County manager appointed amid anonymous lawsuit threat

County manager appointed amid anonymous lawsuit threat

ELIZABETH, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s chief of staff was appointed county manager Jan. 25, amid the threat of litigation and pushback over the county freeholders’ hiring process for the full-time position. Ed Oatman has worked for Scutari for the past six years and will replace Alfred Faella on March 1. Faella announced his […]

Defeated Elizabeth BOE candidates plan ethics complaint

ELIZABETH, NJ — A group of former candidates for the school board plans to file an ethics complaint after the board of education promoted a city councilman to a $180,000 job in the school district. Sima Farid, Ricky Castaneda, Christina Cunha-Moreira and retired Elizabeth teacher Patti Gallante are alleging a conflict of interest in the […]

Santa, elves, lights brighten Elizabeth tree lighting

Santa, elves, lights brighten Elizabeth tree lighting

ELIZABETH, NJ — More than a hundred people lined up inside the Elizabethport Community Center for a chance to see Santa Claus at the fifth annual 1st Ward tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. “I’m truly blessed and I just want to bless the children,” said 1st Ward Councilman Carlos Torres, who helped arrange the event. “It’s […]

Quijano to reintroduce driver’s license bill for undocumented immigrants

State Assemblywoman Annette Quijano plans to reintroduce a bill that would provide driver’s licenses for people who live in New Jersey but cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Her current bill already is catching the attention of some of her constituents. Cosecha, a grassroots activist group whose name translates to “Harvest,” held an […]

Trinitas seeks trauma center designation from state

Trinitas seeks trauma center designation from state

ELIZABETH, NJ — Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth is seeking designation as a Level II trauma center, which the hospital has said is important in an area that has previously been the target of terrorist activity. A Level II trauma center offers 24-hour care by general surgeons and provides orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine […]

Linden pays $575,000 to settle suit by Elizabeth men against municipal judge

LINDEN, NJ — Linden will pay $575,000 to two Elizabeth men who accused a municipal judge of depriving them due process rights by sentencing them to an “excessive” jail term. The settlement stems from a 2012 federal civil suit filed by cousins Wendell and Anthony Kirkland against the city and former municipal judge Louis DiLeo. The […]