State Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana introduced the “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act” and a companion awareness act. A native of Allendale within the legislators’ district, Madison Holleran committed suicide in January 2014 while attending the University of Pennsylvania.
“Madison still lives in the hearts of her family, friends, classmates and community,” O’Toole said. “We must make sure that she didn’t die in vain; that her tragedy will save others. In her name, and knowing how difficult it is as parents to know the depths of our children’s feelings and emotions, we are working to immediately pass legislation to create powerful suicide prevention and awareness programs.”
Suicide has become the second leading cause of death on college campuses and accounts for more deaths among college students than all medical illnesses combined.
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) introduced legislation with the end goal of consolidating into one entity the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation; the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission; and the Passaic Valley Water Commission.
“This measure will help eliminate redundant entities and directly cut costs for ratepayers in the immediate future,” O’Toole said. “It’s nonsensical to have three separate public entities providing water services at different rates to a block of communities in one region of the state. Their pipes literally cross beneath the surface. This bill will help create a more efficient, sustainable and overall stronger commission for generations to come.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
The new law, formerly S-801/A-304, requires public and nonpublic New Jersey schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and authorizes school nurses or a trained designee to administer the life-saving treatment to any student who is having an anaphylactic reaction.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) creating an easy avenue for taxpayers to make donations to the ALS Association is now law after being signed by Governor Christie on Thursday. Under the legislation, S2396, residents will be able to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association.
“I joined many across New Jersey and the nation this past summer in taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raising funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation creates a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to continue to demonstrate their generosity and to continue the fight against ALS.”
O’Toole, Carroll, Handlin, Schepisi Issue 119-Page Statement on GWB Inquiry; Deliver to AG for Review
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation minority members — Senator Kevin O’Toole, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Holly Schepisi — issued a 119-page Minority Statement during the Select Committee meeting on December 8, 2014.
Their Minority Statement, with 403 footnotes and 4,262 pages of exhibits, is available at www.sciminority.com.
It has been delivered to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for review.
State Senator Kevin O’Toole, and his district colleagues Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana, all R-Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic, were pleased to learn today that the Schools Development Authority (SDA) has awarded a grant to the Little Falls School District. Little Falls School #3 will receive $87,500 in state funds to assist in an exterior door and roof replacement project. The funding represents 40 percent of the estimated cost of $218,745. The school educates 177 students in grades 3 and 4.
“I applaud the Christie administration for stepping up for families and local taxpayers,” O’Toole said. “This is great news for the Little Falls community, showing the state’s commitment to making sure we can educate our children in a safe learning environment for decades to come.”
The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine.
“Time is of the essence when a child has a serious allergic reaction,” said O’Toole. “This legislation will make sure that schools are prepared to respond immediately in the case any student has an allergic reaction.”
Legislation (S-2396) sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) that would allow New Jersey residents to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 38-0 vote.
The measure’s advance follows the grassroots Ice Bucket Challenge social media campaign that raised $115 million for the ALS Association between July 29 and September 22.
“Many of us participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation will create a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to demonstrate their generosity and help fight ALS.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) calls on the Passaic Valley Water Commission to immediately halt its planned $135 million Garret Mountain reservoir project that stands to impact people’s drinking water, property values, utility rates and the environment.
“Given the overwhelming opposition and concerns by the surrounding community, I’m calling on the water commission to stop all work on this project immediately,” O’Toole said. “It is unacceptable for a major project that impacts so many people’s lives in various ways to be schemed behind closed doors, without public input.”
The following op-ed by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) was published by The Bergen Record on Sunday, Aug. 17. Senator O’Toole’s op-ed urges legislative Democrats and Republicans to consider solutions to fix the judicial crisis in Bergen and Essex counties, and to step up for the people by making sure other counties aren’t strapped with empty courtrooms due to partisan politics.
I would like to echo The Record editorial board’s Aug. 11, 2014, piece: “It is time to end the practice of holding up nominees for judgeships and other key positions for undisclosed political reasons.”
The Bergen County court system faces a 25 percent judicial vacancy rate, and Essex County, which I also represent in the state Senate, has an almost 40 percent judicial vacancy rate. By October 2014, Passaic County will have a judicial vacancy rate of over 20 percent. These empty courtrooms caused by the political practice of “senatorial courtesy” add to the backlog of divorce and custody cases, as well as delays in criminal and civil matters.