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Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-40) introduced today legislation to create the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” along State Route 17 in Waldwick in memory of the fallen hero.
“The profound sadness shared by people all across District 40 has not mitigated since this senseless tragedy, since we all lost a true local hero and his family lost their beloved son,” O’Toole said. “This act can instill the lasting honor that Christopher deserves in memory of his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”
Singer Proposes Amendments to Legislation Reforming Law Permitting Establishment of Employer Managed Health Benefits Programs
Senator Robert Singer, the sponsor of legislation making changes to the law permitting self –funded Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”), today announced a series of amendments he intends to make to the bill to address concerns that have been raised by interested parties since the bill was first introduced and passed unanimously (79-0) by the General Assembly.
MEWAs are an alternative to traditional commercial insurance that permits employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, to band together to obtain economies of scale to help them reduce their health insurance costs and provide a greater range of health benefits to their employees. Senator Singer’s legislation, S2220, is intended to promote the availability of health care by strengthening the ability of MEWAs to compete with traditional health insurance carriers and self insured entities to provide those benefits at a reasonable cost.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) will once again have a table at Red Bank’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5th.
“I’ve been involved in Red Bank’s National Night out for years, and each year it gets bigger,” Beck said. “We’re really looking forward to talking to folks in the community to help promote a positive relationship with the police here in town.”
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24) released the following statement after meeting with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno following the Lt. Governor’s visit to Swartswood State Park to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.
Lt. Governor Guadagno visited the park as part of her series of “Tourism Tuesday” visits across the state. Swartswood State Park was the first state park established in New Jersey.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement in support of the “Stand With Israel” solidarity rally held at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and hosted by the Jewish Federation on July 28, 2014:
“The violence occurring in that region of the world today is truly horrifying. We should all be encouraging both sides to agree to a ceasefire and find a peaceful solution to these age-old disagreements. Violence is not the answer and the longer it persists the further we get from peaceful resolution.
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) today urged action on legislation ending abusive sick leave payouts, following news that Bayonne taxpayers are on the hook for a $444,450 payout to the retiring police chief.
“This morning, I would expect my honorable colleague Senator Cunningham to lead us in storming the State House to finally end this abuse of property tax dollars for all New Jerseyans,” said Cardinale, who with Democratic Senator Brian Stack sponsors Senate bill 79 to eliminate sick-leave payouts and limit comp-time payouts. “On behalf of our constituents, I’m issuing an urgent request for Senate President Sweeney to allow a vote on complete reform once and for all.”
Senator Anthony R. Bucco joined Assemblymen Michael Patrick Carroll and Anthony M. Bucco (all R-Morris) in receiving awards from Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Senator Bucco was named a “Defender of the Taxpayer”, while Assemblymen Carroll and Bucco were named “Taxpayer Heroes.” The designations were given to the District 25 representatives for their work in promoting fiscal responsibility in the legislature.
“I am honored to have been given this title by Americans for Prosperity,” Senator Bucco said. “As a small business owner, I personally experience how harmful taxes can be on economic growth. I strive to protect my fellow job creators with every action I take in the Statehouse.”
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).
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:
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.
“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.”
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.