Linden mayor takes flak over resolution to change broker

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead came under fire at a March 20 council meeting for attempting to drop a freeholder candidate’s husband as one of the city’s brokers. A resolution put on the agenda by the mayor would have rescinded a January contract appointing Economic Planning Group as a broker for the Voya Financial […]

Ex-BOE member, independent challenge endorsed Union Democrats

UNION, NJ — A former school board member and a previous independent candidate will together challenge two incumbent members for the Democratic nominations for township committee in the June primary. Former school board president Ronnie McDowell and Jason Krychiw, who has made two unsuccessful bids for township committee as an independent, will run on the […]

Two women challenge Armstead for Linden Democratic nod

LINDEN, NJ — The incumbent mayor and two councilwomen will make bids to run as Democrats in the upcoming mayoral primary race, they said. Rhashonna Cosby, the 5th Ward councilwoman, and 10th Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey both announced will seek the mayorship. Mayor Derek Armstead is seeking a second term this year, too. If Cosby […]

Prelim Report: Rail defect may have caused derailment

Prelim Report: Rail defect may have caused derailment

UNION, NJ — A preliminary report regarding the freight train that derailed near the Union Train Station in December shows it may have been caused by a rail defect. Reports were submitted recently to the Federal Railroad Administration by CSX Transportation, which operated the train cars, and by Conrail, which owns the tracks. Both reports […]

Ex-Roselle cop gets $1.2 million in race discrimination suit

ROSELLE, NJ — A former police lieutenant has been awarded about $1.2 million by a jury after accusing the borough and its previous police chief of racial discrimination, court documents show. Bradley Downing, who is part African- American and Caucasian, filed suit in December 2015 in Union County Superior Court alleging former Police Chief Gerald […]

Unsuccessful candidate drops suit over Hillside mayoral race

HILLSIDE, NJ — The candidate who lost in the December runoff election for mayor has pulled his lawsuit contesting the vote to avoid prolonging uncertainty over who will lead the township. Jorge Batista filed suit in December in Union County Superior Court, alleging there was voter impersonation and miscounts by county officials related to the […]

Roselle school board OKs disputed firm for audit

ROSELLE, NJ — The school board has voted to appoint the controversial Bayonne-based firm Donohue, Doria & Tomkins to conduct a forensic audit after previously deciding not to use the company. The firm was hired at a March 13 special meeting to conduct a forensic audit for the period of Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. […]

Rise TV stars surprise Union High School students

Rise TV stars surprise Union High School students

UNION, NJ — Union High School theater students recently had a double whammy of a surprise: a $10,000 grant from NBC for the school’s theater department and the chance to meet stars from the network’s new show, “Rise.” The theater department was one of 50 in the nation to receive NBC’s R.I.S.E. America grant, created […]

Union students join national gun walkout

Union students join national gun walkout

UNION, NJ — Hundreds of Union High School students marched to town hall as part of a nationwide demonstration against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 dead last month. Students stood on the high school football field around 10 a.m. on March 14 for 17 minutes of silence […]

Incumbent Roselle Park Dem mayor to run as independent

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Incumbent Mayor Carl Hokanson will run as an independent candidate in the November election after the local Democratic Party voted unanimously to endorse 30-year-old Joe Signorello III instead. Hokanson, who in 2013 secured the local Democrats’ endorsement for the primary mayoral election, said that he will run as an independent after […]

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