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Affordable Housing Mandate - a Cause for Frustration and Concern for New Providence Residents

March 20, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council held a special meeting regarding the affordable housing settlement on Monday, March 18, and New Providence residents took the opportunity to ask questions, vent their frustration and express their concerns regarding the impact of the upcoming zoning changes. In additions to the council members, Borough Attorney Steven Kunzman and Planner McKinley ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

Suspected Soil Contamination Discussion Irritates a Summit Resident

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tall Oaks resident Allen Swanson attended the Monday, March 11 Borough Council meeting to express his annoyance with the way the council had handled the discussion regarding three New Providence properties with suspected soil contamination.

At the Feb. 25 council meeting Mayor Al Morgan read the correspondence items listed on the agenda. They included three ...

Bramnick: Let Doctors Decide Your Healthcare, Not Insurance Companies

WESTFIELD, NJ - Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick has introduced a bill that would stop insurance companies from overruling doctors' decisions. Bramnick's bill would end the pre-approval process for tests, treatments and prescriptions normally covered by medical insurers, he says. The battle many face today with the insurance companies is much different than what it used to be, ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Events Kick Off March 30

Union County's first mobile paper-shredding events of 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in Scotch Plains. These events are free and open to all Union County residents.

“Union County’s mobile document-shredding events help residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred confidential documents,” said Freeholder ...

New Providence Council Recognizes American Red Cross

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized the American Red Cross at its Monday, March 11 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation in the organization’s honor and proclaimed March 2019 as Red Cross Month.

The American Red Cross was founded more than 137 years ago as a humanitarian organization, “guided by seven fundamental principles—including humanity, ...

New Providence Borough Notice: Affordable Housing Q & A

Borough of New Providence Affordable Housing Q & A

1. Briefly, what does the affordable housing settlement agreement provide?

The settlement provides for a rezoning of certain areas in New Providence to allow for higher density housing which will include an affordable housing component. The affordable housing component is 20% of the total rezoned development area. The remaining 80% ...

Voting Machine Preview, Vo-Tech Schools Recognized, More at UC Freeholders Meeting

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County residents will have the opportunity to try out new voting machines before the primary election.

As reported previously, the county will receive updated election machines in all municipalities this year. It will need to purchase approximately $100,000 worth of election security bags for use with these machines, according to Nicole DiRado, Administrator ...

Union County Freeholders Mulling $491.6M Plan to Hike Taxes 2%

Department-specific budget talks will be held in Kenilworth, Elizabeth and Westfield.

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County government is compiling a spending plan that benefits from the recent closure of the county’s juvenile detention center. The proposal would finance a turf field in Scotch Plains along with field improvements in Linden, Rahway and other towns, the county manager said ...

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Pitch in for Earth Month: Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in Scotch Plains, April 6

March 21, 2019

Bonus: “Mercury Bounty”$5.00 gift card for residents turning in mercury thermostats

Union County, NJ – As Earth Month approaches, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for residents to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other special waste, by bringing these items to ...