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ICYMI: Governor Murphy, NJ Transit Announce Atlantic City Rail Line and Princeton Dinky to Resume May 12th

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Restoration Nearly Two Weeks Ahead of Target Date

                                                                                              

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has accelerated the restoration of service on the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) and Princeton Branch (Dinky), announcing that both rail services will resume on Sunday, May 12th.  The new date is nearly two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date and fulfills the commitment to have these services operating prior to Memorial Day weekend.

“Our economy relies upon our residents getting where they need to go reliably and safely, and Governor Christie’s nearly decade-long mismanagement of NJ TRANSIT undermined the capacity of NJ TRANSIT to fulfill that responsibility,” said Governor Murphy. “That is why I’m so pleased to announce the early restoration of the NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch Dinky Line, which will allow our commuters to get to work, school, and back again, free of disruption. I applaud NJ TRANSIT’s leadership for their efforts to improve safety and restore service. Our residents and commuters deserve nothing less.”

“The importance of these rail lines was made abundantly clear during our town hall meetings. The needs of our customers remain our highest priority. I am pleased that we were able to restore reliable services to these regions ahead of schedule,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

“I am pleased we are able to restore service sooner than projected.  I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary, and I’m grateful that we’re able to resume service nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.  I want to acknowledge our employees’ hard work that made this possible, and thank our customers for their patience while we were able to successfully meet our interim 2018 Positive Train Control (PTC) requirements and complete necessary track replacement work on the ACRL.”

As part of an effort to provide more reliable and frequent service for Atlantic City area commuters, the ACRL will resume with an improved schedule to better match service with customer demand. In response to customer feedback gained through NJ TRANSIT’s listening tour and enhanced customer focus, the new schedule includes an adjustment to a weekday a.m. peak period roundtrip which fills a gap in arrivals at Philadelphia 30th St. Station during the morning rush hour. The Agency will now offer five trains that arrive in Philadelphia prior to noon, up from three, and reduce wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughout the service day. Similar adjustments have been made to the weekend schedule. 

Princeton Branch (Dinky) service will resume with a schedule similar to its previous operation prior to the temporary suspension.

Full schedule for the Atlantic City Rail Line:

Full schedule for the Princeton Branch (Dinky).

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:  In advance of both the ACRL and Dinky resumption dates, test trains and rail equipment will begin to operate on the tracks.  The NJ TRANSIT Office of System Safety (OSS) urges the public to stay alert, remain cognizant that railroad equipment can operate at any time, in any direction and at various speeds.  Pedestrians and vehicles should only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings, while paying attention to crossing gates, lights and bells that warn of the potential presence of a train or other railroad equipment.    

During the temporary suspension on the ACRL to meet the 2018 year-end federal PTC requirements, NJ TRANSIT installed 266 transponders, 17 poles, 20 wayside interface units, and nearly 60 miles of ground based network, including fiber optic cable to link all signal bungalows.  NJ TRANSIT also utilized the temporary suspension to perform state-of-good repair work on the ACRL by replacing 7.5 miles of track.  While NJ TRANSIT was at just 12% PTC completion in early 2018, the agency was able to meet this critical safety milestone in December 2018 to qualify for an alternative schedule for the remainder of the PTC installation process. NJ TRANSIT now has until the end of 2020 to ensure its PTC system is fully functional.

City of Atlantic City Budget Moving in Positive Direction

Posted on April 13, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Mayor Frank M. Gilliam Jr., City Council President Marty Small Sr., and the

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) are projecting that the City of Atlantic City

budget will include no property tax increase for 2019 and increased compensation for the city’s

full-time, non-uniformed employees. These projections, which are based on months of work and

budget deliberations, are contingent on the city budget being approved by the Local Finance

Board at DCA and City Council.

This would mark the third consecutive year of no municipal tax increase for city property owners.

“The most important aspect of fiscal responsiveness is to make sound financial decisions with

taxpayers’ dollars. The fiscal stability of the city is a top priority for my administration,” said

Mayor Gilliam. “We are proud to present the taxpayer a flat budget and we kept our promise to

the dedicated workers of this great city to compensate them after years of patience. I want to

thank my financial team, City Council and DCA for the key roles they played in this budgetary

process. I am confident that this budget reflects we are moving the City of Atlantic City forward

and we will remain financially prudent.”

“I’m ecstatic. This budget represents a win for our taxpayers and our hardworking employees,”

said Council President Small. “Facing a potential 23.9 percent tax increase was a daunting task.

However, our hardworking budget team, which put the taxpayers first, did a yeoman’s job of

accomplishing a budget with zero tax increase and rewarding our long deserving employees with

salary increases.”

“The positive direction of the city’s budget is due in no small part to the work of the City

Administration and City Council and their collaborative role in putting the budget together,” said

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “Their common purpose

throughout this process has been to keep property taxes stable and, if possible, to provide more

compensation to city employees who have made financial sacrifices during the city’s fiscally lean

times. While more work remains to be done on this year’s budget, we are confident the city’s

leaders and professionals are on the right path.”

Members of the Atlantic City White Collar Professional Association, Teamsters Local 331, Alliance

of Atlantic City Supervisory Employees, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

(IBEW) would benefit from the compensation recommendations. Under the proposal, active full-

time employees:

 Employed by the city as of January 1, 2015 would receive a one-time $1,000 stipend that would

not be included in their base pay;

 With a salary under $25,500 would be retroactively brought up to $25,500 as of January 1, 2018

or receive a 2 percent salary increase, whichever is greater;

 With a salary over $25,500 would receive a 2 percent retroactive salary increase for 2018; and

 Who did not receive the one-time $500 stipend that some employees received in 2018 would

receive it this year.

Additionally, these employees would receive a 2 percent salary increase in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

The entire proposal – including stipends, retroactive salary increases, and future salary increases

this year and the next two years – would cost the city approximately $2.1 million. The unions

must ratify the contractual terms of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with their

members and City Council must approve the new CBA before it takes effect.

The City and DCA also anticipate capital improvements will be included in the 2019 budget to

address quality of life issues.

Mariah Carey Throws ‚ Caution‚ to a Full House at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Atlantic City, N.J. (April 1, 2019) – International songbird, Mariah Carey put on a show-stopping performance at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday night.

The five-time Grammy-award winner, Mariah Carey crooned, in front of a full house in Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, through her 2-hour, 20-song set spanning across her entire discography including some of her biggest hits like “Hero,” “Dreamlover,” “We Belong Together,” “Touch My Body,” “Emotions” and “Always Be My Baby,” accompanied by many classy costume changes and a special heartfelt moment with her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, onstage.

ATLANTIC DEMOCRATS HOLD SUCCESSFUL 44TH CONVENTION

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (1)


(Atlantic City) The Atlantic County Democratic Committee hosted a successful 44th Annual Atlantic County Democratic Convention at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Over 330 elected officials, county committee members, and activists attended to officially endorse the 2019 Democratic ticket.

“Our ticket is made up of everyday Atlantic County residents,” said Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman. “We have small business owners in Vince Mazzeo & Susan Korngut, firefighters in John Armato & Nick Polito, a Union electrician in Steve Light and a community activist and public servant in Ernest Coursey. Our team will represent working folks in Atlantic County.”

Fifth District Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D – Camden/Gloucester) delivered the keynote address.

“Under Chairman Suleiman’s leadership, the Atlantic County Democrats have made considerable progress in making Atlantic County more competitive in off-year elections,” said Assemblywoman Egan Jones. “I appreciate the opportunity to address the convention and wish the Atlantic County Democrats the very best of luck this November.”

The Atlantic County Democratic Committee endorsed the following candidates:

State Senate District 1 – Senator Bob Andrzejczak

Assembly District 1 – Assemblymen Bruce Land & Matt Milam

Assembly District 2 – Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo & John Armato

Assembly District 8 – Mark Natale & Gina LaPlaca

Assembly District 9 – Wayne Lewis & Sarah Collins

County Executive – Northfield Councilwoman Susan Korngut

Freeholder-at-Large – Nick Polito

Freeholder District 1 – Freeholder Ernest Coursey

Freeholder District 4 – Absecon Councilman Steve Light

For more information on the Atlantic County Democratic Committee, go to info@atlanticdemocrats.com.


Unveiled a NEW WELCOME SIGN, West End Avenue, Atlantic City-NJ ATLANTIC CITY-NEW JERSEY

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (9)

Unveiled a NEW WELCOME SIGN, West End Avenue, Atlantic City-NJ

Thanks to a group of residents, business people and Councilman Jesse Kurtz.. were present, the Mayor of Atlantic City-NJ Frank Gilliam, Councilman Jesse Kurtz, Elvis Cadavid of Vagabond and Cindy Owen who lives in Chelsea Hight. In the interview, Councilman Jesse thanks everyone. listen to the interview.