City asks Trenton to deny Elizabeth school budget

ELIZABETH — The city council feels the school district budget is an excessive burden on taxpayers, but the school district did not agree at all. To ensure their point got across, the council passed a non-binding resolution requesting the school district take a closer look at cutting their budget. To ensure they do, the council […]

Springfield had a ‘good year,’ says mayor as budget is wrapped up

SPRINGFIELD — The township @SpringfieldTwNJ  managed to deliver a tight budget this year that minimized the tax burden on residents while still developing new revenue streams and staying very close to 2012 budget levels. It was a good year for Springfield, according to Democrat Mayor David Amlen, whose party controls the township committee 4-to-1 this year. […]

Linden comes to terms with cops, will not have layoffs

LINDEN — It’s over. Monday night, city police voted 57 to 26 in favor of an agreement that will prevent 20 to 30 officers from being laid off Aug. 1. The agreement between the two will go a long way to reducing the $1.2 million the city is over the cap, but not all. Furloughs […]

County refuses to fund special election

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Freeholder Board put the kibosh on funding the special general election Oct. 16 until someone at the state level decides if taxpayers will have to foot the entire bill or the county will be getting back any of the $850,000 tab. Although there has been considerable political controversy throughout the […]

Relay for life

CLARK — Clark UNICO came out and supported Relay for Life. Members walked all night and raised money for the great cause. UNICO Clark Chapter members: top row: Joe Manasia, Maureen Manasia, Angela Keenan, Jo Calandra, Rosanne Bowden, Dennis Bowden, President and Vice President, Ralph Bernardo and Greg Menza.

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 […]

Roselle property sale to recover ‘untapped’ revenue

ROSELLE — Mayor Jamel Holley is planning a sale of buildable, borough-owned properties to generate revenue for the municipality’s coffers. When Holley came into office last year at the top of his list of priorities was a review of all borough-owned vacant properties that possibly could generate money for the municipality. He kept his word […]

Residents in Cranford not pleased with Westfield

CRANFORD — Yet another builder’s remedy lawsuit, previously settled by Westfield and the developer, brought Cranford’s Nomahegan Court residents to an 11th hour hearing before a Superior Court judge Monday. However, their efforts were for naught because the hearing had nothing to do with the location or density of the project, which Cranford residents said […]

Local Dems decide on next leader of the party

UNION COUNTY — It has been several decades since the Union County Regular Democratic organization had to concern themselves with finding a new political leader or two. It appeared as of Tuesday, county Democrat committee members were lining up behind 22nd district State Assemblyman Jerry Green of Plainfield to lead the party that has seen fractures […]

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, […]