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Baraka blasts Newark fire, police unions in health benefit fight in scathing opinion piece

August 15, 2017

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka escalated the war of words between his administration and the city firefighter and police unions over a recent change in health benefits today, writing a fiery opinion piece first published in TAPinto Newark that lambastes and lacerates his union opponents for using what he terms "scare tactics" and "misinformation" in the ongoing battle.

Newark counters claims that firefighters, police lack health insurance

The City of Newark has countered state claims in its ongoing labor dispute with firefighter and police unions over a recent change in health benefits, stating that union members can access health care and that members will be reimbursed for any unnecessary reductions made regarding retirees because of the shift to the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). 

An attorney representing ...

Legal dispute over health benefits leaves Newark firefighters and police in limbo

John Witsch worked as a Newark police officer for 28 years before he retired in 1999. Ever since, he has enjoyed one of the perks of retirement -- health care benefits provided by the city.

Until this month.

"I have no insurance right now. They rejected my application, and I'm in limbo," said Witsch, one of many police and firefighter retirees who have had similar problems ...

Baraka, Chaneyfield Jenkins battle over inclusionary zoning at council meeting

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins engaged in a verbal duel at Wednesday's council meeting on an issue that will shape the state of the city's ongoing redevelopment: inclusionary zoning for future building projects.

"There are inclusionary zoning ordinances all over the country, and not in one place has it stopped market rate ...

Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Inches Ahead

WASHINGTON --The draft text of the fiscal year 2018 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act includes $900 million in new funding for the Gateway Hudson River train tunnel project.

“Congress is wise to invest in the Gateway tunnel proposal.  The Hudson River tunnel project is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country, providing a critical ...

Council approves business improvement districts for Bloomfield Avenue and Lower Broadway

The City Council unanimously approved legislation today to create a business improvement district along Bloomfield Avenue and Lower Broadway in the North and Central wards.

The BID designation will allow the city to impose a special assessment on commercial properties within the district with the goal promoting employment and economic growth as well as better residential property ...

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