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NJ Gov. Restart and Recovery Commission; Bucks County Man Threatens Wolf; Odunde Festival Canceled
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/28/20 7:30 pm | updated: 04/28/20 7:36 pm
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has unveiled the members of the Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission. The commission is made up of 21 members who come from a variety of backgrounds including health care, business, finance, academics, economics, transportation, and government. "This team is unrivaled in terms of its diversity of experiences, perspectives, and expertise. We will restart our economy with purely Jersey solutions," Murphy said. The commission will advise the Governor on a phased-in reopening of New Jersey's economy while taking into account proper public health measures. They will also take into consideration ways to rebuild the economy and support certain sectors to be of greater benefit in the future than previous structures. That could be done through policy choices, investment, equity considerations for minorities, and infrastructure enhancement. They will identify where State or Federal intervention could support those goals. The panel will address both short and long-term economic issues. They will begin to meet virtually immediately. It will stay together "as long as necessary to inform the restart and recovery of our state’s economy."



SEE: Executive Order No. 131

Members of the Commission are:

Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman (Co-Chair) - Professor of Molecular Biology & Public Policy and President Emeritus of Princeton University

Kenneth Frazier (Co-Chair) - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc.

Dr. Ben Bernanke - Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution and former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Dr. Richard Besser - President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Evelyn McGee Colbert - Founding Board Member and President of the Board of Montclair Film and Vice President of Spartina Productions

Tony Coscia - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), Partner and Executive Committee member of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP law firm and Chairman of Suez North America Inc.

Jessica Gonzalez - Founder & Chief Executive Officer of InCharged, VendX, and Lux-UVC

Dr. Jonathan Holloway - Incoming President of Rutgers University and former Provost of Northwestern University

Lisa P. Jackson - Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple Inc., former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Jeh Johnson - Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Charles Lowrey - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Denise Morrison - Founder of Denise Morrison & Associates, LLC and a Senior Advisor for PSP Partners.  Former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Campbell Soup Company.

Dr. William Rodgers - Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Former Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor

Neera Tanden - President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Reverend Dr. Regena Thomas - Director of the Human Rights and Community Relations Department of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and former New Jersey Secretary of State 

Richard Trumka - President of the AFL-CIO

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver* - Lt. Governor, State of New Jersey

George Helmy* - Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Phil Murphy

Judith Persichilli* - New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner

Matt Platkin* - Chief Counsel, Office of Governor Phil Murphy

Kathleen Frangione* - Chief Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Phil Murphy


A Bucks County man upset about his unemployment claim was arrested after making threats against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his family. 61-year-old Brian Rafferty of Feasterville-Treavose is charged with making terroristic threats and harassment. Rafferty allegedly called the governor's office in Harrisburg at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, 4/27. He was angry that he had not yet received his unemployment check and was not able to speak with anyone at the state's unemployment office run by the Department of Labor & Industry. The exact nature of the threats made against the governor and who answered the phone have not been released, but they were presumably deadly. State police arrested Rafferty at his home. They say the governor or his family were never in any danger. Rafferty was arraigned on Monday night. He was remanded to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $200,000 bail.

The 2020 Odunde Festival has been canceled due to concerns for coronavirus COVID-19. The African American cultural street festival has been held annually for over 40 years along South Street and Grays Ferry Ave. This year's festival was scheduled for June 14th. "The health and well-being of our festival attendees, vendors and performers is paramount," Odunde board president and CEO Oshunbumi Fernandez-West said. The festival is scheduled to be held next year on June 13th, 2021.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz and his wife Madison welcomed a baby girl on Monday night. Hadley Jayne Wentz weighs 8 lbs 2 oz and is 20 inches long. Congratulations!

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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 04/28 7:36 pm
61-year-old Brian Rafferty of Feasterville-Treavose is charged with making terroristic threats and harassment.


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