Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Ferriero files sought

Federal investigators have intensified their investigation of powerful Democratic powerbroker Joseph Ferriero, issuing subpoenas for all documents related to his work for a public authority long criticized for political patronage. (Jeff Whelan, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121618301837120.xml&coll=1

New Jersey legislators call for full transparency

WASHINGTON — Two New Jersey Democratic lawmakers, citing concerns about political “cronyism,” yesterday proposed legislation to reform the way the Justice Department hires private lawyers to monitor corporate fraud settlements. (Robert Cohen, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121618303137120.xml&coll=1

Jersey firms contribute generously

Two engineering firms this year contributed $7,800 each, or the maximum amount allowed under state election law, to a primary election slate of two Burlington County freeholders and a county clerk candidate. (Maya Rao, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080716_Firms_doing_business_in_S__Jersey_donate_generously_to_campaigns.html

Time is running out

The window has closed on Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to lure thou sands of senior state workers into retirement.

The deadline was 6 p.m. yesterday for eligible workers who wanted to sign on to the deal that promised enhanced health benefits and boosted retirement pay for those who agreed to step down by Aug. 1. (The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121618305637120.xml&coll=1

League seeks housing reversal

The N.J. State League of Municipalities asked a state appeals court yesterday to overturn new affordable housing regulations enacted June 2 by the Council on Affordable Housing, saying they are a potential burden to property-tax payers. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121618294437120.xml&coll=1

Sharing is fun!

Joseph J. Roberts Jr., speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly, yesterday rolled out plans to greatly expand the powers of a commission whose job is to push some of the state’s 566 municipalities into mergers or shared services. (Jan Hefler, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080716_Commission_to_push_referendums_on_shared_county_services.html

New Jersey employees hit hard

The fund that bankrolls pensions for 700,000 New Jersey teachers and government workers lost billions on Wall Street over the past year, leaving taxpayers facing the prospect of higher contributions to make up the difference. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121618301437120.xml&coll=1

Closed campaign left open indefinitely

Seven years after he lost his race for governor, Republican Bret Schundler would like to shut down his campaign. Technically, he can’t. (The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1216189558248290.xml&coll=3

Ganz denies being targeted

Two FBI agents questioned Bergen County Freeholder David Ganz for almost three hours about his connection with a grants consulting firm that is under investigation, Ganz said Tuesday. (Michael Gartland, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/Freeholder_grilled_by_FBI.html

A scandal that goes back to Utah

TRENTON — The recently appointed director of the city’s public library system and her husband are facing a lawsuit and a criminal probe over allegations they participated in a $1.5 million embezzlement scheme in Utah. (Lisa Coryell and Kevin Shea, The Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1216181208305230.xml&coll=5

Officials offer energy options

Reducing energy consumption, generating more electricity through renewable resources like solar and wind and building new power plants, possibly nuclear, are all part of a plan state officials will soon begin finalizing to meet energy demand for years to come. (Trish. G. Graber, The Sunbeam)

http://www.nj.com/news/sunbeam/index.ssf?/base/news-4/121619641686870.xml&coll=9

Education referendum fails

An activist Bayonne parent is giving up on her quest to place a referendum on the November ballot to have an elected school board in Bayonne. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1216189543248290.xml&coll=3

Mayor considers four-day work week

PARSIPPANY — Mayor Michael Luther said Monday he is reviewing but has not formed an opinion on implementing a four-day municipal work week. (Rob Jennings, The Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080716/COMMUNITIES38/807160390/1005/NEWS01

Scandal could like in Galante sale

Camden Diocese Bishop Joseph Galante sold his North Wildwood beach property last year to an Italian businessman recently accused of scamming real estate investors to purchase Catholic Church properties. (Stephanie Brown, Gloucester County Times)

Vineland fights for electricity independence

VINELAND — City electric utility officials Tuesday night urged City Council to quickly approve a $60 million plan they said would give Vineland the electrical independence it requires within four years. (Robert Press, The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080716/NEWS01/807160312&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Pool company broke consumer laws

TRENTON — The state is suing Castaway Pools & Spas of Vineland for allegedly violating consumer fraud and home improvement contracting laws. (The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080716/NEWS01/807160317

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Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, July 16, 2008