Mountainside police chief, two others placed on leave

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Police Chief Alan Attanasio and two senior officers have been placed on paid leave, borough officials confirmed, following a lawsuit brought by five male police officers and a female part-time clerical employee claiming sexual harassment. The lawsuit says the harassment dates back nearly 20 years within the department and accuses borough officials […]

Ethics charges are filed against Union County judge

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A Superior Court judge who was convicted in February of defiant trespass in a dispute with her daughters’ Catholic grade school regarding one of the girl’s desires to play basketball on the boys’ team has been formally charged by a judicial board with five ethics violations. The action by the Advisory Committee […]

Springfield firefighters play storks, angels on I-78

Springfield firefighters play storks, angels on I-78

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Storks and angels can find you anywhere, even on the front seat of a car on Interstate 78 in morning rush-hour traffic. That’s what Anuj and Vandhana Desai learned the morning of March 20, when Springfield fire Chief Carlo Palumbo and Capt. Michael Mastroeni arrived in the nick of time to deliver […]

Mailbox fishing hits Union, former mayor

Mailbox fishing hits Union, former mayor

UNION, NJ — Former Union Mayor Anthony Russo had never heard the term “mailbox fishing” when an official from TD Bank called him in early December. The bank representative wanted to know if he had written a check for $10,000. “Absolutely not,” Russo said. But somebody had cashed a check for $10,000 with his signature. Russo […]

Fanwood man admits guilt in massive computer crash

FANWOOD, NJ — A 21-year-old from Fanwood has pleaded guilty to knocking out the Rutgers computer system several times during a two-year period and also conspiring with two others to create computer code that in 2016 brought down dozens websites around the world, from Amazon to Twitter. Although not charged for the so-called “Dyn cyberattack” in […]

Crews continue cleanup from derailment

Crews continue cleanup from derailment

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Crews likely will spend another week or so removing debris and broken rail cars after a freight train derailment just west of the Union train station on Friday afternoon, Dec. 8, forced a two-and-a-half day suspension of all traffic on the line that carries Raritan Valley Line commuters, officials said. No one […]

Union County hospitals get B to D safety grades

UNION COUNTY, NJ — None of Union County’s three major hospitals received a grade above a B in the Leapfrog Group’s latest semiannual patient safety rating. Overlook in Summit received a B while Robert Wood Johnson in Rahway was given a C and Trinitas in Elizabeth was rated a D in the analysis released Oct. 31, […]

Democrats gain seats in Republican town strongholds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Democrats swept three council seats in Summit, four council seats and the mayoralty in Westfield, picked up spots in Berkeley Heights and Springfield and nearly upset five-term Assembly incumbent Nancy Munoz in unofficial election results Tuesday, Nov. 7. Both Munoz and running mate, eight-term incumbent Jon Bramnick, prevailed over Lacey Rzeszowski and […]

County elections dominated by handful of towns

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Republicans control every council seat in five towns in Union County. The Democrats hold every seat in eight municipalities, plus nominally a ninth. This leaves only handful of towns relatively competitive on a partisan basis throughout the county for the elections Tuesday, Nov. 7, yet there are issues from Mount Laurel […]