Government

March 18, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election. Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos has issued repeated warnings at recent Town Council Meetings reminding residents that this is the time of year when tax scams are on the rise.   Matos shared his own experiences with vishing calls.  “We’re  going into tax season, I’ve started receiving ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties. The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office.  Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations: Office of the ...

Read more »

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- Mayors of towns along the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) met to discuss NJ Transit’s response to three issues facing commuters on that line and how best to advocate for their residents. RVL Mayors Alliance is working to get a same platform transfer in Newark, return of the off-peak ...

Read more »

Department-specific budget talks will be held in Kenilworth, Elizabeth and Westfield. ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County government is compiling a spending plan that benefits from the recent closure of the county’s juvenile detention center. The proposal would finance a turf field in Scotch Plains ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – Mayor Sal Bonaccorso was named Elected Official of the Year by the Union County Republican Committee during their Lincoln Day Award ceremony at the Gran Centurions recently. The UCRC honors various members each year at their gathering held in conjunction with the birthday of ...

Read more »

NEW JERSEY -- The average American household spends $2,279 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In light of this, it’s little surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. To ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Representatives from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County presented an overview of their services to the Union County freeholders Thursday. CASA Advocate Geraldine Keogh said 496 children are in foster care throughout Union County. CASA Advocates are ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board this week approved $20,000 to pay for a former Union County Police Department lieutenant’s representation in a lawsuit in which he is accused of improperly administering a polygraph test, leading to the false conviction of a city man in ...

Read more »

SOMERVILLE, NJ - With tax season upon us, and residents of New Jersey's 7th Congressional District feeling the sting of lower than expected tax refunds, Congress is poised to take action, according to Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Malinowski, whose district office is located ...

Read more »

NEW JERSEY - On January 31st, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that mandates all school districts in the state to include instruction and curriculum materials that will teach middle and high school students about the political, economic, and social contributions of LGBT people and ...

Read more »

NUTLEY, NJ - Today's State of Emergency Declaration has people questioning the action, its meaning, and what they are permitted to do.  In a nutsell, the governor of New Jersey can declare a State of Emergency when a situation has occurred, or is expected to take place, that may warrant the ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska is leaving his position after 20 years with the county. “We wish to congratulate Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska on his retirement, and commend him for his many years of outstanding service and ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night. NJ State Minimum Wage Increase As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – A new tax proposed by the New Jersey state legislature does not sit well with Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. The “Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act,” informally known as the “Rain Tax,” has already moved through both houses in the state legislature, passing both the Senate and ...

Read more »

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced recently that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Police Chief Pedro Matos discussed township parking ordinances after confusion on a local Facebook group raised questions at a recent town council meeting. A post on the local Facebook group “Clark Neighbors” about a township parking ordinance was ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ — African Americans comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017, but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show. Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ — Black people comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017 but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show. Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” the ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. “For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ – In honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman Jerry Green who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years, the full Assembly unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Lobbying for direct trains to New York City, improving shared services and bringing new business into the county are among the goals of the new freeholder board president. In a recent interview with Cranford Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast, newly elected Freeholder President Bette ...

Read more »

500 Union County residents employed by the federal government are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, according to Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. ELIZABETH, NJ – In the midst of the federal government shutdown, 500 federal workers who live in Union County have gone without ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ –  Clark is one of the  21 municipalities in the county to have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.  Now with a quick look at a phone,  residents can understand their town's ...

Read more »

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population. The “Code Blue ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – Four incumbent Councilmen were sworn in at the annual Township of Clark reorganization meeting at noon on the first day of 2019. Prior to swearing in the Council members, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso thanked the voters of Clark for reelecting the team.   "Thanks to the voters of Clark for ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ – Clark officials are reminding residents that the new recycling bins delivered during the last weeks of December are not to be used until the first recycle pick up in January. According to a post on the Clark Department of Public Works Facebook page, recyclables in the new containers ...

Read more »

CLARK, NJ - It is not a mistake. The shiny new  jumbo recycling containers showing up on driveways around Clark are the new standard for co-mingled curbside residential pickup starting in January.  Earlier this year township officials announced they signed an agreement with a new agency to ...

Read more »