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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – City-issued water filters fail to remove lead. Bottled water with unknown PFAS levels handed out

StateHouse .news NJ reports – Trenton, NJ: Office of the Gov reports – Access to safe drinking water is critically important to our administrations and we take health risks associated with lead in drinking water very seriously. Recent testing by the City of Newark of water samples taken from three Newark homes, using City-issued water filters, found elevated lead levels in filtered water in two of the homes. In coordination with the City of Newark, Mayor Baraka and I are prepared to do everything the City needs, including making bottled water available to local residents. The City of Newark is currently expanding testing of filtered drinking water to more Newark homes and, in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection,…
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“Alyssa’s Law”, requiring all NJ public schools to install silent panic alarms, signed into law

TRENTON, NJ: ;– Governor Phil Murphy today signed A764, also known as “Alyssa’s Law”, requiring all New Jersey public schools to install silent panic alarms that will alert law enforcement during emergencies such as an active shooter, or to employ an alternative emergency mechanism approved by the Department of Education. “Alyssa’s Law” will become a state requirement for all public elementary and secondary schools. This law is in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, a New Jersey native from Woodcliff Lake who was among the 17 people that were killed in the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last ;“Alyssa’s death is a stark reminder of the dangers of gun violence and the need for adequate school security measures,” said Governor Murphy. “In New…
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AG Grewal Issues Statewide Directive Curtailing State and Local Police Participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement

“Immigrant Trust Directive” Designed to Promote Public Safety by Building Trust Between Police and Immigrant Communities. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Office of the Attorney General / Photo by Tim Larsen) TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance that their officers may provide to federal civil immigration authorities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The new rules are designed to strengthen trust between New Jersey law enforcement officers and the state’s diverse immigrant communities. Today’s directive is intended to draw a clear line between the responsibility of New Jersey’s 36,000 law enforcement officers to enforce…
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Governor Murphy Urges Passage of $15 Minimum Wage Before End of Year

TRENTON – Acting on a commitment to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy today urged the Legislature to close the wage gap and pass a bill raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all working New Jerseyans before the end of the year. “Establishing a livable wage of $15 per hour provides New Jersey’s working families with the opportunity to put food on their tables and keep the lights on in their homes,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Raising the minimum wage is a crucial piece in building the foundation for a robust and fair economy. We have talked about this issue and the benefits it will bring to New Jerseyans long enough. The time for the…
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Coastal Resiliency Plan Missing Urgency and Action

Trenton, NJ: NJ Sierra Club release – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner McCabe announced a forthcoming Coastal Resilience Plan from the department. The announcement was made today during the during the Coastal Resilience Summit at Monmouth University. The plan is meant to be “a blueprint for protection of property, lives, infrastructure and natural environments by guiding policies, regulations, resources and funding.” The DEP will be conducting stakeholder outreach over the next year, which includes the launching of their new website on the Plan. The plan also includes grants of up to $200,000 each for four regional planning teams (Jersey City, Middlesex County, Long Beach Island, and Ventnor). “The DEP is announcing a planning process while New Jersey sees the affects of…
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Upstate Limo Disaster – 20 Killed in NY limousine crash, Driver & Vehicle Unlicensed

Latham, NY: State Police release – The investigation into the fatal limousine crash killing 20 on October 6, 2018 is ongoing. Currently, a State Police Forensic Investigation Unit is examining the vehicles involved in the crash and a State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit will perform a mechanical examination of the limo, to determine if it was mechanically sound. Data is being collected from the scene and that information will be examined and analyzed. State Police are in possession of the airbag control module, what would be considered the vehicle’s black box, and that is being analyzed for post-crash data. Investigators are continuing with interviews of witnesses and family members and autopsies of the victims are also still ongoing at Albany…
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GAS DISASTER – 80 Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

(NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president of gas operations. “Safety is the highest priority in our industry. Our service technicians quickly responded to the call to provide support to Columbia Gas employees as they investigate the cause and work to restore service.” The PSE&G employees expect to arrive in the Boston area…
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Candlelight Vigil held for International Overdose Awareness Day

Robbinsville, NJ: The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, Robbinsville Township, and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County hold a candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives to Opioid overdose. At least 72,000 people overdose on opioids per year in the United States. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held one day during the last week in August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. This year, we are proud to host this event right here in Robbinsville on August 28 at 5:30pm.…
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Attorney General’s Office Charges Four More Individuals With Filing False Applications For Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four new defendants with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 120 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these thefts were especially egregious because they diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one of the most devastating storms in New Jersey history,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We have recovered over $ million through these prosecutions and we also have sent a strong message that should deter this type of fraud during future disaster…
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Disaster-Related Fraud

NEWARK – The Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today warned residents in flood-ravaged New Jersey communities in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic counties to beware of price gouging and other disaster-related consumer fraud in the aftermath of this week’s torrential rains. “The majority of merchants and businesses in New Jersey would never take advantage of consumers during a State of Emergency, but we’re asking residents to immediately report anyone seeking to illegally profit from this natural disaster,” said Attorney General Grewal. “The state's price gouging laws and other consumer protections will be strictly enforced to protect residents from being victimized at a time when they're at their most vulnerable." New Jersey's…
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Disaster Planning – Drug Free Moms Infant and Child Feeding

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornados, can make it hard for parents and caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely. Follow these tips to feed your child safely when disaster strikes. For Parents and Caregivers. In the event of a natural disaster, be prepared for challenges, which may include power outages, unhealthy living spaces, and unsafe water. Always check with local authorities on the status of the drinking water and follow boil water advisories. The following tips provide specific information for how to feed your young child safely during an emergency. Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding remains the best infant feeding option in a natural disaster situation. Breast milk helps protect babies from diseases such as diarrhea…
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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency in Flood-Impacted Counties

Directive Will Allow Resources to Be Focused on Hard-Hit Areas of Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean & Passaic   TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order 33, declaring a state of emergency in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic counties and allowing for the extension of state resources, as necessary and as requested, into communities most directly impacted by flooding as a result of this past weekend’s torrential rains. “There is no doubt that parts of our state have received nothing less than historic amounts of rain, and some communities received an entire month’s worth in just a few hours,” said Governor Murphy. “I am signing an executive order declaring a state of emergency for Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic…
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After the Flood – Going Home ? Beware of Toxic Molds.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips regarding flood cleanup. Flood Safety – After The Flood Many areas of the state experienced significant flooding over the past few days. Know how to stay safe after a flood: • Listen to local authorities for information and instructions. • Return home only when authorities say it is safe. • Avoid driving, except in emergencies. NEVER drive through flooded areas and ALWAYS obey traffic barriers. • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up. • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it…
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Don’t Drive into Water – Gov Visits Flash Flood Aftermath

Little Falls, NJ: Governor Phil Murphy visited Little Falls to see firsthand the damage from yesterday's flooding and meet with Mayors Damiano, Kazmark, and local officials and residents. Murphy stated he is "Grateful to our first responders and volunteers helping around the clock with the recovery effort".  
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