Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 22 ‘Sergeant William John Cahir Memorial Bridge’ Signed into Law
Legislation (S-2236) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to name the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge on Route 22 in honor of fallen Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. William Cahir has been signed into law by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
“Many of us in the area knew of Bill Cahir from his service in Hunterdon and Warren counties in New Jersey and Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania as a reporter for the Express-Times prior to his enlistment,” said Doherty. “It’s more than fitting that we designate the span linking our communities the ‘Sergeant William John Cahir Memorial Bridge’ in his honor.”
Reaffirming their continuing commitment to government reform, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced two legislative initiatives aimed at ensuring convicted corrupt politicians face enhanced monetary penalties for their criminal actions.
The first reform measure (S-206/A-777) introduced by the 9th District delegation would make public officers or employees convicted of crimes touching their office or found at fault in certain civil actions liable for the cost of prosecution and legal representation if received through the expense of public funds. Under the legislation, convicted persons would be subject to pension garnishment to satisfy the liability.
Per the invitation of College officials, 9th Legislative District Senator Christopher J. Connors addressed members of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Student Senate on how his experiences as a student at Stockton shaped his views and approach to public service as a member of the New Jersey State Legislature.
“Stockton will forever have a special place in my heart in light of my tremendous educational experience as not only a student but also as a father of two children who are proud Stockton graduates,” said Senator Connors, who serves as the State Senate representative for Galloway which is part of the 9th Legislative District. “Needless to say, I welcomed the opportunity to visit my Alma mater to speak with the Student Senate on issues of interest to them.”
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.
Following the recent violent killings of a Newark girl and a Jersey City police officer, Senators Anthony Bucco and Robert Singer today called for reinstatement of the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
Police have said Cheyanne Bond, a 17-year-old honor student and cheerleader, was forced to kneel by her killers and shot execution style in the back of the head. Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while responding to a report of an armed robbery at a Walgreens.
The 7th Legislative District celebrates National Night Out!
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 an effort to promote participation in crime prevention activities, promote partnerships between the community and police departments, encourage camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are alert and prepared. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, typically on the first Tuesday of August. Five towns in the 7th Legislative District are observing National Night Out with fun family-friendly events: Bordentown Township. Burlington City, Burlington Township, and Cinnaminson all will host events Tuesday, August 5th and Willingboro is presenting its National Night Out “pre-event” tonight, Monday, August 4th.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, sponsor of a constitutional amendment to establish a long-term funding source for open space preservation, issued the following statement after the measure, SCR84/ACR130, was passed by the full Assembly today.
“This marks an important day for the future of New Jersey as voters now have the opportunity to make sure there is a stable funding source to protect lands that guard against flooding and water contamination and preserve open spaces important to the natural beauty of their communities,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “New Jersey has a long history of preservation and by dedicating just a small percentage of corporate business taxes we can guarantee those efforts will continue long into the future without adding any burden on taxpayers. With a sustainable funding source for Blue Acres programs the state will be better equipped to protect homeowners and businesses in areas prone to flooding like Manville. It took a lot of effort to get to this point but the overwhelming support in the Senate and Assembly show this was a solution well worth fighting for. I thank all of those who contributed to the discussion and helped push this measure forward.”
State Senator Jennifer Beck today issued the following statement concerning the Central American children who are fleeing their violent countries to seek safe haven here in the United States. Casa Freehold director, Rita Dentino, recently reported that between 5-10 unaccompanied minors are now residing in Freehold Borough with a possible 1,500 already placed in New Jersey. The U.S. House of Representatives $694 million to house and process the surge of children detained at the border.
“This is an issue with far ranging implications that is being experienced all across the country. I am working closely with federal representatives and the Governor’s Office to fully understand our legal options and obligations. I am hopeful that money will come from the federal government as part of an overall response to this issue. There are real humanitarian, fiscal and capacity concerns so all decisions must be fully vetted. I will continue to communicate openly with local officials to keep all appraised of our progress.”
Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation to save cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from automatic death sentences.
The Senators’ bill, S-2344, would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals.
“All cats and dogs should have every possible opportunity to be a part of a loving home, and rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” Beck said. “Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project. Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”
State Legislators Say That Although Senator Is Late to the Table on Flood Insurance Problems, They Welcome His Help
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon responded to a NorthJersey.com article in which U.S. Senator Robert Menendez acknowledges that the flood insurance system is “is stacked against policyholders.”
“Hundreds if not thousands of New Jersey Sandy survivors have been low-balled by NFIP,” Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Homeowners paid premiums in good faith for decades only to find that the $250,000 limit is a farce. Many families are not back home because the flood insurance payouts were not even vaguely comparable to their home’s structural damage. I and others have been part of an outcry against the NFIP and while the Senator is 18 months late to the issue, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to fix it. It is nearly criminal what NFIP has done to our residents – the program is dysfunctional and must be repaired.”