Comptroller investigating $219K table

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state agency charged with overseeing waste and financial misconduct of taxpayer dollars is looking into whether Kean University followed the proper procedures when purchasing a $219,000 conference table from a company in China. Kean President Dawood Farahi was the initiator of the purchase of the high-tech, high cost conference table, obtaining […]

Jalloh is sworn in as chairman for 2015

UNION COUNTY — Amid a sea of political dignitaries and over 200 people, Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh took the oath of office as the new chairman at the annual Union County Freeholders reorganization meeting. The 158th reorganization meeting had the usual highlights, with honored guests and political supporters jamming into the Union County Courthouse to watch as […]

Nursing shortage raises patient care concerns at Runnells

UNION COUNTY — Just one day after the county handed over Runnells Specialized Hospital to a private management company, 30 nursing assistants failed to show up for work and as a result patient care deteriorated quickly and the state is now monitoring the situation. Things came to a head last week after complaints were filed with […]

Kean loses right of first refusal

In ongoing Merck property legal battle, court rules against university

UNION — Late Monday a Superior Court judge ruled Kean University has no legal claim to the right of first refusal on 50-acres of Merck property fronting Morris Avenue. This means the developer who was negotiating last year with Merck to buy the property can move forward with his attempt to purchase the parcel of […]

Cryan officially takes over as county sheriff

UNION COUNTY — Sunday, former undersheriff Joseph Cryan stepped down from his elected position as 20th District Democrat assemblyman to take the oath of office as Union County’s next sheriff. The moment was bittersweet in many ways, not only because of the untimely death of former Sheriff Ralph Froehlich last summer, who he worked for as […]

Bullying in schools down in Union County

State report shows incidents of harrasment down statewide and in most of county

UNION COUNTY — For the third year in a row confirmed incidents of school violence, vandalism and bullying were down in Union County. Last week the New Jersey Department of Education released the Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report for the 2013-2014 school years, which are completely based on self-reporting by school districts. This […]

Audit shows lack of business administrator is a problem

HILLSIDE — Last week the state comptroller released an audit evaluating the personnel and financial practices of three municipalities in the state and Hillside was one of those towns. However, the township did not fare well when it came to several issues. Specifically, the audit found Hillside awarded its employees significant longevity payments that were […]

Mayor of Union: Kean continues to put taxpayers ‘in the line of fire’

Clifton People Jr. takes a stand against university leadership

UNION – Tension between Union and Kean University intensified late last week when the mayor decided he had enough. It appears the last straw came when Kean purchased the $219,024 conference table and Mayor Clifton People Jr. decided it was time the gloves came off and the township started playing hardball. Friday the mayor issued […]

‘Kids say the darndest things’ in letters to Santa Claus

UNION COUNTY — Kids say the darndest things, especially when it comes to writing letters to Santa Claus. But while the majority of children are not as concerned about whether they have been naughty or nice, Union County youngsters did have some unusual, if not touching, things to say to this jolly man. Children from Union […]

Criticism of Kean table continues

UNION COUNTY — It appears Kean University may have left out all the costs associated with bringing that $219,024 conference table to the Union campus and setting it up. According to the “furniture procurement agreement” Kean forged with the Shanghai Rongma Office Furniture Company in China, which was obtained through the Open Public Records Act, the […]

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