Government

High court begins consideration of executive order to banish COAH

In June 2011, Christie placed state affordable housing policy under executive control by transferring COAH’s functions to the Department of Community Affairs. Once that executive order took effect, the Fair Share Housing Center immediately appealed it, and in March 2012, the Appellate Division decided Christie’s reorganization plan violated state law, reinstating COAH’s authority over municipalities’ ...

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Cooper Health System will pay 12.6 million to settle kickback allegations

The investigation was spurred by a whistle-blower’s federal lawsuit claiming Cooper engaged in improper consulting and compensation arrangements with the local physicians who served on its Heart Institute’s advisory board. The multiyear, joint federal and state probe examined how those doctors were compensated and what services they provided to Cooper in return.Allegations that Cooper had ...

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Sandy grant helps hire 500 for storm cleanup

Labor and Workforce Commissioner Harold J. Wirths made the announcement during a visit to Hillsborough, one of the communities utilizing grant-funded workers. Some 22 people are working in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, the state said.“The day after the storm hit, my staff went to work to secure this National Emergency Grant with the goal of ...

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SBA loan volume surges 23 percent in N.J. for quarter

Al Titone, SBA New Jersey district director, said the quarter extended the growth trend from the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012, which at $605 million was the third-highest year on record for SBA lending to New Jersey businesses.More than 90 banks and other lenders make SBA loans to New Jersey businesses, with repayment partially ...

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Choose New Jersey ad campaign launched at inauguration

“We want people to know that … New Jersey is a state that stands strong in the face of adversity,” Choose New Jersey Inc. President and CEO Tracye McDaniel said in prepared remarks. “Home to 21 Fortune 500 companies, 17 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and countless other financial, technology and manufacturing firms, we ...

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Newark taps Lesniak law firm in Prudential case

But the influential lawmaker is dismissing concerns about a possible conflict of interest.On Wednesday night, the Newark Municipal Council was slated to approve a year-long contract with Weiner Lesniak after a bidding process that received 13 proposals, according to council documents. In a separate memo dated Jan. 16, the city’s corporation counsel notes that Newark ...

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EDA approves loan program with TD Bank

The board had a relatively light agenda for its first meeting of 2013, following a busy 2012 that saw the agency provide $591 million in financing to 222 projects, creating some 4,600 jobs, according to initial estimates. In new business, the board approved the creation of the “TD Bank New Jersey Advantage Program,” in partnership ...

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Lottery outsourcing bid, looming unemployment surcharge top legislative agenda

At today’s hearing, Assembly Budget Chair Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) said “it’s getting a little frustrating” that state Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff and New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger declined an invitation to appear before the committee, which ultimately advanced one bill that would require legislative approval of any lottery management bids and another bill ...

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Development backers cheer plan to overhaul incentives

A bill set to be introduced Monday would consolidate five incentive programs into two, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal. The Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant would be kept and modified, while the Grow New Jersey program would be revised to integrate pieces of the Urban Transit Hub tax credit, ...

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UPDATED Hunts Point says no deal reached to stay in N.Y.

“At our board meeting on Tuesday, January 8th, our board voted to reject an offer from the City of New York to modify the current lease extension terms at our location in the Bronx. A Crains.com story from Tuesday afternoon has incorrectly indicated that the co-op has reached a ‘tentative’ agreement with the city in regards ...

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