December 31, 2015 |
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Tuesday that a law intended to give Cooper University Hospital control of emergency medical services in Camden may go forward pending further litigation. A two-judge panel granted the state a stay of a lower court's decision last week that blocked implementation of the law, finding it to be unconstitutional "special legislation. " Virtua Health Inc. sued the state and Gov. Christie after he signed the legislation in July that gave Cooper the exclusive authority to provide paramedic services in Camden.
December 24, 2015 |
A New Jersey judge ruled Tuesday that a law that allowed Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden from rival Virtua Health was unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Hurd, ruling orally from the bench in Trenton, ordered the Christie administration not to implement the law. Hurd did not issue a written decision. Richard P. Miller, chief executive of Virtua, praised the ruling and said the hospital looked "forward to continuing our focus on what is most critical to South Jersey residents, which is our ongoing provision of experienced, award-winning, and high quality EMS services for the people in the city of Camden, and the 76 other municipalities we serve in Camden and Burlington Counties.
September 25, 2015 |
Liberty Property Trust, the powerhouse developer behind Philadelphia's Comcast Center, the Navy Yard rehabilitation, and other major projects, will on Thursday announce a deal to build a complex of offices, apartments, retail stores, and a hotel on a stretch of Camden's waterfront, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. Gov. Christie will join Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, Liberty CEO William Hankowsky, and others in making the announcement at Camden's Adventure Aquarium, city officials confirmed.
August 28, 2015 |
"Hey - my name's Alex. I'm running for Congress," the affable young fellow says, deftly deploying a handshake that's as earnest as his eye contact. "I'm running in next year's primary against the Norcross group. " That's how Alex Law, 24, introduces himself to voters he hopes will support his upstart, long-shot, minimally funded but impressively focused freshman run for public office. The proudly progressive Democrat (raise the minimum wage, reform marijuana laws, secure LGBT rights)
August 4, 2015
A story Sunday wrongly said Philadelphia Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney would speak at a Sept. 15 campaign fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J), and that Norcross is unopposed for election. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said Kenney was a "featured guest" but had not been asked to speak. Alex Law is running against Norcross in next spring's Democratic primary. A headline Friday on a story about the singer Amy Black incorrectly gave her first name.
August 3, 2015 |
Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney's political connections stretch farther than the 215 area code. Kenney will be crossing the Delaware River this September to attend a fund-raiser for Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) as a special guest. Norcross represents New Jersey's First Congressional District and is running for reelection next year. He is also the brother of George E. Norcross III, a South Jersey Democratic power broker, and Philip Norcross, CEO of the Parker McCay law firm.
July 27, 2015 |
On a Thursday afternoon in early May, AlDora Sample was gasping for breath. She called 911 a few minutes past 5 p.m. from her home in Camden. But the paramedic squad stationed in the city was tending to a drug overdose, so the dispatcher summoned a team from three miles away, in Pennsauken. At rush hour, it took the medics more than 12 minutes to get to Sample's tan-sided house on Ware Street. Was that fast enough? Emergency medicine experts say evaluating a paramedic service based on its response times is a tricky proposition at best, depending on the type of emergency, geography, and other factors.
June 26, 2015 |
TRENTON - The dispute over whether Cooper University Hospital should take over emergency medical services in Camden intensified Wednesday, as the CEO of one of the current providers suggested that the legislative process was resembling "communist China. " Cooper quickly shot back, pointing to data released by Camden County claiming that Virtua frequently does not meet industry standards for response times. At issue is a bill, introduced this month and expected to reach the Legislature for a vote Thursday, that would let Cooper take over paramedic and basic life services in the city.
June 25, 2015 |
TRENTON - The budget introduced and advanced by New Jersey Democrats on Tuesday includes $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden. As reported last week, it also includes $2.5 million for Newark to help that city establish its own EMS operations. The Democrats' spending plan totals $35.3 billion and is expected to head to the floor of each house for a full vote Thursday. Paramedic services in Camden are currently provided by Virtua Health, which operates in every town in Camden and Burlington Counties.
June 24, 2015 |
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials stood in front of a verdant baseball diamond Monday morning in Camden. The field used to be a landfill where folks from across the city dumped their trash, including chemicals and medical waste. "As I look out behind me, I remember what it once was," U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J) said. But Norcross joined EPA officials not to tout a mission accomplished, but instead to focus on an area behind the ball field and playground, a part of the former landfill site that is not yet ready for development.