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

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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