November 20, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - New Jersey motorists are all but certain to start paying more in taxes at the pump by the end of the fiscal year, next June 30. The only questions appear to be when lawmakers will vote to increase the gasoline tax and which other levies might be reduced to make the move more politically palatable. "We're in a crisis," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said during a panel discussion alongside three other legislative leaders at the State League of Municipalities' annual convention here.
November 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It's not every city where a new homeowner might get a personal thank-you letter from City Hall. But down-on-its-luck Atlantic City is not afraid to show its appreciation. Dear Ms. Mancuso, wrote Planning Director Elizabeth Terenik on personal stationery to a resident who had taken advantage of grants now available to first-time home buyers in Atlantic City. First of all, congratulations on your first home! Thank you for buying in Atlantic City. We in City Hall are working very hard to be sure your home value increases and you have a great quality of life for your family.
November 13, 2015
ISSUE | ELECTION 2015 Kenney's the man Congratulations to the people of Philadelphia and our new mayor, James Kenney. Jimmy is a lifelong Philadelphian whose political background and compassion for the needs of its citizens is without question. He has an acute understanding and empathetic awareness of our new immigrants and millennials, who are both an economic and cultural plus for this financially troubled city. Jimmy has the toughness, courage, and street smarts of Frank Rizzo and John Street.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that was intended to stabilize Atlantic City's finances, saying it failed "to recognize the true path to economic revitalization and fiscal stability. " Spurning calls from the casino industry and Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce to sign the package of bills, Christie instead proposed changes that would exert greater state control over the resort town's future. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) initially condemned the veto, but later issued a joint statement with Christie saying they had "agreed to immediately sit down together, with consultation of interested parties, to construct a final and fast resolution path for Atlantic City.
November 11, 2015 |
Developer Bart Blatstein will pay an additional $1 million to Stockton University for the former Showboat casino property in Atlantic City, the school announced Monday. Settlement was originally scheduled for Monday. Instead, Stockton announced last week that it had agreed with Blatstein's Tower Investments to a two-month extension. The delay, to Jan. 15, will have tax benefits for Tower, the university said, and Blatstein essentially agreed to pass some of that on to Stockton. Stockton trustees approved an amended sale agreement Monday, under which the Philadelphia-based developer will pay $23 million for the casino and hotel site, up from $22 million.
November 8, 2015 |
Stockton University will delay the sale of the former Showboat casino property in Atlantic City until next year. Selling the site to Philadelphia-based developer Bart Blatstein's Tower Investments in 2016 offers financial benefits to both sides, the university said Friday in a statement. Settlement had been scheduled for Monday. Stockton said it would extend the date by two months. "This is a positive occurrence for both the buyer and Stockton," Harvey Kesselman, Stockton's interim president, said in a news release.
November 6, 2015 |
IF PHILLY'S GOOD for one thing, it's bearded men, says a gorgeous, talented brunette who came to our fair city to sing her heart out. Popular from her debut single, "Leave (Get Out)," which hit radio waves when she was just 13, singer/songwriter JoJo performed at Coda (1712 Walnut St.) last night, the Philadelphia stop on her North American tour. "I love bearded men, and I see a lot of really attractive men with beards here, so I'm in heaven," JoJo told me yesterday. Now 24, JoJo, born Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque , stopped performing for six years because of complications with her old record label.
November 5, 2015 |
Members of the Atlantic City boys' soccer team have been turning up in some unfamiliar places. With a record number of club players, certain Vikings can be found on the weekends roaming fields as far away as Glassboro. But a 2-0 victory over visiting Toms River North on Tuesday left the Vikings in the most foreign place yet - the second round of the playoffs. It was the first playoff win in program history for fourth-seeded Atlantic City, which has had a team since 1979. Atlantic City, which won its record 14th game, hosts No. 5 Rancocas Valley on Friday in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals.
November 3, 2015 |
NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie was holding a news conference on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, talking about all the great things he was going to do for the beleaguered city, when he spied a familiar figure among the reporters. He braced himself. He knew what was coming. At 6-5, Pinky Kravitz stood out in any crowd. He also stood out because, as Christie and anybody else who ever had dealings with the veteran radio personality knew, Pinky was relentless if he had a cause to pursue.
November 2, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Democrats are all but certain to maintain their majority in the New Jersey Assembly when voters head to the polls Tuesday. But they don't appear to be willing to concede a single seat, judging by the torrent of cash being poured into the race in the Second Legislative District, covering parts of Atlantic County, and in South Jersey's First District. Democrats and their allied super PAC are on track to spend as much as $4.3 million on TV ads alone in the two districts - nearly 5.5 times that of the Republican candidates.