Government

September 5, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Councilwoman Michele Yamakaitis, Mayor Derek Armstead and members of Linden City Government is extending an invitation to all Linden residents to observe the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony will be held on September 11, 2018, 6:30 ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - While New Jersey lurches toward legalizing recreational marijuana, one Newark lawmaker is leading the conversation against it.  State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), who on Monday hosted a town hall in Hillside, believes the current legalization bill would lead to more foreclosures in ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Linden's city council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that would require barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and all cosmetology and hairstyling state licensing businesses operating in Linden to have a valid city license issued by the Linden Board of Health. Linden ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that the professional staffing company "Enjoy Your Party," will hold a hiring event on Thursday, September 13 at the County’s Workforce Innovation Business Center. Persons interested in applying for positions in the food ...

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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 of Roselle ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Linden Board of Education President Raymond J. Topoleski released a statement this week regarding the use of Linden Public schools as polling locations on Primary Election Days. The board is considering moving election voting out of the schools for safety reasons, but have not yet ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - For a panel of lawmakers and advocates at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, it wasn't a matter of if a marijuana market boom was coming to New Jersey. It was just a matter of when. For Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, it was pivotal that people in his community, who he said have been ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver's licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy. "This is important for every resident for a better life ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.  ...

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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 ...

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                                          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 than December 31, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon) released the following statement Tuesday regarding the Trump administration’s forced separation policy: “The reports, photos and videos of families being forcibly separated by our own federal government are ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Two bills sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo revising laws concerning temporary disability leave continued to advance in the Assembly on Monday with approval by the Assembly Budget Committee. One measure, A-2762 (Greenwald), ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Daniel Benson, Lisa Swain and Chris Tully requiring new school buses to be equipped with 3-point lap and shoulder safety belts was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee Tuesday. “Children’s safety should always ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, Ralph Caputo and Andrew Zwicker to protect special needs students who ride school buses was released Monday by an Assembly panel.  This bill (A-4332) would establish a minimum ratio ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, John Burzichelli and Pamela Lampitt to make a significant investment in career and technical education programs offered by the state’s county vocational school districts and county colleges, as well as school security upgrades ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Mercer, Hunterdon), whose districts include the Capital City of Trenton, released the following statement Monday regarding the Art All Night Festival shooting on June 17:              “I, like countless others, was saddened, angered and ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Raj Mukherji, and Jamel Holley to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday. “It’s no secret that ...

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TRENTON, NJ – A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Pamela Lampitt, Eric Houghtaling and Andrew Zwicker to help facilitate law enforcement response to school emergencies and ensure school buildings are safe was released Monday by an Assembly panel. The two ...

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TRENTON, NJ – In light of recently raised concerns about school bus safety after incidents occurring in Chesterfield and Paramus, Chairman Dan Benson and the Assembly Transportation Committee moved expeditiously to review legislation that would strengthen state law and increase protections of New ...

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TRENTON,NJ – A bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Angelica Jimenez, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Daniel Benson promoting college affordability was advanced by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Monday. According to the College Affordability Study Commission, in ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Benjie Wimberly, and Adam Taliaferro to make textbook more affordable for students of higher education was cleared by an Assembly panel on Monday. The bill requires each institution of higher education, along with their ...

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