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

Timberlake calls for Murphy to sign police-related death bill

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake is calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law a bill that would require an independent investigation whenever a person dies in police custody or during an encounter with law enforcement personnel following the death of a 27-year-old Paterson resident. Jameek Lowery died from meningitis on Jan. 7. Prior to his death, he was denied water and allegedly restrained by Paterson police. Lowrey told police he