Morning News Digest: March 3, 2009

N.J. bill would require details on hospital errors TRENTON – New Jersey hospitals might soon be required to make public

N.J. bill would require details on hospital errors

TRENTON – New Jersey hospitals might soon be required to make public more detailed information on medical errors. A bill moving through the legislature requires the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to publish how often certain errors occur at each hospital. (Segall, AP)

Guilty plea from former historical society official

The former treasurer of the Bordentown Historical Society pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $84,000 from the organization. Barry Hausser, 63, will be sentenced to six to 12 months in jail and must repay the money. (Inquirer)

Corzine may raise income taxes for N.J.'s wealthiest

Gov. Jon Corzine is considering raising income taxes on New Jersey's wealthiest residents, a wage freeze and 12-day furlough for state workers, and increases in the cigarette, wine and liquor taxes, according to people familiar with budget negotiations. (Heininger, Star-Ledger)

JCP&L plan: 90 new jobs by next year

MORRISTOWN — In response to Gov. Jon Corzine's call for capital projects to help stimulate the flagging economy, Jersey Central Power & Light is proposing $51 million in infrastructure and energy efficiency projects that could create 90 new jobs between 2009 and 2010. (Bruno, Record)

N.J. open space groups oppose bill backing green energy for farms

Farmers in New Jersey have long tried creative methods to stave off bankruptcy, and their latest push to harvest wind and sun for electricity is gathering steam with a boost from state lawmakers. (Chambers, Star-Ledger)

Fisher set to start ag job

Assemblyman Doug Fisher will begin his duties as New Jersey's agriculture secretary by the end of the week, the governor's office confirmed on Monday. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Developer wants to build 168 units in Middle Township

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – A Missouri-based development company is proposing a 168-unit affordable-housing apartment complex in Rio Grande. Top Sail Cos. will appear before the Middle Township Zoning Board on March 12 to seek variances for their proposed project called "The Meadows of Rio Grande." Approval of use variances would be the first step in a multiple-step process that also requires approval from Middle Township Committee and from the state's Council On Affordable Housing, or COAH. (Ianierri, Press of Atlantic City)

Highland Park mayor, sworn in as U.N. representative, relishes 'dream job'

HIGHLAND PARK — Mayor Meryl Frank, who was sworn in Friday as the United States' official representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, called the new role a "dream job." (Amuthan, Courier News)

Corzine says snowstorm may cost state up to $7M

TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine says the storm could cost the state anywhere from $2.5 million to $7 million, depending on its severity. So far, the governor says New Jersey has spent about $22 million on this winter's "frequent snow events," an amount that's about twice as much as what was budgeted for this year. (AP)

Sources: NJ gov considers 12-day worker furlough

TRENTON — Two state officials say New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine is considering requiring state workers to take 12 days of unpaid furloughs starting in July. The officials, who were briefed on Corzine's budget proposal, spoke on condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to talk about the spending plan. (AP)

Republicans will seek to avoid primary in '10 race vs. Adler

At their election night party in Mount Laurel, while Burlington County Democrats were ecstatically watching the best returns they've seen in recent memory roll in, local Democratic chairman Rick Perr followed newly minted Congressman-Elect John Adler's (D-Cherry Hill) victory speech with a joke that lent a sobering reminder to an otherwise heady atmosphere. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

In Passaic, Blanco lands Ellen, Capuana runs with Garcia – and Sandoval jockeys

Having vanquished a field of four other men in last November’s special election, Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco appears to have strengthened his position heading into the May 12th municipal election where he hopes to secure a full, four-year term. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Jersey City Independent launches

What with shrinking news holes, drastic staff cuts, struggling news bureaus, looming financial crisis, brethren in the online world facing uphill struggles and poignant efforts to rescue the traditional newspapers we all grew up with, it's been a demoralizing year for New Jerseyans who depend on newspapers to help them comprehend and analyze the world – and the state – we live in. Today, in one corner of the Garden State – Jersey City – a handful of journalists officially flipped the light switch on in a new venture, a non-profit website covering that city's news, politics and culture: The Jersey City Independent. (Efthim, Blue Jersey) Morning News Digest: March 3, 2009