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|Infighting and Turmoil in NJ - Inside Higher EdGoogle News / 58 min. ago more|
Inside Higher EdInfighting and Turmoil in NJInside Higher Ed... senior administrators have been fired, board members have fought in public and federal and state officials have launched investigations. And now the college is at risk of losing its accreditation after being placed on probation by its accreditor ...
|Newark Area Welfare Committee distributes 300 food boxes to families in needNewark Post / 3 h. 13 min. ago more|
More than 300 families will have a brighter Christmas season, thanks to dozens of volunteers from the Newark Area Welfare Committee who spent three days packing and distributing boxes full of food for the holidays.
|Jennifer Gould KeilEast Village joins Ainsworth tequila partyNewark News / 3 h. 45 min. ago more|
The Ainsworth East Village, at 64 Third Ave., is the latest in a series of new openings for the nameplate here and across the country. By March, a Nashville and a Wall Street Ainsworth are slated to open, said Paige Hospitality Group founder Matt Shendell, and the group's president, Brian Mazza, to be followed this fall by a location in Newark, NJ, at 819 Broad St., and a Kansas City branch.
|Ex-Gov. resigns from hospital board amid questions about friend's 'low-show' jobNJ.com / 10 h. 10 min. ago more|
The episode cost the the financially struggling University Hospital in Newark more than $500,000. Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco said Sunday he will step down at the end of the month as board chairman of New Jersey's only public acute-care hospital, amid revelations he had promoted a friend to serve as his assistant in a "low-show" six-figure job. Gov. Chris Christie accepted DiFrancesco's resignation as chairman of University Hospital in Newark, Christie's spokesman Brian Murray said. NJ Advance Media on Monday reported that DiFrancesco had recommended attorney Jill Cooperman for a legal position at the hospital in 2013, shortly after he became chairman. Cooperman was hired as a $94,000-a-year staff attorney in the general counsel's office. DiFrancesco quickly repurposed her job as his assistant to help him create a foundation for the cash-starved Newark hospital, according to an investigator hired by the board in 2016 in response to a whistleblower's complaint. The investigation deemed Cooperman held an inappropriately managed "no-show" or "low-show" job. She left in April 2016. The episode cost the the financially struggling hospital more than $500,000: $266,100 for Cooperman's salary from January 2014 through April 2016; $60,000 for her severance package, $175,000 in severance for the whistleblower, and $12,000 for the law firm - Porzio Bromberg & Newman of Morristown -- that investigated the claim, according to the hospital. On Friday, Linda Schwimmer, president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a consumer watchdog group, called on Gov. Christie to remove DiFrancesco over the controversy. Christie should ax ex-governor as hospital chair, watchdog says University Hospital, a 519-bed teaching facility, north Jersey's only top level trauma center and the largest provider of charity care in the state, operates on a $674 million budget with a $6 million deficit. With his term on the board expiring in June, and a new governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, taking control in mid-January, DiFrancesco on Sunday offered to leave. But he made no mention of the controversy in his letter. "Thank you for the honor to serve as the first Chairman of Board of University Hospital. When you appointed me, the challenge was clear: help build a new hospital essentially from scratch to care for some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents and create a teaching institution to train future generations of New Jersey physicians and nurses," according to DiFrancesco's letter to Christie and provided to NJ Advance Media by the former governor's spokesman. "When I first joined the University Hospital Board in July, 2013, we were tested right from the start to build an effective structure. We have succeeded to a considerable degree in creating a strong operation that serves our community," according to DiFrancesco's letter. "I've dedicated significant effort to helping University Hospital achieve its goals and am proud of what we have achieved," according to DiFrancesco's letter to the governor. "I want nothing more than to see the Institution be successful. Although I have only six months remaining on my term, I believe this is the right time for me to step aside. As such, I will leave the Board on December 31." Christie appointed DiFrancesco in 2013, just as the state dissolved the hospital's parent entity, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and required University Hospital to operate independently. Murray, Christie's spokesman, said the governor "appreciated Governor DiFrancesco's decades of public service and all of his hard work in creating the new University Hospital. The Governor and the First Lady wish Don and Diane all the best and thank them for their years of friendship." Hospital spokesman Rick Remington also released a statement thanking DiFrancesco for his service. "University Hospital has received Governor DiFrancesco's letter stepping down as Chairman of the Board, effective December 31, 2017. We thank him for his years of dedicated service helping to establish University Hospital, and the Board's Vice-Chair will serve as Chairman until a successor has been named." James Orsini III, an oncologist, is the vice chairman of the hospital's board of directors. Susan K. Livio may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SusanKLivio. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.
|Death threats target New Jersey Senator Cory Booker | 6abc.com - 6abc.comGoogle News / 15 h. 24 min. ago more|
6abc.comDeath threats target New Jersey Senator Cory Booker | 6abc.com6abc.comPolice are stepping up security for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker after he and his family received death threats.Newark's Department of Public Safety releases 2017 year-end summaryTAPinto.netDeath threat prompts increased security at Booker's NJ residence: reportThe HillCory Booker under increased security after death threat, Newark mayor saysCBS NewsCBS Los Angeles -NJ.com -ABC Newsall 31 news articles »
|Essex County Boy, 11, Reported Missing: Police | Newark, NJ Patch - Patch.comGoogle News / 15 h. 27 min. ago more|
Patch.comEssex County Boy, 11, Reported Missing: Police | Newark, NJ PatchPatch.comESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Authorities are asking for the public's help locating an 11-year-old boy reported missing in Essex County on Sunday morning. According to police, Jaylian A. Marsh, 11, of Newark, was last seen at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Marsh is 4 ...and more »
|Newark's crime decline and old-school policing | Di IonnoNJ.com / 19 h. 39 min. ago more|
Something about being the eyes and ears of a city and knowing everything that was going on got young Anthony Ambrose to dream about becoming a Newark policeman. "My uncle was a cop," Ambrose said. "He used to tell stories about being up all night while the whole city was sleeping. He seemed to know everybody. And everything. Since... Something about being the eyes and ears of a city and knowing everything that was going on got young Anthony Ambrose to dream about becoming a Newark policeman. "My uncle was a cop," Ambrose said. "He used to tell stories about being up all night while the whole city was sleeping. He seemed to know everybody. And everything. Since I was 5 years old, all I wanted to do was be a Newark cop."" But first he had to overcome his father's objections. Not so easy if you grew up in the North Ward and your father was built like Rocky Marciano, with hands just as heavy. "I shouldn't tell this story ...," he began, which is the way Ambrose begins many stories, " ... but my father didn't like cops. He was a diesel mechanic and had a garage. One night, somebody broke in. Some tires and $40 went missing. They (the police) told him it was probably some kids. Later on, my uncle told him some cops tried to sell him the tires." So, Anthony Sr. wanted his son to go to college. "He wanted me to become a lawyer or something," Ambrose said. Or maybe a politician. "He said, 'Become somebody who tells cops what to do." Ambrose had no intention of doing that in the beginning. He was happy being in uniform. But when it did happen -- telling cops what to do -- it was because of his work ethic, street and strategy smarts, and the mentorship of people who recognized both. MORE: Recent Mark Di Ionno columns On Wednesday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held a year-end summary of crime for 2017, with Ambrose positioned at his right shoulder. The headline: Homicides were down 31 percent. The secondary headlines: a 23 percent increase in guns taken off the street; a 26 percent drop in robberies; and, despite a 22 percent increase in police-citizen "encounters," such as arrests, investigations, stops and serving warrants, complaints against police fell 20 percent. "This isn't a victory lap," said Baraka. "We still have a lot of work to do. But we're moving in the right direction." When Ambrose took his turn at the podium, he led with the bad news. That's Ambrose. No sugar-coating. Old school. Shootings were up by 28 percent, as 75 more people were hit by gunfire this year. Ambrose attributed the increase to a factor that has frustrated police across the country: the presence of more high-powered assault-type weapons on the street. Of the 517 guns recovered by police, 53 were the type capable of spraying multiple rounds in seconds. He also took a swipe at new bail reform rules that put criminals, especially those involved in non-fatal shootings, quickly back on the street. "I'm for bail reform," he said. "But things have to be worked out. We have guys who get arrested and they're back out, and there's retaliation or they want to finish the job. That increased the opportunity for more shootings." It's been almost two years since Baraka appointed Ambrose, 59, as the city's public safety director, the culmination of a police career that began in 1986. It was somewhat of a surprise move. Ambrose was part of a department that Baraka, as an activist, used to protest against. "Hey, everybody changes," Baraka said, perhaps referring to both himself and Ambrose. "But he's been in the ranks, both in good times and bad." Equally important was the time Ambrose spent working for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, forging relationships with state and federal law enforcement entities. "He was the guy who could bring everybody together," Baraka said. "He had the reach to get us the help we needed ... I knew some people might see it as a risk. But it paid off. It was one of the best things I've done." In the two years since Ambrose's return, most crime has dropped or stayed flat. Police have been added in triple digits. There are plans to open two new precincts and a city police academy. "What I'm most proud of, though, is our community engagement," Ambrose said during an interview in his office prior to the press conference. Each of the city's five precincts must hold five engagement events a week. "We have pizza-with-a-cop or coffee-with-a-cop programs in the neighborhoods," he said. "We have a citizen-clergy academy where the people do an eight-week course learning what we do. We have a captain-for-day program, where they (the citizen) goes into the precinct." What Ambrose has done is try to return police to the streets to build trust. Old school. "If you don't have trust, forget it. You can't get anything done," he said. "We need the people out there to trust us and help us. That's the only way to reduce crime." Ambrose got his start in police management thanks to an unnamed sergeant. The down side of old school. "I probably shouldn't tell this story ...," he said, "... but we were at our Christmas party and the guy is there (drunk) with his hat on backwards and I thought, "If this guy can be a sergeant, I sure as hell can do it." After a few years on the beat and in narcotics, he began working for Azell Terry, a veteran sergeant. "You could tell Anthony was a hard worker and a very positive force," said Terry, 85 and long retired. "I had him in homicide for seven years. He was very impressive to me. You could bet your life on him." When Terry took over the intelligence unit several years later, he brought Ambrose on board. "He was the only white guy," Terry said. "It was a risk, but he was just as good on the street." Former Newark police director Joe Santiago came to know Ambrose when Ambrose did a two-week stint in the police administration office. "The guy never went home," Santiago said. "He was there all day, all night. At the end of the two weeks I told him, 'You're staying here.'" Santiago said he was frustrated trying to introduce a NYPD-style crime and manpower analytic called COMPstat into the Newark police operation. New school meets old school. "I sent a few guys over, they didn't get it," he said. "Then I sent Anthony. When he came back, I told him he was going to run it." In 2000, with the re-election of Sharpe James, Santiago said he promised to reduce crime by 50 percent. "We were going for the win, and to win I told Sharpe I wanted to make Anthony chief," Santiago said. "He was young, he was only a lieutenant, but he was a leader and I wanted a guy who was on the same page with me. I knew it was a risk, but I knew Anthony would get it done." After the election of Cory Booker, Ambrose left the city to work for the county, eventually becoming chief of detectives for the prosecutor's office. When Baraka was elected mayor in 2014, he inherited high crime and a decimated police department. "When you're the mayor, you own violent crime," Santiago said. "You're measured by the murder rate. I think it took a lot of guts for Ras to bring back a guy who worked for Sharpe James to fix things up. And he hit a homerun." Mark Di Ionno may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow The Star-Ledger on Twitter @StarLedger and find us on Facebook.
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NJ.comNewark's crime decline and old-school policing | Di IonnoNJ.comSomething about being the eyes and ears of a city and knowing everything that was going on got young Anthony Ambrose to dream about becoming a Newark policeman. "My uncle was a cop," Ambrose said. "He used to tell stories about being up all night while ...
|20 years of Joe D? 5 challenges Dem power broker faces in reelection bidNJ.com / 20 h. 49 min. ago more|
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo held a campaign announcement Monday morning. He will be seeking his 5th term in the office.
|Death threat against Booker prompts extra securityNJ.com / 1 d. 5 h. 30 min. ago more|
Newark police have deployed extra security to protect Sen. Cory Booker in response to a death threat against the former mayor, officials said Saturday. Newark police have deployed extra security to protect Sen. Cory Booker in response to a death threat against the former mayor, officials said Saturday. In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said police were working with U.S. Capitol Police to protect the New Jersey Democrat. "The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members," Baraka said. Members of the police division's executive protection unit were assigned to provide security. Representatives for Booker's office and the U.S. Capitol Police would not comment on the threat. Officials did not disclose more details on the nature of the threat or say if there were any arrests. Booker, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has been viewed as a possible Democratic candidate for the White House in 2020. The former Newark mayor and councilman recently traveled to Alabama to campaign for Doug Jones, who won an upset victory against Republican Roy Moore and became the first Democrat to take a U.S. Senate seat in the deep-red state in more than two decades. Noah Cohen may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahyc and on Facebook. Have information about this story or something else we should be covering? Tell us: nj.com/tips
|Officers who subdued NYC terror suspect play Santa in NJ - Seattle TimesGoogle News / 1 d. 8 h. 34 min. ago more|
Officers who subdued NYC terror suspect play Santa in NJSeattle TimesNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four police officers credited with subduing a would-be suicide bomber in New York City passed out toys to needy children across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The four Port Authority officers helped distribute 1,000 toys at the ...and more »
|Murphy laughs off Beachgate photo flap, foes pan pic as 'tacky'Newark News / 1 d. 9 h. 22 min. ago more|
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Gov.-elect Phil Murphy had a light-hearted explanation for why he posed for photos Thursday night next to a cardboard cutout of the now-iconic image of Gov. Chris Christie lounging on the beach this summer. "It was right in front of me!" Murphy said, throwing up his arms, when asked by NJ Advance Media about the pictures during a diplomatic trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Friday.
|Light snow could fall day after parts of N.J. saw 3 inchesNewark News / 1 d. 14 h. 6 min. ago more|
Next week is expected to warm up by a few degrees, with temperatures hovering around 40 in the New York City area. Temperatures will not dip as low as the past two days, forecasters say, but will run slightly colder than normal for mid-December.
|Shop with a Cop event ‘a very big blessing’Newark Post / 1 d. 14 h. 10 min. ago more|
Given $100 to buy toys, 5-year-old Teabout Haskins first thought of his big sister, 8-year-old Truth. He picked out a doll and other items for her as he walked around Kmart with Newark Police Officer Megan Keating.
|Christie should can ex-governor as hospital chair for low-show job debacle, watchdog saysNewark News / 1 d. 18 h. 42 min. ago more|
In this file photo from January, Gov. Donald DiFrancesco is greeted on the floor of the Assembly prior to Gov. Christie's State of the State address at the Statehouse. team, and they do a phenomenal job for the highest risk pregnant moms in the state," Schwimmer said.
|During murder hearing, father of victim counts blessings | Di IonnoNJ.com / 1 d. 19 h. 25 min. ago more|
Mike Tevlin sat on the hard, wooden benches in Essex County Superior Court for two days this week, listening to legalese. At issue were the rights of the man who admitted to killing Tevlin's son, Brendan, at a West Orange intersection in June 2014. Prosecutors argued that evidence and statements made by Brown in three previous Washington State homicides should be heard by a jury.... Mike Tevlin sat on the hard, wooden benches in Essex County Superior Court for two days this week, listening to legalese. At issue were the rights of the man who admitted to killing Tevlin's son, Brendan, at a West Orange intersection in June 2014. Prosecutors argued that evidence and statements made by Brown in three previous Washington State homicides should be heard by a jury. The defense requested otherwise. In the end, Judge Ronald D. Wigler sided with the defense. No matter. Brown's own defense attorney, Al Kapin, argued that prosecutors have more than enough evidence to convict Brown of the Brendan Tevlin's murder without bringing the other murders in. And he's right. There is a confession. There is a weapon found on Brown when he was arrested. There is DNA evidence that the weapon was used to shoot Brendan Tevlin in a cowardly nighttime ambush that Brown justified as "his small part" to extract "vengeance" for the United States' war efforts in Muslim countries. Mike Tevlin patiently endured it all. The legal volleying. The ballistics findings. The testimony of detectives from both coasts. The readings from Brown's zealous journals and other writings that indicated he was carrying out a one-man jihad. The confession that later proved it. Prosecutor Jamel Semper prepped Tevlin before the confession was played. He let him know what was coming: an unrepentant account of the cold-blooded murder of his son. Semper would mercifully limit the tape to Brown's motives, and not subject Tevlin to much of Brown's matter-of-fact details, told with the detachment of a sociopath. "My mission is vengeance for the lives, the millions of lives, that's being lost every day ... over in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan ... being taken every day by America, by this government. So, a life for a life." "A life for a life," the interviewing detective repeated. "Vengeance," Brown replied. "This is why this happened up in West Orange?" the detective asked. "This is why this happened up in West Orange." At that point Tevlin, sadly shook his head. The life was his son's. A boy, thousands of miles away from the conflict. A college student, not a soldier. A kid coming home from a night of playing video games with his friends. A young man, on the verge of fulfilling his adult potential, who had the misfortune of stopping at a red light near the bushes where Brown was hiding, in camouflage clothing, to act out his deranged jihadist fantasy. MORE: Recent Mark Di Ionno columns "It is still unbelievable," Tevlin said after the tape was played. "But at least we now know why. That's a blessing in its own way." To know the kind of guy Mike Tevlin is, the word "blessing" is the key. In conversations over the two days of this painstaking and painful hearing, he used the word "blessing" or "blessed" enough times to reveal someone whose faith has carried him through. "It's a blessing that our kids are doing well," he said of his three other children, one of whom returned this week from a semester in Rome. He said his family was blessed that West Orange police found Brown asleep in the woods and that he surrendered without incident. "It was a blessing that no one was killed," he said. "If he (Brown) had been killed we would have never had an understanding of what happened. We would have never known why." He said he felt blessed by police and prosecutors, including West Orange Police Sgt. Dennis McCole, who led the investigation into an armed robbery by Brown that tied many of the pieces of his crime spree together. "I feel blessed that Dennis was on the case," Tevlin said. He had similar words for Semper and Purva Deshpande, the co-prosecutors. He said his family was "blessed" by family and community support. "The Irish community, the Seton Hall people," he said. "We wouldn't have made it through without them." To know the kind of guy Mike Tevlin is, listen to his words about Ali Brown. "I don't sit here and feel hatred or outrage," he said. "I just wonder why did he kill Brendan and not the other people (two robbery victims, the one in West Orange and another in Point Pleasant Beach, where he used the same gun). What made him snap that night? I wonder what goes through his head." He spoke with tenderness about other families who lose children. The suicides. The drug overdoses. The fraternity hazing death of Tim Piazza and his parents' fight for justice. "I can't imagine what those people are going through," he said of Jim and Evelyn Piazza, Tim's parents. "At least we're going to have closure. I hope they get closure." He spoke about the family of Cheyanne Bond, 17, the Malcolm X. Shabazz High School honor student and cheerleader. She was forced to kneel and then shot in the back of her head during a cellphone robbery near Newark's West Side Park four days after Brendan Tevlin was killed. The man charged in her killing had his charges dismissed. The case remains unsolved. "I think about her a lot," he said. "Executed for her cellphone. I think about her family. And what they must be going through." The trial for Ali Brown will begin in mid-January. Tevlin calls it "the last big hurdle." "The worst thing was dealt to us," he said. "But at least we'll get closure. That's a blessing, in some way ... but I think of those poor families who won't." And that compassion says more about Mike Tevlin than anything. Mark Di Ionno may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow The Star-Ledger on Twitter @StarLedger and find us on Facebook.
|122 new cops bolster ranks in Newark (PHOTOS) - NJ.comGoogle News / 1 d. 19 h. 25 min. ago more|
NJ.com122 new cops bolster ranks in Newark (PHOTOS)NJ.comThe Newark Police Department welcomed 122 new officers on Friday, with a graduation ceremony for what department officials said was the force's biggest cadet class in two decades. The new officers and their loved ones joined city officials and police ...
|122 new cops bolster ranks in Newark (PHOTOS)NJ.com / 1 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago more|
The department said its 121 new officers bring the department's total to 1,146, up from about 900 when Mayor Ras Baraka took office in 2014. The Newark Police Department welcomed 122 new officers on Friday, with a graduation ceremony for what department officials said was the force's biggest cadet class in two decades. The new officers and their loved ones joined city officials and police brass for a graduation ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on Ridge Street overlooking Branchbrook Park. Mayor Ras Baraka addressed the officers from the ornate pulpit as they sat ramrod strait in the pews of the church, welcoming them as partners in an ongoing revival of his birthplace. "I was born here in this city to give my life, my sweat, my tears, my breath," said Baraka. "I was raised to attack the impossible and wrestle with the unimaginable. And I thank God for today giving me some help: 122 fine officers that will be taking to the streets of the City of Newark tomorrow." The graduating class of 122 new officers, who began their training last summer, is the department's biggest in 22 years, said Capt. Derek Glenn, a department spokesman. The new class puts the department's total number of officers at 1,146, Glenn said. That compares with about 900 officers when Baraka was elected in 2014, after previous layoffs and attrition. There have been 467 officers hired since 2014, a number only partially offset by retirements and other departures, according to the department. Baraka has said he wants to restore the police force to its previous high of about 1,700 officers. At a press conference earlier this week with Baraka and Police Chief Darnell Henry, Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose credited the increasing number of officers with helping to produce a 28 percent reduction in homicides in Newark this year. As of Wednesday, officials said there had been 70 killings in Newark for the year, down from a total of 96 in 2016. However, the number of non-fatal shootings rose by nearly the same percentage. The ethnic makeup of the new graduating class roughly reflects the demographics of the city. Specifically, the 60 Hispanic rookie officers make up 49 percent of the graduating class, while Hispanics made up 33.8 percent of the city's overall population, according to 2010 Census data. The 49 new black officers made up 40 percent of the class, compared with African-Americans' 52.4 percent share of the overall population. And the 10 white, non-Hispanic officers made up 8 percent of the class, versus the city's 11.6 percent white population. Among all Newark officers, 42 percent are Hispanic, 34 percent are black, and 22 percent are white, according to the department. Other law enforcement officials at Friday's event included state Attorney General Christopher Porrino and State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan. Ambrose said the addition of the new officers was "an early Christmas present" to the city. Ambrose, a veteran homicide investigator, told the new officers that they would be called on to act as both warriors and guardians, but that they should always act at the service of the public. "The biggest mission you have is to build trust with the community," Ambrose said. "The community is everything from the taxpayer to the person you put handcuffs on." Steve Strunsky may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.
|Christie should ax ex-governor as hospital chair for low-show job, watchdog saysNJ.com / 1 d. 19 h. 43 min. ago more|
The 27-month episode cost the hospital about $513,000 in salary, severance pay and an investigation. Gov. Chris Christie should remove Donald DiFrancesco as chairman of the board at the state-owned University Hospital, the head of an influential watchdog group says. Linda Schwimmer, president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, said she is "angry" that DiFrancesco, a former governor, recommended a friend for a job in the hospital's legal department and then approved her six-figure salary. The hiring of Jill Cooperman and subsequent actions by the hospital's board after it was deemed a "low-show" job cost more than $500,000. NJ Advance Media on Monday reported that Cooperman was hired as a $94,000-a year staff attorney in the general counsel's office, but DiFrancesco quickly repurposed her job as his assistant to help him create a foundation for the cash-starved Newark hospital. Cooperman was earning $125,000 when she and the hospital agreed she would leave in April 2016, after the board hired a law firm to investigate a whistleblower's claim that she was given a "low-show" job. She earned $266,100 from January 2014 through April 2016, according to the law firm's report. Cooperman also left with $60,000 severance package, hospital spokesman Rick Remington said. The hospital paid the whistleblower $175,000, Remington said. And the law firm that investigated the claim, Porzio Bromberg & Newman in Morristown, earned $12,000, he said. Taken together, it cost the hospital about $513,000 over 27 months. University Hospital, a 519-bed teaching facility, north Jersey's only top level trauma center and the largest provider of charity care in the state, operates on a $674 million budget with a $6 million deficit, Remington said. Schwimmer said Christie should replace DiFrancesco, "who should know better" just how tight money is at the inner-city hospital. The governor appointed him to lead the board in 2013. "We just visited University Hospital OB (obstetrics) team, and they do a phenomenal job for the highest risk pregnant moms in the state," Schwimmer said. "They don't have the single rooms and all the bells and whistles other maternity wards have, but they have great nursing and really good outcomes. You can tell it's a hospital that doesn't have a lot of resources." "Why hasn't the governor replaced him?" said Schwimmer, who is a member of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's transition team. Former N.J. governor supervised friend in 'low-show' job at hospital Christie's spokesman Brian Murray said the governor would not get involved. "This is a University Hospital issue, it requires a University Hospital response," Murray wrote in an email. The governor appoints the hospital's board members. Murphy replaces Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 16. During his trip in Puerto Rico Friday, Murphy said he did not want to comment because he had not read the NJ Advance Media report yet. DiFrancesco has declined to be interviewed for this and the previous reports. Through a spokesman, Bob Sommer, he defended his work at the hospital. His appointment began in 2013 when the state folded the hospital's parent entity, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. "I've dedicated my efforts and am proud of the work we've done starting almost from scratch to establish a new hospital to care for our patients," DiFrancesco said in a statement released Friday. Board member Annette Catino said she acted quickly to hire an outside law firm to investigate the whistleblower's claim of a "no-show or low-show" job when she learned of it in early 2016. The investigation concluded the complaint was "credible," according to the report Attorney Vito Gagliardi Jr. presented to the board in April 2016. "It is was clear that even Ms. Cooperman herself is unclear on to whom she presently reports, her exact title and what her responsibilities are," according to Gagliardi's report. "Often absent from the office, that she often leaves work early or in the middle of the day, and that her whereabouts are often unclear or unknown by her colleagues." Cooperman has declined to comment. The last promotion she received in January 2015 as senior advisor, raising her salary from $105,000 to $125,000, was not handled properly, according to the report. "Ms. Cooperman's shift of duties would have required the position to be posted. That was not done here." DiFrancesco said in an earlier statement he had met Cooperman through a client in his law firm, and he recommended she fill a vacant position in the general counsel's office. "After Ms. Cooperman was introduced to me by my client, she forwarded me her resume and we met a handful of times prior to my recommending her for an open position at University Hospital," according to DiFrancesco's statement. "Ms. Cooperman and other staff members were vital in helping support the board as the organization was built and then moved to help create the UH foundation to raise funds to support our mission," according to DiFrancesco's statement. "She staffed board and committee meetings, ensured the committees were functioning, and as we got the operational structure settled she moved to helping build the foundation,reaching out to potential donors and working with outside organizations who might support the hospital's mission," his statement said. When NJ Advance Media asked the nature of DiFrancesco's relationship with Cooperman, DiFrancesco said: "Ms. Cooperman and I were friends but had not had a romantic relationship." DiFrancesco is married. DiFrancesco, a Republican, was Senate president from 1992 to 2002 and served as governor for 11 months after Christie Whitman resigned to head the Environmental Protection Agency. He is partner at a law firm in Warren. NJ Advance Media Staff Writer Matt Arco contributed to this report. Susan K. Livio may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SusanKLivio. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.
|10 dazzling holiday light displays in N.J.NJ.com / 1 d. 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
New Jersey has a long tradition of hanging outdoor Christmas lights and the holiday spirt seems to increase every year. Did you know that this tradition started in our state? According to the Library of Congress, the first strand of electrical lights were first strung by Thomas Edison around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory during the Christmas season of 1880. Edison's laboratory was near a railway so railroad passengers got a glimpse of the electrical light display as they passed by. It took nearly forty years for the Christmas light tradition to catch on. In 1917 Albert Sadacca came up with the idea of selling brightly colored strands of electric Christmas lights to the public. Sadacca was a teenager at the time and his family owned a novelty lighting company. Albert and his brothers organized the National Outfit Manufacturers Association (NOMA), a trade association in the 1920's, which became NOMA Electric Co. and they cornered the Christmas light market until the 1960's. So while the holiday season is here get out and enjoy some spectacular displays!
|Left in limbo: Employee suspended for 3 years and counting, lawyer saysNJ.com / 1 d. 20 h. 30 min. ago more|
Sunderdat Sookram, who is fighting the Newark Housing Authority over his ongoing suspension, says he was never found guilty of wrongdoing A carpenter who for more than two decades installed cabinets and tiles in public housing units and often supervised workers, says he's still paying the price for unproven allegations hurled against him more than three years ago. Sunderdat Sookram, an employee at the Newark Housing Authority, was suspended without pay in June 2014 on theft charges. He says he never got a final disciplinary notice and legally, remains on unpaid suspension -- 3.5 years later. "He's still in limbo," his attorney, Eldridge Hawkins, told NJ Advance Media. Sookram said he wasn't found guilty of the charges that led to his suspension and wasn't formally terminated, either. "And I never got a call to go back to work," he added. But officials at the Newark Housing Authority say Sookram is no longer employed there -- though they won't say when he was terminated. "This is ridiculous," said Hawkins, who maintains Sookram is still legally an employee because he wasn't officially fired. "It's very rare for somebody not to give somebody a decision. They've taken away his rights." Sookram, 57, sued the housing authority, its Board of Commissioners and the contractor who accused him of theft last year, alleging he was wrongfully discharged and deprived of his civil rights. He is seeking damages, back pay and attorney's fees. This July, the judge transferred the case to the Civil Service Commission, an independent body that hears appeals from civil service employees. Hawkins has appealed that ruling arguing Sookram "cannot appeal a non-decision to Civil Service." Going through the Civil Service Commission can also take years, Hawkins said. Ellen Harris, Chief Legal Officer for the Newark Housing Authority, said it was not appropriate to discuss the case as it remains in litigation but she said Sookram is no longer an employee at NHA. Chief of Staff Samuel Manigault, who was then the director of employee and labor relations and named in the suit, declined to comment on personnel matters. In Aug. 2015 Sookram's attorney sent a letter to NHA stating that Sookram remained suspended and had not received a final decision, according to a copy provided by Sookram. The NHA did not respond. State records show Sookram was not listed as an active employee accruing pension in 2015 or in 2016. Sookram said when he tries to access the pension and benefits system, the website says it cannot access his statement due to a "suspension status." The housing authority receives federal funding to operate public housing complexes in the city. Its commissioners are appointed by Mayor Ras Baraka. Keith Kinard, the longtime executive director of the agency, left this year and was replaced in October by Victor Cirilo. Sookram began working at the Newark Housing Authority in 1990, eventually becoming the union representative for the Skills Trades Association. In 2014, an independent contractor accused him of performing outside work during his NHA hours and taking the agency's materials. Sunderdat Sookram was a carpenter and a Newark Housing Authority employee until he was suspended in 2014. He is fighting for back pay while in Newark , on Wednesday, 12/6/17Ed Murray Sookram was suspended on June 26, 2014 pending a hearing that was held four months later, documents provided by Sookram show. Civil Service and union protections require notice be given in five days, the suit says. He had two other hearings that year, where records provided by Sookram show he brought witnesses and receipts to corroborate he did not steal any materials and did not work on other jobs during his NHA hours. "It's wrongful suspension without any evidence," he said, adding that he thinks the NHA was retaliating against him for his union activities. The Civil Service Commission said it could not comment on personnel matters or an employee's appeal rights. The website states a civil service employee can appeal a disciplinary action once a final disciplinary notice has been issued. Sookram claims he never received such a notice. He said his health benefits were also cut off. With a suspension on his record, Sookram said he's only been able to get "odds and ends" jobs. "You're doing the right thing for all the years, and it seems like the good people always finish last," he said. Karen Yi may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @karen_yi or on Facebook.
|Newark man had $4,200 in unpaid tolls and feesNewark News / 1 d. 23 h. 22 min. ago more|
A $15 million verdict in a pelvic mesh lawsuit, last call for Satin Dolls and a parade for Rutherford High School's championship football team - all in "6 things to know this weekend in New Jersey." A Newark man racked up more than $4,200 in unpaid tolls and fees and was arrested Friday, authorities stated.
|Photos: Things got heated in Newark as the Stars fell to the New Jersey Devils, 5-2 - Dallas News (blog)Google News / 2 d. 3 h. 59 min. ago more|
Dallas News (blog)Photos: Things got heated in Newark as the Stars fell to the New Jersey Devils, 5-2Dallas News (blog)The decision was controversial, as Johns didn't seem to get Wood hard in the face. "I don't know if that should have been a penalty at all, but it gave them a breather," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. New Jersey, which was struggling to create ...Devils 5, Stars 2: Post-game observationsNorthJersey.comall 47 news articles »
|'Ambassador' Murphy relies on diplomacy in rocky transitionNewark News / 2 d. 4 h. 9 min. ago more|
Northjersey.com writers Charles Stile and Dustin Racioppi interview Governor-elect Phil Murphy on his transition team and what we can expect from him in the State House. In a wide ranging interview with the Record on Tuesday, one of his first since his election last month , the former U.S. ambassador to Germany spoke very much in the cautious, yet upbeat language of diplomacy.
|Man charged with murder in brutal beating deathNJ.com / 2 d. 10 h. 52 min. ago more|
Attack stemmed from an argument, according to police. A man died days after he was severely beaten in Newark and prosecutors have charged his accused attacker with murder, officials said Friday. Tasheed Brown, 25 (Photo: ECPO) Tasheed Brown, 25, a city resident, was initially charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the Dec. 4 attack of Muffee Melvin, 26, also of Newark, according to authorities. Melvin died Dec. 11. The state Regional Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said in a joint statement. A prosecutor's office spokeswoman, Katherine Carter, said Brown was later charged with murder. Brown was being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility, according to jail records. City police found Melvin injured after they responded to a Central Ward residence around 12:25 a.m. for a report of an assault, Ambrose previously said. Brown and Melvin knew each other and the attack came after an argument involving the men, according to Ambrose. The alleged attacker fled before officers arrived, but detectives obtained an arrest warrant. More information was not immediately available. The prosecutor's office Major Crimes/Homicide Task Force, which includes city detectives, was investigating. Noah Cohen may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @noahyc and on Facebook. Have information about this story or something else we should be covering? Tell us: nj.com/tips
|Man gets 10 years in prison for gun chargesNewark Post / 2 d. 11 h. 48 min. ago more|
A convicted felon found near Newark with a loaded gun will spend the next decade in prison.
|15 burning questions entering the 2017-18 boys basketball seasonNJ.com / 2 d. 13 h. 9 min. ago more|
The biggest questions entering the season.
|County brings new police station to Newark neighborhoodNJ.com / 2 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more|
Station will help improve "blighted" area, city official says. Officials on Thursday opened the newly-completed Essex County sheriff's patrol division headquarters in Newark's West Ward. The one-story, 8,000-square foot Market Street complex is the new base for officers who have been working out of a more than 100-year old county building near Branch Brook Park in the city's North Ward. Officials said the station, near Myrtle Avenue, is a much-needed upgrade for officers, and will be a boost to area residents. "This has been a blighted area for such a long time and this sheriff's building, along with the new vocational school across the street, will help property values go up," said Newark Councilman Joe McCallum. Sheriff Armando Fontoura, who joined city officials and County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new station, said the headquarters will bring a range of policing operations to the area. Station touted as boost for Newark neighborhood "Community policing is about bringing the police closer to the residents, and this new building will be a focal point for the neighborhood," Fontoura said in a statement. "Our great city's West Ward will now have a centrally located precinct that will be fully staffed by our patrol division detective bureau and our county-wide traffic bureau." Officials announced plans to build the station in March. Comito Associates, a Newark-based firm, received a $177,500 contract to design the patrol headquarters, according to a county news release. Paterson-based Aps Contracting was awarded a public bid $3,585,285 to build the new station on a vacant area, officials said. Those costs were drawn from the county's capital budget. Noah Cohen may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahyc and on Facebook. Have information about this story or something else we should be covering? Tell us: nj.com/tips
|Glimpse of History: A supermarket on Springfield AvenueNJ.com / 2 d. 17 h. ago more|
IRVINGTON a The A&P Supermarket on Springfield Avenue at Lake Street in Irvington is shown in this photo from 1940. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey From 1915 through 1975, A&P was the largest grocery retailer in the United States -- and until 1965, the largest U.S. retailer of any kind. If you would like to share a photo that... IRVINGTON -- The A&P Supermarket on Springfield Avenue at Lake Street in Irvington is shown in this photo from 1940. MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey From 1915 through 1975, A&P was the largest grocery retailer in the United States -- and until 1965, the largest U.S. retailer of any kind. If you would like to share a photo that provides a glimpse of history in your community, please call 973-836-4922 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And, check out more glimpses of history in our online galleries on nj.com. Greg Hatala may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.
|City Solicitor Herron honored for service to NewarkNewark Post / 3 d. 3 h. ago more|
At his last regular council meeting as city solicitor, Bruce Herron was honored for his 22 years serving Newark.
|Newark’s early-morning robocalls prompt complaintsNewark Post / 3 d. 3 h. 45 min. ago more|
For the second time in three years, Newark officials are reviewing their procedures for sending emergency notifications after robocalls awakened residents early on a weekend morning.
|Baraka to NYC: Back off Amazon, and support Newark's bidNewark News / 3 d. 3 h. 57 min. ago more|
Hey, New York City: Give up your bid to play host to Amazon's forthcoming second headquarters, and throw your support behind your New Jersey neighbor hoping to score the highly coveted HQ2. That's the ill-fated message Newark Mayor Ras Baraka had for his New York City counterpart Bill De Blasio at a press event the New Jersey mayor held in his city Thursday morning.
|Council approves 3 percent raise for city secretaryNewark Post / 3 d. 4 h. ago more|
After emerging from a closed-door executive session Monday night, city council voted 5-2 to approve a 3 percent raise for City Secretary Renee Bensley.
|Newark Home Values Rising Fast In These 5 Neighborhoods: Study - Patch.comGoogle News / 3 d. 20 h. 41 min. ago more|
Newark Home Values Rising Fast In These 5 Neighborhoods: StudyPatch.comNewark Home Values Rising Fast In These 5 Neighborhoods: Study. NEWARK, NJ — What neighborhood in Newark has seen the highest growth in home values since 2012? According to a recent study, if you live in Lower Roseville, your real estate fortunes are ...
|On YouTube, winter festivals & moreNewark News / 4 d. 2 h. 22 min. ago more|
There is a lot going on so for this week's column, I thought I'd do a hodgepodge of brief items. a Last week, I wrote of a horrible crash that happened on Rt.
|Newark discusses the potential consequences if Rodney referendum failsNewark Post / 4 d. 3 h. ago more|
The potential consequences of a failed referendum on the Rodney project came into focus this week as the city of Newark prepares to embark on a public relations campaign to sell residents on the plan.
|Show will get you into the psychic spiritNewark News / 4 d. 6 h. 21 min. ago more|
In his 2017 book, "Absent Witness," Kearny's resident psychic/medium Karl Petry has a chapter titled "The Ghost at the Lodge," recounting a haunting experience that occurred at the Adoniram Masonic Lodge in Lyndhurst. Recently, that building was the setting for the filming of an episode of a television series, also to be called "Absent Witness," based on Petry's lifelong relationship with the paranormal.
|Pajama-clad woman burglarizes Madison Drive homeNewark Post / 4 d. 9 h. 3 min. ago more|
Police are searching for a pajama-clad woman who broke into a home in the College Park neighborhood last week.
|Money stolen from unlocked car parked in downtown NewarkNewark Post / 4 d. 9 h. 23 min. ago more|
A 56-year-old Kennett Square, Pa., man is missing some money after leaving his car unlocked in downtown Newark last week.
|Homeless man charged with robbing Good Samaritan in NewarkNewark Post / 4 d. 11 h. 31 min. ago more|
Police have arrested a 20-year-old homeless man who allegedly robbed a person who tried to help him.
|N.J. Republican fires back at top Democrats blasting him for backing Trump tax planNewark News / 4 d. 14 h. 41 min. ago more|
MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., the only New Jersey member of Congress to support the legislation backed by President Donald Trump , accused the state's three top Democrats of waging a "dishonest campaign" mischaracterizing the legislation "for partisan political gain." Menendez, D-N.J., a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, said that the other New Jersey Republicans agree with him, not MacArthur.
|City approves seven student apartments for Benny StreetNewark Post / 5 d. 3 h. ago more|
A plan to build seven student apartments at 36 Benny St. received the go-ahead from city council on Monday.
|Council delays vote on increasing parking feesNewark Post / 5 d. 3 h. 30 min. ago more|
Visitors to downtown Newark got a reprieve Monday as city council delayed a vote on increasing the fees to park at Main Street meters and in city-run lots.
|Newark passes ‘welcoming city’ resolution, vows not to investigate immigration violationsNewark Post / 5 d. 3 h. 45 min. ago more|
City council waded into the immigration debate Monday, passing a largely symbolic resolution declaring Newark a “welcoming city” to everyone, regardless of immigration status.
|Man confessed involvement in fatal Thanksgiving Day carjacking, prosecutor saysNewark News / 5 d. 7 h. 16 min. ago more|
A 26-year-old man arrested on murder charges in a fatal carjacking in Newark on Thanksgiving Day gave a statement to investigators implicating himself in the crimes, an assistant prosecutor said Tuesday. Following a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan ordered Murad Lampley jailed pending trial for his alleged role in the death of Shuri Henry, 40, of Newark .
|Murphy sticking to costly plan for New JerseyNewark News / 5 d. 9 h. 37 min. ago more|
Phil Murphy will take over a potential deficit and a pension system heading toward a crisis, but he is sticking to his costly agenda Northjersey.com writers Charles Stile and Dustin Racioppi interview Governor-elect Phil Murphy on his transition team and what we can expect from him in the State House. Governor-elect Phil Murphy speaks to Northjersey.com's Charles Stile and Dustin Racioppi in Newark, NJ on Monday, December 11, 2017.
|Good Samaritan robbed, assaulted at Paper Mill Road homeNewark Post / 5 d. 11 h. 44 min. ago more|
A Newark man who attempted to help a stranger in need ended up becoming the victim of a robbery on Monday, police said.
|N.J. immigration sweep by ICE leads to 101 arrests across the stateNewark News / 5 d. 13 h. 59 min. ago more|
Dozens of people--many from Mexico and Central America--were arrested in New Jersey by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, in a five-day operation that officials on Tuesday said was targeted at "criminal aliens" and those charged with immigration violations. "As part of this operation, we continue focus on the arrest of individuals who are criminal and are a threat to public safety and national security," said John Tsoukaris, who heads ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Newark.
|Probe Into 8-Year-Old Girl's Mysterious Death In Newark - Patch.comGoogle News / 6 d. 20 h. 43 min. ago more|
Patch.comProbe Into 8-Year-Old Girl's Mysterious Death In NewarkPatch.comThe girl was found shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, when Newark Police and EMS were dispatched to an apartment in the 1000 block of South Orange Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The child ...Authorities investigating 8-year-old girl's death in NewarkNJ.com8-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Inside Newark ApartmentCBS New Yorkall 14 news articles »
|Candy giant to open new HQ in Newark - NJ.comGoogle News / 12 d. 10 h. 47 min. ago more|
NJ.comCandy giant to open new HQ in NewarkNJ.comMars Wrigley has said it plans to move 113 jobs from Chicago and 370 jobs from Hackettstown to Newark. The Hackettstown location will retain about 1,000 jobs, the company said. The company's international headquarters will remain in Chicago, Mars said ...Mars To Move HQ To NJ, 1500 New Jobs ExpectedPatch.comall 12 news articles »