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NJ News Commons: EXPANDING PROPERTY-TAX BREAK FOR VETERANS — AGAIN

Just days after NJ voters approved a limited expansion of a $250 property-tax deduction for veterans, lawmakers want to widen eligibility for the tax break even further. Under a new bipartisan measure, NJ voters would be asked again next fall to approve a a $250 annual property-tax deduction for all military veterans who own a home, regardless of when or where they served. The deduction is currently only available to veterans (and their widows or widowers) who served during wartime or during certain peace-keeping missions. (NJ Spotlight)

LODI BOE PRESIDENT FACES SUSPENSION AFTER COMMENTS

The president of the Lodi Board of Education is facing six months of suspension after he targeted a teacher in a series of blog posts back in 2017. Ryan Curioni claimed the teacher was unqualified to teach and shared inaccurate information about the teacher's salary, calling her a "greedy bastard" and a "union bull[y]." Judge Elizza Mizzone Testa issued a decision in the matter on Oct. 24 and concluded that Curioni violated the Code of Ethics for School Board Members, recommending that he be suspended for no less than six months. (The Record)

REAL ID APPOINTMENTS BOOKED SOLID UNTIL FEBRUARY

Just two of the 15 Motor Vehicle Commission agencies in the state that offer the new Real ID secure driver’s licenses have available appointments before February 2020. Bayonne and Camden were the only two locations that had a handful of open appointments in late January 2020. Officials at the MVC say they're taking steps to alleviate the long wait times, but there is currently "more demand than appointment slots," according to an MVC spokesperson. He continued: "This is as we expected." (NJ.com)

GREAT FALLS FACTORY RUINS POSE A HEALTH THREAT

Federal officials at the EPA say they've reached an impasse in their efforts to clean the contamination from the industrial ruins near the Paterson Great Falls. Officials are warning that fires at the site could spread smoke with asbestos fibers into the surrounding areas. In a letter to the mayor sent in September, an EPA official warns that the agency faces "indefinite delays in commencing the propose cleanup" and that a fire containing "significant amounts of asbestos" could threaten residents in the area "causing widespread exposure to high levels of airborne asbestos." (Paterson Press)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • Seeking gun violence solutions outside world of criminal justice (NJTV)
  • Angry about those hidden fees in your cable TV bill? It could be banned in N.J. (NJ.com)
  • Passaic continues to take on new projects, forcing those without homes to stay on the move (The Record)
  • Political gender gap still looms large in New Jersey (NJ Spotlight)
  • Paterson approves deal for police chief’s retirement (Paterson Press)
  • This Jersey resident could be deported. Menendez says that’s because Trump is trying to appeal to his base. (NJ.com)
  • Newark Central Ward neighborhood takes another step toward revitalization (WBGO)
PLUS:
  • N.J. weather: A taste of winter is coming Friday as cold blast arrives (NJ.com)

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