April 27, 2016 |
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
November 8, 2012 |
Delaware County's property tax rate would increase 2.8 percent under the proposed county budget. In the draft budget, taxes on the average-valued home would go up by $19.75, according to a recently released letter from Marianne Grace, county executive director. Grace said that as in previous years, her office had worked with "various departments" to cut operating expenses by 5 percent. Among the cost stressors she identified was the $6.8 million contribution to Fair Acres, the county-run geriatric center, and rising pension and health-care costs.
August 14, 2011 |
Five years ago, Patrick Brennan, then deputy county executive of Broome County, N.Y., shopped around a proposal he had devised in his spare time to consolidate five community police forces. His PowerPoint presentation, pitched to community groups and Rotary clubs, was sparse on details, he acknowledged. So, in a few months, the county will try again, with a more detailed proposal from a hired consultant. Consolidation "is happening slowly," said Brennan, now county executive. "I'm 61 years old. I hope I see it before I die. " Broome County - along with Camden, Morris, and Somerset Counties in New Jersey - is following a national wave toward regionalizing police services and manpower under a central administrator with the hope of protecting public safety while saving money.
February 18, 2010 |
Even as they react to getting mixed grades in a new national health study, Delaware County officials are poring over the findings of a study of their own. Amid contentious debate over whether the county needs its own health department, officials have received results of a Johns Hopkins University survey that asked county residents about access to everything from flu shots to emergency preparedness. A separate national study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Delaware County 36th out of 67 Pennsylvania counties for the overall health of residents.
October 7, 2009 |
Coming into Pittsburgh from high above the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, Dan Onorato pointed down from a four-seater jet and said, "See that? We did that. " As he opened his campaign for Pennsylvania governor yesterday - flying from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, then to his hometown of Pittsburgh - Onorato cast himself as a get-things-done guy among the field of five Democrats lining up to seek the state's highest office next year. In his second term as Allegheny County executive, the 48-year-old Onorato (ah-no-RAH-toh)
December 17, 2004 |
The Burlington County freeholder board has promoted a veteran bureaucrat to take charge of the county government's daily operation. Augustus Mosca, the county's chief of personnel and labor relations, will become county administrator Jan. 1. He will replace Fred Galdo, who is retiring after 31 years as a county employee. "Freddie's leaving, but he's leaving his baby in good hands," Freeholder Director Vince Farias said yesterday when announcing Mosca's new job. The county has roughly 1,750 employees and a $191 million budget.
April 19, 2004 |
As New Jersey's Legislature struggles to craft ethics measures, fierce debate has erupted over whether they should apply to the state's influential county political organizations. Known for their fund-raising muscle, the county parties have fueled the Democrats' rise to power in Trenton, financing key legislative victories and county executive wins all over the state. In November, the powerful Camden County Democrats raised more than half of the record $4 million that propelled newcomer Fred Madden's narrow win over Republican George Geist in a state Senate race.
October 8, 2002 |
A region already shocked and fearful since last week's shooting rampage was stunned yesterday when a 13-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded as his aunt dropped him off at school in this suburban town northeast of Washington. Late yesterday, a bullet fragment recovered from the boy during surgery was linked by federal officials to last week's seven sniper incidents. Local, state and federal officials were scrambling to cope with rising tension sparked by the random, murderous crime wave.
March 25, 2002 |
With one statewide campaign under his belt and another round of key endorsements in his column, Essex County Executive James Treffinger should be the odds-on favorite to win the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New Jersey. But while Treffinger - a candidate for the Senate nomination in 2000 - has claimed important party support, his front-runner status is tenuous in an increasingly contentious campaign that is shaping up as one in which anything can happen. Nipping at his heels are five other candidates, with Republican analysts saying State Sen. Diane Allen and wealthy businessman Douglas Forrester show the greatest potential to overtake Treffinger in the June primary and face Democratic Sen. Robert G. Torricelli this fall.
September 7, 2001 |
Robert C. Janiszewski, the Hudson County executive and a central figure in New Jersey Democratic politics for nearly two decades, abruptly announced his resignation yesterday amid reports of a widening federal investigation in the county. A brief statement issued by Janiszewski's office said he was leaving office midway through his fourth term for "personal reasons. " His aides declined to elaborate and said Janiszewski would not be available for comment. Janiszewski, 54, wrote in the letter that his resignation would be effective Oct. 1, but he added the unusual language that he would remove himself from all official duties immediately.