Government

New Jersey Lawmakers Delay Vote on Digital Legal Notices; Governor Christie Still in Favor of Measure

350cc56a36a03f5a3e93_Screen_Shot_2016-12-23_at_9.17.28_AM.jpg
350cc56a36a03f5a3e93_Screen_Shot_2016-12-23_at_9.17.28_AM.jpg

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey lawmakers last week delayed their vote on a measure that would allow legal notices to be published digitally on Internet websites. The legislators pushed off action until after the holidays.

The proposal, opposed by print newspapers, would end print media’s lucrative monopoly on publishing paid legal notices, a steady source of revenue for print newspapers statewide. 

The proposed law was sponsored by Republican Senator Michael J. Doherty and Democrat Senator Jim Whelan.

Sign Up for E-News

The measure would give municipalities the option to publish legal notices on their own websites or have them published online by a third party. A summary description of A4429/S2855 states:

Permitting the publication of legal notices on official government websites will make those notices more easily accessible to a greater number of people, thereby promoting transparency and increased public participation in government. At the same time, costs for government agencies and persons would be reduced, in part providing property tax relief to taxpayers in our State’s local jurisdictions.

In addition to print newspapers and municipal websites, legal notices could also be published by a third party on a “notice website” as described below:

“Notice website” means an Internet website that is maintained by a government agency, or by a third party under contract with the agency, that is contained within an official Internet website, and that contains links to the legal notices electronically published by the agency. “Official Internet website” means the Internet location designated by a government agency as its primary source of information about the agency on the Internet.

If local governments switch from print newspapers, and other options are allowed, they could publish legal notices on their own websites or through a third-party provider. 

New Providence Mayor Al Morgan said he likes the freedom of choice the proposal offers. “My thing is I just don’t want people to mandate where you have to advertise it,” he said. “The town should have a choice. I don’t believe in the state mandating it.”

The measure has been promoted as a way to cut municipal spending, an argument challenged by print papers but supported by Morgan. “This is a big cost savings for the municipality,” he said. “If they lift the mandate, towns are going to go different ways. They can publish in a local online newspaper or on their own municipal site.”

Morgan noted that many towns do not have websites that can accommodate the legal ads. “So it will up to them if they want to upgrade or publish with an online newspaper,” he said. “I love (online news sites). That’s where I get my news. We would have a link right on our website.”

In Union County, there are several options, including TAPinto, a hyperlocal online news network that has sites in Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle/Roselle Park, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Springfield, Summit, Union and Westfield.

These TAPinto sites in Union County had more than 169,465 unique readers in November alone, said TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro. 

He cited certified self-reported numbers provided by print publications themselves showing the following paid circulation: The Union County Local/Source had a yearly paid circulation of 5,112 from September 2014 through September 2015. The Leader/Times has a yearly paid circulation of 8,086, La Voz of Elizabeth has a bi-monthly paid subscriptions of 38,000. The Luso Americano, a Portuguese language newspaper, has a weekly paid readership of 14,600. The Home News Tribune has a yearly paid circulation of 18,614 and the Courier News has 9,451 yearly paid subscribers. Throughout the entire state, the Star-Ledger has a daily paid subscription circulation of 194,085.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2d432cc950f356da2c6b_f60eae2b69ee186ab2c9_f5f3362648b4a25a99d4_screen_shot_2018-04-22_at_1.02.36_pm

Sat, April 28, 3:00 PM

Abraham Clark High School - Auditorium, Roselle

Roselle's First Circle of Sisters Expo Community ...

Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield Township

YP Honors: The Royal Ball 2018

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back Other

Sun, April 29, 3:30 PM

Codey Arena, West Orange

Girls Try Hockey Free Clinic

Sports

Wastewater Sewerage Treatment Plant seeking a Temporary Skilled Laborer

April 20, 2018

ROSELLE/LINDEN, NJ - The Roselle/Linden Wastewater Sewerage Treatment Plant is seeking a Temporary Skilled Laborer.

Position preference is given to residents of Linden and Roselle. Application and description for this position is available online at www.lrsanj.org. 

E-mail your application to: dbrown@lrsanj.org or mail to LRSA, P.O. Box 4118, Linden, NJ  07036, ...

Washington School to Hold “My School Color Run” Fundraiser Event

ROSELLE, NJ - The Washington School will be holding the towns first ever Color Run as a fundraiser for the schools Drama Club.

The event presented by Mayor Dansereau, Borough Council, Dept. of Recreation, Roselle Board fo Education, and Washington School, hopes to raise enough money to take the students to Broadway to see the Lion King. The money will also help with ...

Register Now for the Roselle Summer Fun Camp

ROSELLE, NJ - Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Roselle Summer Fun Camp by the Roselle Department of Recreation. 

Applications are available at Roselle Borough Hall, 210 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you can register online at www.boroughofroselle.com.

Onsite in-person registration will be available at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Ave., ...

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Distributing Child Pornography on Internet

April 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted for using file-sharing software to share child pornography from his computer devices, which contained approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography.  

Jerrel D. Harris, 32, of Elizabeth was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including five years of parole ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

April 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Paterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. The April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude that ...

Union County College to Host Financial Aid Workshops

April 23, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College will be hosting a series of Financial Aid Workshops. These workshops are to educate future college students about financial aid opportunities, scholarships, grants, loans, and more.  Attendees will receive help with completing their financial aid application. Union County College will be hosting these workshops on the following dates and ...

Good Gum Health = Good Whole-Body Health

If you are battling gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis – you are not alone. Come join us at Roselle Park Dental in the fight against gum disease!

Inflammation caused by this disease puts patients at a greater risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Gum disease can also worsen conditions such as COPD and may play a role in the contraction of pneumonia, bronchitis, and ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...