Government

January 7, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Downtown Somerville Alliance hired a new executive director at its reorganization meeting Monday night and elected Borough Councilwoman Jane Kobuta as chair of the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Mike Kerwin, a borough resident and president/CEO of the Somerset ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Natalie Pinero, former public information officer for Union Township and director of Legislative Research and Constituent Outreach for Union County will be hired as the new executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Monday night's reorganization meeting. She is ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beginning Jan. 7, there will be a new way of doing business in downtown Somerville. The Downtown Somerville Alliance, the quasi-governmental agency responsible for marketing the downtown shopping district, has been restructured as a non-profit agency, and though it will have the ...

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BRANCHBURG, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano has administered the oath of office to hundreds of law enforcement officers and politicians during his time in office, but there are some ceremonies that stand out more than others. Such was the case Thursday night, Jan. 3 at Branchburg ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Brian D. Levine of Franklin was nominated as the director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for 2019 and was sworn in by former Gov. Thomas Kean at the board’s annual reorganization meeting held Jan. 4 at the Historic Courthouse. Serving as deputy director this ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mayor Dennis Sullivan offered an upbeat assessment of the borough's ongoing redevelopment and predicted continued good fortune in 2019 and beyond during his New Year's Day speech at the annual reorganization meeting held in the auditorium at Somerville High School. "Somerville ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Looking to strike a balance between innovation, transparency, consumer protection and business bottom lines, a bill prohibiting the use of an online “bot” to communicate or interact for the purpose of misleading during a purchase, or to influence an election, cleared the Assembly ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. “One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee. More than 200 students ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-3) at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 30 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sweeney will discuss his proposals to fix New Jersey’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ – After hearing from communities and all potential stakeholders throughout New Jersey, the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday approved a measure that would set new, unprecedented regulation in the state for the possession, personal use, and sale of cannabis. Currently Colorado, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ – It is now legal to grow hemp in New Jersey. Seeking to expand the state’s commercial hemp market and spur economic growth, Assembly Members Nancy Pinkin and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson sponsored the legislation to allow industrial hemp farming in New Jersey which was signed into ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - High school students across Middlesex and Somerset counties have a chance to to tell adults why people should vote in elections in an contest that the Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area is sponsoring for youths. In "Y-Vote," students can write an essay or produce ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Borough volunteer firefighters will be safer and taxpayers less burdened with the approval of $185,000 in federal grant money to be used for the purchase of 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus. News of the grant was announced yesterday by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) during ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An unanticipated groundwater source has undermined developer Robert Weiss’ plans for an underground parking garage at the planned Davenport Apartments, forcing him to go with Plan B, which hadn’t existed until it was necessitated by the invasive underground spring. The spring ...

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    SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beth Anne Macdonald, hired in 2012 to oversee the redevelopment of the borough’s burgeoning Main Street retail and restaurant district, has resigned as executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. She begins work Sept. 4 as the Economic Development Director ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Since 2004, New Jersey has “diverted” about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users that were earmarked for improvements to the state’s 911 call centers, putting a burden on property taxpayers and potentially putting lives at risk. That was the message last week from Rep.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Regional Center Partnership  has adopted the 2018 “Somerset County Regional Center Strategic Plan,” a document that outlines the cooperative agenda for Somerville, Bridgewater and Raritane for the next five years. The Strategic Plan defines and prioritizes quality-of-life ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The intersection of East Main Street and Grove Street where a fatal accident occurred early Tuesday morning  in front of the Somerset Hotel should be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian mall, according to Councilman Dennis Sullivan. Christine McConnachie, a ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A groundswell of support is emerging to re-name a storied section of Bridgewater Township. In June, the Bridgewater Township Council discussed the possibility of formally renaming Somerville Manor to the more historical moniker of Hobbstown. The area in question is a portion of ...

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WASHINGTON _ New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th), a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, supported two measures in the U.S. House Wednesday today to overhaul health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements to give patients more choices and options in using those plans ...

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  MANVILLE, NJ - Historically one of the most underfunded school districts in New Jersey, Manville schools will receive an additional $3,280,647 state aid in the coming year, representing a 54.2 percent increase over FY-2018 state aid, according to Sen. Christopher "Kip"  Kip Bateman (R-16) and ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado designating June 4 of each year as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in New Jersey. “One in 100 children are impacted by Tourette syndrome in New Jersey,” said Bateman ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Borough officials, along with several government and private sector partners,  have been recognized by NJ Future for their combined roles in the borough’s ongoing downtown makeover. Partners honored for “Somerville – Smart Growth in Action” were the Borough of Somerville, ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate. “In their twilight years, older New Jerseyans should be concerned with being comfortable and cared for, not ...

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    TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Bergen) establishing a state commission on science, innovation and technology heads to the governor’s desk following Senate approval Monday. DePhillips said the bill will help make New Jersey one of the most ...

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            TRENTON, NJ – Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley are sponsors of a bill that would help provide more veterans with counseling, employment and housing services..             “New Jersey’s veteran population is ...

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TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Christoper "Kip" Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee. “It is nauseating when adults know that child abuse is occurring, yet they fail in their moral duty to take the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to combat forced child marriages was approved Thursday by the Assembly. The bill would bar the issuance of marriage or civil union licenses to all persons under ...

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