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Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Report: Global warming could make Northeast like the South

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Scientists have Georgia on their minds when
it comes to the future of New Jersey’s climate.
The Union of Concerned Scientists says the climate of the nine
northeastern states could become like that of the South by the end
of the century unless greenhouse gas emissions are steadily
lowered.
The advocacy group’s report is the most detailed regional report
yet on the issue.
It says longer, much hotter summers, warmer winters with less
snow and other changes fueled by global warming could put
significant strain on the power grid and health care system.
Farms, forests, marine fisheries, recreation and tourism would
also take a hit.
The group and university scientists who worked on the report say
the impact could be much lower if carbon dioxide emissions are
reduced by three percent each year.
Without changes, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will feel
like Georgia by century’s end. Less emissions would give the region
more of an eastern Virginia feel.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Voters may decide town mergers to try to cut property taxes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – When it comes to merging towns to cut costs
and property taxes, state lawmakers may let voters in the
communities make the decision themselves.
The idea is among proposals considered by New Jersey legislators
debating how to cut the nation’s highest property taxes.
Lawmakers haven’t decided on the plan.
But after months of talking, they have begun debating actual
legislation.
They’ve also rebuffed municipal officials who’ve argued such a
move wouldn’t seriously cut into taxes that average six thousand
dollars per homeowner, twice the national average.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski says municipal officials will have
to prove the state needs 566 municipalities, the most per square
mile in the nation.
Wisniewski is co-chairman of a panel considering whether the
state should reduce its local governments — combining services and
slicing taxes that pay for them.
The panel is one of four that have until November 15th to
recommend property tax changes.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Menendez tops Kean in latest Senate race poll

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new poll has the Democratic nominee for
U-S Senate holding a slight lead over his Republican rival.
The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll also shows Democrats
lining up behind Senator Robert Menendez and distancing themselves
from Tom Kean (kayn) Junior.
The poll shows Menendez with a 42 percent to 37 percent edge
over Kean among likely voters.
Menendez’s lead grows to seven points if voters who are leaning
toward a particular candidate are included.
The telephone poll, of 514 probable voters, has a sampling error
of four percentage points.
With about a month to go until the election, 81 percent of
Democratic voters say they support Menendez, while only ten percent
of Democrats say they will support Kean.
Kean had 19 percent of Democrats’ support last month, while
Menendez had 68 percent.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 05, 2006

Newark Council approves police director nominee

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Newark is getting a new police director.
The City Council approved Mayor Cory Booker’s nominee by a
six-to-three vote yesterday. Gary McCarthy will start tomorrow.
McCarthy was deputy commissioner for operations in the New York
City Police Department.
Booker says his nominee is a proven leader in crime reduction.
But the 47-year-old’s temperament and judgment have been
questioned.
A judge in Bergen County last month criticized McCarthy for
getting into an argument with police who issued his daughter a
parking ticket in 2005.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local News | Oct 04, 2006

Two more caught in Atlantic City corruption case

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Two more Atlantic City politicians have
pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a corruption sting.
Councilman Ramon Rosario pleaded guilty today an attempted
extortion charge in federal court in Camden. Rosario admitted he
took 14-thousand dollars.
Former Councilman Gibb Jones, who resigned in August, pleaded to
similar charges. Jones admitted he took more than five-thousand
dollars.
They were the second and third city officials convicted in the
operation known as “Steal Pier.”
City Council President Craig Callaway pleaded guilty in August.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)