Water fees to increase by $40

RAHWAY — Although many people think water is free, it’s not. For Rahway residents, the cost of upgrades to the local water-treatment plant is going to run $16 million, although the average homeowner will see an increase of only $40 per year. It’s never easy for a governing body to hear its water-treatment facility is […]

Freeholders urge legalizing same sex marriage

UNION COUNTY – The legal recognition of marriage between same sex couples has been a topic of heated debate for years in the United States and New Jersey. Last week, the Union County Freeholder Board took a strong stance on the issue and they could be the first county governing body to do so in the […]

SID leader in Union to retire at end of month

UNION – For years business owners in the Special Improvement District have questioned why the center needed a Special Improvement District and what Director Michael Minitelli actually did for the $55,000 a year he received to oversee it. They can stop wondering because the SID director is retiring at the end of the month. Tuesday […]

County saves millions by staying with provider

UNION COUNTY — Although in February it looked as if the county could have saved millions if it switched health plan carriers, it actually ended up saving several million by going with the plan recommended by the insurance broker. Last week, the Union County Freeholder board voted to renew its contract with Horizon Blue Cross Blue […]

On final day in office, generator mess put to rest

Outgoing prosecutor closes the book on ‘generatorgate’ as he hands over the reigns to his replacement

UNION COUNTY — The investigation into who took home generators following superstorm Sandy is completed and no criminal wrongdoing was found. However, neither the prosecutor’s office nor the county will release the names of those involved. Last week the prosecutor’s office finished its inquiry into the matter that has dragged on for almost seven months, on […]

Linden budget woes continue

Shortfall brings city closer and closer to layoffs of many police officers

LINDEN — The city and Police PBA have yet to come to a meeting of the minds in order to avoid layoffs. Bottom line: If the council and police union cannot strike some kind of deal in the next few weeks, 31 police officers, or less, depending on the number of officers retiring this year, […]

Lautenberg, last World War II vet in office, dies at 89

Politics were set aside earlier this week as members of parties remembered the passing of the oldest member of the United States Senate from New Jersey, Democrat Frank Lautenberg. The death Monday of Lautenberg, 89, the last remaining World War II veteran in the United States senate and the oldest, brought a bevy of tributes […]

Lesniak holds off Obe in primary race

UNION COUNTY — Despite a strong outing by newcomer Donna Obe, Sen. Raymond Lesniak managed to continue his stranglehold on the 20th district with a win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night. The dragged out, nasty competition saw Lesniak garner 9,281 votes, or 65.87 percent, to Obe’s 4,802, or 34.08 percent, according to unofficial […]

In final weeks, primary race heats up

Lesniak, Obe file complaints, with each alleging illegal campaigning tactics by the other

UNION COUNTY — With just days until residents living in the 20th district head to the polls to decide if Democrat State Sen. Ray Lesniak deserves another two-year term in Trenton, his challenger Donna Obe accused him of violating campaign finance laws and he returned the favor by doing the same. Lesniak, who has served 36 […]

Prosecutor replaced by Christie

UNION COUNTY — Although in January Union County Prosecutor Ted Romankow said he was hoping the governor would reappoint him as prosecutor for another five years, last week he found out it was not in the cards. On May 16 Republican Gov. Chris Christie quietly replaced Romankow, appointed twice to five-year terms by Democrat governors, with […]