County disputes health savings claim

UNION COUNTY — Freeholder Daniel Sullivan flatly disputed claims made in LocalSource last week that the county could have saved $5.8 million in health benefit costs by going with the State Health Benefits Plan. At last week’s freeholder board meeting the topic of LocalSource’s article on the county insurance broker steering the board toward a more […]

County loses out on $5 million in savings

Documents show broker failed to recommend most affordable health benefits plan to county

UNION COUNTY — The freeholder board could have saved as much as $5 million in health benefit costs last year, but several representatives of county employee unions discovered a county-contracted broker appears to have steered the freeholders to a more expensive plan. Tonight at the freeholder meeting, representatives of the local Communications Workers of America and […]

11 charged in Medicaid fraud; two from UC

UNION COUNTY — Last week federal and state agents arrested two Union County residents in a large scale Medicaid fraud scheme that ran into the millions. The complaint charged that Irina Krutoyarsky, 58, of Springfield, the owner and operator of a home health aid business, HHCH Health Care, Inc. in Linden, hindered a state investigation by […]

Rush to bond leaves Springfield ‘contaminated’

Rush to bond leaves Springfield ‘contaminated’

SPRINGFIELD — Although the long awaited high school turf field project is well underway, it appears the township ended up on the short end of the deal in more ways than one. Sources confirmed last week that revenue the township expected to make from the sale of property the school district was going to swap […]

Council attempts to remove voter-elected president

LINDEN — For the last 39 years or more Linden voters have gone to the polls to elect a council president, but now it appears the city may have been making a mistake by even putting the position on the ballot. Whether that is legal or not is now entirely up to a Superior Court […]

Watchdog has her day in court with prosecutor

In question is whether the New Jersey Shield Law, one of the strongest in the nation, actually applies to bloggers. But it is not the first time this issue has come up in the state.

UNION COUNTY — It could be a little while before anyone learns whether blogger Tina Renna is protected by the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons or will have to reveal to a grand jury what she knows about the employees who took home county-owned generators. On Friday there were more questions than answers after Superior […]

The rise and fall — mostly rise — of property taxes in UC

UNION COUNTY — The average homeowner statewide paid $7,870.28 in property taxes last year, up 1.7 percent over 2011. Eight municipalities in Union County, however, saw their taxes increase by more than 3 percent, while five actually saw taxes drop. This was the lowest increase statewide in two decades for one of the highest taxed states […]

Amidst feud with mayor, police chief opts to retire

HILLSIDE — Saying he was “sick of allegations by Mayor Joseph Menza that are entirely false,” the township’s top cop decided to retire after ten years leading the force and more than 30 years with the department. “I’ve had quite enough,” Police Chief Robert Quinlan said in an interview Friday with LocalSource, two days after […]

Teachers, students left in the dark after last minute class cancellations by Kean Univ.

UNION COUNTY — Kean University abruptly canceled 500 classes, and then reinstated 130, leaving students and professors scrambling to figure out what to do before the term begins next week. The class cancelations are not only an 11th-hour hitch that complicates the spring semester, but also could result in some Kean students not being able […]

Watchdog: You’re barking up the wrong tree

Prosecutor’s Office asks UCWA to throw them a bone; refusal leads to subpoena

UNION — After weeks and months of lambasting the county and the prosecutor’s office for dragging their feet on an investigation into misused generators, a county watchdog has refused to help when asked, even though she claims to have all the answers. The prosecutor’s office is hoping activist and blogger Tina Renna gives them the names […]

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