Government

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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4,321,987 to the County from the federal Continuum of Care program. The funding will support 19 service projects to help the homeless. “The Continuum of Care ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council approved the resolution authorizing the borough’s settlement agreement in the affordable housing declaratory judgment action at its Monday, Feb. 25 meeting. The subsequent zoning changes may lead to drastic changes in the borough’s character and drain its ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The average American household spends $2,279 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In light of this, it’s little surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. To ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Representatives from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County presented an overview of their services to the Union County freeholders Thursday. CASA Advocate Geraldine Keogh said 496 children are in foster care throughout Union County. CASA Advocates are ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - With tax season upon us, and residents of New Jersey's 7th Congressional District feeling the sting of lower than expected tax refunds, Congress is poised to take action, according to Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Malinowski, whose district office is ...

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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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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night. NJ State Minimum Wage Increase As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska is leaving his position after 20 years with the county. “We wish to congratulate Director of Administrative Services Michael Yuska on his retirement, and commend him for his many years of outstanding service and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council spent some time discussing both traffic safety and crime prevention at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Several residents also came forward to express their concerns regarding recent burglaries in the borough. The discussion was prompted by Mayor Al Morgan as ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ –The Borough Council recognized the New Providence High School Marching Band for its successful season at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read the proclamation in the band’s honor. The band has 137 student members in grades 9 through 12 and two managers. “On ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Council members continued their debate on whether a ‘third party’ legal opinion is needed to determine whether the township attorney and a council member have a conflict of interest when it comes to deciding matters involving Union County. On Feb. 6, Mayor Angie Devanney, ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ – In honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman Jerry Green who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years, the full Assembly unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence High School senior Mary Delia was honored at Monday's Borough Council meeting with Mayor Al Morgan reading a proclamation recognizing her many accomplishments. Delia is a member of the National Honor Society and a student participant in the Character Education ...

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500 Union County residents employed by the federal government are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, according to Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. ELIZABETH, NJ – In the midst of the federal government shutdown, 500 federal workers who live in Union County have gone without ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The County of Union has begun removing deer from various County and municipal park properties during January and February in an attempt to bring the deer population densities down to levels that are more in balance with the ecosystems, with a specific goal density of 20 deer per ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – What constitutes a conflict of interest for a council member or the council's attorney? That question was raised at the Jan. 15 Township Council meeting, when Councilman Peter Bavoso suggested Councilman Stephen Yellin had a conflict of interest on two issues that he voted ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present artwork from the Art from the HEART fine arts program on display at the Freeholders Gallery now until February 14. The public is invited to visit the Freeholders Gallery any time during regular business hours ...

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In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population. The “Code Blue ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Mayor Angie Devanney led off the Jan. 15 council meeting with some bad news. The Berkeley Heights Community Pool will not be opening this summer. She then turned the floor over to the President and CEO of The Summit Area Y Paul Kieltyka. Kieltyka explained why but, while ...

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