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Archive for June 4th, 2008

STATE – Four-term Sen. Frank Lautenberg easily defeated Rep. Rob Andrews to win the Democratic Party nomination to run for one of the state’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Lautenberg will face former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer in the November general election.

Lautenberg, 84, is heavily favored in the general election. New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate in 36 years.

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UNION COUNTY – The Freeholder Board introduced a $437.7 million budget last week which calls for an average $68 increase per household in county taxes.

Mandated costs, such as salaries, health insurance and pensions had largely contributed to a $26 million deficit, which was subsequently cut in half to $13.074 million through the Budget Committee and Finance Department.

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ELIZABETH – Four-term Mayor Chris Bollwage easily defeated political newcomer Edward Bryant Koon in Elizabeth’s Democratic primary.

Bollwage won by more than 3,000 votes, 4,896 to 1,815 according to unofficial totals.

Koon, a senior officer at the Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabeth, made crime and property taxes the top issues of his campaign.

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SOUTH AMBOY—An Ocean Township-based real estate development company was recently named redeveloper for 50 acres of the South Amboy waterfront.

The site, which is currently owned by Reliant Energy, has significant soil and water contamination. While four outdated oil fired power generators continue to operate on site, the Werner power plant has been decommissioned for about 15 years.

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CLARK—Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada, Freeholder Nancy Ward, and Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso announced Monday that Union County has reached an agreement to purchase the American-Hungarian Citizens Club and its grounds, totaling .77 acres, for $625,000 through the Union County Open Space, Historic Preservation, and Recreation Trust Fund.

The Hungarian Club was built in 1935, and had hundreds of members during its heyday in the 40s and 50s. However, membership has dwindled over the past 20 years, forcing members to consider the sale of the 4,600 square foot club hall and its grounds. The triangle-shaped property is just off Old Raritan Road, adjacent to the reservoir in Clark.

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CARTERET—Last week, Mayor Dan Reiman, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection and local stakeholders formally signed Carteret’s Waterfront Brownfields Development Agreement. The agreement will allow for up to $5 million annually in state funds in brownfields remediation along Carteret’s Waterfront Park and Redevelopment Area.

“This B.D.A. designation is a milestone in the development of Carteret’s waterfront properties,” Reiman said. “The importance of this remediation – and the potential of these formerly abandoned sites – cannot be understated. We are already seeing evidence of our waterfront’s potential with our Waterfront Park. The evolution of this area as a center for transit and a mixed-use residential setting will help redefine Carteret, and will play a significant role in the ongoing economic rejuvenation of our town. This BDA designation and its funding will provide $25 million in necessary remediation over the next five years to further our development of a marina, ferry, and water front transit village.”

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LINDEN—On May 17, Infineum USA L.P. employees, family members and Linden neighbors walked to save lives at the 2008 American Heart Walk. Infineum employees joined other walkers from the area to raise funds which will help support American Heart Association’s research and education, community programs and advocacy.

Infineum’s U.S. operations and employees have steadily committed their spirit, resources and time to community efforts and charitable causes. One of the causes that is close to the heart of many Infineum employees is the education of their community about heart disease. This is why Infineum and its employees are supporters of the Annual American Heart Walk.

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