Government

March 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — Troy Riggs, a father of six, recently lost his job for a utility tracking company. Soon he would breathe a sigh of relief when a Camden exterminator sought his talents, going as far as the cusp of on-boarding. The phone rang, he says, until it didn’t. “Because of the virus I’m ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city has announced it is canceling the meetings of several official agencies such as the Rent Control Board and the Traffic Commission until April 30. According to a press release from a city spokesman, the cancelations are in response to coronavirus COVID-19. Meetings ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Board of Education will be utilizing telecommunications to conduct Tuesday's meeting in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the public will be able to participate during the public comment portion of the meeting through phone ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Incidents of price gouging and racism aimed at Asian-Americans in New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis began prompted an irritated Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday to say, “There’s a special place in hell for the people who take advantage of this health crisis." Murphy made the comment ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Zoning Board meeting scheduled for Monday night at City Hall has been canceled in reaction to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The move to call off the meeting was made Friday, said John Cox, Chairman of the Zoning Board. “I definitely think it was the prudent thing ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and his counterparts in three other states are asking Washington for at least $100 billion in cash assistance to, as he put it, “stay at the point of attack” in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19. Murphy is hoping that by joining in a coordinated effort with ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order postponing various elections, including school board ballots in New Brunswick, Newark and 12 other districts, until May 12. It also requires them to be conducted exclusively by mail. The order comes as Murphy continued to look for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Department of Public Works facility located at 400 Jersey Ave. will be restricting access to the public through at least April 3 in response to the COVID-19 emergency. All programs including curbside trash collections and recycling pickup will continue as ...

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TRENTON, NJ – As the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 forces many New Jersey businesses to close, Gov. Phil Murphy is taking steps to ensure that residents who have lost their jobs don’t also lose their homes. Murphy signed a bill hat will grant him power to suspend evictions and foreclosures. He ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Three city residents have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, according to Fire Director and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Rawls. Rawls, who spoke during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, did not reveal their conditions or where they are being ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – For City Council President John Anderson, tonight’s meeting will be different than any he’s experienced during his time serving the city. The five members of the council – Anderson, Suzanne Sicora Ludwig, Rebecca Escobar, Glenn Fleming and Kevin Egan - will be sitting in ...

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NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy’s moves to promote social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has had a sudden and powerful side effect on the state’s job market. Murphy said Tuesday that a record number of New Jersey residents applied for unemployment insurance ...

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NEW JERSEY - The head of the state's Motor Vehicle Commission has announced that agency offices and road testing facilities will be closed effective immediately. Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced in a statement that the measure is in response to coronavirus COVID-19. Gov. Phil Murphy's ...

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NEW JERSEY – All state employees will have the option to work from home as Gov. Phil Murphy’s office continues to enact measures aimed at promoting social distancing and stemming the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. And while that means tens of thousands will have the opportunity to stay ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Middlesex Board of Freeholders has declared a county-wide state of emergency in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration, which will make the county eligible for federal reimbursement for extraordinary measures, authorizes the county and its agencies ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - This week's City Council meeting will be moved to the New Brunswick High School auditorium,  the city has announced.  Wednesday's meeting will be moved from its usual place at council chambers. Although a post on the city's website did not indicate why, it would seem as ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – A petition filed by a group of city residents is calling for the adoption of an ordinance to expand City Council from its current five elected members to seven.  "New Brunswick’s population has grown over the past 50 years by 34 percent and is still growing,” said Keith ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's Municipal Court and Senior Resource Center will be shut down and general public access to City Hall and Civic Square will be restricted to those with scheduled appointments under new coronavirus COVID-19 safeguards announced Friday night. These and other measures, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city will soon have a new tool in its efforts to keep sewer lines flowing. The City Council unanimously approved a resolution recently allowing the Department of Public Works to purchase a sewer surveillance camera with accessories. Resolution 032022 allows for the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy said he and his staff have been practically building a shrine around a fine bottle of bourbon he received as a gift. Here's the sobering truth, though: Murphy and his fellow executive branch employees are exempt by state law from taking one drop, let alone ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative announced that it has been selected to receive the BUILD Health Challenge Award. The integrated partnership between New Brunswick Tomorrow, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The city is asking Rutgers University to comply with the conditions of a 2002 site plan resolution that calls for round-the-clock access to a passageway cutting across the Child Health Institute of New Jersey campus.  In a letter dated Jan. 15 and addressed to Rutgers ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The United States Census Bureau, in partnership with the Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and the City of New Brunswick, will be hosting a Census Job Fair at Unity Square Community Center. The fair will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Job seekers ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the four months since the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center opened, theater-goers have purchased tickets to see a one-woman comedic play, a show about favorite native son Paul Robeson, a rousing rendition of "The Nutcracker" and other performances. No one, however, has ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Thursday's re-organization meeting kicked off a new year for the City Council. It could also be an important year for three council members whose terms are set to expire Dec. 31. Council President John Anderson, Vice President Suzanne Sicora-Ludwig and Councilman Glen ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - They took turns honoring Blanquita Valenti, using words such as compassionate and determined to describe the woman whose run as Middlesex County freeholder comes to an end Wednesday. The officials, colleagues and peers who paid tribute to Valenti at the Dec. 19 Board of ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – T.K. Shamy’s voice cracked with emotion as he read into the minutes of the Dec. 18 City Council meeting Resolution R-12193 detailing the life and times of William J. Hamilton Jr. This was much more than a document listing the many accomplishments and contributions made by the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ - Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz was among 150 or so protesters at a rally at New Brunswick City Hall showing their support for President Donald Trump's impeachment.  They brandished signs and chanted slogans as part of the nationwide "Nobody is Above the Law" protests. It ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - You've heard of Elf on a Shelf. How about a Sidekick in New Brunswick? One of Santa's not-so-little helpers took its place on Monday atop 37 Easton Ave., where he can watch the city get into the holiday spirit. The Saxum Elf is nearly 12 feet tall. The real estate company ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s Rent Control Board is replenishing its ranks after three members recently tendered their resignations and the November meeting was canceled for lack of a quorum. The City Council passed a resolution at Wednesday’s meeting appointing Derrick Braxton as a tenant ...

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