Government

May 15, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - In a press conference on May 7, Governor Phil Murphy announced a $235 million small business COVID-19 relief package that includes $40 million in federal funds dedicated to those who have not been able to receive government aid up until this point.   The “Excluded New Jerseyans ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing yesterday said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ...

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ELIZABETH, N.J- Three months since its official launch in February, The Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s (HACE) Jobs Plus Program has seen great outcomes among its participants. HACE’s Jobs Plus Program is open to the housing authority’s Mravlag Manor residents and the Jobs Plus team ...

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NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations.  Novartis, a NJ based ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A detention basin in Elizabeth. ADA Improvements at the Municipal Complex in Roselle Park.  Repaving on numerous roads. These are some of the projects that this year’s Union County Commissioners Infrastructure Grant program will fund throughout the County. In all, the Union ...

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NEW JERSEY — A state of emergency will take effect at 2 p.m. Wednesday ahead of a winter storm set to slam New Jersey, the first weather emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. While at the New Jersey Statewide Traffic Management Center in Woodbridge, Gov. Phil Murphy and other state ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth is bracing for the first major snowstorm of the season. According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday night is when most areas of New Jersey will receive the peak impact from this storm. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00 p.m.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced on Wednesday the award of a $140,000 Neighborhood Preservation COVID-19 Relief Grant to Elizabeth. The grant aims to promote the continued recovery and revitalization of NPP communities from the COVID-19 crisis by ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Beginning Thursday the Elizabeth Public Library will be rolling back to stage two of the reopening plan. The number of COVID-19 cases in Union County and across the country has continued to shoot up in the past few weeks. EPL entered stage three of the reopening plan in late ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - This month, New Jersey American Water will perform the annual cleaning of the Liberty Water distribution system to ensure customers continue to receive high-quality, reliable water service. Beginning on October 12 and lasting for three to four weeks, the company will flush out ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth will be holding four free rabies vaccination events in the coming weeks for dog and cat owners. The rabies vaccinations will be performed by a veterinarian. All dogs must be leashed, all cats must be leashed and in a carrier and all people have to wear masks ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is inviting artists to submit designs for the Marsha P. Johnson monument that will be erected on Elizabeth’s freedom trail. Submissions will be accepted until December 15. The county is looking for artists with professional sculpture ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Mario Rodrigues, purchasing agent for Elizabeth Public Schools (EPS), held a public bid opening on Facebook live. EPS has been holding the bid openings virtually since the start of the social distancing order. Rodrigues presents the bid along with Donald Sheehy, EPS network ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -  The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH) joined the push to get as many residents as possible to fill out the 2020 census by hosting a panel discussion on the importance of getting an accurate count. The panel, which was also held to celebrate Hispanic Heritage ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A labor day march in Elizabeth organized by Protect NJ Workers Coalition called on Governor Murphy to sign an executive order that would protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s workforce regarding COVID-19. “We have a very labor-friendly Governor who has the legal authority ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A new monument will be erected on Elizabeth’s Freedom Trail to honor LGBTQ+ civil rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson, an Elizabeth native, will be the first LGBTQ+ person to be honored with a public monument in the State of New Jersey. The project is a partnership with ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman and Elizabeth resident Angel G. Estrada has announced that he will be retiring September 1 after over 20 years on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1999, Freeholder Estrada became the first Latino elected to the Board. Freeholder Estrada ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — In the aftermath of tropical storm Isaias the City of Elizabeth received hundreds of requests for removal of fallen tree limbs. The City has identified fourteen locations around Elizabeth where a tree has fallen on a power line. In a statement Mayor Bollwage wrote about the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH) hosted a virtual live panel discussion to discuss the impact that the Census has on immigrant communities. Moderator Renaee Smith, Director of Development at ECHH, was joined by four guests: Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth senior citizens can now apply to receive farmer’s market vouchers from the county by mail. The vouchers can be used at the farmer’s market in Union Square between Elizabeth Avenue and High Street, which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m until November. This ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Public Library has replaced the usual summer activities with virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Children’s programming includes weekly story time in English and Spanish on Zoom and on the library’s Facebook page. The library also partnered with the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist. The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Public Library will be reopening its main branch on Monday with new rules in place.  “Everyone must wear a mask at all times inside the library building or you will not be allowed admittance,” said Mayor Bollwage when he announced the reopening in a video on ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Activists flew a transparent sky banner on Monday with the words “Free Them All” and “Be The Key To #FreeEDC” over the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility, which houses ICE detainees. The skywriting was organized by an artist group called In Plain Sight. The group's work ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Over 85,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the City of Elizabeth to replace the Christopher Columbus statue with one of gay rights activist and icon Marsha P. Johnson. The petition’s goal is to reach 150,000 signatures to try to force the removal of the statue.

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses: Casinos, Outdoor amusement parks and water ...

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