Franklin Township: Township Clerk Reinstated and Charges Dismissed

March 10, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Insurance fraud charges against Franklin Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy have been dropped, according to officials. 

"Ann Marie McCarthy has been reinstated," Township Manager Bob Vornlocker said in an email. "All charges filed by the Somerset County Prosecutor have been unconditionally administratively dismissed."

In January TAPinto ...

State of Emergency: Somerville Prepares for Nor’Easter; Schools Closed

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The borough spent Tuesday gearing up for Wednesday’s Nor’easter, predicted to dump as much as a foot of snow across central New Jersey.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of the powerful storm which took effect 8 p.m.

Somerville schools are closed Wednesday, and all after-school activities have been ...

Rutgers Helps Women Get Ready to Run - for Elected Office

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - About 200 New Jersey women will participate this Friday and Saturday in Ready to Run, an “electoral boot camp” for women on organizing political campaigns, raising funds and mobilizing voters.

Demand for the Rutgers University–New Brunswick program has surged over the past 15 months, reflecting a nationwide movement of women seeking to make a ...

US Passport Fees Increase April 2

SOMERVILLE, NJ –The U.S. Department of State will increase passport processing fees from $25 to $35, effective April 2.

The $10 increase will only apply to application form DS-11, which is used by first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.

There are two fees associated with passport ...

Murphy Signs Bill Binding NJ to US Climate Alliance

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by several Assembly Democrats including Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday.

The bill was first introduced last session, and given final approval by the Assembly on Jan.8.

Somerville Merchants Endorse Plan to Reduce Parking Lot Fees

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Borough’s controversial parking fees are set to undergo another revision, with hourly parking reduced from 75 to 50 cents in municipal lots 1,2,4 and 6, according to a merchant-driven plan endorsed by Mayor Ellen Brain.

The $1 hourly rate for parking on Main Street will remain the same, according to the mayor.

The hours of enforcement will also be changed to ...

Bateman Proposal Encourages Growth of Renewable Energy


TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christipher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset,Hunterdon, Mercer,Middlesex) to encourage homeowners and businesses to continue investing in renewable energy systems has been approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“New Jersey needs clean, safe, and affordable energy,” said Bateman. “The ...

Price Tag is $1.4M for Property to Build Somerville Emergency Services Complex

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council will introduce an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night  to appropriate $1.5 million to acquire a 1.77-acre tract at the corner of Gaston Avenue and E. Cliff Street to build an emergency services complex.

The ordinance authorizes the borough to issue $1,425,000 in bonds to finance the project. State law requires any municipality to provide 5 percent ...

NJ Assembly Restores Family Planning Funding

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Assembly passed two bills Thursday to help expand access to reproductive health services in New Jersey.

The first bill, A2134 passed by a vote of 47-20-6. It will reinstate the $7.45 million in reproductive health care funding cuts made by former Gov. Chris Christie. This funding goes toward critical health care services, including cancer screenings, birth ...

Lance Meets with IRS to Lobby for Favorable Ruling on on SALT Prepayments

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Reps.Leonard Lance (R-7th) and Josh Gottheimer (R-5th) hosted a meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday with Acting IRS Commissioner David J. Kautter concerning prepayments of 2018 property taxes in 2017.

The IRS previously issued a ruling stating it would allow the deductibility of 2018 property taxes paid in 2017 only if the property taxes had been assessed in 2017.  ...

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