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NJ News Commons: SADDLE BROOK SURGERY PATIENTS QUESTION HIV TESTS

 

3,778 patients in New Jersey and New York have received letters from HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook. Over Christmas, the center notified patients treated between Jan. 1 and Sept. 7 that they might have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B and C. In a news conference Wednesday, patients questioned why the center is handling their tests (rather than their doctors), and a lawyer said some patients haven't been notified at all. (North Jersey Record)

HOMICIDES IN PATERSON FALL BY 50 PERCENT IN 2018

Paterson reported 12 homicides in 2018, and 24 in 2017. Over the last five years, the average was 21.4 homicides per year. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh attributes the drop to efforts to save abandoned properties, and an ordinance that forces businesses in some areas to close at midnight. Police Chief Troy Oswald says "hot-spot policing" has been crucial for improving safety. Some activists say the city has a long way to go. (Paterson Press)

DEP AWARDS $14 MILLION IN STATEWIDE RECYCLING GRANTS

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced $14.3 million in grants to cities across the state in order to boost local recycling. Newark received $232,000, compared to $361,000 in 2015. A full list of awards for each municipality based on recent data (2016) is here. (TAPinto Newark)

ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

After the Christie administration canceled a $15 million safety net program for low-income residents in 2015, approximately 3,000 people were left without emergency care. Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation to fix this for the next five years. A second bill (S-1965) is on Murphy's desk. (NJ Spotlight)

BURLINGTON COUNTY FREEHOLDER RESIGNS BOARD SEAT

One day after he was sworn to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Burlington County, George Youngkin resigned his seat. Youngkin, a Democrat, attempted to remove his name from the ballot after domestic abuse allegations surfaced this fall, but it was too late. He was elected anyway. (Moorestown Patch)

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