Mercer County Parks Director Put on Paid Leave for 30 Days in Wake of Attorney General’s Investigation

Kevin Bannon, the executive director of the Mercer County Park Commission, has been put on paid leave by the county amidst an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office regarding the Mercer County Park Commission and the non-profit Friends of Mercer County Parks. “Given the public allegations regarding leadership at the park commission, I…

Princeton Deputy Administrator Kathy Monzo Hired for Top Post in North Brunswick

Princeton Deputy Administrator Kathy Monzo Hired for Top Post in North Brunswick

Kathy Monzo, the deputy administrator and director of finance for the town of Princeton, has accepted a job as the administrator of North Brunswick Township in Middlesex County. Monzo has served as the deputy administrator of Princeton since Princeton Borough and Princeton Township consolidated. She was a finalist for the administrator job in the consolidated…

Princeton Council Approves Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District
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Princeton Council Approves Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District

It’s official – the town of Princeton now has 20 historic districts. Princeton Council members voted 5-0 on Monday night to approve the historic district designation for the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. Several residents repeated speeches they have given at previous meetings asking officials to preserve the African-American history of the neighborhood. “If not now, when?” Councilman…

Princeton Council Continues to Violate Sunshine Law Regarding Closed Session Agenda Notices

Princeton Council Continues to Violate Sunshine Law Regarding Closed Session Agenda Notices

Residents interested in litigation discussed by the governing body behind closed doors have no idea what specific litigation the Princeton Council will discuss tonight in closed session, based on the posted agenda. The closed session will take place at 6 p.m. at the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street an hour before the public session….

Second Candidate Enters Princeton Mayoral Race
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Second Candidate Enters Princeton Mayoral Race

Princeton native Peter Marks will run for mayor of Princeton in the GOP primary this June, and hopes to challenge incumbent Democrat Liz Lempert in the November general election. Marks, a commercial real estate developer who has previously run for a seat on the governing body, said win or lose, he hopes to bring important…

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Council Slated to Approve Legal Settlement with Two Former Princeton Township Police Officers

The Princeton Council will review and likely approve a settlement for $200,000with two former Princeton Township police officers related to an investigation from 2014 regarding a gun trade by former police chief Mark Emann three years earlier. The two officers, Michael Henderson and Arthur Villaruz, filed a lawsuit claiming Princeton Township wrongfully discharged them, slandered them,…

Princeton Fact Check: Did the Mercer GOP Endorse Trump?
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Princeton Fact Check: Did the Mercer GOP Endorse Trump?

  “The Mercer County GOP endorsed Donald Trump for president.” –  Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton Community Democratic Organization local candidate endorsement meeting, March 20, 2016 Near the end of her three-minute speech to Princeton Community Democratic Organization members on Sunday night, Mayor Liz Lempert said the Mercer County Republicans endorsed Donald Trump for president…

Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee Makes Recommendations About Ballot Placement for Council Candidates
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Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee Makes Recommendations About Ballot Placement for Council Candidates

The Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee met Tuesday night to interview council candidates and make recommendations on ballot placement for the primary election in June. Four candidates are seeking two three-year terms on the Princeton Council: Incumbent Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller, Tim Quinn, Letitia Fraga, and Anne Neumann. Peter Wolanin, chairman of the municipal committee, said a…

Princeton Council Candidates Fail to Win Democratic Club Endorsement
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Princeton Council Candidates Fail to Win Democratic Club Endorsement

The local Democratic club did not endorse a candidate for the Princeton Council at its meeting Sunday night because all four candidates failed to win enough votes, even after a run off. Only 166 members of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) attended that gathering at the Jewish Center of Princeton, a much lower number…

Planet Princeton Announces New Feature Called Princeton Fact Check
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Planet Princeton Announces New Feature Called Princeton Fact Check

Planet Princeton is excited to announce a new feature — Princeton Fact Check. Public officials who make factual claims are accountable for their words and should be able to provide evidence to back them up. We will feature posts on our local news website that rate the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others…

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Christie Administration’s Withholding of Public Records
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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Christie Administration’s Withholding of Public Records

The state has paid out more than $1 million in legal fees for failed attempts to keep public records secret over the last four years, according to a review of records by the Associated Press. Data obtained by the AP through the state’s Open Public Records Act shows that the state paid out $1,076,013 to…

Residents Want Princeton University Property Rezoned
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Residents Want Princeton University Property Rezoned

Several residents asked the Princeton Council Monday night to change the zoning for the Butler Tract, a 36-acre property owned by Princeton University, from educational zoning to residential zoning. The Butler Tract, which is located just off  South Harrison Street was previously used for graduate student housing. The demolition of the housing is almost complete….

List of NJ Public Officials Receiving 100K-Plus Pensions Doubled Over Last Five Years
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List of NJ Public Officials Receiving 100K-Plus Pensions Doubled Over Last Five Years

The number of retired New Jersey public officials who collect more than $100,000 a year from the state pension system has more than doubled in the past five years, according to an NJ Spotlight analysis of state data. At the end of 2015, 2,296 retirees were collecting six-figure pensions from state pension plans, a 131…

Councilman Patrick Simon Explains Why He Didn’t Sign Statement About Princeton Professor’s Arrest

Councilman Patrick Simon Explains Why He Didn’t Sign Statement About Princeton Professor’s Arrest

Democratic Councilman Patrick Simon, the lone member of the governing body to not sign a join statement about the investigation into the arrest of Princeton University Professor Imani Perry, said he did not sign the statement for two reasons. “The first is that I was worried that the statement was too long, in effect implicitly…

Princeton Governing Body Issues Statement About Perry Incident

Princeton Governing Body Issues Statement About Perry Incident

The following statement was issued by the governing body of the town of Princeton today regarding the arrest of Princeton University Professor Imani Perry on Feb. 6 for an outstanding court warrant after Perry was pulled over for speeding. During the incident, the officer discovered that Perry’s license was suspended in Pa., she could not…