Government

September 30, 2020

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Appropriations Act into law. The governor said the revised spending plan manages to protect core priorities and deliver middle-class tax relief during the historic fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released his letter to the borough today, found below:   Dear Friends, Our numbers as of this morning are 498 total cases, 20 fatalities, and 7 active cases. A new college student living away from home was added to the active cases. We, in Hawthorne, ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Ruthlessly scrutinizing areas of municipal government for cost-saving measures while updating infrastructure has been a key objective for the borough administration, according to Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury.  Technology, and specifically IT and telecom, has played a ...

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To howls from the GOP, Democratic majority rallies around plan that boosts taxes and spending, and adds to state debt load during pandemic-shortened fiscal year This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his second letter of the week to the borough, which is found below: Dear Resident, Today’s numbers, as of this morning, are 492 total positives with 20 fatalities and 9 active cases. Now is not the time to let our guard down or return to risky behavior.

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Pride Alliance, established on June 17 by Mayor Richard Goldberg, held its first public event Wednesday evening in the parking lot of the Municipal Building.  Wednesday, which was also Bisexual Awareness Day, brought the Alliance into full public view with the mayor, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online. COVID-19 Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside. The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his first letter of the week to the borough.  It is found below: Dear Resident, The numbers as of this morning are 481 total positives, with 20 fatalities and only 3 active cases. While our numbers are cause for celebration, we must remain ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy wants to borrow $4 billion. Lawmakers point to revenue forecasts saying more money may be coming than he expects. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.

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TRENTON, NJ – Sue Fulton read a recent tweet from a man who had arrived at his local Motor Vehicle Commission agency site and, in short time, gleefully walked away with his new license plates. Even Fulton, the head of the much-maligned and often-mocked state department, had to admit that such ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Louis Bay 2nd Library, which was partially reopened after a five-month lockdown closure, will resume its normal hours of operation Saturday, according to Adam Keeble of Library Adult Services and Programming. The library hours will be as follows: Monday through ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Joined by legislators, faith leaders, and others, Gov. Phil Murphy held a press event in Paterson to promote his "Baby Bonds" initiative that would provide a $1,000 deposit into an account for every baby born into a New Jersey household with income less than 500% of the Federal ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his first letter of the week to the borough following the Labor Day holiday.  His letter is found below: Dear Resident, I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. Traditionally Labor Day marks the end of summer. We had a great pool season, and I ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy signed legislation on August 31 which authorizes municipalities and counties to borrow funds to cover revenue shortfalls and expenditures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by issuing bonds and notes.  “The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis has left no ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey residents who have not yet completed their 2020 Census may soon get a knock on their door, Secretary of State Tahesha Way, chair of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission said as Census takers have begun visiting households statewide who have not yet responded. Census ...

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TRENTON, NJ - After a review of fuel consumption statistics, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury announced on Friday that lower fuel consumption trends, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in a gas tax increase of 9.3 cents per gallon. The Treasury Department says that the hike is ...

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NEW JERSEY - Gov. Phil Murphy today delivered his revised $32.4 billion Fiscal Year 2021 Budget -- including "revenue raisers," such as higher taxes on New Jersey millionaires, a "baby bond" of $1,000 for babies born in 2021, spending cuts, $4 billion in borrowing, and a $2.2 billion closing ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy set to offer new budget but next steps not clear ahead of Oct. 1 deadline This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The Nov. 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Gov. Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic. All registered New Jersey voters will receive ...

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Analysis of state spreadsheet helps put dollar amounts to food aid, PPE, laptops, temporary morgues, field hospitals and much more This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Goldberg released his Monday letter to the borough which reads below. Dear Resident, Last week we had a weather event that came with very strong winds and soaking rain. It caused trees and branches to fall and, in most cases, a power failure. According to PSE&G, this ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Community Shred Day held at the Municipal Building's parking lot Saturday morning drew much larger numbers of people than were expected, according to sources.  Cars began lining up as early as 8:00 a.m. although the collection trucks were scheduled to arrive at 9:00 a.m.  Given ...

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NEW JERSEY — Seeking to extend COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords, who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program Friday. According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to10 unit ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - A one-time branches collection has been announced by the Borough of Hawthorne for collecting tree and yard waste as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias which struck the borough on Tuesday. A statement from the borough said that branches "will be collected at curbside" listing the ...

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Supreme Court set to hear case that could decide if taxes must rise or programs get cut This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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As Congress wrangles over possible extension, many jobless people face a fresh struggle to pay rent, buy food This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg released a letter to the borough updating the residents of the situations ongoing.  He indicated that his next letter would come on Monday, instead of his usual twice-a-week schedule.  His letter reads below: Dear Resident, Late this afternoon I had to ...

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With tax revenues dropping, lawmakers want to give local officials power to borrow, while others worry about abuse This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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