June 14, 1990 |
It would seem to be a dubious prize - running a city that is $25 million in the red, a city where 40 desk cops had to be put on the street to fight crime, a city whose civic center burned down 15 years ago, a city where blacks and whites inhabit separate enclaves and cast ballots on the basis of race. But Trenton is the prize that Douglas H. Palmer had wanted all his life. On Tuesday he achieved that goal, in a runoff election, becoming the city's first black mayor by a margin that gives the lie to the argument that an individual vote counts for nothing in American politics.
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.
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.
November 23, 1988 |
City Clerk of Quarter Sessions Peter D. Truman, who controls millions of dollars in bail bonds, deposited $41,000 earned from investments made with bail money and used it as an office petty-cash fund. City officials said Truman had no authority to spend the money. The money, interest that was earned from four bank certificates of deposit totaling $1.25 million, should have been deposited into the city's general fund, city officials said. Truman instead opened an interest-bearing checking account, which he controlled, in the Glendale Bank of Pennsylvania on March 1. He used $2,197.
September 2, 1996 |
Milton Milan relaxed behind a desk in a fellow Camden councilman's empty office as he described what motivates him. "I feel like I'm being sucked into a vacuum of need," said the burly former Marine with a controversial past, who took his seat in City Council seven months ago at age 33. "When I'm ready to go to sleep, my pager goes off. . . . When I'm getting ready to eat, it goes off. " Camden City Council President Milan - who in...
October 30, 1988 |
In Beverly City, as in many Burlington County municipalities, the workload has become so heavy during the last 20 years that the city clerk can no longer keep up with the mounds of paper work required for daily operation of the city. In fact, officials in Beverly City have said that they are beginning to think a part-time clerk is not enough. The City Council is considering creating a new post of full-time clerk/administrator, said Councilman Dominick Gioffre. Gioffre said an experienced administrator is needed "to mind the store," while the city's nine council members and mayor are busy at their full-time jobs.
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.
October 3, 1996 |
Francis "Frank" J. Quigley Jr., 87, who served as Ventnor city clerk in the 1960s and '70s and was active in many area civic endeavors, died Monday in Greenbriar East Nursing Home in Deptford. A Deptford resident the last six years, he previously lived in Ventnor for 50 years. Mr. Quigley was elected to the Ventnor City Council in 1951, then ran for the city clerk's office in 1956. He won and served in that position for 16 years, retiring as a tenured clerk in 1973. Mr. Quigley helped found the Atlantic County Municipal Clerks Association and was a past president of the New Jersey State Municipal Clerks Association.
June 23, 2005 |
The results of Camden's June 14 mayoral and City Council runoff election still are not final. It is not exactly a case of hanging or dimpled chads, but the City Clerk's Office yesterday petitioned a state Superior Court judge to reopen the voting machines to recheck the count. Clerk Luis Pastoriza said yesterday that he was unable to certify the totals because of "inconsistences in the return sheets. " Bad math seems to have been the problem in some cases. Uncertified results in the nonpartisan vote, including 316 provisional and 147 absentee ballots, showed Mayor Gwendolyn Faison winning reelection, 4,831 to 4,476, over Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez.
October 27, 1999 |
With a competitive mayor's race at the top of the ticket, the contests for city commissioner, sheriff, register of wills and clerk of quarter sessions have attracted little attention and are unlikely to do so. With one exception, each of these low-visibility "row offices" is held by a longtime Democratic incumbent. One of them, Alexander Z. Talmadge Jr., a Democratic city commissioner, said in a recent interview that the only way he could see the Democratic incumbents losing was if the Sam Katz-John Street mayoral contest generated enough straight-ticket GOP voting to damage the bottom of the Democratic ticket.