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Archive for August 20th, 2008

MOUNTAINSIDE – Attorney Annette Quijano narrowly edged out Elizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste to replace former Assemblyman Neil Cohen in a special election held Tuesday.

Cohen, who represented a district which includes Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Roselle and Union Township, resigned last month while under investigation for allegedly possessing child pornography images.

Quijano, 46, an assistant counsel to Gov. Jon Corzine, defeated Perkins-Auguste 87-82 in the vote by county committee members from the district’s four towns. Quijano is the first minority representative to fill a legislative seat in the district, despite the fact that it has a minority-majority population.

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ROSELLE—Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith introduced a plan at last week’s Borough Council Workshop Meeting that calls for Roselle and the City of Linden to study a potential shared service agreement for fire services.

“What I’m asking us to do is what the state of New Jersey is asking us to do and that is sit down with Linden and see if there are ways we can save our taxpayers money,” Smith said. “We can no longer afford to live the way that we’ve been living.”

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ELIZABETH – Colombian authorities arrested the reputed final member of one of Union County’s most notorious drug rings last week, and local authorities are working on his extradition to the United States.

Alejandro Cleves, 28, was arrested in Colombia on Aug. 12. At one point, the reputed drug kingpin was allegedly responsible for shipping between three and six kilograms of heroin a week to parts of the east coast from New York to Florida.

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UNION COUNTY – Union County residents can get big savings on gasoline by practicing safe driving habits, according to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“You may have heard that moderate driving is more fuel-efficient, but the actual results can surprise you,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “Moderate driving uses much less gas and reduces global warming emissions. It helps to make our roads safer, too.”

The savings from moderate driving can easily go over 30%, depending on a driver’s current habits. Four of the most effective strategies are also the easiest to do:

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TRENTON – One of the two principal members of the so-called “Route 35 Crew” pleaded guilty last Thursday to committing 11 armed bank robberies and two other robberies between November 2006 and August 2007, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

Michael Green, 30, of Linden pleaded guilty to a three-count Information charging him with one count of bank robbery, as well as one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and Hobbs Act Robbery, and one count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent offense, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack. Following the guilty plea, U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano ordered Green returned to custody, where he has been since his arrest on Nov. 10, 2007. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

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WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac and the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management announced last week that every Woodbridge Township household will be receiving a “Safe & Secure” Registry for Disasters form and urged all residents with a “special need” to fill out and return the self-addressed form to the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management.

“If you have a ‘special need’ and require assistance when it comes time to evacuate your home or business during an emergency, then you need to fill out the form and send it to the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management,” said McCormac. “We are urging township residents who may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or other limitations, or lack of transportation, to sign up for the ‘special needs’ registry… that way, we’ll know who to help in advance of an emergency situation when time is of the essence.”

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TRENTON – Last week, Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) vowed to intervene legislatively to block an Edison special election on a $57.8 million bond issue because the Sept. 30 date for the vote falls on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

“It would be unconscionable for anyone to push ahead with the bond vote once they realized it would fall on Rosh Hashanah,” said Buono, who represents Edison.

The Democratic lawmaker said she would seek emergency legislative approval of a bill she is drafting to authorize the state to change the four possible dates for special school board elections if it is discovered they fall on religious holidays.

“I called Governor Corzine and he agreed to meet with Jewish leaders from the Edison area to realize the extent of their concerns about this use of the electoral process,” said Buono.

Next, she said she would seek authorization from Senate President Richard J. Codey to call the Senate into session to pass the bill in time to block the Sept. 30 election.

“I am confident the leaders of both the Senate and the Assembly will do whatever is necessary to expedite passage of this legislation,” said Buono, chair of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

Though there is no date for the Senate to return for a voting session, Buono said she would seek permission for special legislative action.

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