ELIZABETH— The crushing weight of high property taxes in this ailing economy has not stopped greedy politicians from passing government benefits to crooked campaign contributors.
UNION COUNTY — Nobody got fired when taxpayers shelled out $800,000 in damages and legal fees for two employees who proved they were passed over for promotion so the son of Union Mayor Joseph Florio could get an $8,000 pay hike.
ROSELLE — Boro Council President Jamel Holley’s action to give himself $5,000 a year in addition to his current salary has incensed a political detractor.
UNION — The crushing weight of high property taxes in this ailing economy has prompted two young fathers to mount a rare challenge to the entrenched township politicians.
RAHWAY — Several people were arrested in January for underage drinking when six state Division of Criminal Justice agents raided a bar owned by the school board president.
ELIZABETH — Former school board President Armando DaSilva has always felt inspired to serve the public but he decided to run for city council after he returned from an afternoon shopping trip to find his home had been burglarized on New Year’s Eve.
ELIZABETH – City Council members have been critical of public spending for Elizabeth’s school system, with some going so far as to campaign against the school budget this year, but evidence suggests that the Board of Education has been more frugal than City Hall.
Musical Theatre • May 21 at 7 p.m.; May 22 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; May 23 at 3 p.m. – The Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main St., Metuchen, will present “Grease” performed by the theatre’s Stars on Stage.
UNION COUNTY — For the last 11 years, Sheriff Ralph G. Froehlich has been secretly collecting an $85,000 taxpayer-funded pension in addition to his six figure public salary. State pension officials have confirmed that Froehlich retired on June 1, 1999 without skipping a single paycheck due to special legislation created for the politically-connected ex-cop.
UNION COUNTY — The pastor of a Newark church and one of his congregants were arrested earlier this week and face a variety of charges after it was revealed that they forced teenage girls to videotape the pair engaged in sexual acts at a Linden motel, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Wednesday.