Law & Justice

Bill to Permit Shared Services Energy Authority Heads to Governor’s Desk


TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and fellow assembly Democrats to help cut costs for municipally operated utilities received final legislative approval last month and now heads to the Governor's desk.

The bill (A-2385) would authorize three or more municipalities that currently operate electric utilities to establish a shared services energy authority that may purchase, sell, exchange or transmit electricity at wholesale. The bill also would authorize a rural electric cooperative already in existence to join the authority once it has been established.

"There's a real advantage to having municipalities work together to deliver quality services at lower rates on behalf of their customers," Diegnan said. "This legislation is about prioritizing affordable rates without compromising reliability."

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Currently, the joint operation of such facilities in this manner is not permitted under the "Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act."

The measure authorizes the formation of power supply contracts for a term of up to 40 years.

South River and Milltown are two of the nine municipalities which operate independent electric utilities that would be eligible to participate in the authority under the bill.

The bill was approved, 39-0, by the Senate on June 25 and 70-0-1 by the Assembly in February.

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Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

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New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Commission Returns to South Plainfield

May 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) opened its doors in South Plainfield on Monday, just one week shy of a year since the borough’s former agency closed its doors. The office, located at 5000 Hadley Road, will provide in-person services to residents of the borough and the surrounding communities six days a week. 

“I would like ...

Rutgers Center Battles Noise Pollution Nationwide

May 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

Janessa Mendoza Honored as Union Catholic's Scholar Athlete of the Year by the NJSIAA

May 22, 2018

Janessa Mendoza, who served as a co-captain on the girls basketball team and is the Student Council President at Union Catholic, was honored by the NJSIAA as Union Catholic's Scholar Athlete of the Year at a special banquet at the Pines Manor on Sunday.    

Mendoza, who lives in Edison and will attend Georgetown University, played guard on the UC basketball team ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...