New administrator, police dept. promotion on Cranford agenda

CRANFORD — After an outside search for a new administrator, the township was expected to announce Tuesday that interim administrator Joseph Hartnett will take the position permanently. But the governing body was also expected to make another appointment, one that may have surprised everyone. In addition to bringing Hartnett aboard, Mayor Tom Hannen, Jr. was […]

Dozens of layoffs likely as budget struggles continue

LINDEN — It looks like the city may have to face the second half of the year without 22 police officers and 32 firemen in order to forestall a financial disaster in 2013. Linden is expected to file a layoff and demotion notice with the state next week, said Mayor Rich Gerbounka. The public safety […]

Report: Jail population down sharply

UNION COUNTY — If the Union County Freeholder Board was looking for a reason not to outsource operations at the jail, they may have found one last week. The board heard an up to date accounting of how the jail is doing from Marie VanNostrand, a project manager with Luminosity, the consulting firm hired by the […]

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 […]

Clark moves forward with Gypsum rezoning

CLARK — Last week the township moved a step closer to ensuring the former 28-acre U.S. Gypsum plant on Raritan Road stays within the vision they have of a new town center. There were at least 100 residents in the audience the night of the final hearing that ultimately saw the Planning Board unanimously approve […]

A Sensitive Side

SUMMIT — From left: Tyler Mayes and Mason Guida of Summit participated in a sensitivity training program at SAGE Eldercare on March 20. Both boys are fifth grade students at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School. This is the fourth year that the organization and school have partnered together for the intergenerational program.

Rahway taxpayers to see average of $116 tax bump

RAHWAY — This year the average taxpayer with a home assessed at $133,000 will see a $116 increase in municipal taxes, but that does not include school or county taxes. Although county taxes are tentatively expected to rise 4.2 percent according to County Manager Al Faella, the school tax has yet to be determined. The […]

Ethics complaint claims Deo can’t serve in dual roles

HILLSIDE — Hillside resident and county Democratic chair Charlotte DeFilippo filed a school ethics complaint against the superintendent of schools last week, saying it is a conflict for him to serve as a local council member at the same time. The school ethics commission complaint, obtained by LocalSource, maintained there are conflicts of interest involved […]

Mayor wants to know the ‘timeline’ on turf field

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor David Amlen thinks a lot has not come to the surface about the land swap deal between the township and school board. The subject of contention is the nine-acre property near the intersection of Tree Top Drive and Skylark Road the school board agreed was a good swap if the township helped […]

‘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 […]