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Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco have introduced legislation to limit the sale of remaining state-owned portions of the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital property and to require the land be maintained as open space, showing that there are creative ways to preserve land in New Jersey that don’t involve mass spending measures.
“We have already made great progress turning the Greystone property into open space for future and current generations to enjoy,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “This bill will assure that process continues and the remaining land is protected as well.”
The Senators’ bill provides that remaining Greystone property owned by the state and declared as surplus can only be sold to Morris County. Morris County is in turn limited to using the property for the purposes of recreation, conservation, historic preservation, farmland preservation and associated public services.
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco announced that the Christie administration has approved $13.8 million in grants to support projects in 12 school districts in the 25th Legislative District.
“On behalf of District 25 families, I’d like to thank the Christie administration for believing in our students and educators,” Bucco said. “We are fortunate to have great schools here, but some are in desperate need of structural improvements and safety upgrades. This funding will help ensure healthy, state-of-the-art learning environments for students.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale today urged action on legislation ending lucrative sick leave payouts following news that Hackensack taxpayers are on the hook for $15 million to fund the unused sick and vacation time of city employees.
“For far too long taxpayers have been on the losing end of this ludicrous practice of awarding publicly funded jackpots to retiring local public employees who amassed unused sick days thanks to the blessing of good health,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen). “It’s time for Senate Democrats to pay attention to what’s best for all people by supporting measures to end these bloated checks that carry a $1 billion liability for New Jersey’s overburdened property taxpayers.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced today that Christine Shipley will serve as Executive Director of the Senate Republican Office.
“On behalf of our caucus, I thank Christine for stepping up to this vital leadership role in New Jersey’s Legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “Senate Republicans and our staff members appreciate her diligence, loyalty and how the people will continue to benefit from her diverse experiences in public service. There is not a more professional and upstanding individual to head the Senate Republican Office as we pursue the people’s priorities.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following about Gov. Chris Christie naming Regina Egea as the Governor’s Chief of Staff:
“I’ve known Regina for nearly a decade, as both the director of the authorities unit and as a local councilwoman. I have total confidence that she will excel in this new position and that she will serve Gov. Christie and the people of New Jersey well during the governor’s second term. I look forward to working with her and wish her the best of luck.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd as New Jersey Attorney General:
“I’ve known Mr. O’Dowd to be one of the most dedicated and devoted servants to the people of New Jersey, in his leadership position in this administration and his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s office. Kevin is abundantly qualified to lead the state Department of Law and Public Safety for the next four years.
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) said today that the Obama administration should look to New Jersey for how to address issues with Common Core State Standards.
While State Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf has pledged to answer questions raised by Senator Pennacchio and his colleagues as to the implementation and reasoning for CCSS, the Washington Post reported U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan reverted to disparaging those who had raised legitimate concerns. According to the news account, Duncan told a group of school superintendents he found it “fascinating” that “white suburban moms” were responsible for the opposition to the new standards because “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were.”
“There have been a number of questions raised about CCSS, and the difference in how the Obama and Christie administrations have responded couldn’t be farther apart,” Pennacchio said. “Once again, the Christie Administration is showing Washington how government should be run.”
The following interview with NJTV anchor Mike Schneider aired on the November 21st edition of “NJTV News.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean says that this year’s election results should mean the enactment of reforms to accomplish the people’s priorities of a more affordable New Jersey, enhanced education and job opportunities for all, and a more accountable government.
Senator Kean points out that the majority of New Jerseyans voted for Senate Republican candidates and Governor Christie to finish the job on these reforms, which have been blocked in the past few years by the Democratic majority.
State Sen. Diane Allen was lauded by her female colleagues in the Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses today after she was named the new President of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) last night in Washington, DC. The National Foundation for Women Legislators is holding its annual Capital Forum in the nation’s capital and celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Allen was joined at the conference by Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose, Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, and DiAnne Gove. Allen, who has served in New Jersey’s Legislature since 1996, succeeds outgoing NOWL President Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson from South Carolina.
“During 17 years in the state Legislature, Diane Allen has been a trailblazer who played a crucial role in changing the political landscape at the Statehouse, where 35 elected women hold almost 30 percent of the seats in both houses,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “I congratulate Senator Allen for her well-deserved selection to serve as President of this proud and growing organization, and commend the NOWL for making the right choice.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following in response to Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen (R-Burlington) being installed tonight as president of the National Order of Women Legislators:
“Senate Republicans are so proud that one of the strongest women in the history of New Jersey’s legislature is our colleague and has earned this impressive national leadership position.
“Senator Allen lives and breathes for the people of her district and those around this state. She enriches our caucus with unique perspectives on how we can best empower and protect women, minorities, victims and the vulnerable. The NOWL stands to make great strides during her presidency.”