North Jersey News Roundup for June 17, 2020

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs released health and safety standards for when personal care services closed due to the coronavirus pandemic welcome back customers. Among the businesses reopening June 22 affected include cosmetology shops, barbershops, beauty salons, hair braiding shops, nail salons and massage establishments. The standards are meant to protect customers, as well as licensed professionals and staff, by reducing the continued risks posed by COVID-19.

A whistleblower lawsuit by a former state health commissioner alleges he was fired in retaliation for not providing a COVID-19 test for family members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff. Christopher Neuwirth, who oversaw the state’s emergency response in the COVID-19 pandemic before being dismissed, claims he refused to do “a favor” for the superintendent of the state police and test the family of the governor’s chief of staff, George Helmy.

Paterson will make public within by July 15 the names of all city police officers who were subjected to serious discipline during the past two decades. The list will include disciplined officers’ names as well as a summary of the wrongdoing. The Record

Hoboken has created an 11-member task force to review use of force policies in the city’s police department. The job of the task force is to review practices in the police department, seek community feedback, and report findings publicly within 90 days. Members of the task force include two police lieutenants, a retired lieutenant and three city council members. The Jersey Journal

NJ Transit has new rules for passenger conduct to prevent the spread of coronavirus as businesses gradually reopen. The “Ride to Recovery” plan breaks down into six parts: service, cleanliness, distancing, communication, protective equipment and public safety, and screening and testing. Among the  guidelines, customers should avoid loud talking and restrict phone conversations until after their trip because they increase the expulsion range of droplets which may contain the virus.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s confidence in the state’s hybrid primary hasn’t been shaken by irregularities seen during the vote-by-mail elections held in May. “I continue to have a high degree of confidence in July 7,” he said. “And that’s not to say that there may or may not have been failures in the system.” New Jersey Globe

Kean University is planning for classes to begin Sept. 1. According to the university, it will be in accordance with the current state guidelines come fall, including social distancing and face mask wearing for students and staff. The university expects in-person classes to resume in what it’s calling a “hybrid format” this coming school year. News12 New Jersey

State officials unveiled construction plans for the nation’s first purpose-built wind port in Lower Alloways Creek Township to help propel the region’s developing offshore wind industry. With an initial investment of up to $400 million, the New Jersey Wind Port is expected to generate $500 million of new economic activity each year as a hub for the offshore wind supply chain. PoliticoNJ

The Hoboken Public Library is scheduled to undergo its first major renovation in its more than 100-year history in 2021. A $4.6 million bond for the project will be introduced by the City Council for repairs to remove lead paint and asbestos from the third floor and the installation of a new HVAC system. The Jersey Journal

A Vernon Township resident accused by the state of building a 75-foot-high dump on his property over the last decade may head to jail if he doesn’t meet a July 15 deadline to provide a full account of his assets and bank accounts. A State Superior Court ruling found Joseph Wallace in contempt for lying numerous times in a deposition and failing to comply with a November 2019 order that required him to turn over documentation to a court-appointed receiver tasked with marshaling Wallace’s assets and assessing him for the cleanup costs. New Jersey Herald

And finally…A series about Action Park is being developed by Hulu.

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