Seniors, Disabled Get Tax Rebate Expansion From Corzine

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                                                                                                                  Seniors, Disabled Get Tax Rebate Expansion From Corzine
                                                                                                                  CLIFFSIDE PARK — More senior citizens and disabled homeowners now are eligible to receive property tax rebates,
                                                                                                                  thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine earlier this month.
                                                                                                                     The bill (A-3460), which was signed at the Bergen County borough’s activity center, increased the income
                                                                                                                  eligibility limit for these homeowners.
                                                                                                                     Under the bill, eligibility limits increased to $70,000 in tax year 2008 and to $80,000 in tax year 2009, whether single or
                                                                                                                  married. It changes from the current limits of $45,135 for singles, and a combined $55,344 to $60,000 for married couples.
                                                                                                                     There currently are 132,000 recipients of this property tax rebate, and that will increase by 15,000, at an additional
                                                                                                                  cost of $5 million, according to the state Department of the Treasury. In its second and third years, the bill’s cost to the
                                                                                                                  state is expected to increase to $14 million and $32 million, the Treasury said. The bill, signed Dec. 18, capped a week
                                                                                                                  of wide-ranging reforms Corzine championed in the weeks following the credit crunch that slammed Wall Street and hurt
                                      Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed the legislation Dec. 18 in Bergen County.        the Garden State’s job market in the fall. – Scott Goldstein

                                                                                  failed to do so, though several licens-                          The panel will work closely with         invest the funds in energy efficiency       find jobs,, will
Liquor Permits Create                                                             es were for sale in East Rutherford                           the governor’s Office of Economic           and clean energy technologies.              host a four-hour workshop for man-
A Stir at Xanadu                                                                  three years ago, Dowdell said.                                Growth and other state depart-                 The sale was the second auction          agers and human resource profes-
                                                                                     The ABC said businesses at                                 ments to encourage economic                 that took place under RGGI, the             sionals Jan. 7 at its offices in the
The New Jersey Restaurant Associa-                                                Xanadu can apply for a special con-                           development, enhance the state’s            organization said. The first auction,       township, according to its chief
tion said it may appeal a ruling last                                             cessionaire’s permit, and not a liquor                        appeal to investors and businesses,         in September, which involved six            operating officer, Tom Muscalino.
week that it said would allow restau-                                             license, since the complex is being                           and serve as “ambassadors” for New          states, sold more than 12.5 million            Speaking at the 8 a.m. workshop
rant and bar operators to serve alco-                                             built on state-owned property. But                            Jersey, the governor’s office said.         allowances at $3.07 each.                   will be Hannah Rudstam of the
hol at the Meadowlands Xanadu                                                     Dowdell argued that because the                               – Scott Goldstein                              Participating states maintain            Cornell University Employment and
shopping and entertainment com-                                                   developer of Xanadu, Meadowlands                                                                          greenhouse gas emissions at the             Disability Institute, as well as repre-
plex without abiding by local liquor                                              Development, has a 99-year lease on                                                                       capped level of 188 million tons per        sentatives from
licensing regulations.                                                            the land, the property should not be
                                                                                                                                                N.J. Joins Its First                        year through 2014, then reduce the          the       Garden
   This month, the state’s Division of                                            considered state-owned.                                       Emissions Auction                           cap by 2.5 percent each year from           State Council of
Alcoholic Beverage Control granted                                                   The NJRA is considering an                                                                             2015 through 2018. – Evelyn Lee             the Society for
Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse                                                   appeal of the ruling within the 45-                           The Garden State participated for the                                                   H u m a n
chain, the first special concession-                                              day period following the decision,                            first time in the auctioning of carbon                                                  Resources
aire’s permit at Xanadu. Such a per-                                              Dowdell said. – Evelyn Lee                                    dioxide emissions allowances under
                                                                                                                                                                                            Allied, Bollinger                           Management
mit allows a restaurant or bar to                                                                                                               the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initia-         Are Joining Forces                          and the Kessler
serve alcohol on its premises for a                                                                                                             tive this month. RGGI is a coopera-                                                     Fo u n d a t i o n .     Muscalino
$2,000 annual fee, rather than pur-
                                                                                  Corzine Creates Real                                          tive effort between New Jersey and          Vineland-based Allied Insurance             The workshop will encourage
chasing a liquor license. The last                                                Estate Advisory Bo
Description: CUFFSlDE PARK - More senior citizens and disabled homeowners now are eligible to receive property tax rebates, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine earlier this month.
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