County task force will no longer investigate Elizabeth homicides

The Union County Prosecutor’s office decided last week they will no longer investigate homicides in Elizabeth, effective immediately. Elizabeth officials, however, were unfazed by the announcement. The move, in the works since September, came after Prosecutor Theodore Romankow decided he could no longer expend the Homicide Task Force manpower hours required to tackle all the […]

Does ‘everybody love Raymond’?

Elizabeth district database compromised again; teachers receive political letter

The Elizabeth Board of Education believes a city councilman was directly involved in illegally obtaining a confidential list of district teacher addresses and used it to cut down the district while building up Democrat Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s initiatives. On Oct. 18 the school board unanimously passed a resolution to take all steps necessary to uncover […]

No freeholder debate from League of Women Voters

For decades, the League of Women Voters sponsored the annual freeholder candidates debate in a non-partisan atmosphere. Unfortunately, this year the gavel will be silent. According to county party leaders on both sides of the political fence, as of late last week neither received notification from the league of a forthcoming debate. With the election […]

Upcoming candidate forums in Union County

There is a shortage of candidate forums in around Union County this election year, but following is a list of those that are still available for residents. Springfield Residents will give residents two opportunities, in comfortable non partisan settings, to meet and speak with the four candidates running for two open seats on the local […]

Contested municipal elections in Union County

Asterisks(*) denote incumbents. Only contested election in Union County LocalSource’s coverage area are represented. Union County Freeholders Three 3-year terms Alexander Mirabella-D* Diane Barabas-R Mohamed Jalloh-D* Stephen Kozlovich-R Bruce Bergen-D Krzysztof Chris Nowak-R Clark Mayor — 4-year term Richard Kazanowski-D Salvatore Bonaccorso-R* Councilman-at-large — Three 4-year terms Michael Altmann-D Angel Albanese-R* Michelle Novak-D Alvin Barr-R* […]

Contested board of education elections in Union County

The following is a list of contested board of education elections in Union County LocalSource’s coverage area. This newspaper encourages residents to learn about their candidates prior to voting and to make an informed decision when exercising their right to vote. Some towns are holding candidates nights and forums, which give residents the opportunity to […]

Email from Lesniak raises red flags

Email to Kean Board of Trustees from senator highlights potential political influence at campus

The war between the Kean University teachers union, president and board of trustees may be over but fallout continues to surface. Earlier this month an email sent by Democrat State Sen. Raymond Lesniak targeted Kean Federation Teachers Union President James Castiglione as an “incorrigible liar,” sending the missive not only to political allies like Democratic […]

ACLU studies mistakes by prosecutors’ offices

Prosecutors across the state made 53 harmful errors during trials throughout the state over a five-year period, according to a report just released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Four of those mistakes were made by the Union County Prosecutors Office. The report, “Trial and Error: A Comprehensive Study of Prosecutorial Conduct […]

Former Dem. consultant owes $87K in back taxes

Political parties usually try to keep bad press at bay during campaign season, but county Democrats received a blow last week when one of their own former political election consultants admitted in court he failed to file income tax returns for several years. According to court documents, Hiver Ambroise, 36, an Elizabeth resident, failed to […]

Kean University likely to keep accreditation

President's contract extended; Faculty cautiously optimistic

In the wake of news last week that Middle States Commission on Higher Education found Kean University in compliance with the four standards violated, Monday night the Kean Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending university president Dawood Farahi’s contract for five years. Farahi, 63, who earns $293,550 annually, is still eligible for a $200,000 retention […]