UCIA continues to answer questions from ‘Local’ critic

UNION COUNTY — Local Finance Board Chairman Tom Neff is not happy with Union County Improvement Authority Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo and he is not backing down. However, UCIA Legal Council Jonathan Williams extended an olive branch last week in an attempt to smooth out any roadblocks that could stall a $20 million project at Union […]

County watchdog quashes subpoena

Judge rules Tina Renna a journalist, subject to protection under New Jersey Shield Law

UNION COUNTY — Last Friday, April 12, Union County Watchdog president, activist and blogger Tina Renna was effectively given the title of journalist by Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The 21-page decision legally gave Renna all the protective benefits provided by the New Jersey Newspersons Shield Law, one of the strongest of its kind […]

Kean library ‘worst situation’ association has seen

UNION — A report ordered by Kean University showed the library may be a nice looking building from the outside but has a serious security problem and lacks the fundamental requirements college students require. The fact that the building lacked security, though, was one of the most alarming deficiencies at the Kean library, and the […]

Springfield not giving county their fair share

SPRINGFIELD — Even though the county filed a complaint in court last year after the township failed to hand over their share of red-light camera fine revenue, the mayor is standing his ground. The county actually filed the complaint in February 2012 alleging that Springfield violated the state statute by withholding the money that is […]

It’s a ‘Cryan shame’

Assemblyman’s emails raise questions about workplace policies on personal correspondence

UNION COUNTY — In the leadup to the impending Democratic primary, Union County voters will have a new element to consider when heading to the polls: Assemblyman Joe Cryan’s personal life. But while the content of the nearly 10-year-old emails, sent to a woman later convicted of stalking him, revealed in a New York Post expose […]

‘Jailhouse blues’ no more?

UNION COUNTY — Certainly Union County Jail Director Brian Riordan knew he had a big job ahead of him when he came aboard in 2008. But this former Riker’s Island warden is no stranger to hard work. Nor is he to understanding that getting back to basics often is the answer to solving problems at a […]

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

County disputes health savings claim

UNION COUNTY — Freeholder Daniel Sullivan flatly disputed claims made in LocalSource last week that the county could have saved $5.8 million in health benefit costs by going with the State Health Benefits Plan. At last week’s freeholder board meeting the topic of LocalSource’s article on the county insurance broker steering the board toward a more […]

County loses out on $5 million in savings

Documents show broker failed to recommend most affordable health benefits plan to county

UNION COUNTY — The freeholder board could have saved as much as $5 million in health benefit costs last year, but several representatives of county employee unions discovered a county-contracted broker appears to have steered the freeholders to a more expensive plan. Tonight at the freeholder meeting, representatives of the local Communications Workers of America and […]