Entries by Daniel Levin

Murphy Will ‘Almost Certainly’ Announce State Tax-Filing Extension But Won’t Say When

That’s something President Donald Trump’s administration has already done at the federal level as many Americans have lost their jobs or have faced other hardships caused by the pandemic. The new deadline for filing federal income taxes and making payments is July 15.

But Murphy has yet to take similar action at the state level, sowing some confusion among taxpayers as the April 15 deadline — at least for state income taxes — draws nearer.

NJ Outlines Field Hospital Plan to Prepare for Surge of COVID-19 Patients

Critical to the state’s response are the four temporary “field hospitals” being planned by U.S. Army officials, the first of which Murphy said would be open within a week at the Meadowlands convention center in Secaucus. Three other units will follow within roughly a month, he added, with two located at the massive convention complex in Edison and another at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Each will have roughly 250 beds.

Lessons from the Past Should Have Informed Approach to COVID-19, But Have They?

Some suggest that New Jersey’s past experiences leave it better positioned than some states to face the current crisis. “I have to tell you New Jersey is certainly better prepared maybe than some (states) in terms of emergency preparedness. We had Superstorm Sandy. We had Ebola,” HMH’s Garrett said. (The system’s flagship hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, was a designated site for Ebola patients and treated several suspected cases that turned out to test negative for the deadly disease, he said.)

Jersey City Covid-19 Update 3/24

In an effort to adhere to social distancing protocols and best practices imposed by City and State authorities, the City of Jersey City has canceled all public meetings and closed non-essential services as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.  As a result, the council caucus and council meeting will be held virtually as a video conference with public access until further notice. 

State Orders Release of Low-Level Offenders from County Jails in Wake of New Coronavirus

The order could result in the release of as many as 1,000 individuals on probation or serving a term of less than a year for a disorderly persons or other low-level offense, according to ACLU-NJ. It applies only to those in county jails and is a temporary measure while the state of emergency continues. It is meant to prevent a major spread of the virus within a jail. It does not, however, cover state prisons, where officials remain concerned about a possible outbreak.