Morning News Digest: May 22, 2009

Richardson and Sottolano get top spots in Jersey City runoff ballot

It's two for two for the incumbents. Jersey City Ward A Councilman Michael Sottolano and Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson got the top ballot slots in the June 9 runoff for City Council. (Clark, The Jersey Journal)

East Orange drug kingpin suspect fails to attend bail hearing

One of the four accused kingpins in an East Orange drug trafficking network remains at large after failing to show up at his bail hearing. (Brubaker, The Star Ledger)

Coniglio defense seeks dismissal of verdict Needing a strong turnout in Bergen County

If he hopes to win the governor’s seat, former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie selectively prosecuted Joseph Coniglio on corruption charges, the convicted former state senator from Paramus contends in legal papers seeking to dismiss his indictment. (Sampson, The Record)

New tax plan has wealthy residents paying more in taxes

Make $400,000 in New Jersey and be treated like a millionaire — at least when it comes to a new tax plan that puts the state near the top in the country for income taxes. (Reitmeyer, The Record)

Passaic mayor losing Volvo

Two days after voters swept Mayor Alex Blanco to reelection victory, collectors for Blanco's creditors arrived in Passaic looking to impound his personal vehicle — a black 2007 Volvo S80, according to a copy of the order of seizure. (Macinnes, The Record)

Autism insurer bill goes forward New Jersey

Health insurers would be required to cover treatments for autism and other developmental disabilities under a bill approved by the state Assembly Thursday, aimed at stemming the need for costly therapy in later years. (Graber, The Gloucester County Times)

County picks parks chief

The longtime head of the YMCA here has been tapped to lead Gloucester County's Department of Parks and Recreation. Chuck Rose has been hired to replace John Vinci, who left after less than a year to take over as executive director of the Gloucester County Utilities Authority. (McCarthy, The Gloucester County Times)

Teacher sentenced in witness tampering

A Gloucester County teacher has been sentenced to four years in prison for trying to persuade a 17-year-old student to recant allegations of a sexual relationship with another teacher. (Boyer, The Inquirer)

Lisa Jackson says "licensed site professional" program worth trying

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and former New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa Jackson said Monday that the proposal to overhaul New Jersey's site remediation program by using licensed private contractors is worth trying because the contaminated sites aren't getting cleaned up under the current system. (The Inquirer)

NJ's beaches ready for Memorial Day

New Jersey's beaches and lakes are bracing for the Memorial Day holiday crush of visitors who signal the unofficial start of the summer tourism season. (AP)

Trump company makes pitch for suites at golf course in Colts Neck

The Trump Organization argued Thursday that it must provide overnight lodging at its golf course here in order to compete with world-class golf facilities that host prestigious professional golf tournaments. (Rizzo, Asbury Park Press)

County executive wants others to chip in on Boscov’s rescue

Atlantic City is the final government agency needed to approve a loan guarantee that would help the entire Boscov’s department store chain stay in business. (Ortiz, Press of Atlantic City)

A.C. housing panel puts executive director on leave

Ricci sat at the end of the commission's meeting table Thursday as the board voted and asked if he should remain in his director's chair until the end of the meeting. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Rally hopes to prevent layoff of South Amboy police officers

The more than 100 people who attended Wednesday's rally at City Hall were told by the City Council that its unlikely it will go back on its plans to layoff the police department's five most junior police officers as early as July 1. (Rommel, Courier News)

Swine flu shuts down school in Fort Lee

An elementary school in Fort Lee will be closed until Tuesday after an 8-year-old student was diagnosed with swine flu. Fort Lee's School 3 is the second northern New Jersey school to be shut down this week due to a confirmed case of the virus. An in Union City, Hudson County, was closed after five cases were confirmed. (Courier Post)

Teachers get tough with Camco board

At first, the evening felt more like a Memorial Day picnic than a political showdown. Teachers' union members members and supporters by the dozens — an estimated 300 or more — poured into a park here Thursday. They ate hot dogs, listened to the Rolling Stones and soaked up the late-afternoon sun. But they were here to rally, get angry and play hardball with the Camden County freeholders, who have asked local school boards to reduce costs and the property-tax burden. (Smeltz, Courier Post)


A day after the feds dropped charges on him to add to already existing state charges, the state Attorney General’s Office today filed more corruption charges against former Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Judge temporarily halts Rumana from issuing campaign pieces on Rottino's development business

A Superior Court Judge has ordered Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) to temporarily stop issuing campaign pieces and robocalls that refer to opponent Anthony Rottino’s development business. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: May 22, 2009