Bill Baroni, a former politician who ended up in a Carnegie Center law firm after he got caught up in the “Bridgegate” scandal at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was indicted on May 1 and is now out of work again.
“Bill Baroni has left his position as counsel to the law firm of Hill Wallack LLP,” said Robert W. Bacso, managing partner of the Roszel Road-based firm in a prepared statement. “Mr. Baroni left in order to totally focus his efforts on his defense and the vindication of his reputation. We wish Bill the best as he works to clear his name.”
Baroni, a former staffer of Gov. Chris Christie, got a job at the law firm in March, 2014, after resigning from the Port Authority in December, 2013, amid the Bridgegate scandal.
Baroni is among three people accused of shutting down lanes of the George Washington Bridge on the first day of school in 2013, creating a traffic jam, in order to retaliate against the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid. Prosecutors have not implicated Christie in the plan, and the governor has denied prior knowledge of it.
Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to Christie, have pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy against civil rights for carrying out the scheme and for attempting to portray it as a “traffic study” after the fact to cover it up. David Wildstein, another Port Authority employee, pled guilty to charges related to the Bridgegate scandal and is cooperating with prosecutors.
Baroni was executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the interstate agency that controls the bridges between the two states. Before that he was a Republican state assemblyman representing Hamilton Township.
Baroni has a law degree from the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University. When Hill Wallack hired the embattled politician last year, the firm cited his extensive experience with business and finance, education, and non-profit groups.
Capital Health Regional Medical Center, 1 Capital Way, Pennington 08534; 609-394-6000; fax, 609-695-8865. Al Maghazehe PhD, president and CEO. www.capitalhealth.org.
Capital Health is launching a new network called LINC — Leading Integrated Network of Clinicians — to coordinate care across providers and sites of care.
“We are very pleased to initiate this exciting new venture that will benefit patients and providers and move us forward into the future of innovative care for our patients,” said Al Maghazehe, president and CEO of Capital Health.
The company said in a press release that the recent changes in healthcare policy and reimbursement from commercial and government payoffs offered incentives for hospitals and doctors to collaborate on patient care.
LINC is governed by a physician-led board of managers. Ultimately, the board will include approximately 10 to 12 physicians and three hospital representatives.
The hospital said that clinically integrated networks that meet criteria promulgated by the FTC can negotiate contracts directly with payers on behalf of physicians and the health system. Networks contract directly with payers in a variety of value based systems that can include funding for IT and care management resources, care management fees for patient-centered medical homes, pay-for-performance incentives, shared savings, and claims data and analytics.
“At the end of the day, LINC is about providing high quality care to our patients. As a physician, I feel this new level of coordinated care allows me to practice medicine the way I’d always envisioned it — with a team approach that makes the patient the true center of care with the goal of preventing illness and disease,” said Dr. Robert Remstein, a primary care internist, chief clinical officer of LINC, and vice president for accountable care at Capital Health.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington 08534; 609-737-3735; fax, 609-737-3075. Jim Waltman, executive director. www.thewatershed.org.
The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association has opened a new $8 million center for environmental advocacy on its 930-acre reserve on Titus Mill Road.
The new center is the result of an extensive renovation and addition to a 1970 ranch house that served for 25 years as the Watershed’s Buttinger Nature Center. The new building has achieved the LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
New in Town
@ Work Personnel Services, 3535 Quakerbridge Road, Ibis Plaza, Suite 102, Hamilton 08619; 609-454-6786; fax, 609-423-1273, www.njatwork.com.
@ Work, a staffing company, has opened a local franchise under Falguni Purohit on Quakerbridge Road.
“Central Jersey’s vibrant economy and high quality of life make it a prime destination for new businesses,” said Purohit in a prepared statement. “AtWork Group provides both established and new area business owners and workforce with great opportunities for growth.”
The company provides temporary and temp-to-hire employees as well as payroll and full-time placement services.
Daly Law, 20 Scotch Road, Suite A, Ewing 08628; 609-594-4000; Paul N. Daly, lawyer.
Lawyer Paul Daly has opened his own practice on Scotch Road. The attorney, who specializes in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, is striking out on his own after a 22-year career at Lenox Drive-based Stark & Stark, where he was a partner. Daly opened his new office in April.
InfoLogitech, 3 Independence Way, Suite 403, Princeton 08540; 732-927-2460; fax, 732-626-6513. Srinivas Makkuri, CEO. www.infologitech.com.
Infologitech, an IT consulting company has moved to Independence Way from South Plainfield, where it had been located since its founding in 2006. The company also has offices in Novi, Michigan and Hyderabad, India.
New Jersey Electrical Contractors Association, 4390 Route 1 North, Suite 218, Princeton 08540; 732-981-8901; Suzy Abbott, executive director. www.njeca.org.
The New Jersey Electrical Contractors Association, a trade group, has opened a headquarters on Route 1 North. The group represents about 15,000 licensed contractors and students statewide.
Amicus Therapeutics, 1 Cedar Brook Drive, Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512; 609-662-2000; fax, 609-662-2001. Bradley L. Campbell, CEO. www.amicustherapeutics.com.
Amicus Therapeutics, a Cedarbrook Drive-based biopharmaceutical company has appointed David Allsop, above, as senior vice president, International. He will be responsible for Amicus’ international organizational build out, and will lead international commercial and market access activities for migalastat monotherapy for Fabry disease.
Allsop previously worked at Biogen Idec in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Janssen-Cilag in Switzerland. The company said he has successfully launched three blockbuster therapies internationally as well as many other therapies both nationally and internationally.
Said Amicus CEO Bradley L. Campbell. “His high level of international experience at top-tier biopharmaceutical companies will be extremely valuable as we build the Amicus team in preparation for the global launch of migalastat monotherapy for Fabry disease. I am confident that under David’s leadership, Amicus can establish a prominent presence in Europe first, followed by other key global markets, and attract top talent to our international organization as a key part of our vision to build a leading global biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing transformational treatments for people living with devastating rare diseases.”
AMEC Foster Wheeler, 200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 113, Hamilton 08619; 609-689-2829; fax, 609-689-2838. Deborah A. Barsotti, principal scientist. www.amecfw.com.
Multinational engineering and project management firm AMEC, which has an office in American Metro Center, has changed its name to AMEC Foster Wheeler. The London-based firm purchased Swiss rival Foster Wheeler in 2014 and changed its name to incorporate its acquisition.
Cardinal Point Strategies, 3705 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton 08619; 609-924-2110; fax, 609-228-7016. Paul Goldenberg, president. www.cardinalpointstrategies.com.
Cardinal Point Strategies, a security consulting firm, has moved from Horizon Center Boulevard to Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton. The office was formerly known as National Public Safety Learning Center and was located on Wall Street in Princeton before it was acquired by Cardinal in 2011.
Ronin Development Corp., 475 Wall Street, Princeton 08540; 609-452-0060; fax, 609-452-0091. Harry F. Bunn, president and CEO. www.ronin.com.
Ronin Development Corporation, a market research and consulting firm, has moved from College Road East to Wall Street in Research Park. All other contact information is the same.
Kleinfelder LLP, 3 AAA Drive, First Floor, Hamilton 08691; 609-584-5271; fax, 609-584-7498. Derek Fisher, regional operations manager. www.kleinfelder.com.
Kleinfelder, an architecture and science consulting firm, has renewed a 15,896-square-foot lease on its AAA drive headquarters in Hamilton, according to a press release by real estate firm Mack-Cali, which owns the property.
GE Healthcare (GE), 101 Carnegie Center, Princeton
GE Healthcare has closed its Princeton location and moved some of its employees to a new U.S. headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts. A GE spokesperson said about 50 to 70 employees will move to the new headquarters while some others unable to move will remain as remote employees.
The company is also closing its Piscataway location. The GE division has been downsizing since the Great Recession. In 2008 the Carnegie Center site employed 400 people, and downsized to about 300 in 2009. “The announcement was made with almost a year’s notice for employees to either move with GE Healthcare or find other employment in the state,” said GE spokesperson Erin Bryant. “We have spent the past year providing placement support, job training, employment workshops, and counseling to our employees who have been affected by the move.”
The company will retain only its small manufacturing and distribution site located in South Plainfield, and a radiopharmacy in Livingston, the spokesperson said.
NewMarket Pharmaceuticals LLC, 621 Executive Drive, Princeton
NewMarket Pharmaceuticals, a company that makes drugs for animals, has closed its Executive Drive office. Calls to its listed phone were not returned. It was located on Hulfish street before moving to Montgomery in 2013.
Margaret (Maggi) Kennard Johnson, 97, on May 2. A notable printmaker whose art was informed by her work with famed modern artist Joseph Albers and master printmakers in Japan, she also was an instructor for the Museum of Modern Art and Pratt Institute and a founding member of the Princeton Artists Alliance and MOVIS. Her work is in several permanent collections, including the British Museum, Cleveland Art Museum, and New Jersey State Museum.
She was married to the late Ed Johnson, a scientist for RCA and Corning Glass. Their daughter, Lonni Sue Johnson, is the artist who has recently resumed her artwork after viral encephalitis caused severe amnesia and aphasia (U.S. 1, September 11, 2011). Scientists at Princeton University and Johns Hopkins have been studying her brain during the recovery period (U.S. 1, April 1, 2015).