Newark extends mask mandate but eases proof-of-vax rule

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has extended the mandatory mask-wearing requirement for all indoor public facilities through at least Feb. 28. But if COVID numbers continue to decline, he will end the mandate after that.

Vice President Harris hails Newark as model for lead replacement

Newark struggled with high levels of lead in drinking water for years, prompting outrage. But on Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Newark to praise the city for replacing all lead water pipes in just three years — much, much sooner than anticipated.

MTA running fewer trains due to COVID surge

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge, the impact is being felt at the MTA which is running fewer trains and using some stations as COVID testing sites.