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PENNEAST PIPELINE HEARINGS SCHEDULED
The staff of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC Commission) is seeking public comment for the
PennEast Pipeline draft environmental impact statement. Post your
support for the PennEast Pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from
Pennsylvania to New Jersey, by attending public hearing at the following
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 (new location)
Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater
111 W. Main Street
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Patriots Theater at War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
You can also send testimony to FERC by
visiting the Commission's website, www.ferc.gov, under the link to
Documents and Filings and comments or mailing them to the following
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
Be sure to reference the project docket
number (CP15-558-000) with your submission
2016 EAGLE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Six leaders of New Jersey's economic life
will receive prized Eagle Awards at the New Jersey Alliance for Action's
42nd annual dinner on October 24. The dinner will be held
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.
A sell-out crowd of New Jersey and regional leaders will turn
out to pay tribute to the Alliance for Action's Eagle Award honorees at the
Eagle Awards banquet on October 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New
Don't miss the special evening when we honor:
Stephen Sweeney, State
Senate President and General Vice President of the International
Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron
Workers, receiving Sigurd Lucassen Labor Award.
Starace, Chief Engineer, The
Port Authority of NY&NJ, receiving the Dr. John L. Buzzi
Engineering Excellence Award
Anselmi & DeCicco, Inc., receiving the Ellis S. Vieser Lifetime
Fakult, President, JCP&L,
receiving the President's Award
Varley, President, New Jersey
American Water, receiving the Walter Rand South Jersey Award
M. Rose, President, Passaic
County Community College, receiving the Richard Hale Chairman's Award
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SECURING ADDITIONAL STATE FUNDING
American Dream Meadowlands took a step
toward securing $800 million in state-backed financing. American Dream
Meadowlands has taken a major step forward with news that the New Jersey
Sports and Exposition Authority has unanimously voted to advance a new financing
plan for the megamall.
The Sports Authority had already agreed to issue $350 million in bonds on
behalf of Triple Five, the developer of the mall. Under the proposed
financing plan, the Sports Authority will issue another $800 million in
American Dream expects to open in late
MCGUIGAN TOMBS & COMPANY JOINS ITS
PRACTICE WITH WITHUMSMITH+BROWN
McGuigan Tombs & Company, a $3 million
plus certified public accounting firm based in Manasquan, joined its
practice with WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), a regional CPA and consulting
firm with 14 offices, 800 staff members and annual revenue of $140M,
ranking in the top 30 firms in the country. All of McGuigan Tombs' team
members will relocate to Withum's Red Bank office.
"We are thrilled to have the staff from
McGuigan Tombs come on board," says Andy Vitale, CPA, the partner in
charge of the acquiring firm's Red Bank office. "Their expertise in
serving clients in the construction industry will nicely augment our
current construction practice. They will also enhance our private company
practice in the local market."
AMERICAN WATER TO PURCHASE SHORELANDS WATER
Voorhees-based American Water, the nation's
largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced
that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Shorelands Water Company, a
privately owned water utility that provides water services to more than
11,000 customer accounts in Monmouth County. Financial and other terms of
the sale were not disclosed. The agreement is subject to the review and
approval of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
When completed, the acquisition will
continue the expansion of New Jersey American Water's operations. Earlier
this year, American Water completed the acquisition of Environmental
Disposal Corporation (which provides service in the Bernards and Bedminster
area), and New Jersey American Water acquired the former Roxiticus Water
Company (in Mendham Township) and began providing water and wastewater
service to Elk Township.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
The NJ State
Senate approved Governor Christie's nomination of Rick Hammer as
Commissioner of the NJ Department of Transportation.
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) unveiled a
proposed Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge (I-95) toll schedule
projected to take effect in 2019, when the first span of the new bridge
is expected to open.
approved in late September by the Commission's board of directors after
a slate of public hearings, tolls would be $1.25 for passenger vehicles
with E-ZPass; $2.60 for Toll-by-Plate passenger vehicles without
E-ZPass; and 75 cents for commuters who make at least 16 tolled trips
per month using a Commission-affiliated E-ZPass tag. Tolls will be
charged in the southbound direction via an all-electronic toll (AET)
collection system of E-ZPass tag readers and high-resolution cameras.
public hearings will be held as follows:
Aug. 2, 2016, Holiday Inn Express, 90 Kunkle Dr., Easton, PA. Toll
hearing 6 p.m.
Aug. 4, 2016, Early Childhood Learning Center, 459 Center St.,
Phillipsburg, NJ. Toll hearing 6 p.m.
9, 2016, High Point Golf Club, 342 Shore Dr., Montague, NJ. Toll
hearing 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, 2016 East Stroudsburg University Innovation Center, 562
Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA. Toll hearing 6 p.m.
Commission policy, the public also may provide comment on the proposed
toll changes by any of the following, additional methods:
United Airlines and
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced plans
to further modernize the airport security at several of the airline's
United, in collaboration with the TSA, will install state-of-the-art,
automated security lanes, add permanent TSA Precheck® enrollment
centers at convenient locations and redesign security checkpoints at
several of the airline's most-frequented hub airports.
United will debut the automated lanes at Newark Liberty International
Airport, the airline's premier Trans-Atlantic gateway, this fall. When
United, in collaboration with the TSA, completes the installation, the
entire centralized security checkpoint at Terminal C in Newark Liberty
will feature 17 automated lanes.
M PLAN UNVEILED FOR VISITORS' CENTER AT PATERSON'S GREAT FALLS
are moving ahead for the $19.7 million Alexander Hamilton Visitors
Center near the lower level of the Passaic River facing the Great Falls
in Paterson. Supporters presenting details for the multi level facility
to the city's national park advisory committee say the 7,500 square
foot facility will increase tourism and boost dollars coming into the
NJ BOARD OF PUBLIC
UTILITIES APPROVES MERGER OF SOUTHERN COMPANY AND AGL RESOURCES
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Board) has approved a merger
between Southern Company and AGL Resources, the parent company of
Elizabethtown Gas. As a result of the board's approval, a typical
residential customer of Elizabethtown Gas will receive a $42 credit on
an upcoming bill statement.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Governor Christie announced
State Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold J. Wirths
will step down next month and will be nominated to serve on the
State Parole Board.
announced the promotion of Associate Vice President and Newark, NJ
Office Director Todd
Hay, PE, CME, to Regional Vice President and
the appointment of Senior Business Development Associate Jerry Prevete to
Associate Vice President.
DeVito joined the staff of Associated Construction
Contractors of New Jersey on July 5, 2016, as Information &
Creative Group announced Sam
Capri as the new Chief Operating Officer.
$1M BRIDGE PROJECT
OK'D FOR ROUTE 202
state Department of Transportation has approved a $1 million emergency
project to replace a Route 202 bridge damaged in heavy rains and
flooding on July 10.
work is taking place despite the suspension of Transportation Trust
Fund projects on July 8 that occurred when the state Legislature and
the governor could not agree on a plan to provide revenue to the fund,
which expired at the end of June.
state DOT has said the suspension of projects allows there to be enough
funds for emergency projects, such as the Route 202 bridge. Senate
President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent
Prieto (D-Hudson) have reached an agreement on resolving the TTF
funding crisis. A vote could come as early as Aug. 1.
FEDERAL AGENCY GIVES
GREEN LIGHT TO CONTROVERSIAL PENNEAST PIPELINE
energy regulators have approved a draft environmental impact statement for
the hotly contested 118-mile PennEast Pipeline, which would deliver
Marcellus Shale natural gas primarily to utilities in the Lehigh Valley
and in New Jersey.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said that construction of the $1
billion pipeline would cause some adverse environmental impacts, but
that "most of these impacts would be reduced to
which is sponsored by a subsidiary of UGI Corp. of Valley Forge, called
the report "a major step forward" and said it anticipates a
final decision from FERC in 2017.
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR
GATEWAY PROJECT GAINS STEAM
Good news on the
project to build a new rail line between New Jersey and New York.
The federal Department of Transportation is starting the Gateway Project's
"project development" phase for the New Starts program.
The project development phase involves environmental review and
adopting the program into the DOT's long range transportation
plan. New Starts, along with other federal and loan programs, is
expected to comprise a bulk of the federal government's funding
commitment to the Gateway project.
PERMIT EXTENSION ACT
EXTENDED IN NINE COUNTIES
On June 30, 2016,
Governor Christie signed into law a one-year extension of the Permit Extension
Act ("PEA") (A3617/S2390) in the nine counties most impacted
by Superstorm Sandy. The extension only applies to approvals in
Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean,
and Union Counties. The law will allow the municipal, county, and state
permits that were previously extended by the PEA to remain valid in
those nine counties for an additional year.
2016 EAGLE AWARDS
Six leaders of New
Jersey's economic life will receive prized Eagle Awards at the New
Jersey Alliance for Action's 42nd annual dinner on October
24. The dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New
Alliance Chairman George Laufenberg and President Philip K.
Beachem announced the members of Eagle Awards Class of 2016. They
Stephen Sweeney, NJ Senate President &
General Vice President, International Association of Bridge, Structural,
Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
John L. Buzzi Engineering Excellence Award
Starace, Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of
S. Vieser Lifetime Achievement Award
Anselmi, Secretary-Treasurer, Anselmi & DeCicco,
Fakult, President, JCP&L
Walter Rand South Jersey Award
Varley, President, New Jersey American Water
Richard Hale Chariman's Award
Rose, President, Passaic County Community College
Administration and NJ TRANSIT will hold two scoping meetings to discuss
the Environmental Impact Statement for the Hudson Tunnel Project on the
2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania, Gold Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 401
Seventh Avenue at West 33rd Street, New York, New York 10001.
2016 at Union City High School, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union
City, NJ 07087.
Both days will include an afternoon session from 3 to 5 PM
with a brief presentation about the Proposed Action at 4 PM, and an
evening session from 6 to 8 PM with a brief presentation about the
Proposed Action at 7 PM. The public will be able to review project
information, talk informally with members of the study staff, and
formally submit comments to the Federal Railroad
REPAIRS TO PULASKI
SKYWAY REACH HALFWAY MARK
transportation official say work to install a new bridge deck on the
Pulaski Skyway is past the halfway point.
a State DOT spokesman, reported that the overall project is still on
schedule and is expected to be completed in 2020. He said the bridge
deck is more than half done as a majority of the north side is
completed and there has been a lot of progress underneath the
PATH WILL SPEND $87
MILLION FOR FLOOD PROTECTION
The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey will spend $87 million to protect PATH from
flood damage and replace an escalator in the Exchange Place Station.
Of that amount, the Authority commissioners approved $25.2
million to expand a rail yard in Jersey City to store the cars on
The project will
be partially funded by Federal Transit Administration grants to protect
PATH after Superstorm Sandy flooded 353 rail cars and locomotives.
The project would build 1,800 feet of track to store the
equipment at 3 to 5 feet above requirements of the Federal Emergency
NEW BUS TERMINAL TO
BE BUILT IN MANHATTAN, NOT NEW JERSEY
A new state-of-art
bus terminal will be constructed on Manhattan's west side under a
commitment made by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to
replace the aging, outmoded current terminal.
Board voted to allocate the necessary funds for construction in New
York City when it establishes its 2017-2026 capital plan.
Authority Chairman John Degnan said: "By committing to build
a much needed 21st Century terminal in Manhattan with the underwriting
that no bus terminal will be built in New Jersey, we are making crucial
investment in our region's economic growth." Final
submissions are due in April, with an announcement of the competition
winner expected in September.
HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY JOINS ATLANTIC HEALTH
Regional Medical Center officially transferred ownership to the
Atlantic Health System from Adventist HealthCare following
approval from a State Superior Court Judge. The facility has been
renamed Hackettstown Medical Center.
The Commerce &
Industry Association of New Jersey, the Alliance for Action and several
other organizations and companies are partnering on EPCON 2016.
The Environmental Procurement Conference will bring New Jersey leaders
together to focus on brownfield redevelopment, water, sustainability
and other environmental infrastructure challenges.
For more information and to register for the May 20th
event please visit n the conference please visit http://web.cianj.org/events/EPCON-2016-(Environmental-Procurement-Conference)-468/details.
APPOINTS MROZ AS CHAIR OF INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Travis
Kavulla has appointed NJ BPU President Richard Mroz as Chair of the
National Association's Committee on Infrastructure.
to have been asked by President Kavulla to serve as chairman of the
Committee on Critical Infrastructure," said President
Mroz. "New Jersey is a leader in seeking and implementing
measures and solutions to protect critical infrastructure and assets,
and focusing on issues such as risk mitigation and
cybersecurity. I hope to share my knowledge and experience of New
Jersey's response to disastrous events, both man-made and natural,
dating back to 9/11 and more recently with Superstorm Sandy with my
fellow committee members as we work on issues of national security;
protecting the nation's energy, water and telecommunications
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Christie announced that Amy
Cradic will be his next Chief of Staff and Jacqueline Halldow
will be the new Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications.
Corporation announced that Charlie
Manning has joined the firm as Senior Vice
President, NY/NJ Infrastructure and David Sikorski
as Vice President.
Executive Vice President
Bill Murray was honored by the Meadowlands Chamber
for outstanding leadership and community contributions.
Schueller, PE, CFM has joined Naik Group as
Director of Civil Engineering.
RAIL TUNNEL TO RECEIVE $70 MILLION IN FUNDING
dollars in funding has been allocated for preliminary engineering work
as an early step toward a new Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson
River. The funding will be $35 million each from the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey and Amtrak.
was made by the Port Authority, Amtrak, the US Department of
Transportation and NJ Transit. It was supported by Governors
Christie and Cuomo, US Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New
Jersey and Charles Schumer of New York.
Secretary Anthony Foxx said his Department will handle federal reviews
and permits in an accelerated fashion.
FLAGS RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR 66-ACRE SOLAR FARM
After months of
controversy from residents, Six Flags Great Adventure
received unanimous 9-0 approval from the township planning
board to construct a solar generation facility on 66 acres of
The vote for the
project strongly opposed by some residents and environmentalists took
place after the applicants agreed to several stipulations requested by
board members. One was guaranteeing funding for the planting of
trees and the upgrading of a culvert that carries a stream under Reed
ELECTRIC MERGER WITH EXELON IS COMPLETED
The merger has
been completed between Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings --- which
includes Atlantic City Electric. The announcement followed
approval by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia.
The merger creates
the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility company.
Together with Exelon's other utilities, the merger services
approximately ten million customers across six jurisdictions.
Atlantic City Electric will remain a separate company and retain local
headquarters in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
In addition to
Pepco Holdings shareholders, the transaction received regulatory
approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, New Jersey Board
of Public Utilities, the Delaware and Maryland Public Service
Commissions and the Virginia State Corporations Commission.
GROUND ON MONTCLAIR'S FIRST NEW HOTEL IN NEARLY 80 YEARS
Ground was broken
Tuesday morning on the MC Hotel, a luxury accommodation that officials
said will be Montclair's first new hotel since 1938.
The hotel property
is at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road, the site
of a former car dealership within Montclair's central business
district. The 120,000-square-foot hotel will have 151 rooms and suites,
according to the developers, and is expected to be completed by early
Under an agreement
based on state redevelopment law, the township will receive payments in
lieu of taxes, since the property was considered blighted, officials
keep 95 percent of the new hotel's tax revenue, as opposed to the 28
percent of the property taxes it would normally get, and there is a set
30-year payment schedule.
The $38 million
project heralds the second phase of the 2011 Montclair Center Gateway
Redevelopment Plan, designed to encourage sustainable mixed-use
development at the western edge of downtown, developers said.
The plan includes
the hotel, as well as the Valley and Bloom mixed-use residential
project which is nearing completion and already has of 112 of 248 units
leased, Jackson said.
In all, the
Hampshire Companies hope to embark on four Montclair projects, which
also encompass the redesign of Lackawanna Plaza, construction of a
medical office building, and the potential reuse of the Leach Building
on Bloomfield Avenue, said Jon Hanson, principal of the Hampshire
PLANS FOR CAMDEN WATERFRONT
Plans to transform
the Camden waterfront into an urban center were envisioned by the
developers to feature new offices and sidewalks, as well as green space
where people can enjoy leisure time. Liberty Property Trust
reported that the $800 million project will include a new ferry stop,
shuttle to the city's downtown and space for a hotel, homes, shops and
Camden's long dormant waterfront into an active neighborhood, the
developers received approval by the State Economic Development
Authority (EDA), for 1.5 million square-feet of commercial space, 200
residential units and a 130-room hotel over a 26-acre tract of land.
Architectural renderings call for two office buildings between
the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Adventure Aquarium. Liberty
said it hopes to break ground this fall.