The collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Florida is prompting Jersey City to reexamine safety requirements for the city’s high-rise buildings. On Wednesday, Mayor Steven Fulop announced legislation to create new safety protocols for both residential and commercial buildings. It mandates structural inspections of all concrete buildings above six stories at least every 10 years. The inspections will include examining structural foundations, balconies and waterproofing conditions. Additionally, exterior walls must be inspected every five years. Mayor Fulop says since the condo collapse in Florida, he’s been hearing from residents that their condo boards are delaying work because of the potential cost to residents.
The state is offering new rebates to residents who buy electric vehicles. The Board of Public Utilities announced car buyers can receive rebates of up to $5,000, under the Charge Up New Jersey electric-vehicle incentive program. Rebates are applied during the purchase or leasing process at car dealerships. Incentives are limited to vehicles priced at less than $55,000. This is the second year of the incentive program. During year one, incentives were awarded to 7,000 drivers. The goal is to increase the number of electric vehicles on the state’s roads. The Murphy administration hopes to see 330,000 EVs on the road by 2025, and we’re nowhere near that.
In the meantime, the BPU is working to increase the number of charging stations, to facilitate the transition from diesel trucks to zero-emission vehicles. It’s got a new proposal and will hold hearings on that later this summer.
NJ Transit has reached a preliminary agreement on a new contract for nine of its employee unions. The unions represent bus drivers, mechanics and other workers. Specific details haven’t been released yet. The transit agency is currently holding contract talks with its rail unions.