The Rahway Democratic Municipal Committee elected a new chairman on Monday night with Kevin O’Brien succeeding Mayor Samson Steinman as leader of the city’s majority party.
Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOTs) more than doubled in last year’s municipal budget, eclipsing $2 million after three new projects were added to the tax rolls. The spending plan for 2017 anticipates $1.3 million after the expiration of one five-year PILOT.
There were no local elections for City Council or mayor — that’s next year — but Rahway voters like the rest of the state still cast ballots in this year’s primary for governor and other state races on Tuesday.
Work at the Center Circle site on Main Street, namely removing the athletic bubbles, could begin as soon as the fall if permits and other timelines are met, setting the stage for construction of a 219-unit development that gained approval early this year.
Lawyers for the City of Rahway responded last week to a lawsuit brought by this website seeking release of body and dashboard camera recordings of two car accidents within the last several months involving Mayor Samson Steinman.
In response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for a number of documents related to Mayor Samson Steinman’s two automobile crashes in recent months, the city denied a request for dashboard and body camera footage while providing police reports and other documents.
Rahway will lend one of its four parklets to the City of Passaic as part of a shared services agreement.
City employees who have one or more motor vehicle violations within a one-year period, or a conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, would be required to take a defensive driving course under a change to the municipal employee policy.