Government

September 15, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- As construction of a new mixed-use development begins at the abandoned Farrand Street property, residents are being asked to relocate their vehicles to the Glenwood Parking Garage and other surrounding lots. The last day cars can park at the Farrand Street lot is Monday, September ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ– Two important items were discussed, and two proclamations were issued during the Bloomfield Township Council Conference Meeting held last night at the Law Enforcement Building.   Present at the meeting were Mayor Michael J. Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. Frank Pallone today at Mt. Zion AME Church in the city to press their objections to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans senators in favor of his confirmation. Booker, a member of the Senate ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy stood at a press conference in city Elijah's Promise Community Kitchen on Thursday to once again state his goal of raising the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 an hour. "We've seen study after study that shows there is no magic in what is now $8.60-an-hour ...

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As the community gets ready to celebrate Labor Day, USA.gov and the Department of Veterans Affairs shared some helpful guidelines for showing respect to the symbol of the nation. Check out this helpful information before you fly the stars and stripes. Traditional guidelines call for displaying ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that would allow Newark and other municipalities to levy special assessments and issue bonds to replace lead-contaminated service lines. The legislation was co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor Marin and Cleopatra Tucker, Democrats who both ...

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WOODBRIDGE/RAHWAY - New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan and New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Ed Donnelly today released the following statement responding to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo's call to reinstate ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A mater main broke in Bloomfield causing a service interruption for homes and businesses.  The Bloomfield Department of Engineering has released the following statement: On Tuesday, August 14th, a service line was pulled on Belleville Avenue creating a substantial water ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ- Discussing the findings of recent lead testing in some resident homes was the subject of a Special Public Meeting hosted by Mayor Michael J. Venezia and the Township Council tonight (Monday, August 13) in the Media Center at Bloomfield Middle School.   Township Engineer Paul ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Township of Bloomfield announced that recent tests of 61 local homes found that 46 samples passed all state regulations, while 15 of them exhibited elevated lead levels, most likely due to old infrastructure within the homes such as lead piping or lead contained within older ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Daniel Castro put his head on the water bottle he clutched between his shackled hands as he sat on an airplane bound for detention centers, first in Nebraska then Louisiana. He resigned himself to the sobering fact he was being deported back to Nicaragua. What worried him more than ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ– Several Track and Field student athletes were honored at last night’s Regular Meeting of the Bloomfield Township Council at the Municipal Building. The proclamation was awarded on behalf of the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.  They participate in the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said the federal government was using “extortion” when it withheld grants for local policing because the city won't comply with federal immigration enforcement policies. The mayor’s sentiments were echoed by Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and three ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver's licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy. "This is important for every resident for a better life ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Residents are invited to enter a photography contest, with the winning photographs being displayed on the Bloomfield Township website and upcoming mobile app. The subject of these photos can be any iconic Bloomfield Township buildings, landscapes, or landmarks. As part of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said it was important to support local women’s health organizations at a state level should President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee be approved. The assemblywoman joined state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, congressional leaders and women's ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to disseminate important information more easily through social media, the Township of Bloomfield has created a centralized Facebook page. The page, called “Township of Bloomfield” and accessible at Facebook.com/bloomfieldtwpnj will be updated almost daily, and will ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A pharmaceutical company being sued by Newark for its alleged role in the overprescription of opioids just received a major tax break from the state of New Jersey. The city in 2017 sued several opioid manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, for alleged “deceptive” ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Mayor Michael Venezia held a Bloomfield Township Regular Meeting in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on Monday evening June 25 at 7 PM. Council members in attendance were First Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third Ward ...

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The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow. In a 2017 report Freedom ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Hundreds marched down Broad Street today as part of nationwide protests being held  against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.  The "Families Belong Together" protest started at city hall and was organized by immigration advocacy groups, including Make the Road NJ, New ...

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RIVER EDGE, NJ -- Today, Congressman Josh Gottheimer announced the bipartisan Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act – or “Miranda’s Law,” in honor of Miranda Vargas, the East Brook Middle School student killed in the tragic bus accident last month. The bus crashed when the driver, whose ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Mayor Michael Venezia held a Bloomfield Township Regular Meeting in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on Monday evening June 25 at 7 PM. Council members in attendance were First Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow, Third Ward ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Department of Public Works and Parks is advising residents to no longer put plastic bags in their recycling bins. New regulations by the State of New Jersey have deemed single-use plastic shopping bags “non-recyclable,” and the Township’s recycling contractor is no ...

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The New Jersey Senate has approved Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to increase New Jersey’s maximum income tax deduction for property taxes to $15,000. (SenateNJ.com) “By increasing our state income tax deduction for property taxes from $10,000 to $15,000, we’re providing real property tax ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Residents in the area around the Pilch Street Bridge over the Garden State Parkway will have to find a new place to watch the July 3 fireworks at Brookdale Park as the bridge will close for repairs starting Monday June 25.   Extensive improvements to the Pilch Street Pedestrian ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - This past weekend, 'Bloomfield Pride' held their second annual community picnic in Brookside Park. The event culminated in the reading of a formal proclamation declaring June 2018 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Co-Chairs of Bloomfield Pride, Mary ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students on a visit to Capitol Hill as part of the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. had the chance to meet with and take a photo with Donald Payne, Jr. on Friday. Payne is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey District 10, which includes South ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government. “Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ ...

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