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Judge found guilty of trespassing at her kids' school

A mother was found guilty of trespassing by a judge in Middlesex County after she refused to leave the premises of the Catholic school her children attended.

Theresa Mullen, who also serves as the presiding family court judge in Union County, was charged on Feb. 2, 2017, after she "flatly refused" to leave St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth, despite being told by school officials and police she had to go, according to a written opinion by Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas.

Mullen had sued the school and the Archdiocese of Newark after her daughter was prohibited from playing on the boys' basketball team when there was no girls' team. She claims the school was retaliating against her family for filing the lawsuit.

Mullen was advised in a letter on Feb. 1, 2017, not to bring her two girls to school because the St. Theresa's school handbook states that any parent involved with ongoing civil litigation with the school "will be requested to remove their children from the school."

Read more: http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2018/03/judge_found_guilty_of_trespassing_after_refusing_t.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 03:08 PM (0 replies)

New Jersey Senate Shelves Vote on Nuclear Subsidy Bill

A controversial bill that could force New Jersey ratepayers to bail out the state’s nuclear power plants hit a snag on Monday as the Senate shelved a vote on the legislation.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said lawmakers are still making adjustments to the legislation, which has already gone under several revisions. Sweeney said the Senate could vote on the bill next month.

“It’s a big bill. It’s a complicated bill. And we’re going to continue to press forward,” Sweeney said. “Like everything else, we’re adjusting things and look forward to getting it passed.”

In its current form, the bill (S877) would effectively impose a surcharge on ratepayers to prop up nuclear power plants owned by PSEG—the state’s largest energy company—if a state board determines the plants need financial assistance. A typical household could see energy bills rise $31 to $41 per year to cover the cost of the estimated $300 million subsidy, officials have said.

Read more: http://observer.com/2018/02/new-jersey-senate-shelves-nuclear-subsidy-bill-vote/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 03:02 PM (0 replies)

Voting rights could be restored to New Jersey prisoners and people on parole, probation

Roughly 94,000 New Jersey residents are prohibited from voting because they are serving prison sentences or are on probation or parole, but that could change under a bill introduced Monday by Democratic lawmakers.

The legislation would repeal a law first conceived when slavery was legal in New Jersey and that supporters say drains political power from communities of color, which are disproportionately represented in the state’s prison population.

"The fundamental problem is the linking of voting rights and a criminal justice system characterized by gross racial disparities," said Sen. Sandra Cunningham, a Hudson County Democrat and one of the bill's primary sponsors. "It is that fundamental problem we must address."

Should the bill become law, New Jersey would become the third state, after Maine and Vermont, to restore full voting rights to people with convictions. Under the measure, people in prison would be eligible to vote by mail-in ballot in the district where they lived immediately before incarceration.

Read more: https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2018/02/26/inmates-voting-nj-could-restore-voting-rights-prisoners-people-parole-probation/372788002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 02:58 PM (2 replies)

Health Insurer Horizon to Invest $275M Due to New Tax Law

New Jersey’s largest health insurer says it will invest $275 million in new initiatives and customer relief as a result of the new federal tax law.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield announced Wednesday that it would commit $150 million in to-be-determined benefits for customers. The non-profit insurer will work with the state Department of Banking and Insurance to “identify the most appropriate mechanism to use these funds in 2018 for its policyholders,” according to a news release.

In addition, Horizon will invest $125 million over five years to expand mental health programs, provide more access to primary care and address drug addiction.

“In keeping with our long-standing mission to operate for the benefit of our customers, this plan seeks to provide to them this year, in the most direct way possible, $150 million in relief,” Kevin Conlin, the president and chief executive of Horizon, said in a statement. “Members will also benefit from the substantial investments this plan makes to expand access to care, improve health care quality and lower costs.”

Read more: http://observer.com/2018/02/horizon-invest-275-million-new-tax-law/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 02:54 PM (0 replies)

Stockbroker caught lying about $238G salary to snag low-rent West Side apartment

The suite life may be over for a stockbroker who snagged a subsidized $722-a-month apartment in a far West Side luxury apartment tower, a judge has ruled.

Stockpicker David Sans claimed a $24,000 salary to win a coveted low-rent apartment inside the luxe Ohm apartment tower — shortly before registering a salary of $238,000 on his tax forms.

Sans was one of 160 high-income tenants caught by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli last year renting subsidized apartments meant for low-income tenants.

The building's owners, Douglaston Development, sued Sans in Manhattan Housing Court and last month Judge Jack Stoller ruled that they could evict him.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/stockbroker-loses-cheap-apartment-lying-238g-salary-article-1.3847614
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 07:18 AM (3 replies)

Pharma Bro begs for 'mercy' from judge ahead of sentencing

A sniveling Martin Shkreli promised to make a federal judge “proud” in the years to come as he begged for mercy ahead of his sentencing, according to a new court filing.

In a letter to Brooklyn federal court Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, Shkreli owned up to duping investors in his failed hedge funds MSMB Capital Management and MSMB Healthcare and waxed poetic about spending the last five months in prison.

“I understand it, I am very far from blameless,” he wrote ahead of the March 9 sentencing. “I caused this entire mess to happen. I lost the trust of my investors who now have questioned my motives and integrity. This is a painful realization that I will never forget.”

Matsumoto tossed Shkreli behind bars in September for putting a $5,000 bounty on Hillary Clinton’s hair. He called his experience while locked up “the most frightening experience in my life but also an opportunity for me to see a side of the world seldom seen or discussed.”

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/02/28/pharma-bro-begs-for-mercy-from-judge-ahead-of-sentencing/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 06:37 AM (6 replies)

College dropout refuses to leave her dorm room

NEW YORK -- She loves the college life — just not the classes.

Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out.

Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The 32-year-old “racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy, all the while ignoring Hunter College’s service of additional vacate notices,” said the suit.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/02/28/college-dropout-refuses-to-leave-her-dorm-room/

Judge bars decisions on de Blasio probe from corruption case

A federal judge Wednesday barred any mention of law enforcement decisions not to prosecute New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during the upcoming corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.

Federal and state prosecutors scrutinized de Blasio’s dealings with Harendra Singh, the restaurateur at the center of the bribery case against Mangano and Venditto, and last year declined to bring charges against the mayor — who has maintained he acted legally.

U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack said from the bench in a Central Islip courtroom Wednesday that she found the decision not to prosecute de Blasio “irrelevant” to the corruption trial.

She cautioned defense attorneys they’d run the risk of a mistrial and financial sanctions if the topic came up in front of jurors, but she said they could explore at trial “everything” Singh said about interactions with de Blasio and his administration.

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/mangano-venditto-corruption-trial-1.17004073
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 05:59 AM (0 replies)

Bomb blast that killed Queens man meant for NYPD officers, officials say

A Brooklyn man who nursed a hatred for NYPD officers who once arrested him was taken into custody Wednesday on charges he planted a crude bomb that killed a Queens man in August — an explosive allegedly left in the mistaken belief that a cop would be hurt, officials said.

Victor Kingsley, 37, was arrested by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force at his home on East 43rd Street in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Brooklyn on charges he planted the crude device that severely injured and killed George Wray, 73, according to the FBI and NYPD. Kingsley was charged with one count of using a weapon of mass destruction.

Wray suffered extensive burns from the July 28, 2017, explosion that occurred after he opened the package, about the size of cylindrical cereal container, he found on the porch of his home at 222nd Street in Jamaica. He died at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow on Aug. 1. Wray had no connection to the NYPD, police said.

“Kingsley’s cowardly act was meant to target a New York City Police Officer for doing his job and resulted in the tragic death of an unintended victim,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a prepared statement.

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/queens-bombing-fatal-arrest-1.16998627
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 05:55 AM (0 replies)

Anti-Semitic incidents in New York up 90 percent in 2017

Anti-Semitic incidents escalated in 2017, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League, surging nearly 60 percent nationwide and more than 90 percent in New York state alone.

This is the largest single-year increase on record since the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) began tracking data on anti-Semitic incidents in the 1970s, the organization said when it released its annual report on Tuesday.

New York state saw 380 reports of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, from physical assaults and vandalism to harassment and attacks on Jewish institutions, the report found. That’s up from 199 such incidents in 2016.

“The numbers are just so high. … These are trends that we just don’t like to see,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director. “We’ve always had spikes, issues of up and down, but these kind of sustained spikes — especially with the enormity of them— this is something very very difficult for us to accept."

Read more: https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/anti-semitic-incidents-new-york-up-90-percent
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 04:58 AM (1 replies)
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