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Newark Receives $5.6M Settlement from East Orange Over Sewage Dispute

August 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, ending a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality.

The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater Collection System. Under a 1919 Sewer Agreement between the two municipalities, East ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

Essex County Executive Calls on Governor, Legislature to Re-enact 2 Percent Salary Cap for Police and Fire

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. is calling on Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin to work together and re-enact the 2 percent on annual salary increases for police officers and firefighters that are awarded through arbitration. 

The measure was first adopted in 2011 by the Democratically-controlled Legislature and ...

Garcia Replaced as Head of Newark's Economic and Housing Development Department

NEWARK, NJ - Carmelo Garcia has been replaced as Newark’s acting director of economic and housing development following a last-minute vote on Wednesday from the city council.

John Palmieri was appointed as the new director. Palmieri, of Hoboken, will also remain the city’s deputy mayor of economic growth, transportation and infrastructure, a city spokesman said. He was ...

Despite Newark's Sanctuary City Status, Undocumented City Resident Turned Over to ICE

NEWARK, NJ - Daniel Castro put his head on the water bottle he clutched between his shackled hands as he sat on an airplane bound for detention centers, first in Nebraska then Louisiana. He resigned himself to the sobering fact he was being deported back to Nicaragua.

What worried him more than his return to the place he fled as a young teenager to escape poverty and political fighting, was ...

Newark Residents Decry Amazon Tax Incentives

NEWARK, NJ - The city hall chambers today filled with shouts of disapproval from residents before a huge tax break for large corporations like Amazon was approved.

City council gave final approval for $1 billion in payroll tax breaks to any business that intends to create at least 30,00 new full-time jobs and make a capital investment of at least $3 billion in Newark. The ordinance calls ...

Newark Needs to Be 'Invited to the Table' in Marijuana Industry, Mayor Says

NEWARK, NJ - For a panel of lawmakers and advocates at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, it wasn't a matter of if a marijuana market boom was coming to New Jersey. It was just a matter of when.

For Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, it was pivotal that people in his community, who he said have been victimized by drug laws, get to profit from that industry. He was part of an eight-member panel yesterday ...

Newark Housing Authority Announces Public Housing Lottery

The Newark Housing Authority (NHA) announced that the Public Housing Family Waiting List Lottery will open on-line only beginning today.

The lottery is for Pennington Court, John W. Hyatt Court, Joseph P. Bradley Court, Boulevard West and Woodlawn Village.

NHA will accept pre-applications for housing assistance from 8 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 and will close on August 3, 2018 at ...

Newark Unveils New Plan for Sussex Avenue Homeless Shelter

NEWARK, NJ - The temporary shelter that periodically closed amid public outcry will remain open for another month while city officials gear up for a year-round homeless sheltering plan.

The 224 Sussex Ave. shelter opened in December to house the homeless during extreme periods of cold weather and was only supposed to remain open until March. The city found funds for the shelter to stay ...

Newark Mayor Denounces Trump Administration for Withholding Police Grants

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said the federal government was using “extortion” when it withheld grants for local policing because the city won't comply with federal immigration enforcement policies.

The mayor’s sentiments were echoed by Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and three congressmen during a city hall press conference. The officials met in the ...

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