Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres and Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area was adopted by the full Senate.
The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. The legislation, S1050, renews the appraisal process until 2019.
Senator Joe Pennacchio announced that State Senator Sandra Cunningham has agreed to co-sponsor Senate Bill 2013 to reform and bring accountability to the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA).
“I welcome Senator Cunningham’s strong support of this vital issue,” said Pennacchio. “As a respected leader within her caucus, she brings additional energy and welcomed transparency to this issue.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about legislative efforts to make New Jersey a leader in developing driverless cars and other innovative technologies.
Senator Robert Singer (R-30) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the importance of Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) and legislative efforts to restore funding to help the zones and their host communities succeed.
State Senator Kevin O’Toole, and his district colleagues Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana, all R-Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic, were pleased to learn today that the Schools Development Authority (SDA) has awarded a grant to the Little Falls School District. Little Falls School #3 will receive $87,500 in state funds to assist in an exterior door and roof replacement project. The funding represents 40 percent of the estimated cost of $218,745. The school educates 177 students in grades 3 and 4.
“I applaud the Christie administration for stepping up for families and local taxpayers,” O’Toole said. “This is great news for the Little Falls community, showing the state’s commitment to making sure we can educate our children in a safe learning environment for decades to come.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, stated the following after a federal court’s ruling late last week to prevent Monmouth Park from accepting sports wagers:
“This was another unacceptable court ruling to the direct detriment of New Jersey residents, their quality of life, the state’s economy and the creation and retention of jobs at Monmouth Park and in Atlantic City. I fully expect we will prevail in our continued fight for New Jerseyans, and that the repeals we enacted will ultimately stand.”
Connors-Rumpf-Gove Measure Would Protect Veteran Property Tax Exemption Status For Homes Destroyed by Natural Disasters
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove will introduce legislation that will continue the tax exempt status of property owned by a 100 percent disabled veteran whose home has been destroyed by flood, storm event, natural cause, or other act of God.
Under current law, 100 percent disabled veterans of this State may claim a full local property tax exemption on their dwelling homes and the ground upon which the respective dwellings are located. In the event of a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood that destroys the dwelling, the property becomes taxable because it is no longer usable as the owner’s residence.
Senator Diane Allen, Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, will be heading up the non-partisan foundation’s 76th annual conference in Philadelphia this week.
Hundreds of elected women, Republican, Democrat and Independent, from all across the nation will gather at the conference from November 19th to November 22nd. The four-day conference will provide strategic resources to women leaders including a series of discussions on important policy issues in many different fields and will feature leadership preparation and media training. As Chair of the NFWL, Senator Allen will serve as the face of the conference and perform various leadership duties. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will serve as the conference’s honorary chair.
“The foundation’s annual conference is an exciting time for hundreds of elected women of all backgrounds and political ideologies to come together to share ideas and learn together,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “I’m proud to represent New Jersey as Chair of the NFWL and look forward to joining the Lieutenant Governor and my colleagues from across the state and the nation in participating in this year’s conference.”
With a prime hunting season now underway in New Jersey, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) renewed his push for the passage of legislation that he sponsors to allow hunting on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.
“I’ve heard from many hard-working constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays due in part to the high cost of living in this state and they’re looking for a way to hunt and put some food on their tables,” Kyrillos said. “They deserve this legislation, which could also generate additional revenue for our state.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini brought Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox to their district to meet with local officials about transportation priorities in their towns. Eight towns from legislative District 11 sent representatives to discuss projects and needs.
“Commissioner Fox hasn’t been at the job long this time around, but he was immediately responsive,” said Beck (R-11). “He recognized the importance of meeting with the towns to get an honest feel of the condition of New Jersey’s infrastructure and the needs of those using it. The towns that came in were truly appreciative and the Commissioner’s staff was receptive and helpful. We’ve brought Commissioners into meet in years past and it is always a success.”