Phil Murphy

Architecture, Design, Midtown West, Policy

All renderings courtesy of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

The plan to modernize Penn Station has officially entered the design phase. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the state is now requesting proposals from architecture and engineering firms to redevelop the dark and crowded Midtown transit hub into a light-filled train station “worthy of being the epicenter of the most vibrant city on the planet,” according to the governor. Proposals are due July 28 and a winning bid could be selected by late summer or early fall.

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New Jersey, Policy

New Jersey will end mask mandate in schools in March

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, February 7, 2022

Image courtesy of Josue Lora/NJ Governor’s Office on Flickr

New Jersey’s school mask mandate that’s been in effect since September 2020 will end March 7, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday. The state mandate required all students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings while inside New Jersey school facilities. School districts can choose to keep the mandates in place, but the statewide requirement will be lifted. The mandate’s removal comes as positive tests and hospitalizations have dropped significantly statewide and the rate of vaccinations continues to rise.

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