Government

June 4, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Newark is one step closer to its highly anticipated Guaranteed Income Pilot Program following the release of a report by the city, the Jain Family Institute and the Economic Security Project outlining findings and recommendations that would put more cash into residents’ hands. Mayor ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In response to Newark’s growing need for rent assistance and protection as the coronavirus-imposed joblessness grows, the city announced three new interventions on Wednesday designed to bring aid to struggling families.  Newark, which is primarily a renter’s city, rolled out a $6 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Three weeks after announcing the city was in danger of a $143 million budget deficit without federal funding, Newark’s mayor is reporting that his administration is anticipating furloughs for city employees as soon as June as a result of the coronavirus’ financial impact.  While ...

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TRENTON - As state and federal leaders plan for the slow, steady reopening of New Jersey, “contact tracing” is a strategy that will likely be used to limit the spread of COVID-19. But how would “contact tracing” be used and how does it affect personal privacy? Those are questions from ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A bill to expand paid family leave for workers who need time off to care for sick family members during the coronavirus crisis is set to be signed by Gov. Phil Murphy today.  Bill S-2374, authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, revises the state’s family leave insurance program ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced during Thursday’s daily coronavirus update that the city would begin encouraging businesses to shut down at the start of every week until May 11 in a move he’s calling “Be Still Mondays.” Newark is still leading the state with 2,341 cases and 106 deaths, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The land bank ordinance that Mayor Ras Baraka championed at its first passage just before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis was adopted in city council today, but not without pushback from some members.  Meeting remotely over Zoom, council weighed the possibility of deferring the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The month of March began with a win for Mayor Ras Baraka’s Newark Land Bank agreement, and it comes to a close with council’s deferred vote and uncertainty on its final passing as the financial impact of the coronavirus forces municipalities across the nation to tighten their purse ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Troy Riggs, a father of six, recently lost his job for a utility tracking company. Soon he would breathe a sigh of relief when a Camden exterminator sought his talents, going as far as the cusp of on-boarding. The phone rang, he says, until it didn’t. “Because of the virus I’m ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka followed the actions of Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday after a day of increasingly urgent measures to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus, which will see the deployment of the National Guard and FEMA to help establish and staff testing sites across the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy is rolling out new safeguards in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic – including a curfew, and the mandatory closing of movie theaters, gyms and casinos. Murphy joined forces with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to make these ...

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Newark Public Library announced today that is closing its doors on Monday and will remain closed through March 28. The closures will affect the main library as well as all branches in the city, Interim Library Director Thomas J. Alrutz said in an email to TAPinto Newark this afternoon. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A proposal that would see Newark petition the state to recognize the half-mile area around Broad and Market Street as a transit village received approval in city council today, pushing forward administration’s vision for a holistic approach to downtown development.  The New Jersey ...

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Newark, NJ - Essex County opened a 900-car employee parking deck on its Newark campus today, part of an initiative aimed at providing additional parking spaces, creating new offices and courtrooms, and modernizing existing facilities. "We are always looking for ways to make doing business with ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Michael K. Williams played the legendary character of Omar Little on the well-known TV show "The Wire," Omar had a famous line: "You come at the king, you best not miss." When Williams came to Newark earlier this month to talk about the challenges faced by former prisoners ...

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The North Ward Center was honored in City Hall Wednesday with a ceremonial resolution marking the nonprofit organization on its 50th Anniversary. The Center, which was founded by Stephen N. Adubato Sr. in 1970, has grown from a storefront operation on Bloomfield Avenue into ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The City Council gave its final approval Wednesday to revise the application used to apply for handicapped parking spaces. The need for revision came to light after council members raised discussion that many residents voiced heavy inconveniences caused by the requirement of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking developers to provide affordable housing subsidized by Federal HOME funds, according to city officials. The Economic and Housing Department is accepting proposals from for-profit and/or nonprofit developers with the ability to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark plans to welcome the reigning Miss Universe Pageant Runner-Up, Madison Anderson Berrios, on Monday Feb. 3 at City Hall. Berrios represented Puerto Rico in last year’s pageant held in Atlanta. During Monday's ceremony, she will discuss her journey and offer words of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Officials of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) met with Newark Housing Authority staff this past week to officially remove the agency from the federal “troubled” status list. Every housing authority nationwide is extended a grade based on performance ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Due to an increase in federal funding, the Newark Housing Authority announced an "aggressive" leasing initiative that will assist over 1,100 new families in the city. “We are excited to start off the New Year with this major announcement,” said Victor Cirilo, NHA executive director.

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NEWARK, NJ — City officials remind Newark residents who own dogs that with the start of the new year, they must purchase or renew licenses for them. Applications for licenses are available in Room B-17, at City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. City Hall is located at 920 ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The historic Essex County Hall of Records in Newark is getting a modern companion building, county officials announced today. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced that the county will build a new 150,000 square-foot office building in the juror's parking lot next to ...

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Governor Phil Murphy has authorized New Jersey State Troopers to be deployed to Puerto Rico to assist with recovery efforts in the aftermath of severe earthquakes that struck the island. A seven-member advance team is scheduled to leave Wednesday for Caguas, where they will pick up supplies at ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Kiburi Tucker, scion of one of Newark's most prominent political families and longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, has re-entered the city after completing his sentence in federal prison. He's living in a halfway house on Frelinghuysen Avenue not far from his home and the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark city council members pushed for transparency and fair competition when awarding funds to nonprofits on Wednesday after GlassRoots won a $500,000 grant. GlassRoots is a nonprofit that provides glass-making programs for Newark's underserved residents. The nonprofit has reached ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Newark citizens concerned about the quality of life in their neighborhoods can now alert the local government through a new, free mobile phone app, "Newark Connect." Through the app, city residents can report problems and also view, comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by ...

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced Tuesday that he has appointed a new communications director who will begin after the new year. Sondra D. Roberts will head the communication strategy for the mayor and city as well as internal and external communications, public and media relations and oversee the ...

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The editors and writers at TAPinto Newark thought we'd mark the end of the decade with a list of the top 10 Newark stories during the last 10 years. Though TAPinto Newark was founded in 2017, most of us have been involved in Newark in one way or another for many years. This is certainly by no ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Intermingled among commuters rushing to trains and busses at Newark’s Penn Station is something officials consider a hindrance to economic development opportunities key to rehabbing the city’s image: The homeless.  Some sit on piles of what belongings they have left. Others are ...

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