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Building Neighborhood-Driven Pathways to Neighborhood-Owned Equity

In the summer of 2020, MacKenzie Scott gave a $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC, the largest donation from an individual the organization had received in its 40-year history. Today, that transformative gift is being put to work for racial justice. Scott, whose stake in Amazon has made her one of the planet’s richest people, is beloved in the nonprofit world not so much for her extraordinary wealth as for the manner in which she’s giving it away—with unerring transparency and in pursuit of greater social and economic ...

Creating NJ’s Premier Academic Medical Center

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick. “This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long journey towards fulfilling our shared vision to bring transformative care to New Jersey,” said RWJBarnabas Health CEO Barry Ostrowsky. “As ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

TRENTON – State budget officials have unearthed an unexpected $3.7 billion in the current and upcoming fiscal years, as New Jersey’s revenue stream is stronger than ever. But, for those who think the cash will just keep raining, have you recently checked the stock market? Yes, we all know, money can come in frantically, and then vanish the exact same way.  State officials say, over the past two fiscal years, state revenues have skyrocketed because of an “unprecedented surge” in people paying their gross ...

NJ TRANSIT: Working hard for you

NEW JERSEY - COVID-19 temporarily slowed transit ridership, but it did not slow NJ TRANSIT from continuing to improve service and the customer experience for its customers. According to NJ TRANSIT reports, the quest to make improvements to infrastructure and other projects has resulted in NJ TRANSIT advancing over $4 billion to enhance system performance and add new vehicles to the fleet since 2018. Major capital projects that will positively impact millions of riders each year are at the top of the list of planned improvements for NJ ...

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RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

What 40 Million Unrestricted Dollars Can Do

In the summer of 2020, MacKenzie Scott gave a $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC, the largest donation from an individual the organization had received in its 40-year history. Today, that transformative gift is being put to work for racial justice.

Scott, whose stake in Amazon has made her one of the planet’s richest people, is beloved in the nonprofit world not so much for her ...

OPINION: State Police Chiefs Seek ‘Safety-Sensitive Employee’ Exclusion to Cannabis Law

April 20, 2022

Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines.  That group also includes police officers.

It is sound reasoning to have such an exclusion for the safety of ...

First Company in Newark to provide Data driven Mental Health creating a powerful feedback loop

May 16, 2022

“First of all, I just want to thank God and University Heights Charter School (UHCS), for hiring The Robinson Lloyd Resiliency Group (RLRG). They provide The Resilient Stars Program and Math Coaching Program, that has tremendously benefited our lives. Her coach, has been so helpful, not only in terms of education but also an emotional support. She has become a big part ...

Developer Proposing 40-story Building on Clay Street Will Come Before Planning Board

May 13, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Plans to construct more than 400 residential units on Clay Street in Newark will come before the city Central Planning Board on Monday.

96 Clay Partnership, a Newark-based developer, is proposing to demolish existing buildings located at the corners of 316-330 Mt. Pleasant Ave., 94 Clay St. and 1239-1243 McCarter Highway to make way for a 40-story mixed-use building.

The ...

First New Jersey Political Action Committee Dedicated to Electing Black Women Launches

May 12, 2022

NEWARK, NJ –– Be Ready, the first political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of Black women in elected office in New Jersey has launched.

Led by a group of Black women with proven experience in organizing, managing campaigns, and advancing issues at the state and local levels, Be Ready will also work to advance a policy agenda centered on the issues ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 14, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...