Legislation to ensure that alerts are more widely disseminated when a child has been abducted has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The law (A-2781/S-1431) requires Amber Alerts be distributed via text message to public officers and employees issued cellular phones or electronic communication devices by their employer.
Specifically, the law will require the employee to enroll in the national Wireless Amber Alerts Initiative, which is a voluntary partnership among the wireless industry, the United States Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to distribute Amber Alert text messages to wireless subscribers who register.
The law requires employees with work-issued cell phones – such as certain Division of Youth and Family Services and Department of Transportation employees working in the field – at a minimum, to enroll to receive Amber Alert text messages in the zip code that corresponds to the municipalities where they live and work.
The requirement would apply only if the wireless provider participates in the national Wireless Amber Alerts Initiative, and if the phone is capable of receiving text messages, and subscribed to a plan that allows text messages.
The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate in May by a vote of 40-0. The Assembly passed it Monday by a 73-0-1 vote. The law takes effect immediately.
Mayor William Pikolycky is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Department of Transportation Local Municipal Aid Program has awarded the Borough of Woodbine $210,000 in grant funding for its 2011 Borough Road Program.
The Borough submitted two applications to DOT for roadway reconstruction and drainage improvements for Sumner Avenue and Heilprin ($721,844) and for Fremont Avenue ($526,815).
“The award of $210,000, while it will not cover all phases of the proposed work, will however permit us to begin these improvements,” noted Mayor Pikolycky. “This was one of several applications Woodbine made to NJDOT under various municipal programs. Announcements in the other areas are still pending. Without these important Transportation Trust Fund programs we would not be able to maintain our infrastructure without an added burden to our tax payers.”
The Lower Township Police Department on January 26, 2011 at approximately 3 am received a call from a local woman indicating concern for her son, Justin Gilroy of the 300 block of Willow Drive in the Erma section of Lower Township, she reported that he had arrived at her home and appeared distraught. It was later discovered that he had stabbed his Girlfriend in Warminster Pennsylvania and had also cut himself. He then stole a motor vehicle in another nearby jurisdiction before fleeing to New Jersey.
Prior to police arrival Gilroy had left the area and several local motels were checked that he was known to frequent with negative results. A tip was received that he was at a location in the area of Wayside Drive in the North Cape May section of Lower Township. Upon police arrival they located the stolen motor vehicle which had blood inside. The house in question was surrounded and the resident exited the residence and gave police permission to search for Gilroy.
The Cape May County Sheriff’s Department responded with their K-9 unit in an attempt to track the suspect. Gilroy is still at large and wanted by the Warminster Township Police for Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Possessing an instrument of a crime and recklessly endangering another person.
Justin William Gilroy is described as a white male with a date of birth of 6/03/1989 brown hair, hazel eyes, 6’ 3” tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds.
Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lower Township Police Department Tip line at 886-1619 ext.156 or Crime Stoppers at 465-2800 or Warminster Township Police in Pennsylvania at 215-443-5000. Gilroy should be considered armed and dangerous.
The city of Wildwood may be laying off nearly a dozen police officers. Mayor Gary DeMarzo tells Coastal Broadcasting the is has submit a layoff plan to the state that will call for the elimination of 11 police officers in the city. DeMarzo said that this layoff plan is an alternative to a police demotion plan that DeMarzo previously unveiled. Both the city and the police union are currently trying to hammer out a new contract; another meeting is scheduled for February 9th. The president of the FOP Lodge #7, Chris Howard, calls DeMarzo’s threats of layoffs a “scare tactic”.
In the past few weeks, Middle Township received 10 checks totaling over a half a million dollars for storm related expenses that Middle Township incurred during the November 2009 Nor’easter, the February 2010 Snowstorms and the March 2010 rain event. FEMA reimburses municipalities at 75% of costs for storm related expenses if there is a Presidential Declaration declaring a State of Emergency. “We have a great working relationship with the local County Emergency Management Office, the State Police and all of the FEMA representatives. The paperwork can be a difficult process but we all worked together in getting the necessary information required. This reimbursement is great news for our taxpayers,” stated Mayor DeLanzo.
The FEMA reimbursement was for police overtime and emergency protective measures, shelter costs, debris removal, snow removal and repair of drainage infrastructure.
Many lawmakers from throughout the state are on a train to Washington D.C. today. The “Walk to Washington” takes place today, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Estimates say that 700 people are on the train this year, up from about 500 in 2010. Gov. Chris Christie is providing the keynote address tonight, after missing the event last year due to a fight he was having with the head of the chamber.
If it seems like it snowed a lot recently, it has. This latest storm has made it the snowiest January for the state in 62 years. Cape May County made out much better than most in New Jersey with this last storm, only picking up a few inches. Overall, the state has been rocked with a lot of snow in this first month of the year.
Hundreds of people took to the street after an electrical fire forced them out of their home in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City reports the fire took place Metropolitan Plaza, located along South Rhode Island Avenue, just after 8:30 p.m. The report says some of the residents were taken to Boardwalk Hall for the evening. The fire was taken out quickly, but it wasn’t deemed safe for people to be inside of the apartment complex with the power on last night.
A new report says there are now three candidates to get the Republican Party’s two endorsements to run for Cape May County Freeholder. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Will Morey has officially decided to run for Freeholder. His name has been thrown around as one that potentially might run for some time. Morey is best known for being the owner of Morey’s Piers in Wildwood.
A ruling came down from the state Supreme Court regarding what is and isn’t child neglect or abuse. In a 7-0 decision, the court ruled that slapping a child and taking money out of a child’s paycheck to help pay family bills is not necessarily child abuse. The state Division of Youth and Family Services had acted wrongly for taking a daughter out of her father and stepmother’s house a few years ago. The court ruled that an a slap every once in awhile “although hardly admirable … does not fit a common sense prohibition against ‘excessive’ corporal punishment.” Having a teenager help pay for the bills with his or her work is not illegal either.