Government

February 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including four clergy members, who were holding a sit-in at Congressman Lance’s office in Westfield to support dreamers were arrested Monday, according to Westfield police. The Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A city-owned Plainfield building that formerly housed men in recovery from substance abuse is now slated to become a transitional home for veterans. The City Council will vote Monday on a resolution to award a $54,000 contract to Pennoni Associates Inc. to oversee renovations to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- In an online version of a Wall Street Journal story that will appear in print on Wednesday, reporter Kate King examined the rise of women in New Jersey politics and highlighted Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr's campaign for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair against two male ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - As the longest-serving State Assembly member, District 22’s representative Jerry Green surely deserves to be honored. But a proposed Plainfield City Council resolution was a bit off the mark Monday. The resolution was to ask the Union County Freeholder Board to name a building ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield news and events.  MONDAY The City Council Agenda Fixing Session will be in municipal court at 7:30 p.m.  Nominations for key administration positions will be offered.  ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up: Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Student Wins State Wrestling Title Fire Division Called to 800 Block of Dixie Lane in Plainfield for Gas Leak February Festivities at ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Supporters and opponents of Mayor Mapp's decision to endorse State Senator Nick Scutari for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr clashed on Saturday morning as the three current candidates for Chair, Scutari, Mahr and Hillside's Anthony ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A week of shakeups around City Hall in Plainfield included the resignation of John Stewart, Jr., who had been chief of staff, and the release of Rick Smiley, who had been city administrator. According to InsiderNJ, the city personnel director was also out as of ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) acting chairwoman Colleen Mahr announced on Thursday that Wednesday, Feb. 21, will be the date of the meeting to vote on the UCDC’s next permanent Chair.  The date was voted on at a meeting with municipal chairs and UCDC officers per the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has joined with officials from towns on the Raritan Valley Train Line to form a Mayors Task Force seeking to get one-seat train service into NY Penn Station during peak hours. The task force is part of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, and ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield City Administrator Rick Smiley has been let go.  According to an email to staff from Director of Communications Jazz Clayton-Hunt on Thursday, effective Jan. 31, Carlos N. Sanchez is the Acting Business Administrator for the City of Plainfield. Councilwoman Rebecca ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield has announced that Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will deliver his State of the City Address on Thursday, Feb. 15. The mayor intends to recap 2017 accomplishments, and share his administration's vision for the coming year. The presentation will also include ...

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CROZET, Va. – New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th, was uninjured in the crash of an Amtrak train on its way to a GOP retreat in West Virginia Wednesday, one day after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Lance tweeted his spokesman, John Byers, immediately following the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to a release by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, he and Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp went door-to-door to talk with county committee members on Wednesday. “As Senator, Nick Scutari has worked tirelessly for the City of Plainfield.  As a County Chair he will bring that ...

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According to numerous news reports, corruption and bribery charges against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez are being dropped by the Justice Department. Senator Menendez released the following statement through his Communications Director, Tricia Enright: “From the very beginning, I never wavered in my ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and State Senator Nick Scutari continue their outreach to Democrats to support their candidacies for Union County Democratic Committee chairman. Mayor Mahr, the acting chair following Jerry Green's resignation last week, sent a letter to committee ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - John Stewart, Jr. resigned on Monday as Plainfield Chief of Staff, a position he had held since January 2014, citing a lack of transparency in government. Stewart said Mapp was "clearly agitated" during the meeting after all that has transpired in the past 48 hours, referencing ...

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MORRISTOWN -- Longtime U.S. Representative and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) has announced that he will not seek re-election this year, according to multiple media reports. Facing a spirited challenge in the upcoming general election, Rep. Frelinghuysen's ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - No sooner did Assemblyman Jerry Green of Plainfield announce his resignation as Union County’s Democratic Party chairman than political pundits went into high gear with possible scenarios. But as speculation rages over what might happen next with Union County’s Democratic ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Shortly after Jerry Green announced that he would resign as chairman of Union County Democratic Committee, State Senator Nick Scutari issued a press release announcing his candidacy for the position and listed numerous endorsers, including Green, Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, Plainfield's own Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee to focus on recovering from an illness.  A statement that was issued by Union County Democratic Committee Executive Director Nick Fixmer notes that Green ...

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LINDEN, NEW JERSEY — New Jersey State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari announced today that he is running for Union County Democratic Chairman with the backing of retiring Chairman Jerry Green who has suffered a recent illness. Former Chairman Jerry Green, who also serves as an Assemblyman in the ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the Zoning Board deny a variance for a proposed veterans’ home in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District. The Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider the matter on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in City ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — From substitute teacher to congresswoman? Lisa Mandelblatt says, “Why not?” The Westfield resident has her sights set on Leonard Lance’s seat as District 7’s representative in Congress in the 2018 election. Born in Springfield, Mandelblatt has lived in Westfield 25 years. She has ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up: Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Council Approvals Sought For Legal Contracts, Tax Appeals Bernice Paglia:  Plainfield Council Meetings in Court for 2018 Plainfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country. “It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A roof garden and a fitness room are enticements at a proposed four-story building on Plainfield’s South Avenue, but the Planning Board wants to hear more about parking and accessibility. Testimony Thursday from attorney Joseph Paparo, site engineer Christopher Rosati, architect ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Revealing a number that seems to please no one locally, Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Council announced on Tuesday that the Township has settled on a figure of 598 units for its state-mandated affordable housing obligation. "Scotch Plains was among 300 municipalities ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield Zoning Board application for 12 apartments on South Avenue went off the rails Wednesday after a board member questioned the safety of four proposed ground floor units. The applicant, Villani Builders, aimed to replace a car wash at 820-836 South Avenue with the new ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - At Plainfield’s first City Council meeting for 2018, a council member and a resident spoke out against spending choices. After Public Safety Director Carl Riley explained the need for cleaning HVAC systems at police headquarters, Councilwoman Diane Toliver said the money - ...

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