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Sheilah Coley is Trenton's new police director. She is the first woman to formally hold that role, though her predecessor, Carol Russell, was named director in December. It's been a lot: Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora reversed Russell's nomination after City Council refused to vote on her. "I’m not looking to make any real changes until I understand how everything works,” Coley said yesterday. Check out Isaac Avilucea's follow-up story, too. (Trentonian)

MURPHY'S ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIES: HE SHOULD DO MORE

Yesterday was Earth Day, and nine environmental advocacy groups held a presser in Trenton as a "rebuke" of what they see as a lack of progress by a governor who campaigned as an "unabashed progressive and champion on the environment," Mike Catalani writes. The groups pointed to delays — an energy master plan, a New Jersey Transit fund — and also to the continued construction of fossil fuel pipelines, despite Gov. Phil Murphy's promise to bring New Jersey to 100% clean energy by 2050. "We're disappointed and angry," said Jeff Tittel, the director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. (Philly.com / Associated Press)

ADVOCATES RALLY AGAINST CITIZENSHIP CENSUS QUESTION

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing opening arguments for Department of Commerce v. New York, a case that will determine whether the 2020 Census will include the Trump administration's question: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The outcome will ripple outward, to "the right to vote to the balance of power in Congress and the Electoral College to the scope of federal educational, health, and welfare programs," one constitutional law professor says. Another says it could even affect the 2024 election. The citizenship question has several opponents in New Jersey, including Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and the group Make the Road New Jersey. (NJTV News)

THIS $168M COMMUTER GONDOLA COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN

A 2.5-mile aerial gondola that would link Port Richmond, Staten Island to Bayonne's Eighth Street station inched forward last week, when Staten Island officials revealed the results of a study that demonstrates the gondola's potential to shorten the commute from Staten Island to Manhattan. Yet Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement he “heard nothing directly from Staten Island about the gondola issue” — he was left hanging in midair. (NJ.com)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Documenting Hate #Feminism
  • How Trump’s Title 10 ‘gag rule’ affects NJ women of color (NJTV News)
  • Bank spares NJ women's shelters from foreclosure threat (The Record)
  • Lakewood condo pool schedule ruled discriminatory (Asbury Park Press)
Policing & Public Safety
  • Baraka clarifies stance on youth jails, rehab centers (TAPinto Newark)
  • Recidivism drops attributed in part to residential treatment (NJTV News)
  • Atlantic City cop 'justified' in fatally shooting man: ACPO (Galloway Patch)
  • Prosecutor: deadly force in fatal shooting justified (Press of Atlantic City)
Working in Jersey
  • Diner pays $190K to servers for unpaid tips, wages (Morristown Green)
  • Bosses can't fire marijuana patients who fail drug test (Montclair Patch)
  • Bloomfield business defends 'males only' help wanted sign (The Record)

published gloucestercitynews.net | April 23, 2019

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