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 […]

Audit will investigate Charlotte’s ‘web’

UCIA director put in for 273 unused vacation days; Legal counsel to confirm $150K payout

UNION COUNTY — Charlotte DeFilippo may have felt pressured by bad press to step down as executive director of the Union County Improvement Authority, but the heat is not off by any means. Last week the UCIA decided to hire an independent auditor to ensure all of the $150,000 the outgoing executive director received for unused […]

The list goes on with ‘generatorgate’

County offices anonymously receive list of names attached to generator use following Sandy

UNION COUNTY — A Superior Court judge may have stopped the prosecutor from subpoenaing activist Tina Renna’s list of county employees who allegedly took generators home after superstorm Sandy, but others are very willing to hand over names. Over the last few weeks, sources have provided LocalSource with the names of at least ten county employees […]

‘Spanking’ incident blown out of proportion, says super

HILLSIDE — Tuesday the board of education will meet again to discuss the future of high school principal Lee McCaskill, 56, who is in hot water for swatting a female student on her backside in jest. Although initial media reports said the high school principal had “spanked” the female student in his office after reprimanding […]

Budget drops, but taxes still go up

UNION COUNTY — While the freeholders managed to cut their nearly half-billion dollar 2013 budget by $4.2 million, not every town saw a decrease in taxes. In fact, only two saw any decrease at all. Last week the Union County Freeholder Board approved the 2013 $493.7 million spending plan, with the amount to be raised by […]

Elizabeth BOE member, two attorneys arrested Tuesday

Charges stem from lunch program investigation

UNION COUNTY — Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that Elizabeth Board of Education member Juan Donoso, Board Attorney Kirk Nelson, and outside board counsel Frank Capece were charged Tuesday, April 30, with covering up a false application filed by Donoso’s wife for the federally funded free lunch program. Donoso’s wife, Olga Oviedo-Arevalo, was charged […]

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 […]