Under criticism for laying off more than 300 school employees — majority of them teachers — state-appointed school superintendent Donnie Evans said he intends to significantly downsize the city’s school district office.
Increased healthcare cost, mainly in prescription health benefits, has forced the city to take on $4 million in debt. City officials on Tuesday evening approved measures to borrow $4.39 million to pay to plug a budget shortfall in the health care line item.
The city has created a new committee to address panhandling after receiving numerous complaints from residents, announced mayor Jose “Joey” Torres on Thursday afternoon.
The successful utilization of the city’s new anonymous text-to-tip system allowed police to arrest seven people on drug charges following a surveillance operation on East 22nd Street on Wednesday evening, said police director Jerry Speziale.
A quality-of-life protection sweep in the city resulted in 17 arrests on Wednesday, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
A city man wanted on a death by auto charge stemming from a fatal April auto accident was apprehended Tuesday afternoon on Auburn Street, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.