South Park Drive from 9 a.m. until noon. No business files will be accepted. Contact Debbie Danielson for additional ...

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WASHINGTON – The Greater Olean area’s representatives in the nation’s capital reacted along party lines to the release of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s report Thursday. “Today the Mueller report was released, but the result remains the same -- no Russian collusion,” Rep. Tom Reed, a ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of establishing a new youth rehabilitation center in an undisclosed North Jersey location just days after saying no new ones should be built. The flip flop comes amid a debate between the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) and  Gov.

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ROSELLE, NJ - During Wednesday nights Council meeting Council members approved an agreement, with Patch Management, Inc. -- also known as the "Pothole Killers" -- to start repairing potholes over a three-week period this spring. Scheduling to follow, but the plan is to have the work done by early ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Township of Union Mayor Michele Delisfort walked away with the Best Speaker of the Night award at Wednesday night’s Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Mayor’s Dinner. The spoken word poem read by Delisfort consisted of her contributions as the first Haitian-American ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Village Trustee Howard Levison will be resigning from the Board of Trustees on Monday to pursue a position with the South Orange Water Utility, Levison told TAPinto SOMA on Thursday. Levison applied to be the water utility administrator for the utility, which started three ...

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RED BANK, NJ – When it comes to likeability, New Jersey’s current and former elected officials leave a lot to be desired, Garden State residents say. The inaugural joint survey from the polling units at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University finds ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In addition to Township Manager Al Mirabella's presentation of the $25 million municipal budget, Tuesday night's Scotch Plains Council meeting began with a number of special citations: A proclamation in recognition of Building Safety Month, which was accepted by longtime ...

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TOMS RIVER - Longtime Republican political boss George C. Gilmore was convicted on Wednesday of three federal tax charges. Gilmore's imprint has had heavy impact on Stafford Township politics in the past 30 years.  A federal jury in Trenton found the 70-year-old Gilmore guilty of three of the ...

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A potential ordinance that would have revoked a land use measure entitled the Redevelopment R-SEED (Special Economic Development District) in Bridgewater Township never took root.   The measure, related to the much-discussed Center of Excellence development on Route 202/206, was voted down, 3-2, ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Mayor Al Morgan and council members do not see eye to eye when it comes to borough branding. Morgan and council members discussed a suggested new logo at the Monday, April 15 council meeting. Councilman Robert Munoz explained that the Communications Committee had agreed to ...

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RED BANK, NJ - Chuck Rettig is the 49th Commissioner of the IRS. He joined the agency in October after spending 36 years as a tax lawyer in private practice. As over 50 million taxpayers filed their returns, he want to share a special message to all taxpayers: Thank You.. April 15 was the ...

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NEW BRUSWICK and MADISON, NJ – When it comes to likeability, New Jersey’s current and former elected officials leave a lot to be desired, Garden State residents say. The inaugural joint survey from the polling units at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at a meeting April 15, introduced its 2019 municipal budget. The proposed $30,965,809 spending plan is scheduled to be reviewed during a public meeting on May 20. The proposed budget is roughly a $1.1 million increase over the current ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Three forums are coming up later this month in which the candidates running for seats on the board of trustees will get to speak out about pressing issues in town. But will there also be a debate between current Village President Sheena Collum, who is seeking re-election, and ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Members of the West Caldwell Township Council unanimously voted to approve and introduce the 2019 municipal budget and tax resolution during Tuesday’s meeting. Based on the budget as introduced, the expected tax rate increase to the average home assessed at $448,000 is $71.34 ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Local lawmakers and clergy today called for marijuana expungement legislation or pardons, even if it means leaving recreational legalization in the dust. MORE: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Measure Advances in Newark While a separate expungement bill was initially introduced, it ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Groundwork Elizabeth unveiled its new interpretive kiosk at the Peterstown Community Center, on Wednesday, April 10, located at 408 Palmer Street. The kiosk, which was built in partnership with the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with funding from the National Fish and ...

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BAYONNE, NJ - Mayor Jimmy Davis delivered his 6th State of the City address on Tuesday using the opportunity to tie Bayonne’s proud past to what he believes will be an even brighter future. In front of nearly 200 attendees including residents, business leaders, and municipal employees, Davis ...

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