State News

Amtrak Ridership Reaches Record High

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak carried nearly 30.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2011 ending Sept. 30, marking the highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation started operations in 1971 and the eighth ridership record during the last nine years.

NJ Transit Earns Slight Improvement On 2nd Scorecard

NEWARK — NJ Transit customers gave the agency a slightly higher overall satisfaction rating, but rail customers were less pleased with service, according to the second quarter scorecard data released this week. The customer satisfaction survey ratings are part of the agency’s “Scorecard” initiative to provide the public with a clear measurement of how the corporation is performing.

NJ Non-Profits To Share More Than $1.8 Million In Homeland Security Grants

TRENTON – Twenty-seven New Jersey nonprofit organizations will share more than $1.8 million in federal grant funds to improve their security under the 2011 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP).

Disaster Crisis Counseling Available To New Jersey Residents

NEPTUNE -Hurricane Irene did much more than destroy homes, businesses and public infrastructure; it also left many New Jersey residents traumatized. A federal grant is being provided to the New Jersey Department of Human Services for disaster crisis counseling, making it available to affected residents registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

NJ Division Of Consumer Affairs Charges Charity With Fraud

NEWARK – Attorney General Paula T. Dow and the State Division of Consumer Affairs have filed suit against an allegedly fraudulent charity that claimed to help children battling cancer, but is accused of abusing its tax-exempt status to buy millions of dollars’ worth of luxury cars without paying sales tax, and then exporting the cars while not paying one dime to help cancer patients.