Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

July 18, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception.

Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support ...

Former Linden Police Chief to be Appointed as Union County Undersheriff

LINDEN, NJ - Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham is set to be sworn in as a Union County Undersheriff, this Friday.

As a member of the Linden Police Department for nearly 25 years, Parham has served in each rank from Officer to Captain before his promotion to Chief in September of 2016. 

During his first month as Chief, Parham along with other Linden Police ...

Benson, Burzichelli & Lampitt Bill to Make Major Investment in Career/Technical Education & School Security & Water Infrastructure Upgrades Heads to Governor

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, John Burzichelli and Pamela Lampitt to invest in career and technical education programs offered by county vocational school districts and county colleges, as well as school security and water infrastructure upgrades received final legislative approval Sunday and now heads to the governor’s ...

Quijano Statement on Budget Stalemate

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) issued the following statement on Friday calling on Gov. Murphy to work with the Legislature to resolve the budget stalemate:

         “I sincerely applaud all of legislative leadership for working toward a compromise with the governor.  After months of exhaustive work by our budget ...

Benson & Jones Bill to Criminalize Tampering of School Bus Cameras Approved by Assembly

Bill Requires Monthly Inspection of Cameras of School Bus Video Footage

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly democrats Daniel Benson and Patricia Egan Jones to set penalties for tampering with school bus cameras and require monthly inspection of camera video footage was approved 75-1 Thursday by the full Assembly. 

The sponsors said recent bus incidents ...

Holley, Carter, Kennedy & Quijano Measure to Rename a Part of Route 27 “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” Clears Assembly

TRENTON, NJ – The full Assembly approved legislation, 77-0, Thursday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano to designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” in honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman who represented ...

Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji & Giblin ‘Airbnb’ Bill to Ensure Level Playing Field among Lodging Businesses Clears Assembly

Bill would bring tax fairness to short-term rentals made popular by sites like Airbnb

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Tom Giblin to ensure fairness among all hospitality providers in New Jersey and provide a much-needed revenue boost to the state was approved Thursday by the ...

Assemblywoman Quijano Celebrates World Refugee Day At International Refugee Committee; Condemns Trump’s Separation of Children From Families

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano joined the International Refugee Committee in Elizabeth on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate International Refugee Day and to celebrate the important role that immigrants play in our communities.

“Immigrants are the foundation of the United States and since our inception we have always been the city on the hill shining that ...

Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin & McKeon Bill to Curb Use of Single-Use Carryout Plastic Bags Clears Assembly

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin and John McKeon to discourage the use of single-use carryout plastic bags and reduce the damaging impact they have on the environment was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

“Most stores have made the change and now provide more environmentally friendly bags for ...

Karabinchak & Coughlin Bill to Establish Six-month Tax Amnesty Period Passes in Assembly

                                          Would Apply to Tax Returns Due on or After Jan. 1, 2012
TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to establish a six-month State tax amnesty period, that would end no later ...

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Prisoner Re-Entry Program Developments In Union County

July 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY - As changes have been made to reform national policies on incarceration, Union County has provided a valuable model for success. The local Reconnections prisoner re-entry program, funded in part by the Freeholder Board, has helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals adjust back to life in the community.

Reconnections provides guidance and resources ...