Assembly bill appears aimed at shuttering Kean

Assembly bill appears aimed at shuttering Kean

UNION, NJ  — New life is being brought to a bill in the state Assembly that would close any public university or college with a six-year graduation rate of less than 50 percent for full-time undergraduate students. The measure would apply to at least two public universities in the state: New Jersey City University and […]

Winter, spring storms wreak havoc on school calendars

Winter, spring storms wreak havoc on school calendars

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Municipalities have struggled through multiple snowstorms this winter and spring, causing school district calendars to buckle under all the unforeseen snow days. Some school districts had to add days to the June calendar or cut into spring break to meet the state-mandated minimum of 180 instructional days. Such measures haven’t been […]

Ailing Green absent from Assembly since re-election

Ailing Green absent from Assembly since re-election

UNION COUNTY, NJ — State Assemblyman Jerry Green has not participated in any legislative voting sessions or committee meetings in Trenton since being re-elected in November, public records show, and Democratic leadership has remained silent about his absence. Green, who will turn 79 on April 16, has served in the state Assembly since 1992 and […]

Towns clear trees, limbs, debris left by storms

Towns clear trees, limbs, debris left by storms

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The power has been restored after four nor’easters in less than three weeks. Now comes the rest of the cleanup. Crews have been out in most towns throughout the country during the past week, cutting, pruning and chipping to clear the debris left from the recent series of storms. The March winter […]

County playground disability renovation grants awarded

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s 21 municipalities will divide a half million dollars to make local playgrounds more accessible for children with disabilities. The grants, ranging from $15,000 to $25,470 per town, were approved at the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Feb. 8 meeting. “Every child should be able to enjoy a playground […]

Cryan joins attempt to counter marijuana ‘legalization’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A bipartisan marijuana decriminalization bill co-sponsored by a local state senator is providing opposition to Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise of full legalization for the drug’s recreational use. State Sen. Joseph Cryan, a Democrat who represents parts of Union county, served as Union County sheriff from 2015 to 2017, and became […]

Estrada to chair transportation planning authority

Estrada to chair transportation planning authority

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority has selected Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada as its chairman, putting him in charge of the group that oversees regional transportation planning and authorizes more than $1 billion in annual federal transportation spending for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey. “This is a […]

Green resignation as Dem Party chair sets off scramble

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The full Union County Democratic Committee of about 800 members will meet Feb. 21 to vote for a new chairperson and vice chairperson. The upcoming vote was spurred by the resignation of state Assemblyman Jerry Green, the committee’s former chairman. Green, who represents areas including Linden, Rahway and Clark, resigned due to […]

Union County vo-techs graded among best schools in state

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Four Union County Vocational-Technical Academies and one Elizabeth high school are among the highest performing schools in the state, according to data released by the state Department of Education. Of the more than 2,000 schools in the state, the UCVTS Academy for Allied Health Sciences and Magnet High School, both located in […]