Day: September 30, 2021

Candle Light Vigil Held For Shemiah Davis At Waterfront Park

September 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A candle light vigil was held at Waterfront Park tonight for 15-year-old shooting victim Shemiah Davis who was killed by senseless gun violence on September 25, 2021.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Legislation supported by Smith to forgive more than $8.1 million for Jersey Shore towns in Fourth District passes House, signed into law

September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Legislation supported by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to provide more than $8.1 million in Community Disaster Loan (CDL) forgiveness for Jersey Shore towns in the Fourth Congressional District impacted by Superstorm Sandy passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law today as part of a stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown.

            “This long-awaited Community Disaster Loan forgiveness is greatly welcomed and much-needed relief for our local towns and communities that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy,” said Rep. Smith, who voted for the measure on the House Floor. “Nearly nine years after Sandy, our towns have finally received the reprieve they both need and deserve—and were originally assured—from these difficult payments.” 

            Mayors from Point Pleasant Beach and Manasquan, two of the towns in Smith’s district slated to receive CDL forgiveness, thanked Smith for his tireless efforts to secure the significant relief that will free up funds for critical municipal projects and other needed local improvements.

            “Point Pleasant Beach is so grateful to have an attentive and hardworking member like Congressman Chris Smith representing us,” said Mayor Paul Kanitra. “He listened to our needs regarding CDL forgiveness, and he and his staff put in countless hours to make this a reality. We expect the effects of this to save the Borough close to $1 million dollars.

            “This is a big deal,” said Manasquan Mayor Ed Donovan. “This represents hundreds of thousands of dollars that we would’ve had to repay, that we can now use for other needed projects and improvements in Manasquan. There is no lack of projects we need funding.”

            In addition to securing relief for New Jersey towns, the legislation will also provide assistance to other eligible towns across the country with outstanding Community Disaster Loans.

            Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the CDL program provides operational funding for local governments to continue basic operations after substantial revenue loss caused by a major disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy, that adversely affects their ability to provide essential municipal services.

Passenger Van Carrying 14 Overturns On I-295 Killing One Passenger And Injuring All Others

September 30, 2021–Update from yesterday’s accident

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—New Jersey State Police stated that 14 occupants traveling in a Ford Econoline van traveling north in the area of mile post 59 yesterday were injured around 3:25 p.m. The van went off the road to the right, struck the guardrail, reentered the roadway and overturned. Of the 14 occupants, four were ejected and one sustained fatal injuries, two sustained serious injuries and the rest sustained minor injuries.

The driver, Silvestre Diaz, 33, of Camden, NJ sustained minor injuries. Passenger, Daniel Del Carmen Marmol Batista, 55, of Ridgewood, NY sustained fatal injuries. 47-year-old female passenger and 19-year-old male passenger sustained serious injuries.

The right and center lanes were closed for about 5 hours. The accident remains under investigation.