Government

November 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways. The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Council members on Thursday postponed voting on a new draft of a land use ordinance -- one that could potentially allow buildings in the Ironbound to increase to 20 stories -- because they did not have enough time to review it.  The original MX-3 ordinance was approved last year, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - It's "not possible" to pin down exactly when lead started dissolving from pipes and into Newark's water because of possible inconsistencies in testing, according to a city-commissioned report. The city had CDM Smith, an Edison-based engineering firm, investigate what was causing ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The head of the city department that has been addressing elevated levels of lead in residents’ water died last night, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said today.  Andrea Hall Adebowale worked in the city’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities for about 30 years and spent the last five ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A city official today claimed that one home in the East Ward once showed elevated levels of lead because a former city employee tampered with the testing. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and other city officials have repeatedly said those in the East Ward need not worry about elevated lead ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Republican leader of the state Senate said Gov. Phil Murphy's tax plan ruined Newark's chances of being selected for Amazon's second headquarters.  State Sen. Thomas Kean Jr (R-Union) put the onus of the governor because he signed a budget in July that had businesses bearing the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The 224 Sussex Ave. homeless shelter that Newark paid to provide shelter on a temporary basis is one of seven shelters that will now receive city funds to operate a year-round  program.    The announcement comes in the wake of the city originally ending its temporary sheltering ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – In response to the deadliest attack on Jews in United States history, more than 2,200 people from throughout northern and central New Jersey came together at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston on Sunday to mourn the deaths of 11 people who were murdered at the Tree of Life ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City Council deferred changes to an ordinance that would have increased fees for reserved handicap-accessible parking spaces from $50 to $250, causing concern among some disability advocates. The increases would have offset the costs of a physician employed by the city who ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Registered voters in Essex County will be able to cast their ballot at two early voting locations rather than one this year in order to meet increased demands. The Hall of Records on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark has always served as an early voting facility. This year, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - City council plans to vote on increasing fees to apply for handicap-accessible parking spots in order to curb what they say are abuses in the system, but some disability advocates view it as potentially discriminatory. The changes are scheduled for a final vote on Wednesday and ...

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The Essex County Freeholder Board called for the ouster of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman for New Jersey but have not budged on ending its controversial contract with the agency. The freeholder board at its Wednesday meeting in Maplewood passed a resolution ...

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NEWARK, NJ - An environmental group that is suing Newark officials over elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water is alleging that statements made by the mayor at a Friday press conference about the issue were "misleading." The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) alleges there ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka today said he was unsure exactly when the chemical used to prevent lead from dissolving into pipes stopped working, but it will be fixed in about six to eight months. In the meantime, Baraka said the city will begin handing out water filters to homeowners ...

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Tests results show that the corrosion control used in Newark's water system is no longer effective at reducing lead levels in drinking water and the city will begin distributing filters to residents in areas where homes have lead service lines. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has scheduled a press ...

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NEWARK, NJ - What exactly does it mean when city council supports a special event like a festival or parade through a resolution? The answer is so confusing even the Newark City Council doesn't know for sure, although they continue to vote to co-sponsor events. The nod of support from the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after President Donald Trump said the former mayor “ran Newark, New Jersey into the ground.” Booker, a Democrat, was Newark's mayor from 2006 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn on Friday, Sept. 28, making the ticket's owner the winner of the Jersey Cash 5 $166,600 Jackpot, according to a press release from NJ Lottery. The winning ticket was sold at the Quick Chek location at 1545 Springfield Ave. in ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A union member mouthed the words “thank you” yesterday as cheers erupted in the boardroom where Port Authority commissioners passed a $19 minimum wage for workers at the agency’s three major airports. “Let me say clearly and bluntly: these new wage levels are essential to the safe, ...

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NEWARK, NJ - One of the residential towers owned in part by NBA star Shaquille O'Neal may soon get a $2.5 million loan from the city, much to the irritation of one councilman. On Tuesday, the city council approved a last-minute resolution that would allow the Newark Economic and Housing ...

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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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