Lawyers Win AC Takeover, AC Police Get Pay Cuts & Wind – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Lawyers Win AC Takeover
Many people predicted this, but with news yesterday that Atlantic County will follow the Atlantic City Fire Department in taking the state of New Jersey to court over the constitutionality of the state’s AC takeover, it really feels like the only winners now are the lawyers. Taxpayers, who will be footing the bill doubly for the state’s lawyers and the county’s lawyers, are the losers in this equation. We’ll be watching closely to see what burden this places on local budgets – get in touch with us via social media (links above) or email if you have thoughts or comments.

AC Police Get Pay Cuts
Would it be too much to hope for a state takeover team that at least had some class? Their complete lack of it was on display yesterday, when it became apparent that – in the middle of a state of emergency – they imposed pay and incentive cuts across the Atlantic City Police Department. The cuts went into effect today. Lynda Cohen of Breaking AC, has the story here.

Joel Smiler

Photo of Ventnor Pier yesterday during the storm taken by Joel Smiler.

It’s still windy out there – and it’s going to get worse into the afternoon, the National Weather Service says. They are expecting gusts up to 45-50 mph in and around Atlantic County. That’s not going to be uplifting news for Atlantic City Electric, which is still dealing with a few remaining outages (mostly in Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties) from yesterday, along with a newly-reported outage in Mays Landing. You can check their outages map here.

In the rest of today’s headlines, there’s news that you might soon qualify for an NJ tax break if you donate blood or organs, supermarket chain Aldi is hiring in South Jersey, and there’s a bi-partisan effort to end restrictions on medication-assisted treatment in rehab. All that and more below:

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