David Cohen formally announces Princeton Council bid

David Cohen formally announces Princeton Council bid

David Cohen has announced that he will seek a seat on the Princeton Council in the Democratic primary this June. He is the second candidate to announce a council run. Leticia Fraga is also seeking the Democratic nomination. A third candidate is expected to announce soon. Incumbents Bernie Miller and Jo Butler will not seek…

Princeton Councilwoman Jo Butler will not seek re-election

Princeton Councilwoman Jo Butler will not seek re-election

Incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Jo Butler will not seek re-election to the Princeton governing body, she told Planet Princeton Sunday. Butler, the most independent voice on the council and an advocate for transparent and open government, first was elected to the Princeton Borough Council in November of 2010 and will complete her second term on the…

Princeton Council Passes Resolution Opposing Charter School Expansion
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Princeton Council Passes Resolution Opposing Charter School Expansion

Reversing years of policy on the governing body’s involvement in public schools matters, the Princeton Council voted on Monday night to support a resolution opposing the expansion of the local charter school. The council voted 4-1 to support the resolution opposing the expansion. More than 100 people attended the meeting. Councilwoman Jo Butler recused herself…

Princeton Council Slated to Approve Resolution Opposing Charter School Expansion
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Princeton Council Slated to Approve Resolution Opposing Charter School Expansion

The Princeton Council is planning to pass a resolution tonight at the 7 p.m. public meeting opposing the expansion of the Princeton Charter School. In the past in the consolidated Princeton, Princeton Township and Princeton Borough, the governing body’s official position was to never take a position on school issues. When residents asked the council…

Fraga Announces She Will Seek Princeton Council Seat Again

Fraga Announces She Will Seek Princeton Council Seat Again

Leticia Fraga, who was defeated in the Democratic primary for Princeton Council last June, announced Tuesday night that she again will run for a seat on the governing body this year. “I am running for council so that every person who lives in Princeton can feel they are represented,” said Fraga in a prepared statement….

Crumiller Named Council President at Princeton Reorganization Meeting

Crumiller Named Council President at Princeton Reorganization Meeting

Jenny Crumiller was named president of the Princeton Council at the governing body’s annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday night. The council members, who decided behind the scenes last month who would be named president, voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Crumiller, who has served on the governing body for the consolidated Princeton for the last four…

Longtime Princeton Councilman Won’t Seek Re-election
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Longtime Princeton Councilman Won’t Seek Re-election

Former Princeton Council and Princeton Township Committee President Bernie Miller announced Wednesday night that he will not seek another term on the governing body. “I will not be a candidate  for re-election to the council in 2017,” Miller said at the Princeton Council’s reorganization meeting Wednesday night at town hall. “It’s been my honor to…

Waxwood Developer Seeks to Change Terms of Agreement with Town of Princeton
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Waxwood Developer Seeks to Change Terms of Agreement with Town of Princeton

Architect and developer J. Robert Hillier is once again asking Princeton officials to change the terms of an agreement regarding the Waxwood development in the historic Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood. In 2002, the Princeton Borough Council approved a developer’s agreement with Hillier, and the zoning board approved variances, for the conversion of the Waxwood on Quarry Street…

Councilwoman Challenges Princeton University President on His Response To Professor’s Arrest
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Councilwoman Challenges Princeton University President on His Response To Professor’s Arrest

Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller told Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber Wednesday night during a town-and-gown meeting that she wanted to discuss some unfinished business regarding the arrest of a professor last winter. “When Professor Perry was arrested, you refused to acknowledge after an investigation that police followed procedures and were blameless,” Crumiller said. She was referring…

Democrats Maintain Complete Control of Princeton Government
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Democrats Maintain Complete Control of Princeton Government

Voters in Princeton re-elected Democrat Liz Lempert to a second four-year term Tuesday in a quiet race where few issues were raised by the candidates. Lempert defeated Republican candidate Peter Marks by a vote of 7,529 to 2,709. Clinton, by comparison, received 8,562 votes and Trump received 1,579 votes in Princeton. The two Democratic candidates…

Planet Princeton Agrees to Settle Public Records Lawsuit with Town, University for $10,000
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Planet Princeton Agrees to Settle Public Records Lawsuit with Town, University for $10,000

As part of a settlement agreement between Planet Princeton, the town of Princeton, and Princeton University, Planet Princeton’s lawyer will receive just a little over $10,000 for legal fees related to a public records case about town-and-gown police jurisdiction in the municipality. The town of Princeton is slated to vote on a settlement agreement Monday…

Mercer County Democratic Chairman Rich McClellan Dies

Mercer County Democratic Chairman Rich McClellan Dies

Mercer County Democratic Committee Chairman Richard McClellan died unexpectedly Tuesday after a short illness. He was 61. McClellan, a Hamilton resident, served as the Mercer County Democratic Chairman from 2002 to 2010. He was also the aide to former Hamilton Mayor Glen Gilmore. He then worked as the director of community affairs for the Delaware…

Princeton Council Approves Design Plan for Mary Moss Park Expansion
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Princeton Council Approves Design Plan for Mary Moss Park Expansion

The Princeton Council voted unanimously on Monday night to approve a design concept plan for Mary Moss Park, a park located in the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood that will be expanded with funding from Mercer County. The town has been working on the plans for the park expansion since 2012, and two public meetings were held…

Town Looking at Buying Princeton Packet Property on Witherspoon Street for Public Works Department
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Town Looking at Buying Princeton Packet Property on Witherspoon Street for Public Works Department

The Princeton Council held a closed session Monday night to discuss negotiations to purchase property for the municipality’s public works department. Sources say the town wants to buy the Princeton Packet property on Witherspoon Street and has been looking into the acquisition for the last few months. According to property tax records, the property at…

Crumiller, Quinn Win Princeton Council Democratic Primary Race (Updated)
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Crumiller, Quinn Win Princeton Council Democratic Primary Race (Updated)

Incumbent Princeton Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller was the top vote-getter in the Democratic primary race for Princeton Council on Tuesday with 2,722 votes, according to the Mercer County Clerk’s office. Tim Quinn, a former school board president, came in second place with 2,278 votes. Two seats are open on the six-member council. Voters could choose two…

How to Change the Form of Local Government
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How to Change the Form of Local Government

A growing number of residents have been calling for Princeton to switch to a non-partisan form of government with wards ever since the two Princetons consolidated. One neighborhood group has even created a new newsletter called “The Neighborhood Nonpartisan.” Currently, the municipality of Princeton operates under the borough form of government, at least in theory. The…

Update on Princeton Residential Zoning Task Force
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Update on Princeton Residential Zoning Task Force

The issue of teardowns in residential neighborhoods has become one of the hottest topics during the campaign season, with the Democratic and Republican primaries tomorrow. Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller issued the following letter Monday morning regarding a new neighborhood zoning committee and the hiring of a consultant: The Princeton Council has…

Princeton Council Approves 2016 Budget That Includes Tax Increase

Princeton Council Approves 2016 Budget That Includes Tax Increase

The governing body for Princeton approved a $62 million municipal budget Monday night that includes a tax levy of $33.2 million, a $1.2 million increase over 2015. A large chunk of the budget, $10.1 million, is for debt service. The amount the town owes this year for borrowing money increased 2.5 percent over last year….