Government

November 20, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Spurred by a grassroots campaign that involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of work-hours, Democrat Olivia Holmes was propelled to victory on Nov. 6 in an area once widely considered to be unwinnable for Democrats, becoming the first Democrat on the Township Committee in ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - High school students across Middlesex and Somerset counties have a chance to to tell adults why people should vote in elections in an 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 ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An unanticipated groundwater source has undermined developer Robert Weiss’ plans for an underground parking garage at the planned Davenport Apartments, forcing him to go with Plan B, which hadn’t existed until it was necessitated by the invasive underground spring. The spring ...

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    SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beth Anne Macdonald, hired in 2012 to oversee the redevelopment of the borough’s burgeoning Main Street retail and restaurant district, has resigned as executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. She begins work Sept. 4 as the Economic Development Director ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - With just a few weeks left to summer, the Somerset County Wellness Senior Center at Hillsborough, located at 339 South Branch Road, is gearing up for a busy fall season, starting with a wide variety of September programs. Further information is available by calling (908) ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Since 2004, New Jersey has “diverted” about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users that were earmarked for improvements to the state’s 911 call centers, putting a burden on property taxpayers and potentially putting lives at risk. That was the message last week from Rep.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to appoint Republican Shawn Lipani to fill the vacancy created by former Committeeman Greg Burchette, who resigned earlier this summer. Immediately following the Township Committee vote, Lipani was sworn to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The intersection of East Main Street and Grove Street where a fatal accident occurred early Tuesday morning  in front of the Somerset Hotel should be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian mall, according to Councilman Dennis Sullivan. Christine McConnachie, a ...

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WASHINGTON _ New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th), a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, supported two measures in the U.S. House Wednesday today to overhaul health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements to give patients more choices and options in using those plans ...

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  MANVILLE, NJ - Historically one of the most underfunded school districts in New Jersey, Manville schools will receive an additional $3,280,647 state aid in the coming year, representing a 54.2 percent increase over FY-2018 state aid, according to Sen. Christopher "Kip"  Kip Bateman (R-16) and ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado designating June 4 of each year as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in New Jersey. “One in 100 children are impacted by Tourette syndrome in New Jersey,” said Bateman ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee will select a new member at its meeting Aug.14 to fill the vacancy created by former Committeeman Greg Burchette, who resigned recently. Ken Scherer, chairman of the Hillsborough Republican Party, has forwarded the names of three Republicans to the ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate. “In their twilight years, older New Jerseyans should be concerned with being comfortable and cared for, not ...

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    TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Bergen) establishing a state commission on science, innovation and technology heads to the governor’s desk following Senate approval Monday. DePhillips said the bill will help make New Jersey one of the most ...

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            TRENTON, NJ – Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley are sponsors of a bill that would help provide more veterans with counseling, employment and housing services..             “New Jersey’s veteran population is ...

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TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Christoper "Kip" Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee. “It is nauseating when adults know that child abuse is occurring, yet they fail in their moral duty to take the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to combat forced child marriages was approved Thursday by the Assembly. The bill would bar the issuance of marriage or civil union licenses to all persons under ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted a 2018 budget that reflects a slight reduction in the county tax rate. “While Trenton is poised to increase the burden on taxpayers, Somerset County is once again keeping its pledge to deliver quality services to ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – With the Murphy administration well underway, New Jerseyans are now split over the direction of the state, as more feel better than they have in recent years about where New Jersey is headed. Gov. Phil Murphy remains an unknown to a sizeable segment of the public, but initial ...

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WASHINGTON - Two major priorities of New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) have been included in the draft text of the fiscal year 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act. The Northeast Corridor rail projects could earn up to $2.2 billion in new funding included in the bill and ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  Central New Jersey Assemblymen Roy Freiman (D-16th) and Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) have introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in New Jersey. Under current law, handguns cannot be sold to anyone under 21 although licensed gun dealers in the state are ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The new Department of Motor Vehicles Office in South Plainfield is scheduled to open May 14 -  not a day too soon for residents who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place. B. Sue Fulton, the newly-sworn director of the state DMV visited the ...

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PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 47th in-person town hall meeting on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 pm at Phillipsburg High School. During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American people.  ...

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    SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV ...

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    TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman, Vince Mazzeo and Joann Downey permitting taxpayers to make dedicated prepayment toward anticipated property taxes was signed into law Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy. The law comes amid ongoing concern about how recent ...

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Coughlin, Schaer, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration Now Law   TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Roy Freiman to counteract the cut in allowable property tax deductions imposed under the new federal tax changes has been approved by the General Assembly. The bill was approved 68-1-3 and now awaits final ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton. Riverside ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections was approved Thursday by the full Assembly, 56-17. Te “New Voter ...

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