April 19, 2014 |
Gov. Christie has named the dean of Seton Hall University School of Law to serve in the newly created position of ombudsman for his office - a step recommended by the review Christie commissioned as a result of the George Washington Bridge controversy. Patrick Hobbs will serve "as an independent resource to the Office of the Governor and . . . as an impartial outlet for employees to raise concerns," Christie's office said in a statement Thursday. Hobbs, who has served as dean for more than 13 years and is also chairman of a state watchdog agency, will be tasked with helping to hire a chief ethics officer and ensuring proper ethics training for employees.
March 14, 2012 |
When a nursing home resident can no longer make decisions, someone else has to make the tough ethical choices. Should the patient's life be prolonged with a ventilator or feeding tube? Has the time come to remove life support? What would this person have wanted? The family and the nursing home staff can wind up at loggerheads, unable to take the next step. New Jersey's ethics committees are helping families and nursing home staff make these tough decisions. The regional panels are made up of trained volunteer professionals with diverse backgrounds, including nursing, social work, long-term care, and clergy.
February 21, 2012 |
Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd created a "one-stop" growth team last year to try to attract businesses and development to increase the city's low tax base - $22.7 million for the $173 million 2011 budget. Despite Redd's proclamation last week in her "State of the City" address that the ombudsman and Business Growth and Development Team - comprised of city planning, development, code and legal officials, and nonprofit developers from the Cooper's Ferry Partnership - had made about 200 contacts, only a few projects have come to fruition.
February 19, 2012 |
Gov. Christie followed through on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, but did it with a twist Friday: He offered to appoint an ombudsman who would ensure that civil-union licenses are recognized and respected as equal to marriage licenses, as required by state law. "Same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples - as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits,"...
September 27, 2008 |
State Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman is pushing to establish an independent ombudsman's office to handle issues related to children in Pennsylvania's child-welfare system. Richman said yesterday that she will form a work group, which will include everyone from child advocates to legislative staff, to discuss the pros and cons of creating the independent office. In a statement yesterday, Richman said she is acting "amid recent health and safety concerns for children involved with Pennsylvania's child-welfare system.
August 22, 2008 |
Luis Silva, 54, of Mantua, ombudsman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, died of complications from surgery Tuesday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mr. Silva advocated for inmates' rights and investigated complaints about treatment and conditions in the state's correctional facilities. "His kindness, graciousness and consummate professionalism will be sorely missed," Corrections Commissioner George Hayman said. The department and the state benefited from Mr. Silva's dedication and commitment, Hayman said.
August 26, 2007 |
Philadelphia Yo, what we really need you to do is . . . get the city agencies to work - through direct public accountability. Every city agency has smart, committed, capable staff. Every agency also has rude, disengaged staff. When confronted with the latter, citizens have no credible recourse and often throw up their hands in frustration. There is a pervasive lack of professionalism and public accountability by city employees. People rely on constituent services from City Council because they see no other viable method for fixing problems.
May 3, 2006 |
Lee Roy Cade, 66, did something remarkable last week. He moved out of a nursing home. Cade arrived at the Centennial Village nursing home in West Philadelphia two years ago after a stroke. He needed a feeding tube and a diaper, and was unable to hold up his head. He had lost his left leg to diabetes. When he got better, he had no home or family to return to. "For a quite a number of decades, when an older person had been in a nursing home for more than three months . . . nobody thought they would leave," said Rosalie A. Kane, a professor at the University of Minnesota and national expert on long-term care.
July 26, 2004 |
In the first big speech of his administration, Gov. McGreevey declared war on sprawl. Flanked by preservationists and Environmental Commissioner Bradley Campbell, McGreevey unveiled the so-called Big Map, a blueprint to direct where development could and could not go, making enemies of builders across the state. A year and a half later, the tables have turned, and the Big Map has long since been abandoned. Now it is the environmentalists who are feuding with the McGreevey administration, concerned that a governor attempting to temper the conservation fervor of his first years in office might be swinging too sharply toward the builders' corner.