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Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant […]

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures.  The […]

Hudson County seeks to sever ICE contract after years of protests

BY: - September 10, 2021

Hudson County officials are planning to exit their 10-year contract with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement to hold immigrant detainees at the county jail, a change that comes after years of protests by immigrant advocates. The move would make Bergen County the only publicly run jail in New Jersey that houses ICE detainees, following Essex […]

Four more counties given disaster declaration by FEMA for Ida damages

BY: - September 10, 2021

Residents in four more New Jersey counties will be able to apply directly for federal aid after the counties received a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday. Hudson, Essex, Mercer, and Union counties were added to the major disaster list, joining six other counties that on Monday received the declaration for […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people.  He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where […]

Nine days after Ida, counties still waiting on FEMA disaster declarations

BY: - September 10, 2021

Ida-impacted New Jersey counties remain absent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s list of initial major disaster declarations more than a week after the storm tore through New Jersey. Some counties hammered by floods left by the remnants of the hurricane — like Hudson, Essex, Union, and Mercer — were not initially issued the declaration, […]

Consumers should be wary of flooded cars hitting the market after Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 10, 2021

The car market has been a volatile one during the coronavirus pandemic, and now buyers should be extra careful as storm-ravaged vehicles could appear in the low-inventory market. Carfax estimated thousands of cars with flood damage from Hurricane Sandy were cleaned and place for sale on used car lots back in 2013. As New Jerseyans […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an […]

Case of Jersey City cop highlights lack of police transparency

BY: - September 9, 2021

It was a fight that started stupidly enough, as fights at boozy bashes tend to do. The party’s host got mad at a guest packing leftovers into a cooler to take home. The host threw tomatoes at him — and then went and grabbed a shotgun. “Today is your day!” he shouted at a few […]

Anti-vaccine group seeks judge’s recusal from Rutgers mandate case

BY: - September 9, 2021

Rutgers students and an anti-vaccine group suing the university in an attempt to override its vaccine mandate asked a U.S. District Court judge to recuse himself from the lawsuit, charging his time as a part-time Rutgers lecturer risks the appearance of a conflict. The suit, lodged last month by 12 current or future Rutgers students […]

N.J. takes first step in implementing historic housing discrimination law

BY: - September 9, 2021

New Jersey officials are reviewing proposed rules for a new law banning landlords from considering prospective tenants’ criminal histories, one intended to lessen racial discrimination in housing. It’s the first step in implementing what activists have called the strongest housing discrimination law in the country. It’s part of the “ban the box” movement,” a reference […]