No Layoffs, Cuts to Departments in Union County Reorganization, Official Says

July 25, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday adopted an ordinance that re-organized several departments in the county which will not cause layoffs or cuts, a county spokesman said.

MORE: Read the full ordinance

“As per the reorganization, decisions were made to move different programs/functions into departments where we believed there would be a better fit ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Roselle Council Vote Stops Mayor From Continuing to Speak at Meeting

ROSELLE, NJ - Residents who speak during the public comments section at council meetings are familiar with the sound of a buzzer indicating that their allotted three to six minutes to talk are over.

But Mayor Christine Dansereau was surprised to hear that sound at last night's council meeting while she gave her closing comments.

“What was that?” Dansereau asked as the buzzer ...

New Union County Transit Map Available

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Getting around Union County is about to become, thanks to a new map offered by the Union County Freeholders showing train and bus routes and other information. The free map is available in traditional hard copy and by download.

“When all the routes are laid out in one integrated format it is easier to plan trips and take full advantage of ...

Different Ideas Spread at Rally Calling for More Gun Safety in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - About a dozen people gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza across from City Hall yesterday evening, with some calling for a city ordinance mandating gun safety vaults.

Salaam Ismial, director of the National United Youth Council, organized yesterday’s rally in the wake of the July 4 shooting death of Jose Oliver Torres Tineo. Ismial said he sent a letter to Mayor ...

Activist Organization to Rally for ‘Gun Safety Vaults’ Ordinance at City Hall

ELIZABETH, NJ - A local activist organization is planning a rally calling for the city to pass an ordinance that would require guns to be stored in safety vaults, citing the recent shooting death of a teenager.

National United Youth Council Director Salaam Ismial said the organization plans to rally on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza across from City Hall. The ...

Local Assemblywoman Gives Back For Her Birthday

ELIZABETH, NJ - State Assemblywoman Annette Quijano celebrated her July 4 birthday by donating toys on Thursday to organizations that help children.

The assemblywoman visited organizations including the YWCA of Union County, the Salvation Army of Elizabeth, Union County Child Advocacy Center and the Trinitas Medical Center Outpatient Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit.

“We have a ...

How Will Government Shutdown Impact Elizabeth Residents?

ELIZABETH, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie and the state lawmakers failed to strike an agreement over a piece of health care legislation that was part of this year’s budget.

State law requires that a balanced budget must be passed by June 30. With the budget failing to get enough votes in the State Assembly last night, Gov. Christie ordered a government shutdown.

Some statewide departments ...

Union County Freeholders Opt in to Paris Climate Agreement

UNION COUNTY, NJ - President Donald Trump may have opted out of the Paris Agreement, a global response to climate change, but the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has opted in.

The county is the first in the state to join the We Are Still In campaign, a collection of mayors, governors, colleges, businesses and investors, who have committed to adhering to the climate ...

Elizabeth Police Detective Honored by City After Receiving Valor Award

ELIZABETH, NJ - Police Detective Darin Williamson was off duty when one man in a group of five pulled a gun on him in an alley.

He would subdue the suspect with the gun until backup arrived. His heroics were honored at the 200 Club of Union County Valor Awards Luncheon in May and by the city council last night.

“It just feels like it is a blessing being honored by the city ...

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