Middlesex County News

Mayor Cohen Meets with Murphy, Rios at Mayors' Roundtable

2ec2a37f38e43b34926b_2-14-18_Murphy_Roundtable_C__1_.JPG
Freeholder Director Ron Rios and Governor Phil Murphy share a laugh at the beginning of the Middlesex County Mayors Roundtable Credits: Middlesex County
11c7712ab9e05b38cd3e_2-14-18_Murphy_roundtable_A.JPG
East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen joins his peers at this week's roundtable with the new governor. Credits: Middlesex County
2ec2a37f38e43b34926b_2-14-18_Murphy_Roundtable_C__1_.JPG

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios welcomed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Feb. 14, as the Governor hosted mayors from throughout the County for a roundtable discussion on critical issues facing the County’s towns and residents.  East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen was there, asking questions about proposed redevelopment in the township.

“I am very excited that you have come here to discuss priorities and how we can build new partnerships with the State while strengthening those that already exist,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Thank you, Governor, for giving all of us the opportunity to have a direct dialogue with you on issues facing our residents.”

Gov. Murphy summarized his Administration’s priorities, such as Infrastructure and transportation funding, education funding and municipal aid, and told those assembled he intended to work with county and local officials to meet his goals.

Sign Up for E-News

Murphy then turned the floor over to the mayors, who discussed dozens of topics ranging from land redevelopment and property taxes to affordable housing and traffic.

"I am pleased that the Governor is making an effort to get out to the mayors throughout the state and doing it county by county," said East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen.  "Governor Murphy has told us that when we have questions, we should expect an answer.  You will always get a response.  Mayors may not like the answers, but they will get the information they need to move forward."

Cohen said that Murphy was "not sitting in an ivory tower," but that he was coming out to the people "in the trenches" doing the work of management.  Cohen asserted that the meeting was "an opportunity to talk about what was important in our neighborhoods and towns."

"He knows that every mayor doesn't want to get rid of the 2% cap on spending increases within their budgets," said Cohen of Murphy.

Asking questions specifically with regard to East Brunswick, Cohen wanted to know about the status of New Jersey Assembly Bill 1505 which would allow lower rates for liquor licenses.  "These licenses are ridiculously expensive, " said Cohen.  "If the people of East Brunswick want more small restaurants that serve alcohol, the prices have to change."  The Mayor suggested that only chain restaurants can afford the $100,000 cost of a license right now.

"If the prices are lowered, there will be a fund to reimburse those current businesses that have paid the higher price," he said.

Cohen also asked Murphy about the township's desire to increase the use of shared services so that there would be "more overlap and less overhead."  He suggested sharing some services within the township, between towns, and at the county level to reduce costs and reduce redundancy in administration and staffing.

Overall, Cohen saw Murphy as "an honorable guy" interested in "fairness."

Echoing that sentiment, Freeholder Director Rios closed the meeting by saying: “This type of face-to-face, direct outreach is so vitally important as we all move forward in serving the people of our towns, the people of Middlesex County and the people of the great State of New Jersey.”

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

Obituaries

South Plainfield – John T. Felz, Jr., 71, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 14, ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Thank you Tree Olano!

June 13, 2018

To the Editor

We have been attending classes and functions at the senior center for several years.  We love the facility, the staff and especially Tree Olano. Life becomes so hectic and busy we forget to thank the folks that make a difference.  It is our pleasure to express our admiration for Tree.  She is so sensitive to the needs of all senior citizens.  Her relationship ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield Jr. Baseball - Father's Day Classic

June 14, 2018

It's that time of year again for the SPJBC's 10th Annual Father's Day Classic Tournament.  Featuring a Round Robin format for 2018 that includes the following:

~Every team guaranteed at  least 4 games (weather permitting)

~Team Awards for 1st & 2nd Place Playoff Winners

~Maximum 5 Teams per age group

Saturday, Sunday & Monday June 16-18, ...

Franklin Elementary Marks End of the Year With School Wide Celebration

June 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Franklin Elementary students in pre-K through fourth grade spent a picture-perfect June day outdoors this week at the school’s annual End of the Year Celebration. 

According to Principal Ralph Errico, the End of the Year Celebration is a highly anticipated day for Franklin students and staff. “It is a great way to celebrate another successful ...

Holy Savior Academy’s Championship Cheerleaders Seek Funds for New Equipment

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Holy Savior Academy Cheerleading Squad has kicked off a fundraiser to generate $5,500 for the purchase of much-needed equipment, such as new tumble mats, sound equipment, and more for the award-winning squad.

“The group of twelve girls range from 1st through 4th grades,” said parent Marybeth Parache, who is heading up efforts to raise funds.  ...

Line Dancing Event at Senior Center

June 12, 2018

The Borough of South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission hosted their 2nd 2018, Line Dancing event.  A request for a Spring event,  from the South Plainfield residents and followers of the famous "Silver Spurs" line dancers, was honored by the Cultural Arts Commission.   The event was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at the South Plainfield Senior ...

Road Closures - June 14, 2018

Today's road closures in South Plainfield due to road resurfacing -

Old Hamilton Blvd, Church Street and South Plainfield Avenue between Front Street and Old Hamilton Blvd.

New Market between Pitt Street and Hancock Street will be down to one lane most of the day for resurfacing. Expect minor delays. (Nixle A7BQY)

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Carousel_image_9a7d6e599775b1145bde_sparc_radio_logo_final_083115

Sat, June 23, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

SPARC Reaching Out

Carousel_image_f442011d67fefc1cb5a2_spb-4937_newsletter_june_23

Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_0261cd4c5700fd63e54b_spb-4937_newsletter_june_24

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_ba23f8d0d41677854e89_spb-4937_newsletter_june_26

Tue, June 26, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. New Britain Bees Baseball ...

Columns

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Bookmarks

Well, we’re just a few days away from the beginning of summer.  That might be a surprise, since everyone seems to think summer started about three weeks ago.  In any case, no matter the season, there’s news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, be advised the Library will be closed this Sunday in ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Ends Its Year with a Big Banquet

Our country has a long and rich history of service clubs contributing to the growth of their communities but there have been signs in the past two decades that interest in these groups is waning.  Not so at Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield.  Thanks to the efforts of Membership Chair Grace Bertucci, this past year seven new members joined this relatively small group of ...

Press Releases

Plainfields' UNICO Honors Area High School Students With Scholarships

June 16, 2018

At their annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 23, 2018, The Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO National honored 6 area high school seniors with scholarship grants of $1,000 each.  The high schools represented in this prestigious yearly scholarship program  South Plainfield, J.P. Stevens, Bishop Ahr, Piscataway, and  Middlesex High Schools. The recipients were the following ...