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Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Would Assist Senior Communities in Getting Solar Panels for Clubhouses

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Senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouses under legislation (S-986 and A-764) reintroduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The 9th District delegation’s energy cost reduction initiative would be offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

Under legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf and Gove, senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low interest loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to their clubhouses.

The delegation, whose district has among the highest concentration of senior communities in the state, issued the following statement regarding their renewed effort to assist senior communities with electric costs:

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Brings NJ Transit Executive Director to Monmouth to Examine Condition of Train Stations

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Senator Jennifer Beck toured three train stations in the 11th District with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim and members of her staff. They visited Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations.

Senator Jennifer Beck (left-center) toured the Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank train stations with NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique Hakim (right) on July 22, 2014. (Facebook)

“I spoke with Executive Director Hakim in the spring and she expressed her interest in visiting the district and seeing some of our stations. Monmouth County is both a highly desirable vacation destination and a commuting hub so our train stations play an invaluable role in our economy,” Beck said. “The Executive Director was able to speak to local officials in each town and see first hand the condition of the stations. Often it helps to put faces to the names and today NJ Transit did just that. A variety of needs were discussed and Executive Director Hakim made it clear that NJ Transit would work closely with our towns to address them.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Video: Allen Talks About Efforts to Increase Participation of Women in Public Service

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Robert Traynham to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Guadagno Signs into Law Bucco Bill to Create ‘Military Appreciation Month’

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Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation (S-1607) to make May “Military Appreciation Month” in New Jersey.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law a measure designating May of each year as “Military Appreciation Month” in New Jersey during a ceremony at VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth on July 10, 2014. (NJOIT)

Senator Bucco said:

“It is with great pride that we all rally behind members of our military and their families, but sadly that wasn’t always the case in past generations. Today’s signage of this bill will help make sure that our heroes and heroines are always treated with the love, respect and dignity that they deserve. I encourage all New Jerseyans to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces and their families. I envision that May will now be a special month with activities, programs and events dedicated to our bravest men and women all across New Jersey.”

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: Today, Why Are We Not Passing Sick-Leave Payout Reform?

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth),  a prime sponsor of legislation to reform public employee sick-leave payouts,  said it’s shameful that Senate Democratic leaders scheduled a voting session on July 10th without a vote on any legislation, especially sick-leave payout reform, in light of yet another six-figure golden parachute on the backs of property taxpayers.

“Legislative Democrats are continuing to enable this gross abuse of property tax dollars that carries a nearly $1 billion liability across New Jersey,” Kyrillos said.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Welcomes Support for Bi-State DRPA Reform Legislation

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Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio urged legislative Democrats who agree on the need to address issues with the Delaware River Port Authority to follow through on their public comments by joining Pennsylvania in support of legislation to reform the troubled agency.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

Pennacchio applauded the Senate President for publicly agreeing that the DRPA needs greater transparency and accountability, as well as to focus solely on its bridges and regional railway. Also, during today’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Senator Pennacchio pointed out that the very same issues that concern Democrats about the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey are also issues of concern with the DRPA.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Citing Continued Newark Abuses Pennacchio Renews Call for “Transparency In Government Act”

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In the wake of reports that the Newark school district spent $22,000 per month for over a year on catered meals and take-out food, Senator Joe Pennacchio renewed his call for passage of the “Transparency in Government Act” to prevent abusive spending of public funding.

“Newark school district officials’ audacity to spend hundreds of thousands of public dollars on catered meals while in the midst of a $42 million budget deficit is indefensible and further proof of the need for taxpayers to have access to information of how every one of their hard-earned dollars is spent,” said Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic). “Unfortunately, this type of wasteful spending of state tax dollars, like the millions of tax dollars wasted by the City of Newark detailed in a recent state Comptroller report, occurs outside the public eye time and time again in authorities and cities across the state.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Increasing Penalties for Leaving Scene of a Boating Accident Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by the 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, which establishes criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident was signed into law by Governor Christie at a public bill signing in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie signing into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel (2nd from right), Asm. Dave Wolfe (center-right) and Asm. Greg McGuckin (center-left) increasing penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident in Point Pleasant on July 3, 2014.

“Safety is always our first concern with more boaters on our waterways each year. This legislation will give law enforcement the authority needed to prosecute those reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident without assisting the passengers of the other vessel,” said Senator Holzapfel.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joins Governor at Ribbon Cutting for Ocean Grove Boardwalk

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Jersey Shore Landmark Reopens for First Time Since Sandy

Senator Jennifer Beck joined Governor Chris Christie in reopening the Ocean Grove boardwalk. The Shore landmark was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and Ocean Grove struggled to procure the aid necessary to rebuild. After numerous appeals, FEMA approved the request for funds and repairs began. Nearly a year later, the boardwalk is rebuilt and ready for the 2014 summer season.

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) joined Gov. Chris Christie for a ribbon cutting to reopen the newly rebuilt Ocean Grove boardwalk for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. (Photo Gallery)

“This is a very exciting day for shore residents. The reopening of the Ocean Grove boardwalk is a significant step forward in our recovery from Sandy. I worked closely with Ocean Grove officials and FEMA representatives through the application process and the numerous appeals.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stop Seismic Testing Program to Protect NJ’s Environment & Fishing Industry

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District joined with a broad coalition of fishing, sporting and environmental groups at a rally in Barnegat Light on July 2 to call on the Obama administration and Rutgers University to delay the planned seismic testing program off of New Jersey’s coast as a first step to address the harmful environmental and economic impacts that will likely result.

Some of the groups taking part in the event included the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Clean Ocean Action, Anglers Conservation Network, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Surfrider Foundation, Point Pleasant Fishermen’s Dock Cooperative, NJ Outdoor Alliance, and Save Barnegat Bay.

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