STATE – Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Ray Lesniak to deregulate the telephone industry would likely mean higher prices for New Jersey landline telephone customers, according to a report released this week.
NEW BRUNSWICK – A majority of New Jersey voters say that they prefer to keep Democrats in control of the state Legislature, but only 30 percent say they would vote for their current legislators according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
NUTLEY – This volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently completed a “Paint Day” at the Phoenix Center, a Nutley based school that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with disabilities.
FAIR LAWN — A small contingent of students and their faculty advisors from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) in Wayne recently took time out of their busy school schedules to stop by Columbia Bank’s corporate headquarters in Fair Lawn to thank the bank for their career support efforts and also to showcase their fellow student’s talents.
STATE – The state’s economy lost an estimated 13,000 jobs in January, according to data released today by the state Labor Department. Both the private and public sectors were affected, shedding 7,100 and 5,900 jobs respectively.
TRENTON – Confidential personal information – such as Social Security numbers, health records and child abuse reports – was left on state computers bound for public auction, according to an audit released Wednesday.
NEWARK — Customers seeking the NJ Transit service information can now access rail, bus and light rail updates through Twitter.
TRENTON – An Assembly panel approved a measure that would increase penalties for using cell phones while driving on Monday.
NEWARK – The State Division of Consumer Affairs received nearly 14,000 complaints from consumers last year, with the high-cost categories of motor vehicles and home improvements each generating more than 10 percent of the total complaints.
TRENTON – Legislation to bring New Jersey’s unemployment benefit system in line with 21st century technology and help out-of-work residents more easily manage their benefits is now law.