STATE – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in four New Jersey counties battered by Hurricane Irene will close Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced. Among the locations closing is the DRC at East Brunswick Division of Parks, 334 Dunhams Corner Road, in Middlesex County.
TRENTON — The Assembly Republican caucus re-elected Assemblyman Alex DeCroce today as its leader for his fifth consecutive term. Caucus members who were elected on Tuesday unanimously selected DeCroce, who represents the 26th Legislative District (Morris and Passaic Counties).
TRENTON – The Assembly’s incoming Democratic Majority Caucus on Thursday chose Sheila Y. Oliver to continue as Assembly Speaker and selected Assembly budget chief Lou Greenwald as the new Assembly Majority Leader. Greenwald will replace current Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union.)
TRENTON – According to a report by PolitickerNJ, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) will not seek re-election as Senate Majority Leader.
NEW BRUNSWICK – PlanSmart NJ, a non-profit land use planning and advocacy organization based in Trenton, held its annual dinner and awards ceremony Nov. 9. Approximately 300 land use planners, business leaders, academic and non-profit leaders were in attendance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate unanimously approved a bill to collectively award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines of World War II, including five from New Jersey.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that available air quality information indicates that 39 states are meeting the health-based national air quality standards for lead set in 2008.
NEWTON – Gov. Chris Christie today toured Newton Medical Center and met with the Gordon family, whose two-month-old son, Dylan, is alive because of detection and treatment resulting from New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation law requiring newborns to be screened for life-threatening heart defects before leaving the hospital.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to help New Jersey’s veterans get back to work. The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” combines components in the President’s American Jobs Act and additional initiatives to boost employment opportunities for veterans.
STATE – According to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New Jersey residents and businesses have received nearly $230 million in federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene recovery through Nov. 8.