August 14, 2014 |
With four nominations for just two open seats, Camden City Council appointed two relative newcomers to the city's parking authority on Tuesday and passed on both the board's vice chair, who was seeking reappointment, and a candidate highly favored by Mayor Dana Redd. Jose Martinez Jr., a former commissioner for the housing authority, and Shaneka Boucher, a Camden Community Charter School administrator, were appointed to serve five-year terms on the parking authority board. The two, who were both recommended by Councilman Arthur Barclay, will join the unpaid board at the Aug. 26 meeting.
September 13, 2013 |
The National Review, a conservative magazine and website, is suing Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the city, and Newark police, accusing them of stonewalling public records requests. A city spokesman said a response would be delivered by Thursday as indicated in an Aug. 30 letter from the city clerk to National Review. He said the city had received no objection. The National Review argues in its suit that the legal time frame for producing the records had passed and accused Newark of "stringing along" a reporter with delays.
September 7, 2013 |
Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan has toured New Jersey, holding dramatic news conferences to blast rival Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker's record on crime at the site of a double homicide, discuss political correctness, and denounce a potential U.S. military strike on Syria. On Thursday, Lonegan returned his fiery, sometimes unpredictable, campaign to Newark, this time to the steps of City Hall, to announce he was suing the office of the city clerk over its alleged failure to comply with a public-records request for information on Booker's expenditures as mayor.
November 22, 2012 |
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Moonshine distillers are making their first batches of legal liquor in this tiny Georgia town's city hall, not far from the mountains and the maroon, orange, and gold canopy of trees that once hid bootleggers from the law. A handful of moonshine distilleries are scattered around the South, but observers say this is the first time they've ever seen one in a city hall. The distilleries are part of a trend spurred by increased interest in the United States for locally made specialty spirits and beer brewed in homes and microbreweries.
May 9, 2012 |
A Superior Court judge Monday temporarily blocked a planned Camden City Council vote that ultimately could put in the hands of voters a decision on whether to dismantle the city's police department in favor of a county force. Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina decided to hear arguments June 11 on a complaint filed by Mayor Dana L. Redd and President Frank Moran that maintaining the department could cause the city "irreparable harm. " He issued an order preventing the city clerk from certifying before the Council a petition with more than 2,000 signatures requesting that Council vote on a proposed ordinance to maintain the department and, if the ordinance is rejected, the voters would get to decide what to do. A vote had been scheduled for Tuesday.
May 3, 2012 |
A campaign to let Camden residents decide the fate of a controversial takeover of the city's police department by Camden County hit a roadblock Wednesday when the city filed an injunction seeking to block the referendum. In a complaint filed in Superior Court, Camden attorneys argued that the decision whether to implement the plan is not up to voters and is within the sole authority of city and state officials. The action comes three weeks after police-union officials and community activists submitted a petition with 2,800 signatures calling for an ordinance to block the police takeover, arguing it was a union-busting maneuver that would make the city unsafe by replacing veteran police with younger, inexperienced officers.
February 22, 2012
Former Indiana Rep. Katie Hall, 73, one of the sponsors of the 1983 legislation that established a national holiday for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. Rep. Hall's husband, John Henry Hall, said she died Monday in Gary from an undisclosed illness. He said his wife's work on the bill to make Martin Luther King's Birthday a national holiday was her proudest accomplishment. Katie Hall, who was Indiana's first black member in the U.S. House, got her start in politics working for the election of Richard Hatcher as mayor of Gary in 1967, when he became one of the first black mayors of big U.S. city.
August 4, 2011 |
OCEAN CITY - Proponents of allowing customers to bring their own bottle of wine or beer to restaurants in this historically alcohol-free Jersey Shore resort delivered a petition containing 583 signatures to the city clerk on Thursday afternoon that, if certified, would mean a question would be placed on the November ballot about whether to allow such imbibing in public. BYOB, and the sale of alcohol of any kind, has never been allowed in this Cape May County town, founded in 1879 as a Methodist camp meeting resort by the Lake brothers.
January 27, 2011 |
A former city clerk was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for a record-keeping scam that netted her nearly $186,000 and cost Philadelphia more than $600,000 in fees. Kelly Kaufmann Layre, 39, pleaded guilty in September to selling police, accident, and fire reports to three people at a discount in exchange for cash bribes. The coconspirators also have pleaded guilty. The scam lasted from 2006 to 2010, while Layre was working in the police reports unit of the Records Department, authorities said.
May 30, 2007 |
Circuit City clerk Brian Morgenstern recalls his ah-ha feeling the day he saw federal authorities on television news saying they had foiled a jihadist plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. An FBI leader was lauding an "unsung hero" who tipped authorities to a videotape showing men firing machine guns and shouting in Arabic. Morgenstern, 23, wondered: Could that be me? Now he knows. In a whirlwind of media interviews yesterday that began with an appearance on CNN's American Morning, Morgenstern told how he was torn between what he thought might be a terror threat and the privacy of the two "normal-looking" men who had come to the Mount Laurel store asking that he transfer the contents of a videotape to a DVD. "I thought it might turn into something big, but 16 months went past and then I thought it might be like a lead or an anonymous tip that didn't pan out," Morgenstern said yesterday from his hotel in New York.