New Jersey's 40th Legislative District

Senator Kevin O'Toole

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured with the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ 2015 state budget legislation during a session of the New Jersey Senate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) spoke at the groundbreaking of two new buildings at Montclair State University on September 25, 2013. The buildings are partially funded through an appropriation from the voter-approved “Building Our Future” Bond Act. (Flickr)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) spoke at the groundbreaking of two new buildings at Montclair State University on September 25, 2013. The buildings are partially funded through an appropriation from the voter-approved “Building Our Future” Bond Act. (Flickr)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of David’s Cookies in Cedar Grove on August 13, 2013. (NJ Office of Information Technology)

  • Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, left, and Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), center, speak with Sam Gencarelli, owner of Pizza City during a walk to promote support for an ordinance that establishes a central business district on July 23, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

  • Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, left, and Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), right, walk along McBride Avenue on their way to local businesses to promote an ordinance that establishes a central business district on July 23, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) speaking at a town hall meeting in Woodland Park on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

  • Eight-year-old Jordan-River Samuel of Jersey City was heartbroken when the iPad he won at a school fundraiser was stolen. Sen. Kevin O’Toole surprised Jordan-River with a new iPad on December 24, 2012. “A lot of good things have happened to me and my family and we like to pay it forward as often as possible,” O’Toole said. (Jersey Journal)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole speaks after Governor Chris Christie signed the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHN) Act at Von E. Mauger Middle School in Middlesex, N.J. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen) Press Release

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Introduce ‘Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act’ & Awareness Act

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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.

A pair of bills named in honor of Madison Holleran to help prevent and raise awareness of suicide were introduced by Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Asm. Dave Russo and Scott Rumana. (In Memory of Madison Holleran/Facebook)

“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.

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O’Toole Introduces Legislation to Develop a Major North Jersey Water System Consolidation Plan

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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.

Several public entities providing water services in North Jersey would be targeted for consolidation under a bill proposed by Sen. Kevin O’Toole. (Davide Restive/Wikimedia Commons)

“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.”

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Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Students from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

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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.

Senator O’Toole’s legislation, signed into law by Gov. Christie on Feb. 5, 2015, requires schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and to administer treatment to any student having an anaphylactic reaction. (kiwinky/Flickr)

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.

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O’Toole Bill Allowing for Contributions to ALS Association on Tax Returns Signed Into Law

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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.

Legislation sponsored by Senator O’Toole allowing taxpayers to donate a portion of their refund to the ALS Association has been signed into law.

“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.”

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O’Toole, Carroll, Handlin, Schepisi Issue 119-Page Statement on GWB Inquiry; Deliver to AG for Review

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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.

Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured next to the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (SenateNJ.com)

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.

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Announce SDA Grant to Little Falls School

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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.”

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Panel Passes O’Toole Bill to Save Students from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

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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.

Senator O’Toole’s legislation, S-801, requires schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and to administer treatment to any student having an anaphylactic reaction. (kiwinky/Fllickr)

“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.”

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O’Toole Bill Allowing for Contributions to ALS Association on Tax Returns Passes New Jersey Senate

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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.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s legislation (S-2396) to create a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to donate to the ALS Association follows the successful, but short lived, Ice Bucket Challenge social media fundraising campaign.

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.”

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O’Toole Calls on PVWC to Immediately Halt Garret Mountain Project; Schedules Stakeholder Meeting

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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.

On behalf of concerned constituents, Sen. Kevin O’Toole is making moves to stop the PVWC’s attempted Garret Mountain reservoir project, which is depicted in this rendering. (Passaic Valley Water Commission)

“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.”

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O’Toole: Now’s the Time to Reexamine Senatorial Courtesy

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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.

A view of the Essex County Courthouse. Essex has a nearly 40 percent judicial vacancy rate as a result of the political practice known as “senatorial courtesy.”

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.

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