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LONG SUMMER – With significant train traffic being directed to the Hoboken PATH station this summer due to Amtrak upgrades in New York Penn Station, riders of PATH in Journal Square may also face delays. See brief.
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LONG SUMMER – With significant train traffic being directed to the Hoboken PATH station this summer due to Amtrak upgrades in New York Penn Station, riders of PATH in Journal Square may also face delays. See brief.

PATH system to see increase in ridership due to Amtrak upgrades

NJ Transit announced an adjusted travel plan in spring for commuters to and from Penn Station as Amtrak will be repairing tracks from July 10 to Sept. 1. Commuters are concerned about pending delays and rerouting.
Riders of the Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line will be diverted to Hoboken as will the Midtown Direct trains on the Gladstone Branch.
According to the notice, “For three-quarters of NJ Transit rail customers, travel patterns will not be modified, including the Trenton to New York Northeast Corridor Line. However, delays on all rail lines, except for the Atlantic City Rail line, are inevitable.” Those commuters on that line will have their tickets cross honored with both the PATH and ferry services.
An additional 7,400 commuters, according to NJ Transit’s estimate, will be diverted to Hoboken beginning on July 10.
“NJ Transit is modestly increasing bus and rail service in Hoboken during the morning rush over the summer. But the increase fails to match the scale of the over-crowding problem,” states the release.
“This will not be a normal commute for any of us including our customers, so we ask that you stay connected to social media and our web page for the latest information…and try not to lose patience,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro in a press release. “On Monday, our customer service ambassadors will be out in force, so if you have questions or need directions, just look for them in their bright yellow vests.”
NJ Transit will enhance peak period bus service and NY Waterway will operate a special ferry service from Hoboken Terminal to W 39th street in Midtown Manhattan during peak hours to combat the influx of passengers at the terminal. For more information go to njtransit.com.

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.
For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.

Compensation pay for corrections officers becomes law

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Sandra Bolden Cunningham, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Linda Greenstein establishing compensation programs for certain officers and staff who are injured while performing official duties was signed into law this week by the governor.
S-596 will cover state corrections officers, juvenile corrections officers, juvenile detention officers, human services officers, park police and conservation officers who, in the course of performing their official duties, suffer bodily injury as the result of a riot or assault by inmates under their custody. Parole officers injured while performing their duties by someone under their supervision would also be covered. Furthermore, civilian employees who work directly with inmates or detainees would also be included under the bill’s provisions, as well as probation officers who suffer bodily injury as the result of an assault committed by an inmate, detainee, or person on probation while engaged in official duties.
The law was amended to include Palisades Interstate Park officers, campus police officers appointed by a county college or four year public institution of higher education, and medical security officers under the supervision of the Department of Human Services.
Corrections officers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor. Injuries are often covered to some degree by worker’s compensation but, by law, an individual must be unable to work for seven days before being eligible for temporary benefits. This law attempts to reduce the financial stress placed upon officers who have suffered an injury as a result of a workplace attack. Under the law, the injured officer would be entitled to receive his or her full salary for six months, or until worker’s compensation payments begin, whichever comes first. The law would also allow the injured officer to receive supplemental payments from his or her employer.

Firefighter cancer registry bill advances in subcommittee

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, which has 166 bipartisan cosponsors, in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health including Rep. Bill Pascrell, is making its way to becoming law. The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with the disease. It would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters’ exposure to dangerous fumes and harmful toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers. This information could also allow for better protective equipment and prevention techniques to be developed.
A 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that in the United States firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths for certain types of cancer when compared to the general U.S. population, specifically digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary cancers, and malignant mesothelioma.

HCCC unveils new non-traditional programs

Hudson County Community College’s division of Non Traditional Programs has released a new catalog online for the Summer/Fall 2017 semester. Hudson County Community College provides residents of Hudson County with personal enrichment and professional development opportunities through their Non Traditional Programs Division. Participants may attend programs in person or online. Some classes offered help students gain experience in Culinary Arts, English as a Second Language, Professional & Career Development, Business & Entrepreneurship, Computer Proficiency, Test Prep, and more! Classes are provided by the Center for Business & Industry (CBI), Community Education, and Evening, Weekend & Off-Site Programs. For more information, call (201) 360-4246 or email communityed@hccc.edu.

New Jersey Leadership Program Announces 2017 Fellows

The New Jersey Leadership Program officially announced its 2017 NJLP Fellows who will be taking part in the NJLP Summer Fellowship Program.
Eight fellows of South Asian descent were chosen from a competitive applicant pool throughout New Jersey. The fellows ranged from high school students to those entering their first year of college at Yale University and the University of Chicago.
The fellows will be placed in various federal, state and local elected offices throughout the state, including those of Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Gov. Chris Christie, State Senators Linda Greenstein and Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Robert Karabinchak.
In addition to the full-time, six-week summer internship, fellows also take part in a weekly speakership series. Detailed information including fellow biographies, placements, and hometowns can be found at http://njlead.org/fellows/.