NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An elementary school principal has been suspended for over a month, but officials with the district have declined to say why.

Jose Negron has served as principal of the Livingston Elementary School since October 12, 2011, according to public records, but he is no longer serving in the position since his recent suspension.

Negron continues to collect an annual salary of $140,068, even while he is not serving as principal.  It's unclear who has replaced him as the school's leader during the suspension.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 28, the city's embattled Housing Authority Board voted unanimously to approve an additional $60,000 for the same law firm that has billed them more than $201,844 since 2015.

The vote came six days after this newspaper reported that Manfredi & Pellechio charged the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) more than five times their legal budget last year.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County government closed down a cafeteria that was open to the public as part of a reconfiguration to accomodate $638,241 in "security upgrades."

The front desk where visitors sign in has also been relocated as part of the changes, and now there only one single chair available for public use in the area.

A new entrance to the "Freeholder meeting room," where many public meetings are held, also will be constructed to accommodate the security system, according to county officials.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A record-high seven candidates have filed to run for seats on the New Brunswick Board of Education (BOE) in the upcoming April 17 election.

Business Administrator Richard Jannarone confirmed on March 5 that all seven are qualified to run, and will therefore appear on the ballot.

The top three finishers in the seven-way race will win three-year terms on the nine-member board.

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NEWARK, NJ—University police officers restricted some people from attending the February 7 meeting of one of the governing boards that oversees Rutgers University.

The Board of Governors' (BOG) public meeting, just one of six regular meetings scheduled this year, was held on the school's Newark campus at the Paul Robeson Campus Center.

But the way the room was configured, it could not hold all of those who wanted to attend and police kept a tight limit on the number of audience members.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Nearly a year after he was first suspended from duty and arrested, a New Jersey State Trooper was sentenced to three years probation for invading the privacy of women he pulled over and covering up his actions by falsifying and tampering with public records.

Marquice Prather, a Linden resident, admitted to tampering with evidence and falsifying records as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that will keep him out of prison if he can complete probation.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Elijah’s Promise, which operates one of the region’s largest soup kitchens and a number of other social services, has named Michelle Wilson its third Executive Director.

The non-profit organization's Board of Trustees appointed Wilson to the post at its January meeting.

She brings over two decades of experience in community development and food security to her new role.

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