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Governor Signs Connors-Rumpf-Gove Supported Bill Enhancing Towns’ Ability to Regulate Vacant Foreclosed Upon Properties

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Legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation allowing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate the care, maintenance, security, and upkeep to the exterior of vacant and abandoned residential properties which have been foreclosed upon has been signed into law.

Under the provisions of the now enacted S-1229/A-1257, prime sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and cosponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, an ordinance would also provide that the creditor of the residential property, if located out-of-State, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring public and charter high schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator is now law after being signed by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno on August 20, 2014.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (left) requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (High Res)

“There’s undeniable value in this life-saving training and I’m proud that today as a state we have taken the step to make sure it’s taught in our high schools,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Teaching students the ability to save a life is the most important skill we can give them.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Calls for Investigation of Alleged Bribery in New Jersey by Red Light Camera Company

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is calling for an investigation by the state Attorney General into allegations that local officials in New Jersey were bribed by Redflex Traffic Systems to secure new contracts to install and operate red light camera systems.

The allegations were made by Aaron Rosenberg, a former executive vice president and nationwide lead salesman for Redflex, in a lawsuit against the company. Redflex is one of the two major vendors with red light camera systems in New Jersey.

“When a senior insider comes forward to say that red light camera companies are influencing local officials not with statistics proving safety benefits, but with gifts that are almost certainly illegal, we must take action,” said Doherty. “I call on the Attorney General to investigate the claims of Aaron Rosenberg that Redflex engaged in bribery in New Jersey to secure contracts for its red light camera systems.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole: Now’s the Time to Reexamine Senatorial Courtesy

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The following op-ed by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) was published by The Bergen Record on Sunday, Aug. 17. Senator O’Toole’s op-ed urges legislative Democrats and Republicans to consider solutions to fix the judicial crisis in Bergen and Essex counties, and to step up for the people by making sure other counties aren’t strapped with empty courtrooms due to partisan politics.

I would like to echo The Record editorial board’s Aug. 11, 2014, piece: “It is time to end the practice of holding up nominees for judgeships and other key positions for undisclosed political reasons.”

The Bergen County court system faces a 25 percent judicial vacancy rate, and Essex County, which I also represent in the state Senate, has an almost 40 percent judicial vacancy rate. By October 2014, Passaic County will have a judicial vacancy rate of over 20 percent. These empty courtrooms caused by the political practice of “senatorial courtesy” add to the backlog of divorce and custody cases, as well as delays in criminal and civil matters.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Partner Racetrack and Video Slots, Aid Public Pensions

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) has introduced a constitutional amendment to allow video slot wagering at the New Jersey horse racetracks. SCR134, which would need voter approval, allows the legislature to authorize slot machine wagering at New Jersey’s current four racetracks.

“Allowing slot machine wagering at New Jersey’s race tracks could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to support the pensions system and the revitalization of Atlantic City,” Pennacchio said. “There is an inevitability to racetrack “racinos” in New Jersey. Why not use the moment to strengthen and encourage Atlantic City and its casinos as well as increasing the solvency of our public workers pensions?”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on State House Steps

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) completed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps on Monday afternoon and donated to the ALS Association. The challenge raised $30,000.

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole’s Ice Bucket Showdown Raises $30K to Fight ALS

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps with ALS Association Greater New York President and CEO Dorine Gordon.

O’Toole raised the stakes by challenging Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senators Steven Oroho and Donald Norcross. His challenge raised $30,000 for ALS.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon Urge Congressional Support to Reduce Dangers in Transporting Oil

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Today, 16th District legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon called on New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to support newly proposed federal regulations for rail tank cars carrying crude oil. It is estimated that seven million gallons of crude oil is shipped daily by rail from North Dakota through New Jersey.

“These trains transporting oil through communities across the 16th District and New Jersey are essentially pipelines on wheels,” said Bateman. “Great concern should be taken in making sure these transports operate with the highest of standards. As experts learn from past mistakes and mechanical and technological advancements are made it’s important that regulations be changed accordingly.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Sen. Tom Kean Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Calls Out Other Legislative Leaders

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was nominated to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge by Amanda Woloshen Glass. He responded to the challenge, with the help of his daughters, and nominated New Jersey’s other legislative leaders — Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick — to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Senator Kean will also make a donation to the ALS Association.

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Showdown at the State House Steps: O’Toole Issues High Noon Ice Bucket Challenge to Sweeney, Oroho, Norcross

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) challenged Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland), Senator Stephen Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) and Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden) to join him in taking the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to a new level, at high noon on Monday at the State House steps in Trenton with the ALS Association.

Senator O’Toole, who was challenged by his son, Kevin Jr., is bringing $25,000 to donate to the ALS Association.

“This is Jersey, so I’m raising the stakes,” O’Toole said. “The Senate President and company can’t worry about their suspenders and suits getting wet. They need to saddle up, bring their checkbooks, go big or go home.”

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