ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - One of the region's largest mass-filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's convention center. The Showboat and Revel are shutting down this weekend, putting more than 5,000 workers out of work. Trump Plaza will add even more when it closes September 16th.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is giving an Atlanta-based company $6 million in tax credits to move its rented office space up one floor in a Jersey City high-rise. Payment processing firm First Data has offices in New York and recently rented space for 26 employees on the 39th floor of 101 Hudson Street. The Jersey Journal reports the state Economic Development Authority approved the tax credit over 20 years, saying First Data was considering a move to Atlanta.
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Natural Gas customers will spend less to heat their homes this coming winter. The utility today announced it will reduce its basic gas supply service rates beginning October 1st. The typical residential customer will save about $55 a year. New Jersey Natural Gas has also asked regulators for a 4.3 percent reduction related to its conservation incentive program.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority says it still wants to redevelop the land where the house sits even though Revel is closing next week.
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