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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space, and Wirths Address Ongoing Issue of Vernon Dump

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District 24 Lawmakers Vow to Pursue Legislative Action in Absence of NJDEP Response

Senator Steve Oroho, and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) released the following statement vowing to work with legislative colleagues, local leaders as well as Congressman Josh Gottheimer to pursue legislation aimed at protecting communities from tainted waste piles. The issue has taken on particular prominence due to the growing concern of an unauthorized waste dump on private land in Vernon, a municipality within their legislative district. To date, the State Department of Environmental Protection has failed to take enforcement action against the delinquent property owner.

Oroho, Space, and Wirths released the following statement vowing to address growing public concerns regarding an unauthorized waste dump on private land in Vernon, New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The waste pile in Vernon presents a serious public safety issue for the whole community,” Oroho said. “While we don’t know the severity of the waste that is being dumped there, we do know that the property owner has been convicted on multiple counts of illegal dumping in New York. Of greatest concern is the potential contamination of groundwater as a result of run-off from the dumpsite. We are committed to working with local and legislative leaders to develop and pass legislation, or push for local enforcement mechanisms that can effectively combat this environmental crisis.”
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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for India to Have Permanent Seat on UN Security Council

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Senators Pennacchio and Thompson, and India’s Consulate General Call for Fair Global Representation at UN SEC

As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen ties with the New Jersey’s Indian community and in recognition of India’s longstanding global peace initiatives, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has introduced legislation urging the United Nations to seat India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has introduced legislation urging the United Nations to seat India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, pictured in the photo above. The resolution has received the support of India’s Consulate General. (Wikimedia Commons)

“As the largest democracy in the world, India has proven to be a worthy partner in our efforts to maintain peace and security throughout the globe.  The United Nations Security Council was established with this noble goal in mind. It’s time for the Council to recognize what the U.S. has long held to be true: that India is one of our strongest allies in that fight,” Senator Pennacchio said. “We have reaped the rewards of this international friendship in New Jersey, where more and more Indian-Americans continue to grow and prosper in the land they now call home.

“I urge the UN Security Council to honor this bond of friendship, by immediately instating India as a permanent member of the council. We cannot continue to take their military and economic contributions for granted. India is certainly deserving of a seat at the table.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Tax Incentive Reform, Greater Transparency at Committee Hearing

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Sen. Pennacchio: “The State should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the private sector.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26,) a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, today once again called for greater oversight and accountability of tax incentive programs and the NJ EDA, including the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act.

Below are Sen. Pennacchio’s remarks as prepared for delivery during the Feb. 11, 2019 joint meeting of the State Senate Economic Growth and Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committees:

At a Feb. 11 joint hearing, Sen. Joe Pennacchio called for greater oversight and accountability of tax incentive programs and the NJ EDA (Pixabay)

“We are here today to discuss the quote ‘oversight and effectiveness’ of the NJ EDA’s tax incentive programs.

“I think that it’s pretty clear from the comptroller’s report last month that “effective” is not a word that any of us would use to describe many of the tax incentives that have been doled out in recent years.

“And certainly, there should have been MUCH more oversight of the dollars that were distributed on the backs of our taxpayers. If anyone deserves a tax break, it’s them. As the comptroller’s report illustrated, the extreme lack of oversight has created an environment that is ripe for abuse.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Bucco Has Our Prayers & Support in Cancer Battle

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding Senator Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement regarding Sen. Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer. (SenateNJ.com)

“We want Senator Bucco to know that he won’t be alone in his upcoming fight against cancer. He has the prayers and full support of his Senate Republican family, and I’m sure of the entire Legislature. Knowing Tony, I have no doubt his battle against cancer will be successful.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space & Wirths Predicted Property Tax Hikes Because of Murphy Democrats School Aid Cuts

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said the announcement by the Vernon Township School District that massive property tax hikes were on the horizon is proof that Governor Murphy and the Democrat-controlled legislature’s enactment of S-2 is hurting both students and property taxpayers in Sussex and Warren counties.

Oroho, Space & Wirths said the Vernon Township School District’s announcement that massive property tax hikes were on the horizon is proof that Governor Murphy’s enactment of S-2 is hurting both students and property taxpayers. (WikiMedia)

“Parker, Hal, and I warned that Trenton Democrats are redirecting our school aid to other parts of the state, and here we see the effects of their taking $2 million from our children’s classrooms,” said Oroho. “These cuts will get even worse for Sussex and Warren counties in future years.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Vitale Bill to Help NJ Moms, Address Maternal & Infant Mortality Rates Advances

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Bill Would Improve Statewide Medicaid Data Analysis Practices

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Committee Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate Health Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate Health Committee. (Flickr)

New Jersey’s maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in the country, especially for African Americans. S-3406 would address this crisis by improving certain Medicaid data analysis and healthcare practices.

“Mothers and their newborn babies are dying at shocking rates in New Jersey, and across the country,” Senator Kean (R-21) noted. “Evaluating the medical data of pregnant Medicaid patients Statewide can help us better understand risk factors and break down barriers to care. This legislation, along with the rest of our bipartisan maternal healthcare package, will help close the racial disparity gap, build stronger families, and save lives.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Package to Improve Maternity Care Advances

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Legislation to make Pregnancy, Delivery, and the Postpartum Period Safer

A trio of bipartisan bills sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) that aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers before, during, and after pregnancy unanimously passed the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. The bills’ passage comes in the wake of a state and national health emergency: African American mothers are dying both during and after childbirth at disproportionately higher rates than white mothers, with some of the most staggering rates occurring right here in New Jersey.

A trio of bipartisan bills sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer that aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers before, during, and after pregnancy passed the Senate Health Committee. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s high maternal illness and death toll are disturbing, particularly for African American mothers,” Singer said. “We must take action to fix this deadly crisis. This requires a comprehensive approach of prioritizing maternal health during pregnancy, childbirth, and throughout the postpartum period. Enacting this legislation package will reduce preventable deaths and ensure more New Jersey mothers and babies leave the hospital happy and healthy.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Committee Advances Oroho/Singleton/Addiego Bill Package to Combat Surge in Foreclosures

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A bipartisan bill package sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho, Troy Singleton, and Dawn Marie Addiego which would tackle the surge in foreclosures and streamline the pending cases has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

A bipartisan package of bills sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho would combat NJ’s surge in foreclosures and streamline pending cases. (©iStock.com)

The impetus of these bills stems from the report which was released in May of 2017 by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the Special Committee on Residential Foreclosures. This report was the culmination of work from key stakeholders in the process such as the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

“Going through a foreclosure is incredibly traumatic for families that are already struggling. It’s a legally cumbersome, expensive, and confusing process for everyone involved,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren), a member of the Special Committee on Residential Foreclosures. “Our legislation will make New Jersey’s foreclosure process more just and efficient. This will give families the opportunity to start fresh, while helping towns reduce the number of vacant houses that create public safety issues in our neighborhoods.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill Establishes Grace Period for Late Water & Sewer Bills

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New Jersey residents who fall behind on their water and sewer bills would be given a 30-day grace period before interest begins to accrue, under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco. The bill, S-2066, was today advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

NJ residents who fall behind on water and sewer bills would be given a 30-day grace period before interest begins to accrue, under Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill. (©iStock)

“When you’re already coping with the highest property taxes in the country, it can be pretty easy to fall behind on your utility bills,” Senator Anthony Bucco (R-26) said. “Giving consumers a 30-day break before interest starts piling up is a simple fix that will make it a lot easier for people to stay in their homes.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Transportation Committee Approves Creation of New Gateway Development Commission

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Diegnan, Kean laud NJ-NY-Amtrak partnership as critical to build new tunnels, expand rail capacity and spur economic growth

Legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean creating the Gateway Development Commission was approved on Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. creating the Gateway Development Commission was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Gateway Project will increase NJ Transit rail commuter capacity to and from New York Penn Station by 70,000 riders a day and enable NJ Transit to provide direct one-seat rides on every rail line,” said Senator Kean (R-Union). “The Morris & Essex Line’s Midtown Direct rail service is a major reason that downtowns like Morristown, Madison and South Orange are now thriving, and we need that same transit-oriented development to spur economic growth on the Raritan Valley Line and throughout North and Central Jersey.”

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

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Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

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Kristin Corrado

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Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

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