COMMITTEE APPROVES VAN BEVERHOUDT FOR 5TH TERM AS INSPECTOR GENERAL

ST.THOMAS—The Committee on Rules and Judiciary, chaired by Sen. Kenneth L. Gittens, approved the re-nomination of Steven van Beverhoudt to serve for his fifth term as Inspector General, Monday, at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall. Senators questioned van Beverhoudt on a range of topics, including the level of political corruption territory-wide, in comparison to that of the nation. “The frustration of the people of the Virgin Islands is, we’re hearing all the public corruption,” he said, “and it seems like nothing is being done.” “Outside of the auditing that’s confirming some of what we already know, if we have investigators in place, then we will  move it to another step, which is prosecution.” the Committee Chair added.

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH DISCUSSES PLAN FOR SEA VIEW TO MOVE FORWARD

ST.THOMAS—The Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services, chaired by Sen. Kurt A. Vialet, met Thursday at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, to receive testimony on the current standing of the Sea View Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

“We’re here to hopefully be able to come up with some solutions,” said the Committee Chair. “The intent of me having this hearing is not to just allow everybody to vent and to say what took place. I am hoping that by the time we end this meeting, that we will be able to develop a plan moving forward,” he said. The meeting provided the space for a status update on the elderly residents that were relocated from the facility as well as the residents of the Adolescent Unit and sparked the discussion on solutions to prevent what transpired from reoccurring in the future.

R.CITY RECEIVES TERRITORY’S FIRST ‘KEY TO THE CITY’

ST.THOMAS—Senate President Neville A. James and Vice President Janette Millin Young gathered with other lawmakers on the grounds of the Capitol Building, Tuesday, to present the members of R. City, Timothy and Theron Thomas, with the territory’s first “Key to the City”.

The ceremony was in commemoration of “R.City Day”, to be celebrated on September 27, 2016 as a result of Act. No. 7824, a measure sponsored by Sen. Janette Millin Young and unanimously approved by the body on December 15, 2015.