NJ order tapping security deposits to pay rent is back in court

first_imgNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Getty)A group that fights big-state policies is restarting its case against New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on landlords’ behalf.The New Civil Liberties Alliance argues that Murphy overstepped his authority with an executive order last spring allowing security deposits to be used towards rent. The case was moved to the New Jersey Appellate Court in December to save time.This week the nonprofit group filed an opening brief arguing that Murphy’s Executive Order No. 128 violated the separation of powers and deprived property owners of due process.The order, signed a year ago this month, aimed to help renters who lost income during the pandemic. It gives tenants the option to instruct landlords to use security deposits to offset rent without needing to replenish their security deposit until 60 days after the pandemic — which hasn’t ended.The order maintains tenants’ responsibility to pay for property damage and anything else that the security deposit would cover. But, with the order and an eviction moratorium still in place, NCLA says tenants are taking advantage and leaving landlords to pay out of pocket.“The landlords and tenants negotiate these contracts upfront to set the incentives … [The order] shifts the incentives and the behaviors of the parties,” said Jared McClain, who represents NCLA in the suit.Read moreNJ Gov Murphy proposes giving tenants 2+ years to repay rent City formalizes push for security deposit alternatives LeaseLock raises $52M for security-deposit alternative Tags Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* New JerseyRental MarketResidential Real Estate After the executive order was issued, a tenant wrote to one of McClain’s landlord clients and asked to use the $2,000 security deposit for rent, McClain said.The tenant skipped out on last month’s rent, left the apartment with $1,800 worth of damage and disappeared.“They entered this lease, they agreed to what the rent was going to be, they agreed for a security deposit,” McClain said. “Those were the parameters of the contractual relationship … and the governor unilaterally changed that retroactively.”Several dozen landlords have reached out to the NCLA with similar stories, saying the order left them struggling to make ends meet or forced them to put rental units up for sale, according to the organization.Murphy’s office and the New Jersey Tenants Organization did not respond to requests for comment.Contact Cordilia Jameslast_img read more

Letter From Mayor: Zoning Changes Focused on Helping People, Not Developers

first_imgOcean City Mayor Jay GillianThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Sept. 26.Dear Friends,At last evening’s City Council meeting, a number of changes to our local zoning code were considered by City Council. The changes are a continuation of the effort underway since I became mayor to clean up and simplify our zoning regulations, implement recommendations from our Master Plan Re-examination and respond to changes in federal and state regulations brought about by Hurricane Sandy.This has been a challenging period of time and many of the issues related to our zoning code are rather complicated due to the large number of zones and varied lot sizes in Ocean City. The zoning fixes brought about by Sandy had to be addressed quickly in order to help people recover and get back in their homes.   Several of the changes have made more properties conform to our code, an objective of our Master Plan, and critical to allow people to obtain financing.I commend City Council, the city team, our professionals and the Planning Board for the proactive approach that has been taken.  Our common objective has been to help our residents and property owners. It’s popular with some to allege that any changes to our zoning code are aimed at benefiting those in the development community. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can assure you my direction to everyone involved is to remain focused on helping people. That’s what I was elected to do.I would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and team members involved in three major events this weekend: the Walk for the Wounded, the MS City to Shore Ride and the OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10 Mile Walk/Run.Have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Vacationers Improvise During Soggy Start to Labor Day Weekend

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiCapping a six-hour drive from Pittsburgh, vacationer Mary Beth Reynolds arrived in Ocean City early Saturday afternoon, just as the overcast skies unleashed heavy rain that threatened to spoil the first part of the Labor Day weekend.With a day on the beach definitely out of the question, Reynolds stopped at the Ocean City Welcome Center, hoping to get some ideas on how she and her husband, Dean, could salvage their holiday trip to the Jersey Shore, despite the dreary weather.Right on cue, Nancy Neal, who was working at the Welcome Center counter, greeted Reynolds and handed her a one-page flier that was headlined “Things to do on a rainy day.”With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey dumping an annoying – and poorly timed – rainfall on the shore, vacationers had to improvise on Saturday to kick off the Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of the summer tourism season.Fortunately, the weather is expected to greatly improve through the weekend. The forecast calls for sunny skies returning by Sunday afternoon and then a gorgeous Labor Day, with a high of about 80 degrees to cap the holiday.The Dowd family of New York City, making their first trip to Ocean City, stopped at the Welcome Center for some sightseeing suggestions.On a soggy Saturday, some people went shopping, others hit the Boardwalk arcades and still others were planning a quiet afternoon at the Ocean City Historical Museum in place of trips to the beach. The restaurants were another popular diversion.“I think the restaurants are doing very well. Every place for breakfast was packed this morning,” said Neal, an information officer for the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.The Chamber of Commerce, which runs the Welcome Center, tries to help visitors out in bad weather with its “Things to do on a rainy day” flier. It is a list of local amusement parks, arcades, restaurants, shops, spas and other spots that serve as a haven during gray days.Neal spent Saturday morning and afternoon greeting visitors and pointing out popular vacation attractions on a map. Some of the vacationers were from North Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio and were unfamiliar with Ocean City.“Good afternoon. Welcome to sunny Ocean City,” Neal joked in a friendly voice as visitors stepped inside the Welcome Center to seek shelter from the rain.Angela and Ron Dowd, of New York City, accompanied by their children, were making their first trip to Ocean City and were among those seeking some sightseeing advice from Neal. The Dowds and their son, Edward, 15, and daughters, Marianne, 13, and Stephanie, 9, visited Lucy the Elephant in Margate on Saturday morning and were hoping to spend time at the Ocean City Historical Museum in the afternoon.“With the weather being so rainy, we’re mainly looking for inside activities to do,” Angela Dowd said.Nancy Neal, left, an information officer at the Welcome Center, gives some travel tips to Ocean City vacationer Mary Beth Reynolds, of Pittsburgh.Mary Beth Reynolds and her husband brought their bikes for their weeklong vacation. They were looking for the weather to break later in the day so they could take a ride around town.“Typically, if the weather was nice, we would have left our home in Pittsburgh a little earlier and gone to the beach once we got here,” Reynolds said. “Now, we’ll probably just grab a bite to eat and then go to the grocery store. We’re still talking about what we’re going to do the rest of the day.”As the rainfall became heavier later in the day, Vincent Callaghan and his 12-year-old daughter, Abigail, ducked inside the Boardwalk arcade at Playland’s Castaway Cove.Callaghan, a vacationer from Caldwell, N.J., noted that he and his wife had originally planned to take their daughter to a Colonial re-enactment in Cape May County, but the bad weather forced them to cancel that trip. So instead, they decided to go to the arcade, with Abigail beating her father in a video game of Space Invaders.“I’m really happy that I won,” Abigail said, laughing, as her father smiled.The Boardwalk arcade at Playland’s Castaway Cove was one of the popular indoor attractions as people sought shelter from the rain.Umbrella-toting crowds splashed through the rain while strolling down the Boardwalk, stopping at the amusement sites, shops and restaurants along the way.Just off the Boardwalk at 10th Street, Ocean City lifeguards Calen Connell and Kat Soanes were peering out over a choppy surf devoid of swimmers. If anyone ventured into the water, the lifeguards allowed them to go only knee deep.“We’re mainly just seeing people quickly going in and out,” Connell said.However, Angelique Ines, a vacationer from Toledo, Ohio, braved the waves to take a dip in the 74-degree ocean.“It’s not that cold. Besides, I just had to go in the water after doing all that driving,” Ines said of her eight-hour trip from Ohio.In her case, getting wet wasn’t bad at all.Angelique Ines, of Toledo, Ohio, braved the rain and choppy surf to take a dip in the 74-degree ocean. Umbrellas and hooded raincoats gave Boardwalk strollers some protection from the sloppy weather.last_img read more

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen?

first_imgFor the past 25 years, a prostate cancer screening test called Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) has offered the hope of reducing deaths from prostate cancer by catching the disease early when cure is possible. But recent findings have raised concerns over whether the test’s potential to save some men’s lives is worth the side effects from unnecessary treatments it leads to in many men.Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), outlined the latest research and recommendations on PSA screening during a lecture at the School on July 30, 2013, part of the annual summer Hot Topics series.Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in US men, after lung cancer. Across the globe each year, 250,000 men die from the disease. Routine use of the PSA test has increased earlier diagnoses of the disease and has likely led to the observed decreases in prostate cancer mortality in many Western countries where PSA is widely used. However, it also has led to a spike in over-diagnosed tumors that would never cause harm for a man and would not have otherwise been identified. These patients then often undergo difficult treatments that they don’t need and which can have significant side effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence.Recommendations from leading medical organizations regarding which men should be tested and when, and how to follow-up on an elevated result, are inconsistent, Mucci said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Mountain Mama: The Run the Music Died

first_imgHow running without music can help you tune into so much more…Dear Mountain Mama:I’m training for my first half marathon and always listen to music. My favorite playlist makes running feel easier. The race rules ban using portable music devices along the course.This past weekend I attempted my long run without music, and from the first mile I felt fatigued even though I was well rested. The run took forever and I was so bored.How do I make running without music easier?Signed, 13-MilerDear 13-Miler,Running with music can certainly take the drudgery out of lacing up your running shoes.I’ve been a runner off and on since college, finishing two marathons and dozens of half marathons. Until this past weekend, I swore that I needed music to run. Then, two miles into my 11-mile run, my iPod died.Without music to drown out other sounds, I heard my breathing, loud and fast. I spent the next mile taking long, deliberate inhales and slow exhales. I experimented with timing my foot strike to the pace of my breathing. The more I listened, the more I heard. I started listening to the sound of twigs snapping under my feet. The forest became a symphony of sounds – mountain streams, raindrops falling on the canopy, wind rustling leaves, and mountain bikers in the distance.A funny thing happened. I looked around and realized I was halfway finished with my run. I enjoyed listening to the world around me, feeling connected to my own running rhythm, nature, and even other people.I realized that music distracts me from my run. Always I ran away from the pain and discomfort of running, distracting myself with my favorite playlist. Without music, I was more engaged to what was happening inside and outside my body. I feared running without music, deeming it impossible to go more than a mile without listening to tunes. But when I finally was forced to embrace my fear or turn around, I found peace and, perhaps, even a little wisdom.Find the courage to unplug. On the other side of your iPod, you’ll discover there’s so much more going on than you ever imagined. Run toward the beauty in truly experiencing every minute of every mile.Good luck on your first half!Best,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Data analytics doesn’t need to be daunting

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Is your credit union considering a dive into the world of analytics? You might be readier than you realize. Tapping into data that will help you identify what members need involves nothing more than asking a question and using information already on hand to answer itI’m not downplaying the power of comprehensive data dives executed by teams that know how to pull together information from disparate sources to provide unprecedented actionable business intelligence. A credit union doesn’t haveto have those kinds of resources and scale, though, to conduct data-driven research and make effective strategic decisions about products and services.What a credit union doesneed, most already have:last_img read more

The challenge is to break through barriers and bring workers home

first_imgImport of foreign labor is necessary, we fought for a quota of 65.100 licenses for import of labor, and it is a good short-term solution to the problem, but the ultimate goal is a systematic solution, better linking education and labor market, and the introduction of dual education advocating HGK, is one of the conclusions of the panel. Photo: HGK The director of the seafarers’ employment agency Pasat doo, Ino Munitić, spoke about the experiences of working with the Philippine workforce, pointing out that 10.000 Filipinos are ready to come to work in Croatia immediately. ”The quality of service is important to us, and with the right selection, Filipino workers, who are hardworking, dedicated and discreet, can offer it. ”, said Munitić. Photo: HGK Žana Alfirević, Deputy President of the Professional Group of Catering Activities at ŽK Split, which owns the Split restaurants No Stress and Kinoteka, stated that their problem is the constant outflow of staff, and Sandra Čanić, Head of Human Resources at the Radisson Blu Hotel, that in different ways , through training programs and formal and non-formal education, seek to retain key employees. She also pointed out the importance of returning staff after the season, and they have good experience with the practice of circularity of workers, ie the possibility for a worker who, for example, worked in the summer season in Split to do winter work in Amsterdam.  Despite this year’s increase in labor import import quotas to 65.100, of which quotas in tourism have been increased by more than 100%, labor is still a problem plaguing our companies. The discussion was attended by representatives of companies from the tourism and trade sector, who pointed out first hand the situation in the industries, the problems they face and the ways in which they are solved, and representatives of institutions involved in this issue. Diana Jakšić, Head of the Sector for Administrative and Inspection Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior of the Split-Dalmatia Police Administration, spoke about the procedures for importing foreign workers, Renato Jerončić from the regional office of the Croatian Employment Service in Split on CES statistics and measures such as Permanent Season. Ante Antunović from the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute, Regional Office in Split on a new employment opportunity for various groups of pensioners for four hours a day.center_img “The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has long anticipated today’s problem, ie that demographic trends, overcoming the recession and joining the European Union will lead to a shortage of labor. We have large contingents of people who are outside the world of work, such as young people, forced early retirees, people with disabilities, etc., but also to put them all into operation, we are forced to import workers.”, Said the advisor in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for labor policy and employment, Davorko Vidović. Vidović announced that the Law on Foreigners is being amended and that in June we will have a law that will enable the import of workers without quotas and with simple procedures. “We have an extremely successful season ahead of us for which we must prepare well. Although the atmosphere of the destination is best conveyed by local people, for short-term solutions to the problem of the workforce in tourism, we need the advice of experts that we will hear here today.”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of the city of Split, Alijana Vukšić. The tourist season is just around the corner, and the lack of manpower is an obvious problem, said at the beginning of the round table the president of ŽK Split Joze Tomaš and added that a round table was organized to bring together experts from the real sector and institutions. they would try to detect possible solutions to the workforce in tourism and trade. ”Labor shortages are a limiting factor and one of the burning problems faced by employers, especially in sectors that form the basis of economic growth such as manufacturing, construction, tourism. At this point, we need to give a chance to the foreign workforce, and at the same time not stop working on bringing back our domestic workforce. ”emphasized the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Construction, Transport and Communications, Mirjana Čagalj. Although it has a smaller labor shortage problem than tourism, trade is an activity listed for the first time this year in the distribution of labor import permits. ”At Tommy, we conduct internal training programs and various additional trainings for our employees, with which we try to keep employees.”, Said Ivo Bukša, head of human resources at this largest Dalmatian employer. A round table was held at the Split County Chamber yesterday on the topic “Foreign Workforce – Challenges and Solutions for a Successful Tourist Season ” with the aim of constructive discussion on the current topic of labor shortage and finding possible solutions in the tourism and trade sectors.last_img read more

Ukraine president offers $1 mln for virus vaccine

first_img“So far we are not talking about a specific source for the money,” she said.Ukraine acted swiftly to close schools, universities and public spaces to stem the spread of the virus. It has also shut down metro systems in three cities. Zelensky “really wants Ukrainian scientists to work more actively towards developing medicines that will help the whole world,” Mendel said.She added that Zelensky’s request to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 was sent to the Ukraine’s Academy of Sciences last month.On Monday the World Health Organization highlighted the importance of developing a COVID-19 vaccine, saying it was needed to fully halt transmission of the disease which has led to over 100,000 deaths worldwide since it was first identified in China late last year.The Ukraine president’s spokeswoman did not make clear how the million-dollar reward would be financed in a country whose economy has been drained by a long-running conflict with Russian-backed separatists and is reliant on international aid. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised a $1 million reward to the country’s scientists if they manage to develop a coronavirus vaccine, his spokeswoman said Monday.The ex-Soviet country with a population of around 42 million has confirmed 3,102 cases of COVID-19 and 93 people have died.The president “believes a million dollars is a good incentive,” his spokeswoman Yuliya Mendel said in a statement sent to AFP, with the aim being to develop a vaccine that would “save hundreds of thousands of lives.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

South Asian COVID-19 patients in UK hospitals 20% more likely to die: Study

first_imgHospitalized COVID-19 patients of South Asian ethnicity in Britain are 20 percent more likely to die from the disease than white people, a large-scale study said on Friday, the latest evidence that minority groups are disproportionately hit by the virus.The preliminary results showed that hospitalized South Asians were 12 years younger on average and generally had fewer pre-existing conditions.Although patients in the group were more likely to have diabetes, four-fifths of the increase in mortality was unexplained. Harrison said other ethnic minority groups did not have statistically significant higher chance of dying among patients in hospital in the study.”We see higher rates of intensive care admission and have the need to go into ventilator in black and Asian and other minority ethnic groups, but that’s not translated into an increased risk of death,” he said.He added that the study did not consider whether groups were more likely to catch the coronavirus to start with, which could explain higher death rates from COVID-19 among other minority groups.The study used data from 260 hospitals and enrolled 34,986 patients, although the preliminary findings had not been peer-reviewed. Topics : “South Asians have 20 percent increased risk of death. Part of that risk is explained by diabetes, but part of it is not,” said Ewen Harrison, Professor of Surgery and Data Science at University of Edinburgh.Explanations could be that more South Asians work in jobs where they would face a higher viral load, such as health and care, or genetic differences which made the group biologically more susceptible to the disease, but more work needed to be done, he told reporters.Read also: Drive-in UK care home visits for socially distant timesData from the Office for National Statistics on Friday supported the idea that ethnic minorities are more at risk from COVID-19, although whether it is because certain groups are more likely to contract it to start with, or are more susceptible to it, is still unclear.last_img read more

US bishop-elect resigns over abuse allegation weeks before taking office

first_imgA diocesan board made up of mostly lay members reviewed the investigation’s findings and concluded that the accusation “met the standard” for further investigation, the diocese said.Mulloy submitted his resignation after he received a summary of the allegation, the diocese added.A spokesman for Rapid City’s police force said there was no active investigation into the bishop-elect. Police in Duluth did not immediately respond to calls for comment.For the past two decades the Roman Catholic Church around the world has been hit by a raft of sexual abuse cases and has spent billions of dollars in settlements, expenses that in many cases have led to the closing of parishes and schools.The US Church is still reeling from a Pennsylvania grand jury report that revealed that priests had abused about 1,000 people over seven decades in that state alone.  An American bishop-elect has resigned just weeks before he was due to start the job, following an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor, Catholic Church officials said on Monday.Father Michel Mulloy, 66, was appointed by Pope Francis on June 19 to be bishop of Duluth, Minnesota and was due to be formally installed in a ceremony on Oct. 1.It is almost unheard of for a bishop-elect to resign between the time of his appointment and installation. The episode pointed to the continuing impact the abuse scandal is having on the 1.3 billion-member Roman Catholic Church. Topics :center_img It was not immediately possible to contact Mulloy or his lawyers for comment on Monday, a public holiday in the United States.A Vatican statement said Pope Francis had accepted Mulloy’s resignation, but gave no more details.The diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, where Mulloy had served as a priest, released a statement saying it had last month “received notification of an allegation against Father Mulloy of sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980’s”.The diocese said that when it received the allegation, police were informed and Mulloy was instructed to refrain from public ministry while a Church investigation determined if the allegation was credible.last_img read more