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Senator Steve Oroho

SIGNED: Oroho Bill to Improve School Security

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that will permit school district superintendents to designate an experienced school employee as school safety specialist.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation will permit school district superintendents to designate an experienced employee as school safety specialist. (Flickr)

“Our foremost responsibility must be to ensure that children in New Jersey have a safe place to learn and grow,” Oroho said. “Now, more than ever, we must designate experienced and trained staff members who can take charge of school security, so that our schools do not fall victim to the same tragedies we have seen in other parts of the country. This law is critical to keeping our children and teachers safe from harm.”

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Senator Chris Brown

Brown Uses Social Media to Give Atlantic County Families a Voice in the Future of the Atlantic City Rail Line

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Brown Will Bring NJT Exec. Director Corbett to Atlantic City at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20 to Answer Riders’ Questions, Both Online and In Person

As part of ongoing efforts to advocate for Atlantic County families and workers, Senator Chris Brown is using social media, such as twitter and Facebook, to give local residents who are unable to attend Monday’s meeting a voice to ask questions about how the temporary shutdown will affect their lives.

Sen. Chris Brown is using social media, such as twitter and Facebook, to give local residents who are unable to attend Monday’s meeting a voice to ask questions about how the temporary shutdown will affect their lives. (@ChrisBrownNJ)

Sen. Chris Brown has arranged for NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett to meet with riders at the Atlantic City Train Station. Today Brown also announced that residents can use social media and email to participate in the meeting at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Brown urges all residents who cannot attend the meeting to submit their questions to ChrisABrown@njleg.org, or via Twitter or Facebook.

“Without a doubt, the closure of the Atlantic City Rail Line affects all of our families, workers, and small businesses who rely upon our rail service to earn a living. Many of these families are unable to attend the meeting, but, still deserve the opportunity to speak their minds and have their thoughts shared with Executive Director Corbett, which is why I am using social media to give our families a voice,” Brown said.

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Senator Kip Bateman

SIGNED: Bateman Law to Stop Retirement Communities From Taking Advantage of Seniors, Surviving Estate Holders

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation long-sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to hold continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) accountable for reimbursing seniors or estate holders in a timely manner.

Senator Bateman introduced this legislation after a CCRC held Ed Nagle’s deceased mother’s entrance fee’s “hostage,” resulting in an $88,481 loss for his family, as reported by NJ.com’s “Bamboozled.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to hold continuing care retirement communities accountable for reimbursing seniors or estate holders in a timely manner. (Flickr)

A similar incident occurred to Patricia Lund, who after two years of living in a CCRC, opted to move in with her son and daughter-in-law in 2009. However, she has yet to receive her refundable entrance fee – worth over $160,000.

“For far too long, retirees and estate holders have been victimized by a system that allowed greedy CCRCs to hold their scare financial resources hostage for years on end. Today we put a stop to it. The nightmare is over,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “I am so grateful to Ed Nagle, the advocates, the press, and all of those who helped us shed a light on this issue over the years. Now we can finally deliver justice, peace and financial stability to seniors and surviving family members in need.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Now Law: Kean Effort to Help NJ College Students Graduate on Time

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help New Jersey college students graduate on time, by directing college campuses to encourage students to enroll in 30 credits per year.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed Sen. Tom Kean’s bill to help NJ college students graduate on time, by directing college campuses to encourage students to enroll in 30 credits per year. (Pixabay)

“We want our college students to have the motivation to shoot for the moon from the moment they first arrive on campus,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “Studies show that students who enroll in 15 credits, instead of taking the bare minimum, are more likely to graduate on time. This law will encourage them to take that leap. We are blessed with some of the best and brightest young people in the country and we will continue to do everything we can to support them as they pursue a college degree or career.”

Kean’s legislation, S-767, directs the Secretary of Higher Education to establish a communications campaign, including billboards, brochures, and electronic resources, to encourage students to enroll in 30 credits per years.

The bill also directs that those communications must reach students directly during course registration for the academic semester, and requires institutions of higher education to report to the secretary on strategies and incentives to accomplish this goal.

According to a study from Columbia University, college students who enroll in 15 credits in their first semester are more likely to graduate, and graduate on time, than students who only take the minimum of 12 credits that’s necessary to be considered a full-time student for federal financial aid.

S-767 is part of a package of bills sponsored by Senator Kean, and legislators on both sides of the aisle, to address the crisis of college affordability in New Jersey.

“Too many college students are graduating with six-figures of debt, wondering how they’ll ever pay it off,” Senator Kean, a longtime member of the Senate Higher Education Committee said. “As we work to bring the cost of college down, we also have to do a much better job at giving these kids, and their families, the tools and information they need to make smart choices about their future. S-767 will help us do that. I am glad to see it signed into law today.”

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges Eligible Residents to Take Part in Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program

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Deadline to Apply is October 31, 2018

In light of the affordability struggles many homeowners are currently facing in New Jersey, Senator Joe Pennacchio is strongly encouraging all eligible residents to apply for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program, before the October 31, 2018 deadline.

Senator Joe Pennacchio urged eligible New Jersey residents to apply for the Senior Freeze Program Property Tax Relief Program before the October 31, 2018 deadline. (SenateNJ.com)

Pennacchio noted that more than 140,000 seniors currently use the Senior Freeze property tax relief program in New Jersey.

“Our seniors have paid more than their fair share of taxes,” Pennacchio (R-26) said. “Retirees in New Jersey who are living on a fixed income often struggle to make ends meet. The Senior Freeze Program places $204.4 million back in the pockets of New Jersey residents, ensuring these homeowners can stay with their families in the state they call home.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on NJ Transit Hearing

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on today’s NJ Transit Legislative hearing and Gov. Murphy’s announcement regarding lifting residency requirements for “mission critical” NJ transit employees.

Senator Tom Kean comments on the Aug. 16, 2018 NJ Transit hearing and Gov. Murphy’s announcement regarding lifting residency requirements for NJ transit employees. (SenateNJ.com)

“I appreciate the fact that NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett, the DOT Commissioner, and others were willing to come and testify before us today. It was refreshing to hear these officials acknowledge the pain and suffering our commuters are going through,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said.

“We know now, from multiple summers of hell, that one person taking an unplanned vacation day can shut down an entire train line. The staffing issues at NJ transit are extremely problematic. Individual choices are impacting thousands of lives.

“I am glad to see that Kevin Corbett and Governor Murphy agree with me, that we need to lift residency requirements and expand the pool of hires. This is a solution I have spent years advocating for. I hope that Legislative leaders will also consider expanding this effort to include all types of public employees, as I have proposed. There is no reason not to bring the best and brightest candidates to New Jersey. In the meantime, we need to pass this limited exemption immediately.

“Everyone knows the old saying, ‘we train them and they leave.’ We hear it from business owners all the time. Why not lift this rule and grab highly trained candidates from other states while we can? This is a crisis. Commuters need us to use every tool at our disposal to solve it.

“Executive Director Corbett is right – there is no magic wand of silver bullet, but there are certainly steps we can take right now to get this agency back to where it needs to be.

“We will continue to fight alongside each other, regardless of party, to make sure our commuters have a safe, reliable and accessible way to get to work on time.”

Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls on Menendez & Booker to Fight for FEMA Funding for Flooded NJ Communities

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Following last weekend’s catastrophic rainfall in Northern New Jersey and at the Jersey Shore, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) is urging New Jersey’s United States Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to fight for FEMA funding to help flood-ravaged communities cope with the aftermath of the storm.

Sen. Kristin Corrado is urging US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to fight for FEMA funding to help flood-ravaged communities cope with the aftermath of last weekend’s rainstorms. (Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor’s Office)

“The State of Emergency Governor Murphy declared this week was a start, but it is becoming abundantly clear to us that we are not going to be able to rebuild our communities without FEMA aid,” Senator Corrado said. “The flood damage we have seen in Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Woodland Park, Brick, and several other towns is astounding. It is time for our counterparts in Washington to step up to the plate and fight for additional funding. Scores of families have been displaced from their homes. Community centers have been destroyed. How much more proof do our elected leaders need before they take action?”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

District 40 Legislators Commend Actions to Help North Jersey Flooding Survivors

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State of Emergency Declared in Flood-Ravaged Areas, Delivering Aid to Passaic, Bergen & Essex Counties

Senator Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Kevin Rooney (all R-40) thanked Governor Murphy for taking action to ensure that storm survivors have the resources they need to address last weekend’s torrential rain fall.

Pictured: the aftermath of an August 2018 storm that ravaged Little Falls, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas. Sen. Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Kevin Rooney have been on the ground to survey the damage and advocate for families impacted in the area. (Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor’s Office)

After joining the District 40 legislators on a tour of flood-ravaged areas in Little Falls yesterday, Governor Murphy today declared a State of Emergency, so that storm-impacted communities can secure State funds to cope with the damage of last weekend’s catastrophic rain storms.

“Disaster relief is not a partisan issue. We have to reach across the aisle and work together to help every family who was hit hard by this storm. The devastation we have seen in our neighborhoods is heart-wrenching, to say the least. There are people here who have lost everything,” Senator Corrado (R-40) said. “I am so grateful to Governor Murphy for taking immediate action to ensure our communities have the resources they need to rebuild and recover.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Call on NJDOT to Investigate Link Between Recently Completed GSP Exit 91 Interchange and Local Flooding

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) called on the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to investigate if massive flooding that occurred in the Greenbriar I senior community in Brick yesterday is related to the recently completed interchange construction at Exit 91 of the Garden State Parkway.

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin called on the NJDOT to determine if the reconfigured GSP Exit 91 interchange led to flooding in the Greenbriar senior community in Brick, and to undertake any necessary improvements to prevent it from happening again. (Brick Twp. Police Department)

“The flooding that occurred yesterday along Burrsville Road and in Greenbriar is unlike anything the area has previously experienced, including during Sandy,” said Holzapfel. “We’re concerned that the recent reconfiguration of Exit 91 has impacted the area to make it susceptible to flooding. The NJDOT needs to investigate and undertake improvements if that’s the case.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney-Oroho P-3 Bill Becomes Law

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Public-Private Partnerships Will Support Building & Highway Projects

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bipartisan legislation permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“Public-private partnerships will pave the way for innovative and sustainable infrastructure in New Jersey,” said Senator Oroho (R-Sussex/Warren/Morris). “Governments on the local, county, and state levels should be permitted flexibility in financing their capital needs given proper oversight. These partnerships are an important way to stretch scarce public dollars to complete needed projects that will benefit our residents and create jobs and economic growth.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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