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NJ Civil Settlements

Estate of South Woods inmate who was allegedly told “You might as well kill yourself” by a corrections officer prior to his 2009 suicide, settled lawsuit against State for $304,419.25.

On September 4, 2019, the State of New Jersey agreed to pay $304,419.25 to the estate of an inmate at a Cumberland County state prison who claimed that corrections officers did not monitor him closely enough even though they knew he was a suicide risk.  The lawsuit claimed that one of the officers, the day […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Gloucester County Improvement Authority confidentially paid out $55,000 to settle kitchen worker’s sexual harassment lawsuit.

On December 2, 2019, the Gloucester County Improvement Authority quietly agreed to pay $55,000 to a kitchen worker at the Authority’s Shady Lane Child Development Center who had sued the Authority for sexual harassment and for maintaining a hostile work environment.  The alleged harassment included a supervisor presenting her “with a sexually-suggestive plate of food, […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

New Hanover school district paid out $70,000 to settle lawsuit filed by student who said nothing was done to prevent her from being physically assaulted and called “whitey” by other students.

On December 19, 2019, Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder approved a $70,000 settlement to resolve a female student’s lawsuit against the New Hanover School District (Burlington County).  The girl, who enrolled in the school district as a third-grader in 2013 and is identified in the lawsuit only by her initials M.S., said that […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

New Lisbon Developmental Center paid out $150,000 to settle female worker’s sexual harassment suit.

On October 14, 2019, the New Lisbon Developmental Center (NLDC), a State-operated facility in Burlington County treating women and men with intellectual and developmental disabilities, agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a female Cottage Training Technician who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker despite his reputation as […]

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Random Notes on NJ Government

Sorry, but I will no longer post on “Random Notes on NJ government”

In November 2019, I was informed by Facebook that my former blog, “Random Notes on NJ government” violated Facebook’s Community Standards.  All of my posts on that blog quote from lawsuits or other official government records and those quotes sometimes contain profane language.  Apparently, Facebook’s algorithm picked up some prohibited words in one or more […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Buena Regional paid out $185,000 to settle secretary’s hostile work environment lawsuit.

On May 6, 2019, the Buena Regional Board of Education (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a confidential secretary who claimed that the school district’s business administrator gave a female employee in whom he had a sexual interest a $10,000 raise to be his secretary.  According to the suit,  […]

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Fairfield Township Informant

State fines Fairfield’s former mayor, current land use board member $500 for incomplete financial disclosure filings.

On November 14, 2019, the New Jersey Local Finance Board, the state agency that chiefly enforces the Local Government Ethics Law, issued a Notice of Violation to a former mayor and current land use board member of Fairfield Township (Cumberland County).  The notice stated that the official failed to report his wife’s income and his […]

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Random Notes on NJ Government

Morris County township settled disciplinary case against cop by allowing him to resign in good standing. Township also paid cop for accumulated time and gave him and his family postretirement health benefits.

According to a February 20, 2019 settlement agreement, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills (Morris County) agreed to withdraw a Preliminary Notice of Disciplinary Action it had filed against a Township police officer on September 11, 2018 in exchange for the officer’s resignation from the force.  The agreement also required the Township to pay the officer […]

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NJ Open Government Notes

New Jersey Supreme Court agrees to decide whether the identity of trooper who left his or her position for “questionable associations” and “racially offensive behavior” can be withheld from the public.

Each year, the Division of State Police (NJSP) issues a public report that summarizes disciplinary cases against troopers processed through its internal affairs system.  Page 13 of the 2015 report noted that an unnamed trooper was “separate[d] from employment” for “having questionable associations, engaging in racially offensive behavior and publicly discussing police patrol procedures.”  After […]

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NJ Open Government Notes

Court orders Warren County municipality to disclose dashcam video of police chief’s motor vehicle stop.

Update: The Township released the video shortly after this blog post was published.  The video is on-line here.————————————On October 1, 2019, New Jersey Superior Court Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone issued a court order compelling Independence Township (Warren County) to disclose “the [police] dashcam audio and video recordings of” a motor vehicle stop of Keith P. […]