Three More Indicted in Expanding Investigation of New Brunswick Water Utility Conspiracy

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A state grand jury indicted a suspended Water Utility employee and two Hub City landlords on September 16.

It’s just the latest big news that authorities have been keeping under wraps as their widening investigation into a half-million dollar city government scheme continues.

The indictments accuse the suspended city employee and two local landlords of conspiring to falsify their water and sewer bills and rip off the rest of New Brunswick.

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2019 Hub City Development Docket: Watch Decisions About New Brunswick’s Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It can be hard to keep track of all the plans for new developments in New Brunswick, but we are going to try.

Technical meeting agendas released to the public for the first time offer a new window into the city’s development pipeline, and an advance look at possible futures for many sites across the city.

After pressing city officials for access to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings—where developers, lawyers, and the city’s experts hash out thorny issues prior to public hearings—New Brunswick released all of this year’s TAC meeting agendas, and granted the public access to another lesser-known committee.

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The 125 Highest-Paid New Brunswick City Employees Are All Men

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government has paid more than 800 employees for their service this year, but the top 125 highest-paid officials were all men as of September 1.

Police brass and beat cops who like to work overtime or “extra duty” have dominated the list of big-earners so far this year, along with some of the Mayor’s closest allies.

The top-paid positions are overwhelmingly in the hands of men: City taxpayers have paid at least $50,000 each to seventeen female employees so far this year, while 235 men have collected at least that much since January 1.

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Rutgers President Barchi Backs Off Climate Pledge, Shifting Blame to Student Newspaper

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University administration’s commitment to cut net carbon emissions completely by 2030 lasted about four days, and officials still can’t get their stories straight.

While hundreds gathered to call for immediate action to combat the climate crisis, just a few blocks away, Rutgers’ outgoing President Robert “Bob” Barchi was cracking jokes at the expense of students in a Senate meeting and backtracking on a commitment his administration had made in his name earlier that week.

During a question and answer period following his speech, Barchi appeared to contradict his own administration’s prior statements, and it was clear he was dismissive of the reporting of the school’s student newspaper.

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New Brunswick Fire Department Promotes First-Ever Latino Deputy Chief

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Jorge “George” Arriaga became the first Latino Deputy Chief in the New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) in a ceremony on September 12.

Mayor Jim Cahill made the promotion official, along with several others, before a packed crowd in City Hall.

Fire brass from East Orange, Passaic, Perth Amboy, Trenton, Camden and Hoboken reportedly came out to support Deputy Chief Arriaga on on his promotion.

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These 49 Rutgers Employees Are Paid More Than The University President

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As of September 1, the soon-to-be-retired Rutgers President was only the 50th highest-paid university employee so far this year.

With a salary of $726,464, Dr. Robert “Bob” Barchi is paid almost twice as much as the President of the United States and more than four times the Governor of New Jersey.

Most of the 49 staffers paid more than President Barchi are, like him, medical doctors. Barchi is also paid less than the school’s football coach and two basketball coaches, even though the school’s athletics program loses money.

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New Brunswick Today Public Safety Blotter: September 2019 Incidents, Arrests, and Indictments

For the benefit of our readers, New Brunswick Today will be consistently updating a list of incidents and occurrences in the city, including emergencies, reported crimes, police investigations, and other public safety developments, including grand jury indictments and significant criminal cases.

The following information is based on various records obtained from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and Middlesex County as well as additional information gathered by New Brunswick Today. We have selected the most newsworthy or interesting incidents, and shared what we think is important. Accused or indicted individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty by the NJ court system.

UPDATE: This article has been expanded and updated as of September 23.

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New Brunswick High School Football Team Upsets Edison on the Road

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Zebras football program is off to a 2-0 start, putting them in a tie for first place in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) White Division.

Under the leadership of second-year coach Nathaniel Harris, the team is off to its best start yet after a 3-6 campaign in 2018.

After a 40-20 win over Monroe Township High School in the first week of competition, the Zebras went on to a big win over the Edison High School Eagles on September 13.

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Voters Deal Another Blow to Edison Mayor, Effectively Killing His Privatization Deal

EDISON, NJ—In a special referendum election, voters in Edison overwhelmingly approved a citizen-initiated ordinance to protect their water and sewer utilities from further privatization.

More than four out of five voters approved the new law that will effectively prevent a massive privatization scheme targeting the Township’s sewer system, and much of its drinking water service.

The ordinance came before voters on September 10, capping off a saga that has already seen massive political upheaval over the proposed deal.

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Who is New Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Chris Kubereit?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Andrew Carey is out as Middlesex County’s top cop, and until Governor Phil Murphy chooses a permanent replacement, former First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kubereit is now at the helm.

But the Governor is exercising his right to remain silent on the matter, and he declined to answer this reporter’s question about the recent personnel change on September 5.

“I have nothing to say on that, thank you,” Murphy responded.

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