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Four Atlantic City firefighters transferring to Ventnor FD

Four Atlantic City firefighters in danger of losing their jobs are transferring to a neighboring department. Ron Laielli, Matthew Williams, William Nagel and Joseph Welsh III are four of 85 firefighters hired on a federal grant. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant ends in September. And, although Mayor Don Guardian has said there’s enough money to last until November, the state has indicated otherwise. A memo from Timothy Cunningham, director of the
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Seven Class II officers become full-time Atlantic City police

Seven Class II Atlantic City officers are now full-time officers after a swearing-in ceremony Friday. The city had 72 Special Law Enforcement Officers out of 90 it is approved to hire. The officers work limited hours and are paid $15 an hour with no benefits. The move was allowed to happen because Atlantic City is no longer under Civil Service requirements as part of the state takeover. Prior to that, any Class IIs would still
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Atlantic City mayor will push to extend grant paying firefighters

Atlantic City needs to reapply for a federal grant currently paying the salaries of 79 firefighters, the mayor said Tuesday. A July 5 notice from Division of Community Affairs Director Timothy Cunningham warns firefighters that their positions will be terminated when the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant ends. The affected firefighters would then have to reapply for a “limited number” of spots. But Guardian said he will try to work with the
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Sheriff Balles returning to Pleasantville police work

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles is returning to his policing roots. After deciding not to seek re-election, Balles will return to the Pleasantville Police Department as a captain, Chief Sean Riggin announced Tuesday. Balles, who was second in command when he left his position of nearly 25 years to become sheriff, asked to return. And Riggin said he happily granted that request. “I am thrilled to have Frank back at our department and I know
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Atlantic City firefighters paid under grant will need to reapply for jobs

Nearly 80 Atlantic City firefighters may have to reapply for their jobs in September, when the federal grant that pays them runs out. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant currently pays the salaries for 79 of the city’s 202 firefighters, Fire Chief Scott Evans said. But when the grant runs out Sept. 21, those jobs will be terminated, according to a notice sent by Timothy Cunningham, director of the state Division of
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Changing ACFD work schedule outside scope of takeover bill, co-sponsors say in court filings

Two Democratic sponsors of the bill that created the state’s takeover of Atlantic City allege Jeffrey Chiesa has overstepped his powers and is endangering public safety. The Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act “was designed to save money by careful planning, not by cutting public services to unsafe levels and endangering the safety of public employees, which I believe the designee (Chiesa) is now doing,” state Sen. Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo wrote in Superior
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State increases ACFD work week by 14 hours

The state increase the Atlantic City Fire Department’s work week by 14 hours with less than 48 hours’ notice, the fire union said in a statement. Despite the fire chief asking for eight days’ notice on any shift changes, the notice came 4 p.m. Friday that the new 56-hour work week would begin Sunday, Union President Bill DiLorenzo said. The firefighters have been battling the state in court about changes to their contract that would
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Atlantic City Police Department featured on National Geographic TV series

The Atlantic City Police Department will be featured on National Geographic television Tuesday night. “Breakthrough: Predicting the Future” includes a look at “predictive policing.” The series — produced by director Ron Howard and longtime business partner Brian Grazer — is in its second season of shining a spotlight on the world’s leading scientists and how their work is changing the future. In 2015, the Police Department and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office partnered with Rutgers University
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Ten Atlantic City firefighters retire as cuts still loom

Atlantic City lost 10 veteran firefighters to retirement this week. But could still lose 80 more if the state gets its way. State oversee Jeff Chiesa has called for nearly halving the department, with about 100 less firefighters. But Judge Julio Mendez put those cuts on hold as a lawsuit filed by the fire union winds its way through court. The retirements of some of the longest-serving — and highest paid — firefighters will ultimately
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Atlantic City family looking for answers after inmate allegedly beaten by officers

An Atlantic City man’s family is trying to find out what happened to him after being denied access to him following an alleged beating by corrections officers in a state prison. Dontae Hathaway, 31, filed a grievance against a Bayside State Prison corrections officers on April 10, according to his mother. That Saturday, she got a call from the family member of a fellow inmate telling her Hathaway had been severely beaten. No one has
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