January 24, 2014 |
TRENTON Gov. Christie this week vetoed nearly four dozen bills passed by the Legislature in a flurry of end-of-session votes. He allowed the 44 bills to expire in "pocket vetoes" and issued veto statements for two of them Tuesday. Among those he pocket-vetoed were: A bill that would have regulated how New Jersey law enforcement and safety agencies use unmanned aerial aircraft, or drones. Police would have had to obtain a warrant to use drones for surveillance. Drones could be used without warrants by fire departments to monitor forest fires, and by emergency management officials in the event of a hurricane or other disasters.
January 17, 2014 |
Joe Sindoni was 0-4 lifetime against Delsea's Victor Defrance, dating back to elementary school. Sindoni's Clearview wrestling team lost twice to bitter division rival Delsea last season. And one of those matches, as Sindoni tells it, came down to his bout with Defrance. "I felt like I blew the match for us last year - I lost a close bout, 7-6, and we lost the match and the conference," Sindoni said. Sindoni and his teammates entered Wednesday's match bent on redemption - and received it in convincing fashion.
January 12, 2014 |
Lovers of real estate metrics, you're going to need a bigger hard drive. Yet another index is now available, this one gauging the so-called real estate health of 30 major American cities. Zillow's newly released Market Health Index (see it at http://goo.gl/t9RdKd ) also allows the prospective home buyer to peek at the market condition of a particular neighborhood, by zip code. Zillow looks at an area's health through the prism of 10 economic factors, including the number of foreclosures, the number of days houses spend on the market, sale prices, the extent of delinquency, and so on. Then, after combining those factors, Zillow ranks the cities against one another on a scale of 1 to 10. It does the same for the neighborhoods.
January 6, 2014 |
TRENTON If a camera had not recorded his encounter with a Washington Township police officer, State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty likely would not be in office today, he says. Moriarty, a Gloucester County Democrat, was charged with drunken driving in July 2012 after Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled him over in Turnersville. The charges were dismissed after Moriarty and his lawyer obtained video footage from a camera in the officer's car, showing that the assemblyman appeared to be driving normally before the stop and passed field sobriety tests.
December 6, 2013 |
TRENTON A Latino leader who is an ally of Gov. Christie on Wednesday accused state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) of playing politics and jeopardizing a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition. By insisting that the bill include access to financial aid - which Christie says he will not support - Sweeney risks losing the chance to pass tuition equality legislation long awaited by the state's Latino community, said Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.
November 20, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - After months of debate, the state House failed to pass legislation Monday night that would have provided $2.3 billion to complete long-overdue repairs to the state's aging transportation infrastructure. In a stunning 103-98 vote that teetered between passage and defeat until the last moment of the roll call, lawmakers shot down an amendment to fix thousands of substandard bridges, repave hundreds of miles of crumbling roads, and pump hundreds of millions into modernizing mass transit systems across the state.
November 20, 2013 |
A package of bills and resolutions to strengthen the city's regulation of demolition and construction practices won preliminary approval from City Council on Monday. Encouragement came from parents who lost their daughter in the Center City building collapse that killed six people last June. "We appeal to you to remember the disturbing questions we ask every minute of every day in an effort to understand how this tragedy could have occurred in our city," testified City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter, Anne Bryan, 24, died while dropping off clothes at a Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets.
October 16, 2013
New evidence that proximity to a rail station can increase a home's value underscores mass transit's importance to Pennsylvania's economy. A study commissioned by SEPTA found that homes near train stations in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties are worth an average of $7,900 more as a result. According to the study, conducted by Econsult Solutions, homes within a half-mile of a rail station are worth about 10 percent more than those that are at least three miles away. Stations with more service, like ample parking and frequent rush-hour trains, have a greater effect on property prices.
October 1, 2013 |
DENVER - Chip Kelly said he will find out Tuesday whether what happened at Sports Authority Field to the Eagles was anything other than a thorough butt-kicking administered by the Denver Broncos. He won't know until then whether some spark of progress can be stirred from the ashes of Sunday's 52-20 immolation. "If we come out hanging our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves, then I'll say we didn't have any progress or growth," Kelly said. "The only thing you can do is go back to work and try to figure this thing out. If they are feeling sorry for themselves, then we haven't made any progress.
September 25, 2013 |
Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to Harrisburg Monday like the swallows to Capistrano, except with $159 per diems. If House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson) has anything to do with it, fewer of them will be making the annual post-summer migration in the future. He is sponsoring a measure, House Bill 1234, that would lop 50 seats from the 203-member House, the largest full-time legislative body in the nation. If the move saves money, that's fine, the speaker said, but his motivation is to make the House more productive.