Cryan, Sweeney introduce bills to aid furloughed federal workers

Senate President Steve Sweeney and State Sen. Joe Cryan are pushing a pair of bills, introduced Tuesday, to aid federal workers furloughed by the ongoing shutdown of the federal government. “The lives and livelihoods of our federal workers have been disrupted by a shutdown that is cutting off the paychecks they need to support themselves and their families,” Cryan said. “President Trump’s senseless crusade to build a wall along our

Malinowski picks Somerville for district office

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) will be locating his district office in Somerville. This will be the first congressional office in Somerville since 1984, when Rep. Jim Courter (R-Allamuchy) moved out after a panel of federal judges redraw his district.  Courter had taken over the 41 N. Bridge Street office that Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-Bernardsville) had occupied for eight years. Malinowski will move into his new office at 75-77 N.

Former federal judge dies

Eugene Pugliese, a retired federal immigration judge, passed away om January 16.  He was 66.  Pugliese served as chief counsel to the House Subcommittee on Immigration for sixteen years before joining the Department of Justice.  He was a resident of Clifton. Robert M. Smith, a longtime Montvale councilman and fire commissioner, passed away on January 11.  He was 88.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and as a volunteer