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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 times:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 (new location)
6-10pm
Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater
Hunterdon Ballroom
111 W. Main Street
Clinton, NJ 
and
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
6-10pm
Patriots Theater at War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
Trenton, NJ 
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 address:

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 Brunswick.
           
Don't miss the special evening when we honor:
  • Honorable 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.
  • James Starace, Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY&NJ, receiving the Dr. John L. Buzzi Engineering Excellence Award
  • Gus Anselmi, Secretary-Treasurer, Anselmi & DeCicco, Inc., receiving the Ellis S. Vieser Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jim Fakult, President, JCP&L, receiving the President's Award
  • William Varley, President, New Jersey American Water, receiving the Walter Rand South Jersey Award
  • Steven M. Rose, President, Passaic County Community College, receiving the Richard Hale Chairman's Award
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AMERICAN DREAM 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 debt.
American Dream expects to open in late summer 2018.



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 COMPANY
               
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. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Online Newsletter - July 28, 2016

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July 28, 2016


In This Issue
DRJTBC HAS PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED 
                
The 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.

If 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.

The 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.

- Aug. 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.

Under Commission policy, the public also may provide comment on the proposed toll changes by any of the following, additional methods:
- Email - send to communityaffairs@drjtbc.org

- Commission website - go to the "contact us" portal at www.drjtbc.org (direct URL is www.drjtbc.org/comment.

- US Mail - address to Director of Community Affairs Jodee Inscho, DRJTBC Executive Offices, 2492 River Rd., New Hope, PA. 18938.
Individuals seeking to provide comment should do so no later than August 29, 2016.

For more information click here https://www.drjtbc.org/default.aspx?pageid=3935


UNITED AIRLINES TO MODERNIZE AIRPORT
               
United Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced plans to further modernize the airport security at several of the airline's largest hubs.

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.


$19.7 M PLAN UNVEILED FOR VISITORS' CENTER AT PATERSON'S GREAT FALLS

Construction plans 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 region.

NJ BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES APPROVES MERGER OF SOUTHERN COMPANY AND AGL RESOURCES 
                
The 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.
  • Pennoni 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.                         

  • Michael DeVito joined the staff of Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey on July 5, 2016, as Information & Communications Manager.
  • Stokes Creative Group announced Sam Capri as the new Chief Operating Officer.  
$1M BRIDGE PROJECT OK'D FOR ROUTE 202

The 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.
The 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.
The 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 

Federal 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.

The 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 less-than-significant levels.

PennEast, 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 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.
             
Alliance Chairman George Laufenberg and President Philip K. Beachem announced the members of Eagle Awards Class of 2016.  They are:

Sigurd Lucassen Labor Award
  • Hon. Stephen Sweeney, NJ Senate President & General Vice President, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
Dr. John L. Buzzi Engineering Excellence Award
  • James Starace, Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY&NJ
Ellis S. Vieser Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gus Anselmi, Secretary-Treasurer, Anselmi & DeCicco, Inc.
President's Award
  • Jim Fakult, President, JCP&L
Walter Rand South Jersey Award
  • William Varley, President, New Jersey American Water
Richard Hale Chariman's Award
  • Steven M. Rose, President, Passaic County Community College
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Online Newsletter - 5/17/2016



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May 16,  2016
Investing in South Jersey  
In This Issue
HUDSON TUNNEL PROJECT SCOPING MEETINGS

Federal Railroad Administration and NJ TRANSIT will hold two scoping meetings to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement for the Hudson Tunnel Project on the following dates:
  • May 17, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania, Gold Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 401 Seventh Avenue at West 33rd Street, New York, New York 10001.
  • May 19, 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 Administration. 

REPAIRS TO PULASKI SKYWAY REACH HALFWAY MARK

State transportation official say work to install a new bridge deck on the Pulaski Skyway is past the halfway point.  
Stephen Schapiro, 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 southbound lanes.  

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 higher ground.
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 Management Agency.  

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. 

The Authority Board voted to allocate the necessary funds for construction in New York City when it establishes its 2017-2026 capital plan.

Port  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. 

HACKETTSTOWN HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY JOINS ATLANTIC HEALTH 

Hackettstown 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. 

EPCON 2016

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.

NARUC's PRESIDENT APPOINTS MROZ AS CHAIR OF INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE

National 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.

"I'm honored 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 infrastructure." 


PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

  • Governor 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. 
  • Parsons Corporation announced that Charlie Manning has joined the firm as Senior Vice President, NY/NJ Infrastructure  and David Sikorski as Vice President. 
  • MWW's Executive Vice President Bill Murray was honored by the Meadowlands Chamber for outstanding leadership and community contributions. 
  • Andrew Schueller, PE, CFM has joined Naik Group as Director of Civil Engineering. 

GATEWAY RAIL TUNNEL TO RECEIVE $70 MILLION IN FUNDING 

Seventy million 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.

The announcement 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.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his Department will handle federal reviews and permits in an accelerated fashion. 

SIX 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 woodlands.

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 Road. 

ATLANTIC CITY 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.

BUILDERS BREAK 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 2018.

Under an agreement based on state redevelopment law, the township will receive payments in lieu of taxes, since the property was considered blighted, officials said.

Montclair will 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 Companies.

DEVELOPERS SHOW 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 restaurants.

To transform 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.