Coast Guard rescues four boaters near Keansburg

A U.S. Coast Guard heavy weather boatcrew from the Sandy Hook station rescued four men from a boat in the Raritan Bay near Keansburg this afternoon, according to a release from the Guard’s New York Detachment.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report around noon by Perth Amboy 911 dispatch of a disabled 22-foot lake pleasure craft in Raritan Bay, New Jersey with four people aboard, and launched the Sandy Hook heavy weather boatcrew.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Republicans send Trump a message: Hands off N.J.’s big military base

WASHINGTON — Funding for KC-46A refueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst would speed up and President Donald Trump would be barred from beginning a new round of base closings under legislation setting defense policy for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2018. The $692 billion National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill setting Congress’ defense policies,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | No Comments »

Senator Sam Thompson invited to White House conference on State & Local Government Tax Reform

Senator Sam Thompson (R-LD12) has been invited to the White House.

The senator from Old Bridge who has been hailed as a leader in the fight for tax reform by Americans for Prosperity and the National Federal of Small Businesses, will attend a White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs discussion on State and Local Government Tax Reform and Economic Competitiveness on Thursday afternoon, November 16, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by MMM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Ivanka Trump coming to Jersey Shore to discuss GOP’s tax plan

BERKELEY — Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to discuss the Republican tax reform plan in New Jersey. They’ll join Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur at the invitation-only event at the Bayville Fire Hall in Ocean County on Monday. Trump has been promoting the plan at appearances throughout the country. 9 big questions about… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

As long as NFL players “take a knee,” this retired Navy officer is taking a stand

 A retired U.S. Navy officer said he declined an award from the New Orleans Saints because of NFL players protesting the national anthem by taking a knee, WDSU reported. Cmdr. John Wells was selected for a Peoples Health Champion Award, which would have been presented at Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in… Read the rest of this entry »

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Police swarm 2 N.J. locations in NYC terror investigation

PASSAIC — The investigation into Sayfullo Saipov, the alleged terrorist accused of killing 8 people Tuesday in a Manhattan truck attack, turned to Passaic County. As of late Tuesday evening, authorities had surrounded a block in Paterson and a parking lot at a Home Depot in Passaic. On Tuesday night, police had surrounded a mosque and… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

New York terrorist attack: Alleged killer Sayfullo Saipov has N.J. ties

The man taken into custody by the New York Police Department after Tuesday’s terror attack that killed at least eight is 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida, according to an ABC News report. Police stopped Saipov in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, just south of Carlisle, in March 2015 and he gave police a Paterson, New… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Name O’Scanlon Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has named Assembly O’Scanlon it’s 2017 Legislator of the Year.

In recognition of your tireless efforts to advance the mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2017, we are pleased to announce that we are honoring you as a 2017 MADD Legislator of the Year.

We thank you for your unwavering leadership in authoring DWI reform ignition interlock legislation in A 4016.

MADD commends you for your dedication and leadership in advancing MADD’s mission.  Thank you for your work in saving lives and in being a strong advocate for victims of impaired driving. Please do not hesitate to contact MADD with any questions. 

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Posted: October 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Mothers Against Drunk Driving Name O’Scanlon Legislator of the Year

O’Scanlon releases Arbitration Task Force report recommending permanent award cap

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon released today the report of the Arbitration Award Task Force as recommended by four of the eight members. The report outlines the success of the arbitration award cap in enabling municipal officials to maintain budgets within the 2 percent property-tax cap and curb property-tax increases to historically low levels, and recommends making the cap on arbitration awards permanent before the policy is scheduled to sunset on Dec. 31.

“The data contained in this report is beyond clear and convincing; it is overwhelming,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “It would be irresponsible for the Legislature not to take action. In fact, any legislator that fails to advocate for continuation of the arbitration award cap will be, by extension, advocating for the obliteration of the property tax cap and higher property taxes. There is no middle ground here. Mark my words; if the cap isn’t permanently extended taxpayers will unquestionably face much more dramatic property tax increases and cuts to municipal services.”

During a vote Monday to release the report, the task force was deadlocked 4-4. Union representatives blocked the report’s endorsement. O’Scanlon, who voted to release the report, is the only legislator appointed by the governor to sit on the task force. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »