Government

January 16, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and community leaders from New Jersey and New York spoke to students about ways they can combat bigotry and hate at Rutgers Preparatory School’s Stand Up for the Other Day on Wednesday. Senior Research Fellow with the Sikh Research Institute ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The partial government shutdown has not impacted the federally funded New Brunswick Housing Authority, but that could soon change. However, if the shutdown lasts to the end of the month, authority employees could be furloughed and hundreds of landlords in New Brunswick and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - On Friday, January 4th, Franklin Township residents witnessed history as Shanel Robinson was sworn in to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Robinson was one of two Democratic leaders elected to the Board in 2018, ending the Board’s streak of Republican-only leadership ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ: The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is no longer exclusively Republicans for the first time in decades. After their swearing-in by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, Shanel Robinson and Sarah Sooy are the first Democrats to hold the position since the 1980s. The new board ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for the 2020 Census!  Stop by Franklin Library on Wednesday, January 23 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to learn how to apply for many opportunities offering excellent pay, flexible hours, and paid training!   A recruiter will be available to answer ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City officials agreed to pay a total of $350,000 to three African-American police officers who filed a lawsuit in 2012 claiming they were punished and denied promotions for failing to support the city administration. According to the settlements filed with the city clerk's ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – With the new year beginning, local governments and school boards are holding their reorganization meetings this month to swear in new members, appoint new committee members and communicate goals for the coming year. Franklin Township Public Schools’ reorganization is first, to be ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - After debate over its wording, the Franklin Township Council voted 8-1 to pass a resolution expressing the council’s disapproval of Councilman Rajiv Prasad on Tuesday. Prasad, who voted “present”, cast the lone dissenting vote.   Councilman William Galtieri made a motion before ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - A resolution to censure the embattled Township Councilman At-Large Rajiv Prasad is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, according to the township.  “Councilman Rajiv Prasad has engaged in multiple actions in his official capacity as an elected official that are improper for a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The next Township Council meeting will be held Dec. 11, 7 pm at the municipal building. According to the agenda, the council will proclaim November National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson will receive a commendation.  During council ...

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SOMERSET, NJ -  At Tuesday night’s Township Council meeting, which saw the return of Township Councilman-at-large Rajiv Prasad, the council unanimously passed ordinances adding three patrol officers to the Franklin Police Department, allowing tattoo shops in Franklin and vacating township ownership ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-3) at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 30 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sweeney will discuss his proposals to fix New Jersey’s ...

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Editor's Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on Easton Avenue safety and traffic patterns.  SOMERSET, NJ - Last month, TAPinto Franklin Township covered the proposal of the Franklin Township Council’s Ordinance 4255-18, which prohibits left turns from Walnut Avenue, Culver ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - World War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This year, Nov. 11 falls on Sunday, and members of the military will be honored with the Veterans Day Parade that will start in Highland Park and proceed over the bridge into New Brunswick. "We ...

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SOMERSET, NJ -  Township council voted to remove a resolution from the agenda that excused Councilman Rajiv Prasad from attending council meetings. Before the council took a vote at the Nov. 8 meeting, Township Attorney Louis Rainone recommended the council meet in an executive session to discuss ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Mimosas on Sunday mornings may seem like a small step but for someone feeling blue over Blue Laws, it’s a start. An ordinance adopted by the Township Council Tuesday will treat Sunday like any other day when it comes to serving and selling alcoholic beverages. Restaurant owners ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Township Manager Robert G. Vornlocker announced the emergency closure of a section of Mettlers Road between Amwell Road and Weston Road after the bridge over Mettlers pond was deemed unsafe. Somerset County Roads and Bridges immediately closed the road on Tuesday, and it’s ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - This holiday season, local business owners could have more than the usual reasons to celebrate with the anticipated lifting of Sunday alcohol sale restrictions. Restaurant owners have asked for relief from a law that cut short Sunday alcohol sales, and their wish could be granted ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Franklin Councilman At-Large Rajiv Prasad is stepping away from his position on the council for an undisclosed amount of time. At the Oct. 9 council meeting, Township Clerk Ann McCarthy read a statement from the councilman, who was not in attendance. “After consulting my ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The value of Franklin comes from its diverse faces – and it's time to further integrate diverse voices into our local government. No matter who you are or where you fall on the political spectrum, it is of critical importance that you understand the issues facing our community, and ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - It’s unclear what the ultimate fate of the controversial “Peace and Non-Violence” memorial is after Tuesday’s Franklin Township Council Meeting.  Mayor Phillip Kramer broke standard protocol to open the meeting with a statement on the future plans for the project.  “The only ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - High school students across Middlesex and Somerset counties have a chance to tell adults why people should vote in elections in a contest that the Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area is sponsoring for youths. In "Y-Vote," students can write an essay or produce a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Councilman Theodore Chase joined Franklin Township residents in calling for Township Councilman At-Large Rajiv Prasad’s resignation on Thursday for Prasad’s handling of a controversial project. “An extraordinarily wide spectrum of concerned citizens of this township have ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Everyone likes turning their unwanted items into a little extra cash; but meeting with potential online buyers to close the deal can mean not only fraud, but violence, as has been the case in recent years. Like many communities across the state, the Township Council is looking to ...

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TRENTON, NJ— A request for a two-week extension has been awarded to the state of New Jersey to answer a lawsuit seeking to integrate New Jersey's schools, indicating that a settlement could be possible. A new deadline of Sept. 14 has been set. In a letter sent to Mercer County Superior Court ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is facing a Friday deadline to respond to a lawsuit seeking to desegregate schools in cities like Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, as well as districts throughout the state with a large population of minority students. The lawsuit, filed by New Jersey Coalition ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you've been seeing NJDOT trucks around town, here's the reason why: the resurfacing of Route 18 from Hillsdale Road (just south of the Brunswick Square Mall) and Eggers Street (CVS) will begin tonight.  Work will take place mostly at night, and one lane in each direction ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione at a luncheon Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 where he will speak about business attraction and retnetion initiatives with business leaders.   The luncheon meeting will ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Despite recent revelations in the local media that the construction of statues for a proposed peace monument began well before the plan come before the Township Council, a vast majority of the public at Tuesday night’s meeting expressed support for the project. “We have an ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The township is positioning itself to possibly get a slice of the medical marijuana business pie. Township Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass a resolution supporting the use of medical marijuana through an alternative treatment center in the community, thereby ...

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