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Senator Kevin O'Toole

  • 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

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) appeared on NJTV’s On the Record with host Michael Aron to discuss his unique family history and legislative matters on July 13, 2012. (NJTV)

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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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O’Toole’s Ice Bucket Showdown Raises $30K to Fight ALS

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps with ALS Association Greater New York President and CEO Dorine Gordon.

O’Toole raised the stakes by challenging Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senators Steven Oroho and Donald Norcross. His challenge raised $30,000 for ALS.

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Showdown at the State House Steps: O’Toole Issues High Noon Ice Bucket Challenge to Sweeney, Oroho, Norcross

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) challenged Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland), Senator Stephen Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) and Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden) to join him in taking the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to a new level, at high noon on Monday at the State House steps in Trenton with the ALS Association.

Senator O’Toole, who was challenged by his son, Kevin Jr., is bringing $25,000 to donate to the ALS Association.

“This is Jersey, so I’m raising the stakes,” O’Toole said. “The Senate President and company can’t worry about their suspenders and suits getting wet. They need to saddle up, bring their checkbooks, go big or go home.”

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Laud Grant for Sidewalks in Franklin Lakes

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Senator Kevin J. O’Toole and Assemblymen David C. Russo and Scott T. Rumana (all R –Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Essex) welcomed news that a state grant will help pave the way to school for students in Franklin Lakes, Bergen County.

The grant, one of 11 announced Monday by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, dedicates $203,000 to the municipality for sidewalks along routes traveled by children attending the Woodside Avenue School.

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Introduce Bill to Create ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway’

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Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-40) have introduced legislation to create the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” along State Route 17 in Waldwick in memory of the fallen hero.

Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17.

Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17. (Borough of Waldwick)

“The profound sadness shared by people all across District 40 has not mitigated since this senseless tragedy, since we all lost a true local hero and his family lost their beloved son,” O’Toole said. “This act can instill the lasting honor that Christopher deserves in memory of his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”

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O’Toole Introduces Legislation to Address Reported Issues Regarding Restraint of Special Education Students

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) has introduced legislation to address several reported issues regarding the restraint of special education students, as depicted by a series of investigative reports by News 12 New Jersey’s “Kane in Your Corner.”

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“There are serious, eye-opening issues with how special education students are being treated in New Jersey schools, via at times overbearing and borderline abusive, unregulated and secretive physical restraining practices,” O’Toole said. “This legislature is empowered to do everything possible to protect our children, and that includes making sure they grow in a safe, nurturing learning environment. We must act accordingly by passing this legislation immediately.”

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