Senator Robert Singer, Republican member of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement after reading the Department of Public Advocate’s report detailing allegations that elderly patients were evicted on short notice from one company’s nursing homes when their personal savings were exhausted.
“My bill, S-221, would require nursing homes to work with private pay patients to ensure that the residents are aware of where they are on a waiting list for a Medicaid bed before their private funds run out and Medicaid takes over,” Singer said.
The 12th District Legislators would like to congratulate the Monmouth County Children’s Advocacy Center on its Grand Opening today.
“This organization will provide valuable assistance to Monmouth County,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, “and I would like to welcome them to the community.”
Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande: New Jersey’s Unemployment Rate Is Higher than Any Other State in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande declared that Governor Corzine’s legacy will be job loss as New Jersey’s unemployment rate greatly exceeded all its neighboring state’s in the Mid-Atlantic region. Below are the latest unemployment figures released by the United States Department of Labor.
In response to the protracted corruption trial of Senator Coniglio, which resulted in a jury voting to convict him on six counts, Senator Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, renewed her call for legislation that bans any legislator from seeking grants for their employers, regardless of whether there is a quid pro quo.
Pennacchio to Ask DEP Commissioner to Update Status of Politically Awarded ‘Livable Communities Grants’
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, will ask Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) acting-Commissioner Mark Mauriello to testify on the status of the Livable Communities Grant program on Monday during a budget committee hearing at the State House.
Oroho Continues To Challenge Governor Corzine to Address Why NJ Unemployment Rate Is Higher Than Neighboring States
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex/Morris/Hunterdon) is continuing to call on Governor Corzine to defend his statements that New Jersey is faring better than neighboring states even though our unemployment rate is higher and getting worse at a faster rate. Below are the March unemployment figures released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed deep concern that New Jersey’s unemployment rate is significantly higher than New York’s unemployment rate:
“Governor Corzine’s statements about New Jersey being better positioned than its neighbors to weather this recession are contradicted by the facts. New Jersey lost 17,200 private sector jobs in March as the unemployment rate climbed to 8.3 percent. New York’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.8 percent.”
Taking part in a new trend that lends itself to increased openness and transparency in government, the 12th District Legislators will host a Tele-Town Hall on April 28. The location? Your house!
“We’ve always fought for more transparency in government, ” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, “and this is such a great medium for being able to reach people who may not, normally, have the time or ability to attend one of our town hall meetings in person. We become more accessible as legislators, which makes us more accountable to our constituents.”
Cardinale & Vandervalk to Introduce Bill to Restrict Hospital Licenses to Those Who Would Run Hospitals
Senator Gerald Cardinale and Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk announced today that they are drafting legislation that would limit the transfer of hospital licenses to those who intend to operate hospitals. The bill is necessary because of an ongoing dispute in Federal Bankruptcy Court over the transfer of the hospital license owned by the now defunct Pascack Valley Hospital.
Karrow and Oroho: ‘Special’ Aid Still Flows Freely to Privileged Few as Corzine Demands Middle Class Sacrifice
Senators Steven Oroho and Marcia Karrow, Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, expressed dismay that Governor Jon Corzine’s Local Finance Board decided to award $5 million to Jersey City this morning under the “Special Municipal Aid” program. Jersey City, a town with at least 23 employees who earn more than $141,000 annually, will not be required to institute furloughs or layoffs to save money as hundreds of other middle class communities must this year and next. Less than a week ago, the board awarded $80 million to three towns, also without any requirement of furloughs or layoffs. Senators Oroho and Karrow decried the Corzine administration’s refusal to require fair and necessary sacrifices from urban areas controlled by a politically powerful few.