LETTER – The Jersey Shore is sacred ground that must remain free from drilling

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commended the Assembly’s bipartisan unity in opposing oil and gas drilling off New Jersey’s coast. The Shore-protection resolution was overwhelmingly approved with a 71-2 vote. “This is a clear message to those who want to do offshore drilling at our New Jersey shore,” said Bramnick…

LETTER – State’s leading manufacturers tell lawmakers mandated $15 minimum wage stifles growth

Raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will adversely affect New Jersey’s manufacturing industry several company owners testified at a legislative manufacturing caucus meeting attended by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman DeCroce today. Bucco and DeCroce said the testimony confirms what they have been saying all along…

LETTER Webber testifies to protect children from sexual predators in school

Assemblyman Jay Webber shared a personal story Tuesday about a teacher in his district who was a sexual predator and still got teaching jobs in the state.  Webber sponsored legislation to stop predators from being hired again. The committee passed it unanimously. “We have a problem in our state,” said…

LETTER – Dancer/Handlin bill increasing fines for ‘slamming’ by third-party energy suppliers passes Assembly

The Assembly voted today to escalate penalties on energy suppliers and marketers for unscrupulously increasing consumers’ bills by “slamming,” or changing a consumer’s power company without approval. Sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, the consumer protection bill (A1683) doubles the penalties for slamming to $20,000 for the…

LETTER – Republicans push state property tax cuts during Assembly debate

During a vote to allow state residents to prepay their 2018 property taxes so they can deduct from their 2017 federal income taxes, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin proposed amending the bill to lift New Jersey’s own $10,000 limit on how much property taxes can be deducted from their state income taxes….

LETTER – Democrats dole money to Planned Parenthood despite Munoz and Schepisi’s transparency concerns

Democrats on the floor today were appalled at the lack of transparency by Planned Parenthood leading up to a $7.45 million appropriation before passing the bill anyway.  Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi and Nancy Munoz spoke about Planned Parenthood’s failure to comply with basic financial reporting requirements and lack of a plan…

LETTER Bramnick and Thomson warn about the pitfalls of pension changes

If police and firefighters are allowed to manage their pensions, safeguards must be put in place or the system could go down fast.  That was the message from Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblyman Ned Thomson today as they discussed a bill moving through the legislature that could ultimately…

LETTER – Rooney calls for addressing the problem, not passing do-nothing environmental legislation

Speaking on the Assembly floor, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Bergen) asks Democrats to work in a bipartisan way and pass legislation that actually does something to improve the lives of New Jerseyans during an Assembly vote to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Watch his speech on the Assembly floor Here: Two…

LETTER – Democrats block Carroll Gateway funding proposal twice at Assembly session

The Gateway Tunnel still doesn’t have any funding, and with meek prospects Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll is advocating for putting every extra dollar of state revenue toward it. “The essence of budgeting is doing the things which absolutely, positively must be done even if it means other less vital projects…

CLINTON TOWN – Letter from the Mayor Regarding the Moebus Property – low income housing

Dear Clinton Residents,   I would like to address some issues raised in a recent Letter to the Editor regarding development on the Moebus tract, located behind Center Street and on Route 31 South.  Let me begin by stating what has been stated several times at Council-run Town Hall meetings….

LETTER – Planned Parenthood dodges budget questions in second Assembly hearing prior to funding vote

An official from Planned Parenthood New Jersey again declined lawmaker’s questions about the organization’s financial details, such as its annual budget, annual revenue and executive compensation, during an Assembly Budget hearing Monday. “We asked these questions of you two weeks ago so I expected perhaps you would know that we…

LETTER – Assemblywoman Holly Schepis goes undercover to investigate poor service at unemployment office

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi stopped in the N.J. Department of Labor’s unemployment office in Hackensack to hear resident’s concerns after reading a young woman’s Facebook post about her own struggles to receive benefits. “Over the past two weeks I watched through social media the struggles of Monica Brinson as she attempts…

LETTER – Muñoz testifies on behalf of domestic violence victims calling for training of local police and prosecutors

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz testified Monday to support her legislation requiring education and training to help local prosecutors and police handle domestic and sexual violence cases. The legislation was unanimously supported by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. “It’s all part of the process of making sure law enforcement is trained in…

LETTER – SC to Rally Against Offshore Drilling at BOEM Meeting

On Valentine’s Day, The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be holding hearings on Donald Trump’s offshore drilling plan at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Hamilton, NJ. The Sierra Club will hold a people’s meeting starting at 2:30pm to rally against Trump’s offshore drilling plan at the same…

LETTER – measure offering simple permit to reduce damage caused by wildlife passes committee

The Assembly Agriculture Committee today advanced legislation making it easier for farmers to protect crops from deer and other wildlife. Sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Ronald Dancer, the bill (A792) creates a multi-species permit that allows farmers or authorized agents to obtain a single permit to kill multiple species…

LETTER – resolution emphasizes regulations strengthening NJ beekeepers

Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s unflinching support of beekeepers continues with introduction of his bill bolstering beekeeping in the Garden State. The resolution (ACR101) concludes the Department of Agriculture’s proposed beekeeping rules are inconsistent with the intent of the Legislature and calls for the department to amend or withdraw the recommended regulations….

LETTER – Schepisi bill stopping volunteer firefighters from being furloughed advances again this session

A bill pushed by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi over the last two years to help local emergency volunteers continue volunteering in their communities without fear of losing their state pension if they retire was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill (A1627) is also sponsored by Assemblymen…

LETTER – Bucco bill helping veterans get jobs passes committee

Preserving career opportunities for soldiers returning from active service, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco’s bill unanimously passed the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today.  The legislation (A2162) allows National guardsmen and reservists who previously passed civil service tests for police or firefighter positions to retain placement on eligibility lists while…

LETTER – Sierra Club Speaks Out Against Offshore Drilling

ASBURY PARK, NJ- Today the NJ Sierra Club will be holding a press conference with Clean Ocean Action, and other environmental groups to oppose Trump’s offshore drilling proposal.  Trump is proposing to open 90 percent of America’s coastal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. This would give energy companies…

LETTER Bucco says rushed N.J. Transit reform won’t increase passenger safety

The Democrats’ rushed N.J. Transit reform bills are premature and do not solve the real problems according to Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco. Last week the Assembly Transportation panel advanced a bill prior to a federal report released yesterday outlining the causes of the Hoboken Terminal train accident in 2016. “The…

LETTER – Good First Week for the Environment, Nuclear Bill on the Horizon

Last week has been filled with important environmental initiatives for New Jersey. Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order to put New Jersey back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an Executive Order to begin the process of reaching our offshore wind goals, proposed a full ban on fracking in…

Affordable housing package includes: ways to eliminate low income burden on municipalites

The air was cleared on the negative effects of building high-density housing in New Jersey during Thursday’s Assembly environment committee meeting. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi brought the issue up after New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel mentioned that vehicle exhaust accounts for 45 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions….

Groundhog Day for offshore Oil Drilling in NJ, Again

Groundhog Day for Oil Drilling, Again It’s Groundhog Day! Big Oil and their friends in the government keep trying to drill off our coast and we keep on saying no! They have been proposing every few years since 1970 to drill but people keep organizing and fighting them. “It’s Groundhog…

LETTER – Environmentalists admit Dems’ climate change bills are meaningless at Assembly hearing

While Democrats continue to push legislation to join the U.S. Climate Alliance and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Republicans on the Assembly Environment Committee Thursday pressed representatives of the N.J. Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey about what, if anything, the legislation would accomplish to reduce the state’s greenhouse…

LETTER – Schepisi continues call for Planned Parenthood financials

As lobbyists and Democratic lawmakers celebrated restored state funding for Planned Parenthood in advance of a Senate vote, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi continued calling for the organization to disclose basic financial statements. “It’s $7 million of public money and if they are unable or incapable of providing something such as a…

LETTER Republicans question rushed NJ Transit legislation, find Democrats ‘reform’ incomplete

The main problems at hand for NJ Transit are safety of commuters and timeliness of trains, but the Democrats’ reform bill (A1241) addresses neither. Assemblymen Anthony M. Bucco and Robert Clifton and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz called for more comprehensive reform on an Assembly Transportation panel Thursday. Watch what happened today….

LETTER – Panel advances Dancer-Space bill preventing wildfires and protecting forest ecosystems

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space making the state’s forest ecosystems healthier and safer received Assembly Agriculture Committee approval today by a 5 to 0 vote. The bill (A1675) allows controlled burns of forests and open lands to protect against wildfires. “Reducing the forest floor fuel of…

Letter – Kean drug recovery license plate bill advances

To help ease the housing burden on people who have completed substance abuse treatment, Assemblyman Sean Kean has sponsored legislation creating a special support recovery license plate to provide housing assistance funding. The bill (A268) was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Transportation Committee. “This license plate is an easy…

LETTER – Republicans probe Murphy state-bank plan, conclude it’s a taxpayer liability that invites corruption

Republicans on the state Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee asked representatives of the New Jersey banking industry Monday about the feasibility of Gov. Phil Murphy’s big idea to use the state’s checking accounts to launch a state-run public bank. Murphy envisions taking state funds now deposited with large commercial…

LETTER – Murphy Moves Offshore Wind Forward

Today Governor Murphy Is signing an Executive Order to begin the process of reaching our offshore wind goal of 3500 MW by 2030. The Order also directs the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to put in place a funding mechanism to make it happen. Under Christie, New Jersey had a…

LETTER An Important Message Regarding Tax Identity Theft

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is a campaign run by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from January 29 to February 2 to spread awareness of tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams. The FTC, IRS, Department of Veteran Affairs, and others are hosting various events throughout the week to educate the public on these…

LETTER – statement on Frelinghuysen retirement

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick released the following statement on Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s announcement of his retirement from Congress at the end of this term: “Congressman Frelinghuysen was a statesman.  He always was a gentleman and was a leader in Congress. There is no one in politics who was in…

LETTER bill helps disabled police officers acquire new skills

Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer will help disabled law enforcement officers pursue alternative careers. “We can’t turn our backs on the men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Police officers who surrender their badges because of a disabling injury have…

HUNTERDON STATE SENATOR Doherty Opposes Bill Eliminating Superintendent Salary Caps

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), a member of the Senate Education Committee, opposed the committee’s approval of legislation (S-692) that would hurt property taxpayers by prohibiting the New Jersey Department of Education from regulating the maximum salaries for school district superintendents. Sen. Mike Doherty voted against legislation that would hurt property…

LETTER Webber testifies on his proposed law stopping child predators in Senate committee

Assemblyman Jay Webber testified before the state Senate Education Committee supporting his proposal to prevent child predators in schools from easily changing jobs to another school. “We have a problem in New Jersey and a problem nationwide,” Webber (R-Morris) told the committee.  “The system that is set up in this…

LETTER resolution honors first New Jersey-born NASCAR champion

Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced a resolution (AJR43) heralding Martin Truex Jr. for winning the NASCAR Cup Series championship. Truex is the first New Jersey native to earn the coveted cup. “In a sport thoroughly dominated by heavy-footed good ol’ boys who honed their skills on the oval tracks of the…

LETTER – Bramnick concerned Democrats in the Legislature may roll back reforms, hopes Murphy has backs of taxpayers

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) is very concerned that Gov. Phil Murphy will reverse the Christie-era bipartisan reforms that slowed property tax increases. “I am asking the new governor to make a statement to taxpayers that the fiscal reforms we passed in 2011 to pension and health benefits will…

LETTER – War on Clean Energy: Trump Imposes Steep Tariff on Imported Solar Panel Technology

President Trump has imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panel technology. The move is a major blow for the $28 billion solar industry, which gets about 80 percent of its solar panel products from imports. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicted the tariffs would increase prices and kill…

LETTER – Impacts of Government Shutdown

The United States Federal Government has shut down. The Republican Party failed to appropriate the funding that would allow the government it to continue operating. The shutdown is precipitated by Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, subsequently allowing no workable solution, and all the…

LETTER – DiMaso Opposes Oil Drilling Off NJ Coast

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today regarding proposed offshore oil drilling: “We strongly oppose the efforts of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to expand drilling off the Jersey Shore. Five years after Superstorm Sandy our coastal communities have made strides towards…

Letter to the editor from Raritan Headwaters – Science won the day in defeating Highlands rule

  EDITOR: Clean water in the Highlands won an enormous victory on Jan. 8, when the state Legislature invalidated a state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rule that would have allowed more development on ecologically sensitive lands. What many people may not know is that science – specifically, Raritan Headwaters’…

LETTER bills protecting bees from pesticides now law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space protecting the state’s bee population from pesticides have been signed into law. “Pesticides are toxic to honeybees, the most important pollinators of crops. Sprayed near colonies, their effects are devastating. They not only inhibit the ability of bees to gather food,…

LETTER – permitting counties to brand local produce becomes law

Legislation (A3055/S2444) sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Ron Dancer allowing counties to create their own label for food grown or processed locally was signed Monday by the Governor. “People are more health conscious and want to know their food is sourced locally and high in nutrients,” said Space (R-Sussex). …

LETTER – Governor signs Bucco bill preserving Lake Hopatcong

Gov. Christie today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco to preserve and maintain Lake Hopatcong. The new law (S2389/A4097) dedicates $500,000 annually for the upkeep of the state’s largest freshwater lake. “Lake Hopatcong is a powerful economic engine with a 38-mile shoreline,” said Bucco (R-Morris), a long-time advocate…

LETTER – resolution commemorating Fort Dix signed by Governor

Gov. Christie signed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s resolution Monday recognizing the 100th anniversary of Fort Dix (SJR84/AJR125). “Fort Dix is an enormous economic engine, pumping more than $7 billion into the state economy,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The mega-base created with the merger of Fort Dix, McGuire Air Base and the Lakehurst…

LETTER – bill regulating drone use signed by governor

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick criminalizing the use of drones that endanger a person or property was signed by the governor.  The bill (AS3370/A5205) makes it a crime to use drones while intoxicated, hunting or conducting surveillance on a prison. “Drones can be a fun hobby, but…

LETTER NJ Transit Tries to Push Through a Dirty Deal to Ferry Company

NJ Transit Tries to Push Through a Dirty Deal to Ferry Company   In a last minute move, the NJ Transit Board of Directors is trying to push through a vote on purchasing the Union Dry Dock property in Hoboken. They want to then lease the company to NY Waterway…

LETTER – Space bill supporting New Jersey farmers on Governor’s desk

Assemblyman Parker Space’s legislation helping New Jersey farms be more competitive and profitable is in the hands of Gov. Christie. The bill (A3732/S2822) authorizes the establishment of food hubs – or food incubators – where farmers can collectively promote their sales, marketing, branding and profitability. It was approved by the…

LETTER – bill regulating drone use gets Assembly approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick criminalizing the use of drones that endanger a person or property received General Assembly approval today.  The bill (AS3370/A5205) makes it a crime to use drones while intoxicated, hunting or conducting surveillance on a prison. “Promoting the safety and privacy of private…

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LETTER – bill requiring health insurers to cover 3-D mammograms heads to the governor

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Auth requiring state employee health insurers to provide coverage for 3-D mammograms was approved today by the Assembly. “3-D mammograms are an effective tool in the battle against breast cancer. Studies show that these types of screenings have a higher rate of detection than regular…

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Letter – bill preserving Lake Hopatcong heads to Governor

The Assembly today cleared legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco to preserve and restore the state’s largest freshwater lake. The bill (S2389/A4097), which now moves to Gov. Christie’s desk, dedicates $500,000 annually to the upkeep of Lake Hopatcong.   “This lake is an economic engine with a 38-mile shoreline,”…

LETTER – DiMaio bill protecting volunteer firefighters from forced retirement advances to Gov. Christie

Volunteer firefighters, EMTs and ambulance corps who retire with a state pension will no longer be forced to resign their volunteer positions in our communities under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and approved today by the Assembly. Also sponsored by Assemblymen Anthony M. Bucco and John DiMaio, the bill…

LETTER – legislation expanding fire safety commission goes to the Governor

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco’s bill bringing new perspective to the state fire safety commission was approved today by the Assembly and now moves to Gov. Christie’s desk for consideration. The bill (S3458/A5076) adds four public members to the 23-person commission. It passed the Senate in December.   “The input of…

LETTER – bill banning smokeless tobacco from schools advances to Governor’s desk

The use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited on public school grounds by legislation approved today by the General Assembly. Assemblymen David C. Russo and Kevin J. Rooney sponsor the bill (S293/A493) establishing escalating fines for violation of the prohibition. It passed the Senate in May 2016 and moves to the…

LETTER – bill modernizing licensing procedures of professional boards approved by Assembly

State professional boards will process license applications and renewals online under a bill approved today by the Assembly. The bill (A1133), modernizing the filing and processing of applications for professional licenses, is sponsored by Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce, Gail Phoebus and Assemblyman Parker Space. “This bill ensures boards make the commitment…

LETTER – Nuclear Subsidies Bill Dead Again: Victory for Ratepayers and Renewables

The bill for nuclear subsidies, S3560 (Sweeney/Smith), has been held from the Senate today and most likely on Monday as well. The Assembly will not be listing it at all. These means that the bill will not be voted on during this session. The bill supports Chris Christie’s negotiations to give PSEG subsidies for their nuclear plants in New Jersey….

LETTER – Trump Targets Jersey Coast for Offshore Drilling

Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will host a news media ​telephone briefing regarding the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program). Trump’s proposal is to auction oil and gas drilling rights in the Arctic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the eastern Gulf of…

Letter – Drilling in a War- Trump rollbacks on offshore drilling regulations

The Trump administration wants to roll back some of a wide-ranging Obama-era regulation that was meant to improve the safety of offshore oil and natural gas drilling. These regulations were implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed nearly a dozen people and led to an oil leak that…

LETTER – O’Scanlon to motorists: ‘Beware! The next attempt by corrupt camera company to steal from NJ drivers is underway’

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on legislation (S211/A3798) on the board list for Assembly action during Thursday’s voting session: “New Jersey motorists need to be warned that Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., one of the two now-infamous red light camera companies blessedly sent packing with the end of…

LETTER – Dancer bill creates “Most Wanted List” insurance fraud website

In response to the high incidence of insurance fraud following Super Storm Sandy, Assemblyman Ron Dancer will introduce legislation requiring the state to create a ”Most Wanted List” Internet webpage containing information on persons who are wanted in connection with insurance crimes. “Insurance fraud is one of the most costly…

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LETTER Catherine McCabe Excellent Choice DEP Commissioner

  Catherine McCabe Excellent Choice DEP Commissioner Today Governor-Elect Phil Murphy is announcing his appointment for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner, Catherine McCabe. McCabe served as Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January to February 2017, Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and…

Letter Rooney bill broadening background checks for caregivers at residential homes advances

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney’s legislation protecting disabled residents by expanding background checks on workers and agencies hired to care for them cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday. The bill (A5210) passed by an 11-0 vote. “For the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, we must ensure that care…

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Letter – Murphy Needs to Stand Against Nuclear Subsidies Bill

Murphy Needs to Stand Against Nuclear Subsidies Bill During a press conference today, Governor-Elect Phil Murphy stated that New Jersey’s nuclear plants should stay open as “part of a clean energy mix” but should not interfere with renewable energy. We believe that the bill, S3560 (Sweeney/Smith), that would support Chris…

Letter Sierra Club Speaks Out Against Nuclear Bail Out

At today’s press conference in Trenton, the Sierra Club is joining other environmental, labor, and social justice groups against the Nuclear Bail Out. Groups such as Clean Water Action, Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Main Street Alliance, and Chemical Counsel will be attending. This Nuclear Bail Out bill, supports Chris…

LETTER – IS LEONARD LANCE IN THE POCKET OF THE TELECOM INDUSTRY – your access to web going to highest bidder

Net Brutality I know, you’re all excited about the holidays and worried about the coming tax bill that clobbers New Jerseyans. Some of you are concerned that our congressman, Leonard Lance, was unable to provide relief from higher taxes. So, the last thing you need is more blather about politics….

LETTER – Committee approves DeCroce/Phoebus/Space bill modernizing licensing procedures of professional boards

Legislation requiring state professional boards to process license applications and renewals online passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. Sponsored by Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce, Gail Phoebus and Assemblyman Parker Space, the bill (A1133) modernizes filing and processing applications for professional licenses. It passed by an 11-0 vote. “The public is forced…

LETTER – bill preserving Lake Hopatcong clears Appropriations Committee

Legislation to preserve and restore the state’s largest freshwater lake advance today from the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, a long-time advocate for state help to ensure Lake Hopatcong remains a recreational and environmental treasure, sponsors the bill (A4097), which dedicates $500,000 annually to the lake’s upkeep.  …

LETTER – bill provides tax relief for volunteer first responders

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce wants to give volunteer firefighters and first aid squad members a tax break to thank them for their service and to entice people to volunteer. DeCroce has introduced legislation (A5235) allowing volunteer first responders to take anadditional $300 personal exemption as a deduction on their New Jersey…

LETTER Dancer bill to reduce student loan debt with NJ jobs

Recent college graduates are moving out of New Jersey at an alarming rate, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation to slow the mass exodus. The bill (A5272) encourages employers to hire and retain New Jersey graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees from state universities and colleges. Employers can…

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LETTER bill cracking down on suspended commercial drivers

  Prosecutors will have more time to file charges for driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license under a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Jay Webber and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. The bill (S1148/A3958) provides an additional 60 days to bring charges, and it was approved by the General Assembly today. “Drivers…

LETTER – Assembly approves Muñoz bill to license radiologist assistants

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz allowing the licensing of radiologist assistants received General Assembly approval today. Muñoz said the role of radiologist assistant was created to help address a shortage of radiologists and provide a way for technicians to advance their careers. “Radiologist assistants are advanced level technicians who…

LETTER – Assembly passes Space and Dancer bill bolstering state’s vineyards

A network of attention-grabbing roadside signs enticing tourists with alluring New Jersey wine trails is established by legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Ron Dancer and approved today by the General Assembly. The measure (A3047) promotes the rapidly expanding industry as a tourist destination, creating a Viticulture Trail Sign…

LETTER – Emergency overdose treatment reimbursed by insurance under Auth bill approved by Assembly

The Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Auth clarifying that emergency administration of medication by ambulance personnel to save the lives of overdose victims is covered by health benefit plans. The bill (A4596) specifies the potentially life-saving use of epinephrine, naloxone and continuous positive airway pressure treatments are…

Assembly passes Munoz bill expanding addiction treatment options

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz ensuring access to the most effective treatment options for people fighting drug addiction cleared the Assembly today. The bill (S2964/A4707) prohibits recovery facilities from denying services to patients receiving medication-assisted treatment. “In the last 25 years, the science of addiction medicine has evolved,” said…

Letter – bill bringing internet gaming to New Jersey horse racetracks advances

Horse racing fans at tracks in the state will be able to engage in internet gaming between post times under a legislation approved today by the Assembly. Sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Declan O’Scanlon, the bill (A4255) allows horse racetracks to provide online wagering to anyone with an internet…

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Letter ‘Eileen’s Law’ clears Assembly

Legislation making it possible for prosecutors to charge drivers with criminal vehicular homicide was approved by the General Assembly today. Sponsored by the 8th District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth, and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, the bill (A4062) amends the law so drivers who cause fatal accidents…

LETTER – ITALIAN AMERICANS WE NEVER TOOK A KNEE

Attached is my letter to the Editor of the ITALIAN TRIBUNE which was published on November 30,2017. I wrote this letter while sitting at my desk in my beautiful law office, eating a sandwich at lunch  , and thinking of the sacrifices made by my Grandparents to afford me this luxury. I’m…

LETTER – Mid-Atlantic Residents See Ocean Health as Major Economic Issue

Eight in 10 residents of Mid-Atlantic states believe the ocean and beaches are important to their economies, including 95% of those living in coastal communities. Eighty-three percent of residents living in coastal communities believe that climate change is real — 13 percentage points higher than a national survey taken by…

LETTER Assembly panel advances Dancer-Space bills protecting bees from pesticides

Two bills sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space protecting the state’s bee population from pesticides were advanced today by the Assembly Agriculture Committee by a 5  to 0 vote. “Pesticides are toxic to honeybees, the most important pollinators of crops. Sprayed near colonies, their effects are devastating. They…

LETTER Panel approves Kean/ Muñoz bill requiring water safety instruction in schools

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Sean Kean and Nancy F. Muñoz requiring the state Board of Education to incorporate water safety instruction as part of its comprehensive health and physical education standards was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Education Committee by a 10 to 0 vote. “New Jersey is…

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LETTER DeCroce bill encouraging multilingual education advances

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce encouraging bilingual education earned committee approval today. The bill (A4318) establishes grant programs for public and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs, and passed the Assembly Education Committee with a 10-0 vote. “The world is changing, and for many people, speaking one…

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LETTER Kean drug recovery license plate bill advances

Legislation (A5061) sponsored by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean creating aspecial support recovery license plate to provide housing assistance funding for people who have completed substance abuse treatment was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Transportation Committee. “Special license plates are a way to champion a cause and generate much needed…

LETTER Brown bill makes it easier for Veterans to get ID Card

Assemblyman Chris Brown’s legislation simplifying the process for veterans obtaining county identification cards was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “For many veterans, especially those who served in the National Guard, access to the benefits they earned is dependent on a county veteran identification card,” said Brown…

LETTER Bucco bill helping veterans access services advances

Legislation making it easier for veterans to obtain county identification cards advanced today. The bill (A1249), sponsored by Assemblymen Anthony M. Bucco, was approved by the Assembly military committee with a 6-0 vote. Veterans will no longer be required to show a DD-214 form. Alternative forms, specified by all branches…

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LETTER Rooney/Bramnick E-ZPass bills protecting New Jersey drivers clears committee

A package of pro-commuter bills sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick protecting New Jersey’s E-ZPass customers who use New York’s bridges and tunnels from being overcharged, cleared an Assembly panel today. The Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bills.                                                                 The legislation is in…

LETTER – Bucco introduces bill criminalizing sexual extortion of minors

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation making sexual extortion of a minor a criminal act. Perpetrators using explicit sexual images to extort victims will face three to five years in prison, a maximum $15,000 fine or both under Bucco’s bill.   “The explosion of technology has benefitted society in so…

DRBC Allows Dumping Frack Waste in the Delaware

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has released their proposal to amend its Special Regulations to address natural gas development activities within the Delaware River Basin. These amendments include a ban on high-pressure hydrofracking within the rock formations in the Delaware River Basin. It also includes language to allow for…

LETTER – Bramnick bill separating NJ from waterfront commission advances

An Assembly committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that would withdraw New Jersey from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. “The waterfront commission is a waste of taxpayer money,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “It is a layer of bureaucracy we can do without. Existing…

LETTER – Committee approves Webber bill updating corporate law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber modernizing corporate law cleared the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee by a unanimous vote today. The measure (A2971) affirms that corporate directors may approve actions by email. Corporate directors are required to approve in writing any action to be taken without a meeting….

LETTER – Committee clears DeCroce bill calling for audit of rape test kits

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce will ensure that rape evidence is being handled expeditiously with her bill (A5031) calling for an audit of untested sex assault exam kits by the attorney general. The measure cleared the Law & Public Safety Committee today with a 9-0 vote. “We don’t want rape suspects running…

LETTER – Committee approves Howarth bill creating license tags for families of fallen police and firefighters

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Howarth establishing dedicated license plates for the family members of fallen police and firefighters cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday. The bill (A4136), which passed with a 9-0 vote, creates tags for the survivors of public servants whose death resulted from their…

SAFE Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset

Vision:  To live in a Safe and healthy community by eliminating drug use, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse.   Mission:  Through wide spread community collaboration, environmental change, and community education in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, we will address areas of concern including, but not limited to, reducing Rx drug abuse across…

Rooney Blasts FCC Proposal To Wipe Out Net Neutrality Rules

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) issued the following statement today in response to the FCC proposal for its Dec. 14 public meeting that overturns the 2015 open internet order, commonly known as net neutrality. “Opening the door to partitioned access to the internet and faster content to customers for companies…

LETTER – Highlands Rule Override Up in Senate Committee

On Monday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing and vote on SCR163 (Smith) that determines DEP Highlands Septic Rule is against legislative intent. The DEP’s proposed Highlands Forest Preservation Area is a major source of drinking water for up to 6 million people that includes pristine trout…

Letter to editor – A victory for New Jersey’s environment

Letter to editor – A victory for New Jersey’s environment EDITOR: New Jersey’s environment was a big winner on Nov. 7, as voters approved a measure to prevent lawmakers from diverting funds earmarked for cleanups of polluted sites. Ballot Question 2, which was passed by nearly 69 percent of voters,…

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LETTER – More Volkswagen Money for NJ: Needs to be Dedicated

More Volkswagen Money for NJ: Needs to be Dedicated Today the Christie Administration announced that Volkswagen Group of America will pay New Jersey $69 million to settle allegations that it “violated New Jersey’s clean air statutes and defrauded consumers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with “cheat” software that deactivated their…

LETTER – proposed trickle down budget

A Cautionary Observation It is fashionable there days to let opinion dominate fact. The most obvious place that happens is in our Congress. I don’t usually object because gridlock and ineptitude rule and nothing much happens. That changed recently, when Congress desperate to prove they could do something, cobbled together…

Letter for endorsement of Lisa Hughes

Diane Hart Steinberg Vote for Lisa Hughes for HCHS Board of Ed on Nov. 7th I am writing to endorse Lisa Hughes for Hunterdon Central High School Board of Education.  My husband and I have lived in Readington Township for the past 16 years.  We have 3 children attending the…

LETTER – Carroll, Bucco introduce bill providing major property tax relief, protecting taxpayers from losing federal deduction

Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll announced today that he will introduce legislation with his district mate Anthony M. Bucco providing significant tax relief by permitting state residents to deduct the full amount of their property taxes from their state income taxes. President Donald Trump has proposed to eliminate the federal tax…

Endorsement Letter for Flemington Borough Council

Vote Michael Harris for Flemington Borough Council Tiffany Giles, Flemington Borough   I’ve lived in Flemington the majority of my life. I was born here. I moved away for college, but moved back to raise my family. I have seen Flemington go through many ups and downs. We are still…