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NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Behind closed doors in the mayor's office, parties interested in the fate of the former Showboat casino hotel met Friday to try to resolve a tangled legal impasse. But when the meeting at City Hall was over, no one - including Mayor Don Guardian and Florida developer Glenn Straub - would say what had transpired, citing confidentiality. Also in attendance were representatives of Stockton University, which bought the shuttered Boardwalk casino with a plan to turn it into a campus, and of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Kevyn Orr, the bankruptcy attorney whose Detroit credentials set off alarms on Wall Street when he was appointed by Gov. Christie as part of an Atlantic City emergency management team, is leaving the post, the governor's office said Monday. Orr's role was described as "counsel" to Kevin Lavin, the full-time emergency manager, whose duties to date have been mostly those of a super-auditor of the city's finances. Lavin is being paid $135,000 a year; Orr's compensation, billed by the hour, has not been made public.
NEWS
April 15, 2015
ISSUE | CABLE Wrong signal Both Verizon and Comcast must pay rent to municipalities to do business because their cables must run over public rights-of-way ("3 groups seeking local-access TV revival in Montco," Feb. 22). Part of their rent payment is providing communities with so-called PEG channels: public, educational, and governmental access. Lower Merion Township is considering giving away its public channel to a much smaller township, Radnor. But giving our rent to another landlord makes no sense and does not serve Lower Merion residents at all. |Perry Hamilton, Wynnewood Free the Phillies Now that Comcast's city franchise is being reviewed, part of that process should examine why the satellite companies do not have Comcast SportsNet as part of their programming.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie may not make an announcement on running for president until early summer, he said Monday on a radio show, during which he also forecast a tough solution for reviving Atlantic City. Christie said on NJ101.5's Ask the Governor that he would announce whether he would run by "late spring or early summer. " Earlier Monday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he would run in 2016, becoming the first major candidate to officially enter the race. Christie said it was "very early" in the race, and dismissed any notion that he would have trouble netting commitments from donors if he waited to declare his intentions.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bankruptcy case of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel hit another pothole Friday when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns declined to approve the sale of Revel to Florida developer Glenn Straub for $82 million. Burns said from a Camden courtroom that it was not within her jurisdiction to approve the amended sale order because her January order approving the sale to Straub for $95.4 million was under appeal. Burns said she saw two possibilities for the Revel, built for $2.4 billion, which closed in September.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevyn Orr, the restructuring expert appointed by Gov. Christie to help stabilize Atlantic City's finances, told Bloomberg News that it would be inappropriate for him to talk about whether Atlantic City was a "shoo-in" for bankruptcy. "You know, nothing is shoo-in. But first of all I'm not the principal on Atlantic City. Kevin Lavin is the principal. He is the emergency manager. I'm just a counselor, a consultant in Atlantic City," Orr said in a question-and-answer piece published Thursday.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney accused Gov. Christie on Thursday of trying to "force" Atlantic City into bankruptcy, and said he would sue to block such a move. Sweeney (D., Gloucester) criticized Christie's hiring of an emergency manager and a consultant to take charge of the embattled resort. Christie, a Republican considering a run for president in 2016, issued an executive order last week installing Kevin Lavin as emergency manager and tapping Kevyn Orr as a consultant.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said he expects to rule Wednesday on whether the operators of restaurants, nightclubs, and other venues at the former Revel Casino Hotel will be able to appeal the terms of the bankrupt Atlantic City property's sale to Florida investor Glenn Straub for $95.4 million. "I'm not prepared to rule right now, but it won't be long," Simandle said at the end of a four-hour hearing Tuesday in Camden, acknowledging that whatever he decides, an appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals was likely.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle scheduled an emergency hearing for Tuesday in Camden to hear arguments to block the sale of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel by tenants who spent millions on facilities for the failed casino. Angel Management Group, which spent $16 million to build Revel's popular HQ clubs and Center Bar, appealed a Jan. 8 order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns that would allow Florida investor Glenn Straub to buy Revel "free and clear of liens, claims, encumbrances, and interests.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bankruptcy filing Thursday in Chicago by Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s largest unit includes Caesars and Bally's on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, but not the Harrah's casinos in Chester and Atlantic City. All Caesars properties included in the bankruptcy remain open. "With the overwhelming support of our first-lien bondholders, we are moving forward to implement our previously announced restructuring plan," Caesars chief executive Gary Loveman said. The long-anticipated filing by the Las Vegas gambling giant sets up a jurisdictional fight.
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