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FLINT PEDIATRICIAN HAS FEARS ABOUT LEAD IN NEWARK

 

On Wednesday, the pediatrician who first revealed how staggeringly high lead levels in Flint, Michigan's drinking water led to a public health crisis spoke about Newark's own crisis, which advocates have documented for years alongside 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69other cities in our state, including Camden. “I don't know how this is not a front-page story on every single newspaper," she said. The event was organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is suing the city for exceeding the federal limit. Mayor Ras Baraka has repeatedly downplayed the extent of the problem. Rebecca Panico has been reporting on this crisis for several months — and the city's future remains somewhat uncertain. (TAPinto Newark)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING TAX BREAKS? SO MUCH TO UNPACK!

More tax incentives? Here we go again: a bill in both houses of the state Legislature proposes giving $600 million in tax breaks to housing developers, under the condition that their projects include a sizable number of affordable housing units. At least half of the units must be "affordable" — that's a legal term under federal guidelines — to low-income and middle-income households. 13 percent must be affordable to very-low-income households. Gov. Phil Murphy's 'let's-finally-change-and-cap' tax incentives plan "does not include a dedicated program for affordable housing," Colleen O'Dea notes. (NJ Spotlight)

LAKE SUCCUMBS TO CYANOBACTERIA 10X ABOVE STANDARD

The state Department of Environmental Protection has set a no swimming, no contact advisory for the New Jersey side of Greenwood Lake, where tests found toxic algae — cyanobacteria — at a level ten times higher than the safe standard set by the state. And DEP officials said "there is no definitive answer as to why it's happening this summer," Scott Fallon writes. (The Record)

GRASSROOTS LEADERS IN CAMDEN SPEAK OUT ABOUT CITY

A group called the Grassroots Community Leadership spoke at the First Refuge Progressive Baptist Church on Wednesday to reset expectations about what the future really looks like for all of Camden — including Parkside — after years of persistent inequity. "Apartheid conditions," Rev. Levi Combs III said. "The residents are losing while major corporations are gaining." Others advocated for the state to return control of the school district to the city. (TAPinto Camden)

 

🙈 We're keeping an eye on—

Business & Economy
  • Toys R Us back from the dead, and back to its home turf (NJBIZ)
  • Airbnb-backed group challenges Jersey City ordinance (NJTV News)
  • NJ unemployment drops to 3.5%, a historic monthly low (NJBIZ)
Environment Health
  • Lyft offers free rides to Newark cooling center during heat wave (Patch)
  • Reentry group: medication-assisted treatment partnership (NJTV News)
  • School district leads food waste reduction (TAPinto New Brunswick)
  • Jersey City woman who developed cancer after 9/11 says stalled extension for victims’ fund strikes at her sense of hope (Jersey Journal)
    • (Content Warning: Top image is a graphic Sept. 11, 2001 photo)
Policing & Criminal Justice
  • Judge makes decision on retired police chief (Parsippany Focus)
  • In Passaic, news of potential ICE raids raises fear, questions (NJ.com)
Politics
  • Murphy defends hiring Booker’s brother for top education job (NJ.com)
  • Judge who cited 'good family' agrees to step down (Asbury Park Press)

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