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Town council developing 2015 priorities

Town council discussions have established three strategic priorities for 2015, including providing financial stability, creating an inclusive and well-run community and improving service delivery, according toMayor Liz Lempert. While the council has not yet passed a list of specific priorities for 2015, working sessions have outlined a number of initiatives in line with the strategic priorities, she said. Unlike last year, which saw several large administrative reorganizations, the town council will primarily focus on several projects slated for developmentthis year. In particular, the town will focus on harmonizing existing town and borough parking ordinances, seeking bids for the potential installation of a solar array at the local landfill and creating a plan for the inclusion of bike lanes on Hamilton Avenue are important upcoming projects, Lempert said. “This is an exciting time for the municipal government because we are still in transition and we have a lot of opportunities to do more self-assessment and adopt policies that will put us in a good position moving forward,” she said. Councilwoman Jo Butler said that maintaining financial stability is at the top of the council’s concerns for the coming year. “Costs are always increasing, concerns exist about taxes rising and we need to focus on maintaining low costs while improving infrastructure,” Butler explained.

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U. enters into contract to purchase liquor license

The University has entered into a contract with local restaurateur Jack Morrison to purchase a liquor license for $1.5 million, according to records obtained by The Daily Princetonian under a request from the town of Princeton. Morrison had previously purchased the license for about $1 million, according to Planet Princeton. Hedeclined to comment. Terra Momo, a local restaurant group, had previously ended lease discussions with the University that had started in 2013, in which Terra Momo would have operated the restaurant and café area in the forthcoming Arts and Transit Neighborhood. Ending the discussions was mutual and “amicable,” and the issue of obtaining a special permit liquor license was not a factor, Terra Momo Group co-owner Raoul Momo said.


Justice Kagan ’81 discusses legal analysis, Court's perception

One of the most difficult aspects of being a judge is understanding the role and limits of a justice’s position, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Elena Kagan ’81 argued in a discussion on her experiences and judicial views moderated by University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 on Thursday. Kagan, nominated and appointed to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2010, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University, an M.Phil.

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News & Notes: Yale begins construction of 2 residential colleges

Yale has begun the construction of two residential colleges ahead of schedule, according to the Yale Daily News. Though the project is scheduled to break ground in February 2015, workers have been on site for at least the last three weeks, said a construction worker on conditions of anonymity given contractual constraints to the Yale Daily News. The project is funded by $500 million Yale received in donations, according to the Yale University website. A single alumnus, Charles B.

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Booker, Watson Coleman win seats in New Jersey midterm elections

Incumbent Senator Cory Booker defeated opponent Jeff Bell to claim a second term as New Jersey Senator, and Bonnie Watson Coleman defeated opponent Dr. Alieta Eck in a bid for New Jersey’s 12th district congressional seat on Tuesday night. Both elected Congress members represent the Democratic party. The New Jersey Senate election was called minutes after polls closed, announcing Booker’s victory based on exit polling data. Booker first won the Senate seat in a special election to fill the term of the Senator Frank Lautenberg following his death in 2013; his current bid is for a full six-year term. He also previously served as the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Booker acknowledged his win on Twitter, thanking New Jersey and stating that he is excited to continue serving the citizens of the state. His midterm election campaign primarily focused on bridging gaps in Congress and collaborating with Republicans on issues which they share common ground. “I want to renew the promise I made during my first election: that I will work with anyone, from any party, who is willing to join me to move New Jersey, and our country, forward," said Booker in an email to supporters on election night before polls closed, according to the Asbury Park Press. Like Booker, Watson Coleman has also had a lengthy career in politics. She has served as assemblywoman in the State General Assembly since 1997, serving as majority leader from 2006 to 2009. However, this is her first election to a federal seat; her bid began after congressman Rush Holt announced his retirement in February.

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Midterm elections accompanied by vote on bail requirement

In addition to casting votes for congressional candidates in the midterm elections on Tuesday, New Jersey voters will be confronted with a public question to amend the state constitution’s bail requirement. The ballot question specifically asks voters whether they approve of a measure that would allow courts to order the pre-trial detention of defendants. This addresses the implementation of a bail reform measure,an act passed by the state legislature and signed into law by New Jersey Gov.

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Q&A: Assemblywoman and congressional candidate Bonnie Watson Coleman

The Daily Princetonian spoke with Assemblywoman and Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 12thdistrict Congressional seat, Bonnie Watson Coleman, on the important points of her campaign, how her platform compares to her opponent’s and what she wants to communicate to young voters about the upcoming election. The Daily Princetonian: Your campaign website mentions many key issues, including job creation, gun violence, education, technology, voting rights, health care, job creation, women’s rights, social security and LGBT rights, as part of your campaign platform.

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