The two former owners of the landmark E&V Ristorante in Paterson have admitted to dodging more than $240,000 in taxes by hiding the income from their cash-only establishment, writes NJ.com. Bothers Eli and Ralph Federico of Saddle Brook pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one count each of tax evasion for a scheme that lasted over the course of three years. The two brothers ran an entirely cash-only business and admitted tot hiding a portion of their income by taking what is known as a "cash skim" from their gross receipts.
NEW JERSEY AMERICAN WATER COMPANY HIKING RATES BY 12 PERCENT
Starting next month, customers of New Jersey American Water will see their rates go up by 12 percent, according to the Associated Press. The rate hike will amount to about $6 more each month for NJAW water bills, and about $4 for wastewater bills. NJAW says the increases will help to pay for an $868 million system overhaul for its 670,000 customers.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FACING SHORTAGE OF VOLUNTEERS IN NORTH JERSEY
Ambulance squads and fire departments in North Jersey have seen their ranks decline in recent years, due in part to the hours of training required to join and the time commitment involved in volunteering, combined with the area's high cost of living, writes The Record. "People just don’t have the time to dedicate for training," said Captain Ben Varghese of the Rochelle Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps. "A lot of towns are hurting."
NJ MAKING EFFORTS TO HELP SANDY VICTIMS STILL DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver says the state is making efforts to help families who are still not back in their homes nearly five-and-a-half years after they were displaced by Superstorm Sandy, according to WBGO. Oliver says the state still has about $1.2 billion left of the $4 billion in federal Sandy recovery aid, and that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development "has given us until 2022 to utilize that funding." Roughly a thousand NJ families are still currently displaced from their homes as a result of the storm.
SEGREGATION IN NEW JERSEY, NEITHER CHANCE NOR ACCIDENT
Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute says New Jersey's segregated housing patterns are the result of decades of government-sponsored policies, and it will take a new civil rights movement to fix them, NJ Spotlight writes. Rothstein also believes that it should be Gov. Phil Murphy's job to lead the effort. In his new book, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America," Rothstein explains the long history of segregation in America and lays out some of his suggestions for true integration.