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NJ COUNCILMAN ACCEPTED BRIBES AT BLOOMBERG HQ 

A former Sayreville councilman, Ricci Melendez, pleaded guilty to bribery one month Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47before he resigned from his post (Nov. 18). He served on council for six years, and narrowly won his seat. According to a complaint, he accepted a bribe at Bloomberg's headquarters in Manhattan. He was not mentioned by name in an indictment announced Tuesday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office involving executives and unnamed co-conspirators. (NJ Advance Media)

BILLS SEEK TO LOWER GUN VIOLENCE THROUGH ER VISITS

A package of six bills has been introduced by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden), who says he hopes the measures will stop "the ‘revolving door’ of gunshot injuries." A-4801 suggests a series of grants for violence intervention, A-4802 specifies eligible hospitals, A-4803 outlines reimbursement details, A-4804 would expand Medicaid coverage, and A-4805 and A-4806 proposes the health department build programs to support these initiatives. (NJ Spotlight)

ASBURY PARK PRESS SUMMARIZES POLICE INVESTIGATION

The Asbury Park Press investigated police misconduct in a project called "Protecting the Shield", which launched in January. Since then, 18 police officers across the state have been charged, convicted or sentenced in federal court. The state also took action. More impact details here. (Asbury Park Press)

STATE APPROVES $30M PATERSON TRAIN STATION PROJECT

The state's Economic Development Authority approved the city of Paterson's proposal to build up the area around its train station. It green-lit the city $30 million in tax credits. Several years ago, the state awarded Paterson a $130 million tax credit package; this is its first move forward. (Paterson Press)

NJ WAREHOUSE WORKERS DEMAND BETTER CONDITIONS

On Wednesday, labor activists demanded that warehouses develop a code of conduct to improve safety and work conditions. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the idea is "fair and makes sense." In October, a man died from a 35-foot fall in a Raritan Center warehouse. OSHA is investigating an incident that critically injured a worker at Amazon's warehouse in Robbinsville. (Asbury Park Press)

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