WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventeen senators – including Majority Leader Harry Reid — today asked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to support $250 in emergency relief to more than 50 million seniors and disabled Americans facing a second straight year with no increase in Social Security benefits.
STATE — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority squandered tens of millions of dollars on unnecessary perks, unjustified employee bonuses, inappropriate sick leave payouts and a poorly managed health benefits plan, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).
SOUTH AMBOY — The company that operates the largest privately-owned
commuter ferry service in the U.S., New York Waterway, is expected to begin construction of a new ferry terminal in the city, according to Council President Fred Henry.
TRENTON – Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen pleaded guilty to viewing and printing child pornography images six months ago, but he is still awaiting his sentence. On Monday, Cohen’s sentencing was delayed because the judge handling the case was sick.
SOUTH AMBOY — Mayor John T. O’Leary lambasted Republican Gov. Christopher Christie for forcing local homeowners to absorb another tax hike.
STATE — New Jerseyans continue to be gloomy about their household finances. According to the most recent consumer survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, just one in five New Jerseyans (21%) report they are better off than a year ago.
TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today that the owner of several New Jersey loan modification companies has agreed to pay the state $805,000 and stay out of the foreclosure rescue business to resolve allegations he defrauded struggling homeowners who sought help in staving off foreclosure.
TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday to consider legislation to reform arbitration rules and limit sick leave payouts for public workers. The Assembly State Government Committee, meanwhile, will discuss civil service reform.
ELIZABETH – Community Access Unlimited (CAU), on behalf of its members with disabilities who live throughout Union County, applauded the recent signing of Rosa’s Law by President Obama, officially eliminating the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal education, health and labor laws.
TRENTON—Antoine Dobson, a Deputy U.S. Marshal from Irvington, was sentenced last week to 45 months in prison for giving his off-duty firearm to a friend who was a convicted felon and lying under oath, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.