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TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would allow municipalities to require creditors who initiate a foreclosure proceeding to secure and maintain the vacant, foreclosed home was unanimously approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.
“We’ve seen the negative impact of vacant, foreclosed homes falling into disrepair within a community,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex, the Vice Chair of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. “When a home stands vacant and the property deteriorates, it can bring down property values of surrounding homes, and it can create a magnet for criminal activity. Through this legislation, we’re trying to require creditors to take responsibility for the homes they’re overseeing, so that these homes do not create a burden for the rest of the municipality.”
Veteran New Jersey reporter Robert Hennelly has a column today in Salon in which he bashes the New York Times for glosing over the "icon of cronyism" in its Christie coverage.Read More >
Guv prospects Fulop and Sweeney add voices to Silva, Stack and striking 1199 SEIU workers UNION CITY – They tried out their blue collar tough guy tonsils today in front of a purple-shirted crowd of striking healthcare workers – two of three as-yet-undeclared Democratic candidates for governor: Jersey City...
By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
“We’re going to hold the line until hell freezes over, and when hell freezes over, we’re going to hold the line on ice skates." - Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31), at yesterday's SEIU 1199 rally.- PolitickerNJ
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