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 […]

Many speak in favor of Kean president at board meeting

Monday at the Kean Board of Trustees meeting, many members of the administration as well as former students, undergraduates and even the president of nearby Union County College, came to speak in support of President Dawood Farahi and the advances made during his decade long tenure. Dr. Margaret McMenamin, president of Union County College, explained […]

County has ‘100 percent’ increase in West Nile virus

At least 111 out of 300 pools test positive, but no cases have been reported in Union County’s human population

By Paul Greulich, Staff Writer A higher-than-normal presence ofWest Nilevirus kept county and local health officials busy this summer, and residents are not quite out of mosquito country yet. While no confirmed cases of the virus in humans or birds have been identified inUnionCounty, there were a record number of pools that were found to contain […]

Kean in compliance with Middle States standards, sources say

Friday morning, Sept. 14, a visiting team from Middle States Commission on Higher Education said Kean University complied with the four standards they violated. However, there still are problems to be worked out and the university is still on probation. At a meeting held Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the new multi-million […]

County plans to approve study on privatizing Runnells Hospital

Although two years ago the county was completely against privatizing, leasing or selling Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County, things have changed significantly. The county, which owns and operates the 100-year-old, 300-bed, long-term facility and 44 in-patient psychiatric facility in Berkeley Heights, recently laid off 80 employees in order to cut costs. But it barely […]