The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey on April 13, 1989 · 3
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Thursday, April 13, 1989
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The Home News Thursday, April 13, 1989 A3 Port officials want more federal money for N.Y.-NJ. harbor WASHINGTON (AP) New York and New Jersey port officials asked Congress yesterday to provide 12 times the $600,000 in the 1990 federal budget for improvements in the New York-New Jersey Harbor. The officials asked for a total of $7.9 million for two construction, four study and seven operation and . maintenance projects "Our recommended funding lev- els constitute the basic minimum ; which is needed for our port," Lilli-' ; an Liburdi, director of the Port De-partment of the Port Authority of ' New York and New Jersey, testified before the Senate Appropriations " subcommittee on energy and water development Cites local role ; "Given the role user fees and local cost-sharing have in supporting . the program, we do not hesitate to . state that an adequate share of federal funding for navigation chan- Tnels must continue," said Ms. Li- ' burdl ' ' She was joined by Borden R. Put-, nam, commissioner of commerce, energy and economic development " of New Jersey and Anthony M. Ric- cio Jr, commissioner of ports and trade of the city of New York. "The representatives of the New York-New Jersey port are keenly aware of the nation's fiscal condi-." tion that confronts Congress in its " decision-making," she said. . She asked for $1.9 million to re-move some 2,230 sunken hulks and ' 149 decaying shore structures that are the sources of "dangerous, un-,; sightly and costly harbor drift" , The Army Corps of Engineers " has estimated that nearly 18,000 ; commercial, public and recreational vessels collide annually with drift in the port, causing damage to pro pellers, shafts and hulls that result in economic losses of more than $48 million, she said. "We are disappointed that the proposed budget contains no funds for this reauthorized project, de spite a projected corps capability, Liburdi said. Putnam asked for $2.7 million to dredge Keyport Harbor, Matawan Creek, Shrewsbury River, Shoal Harbor and Compton Creek in New Jersey, and to draw up plans to dredge Cheesequake Creek, Sandy Hook Bay and Way Cake Creek. Currently, no federal money is budgeted tor these projects. "In addition to being the primary port of call for many deep-draft ocean-going vessels, the port of New York-New Jersey is home to numerous commercial fishing ves sels which operate from small riv ers and harbors within the port," Putnam said in prepared remarks. "While the commercial tonnage generated by these projects may be individually small, collectively they make an important contribution to the fishing industry and economic vitality of this region. Ricdo pointed out that the cur rent fleet of six New York City fire-boats is aging quickly. The port agencies are seeking $2 million toward acquiring state-of-the-art fireboats. "Not only must older vessels be renlaeed but the fireboat fleet ex- nanried to meet the demands of an active commercial harbor," Ricdo said in prepared testimony. "It is critical that there exist a modern fleet to fight fires and prevent loss of lives ana property. Right now, New York City fire-boats respond to fires throughout the bistate harbor, covering a 700- mile waterfront. $21M spree missed in audits Altman " TRENTON CAP) Despite a : staff of 38 budget analysts in the Department of Human Services, a $21 million unauthorized spending " spree went unchecked for months because of a division head's unseen machinations, Commissioner Drew C Altman told a Senate panel yester-day. But incredulous members of the ' Senate Revenue, Finance and Appropriations Committee peppered Altman and his staff with questions as the department's budget hearing " turned into an inquiry into the Eddie Moore affair. Moore, who admitted last month he took it upon himself to spend un-budgeted money for the good of the mentally disabled, was not at the packed hearing. The longtime head of the Division of Developmental , Disabilities is on unpaid leave until " a previously announced resignation takes effect later this month. . Altman said the overspending '. was not spotted until a routine mid-', year audit because Moore was not J including the expenditures in his regularly monitored fiscal reports. When an irregularity was discov-. ered last month, Altman said, he 'quickly contacted the governor's .", office and legislative budget leaders to contain the damage. , "The department was not in-,.. formed of, did not approve of and cannot support these expenditures," Altman said. But some committee members were not willing to accept Altaian's and the department's blameless-ness, particularly when 38 financial analysts are being paid an annual $1.6 million. "Exxon cannot walk away from the tragedy in the Valdez," said Sen. Henry McNamara, R-Bergen, referring to the Alaska oil spilL "Neither can the administration walk away from what happened in that department" Added Sea Walter Rand, D-Cam-den: "It should have been picked up way before." Altman acknowledged that the deficit spending would complicate department finances for years to come. The problem, officials explained, is that the handful of new group homes and dozens of program openings created by the spree will need more money to be sustained in the future. Altman said the state has two choices "find the money or put people on the street" The department is asking the Legislature to make up for the resulting shortfall with a supplemental appropriation or to approve use of highly restricted casino revenue as stopgap funding. Corrections Because of incorrect information supplied by the Associated Press, the wrong police department was credited in yesterday's Page One story with capturing a drug suspect following Tuesday's shooting of a second suspect by a state trooper on Route 1. Members of the New Brunswick police department apprehended the suspect Because of an editor's error, a headline on Page Bl yesterday misi-dentified the township that was offered a cultural grant by an Edison ' developer. The township is Franklin. ' An article in last Sunday's edition incorrectly listed the location and yield of Roy Etsch's farm. The farm, in Monroe, produces 144.63 bushels of corn per acre. n.TT(Wnluh1 T Published daily and Sunday by HcSffifNews ssxsssssn (USPS 143-200) New Brunswick, N J. 08903 Te.epHoneC,,) Telephones Mail Subscription Raid 1.10 l mo. 3mos. 6 men. I year U,"!?... uTinnn Weekdays Sundays $16.25 $46.15 $87.10 $167.70 Want AdS 246-3000 WeMaL 12.35 34.45 66.30 128.70 Home Delivery 246-5678 Sundays . 3.90 11.70 20.80 39.00 Postmaster: Send address change to The Home News, eP.O. Box 551, New Brunswick, N. i. 08903 Home Delivery Rales by Carrier Weekdays and Sundays . $2.l0wk. . Weekdays I.SOwk. Memt?'. , , Sunday tOlwk. Audit Bureau of Circulations Weekend (Fri Sal. & Sun.) SUOIwk, (111 if f " , Z r - I rv (A hry raw f . I f i , 'Hi-: h I A ml ill ft -?A i The Associated Press U.S. marshalls escort Mario German Lemos-Martinez, second from left, Into a van in Teaneck yesterday. Forty-one suspects were arrested in what authorities said was a major cocaine distribution ring. 41 held in NJ.-based coke ring By The Associated Press About 250 police officers conducting pre-dawn raids in four states arrested 41 people yesterday in what authorities said was a major cocaine-distribution ring centered in New Jersey. "This is clearly one of the biggest drug busts in New Jersey ever, certainly based on the number of those arrested," said U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Alito Jr. Police recovered about 11 pounds of cocaine, two handguns and two rifles, said Lawrence P. McEhynn, assistant special agent in charge for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Alito said the amount of drugs seized was relatively small, but because of the number of agents and police officers involved, authorities could not wait for more drugs to be shipped to the defendants. Fifteen other people from New Jersey were named in an indictment unsealed yesterday and were still being sought, Alito said. The 36 people arrested in New Jersey operated out of Union City, North Bergen, Bergenfield and West New York, authorities said. The raids capped an eight-month investigation of high-volume cocaine distribution, Alito said, adding that information was gathered using informants and wiretaps. "We arrested members of seven loosely associated organizations," Alito said. Eighteen of those arrested early yesterday were ordered held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail. The others were to make initial appearances later in the day. Those arrested were involved in drug wholesaling and retailing, as well as trading weapons for other drugs, McEhynn said. The Esmeralda Corp., doing business as USA Used Car Sales in West New York, was used by the group in its drug operation, Alito said. Authorities were to seize used cars at the lot, he said. Police deny racial tension triggered trouble BURLINGTON CITY (AP) Police yesterday discounted racial tension as the cause of a melee in which more than 200 residents of a predominantly black neighborhood pelted police with rocks and bottles after officers arrested a man. . Five police officers and at least seven residents were injured in the 7 pjn. disturbance Tuesday, said Detective John Stefanoni. One resident said police used excessive force when arresting Dimi-trous Cope, 19, of Burlington Township for parking his car illegally and failing to produce a license or registration. "They just pulled him out and beat him," said Hiram Johnson, 27, Cope's cousin. "He didn't do anything" Stefanoni said Cope began fight ing with police and a crowd of angry residents who gathered around had swelled to more than 200 people before hurling rocks and bottles at police. "Our chief denies the incident was racially motivated," said Stefanoni. All the police involved in the disturbance were white, he said. Search on for suspect who fired at trooper NEPTUNE (AP) A man in a car pulled over yesterday for a motor vehicle violation fired at least three shots at a state trooper and then fled on foot, prompting a massive manhunt in Monmouth County shore communities, authorities said. Police said they are looking for a man they identify as Arthur Washington, 39, of Asbury Park. Washington, a passenger in the car, fired the shots after trying to walk away from the vehicle, police said. They had no motive for the shooting. The trooper was attempting to cut off his flight when Washington reached into his army fatigue jacket and pulled out a semiautomatic gun, said Capt Thomas Gallagher, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police. Trooper Michael Clayton then dropped to the ground and fired eight shots at Washington, Gallagher said. As Clayton reloaded his gun, Washington fled on foot across a vacant tot, Gallagher said. No one was injured in the gunfire exchange, which occurred at about 11 am, Gallagher said. He said Washington has a criminal record and is dangerous. "Police sources in the community say he is a dangerous individual,'' Gallagher said. "It is my understanding that he has been incarcerated in New Jersey." Washington was identified by the car's driver, Robert White, of Asbury Park. White told police he was giving Washington a ride. White is in custody but has not been arrested, Gallagher said. Police are obtaining a search warrant for the car, which did not belong to White. Gallagher said the vehicle was pulled over by Clayton because it had an invalid inspection sticker. The gunfire erupted near the Rainbow Apartments, and state and local police had barricaded the area in an effort to find Washington. Helicopters searched overhead while others patrolled the area on foot Friday, April 14th thru Sunday, April 23 rd only All diamonds 25 to 50 off If April has you thinking of diamonds, think of Plum for: . Selection-Plum has more than 1100 diamonds - worth over $1,000,000 - in stock. You'll find a huge assortment of engagement rings, diamond rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and the largest selection of men's diamond jewelry in central New Jersey. Or choose a loose diamond, which our on-premises jewelers can expertly set in your choice of mountings. 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