Archives for October 2020

Former County Sheriff to Fill Freeholder Spot

The Atlantic County Republican Committee voted Thursday night to elect former Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles to fill the freeholder seat vacated when Frank Formica resigned from the board. He will join the freeholder board at its meeting Tuesday. He is currently serving on the Egg Harbor Township Committee, a seat he will give up to join the freeholders. He publicly expressed interest in the nomination last month, after longtime Republican Formica announced he was leaving to focus on his consulting job.

Pair of Atlantic County Fire Officials Charged

The chief and assistant chief of a volunteer fire company in Atlantic County have been charged with official misconduct and theft after using department money to set up unauthorized accounts at an auto parts shop, according toauthorities.
Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jay Davenport II and Assistant Chief Craig Paxton are also charged with conspiracy. This from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday. On Tuesday, Hamilton officials announced that the fire company had been been “administratively closed” and that its coverage area will be handled by neighboring departments while a criminal investigation took place.

Volunteer Fire Company Members Charged With Theft, Official Misconduct

Two members of the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company are charged with official misconduct, conspiracy and theft, following the execution of a search warrant on Tuesday at the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County This official misconduct and theft investigation of MVFC members is connected to allegations of the creation of unauthorized account(s) at NAPA Auto Parts, using the MVFC funds and tax exempt status. As a result of the investigation, following the execution of the search warrant on Tuesday, Craig Paxton, 38, and Jay Davenport, 38, are charged with offical misconduct, theft and conspiracy.

Murphy, Cuomo Announce COVID-19 Exposure Notification Apps

Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure. The apps, COVID Alert NJ and COVID Alert NY, notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. With today’s launch, New York and New Jersey join Pennsylvania and Delaware in creating a regional COVID Alert app network that operates across state lines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

NJ Unemployment Claims on the Rise

About 27,000 people sought unemployment benefits last week, a 10% increase compared with the week before, according to New Jersey’s Labor Department today. It was the second week in a row the jobless claims rose. Labor officials have said the spiking claims stem from the coronavirus outbreak, though last week’s increase was due to the increase in people applying for a federal benefit to help workers not eligible for regular unemployment.

Some County Head Start Centers Closed for Clearning

Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Head Start program has closed three Atlantic County centers after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The three centers, in Atlantic City, Linwood and Egg Harbor Township, will remain closed for in-person services until Oct. 13 or 14 for deep cleaning and sanitizing, according to Michael J. Cudemo, vice president/planning for Gateway Community Action Partnership. Head Start Vice President Bonnie Eggenburg notified parents Wednesday that two staff members from the Atlantic City center had tested positive for the coronavirus, said Cudemo, whose company is based in Bridgeton.

NJ Gas Tax Goes up Today

Drivers are now paying more at the pumps in New Jersey, as the state’s gas tax rose about 9 cents per gallon today. The boost to 50.7 cents a gallon from 41.4 cents amounts to about a 22% increase. It stems from a 2016 law that requires the state fund supporting bridge and road infrastructure to maintain a $2 billion program annually. The law requires an annual adjustment to the fuel tax if receipts don’t meet that level.

Still No Poker at AC Casinos

Atlantic City’s nine casinos have reinstated most live table games with one notable exception: poker. Atlantic City casinos have yet to make the move even though other gaming jurisdictions have resumed live poker with strict protocols in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first issue is COVID-19 and how to open poker rooms while keeping guests and employees safe. There are currently 5 poker rooms in Atlantic City.