Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.

Democrats, GOP agree on new legislative map for N.J.

By: - February 18, 2022

Republicans and Democrats adopted new legislative district boundaries Friday, their bipartisan vote an unprecedented compromise for a commission that has historically relied on a court-appointed tiebreaker to end partisan gridlock. The adopted map is likely to favor Republicans by making some competitive districts friendlier to the minority party and pitting four Democratic senators against each […]

Nearly 400 New Jersey cops faced major discipline last year

By: , and - February 17, 2022

Burlington County Correctional Sgt. Matthew Peer channeled his inner Hulk Hogan when he leaped off a metal table onto inmates to break up a jail fight. Newark Police Officer Tigee Pagan let a civilian drive his police car “in an unsafe manner” and posted a video of the illicit joy ride to Instagram. Jersey City […]

Disabled veterans decry spotty transportation services

By: - February 17, 2022

New Jersey veterans with disabilities told Assembly lawmakers Wednesday they face a complex web of disconnected transportation services when trying to reach Veterans Affairs hospitals. In a hearing before the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, former service members recounted tales of late and missing rides, unreturned calls, and long waits that forced some to […]

More than 50% of N.J. corrections workers remain unvaccinated hours before mandate deadline

By: - February 16, 2022

Less than half of New Jersey’s state corrections workers are vaccinated hours before the deadline requiring they have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the extent of the mandate’s impact on prison staffing likely won’t come into sharp relief for weeks. About 43% of the roughly 7,280 civilian and uniformed staff at […]

N.J. Supreme Court chief justice won’t fill vacancy on court

By: - February 16, 2022

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner won’t appoint a second temporary member to the state’s highest judicial body following the retirement of Associate Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina. Rabner’s decision leaves the court with six members until Gov. Phil Murphy nominates a replacement approved by the state Senate, which has yet to act on Murphy’s […]

Bill would revive stalled rule requiring state’s voting machines leave paper trail

By: - February 16, 2022

For more than a decade, a New Jersey law requiring the state’s counties to use voting machines that can create a paper record of every vote cast has gone unenforced because of the amount of money it would cost counties. That may soon change. A new bill — sponsored by Sens. Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) and […]

Murphy, lawmakers unveil plan to cap certain drug prices

By: - February 15, 2022

New Jersey will move to cap prices on insulin, asthma inhalers, and devices like EpiPens in a bid to slow ever-growing drug prices, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday alongside a group of legislators. “With these efforts, we will join the growing number of states that are saying ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to rising […]

Gill joins push for nursing home deaths investigation

By: - February 14, 2022

Republicans’ long-stalled push to investigate widespread COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey nursing homes got a boost after gaining a Democratic ally. State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) has taken up prime sponsorship of a resolution that would create the New Jersey Nursing Home Pandemic Response Investigation Committee, a select Senate panel endowed with subpoena powers. “I […]

Lawmakers say bill would cut cost of prescription drugs

By: - February 11, 2022

Senate lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill legislators claim would make some prescription drugs more affordable. The measure (S334), which was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, would require insurance carriers to pass onto consumers the financial benefits they receive from drug price negotiators. Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), the committee’s chairwoman and one of […]

Senate hearing expected on same-day voter registration

By: - February 10, 2022

New Jersey lawmakers intend to hold a hearing on legislation that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day, but it’s still unclear when — or if — the proposal will see a committee vote. The bill is scheduled to come up for a discussion-only hearing at the Senate State Government, Wagering, and […]

Court should revisit case law allowing police to lie to suspects, justice says

By: - February 9, 2022

A New Jersey Supreme Court justice on Tuesday signaled the high court could re-examine case law that allows police interrogators to lie when questioning suspects. After concurring with the court’s unanimous decision to overturn the conviction of a woman found guilty of assaulting an infant in her care, Justice Barry Albin said the court will eventually have […]

New Jerseyans can now apply for $35K in state mortgage assistance

By: - February 9, 2022

New Jersey began accepting applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance for homeowners impacted by the pandemic Tuesday. The program, announced last month, is open to homeowners who can demonstrate they experienced pandemic-related financial hardship after Jan. 20, 2020, and whose income does not exceed 150% of their area’s median income. You must own and […]