Policy

The SandPaper: Smoke-Free Beaches May Become Statewide Reality

The SandPaper: Smoke-Free Beaches May Become Statewide Reality

While smokers will be able to light up on certain areas of beaches and parks this summer, that could all change when next season rolls around, according to a bill recently passed in the state Legislature. The legislation, which expands the New Jersey Smoke-Free Act, prohibits smoking at state parks and beaches, while municipal and county beaches would be able to ban smoking on all but 15 percent of the area.

NJ.com: N.J. Sandy energy grant program revised, leaving Hoboken with more money

NJ.com: N.J. Sandy energy grant program revised, leaving Hoboken with more money

The state has overhauled an energy resiliency grant program launched in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that was at the center of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s accusations that her city was shortchanged on disaster relief aid.

Roughly half of the 146 towns, counties and authorities that had been awarded grants have been removed from the program, according to state data. Two dozen other local government entities — including Hoboken — will be awarded additional money. And nearly 70 municipalities that had not received any money will get funds.