Press of Atlantic City: Watch Dog Reports

Watch Dog Reports

Watchdog Report: High school data fail to link graduation rates to low test scores

There is little public data on how many high school seniors do not graduate solely because they have not passed the existing state tests in language arts and math.

Watchdog Report: Atlantic City lags in code enforcement long after plan to remedy problem

More than four months ago, officials decided the city’s efforts at code enforcement in the Tourism District were so dismal that CRDA money should be used to supplement the Department of Licensing and Inspection’s manpower.

Watchdog: South Jersey firms facing OSHA fines from Sandy repair jobs

Federal inspectors have assessed at least 26 companies with a total of $110,000 in fines for unsafe workplaces in New Jersey shore towns while cleaning up and repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy, an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor records shows.

Watchdog report: CRDA keeps no record of unsuccessful proposals

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has approved almost $157 million in Atlantic City projects over the past three years. They range from widening streets and renovating piers to building parks and major casino additions.

Watchdog Report: Veterans housing project Tucker's Walk went from high hopes to foreclosure

TUCKERTON — The only evidence today of Tucker’s Walk, an ambitious project announced in 2007 that would house 24 low-income veterans, is a weed-choked gravel clearing and a sun-faded sign off Route 9 in Ocean County.

Watchdog report: New Jersey doesn't track how many recipients of Tuition Aid Grants graduate

Nearly $1.4 billion in Tuition Aid Grants has been given out by New Jersey over the past five years to help low-income students pay for college, making it one of the most generous state financial-aid programs in the nation.

Watchdog Report: Disclosing finances / Casino boards' forms posted

Contrary to New Jersey law, the state Ethics Commission for five years failed to post to the Internet financial-disclosure forms from key managers of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and Casino Control Commission, officials said.

Watchdog Report: New Jersey employers squeezed by rising unemployment insurance costs

Business owners in New Jersey stung last year by higher unemployment insurance payments will pay even more in 2013 to make up a shortfall left by the recession and depredations of past administrations.

Watchdog Report: NJTA, SJTA pay for maintaining roads they don't control

Millions of dollars have been spent over the past four years by the South Jersey Transportation Authority and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to maintain roads they don’t own.

Watchdog Report: Towns, state fight over share of utility funds

Upper Township, in Cape May County, received $6.1 million last year in energy receipts taxes for hosting the B.L England Generating Station.

Watchdog: State Ethics Commission puts financial disclosure forms for officers of casino boards online after five years

Contrary to New Jersey law, the state Ethics Commission for five years failed to post to the Internet financial disclosure forms from key managers of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and Casino Control Commission, officials said.

Watchdog: Atlantic City's legal bills rise despite efforts to cut costs

ATLANTIC CITY — Taxpayers spent more than $9 million last year to pay municipal legal costs — a 28 percent increase despite promises of new money-saving policies.

Watchdog Report: Veterans left stranded amid squalor, crime at Somers Point apartment complex

The Veterans Point project at The Gates at Somers Point, billed as the first permanent housing complex for veterans in the state, has collapsed in the past year, leaving a handful of veterans living in squalor.

Watchdog Report: Director's pay grew 40% as debt at South Jersey economic development agency soared

Executive Director Gordon Dahl’s salary has increased by more than 40 percent — with no identifiable documentation of proper approval — even as the South Jersey Economic Development District has fallen into hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt with the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park project.

WATCHDOG REPORT: Northfield paid former CFO 324 hours of unapproved comp time while she worked for another town

Former Northfield Chief Financial Officer Marilyn Dolcy was paid more than 324 hours of unapproved comp time over her last three months of employment, even while working full time for Galloway Township.

Watchdog report: South Jersey Economic Development District can't pay NextGen contractors

The South Jersey Economic Development District, the agency that coordinated building the $7 million infrastructure at the planned NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park in Egg Harbor Township, is unable to pay an estimated $495,000 to contractors that did the work.

WATCHDOG REPORT: After six years, no park, no jobs at NextGen facility in Egg Harbor Township

Six years ago the $300 million NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park was announced as a project that would bring 2,000 high-paying jobs and a technology-based economy to the region from its base adjacent to the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township.

Watchdog report: Neglect is routine at some New Jersey nursing homes

A bandage on the left hand of a resident at Our Lady's Residence Health Care Center drew immediate questions from a state inspector visiting the Pleasantville nursing home in June 2009.

Watchdog report: N.J. state college enrollment increases, state aid does not, so students pay more

Richard Stockton College will get about $19.8 million in state aid next year, or about $2,800 per student, to subsidize the cost of educating about 7,000 full-time undergraduates.

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