Government

February 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Early this morning at the Municipal Center, the East Brunswick Planning Board denied Alfieri Property Management's proposal to build a seven-building apartment complex at the intersection of Tices Lane and Hart's Lane known as Hidden Oaks.  The meeting ran past 12:30 and was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After New Brunswick completed the first revaluation of property in 26 years, municipal leaders were anxious to share news that taxes for many homeowners had dropped. Mayor James Cahill, in his state of the city address on Jan. 1, touted the city has the second lowest property ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two years ago New Brunswick became one of a handful of municipalities across New Jersey that issued their own municipal identification cards. "Very important. Very useful," said Julie Jerome, coordinator of services for the New Brunswick PRAB, also known as the Puerto Rican ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Leaders of a national campaign to get Medicare coverage for everyone will join advocates in New Jersey at a "barnstorm" session at the Rutgers Labor Education Center on Feb. 13. “Our intention in organizing these barnstorms is to demonstrate to Representatives Pallone, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two Rutgers professors will testify before a congressional committee Wednesday on the dangers of climate change, contending there are wide-ranging impacts. Climate scientists Robert Kopp and Jennifer Francis are scheduled to testify before the House Science, Space and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey's top elected leaders must deal with the ever-increasing cost of public employee health benefits and pensions or face a fiscal crisis, former Gov. Chris Christie predicted. "If this problem does not get resolved, this state is going to be bankrupt," Christie said ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In 2018, more than 500 children in Middlesex were in need of foster care being removed from difficult homes situation, but just under 110 were placed with a dedicated adult looking out for their interests. In March, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold training ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. “For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Democrats today issued a statement on the passing of Barbara "Babs" Siperstein, a transgender activist who fought for, and was honored by, a law that was named for her allowing people to change their genders on their birth certificates. Siperstein, who ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Blanquita B. Valenti, a former New Brunswick City Councilwoman and longtime resident, will not seek re-election to the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Valenti has served as a freeholder since 2004. An educator for more than 38 years, she taught students in ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Despite forecasts of warmer weather for the weekend and beyond, the temperatures remained in the teens and low 20s today, and will drop again tonight, prompting the city to declare a Code Blue and open a warming center for the third consecutive night this week. Once again a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the shutdown of the federal government has ended, for now, the New Brunswick Housing Authority was told it will receive its allocation of funding through at least mid-February, ensuring the agency has the money for all of its programs, authority director John Clarke ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - They start lining up early, more than an hour before the opening, not for a concert in an auditorium or dinner at a fancy restaurant, but for a chance to sleep someplace warm and out of the cold on a winter night. These are the people who come the Henry Guest House in New ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. Chris Christie will appear at Douglas College Student Center on Feb. 5 to discuss his new book, "Let Me Finish," in what being called a public discussion about his career with his former campaign strategist Michael DuHaime. The Eagleton Institute of Politics and ...

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CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program. The initiatives are part of $100 million ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City business owners who fail to pay employees the wages they earn will face increased scrutiny and possible suspension of their operating licenses under a revised ordinance slated to be passed next month. The ordinance is aimed at "wage theft," when employers pay workers ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - City officials declared a Code Blue for tonight, opening a warming center where homeless and people without heat can seek shelter over night. The Henry Guest House at 58 Livingston Ave., next to the New Brunswick Free Public Library will be open overnight as a warming center ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - In yet another effort to help federal workers during the government shutdown, RWJBarnabas Health, the parents of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, announced it will waive co-pays, deductible and other eligible patient care charges for furloughed federal employees. “We ...

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Mayor's Office and the East Brunswick Clergy Council are sponsoring a food drive to help those who are currently furloughed by due to the partial federal government shutdown as it enters its    day. "We feel terrible for the number of people who ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Keeping a city operating and meeting all its obligations requires hiring many outside companies including lawyers, software maintenance firms, and even veterinarians. This week, as part of the routine, to get the new year underway, city council members approved a slew of ...

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CAMDEN, NJ—Camden County officials are reminding residents that the SNAP benefits issued today are to be used for the month of February. The SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits have been issued early due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, and Camden County SNAP ...

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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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Amid much pomp in a packed auditorium at Middlesex County College, county Freeholders Ronald Rios and Shanti Narra took the oaths of office for new terms Monday in ceremonies marked with the presence of numerous elected Democrats, from the local, county, state and federal ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Natalie Pinero, former public information officer for Union Township and director of Legislative Research and Constituent Outreach for Union County will be hired as the new executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Monday night's reorganization meeting. She is ...

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.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City councilman John Anderson was first elected to council in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. This year, in the middle of his second term of office, Anderson was elected to another post, president of the city council. After thanking other council members for his selection ...

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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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Trumpeting a long list of development and new programs in the city, Mayor James Cahill on Tuesday was sworn into office for his eighth term and proclaimed much had been accomplished in strengthening the city but there was much still to be done. In ceremonies at city hall, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In another effort to share services and cut costs, the city has entered a contract to use Rutgers University's construction inspectors instead of employing municipal inspectors. Among the city employees that retired at this end of 2018 were construction official Billy Schrum, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For the eighth time, Mayor James Cahill will place his hand on a Bible this Tuesday and take the oath office for the city's chief elected position. At the swearing-in ceremonies at city hall, city council members Kevin Egan and Rebecca Escobar will also take their oaths for ...

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