Degnan: 'We'll do whatever the legislatures tell us to'

Degnan: 'We'll do whatever the legislatures tell us to'

NEW YORK, NY - Even here, standing on the sidewalk outside the entrance to 7 World Trade Center in this bustling metropolis, newly-minted Chairman John Degnan's enthusiasm for reform at an embattled Port Authority comes across strong.

Grabbed by PolitickeNJ following a press conference where the governors of New York and New Jersey announced new plans to ramp-up security measures in the wake of growing terrorist threats abroad, Degnan said the bi-state agency, berated lately by the legislatures on both sides of the Hudson for mismanagement and corruption, is taking "calls for transparency seriously."

He rattled off a list of reforms the Port Authority -- which has been mired in scandal following allegations that last year's lane closings at the George Washington Bridge were politically motivated -- is already undergoing.

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Christie, Cuomo describe new global terrorist threat full of 'enemies hell-bent on our destruction'

Christie, Cuomo describe new global terrorist threat full of 'enemies hell-bent on our destruction'
Credit: Tim Larsen

NEW YORK, NY - The Sept. 11th terrorist attacks that brought down this tower and others in 2001 rocked the world and sent the U.S. into a decades-long push to root out the groups credited with responsibility. But 13 years on, New Jersey and New York's governors say the threat of global terrorism persists -- and now poses an even greater challenge to the region and country than it did before.

At a press conference this morning at 7 World Trade Center where the pair announced plans for mapping out an improved, coordinated security and safety strategy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described a "new, more complex" global terrorism network facing the U.S. and the world, one discernibly different than anything that has come before.

"When it was Al Qaeda it was Al Qaeda," Cuomo said. "It was a group that was identifiable, it was a place that was identifiable. It's almost as if the terrorist threat has metastasized, it's grown larger in numbers. People estimate ISIS at over 30,000 people. So it is larger, more sophisticated, it has more resources, it's more complex than it was. And we are still one of the top targets, so for us, if anything, the challenge has grown."

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Former Seaville Fire Chief and son indicted for fraud

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and his son, a member of that volunteer force, were indicted today for allegedly receiving payments of approximately $46,000 based on fraudulent invoices and receipts they submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Upper Township Fire Commissioners.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained the state grand jury indictments of Eugene Spiegel, 51, and Jacob Spiegel, 20, who are both of Seaville. It is alleged that through their fraudulent claims, Eugene stole $44,722 and Jacob stole $1,275.  Eugene was charged with second-degree official misconduct, second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct, two counts of third-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree falsifying records.  Jacob was charged with second-degree official misconduct, second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct and third-degree theft by deception.

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Author Donnelly fields his all-time Yankees team

Author Donnelly fields his all-time Yankees team

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – What follows may come across as heresy to certain Yankees fans – or something unspeakable to those of another stripe – but what cannot be forgotten – or denied - is the fact that the man who this afternoon graciously shared his opinions with PolitickerNJ literally wrote the book on this subject: “How the Yankees Explain New York.”

Chris Donnelly of Ewing Twp., spokesman for Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), stood in the yawning interior of a steelyard warehouse here with Derek Jeter playing in his last handful of games, and gave his all-time Yankees lineup.

Here it is…

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"Jersey Shore" reality TV star "The Situation" now in legal situation, indicted for tax crimes involving $8.9 million in income

"Jersey Shore" reality TV star "The Situation" now in legal situation, indicted for tax crimes involving $8.9 million in income

NEWARK - Television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, famed for his appearance on the reality cable TV show Jersey Shore, and his brother Marc Sorrentino are expected to appear in federal court in Newark on Wednesday to face an indictment alleging they did not properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income Michael Sorrentino received from promotional activities, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Michael Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino are charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Th brothers also are charged with three and two counts, respectively, of filing false tax returns for 2010 through 2012. Michael Sorrentino faces an additional count for allegedly failing to file a tax return for 2011. The defendants are expected to surrender to special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and United States Marshals prior to their court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

“According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances,” said Fishman in a written statement. “The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”

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At 7 World Trade Center, Christie, Cuomo announce 'unprecedented level of collaboration' in anti-terrorism plan

At 7 World Trade Center, Christie, Cuomo announce 'unprecedented level of collaboration' in anti-terrorism plan

NEW YORK, NY - Ten days after announcing a bi-state partnership to review and beef up safety and security measures in the wake of heightened tension between the U.S. and terrorist networks aboard, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed a memorandum of understanding that "codifies much of the cooperative efforts between state and local agencies to work together in a way they haven't before."

"There's no doubt that these are serious times," Cuomo, who appeared here at 7 World Trade Center alongside Christie to announce a new round of security measures following from closed doors meetings between law enforcement officials on both sides of the Hudson that took place over the last 10 days, said. "The increased tensions with the international terrorist community is undeniable. It's also undeniable that this region is a potential target for offensive activity and retaliation by the terrorist community. We know that. As elected officials, public safety is job one, and our job is to make sure that we're doing everything we can do to be prepared."

Today's presser comes a week after Christie and Cuomo convened to announce their bi-state partnership, a collaborative effort on the part of local, state, and federal agencies to begin mapping out an improved, coordinated anti-terrorism plan for the region. Today, the two announced the first round of recommendations stemming from that plan, described as an "unprecedented level of collaboration that will continue for the next 100 days" by New York Superintendent of State Police Joseph D'Amico.

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Past League of Muncipalities Prez: ' I would support a rise in the gas tax'

Past League of Muncipalities Prez: ' I would support a rise in the gas tax'
Credit: Facebook
Hope Mayor Timothy McDonough

Wretched, abysmal traffic and worn out roads pockmarked with potholes characterize New Jersey’s quality of life, lawmakers grimly confirmed this morning as the Assembly Transportation Committee kicked around the possibility of a hike in the gas tax to replenish the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), with several local voices signifying support.

Hope Mayor Timothy McDonough, an independent and transportation expert from Warren County and a past president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, seeks a consistent funding source for the TTF.

“Without bold action on this matter New Jersey cannot move forward,” McDonough told the committee.

This was the mayor's point of view, not the League's.

Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22), vice chair of the committee, pressed him on how to find the funds.

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President of Montclair State U rips state officials over higher education

President of Montclair State U rips state officials over higher education

While welcoming the Assembly Transportation Committee to Montclair State University after everyone had settled in and publicly gloried in the surroundings of the North Jersey campus, Dr. Susan Cole quickly detoured to shred state government’s higher education policies.

The president of Montclair, Cole told the transportation committee that New Jersey government’s approach to its higher education franchise is “severely limiting the state’s ability to prosper.”

Cole said New Jersey continues to forego important opportunities, “causing us to lose 30,000 students every year billions of dollars in education expenditure.”

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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