Distressed cities

Karrow Asks If Scandal Will Finally Prod Corzine to Account for 'Special Municipal Aid'

In the wake of the abrupt resignation of Community Affairs Commissioner Joe Doria, Senator Marcia Karrow, R-Warren/Hunterdon, urged Governor Jon Corzine to immediately freeze accounts that hold money earmarked for "Special Municipal Aid," also known as "Distressed Cities" aid.

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Karrow: Corzine Finance Board Rubber Stamps More 'Distressed City' Aid

The governor's local finance board has approved more than $101 million in aid to five cities over the last few weeks without imposing one meaningful restriction on spending. It's time to put fair and rational limits on Special Municipal Aid.

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Karrow and Oroho: 'Special' Aid Still Flows Freely to Privileged Few as Corzine Demands Middle Class Sacrifice

Senators Steven Oroho and Marcia Karrow, Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed dismay that Governor Jon Corzine's Local Finance Board decided to award $5 million to Jersey City this morning under the "Special Municipal Aid" program.

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Oroho and Karrow: Corzine Furloughs Some, Pampers Others

Senators Steven Oroho and Marcia Karrow expressed disbelief and frustration with the Corzine administration for its decision today to grant more than $80 million in so-called "Special Municipal Aid" to three cities that have no stated plans to make sacrifices next year that many other communities are being forced to make during this recession.

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BECK, O’SCANLON, CASAGRANDE ON AUDITORS REPORT ON “DISTRESSED CITIES” AID: WE TOLD YOU SO

12TH District Legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said today that a report by a state auditor outlining numerous failures to comply with state statutes governing the program confirm exactly what they’ve been saying for months.

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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