‘Power struggle’ in Union County

Four municipal employees may face penalties for using public generators for personal needs

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into exactly how many county employees helped themselves to generators immediately following superstorm Sandy. County sources with knowledge of how this unfolded confirmed Monday that there were four public works employees in addition to “at least” one person in the public safety department that took home generators for […]

Cost of Sandy continues to mount

Since superstorm Sandy, FEMA has approved $557 million for homeowners, paying more than $250 million in the past month for rent, emergency home repairs and even money for cash strapped homeowners impacted by floodwaters. But not all FEMA money is going to survivors. A few weeks ago on the site of the former General Motors […]

Committee surprised by promotions following Mason’s resignation

CRANFORD— Fallout from Eric Mason’s abrupt resignation as interim administrator resulted in an undercurrent of animosity last week after several promotions were made in the police department without elected officials’ knowledge. Last week, Mason held a meeting with members of the police force to inform them of his resignation Dec. 31 as interim administrator as […]

Accreditation comes with a few strings attached

Although Kean University received the re-accreditation it was seeking for more than a year, the stamp of approval from the Middle States Commission did not come without concerns on their part. Amid the accolades Kean officials issued about receiving re-accreditation, nothing was mentioned about the many strings attached. Specifically, the commission noted that while the […]

Linden’s road blocks to recovery

Mayor recalls path of destruction as Sandy's surge devastates residents

LINDEN — Although the city took a major hit from superstorm Sandy, Mayor Rich Gerbounka is counting his blessings and looking toward recovery. The city is slowly rebounding after superstorm Sandy swept through its streets, leaving more than $900 million in damages to private and public sectors. The mayor admitted that after Tropical Storm Irene […]

Mason resigns as interim administrator in Cranford

CRANFORD— Last week Police Chief Eric Mason submitted his resignation as interim administrator, effective the end of the year. The township, according to one governing body member, had no choice but to go back to square one and appoint an administrator search team in order to find a replacement for the position that was vacated […]

Kean University re-accredited by Middle States

Kean University received the re-accreditation they were seeking late last week, after the Middle States Commission refused for more than a year to grant the coveted reaffirmation. The decision came late last week when Middle States met for their regular commission meeting, which means Kean is no longer on probation. Kean President Dawood Farahi was […]

Sandy deals ‘devastating blow’

Preliminary private, public losses in Union County breach $1 billion

In both private and public losses combined, Superstorm Sandy cost Union County more than $1 billion. The good news is FEMA is supposed to help defray the majority of the costs incurred by municipalities, but not all. The preliminary tolls from each town are now in and the total spent by Union County municipalities for […]

FEMA meeting leaves many with even more questions

Last week residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy came out to a recovery information meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Administration and private state insurance industry representatives, but in the end there were more questions than answers. The session, held at Union County College’s Cranford campus was spearheaded by Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and the Union […]