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MEDIA ADVISORY (10/12): Bateman to Host Blood Drive at Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) will host a community blood drive TOMORROW, October 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville. The drive is open to the public and members of the media are encouraged to attend to spread the word about the need to combat New Jersey’s severe blood shortage.

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Sen. Kip Bateman will host a blood drive on Oct. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville. Donors can register online and walk-ins are also welcome. (SenateNJ.com)

Who: Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerest, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon), local blood donors, and RWJUH Somerset and Steeplechase Cancer Center Hospital Officials

What: Community Blood Drive to combat a statewide blood shortage. All donations will remain on site to treat patients at the hospital. The blood drive will also feature free pizza and a raffle to win a $25 gift card.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. Senator Bateman will arrive at 2 p.m. to donate blood. The drive is open to the public and the press. Register online or walk in any time between 2 and 7 p.m to donate.

Where: Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 30 Rehill Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Availability: Open. Senator Bateman will be available for interviews with the press.

Contact: For media inquiries, contact Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600. For questions on donating blood, contact Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Blood Services, 908-685-2926.

“We have already seen an outpouring of support for tomorrow’s blood drive and I am so grateful to everyone who has answered our call for action, but there are still spots available,” Senator Bateman said. “Local hospitals are in dire need of donations – both to treat current patients and to make sure they are prepared for emergencies in our community. The solution to this crisis is simple. Just one blood donation can save three lives. Hope to see you there.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos Law’ Signed by Governor

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“Stephen Komninos’ Law,” bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect people with developmental disabilities, by improving accountability and transparency at group homes and care facilities was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law” protects people with developmental disabilities from abuse. The law is named for a 22-year-old man who died at the hands of a neglectful caregiver. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the final step in a long journey to get lifesaving protections for people with disabilities signed into law.  Unfortunately, we are devastated that this came too late for Billy Cray, who lost his life in a group home less than two months ago,” Senator Jennifer Beck said. “Billy’s mother, Martha, was a tireless advocate for ‘Stephen Komninos Law.’ I am grateful to her, Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Gus Egizi, and all those who worked so hard with us over the years.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Named “Guardian of Small Business”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Passaic, Essex, Morris) was honored by the National Federation of Independent Business New Jersey chapter for his support of small businesses throughout New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by NFIB New Jersey. (©iStock)

“I’m happy to fight for small businesses, because they do so much for our state and their communities,” Senator Pennacchio said. “These are family-run operations and they put a lot of time and hard work into growing and protecting jobs for their employees. They will always have my support.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Highlights Success of Lottery Bill, Quarterly Pension Payments

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Senator Steve Oroho(R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) believes the recent measures to pledge lottery proceeds to the state’s pension contribution and to make quarterly pension payments are already starting to pay off.

Sen. Steven Oroho highlighted two recent measures that are already helping New Jersey’s economic viability. (Pixabay)

“The state is already seeing the benefits of the bipartisan Lottery Enterprise Contribution Act (LECA), which was enacted only 3 months ago,” Senator Oroho said. “We immediately enhanced the solvency of the state’s Retirements System, and now, New Jersey is benefiting from lower borrowing costs.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Introduces Bill Opposing Dangerous Oil Drilling Off Jersey Shore

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Beck Stands with Thousands of Residents, Advocates, and Local Officials in Opposing Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Off NJ’s Coast

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has  introduced legislation urging the federal government not to pursue a dangerous proposal to drill for oil and natural gas off the Jersey shoreline.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is introducing legislation opposing oil and gas drilling off the Jersey Shore coastline. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation was introduced in response to a recent action by the United States Department of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The executive order also seeks to loosen regulatory requirements on seismic air gun testing, which could have dramatically negative impacts on commercial fishing; a large industry for New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s tourism industry supports more than 300,000 jobs and bolsters almost 10 percent of our workforce. A majority of this hinges on the health of our coastline,” Beck said. “Thousands of residents, fishing families, and local officials have made their voices known in opposition to this proposal and I stand with them.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Introduces Legislation to Increase State Income Tax Deduction for Property Taxes

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Tax Relief Plan Would Increase Value of Important Deduction by Up to 75%

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation increasing the state income tax deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners and renters.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has introduced legislation increasing by 75% the maximum state income tax deduction for property taxes that can be claimed by homeowners and renters. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s current $10,000 limit on the state income tax deduction that can be claimed for property taxes does not represent the reality of what many homeowners actually pay,” said Beck. “Increasing the limit substantially will provide much needed tax relief to many overburdened residents.”

Beck’s tax relief plan would increase the maximum deduction that can be claimed under the New Jersey Gross Income Tax for property taxes that have been paid from $10,000 to $17,500.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos Law’ Gains Final Senate Approval

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The New Jersey Senate on Thursday, October 5, concurred with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,’ bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect people with developmental disabilities, by improving accountability and transparency at group homes and care facilities.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law,” to protect people with developmental disabilities, gained final legislative approval on Oct. 5, 2017. It now heads back to Governor Christie’s desk to be signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is the final step in a long journey to get lifesaving protections for people with disabilities signed into law.  Unfortunately, we are devastated that this came too late for Billy Cray, who lost his life in a group home less than two months ago,” Senator Jennifer Beck said. “Billy’s mother, Martha, was a tireless advocate for ‘Stephen Komninos Law.’ I am grateful to her, Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Gus Egizi, and all those who worked so hard with us over the years.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Sworn-in as Senator for 40th District

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Kristin M. Corrado took the oath of office today to become the Senator for New Jersey’s 40th Legislative District.

Sen. Kristin M. Corrado taking the oath of office during a session of the New Jersey Senate on October 5, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am honored and humbled to have been given this opportunity to serve as the voice of the residents in Legislative District 40 in Trenton and to be able to articulate their hopes and concerns for our great state,” said Corrado. “I am eager to get to work and tackle the issues New Jerseyans are facing today by addressing the sky-high property taxes inundating our homeowners, advocating for our Veteran heroes, and strategizing an end to the opioid epidemic spreading among every race, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. I appreciate the support I have received along my journey to the Statehouse and look forward to this next chapter.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Sen. Pennacchio & Exonerees, Advocates Call for Action on Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Wrongful Convictions in NJ

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State Senator Joe Pennacchio, alongside exonerees, advocates, members of the NAACP, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony Bucco, held a press conference on Oct. 5 calling on Legislative leaders to immediately act on his bipartisan legislation, S-3045, to reduce wrongful convictions in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio (at the podium), NAACP NJ President Richard Smith, Lesley Risinger, Founder of The Last Resort Exoneration Project; and AJ Nash, a wrongfully convicted and exonerated man, speak at an Oct. 5 press conference calling on Pennacchio’s, S-3045, to reduce wrongful convictions in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our  criminal justice system isn’t perfect. Even for an innocent person with an ironclad case, the journey towards exoneration is a steep climb, and the road to getting the restitution they deserve can be even harder,” Senator Pennacchio said. “I put forward a bipartisan solution to find out why the system is failing so many people months ago. The wrongfully convicted of New Jersey shouldn’t have to wait any longer for this Legislature to take action.”

Senator Pennacchio’s legislation (S-3045) would establish “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission,” which would be charged with developing reforms to prevent wrongful convictions statewide. Inmates who are wrongfully convicted in New Jersey spend an average of ten years behind bars  before exoneration, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

S-3045 was introduced in February. Following recent high-profile news reports of ongoing wrongful conviction cases, Sen. Pennacchio called the press conference to shed light his legislation.

“I strongly support Senator Pennacchio’s efforts to seek justice for wrongfully convicted individuals in New Jersey, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said. “Clearly, there is a critical need for this legislation. I hope that it will advance as swiftly as possible.”

Pennacchio was joined at the press conference by two people who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated: Rodney Roberts  and A.J. Nash.

Rodney Roberts  spent 17 years behind bars before being exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison in 2014. A.J. Nash spent a decade seeking justice before being exonerated in 2013.  Both men are listed in the National Registry of Exonerations.

Also participating in the press conference were Lesley Risinger, Director of The Last Resort Exoneration Project at Seton Hall Law School, and NAACP New Jersey State conference President Richard Smith.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Statement on Conclusion of Fight to Save Princeton Battlefield

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) released the following statement, in light of reports that the Institute of Advanced Study received final permission to build eight townhouses in the vicinity of Princeton Battlefield.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that the battle to save the battlefield has been won, and applauded The Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study for reaching a historic compromise to preserve Maxwell’s Field. He has been actively involved in the fight to save the Revolutionary War landmark from destruction. (SenateNJ.com)

The housing project approval follows a compromise reached by IAS and the Civil War Trust to allow the housing project to move forward while still preserving the landmark, and symbolizes the final chapter in Senator Bateman’s longtime, successful effort to protect the battlefield.

“I applaud The Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study for coming together to reach this historic compromise,” Senator Bateman said. “Maxwell’s Field is an irreplaceable Revolutionary War landmark and a cornerstone of our nation’s history. We fought long and hard to protect it from being bulldozed or forgotten, and I am proud to say that we succeeded.”

“I am confident that this project will not cause the catastrophic damage that we would have seen with the original plan. Although I will continue to keep a watchful eye on the construction, make no mistake – I believe our battle to save the battlefield has been won.”

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Kip Bateman

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Jennifer Beck

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Anthony Bucco

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Gerald Cardinale

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Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Joe Kyrillos

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Steven Oroho

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Joe Pennacchio

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Samuel Thompson

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