NJ All-State Academic Team members Carla Alvarez-Valverde and Michelle Ruiz-Taylor, both of Bloomfield, were recognized for their academic achievements
Monday, May 7, 2012
Bloomfield resident and Essex County College honor student Carla Alvarez-Valverde delivered one of the keynote addresses at the 18th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 3, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel. She was also named a Coca-Cola Foundation New Century Scholar, and will also receive a $2,000 scholarship for being New Jersey’s top community college student. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosted the event honoring New Jersey’s best and brightest community college students and their families. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for two-year college students. A Business Administration major, Alvarez-Valverde was recently named a recipient of the renowned Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer scholarship, …
Essex County taxpayers paid more than $750,000 in broker fees and could save millions by cutting out political middle men.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
To State Comptroller Matthew Boxer and Citizens Campaign Chairman Harry Pozycki, it's a simple question: Why are New Jersey's county and municipal governments and school districts spending tens of millions of property tax dollars unnecessarily on high-priced insurance plans and broker fees? It's also a politically sensitive question, because the biggest name in the insurance brokerage business for local governments is George Norcross, the South Jersey Democratic power broker and often ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Norcross's firm, Conner Strong & Buckelew, is by all accounts the biggest player in New Jersey's local government insurance market, and could have the most to lose if Boxer's and Pozycki's recommendations start a …