N.J group brings 10K postcards supporting sick leave for private workers to Newark city hall

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 07, 2013

About 10,000 postcards were delivered to City Hall in Newark today supporting sick leave for private sector workers.

 

NEWARK — Many Newark City Council members have expressed support for paid sick leave in Newark but the New Jersey Working Families Alliance isn't taking any chances.

The group delivered 10,000 postcards from Newark voters supporting an upcoming ordinance establishing mandatory paid sick leave for private sector employees at today's City Council meeting.

"The reason we're delivering these post cards is to make clear to the municipal council and the mayor that this makes common sense," said alliance director Bill Holland as he huddled in the rain with a dozen supporters outside of City Hall before the meeting.

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Comptroller's report: Newark councilwoman potentially violated ethics laws

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 07, 2013

Councilwoman Mildred Crump, pictured in this file photo, may have violated ethics laws, according to a comptroller's report.

 

NEWARK — Newark City Councilwoman Mildred Crump is in hot water with the state comptroller’s office after allegedly steering about $20,000 in taxpayer money to non-profit organizations she founded or was involved in, according to documents obtained by The Star-Ledger.

Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer’s office conducted an audit of city spending practices earlier this year and issued a preliminary report last month, according to documents.

The report, a portion of which was obtained this week by the newspaper, says that in 2010, Crump steered $17,000 in city funds to a non-profit group called the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative for a leadership summit in Ghana, West Africa. On her City Hall biography, Crump says she is a founding member the group.

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Newark's new mayor looks to trim police presence around NJPAC and the Rock; boost cops elsewhere

By Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger
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on November 04, 2013

Luis Quintana, who was sworn in today as the new mayor of Newark, displays a key to the city and personal message of good wishes left behind on the mayoral desk by his predecessor, Cory Booker, now a U.S. Senator. (Kaitlin McGuinness/Newark Press Information Office)

 

NEWARK — He doesn’t Tweet.

"I don't twit. I only walk. I don't email. I don't Facebook," said Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, who was sworn in yesterday to take the reins of the state’s largest city.

Unlike high-profile predecessor Cory Booker — who famously has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter and chronicles his life with constant updates — Quintana said he eschews social media and does not respond to e-mails, which he called a distraction.

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Education Law Center seeks pro bono lawyers to represent disabled students

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on November 05, 2013

The Education Law Center of Rutgers University is seeking volunteer lawyers to represent students with disabilities whose parents cannot afford to hire an attorney.

 

NEWARK — The Education Law Center is seeking lawyers from the private sector to volunteer to represent children with disabilities whose parents or guardians cannot afford to hire an attorney.

The center’s staff cannot meet the demand for legal assistance for disabled students who are who are deprived of their rights to special education services as required by law. The center supplements their staff with private lawyers who offer pro bono representation.

Along with Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and Disability Rights New Jersey, the ELC will hold a day-long seminar Nov. 19 in Newark to train lawyers. The fee for the training is $125, but the ELC will waive it if an attorney agrees to represent at least one child in a special education matter.

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Luis Quintana sworn in as Newark's first Latino mayor, filling unexpired term of Cory Booker

By Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger
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on November 04, 2013

Luis Quintana, who was sworn in today as the new mayor of Newark, displays a key to the city and personal message of good wishes left behind on the mayoral desk by his predecessor, Cory Booker, now a U.S. Senator. (Kaitlin McGuinness/Newark Press Information Office)

 

NEWARK — Newark Municipal Council President Luis Quintana was sworn in this morning as mayor, filling the unexpired term of Cory Booker, who resigned last week to take his seat as a newly elected U.S. senator.

Quintana, 53, who was selected unanimously by the council in an emergency meeting, becomes Newark’s first Latino mayor. He serves until July 1, 2014, when Booker’s term expires. The city will be holding general elections in May, when a new mayor will be elected. Quintana said he has no plans to seek the job.

The vote today came five days after Booker resigned, after an earlier emergency meeting of the council lacked a quorum because several council members did not show up, including several who went to Washington, D.C., for Booker’s swearing in ceremony. There was no public notice of today's meeting, but under the Sunshine Law, notice of an emergency meeting can be made after the fact.

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Newark: The Movie

By PolitickerNJ Staff | November 3rd, 2013

In great anticipation of next year’s mayor’s race, we did a quick bar stool poll to find out who would play the lead roles in the epic blockbuster “Newark: The Movie,” which would be better by far than any of the comic book fare currently dribbled onto the screen by Hollywood. Here is what we came up with informally:

Ice Cube as Ras Baraka

Spike Lee as Amiri Baraka

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Quintana named Newark's acting mayor

By The Associated Press
on November 01, 2013

NEWARK — The city of Newark says council president Luis Quintana is now the city’s acting mayor.

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Luis Quintana appointment as Newark mayor on hold as not enough council members show

By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
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on October 31, 2013

Newark Council President Luis Quintana's expected appointment as interim mayor was put on hold this morning.

 

NEWARK — The city council was an hour late and a vote short this morning in appointing an interim mayor.

An emergency meeting had been called Wednesday night to appoint Council President Luis Quintana interim mayor after Cory Booker resigned to be sworn in as U.S. senator today. However, only four members were in attendance, and the council lacked a fifth vote.

Booker has left a void, literally. The entire city cabinet is in Washington D.C. for his swearing-in – and so are councilmen Ronald Rice and Carlos Gonzalez, officials said.

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A New Day in Newark

By Editor | October 29th, 2013

By Rashawn Davis

 For Newark, the month of October can be summed up very easily: tears, anger, and more tears. The recent surge in murders coupled with the gruesome nature of the crimes has tested the hearts of even the most hardened Newarkers.  

From the senseless stabbing of 54-year-old Ruby Green to the exhausting news, night after night, that another African American 20 year old has been gunned down; Newarkers have reached a breaking point. Through Youtube videos, marches, and community prayers, our neighborhoods have been screaming for help to end the carnage that has overrun our streets. Unfortunately their voices, their fears, and their concerns have been drowned out by the Senatorial election of Mayor Cory Booker, the ensuing melee to replace him, and a host of other things that pale in comparison to the loss of life that is happening in our streets.

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With Booker leaving, who will run Newark?

Now that Mayor Cory Booker, who brought a worldwide spotlight and hundreds of millions of dollars to Newark, is heading to Washington, the question everyone wants to know is: Who will run New Jersey's largest city?

The answer, at least for the next few months, appears to be a man just one floor up from the mayor's office in City Hall.

Municipal Council President Luis Quintana is widely expected to act as interim mayor after Booker is sworn in as a U.S. senator Thursday.

Booker submitted a letter to the city clerk resigning as mayor effective midnight Wednesday, calling his years in municipal office "one of the greatest honors of my life."

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