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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Calls for Hearing on NJ Water Quality Following Release of National Report

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Following a report from a national environmental organization that drinking water in as many as 138 New Jersey municipalities may contain unsafe levels of the chemical compound chromium-6, Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Morris Passaic) is asking Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chair Robert Smith to schedule public hearings on water safety.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole calls for public hearings on water safety, following a report that drinking water in as many as 138 NJ towns may contain unsafe levels of certain chemicals. (Pixbay)

“Reports on water safety, such as the one that is making headlines today, have the potential to cause widespread panic and confusion among our residents. It is yet to be determined at what level hexavalent chromium in our drinking water poses a significant health risk to our population, but I certainly don’t want to sit on the sidelines and wait until that is determined,” Sen. O’Toole said. “That is why I have requested Chairman Smith to convene a special hearing with all stakeholders and experts on this matter.”

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Senator Bob Singer

In Wake of NJ & NYC Bombings, Singer Bill Would Require Law Enforcement to Develop Security Plans for Large Crowd Events

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In the wake of terror attacks in Elizabeth and Seaside Park, Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) will introduce legislation requiring local law enforcement to work with state agencies to develop security plans to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds.

An explosive device was detonated in a trash can along the route of the Seaside Semper Five 5K in Seaside Park on September 17, 2016. (Twitter/Kathy Madsen)

“In 2003, my daughter Sarri was injured and 16 were killed when a terrorist with a bomb attacked the bus she was riding in Jerusalem, so I understand the lasting impact terrorism can have on innocent people and their families,” Senator Singer said. “Last weekend’s bombing in Seaside Park was a stark reminder that unless we enact proper security protocols here in New Jersey, we may be putting lives at risk. This bill will ensure that procedures are in place to keep residents and spectators safe at large events.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Praise Settlement Slashing Proposed NJNG Rate Increase

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Proposed 24% Gas Rate Increase Would Be Reduced to 7.4%

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) praised news of a settlement that is set to be approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) slashing a 24 percent natural gas rate increase that had been proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to fund infrastructure improvements.

Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin praised news of a settlement to slash a 24 percent natural gas rate increase proposed by NJNG that they had opposed. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under the terms of the settlement, the increase that will be voted on by the BPU on Friday would amount to an extra $7 on the average customer’s gas bill, representing a 7.4 percent increase.

“We fought against the massive 24 percent rate hike NJNG had proposed, and we succeeded in reducing the increase to a reasonable amount that will be more affordable to residents,” said Holzapfel. “While nobody likes their bills going up, an extra $7 a month is much more palatable than the $22 monthly increase NJNG had initially proposed.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty on Completion & Dedication of New Phillipsburg High School

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement on the official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the new Phillipsburg High School:

Sen. Mike Doherty (right) and Asm. John DiMaio (left) at the dedication of the new Phillipsburg High School on September 21, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve long highlighted how New Jersey’s rural and suburban districts are overlooked when it comes to state support for our schools, but 15 years of persistence by local officials to push this project forward has finally paid off,” said Doherty. “Congratulations to the Phillipsburg Board of Education, Superintendent George Chando, and all of the many local officials and families that fought to make the new Phillipsburg High School a reality.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Preservation of Camden Home Where Martin Luther King Jr. Lived

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Following reports that a Camden residence once home to Martin Luther King Jr. is at risk of demolition, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has joined the effort to preserve this important piece of our state and nation’s history.

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean will introduce a legislative resolution urging the property located at 753 Walnut Street to be added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

“Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the civil rights movement, demonstrating how non-violent resistance could be used to challenge racial inequality,” said Kean. “It’s been suggested that Dr. King’s experiences while living in Camden led to his later involvement in the fight to end racial discrimination, segregation and poverty.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck & Monmouth County Officials Oppose Civilian Housing at Naval Weapons Station Earle

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Senator Jennifer Beck, along with representatives from Congressman Christopher Smith’s office, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Colts Neck Committeeman Michael Fitzgerald and Tinton Falls Board of Education President Peter Karavites met with Captain Jay Steingold of Naval Weapons Station Earle to be briefed on the Department of Defense’s proposal to allow civilians to utilize housing located on Naval Weapons Station Earle.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Monmouth County officials voiced their strong opposition to the Department of Defense’s proposal to allow civilian housing on NWS Earle. (Google Maps)

All officials in attendance voiced their strong opposition to Captain Steingold and Department of Defense officials to the plan and have received commitment from the Navy chain-of-command for a subsequent, follow-up meeting on the proposal.

“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing civilians to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal involving members of the general public to be granted access to an active military weapons installation is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it. The events of this past weekend only heighten the need for increased security at our military sites and I don’t believe that allowing non-military personnel on the base is a workable policy to ensure our area’s safety” said Senator Beck.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on Capture of NJ & NYC Bombing Suspect

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean congratulated law enforcement on the quick capture of the suspect in the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York City, and recognized the citizens who alerted authorities of suspicious devices that proved to be unexploded bombs.

Sen. Tom Kean congratulated law enforcement on the quick capture of the suspect in the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York City, and recognized citizens who alerted authorities of suspicious devices. (FBI)

“The speed with which many law enforcement agencies coordinated to identify and capture the suspect behind this weekend’s bombings is impressive and a testament to their professionalism and improved ability to work together,” said Kean. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the New Jersey State Police, NYPD, FBI and local law enforcement around Elizabeth, Linden and Seaside Park. I also want to wish the victims of the bombings and the two police officers injured in the suspect’s capture a full and speedy recovery.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Launches Pet Food Drive for Burlington County Animal Shelter

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Collecting Donations of Food & Needed Items at Her District Office

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has announced a “Pet Food Drive” at her district office in Cinnaminson to collect donations of food and other items needed by the Burlington County Animal Shelter.

Sen. Diane Allen during a visit to the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Allen has launched a donation drive to collect food and other items needed by the shelter. (SenateNJ.com)

“As an animal lover and supporter of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, I know how difficult it can be to feed and care for the many animals that are in the facility waiting for their forever homes,” said Allen. “I’m glad to offer my office as a collection point for the many dog and cat lovers in the area who want to donate to support the shelter.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck to Serve as Grand Marshal at Open Space Pace Parade of Horses

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On Saturday, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade of horses at the Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses, an all-day event to promote and preserve New Jersey’s open space and horse racing industry in Freehold.

Sen. Jennifer Beck will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Parade of Horses, the kick-off event for the Open Space Pace at Freehold Raceway. (Flickr)

“It’s truly an honor to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade of horses,” Senator Beck said. “For five years, this event has been an outstanding celebration of New Jersey’s proud horse racing tradition and shined a light on the importance of preserving our open space.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation Works to Designate U.S. Constitution Week in N.J.

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The General Assembly passed legislation sponsored and supported by the 9th District legislative delegation that would designate the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787. This would correlate with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.

The General Assembly passed legislation sponsored and supported by the 9th District legislative delegation that would designate the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as ‘Constitution Week.’ (National Archives)

The joint resolution (AJR-72) is supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove is also part of an effort to raise public awareness of the important role the Constitution plays in the lives of American citizens.

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