Government

September 11, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Freeholders by unanimous vote have hired Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr as Somerset County Administrator effective Jan. 1, 2021, replacing current administrator Micahel Amorosa who is retiring after serving 10 years in the position. Mahr will begin work alongside ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - In just a few years, electricity generated from a solar array hidden in the borough's former landfill will light up businesses on Main Street, apartment complexes and residences in neighborhoods throughout the 2.5 square-mile borough. The Borough Council is expected to pass a ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Freeholders have adopted a non-binding resolution that urges state and county election officials to join them in supporting "voter choice" and ensure that in-person machine voting not be supplanted by mail-in balloting in the upcoming election. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation that would create “Protect Pollinator” license plates to help protect New Jersey’s native pollinators has passed the State Senate. “New Jersey would not be the Garden State without the help it gets from its native pollinators,” said Bateman ...

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey's gasoline tax is scheduled to increase 9.3 cents per gallon effective Oct. 1 to ensure compliance with the 2016 law that requires a steady stream of revenue to support the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) program. This is one tax hike that cannot be blamed on ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -  A brief ceremony early Thursday evening in front of Kyma Greek Cuisine on Main Street made it official - al Fresco dining in the downtown restaurant district has expanded beyond the curb on to MaIn Street. Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy Friday signed a law which requires the title of “chosen freeholder” to be changed to “county commissioner” and all “boards of chosen freeholders” to be known as “boards of county commissioners.” The bill also requires counties to update their letterheads, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - New Jerseyans will not be able to vote in person in November under an executive order signed last week by Gov. Phil Murphy. State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th) criticized the governor's decision. “The mail box is not the ballot box,” Bateman said. “Voting, in person voting, is ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey residents who lose food or medications requiring refrigeration due to extended power outages would be eligible for reimbursement from the utility company under legislation introduced by Sen. Kip Bateman. “The lights in our state have been going out more frequently, and ...

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BOMERVILLE, NJ - Shoppers and diners sitting at tables outside Main Street restaurants dropped their forks on their plates and looked skyward as a US fighter jet unexpectedly thundered overhead early Saturday afternoon on ts way to intercept a private plane that had crossed into the restricted ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday rejected state Republicans' effort to halt Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow upwards of $9.9 billion by selling long-term bonds to replace lost tax revenues blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy's intention is to balance the state's ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council has signaled its support of a Senate bill that seeks to compensate dozens of communities in the state where costs have been incurred dealing with crowds, traffic, safety and related problems at state Motor Vehicle agencies since their re-openings four months ...

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TRENTON, NJ - It's been seven days since Tropical Storm Isaias slammed New Jersey, uprooting trees and snapping power lines, leaving 1.4 million New Jersey residents without power. More than one million of those outages were repaired within 72 hours; more than 3,000 customers are still in the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Clerk will conduct a ballot drawing for the Nov. 3 general election via Livestream on Monday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. Residents will be able to watch the drawing in real-time at https://bit.ly/BallotDrawing2020. A random drawing of candidates’ names is a fair ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The sounds of chain saws and generators in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias have faded since Tuesday after 40-50 mph winds blew through the borough, uprooting trees, snapping limbs and branches, and ripping down power lines. "Compared to other towns around us, we did ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Public Service Electric Gas Foundation has contributed $20,000 for installation of a battery charging station for electric vehicles in Municipal Parking Lot #1 as part of the New Jersey Sustainability Program. The ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station is located n ...

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WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed the Transportation - Housing and Urban Development appropriations package Friday, which allocates $107.2 billion for the Department of Transportation including several priorities supported by central New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski, (D-7th) that ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state Assembly on Thursday joined the state Senate by voting to eliminate the title of Freeholder and replace it with County Commissioner. Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign the bi-partisan bill into law. Until then, New Jersey remains the only state in the country to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski, D-7th  will host a public information telephone town hall to provide an opportunity for residents of the 7th District to ask questions, share their concerns, and get updates on the latest from Congress. Since the middle of March, Representative ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Declared gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy, hoping to block his plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state's budget. Murphy says he has the authority to do so; Ciattarelli, who is seeking the GOP nomination to run against ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and other law enforcement officials from Hunterdon and Warren counties will moderate a Use-Of-Force Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th beginning at 5:30 p.m. The forum will also address other related police-community ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Dennis Sullivan and two members of the Borough Council who are running for re-election in November went door-to-door Saturday morning at two apartment complexes to hand out bi-lingual flyers in an effort to increase residents' participation in the 2020 Census. They were to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Selected Somerville restaurants will be able to expand their outdoor dining areas on to Main Street by installing "parklets" - raised platforms built even with the curb and extending into parking spaces - according to a design approved by the state Department of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Dennis Sullivan and members of the Borough Council will be joined by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th) this weekend to hand out bi-lingual flyers in selected neighborhoods of the borough in an effort to increase residents' participation in the 2020 Census. Somerville’s ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - As expected, the Borough Council Monday night approved a $7.25M bond ordinance to help finance construction of a three-level parking deck that will be built as part of the Edge II luxury apartment building on West Main Street. The total cost of the deck is estimated at $14M, ...

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey remains the only state in the country to still use the colonial-era public office title of ‘freeholder’. Dating back to before the American Revolution, the title was used at a time when only white male owners of debt-free land could hold office. Today, it is a term often ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Borough Council is expected to approve a $7.25M bond ordinance during Monday night's virtual meeting that will pay for a three-level parking deck on Main Street for the public and tenants of the Edge II luxury apartment building where excavation work hs been ongoing at the site ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson is one of 19 Black New Jersey Freeholders who say: "The Time Has Come."  The group has signed a letter in support of an effort to have the archaic term, "freeholder." which has its origin in colonial America, to be replaced ...

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