Government

September 21, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Some city council members took offense with people in charge at the Newark Public Library because they did not get good seats when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited on Sunday. The justice visited the library last weekend to promote her new children's books and ...

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NEWARK, NJ - About a dozen protesters yesterday demanded Newark City Council pass a resolution to oppose Essex County’s agreement with the federal government to jail immigrants within the city’s borders. City council says protesters should take their fight to the freeholders since the county has ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The city officially closed a temporary homeless shelter at 224 Sussex Ave., with plans to pay third parties to provide more beds beginning in November instead.   The shelter opened in December 2017 to house the homeless during extreme periods of cold weather, but city officials only ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City council wanted to get to the bottom of an issue that residents have been inundating them with for at least the past month: Why hasn’t recycling been getting picked up regularly and when will street sweepers get to certain roads?   The two issues are separate. A contract dispute ...

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Newark, NJ - An ordinance that would have given legal representation to low-income city residents facing eviction was put on hold Thursday at a city council meeting because it was unclear how the measure would be funded. An ad hoc committee of several community groups that worked with the city ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A commission was reestablished this week that will review and make recommendations to the city about how resources should be spent to help the homeless. The Newark Commission on Homelessness was approved unanimously by city council Thursday. There will be 15 to 30 members on the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayors from some of the largest cities in New Jersey today warned that recreational marijuana dispensaries wouldn’t be welcomed in their boundaries unless people with marijuana convictions were released from jail and their records get expunged. MORE: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Employees at Newark International Liberty Airport in March were on the verge of receiving an hourly wage increase up to $19, but the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has stalled on giving its final approval for the measure. So yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy and Mayor Ras Baraka ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - While New Jersey lurches toward legalizing recreational marijuana, one Newark lawmaker is leading the conversation against it.  State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), who on Monday hosted a town hall in Hillside, believes the current legalization bill would lead to more foreclosures in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City council today approved a set of resolutions that both supported medical marijuana dispensaries and recommended where they should be located in Newark. The measure proposed amendments to the local land use regulations for dispensaries, which will be referred to the city planning ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation that would allow Newark and other municipalities to levy special assessments and issue bonds to replace lead-contaminated service lines. The legislation was co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor Marin and Cleopatra Tucker, Democrats who both ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Newark, NJ - The city is using the power of eminent domain to reduce the number of condemned homes and vacant lots scattered throughout the West Ward. The redevelopment plan for the West Ward was introduced in 2016 and encompasses properties from the border of Irvington to South 13th Street ...

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NEWARK, NJ - State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said it was important to support local women’s health organizations at a state level should President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee be approved. The assemblywoman joined state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, congressional leaders and women's ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark could soon see a boost in long-term investments due to federal legislation that created certain tax exemptions for private investors. In April, the federal treasury department approved low-income Opportunity Zones in 75 municipalities throughout New Jersey that were nominated ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A pharmaceutical company being sued by Newark for its alleged role in the overprescription of opioids just received a major tax break from the state of New Jersey. The city in 2017 sued several opioid manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, for alleged “deceptive” ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka’s second inaugural address took on both local and national issues after he was sworn in for a second term with Gov. Phil Murphy at his side. “We need a local strategy that has a global view,” Baraka said after he denounced federal policies, including the separation ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Hundreds marched down Broad Street today as part of nationwide protests being held  against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.  The "Families Belong Together" protest started at city hall and was organized by immigration advocacy groups, including Make the Road NJ, New ...

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NEWARK, NJ — City and congressional officials today stood at the site of a future health center in the West Ward to announce $1.3 million in federal funding for the facility. The new Saint James Federally Qualified Health Center -- the second for the city -- is expected to open by early next ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Mayor Ras Baraka today expressed support for Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal over state lawmakers’ plan as a Saturday deadline -- and another possible government shutdown -- approaches. "We believe that his budget and his ideas that he wants to push forward is what we need,” ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government. “Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ ...

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