NJ's Menendez to hold Sandy hearing
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Some New Jersey residents will discuss the problems they're having with recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.
They'll attend a meeting with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in Newark today.
The Democrat says he'll hear from people who have failed to receive assistance.
Menendez is set to chair a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that will examine Sandy coordination efforts between federal, state and local officials.
NJ committee looks at Sandy recovery oversight
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A state Assembly committee is planning to look into New Jersey's oversight of Superstorm Sandy rebuilding and recovery programs.
The State and Local Government committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter Monday afternoon.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure last year that creates integrity monitors to oversee disaster relief programs following the 2012 storm.
Some activists have expressed frustration that no audits have been produced so far.
The issue of how the state has awarded aid money has become a focus, particularly for Democrats critical of Gov. Chris Christie's administration.
Security focus of NJ school construction votes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Security upgrades are a major focus of school construction projects going before New Jersey voters this week.
Voters in 13 districts will go to the polls on Tuesday to consider projects worth $180 million. Nearly half the costs could be picked up by the state government.
New schools are not on the ballot in any of the communities.
Instead, districts are asking for renovations and replacements of roofs and heating and cooling systems.
About half of the districts with votes want to add new doors, entries or other security features.
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Winter drives up overtime on NJ toll roads
(Information in the following story is from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com )
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's two major toll roads had to pay more overtime to keep traffic moving in snowstorms.
Officials say it cost $8.4 million in overtime to plow snow and spread salt on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway in 2013.
The total amount of overtime paid by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority was $14.4 million in 2013.
Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney tells the Asbury Park Press there aren't enough employees in maintenance for the department to tackle a major storm. Feeney says employees in other departments are given the opportunity to work.
NJ lawmakers try again for transit hearing
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are making a second attempt to hold a hearing into recent problems at New Jersey Transit.
The Assembly transportation committee scheduled a hearing two weeks ago but had to cancel when outgoing NJ Transit head James Weinstein declined to attend. The hearing was to probe what caused lengthy delays moving fans from MetLife Stadium after last month's Super Bowl.
Since then, Weinstein has been replaced by former Turnpike Authority chief Veronique Hakim.
The NFL also refused to send a representative to last month's legislative hearing.
Twice as many Super Bowl ticketholders as expected wound up taking trains, leading to hours-long delays after the game.
4 stabbed in fight outside NJ bar
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com )
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) - Police say four people were stabbed during a fight outside a bar in northern New Jersey.
The brawl started on the street in front of La Oficina Bar in Clifton early Monday.
A nursing supervisor at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic tells The Record newspaper two of the stabbing victims were treated and released.
No names have been released.
Coney Island's Luna Park to get new roller coaster
NEW YORK (AP) - Coney Island is breaking ground on a new roller coaster.
The Wall Street Journal says the Thunderbolt will take riders on a vertical lift, a 115-foot vertical drop, then a 100-foot vertical loop and five inversions.
It will be the first coaster to include a loop since 1910, except for a very short-lived one in the 1980s.
Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International, says it will be Luna Park's "wow coaster."
Ground will be broken during a ceremony on Monday.
Thunderbolt will be Luna Park's fourth coaster. It's slated to open May 22.
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