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Newark Mayor Hints at Universal Basic Income Pilot Program During State of the City Address

March 13, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - The city is exploring a pilot for a universal basic income program and will launch an exploratory task force to see if it’s feasible, Mayor Ras Baraka said during his state of the city address.

The Economic Security Project and the Jain Family Institute, two research groups that are backing research to better understand cash benefits, will help launch the task force.

Bloomfield Mayor and Director of Public Safety Issue Statement on White Nationalist Flyers Found Downtown

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- On Friday, several Bloomfield residents reported seeing flyers for a White nationalist group called New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA) downtown. Mayor Michael Venezia and Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio have issued the following statement regarding the flyers:

“In the year 2019, we understand the term ‘European heritage’ to be a ...

Narcan Administered to School Bus Driver Who Allegedly Crashed into Tree, Police Say

NEWARK, NJ - City officials say Narcan was administered to the driver of a school bus that allegedly crashed into a tree today at 14th Avenue and Jones Street.  

Lisa Byrd, 57, was driving 12 children from 14th Avenue School when it crashed around 1:10 p.m., authorities said. Byrd, of Newark, is a driver from F & A Transport in East Orange, according to ...

Two Arrested for Prostitution Activities at New Fairfield Spa

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Two individuals were arrested in Fairfield on Friday for engaging in prostitution-related conduct after Fairfield police learned of illegal activities occurring at the new MVP Spa located at 180 Fairfield Road, according to police.

According to Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna, township zoning officials requested that Fairfield officers serve the owner of the ...

Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

18 Year Old Roselle Youth Shot and Killed in Newark on Tuesday

NEWARK, NJ - A fatal shooting in Newark took the life of an 18-year-old youth from Roselle on Tuesday evening.

Authorities said DeSean L. Brickhouse, 18, of Roselle was fatally shot in the area of 41 Evergreen Avenue in Newark shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. He was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor ...

TAPinto Newark Wins Award for Investigative Journalism

TAPinto Newark has won a first-place award from the Center for Cooperative Media for local investigative reporting for its story about an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was picked up by Newark police and turned over to federal immigration authorities, despite Newark's status as a sanctuary city.

The multi-media report by Thomas E. Franklin told the story of Daniel ...

NJ Transit Superintendent and Five Others Charged with Stealing $2.1 million

NEWARK,NJ -  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and NJ TRANSIT Police Chief Christopher Trucillo announced today that a NJ TRANSIT Facilities Superintendent and five others have been charged in connection with a scheme to steal $2.1 million from NJ TRANSIT by submitting fraudulent bills for services.

NJ TRANSIT Facilities Superintendent Richard E. Schade, 62, of ...

Newark Receives Credit Rating Upgrade, Still Faces Financial Challenges

NEWARK, NJ -  Mayor Ras Baraka touted the city receiving a slightly higher bond rating, but the major credit rating agency that gave the upgrade says Newark remains in a “challenging” financial state.

Moody’s Investor Service upgraded the city's non-contingent lease debt and custodial receipt debt from Baa3 to Baa2. Moody's affirmed the city's Baa1 rating on ...

Branch Brook Park to be Partially Closed for Filming of NBC Thriller

NEWARK, NJ - A part of Branch Brook Park will be closed tomorrow for the filming of a new NBC psychological thriller.

Crews will be shooting for “The Enemy Within” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., keeping the county park closed between Clifton to Bloomfield avenues, a county spokesman said.

The show stars Jennifer Carpenter, who plays a former CIA operative serving a life sentence for ...


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