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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support Effort by NJ Congressional Members to Extend Deadline for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners to File Insurance Claims

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As part of their continuing efforts to assist constituents impacted by Super Storm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have pledged their support to the bipartisan efforts undertaken by members of New Jersey’s and New York’s Congressional delegations in urging that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant a six-month extension for thousands of Super Storm Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims.

Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) managed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sandy-impacted homeowners must file a Proof of Loss (POL) form, a statement on the amount that the homeowner is claiming under his or her flood insurance policy, by October 29th in order to be eligible for coverage for flood damage. However, there are a significant number of homeowners who are unable to meet the filing deadline as they do not have a total accounting of the costs associated with rebuilding as work is still being done on their homes.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Sen. Doherty Served as Honorary Chair of AKC’s Meet the Breeds Dog and Cat Show

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) served as an Honorary Chair of the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds dog and cat show that was held on September 28th and 29th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

“As someone who cares about animals, I was glad to serve as an Honorary Chair of Meet the Breeds,” said Doherty. “This educational event gave prospective owners the opportunity to interact with and learn about more than 200 different breeds of dogs and cats.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon Laud Vote on School Consolidation in South Hunterdon

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, voiced their approval for Tuesday’s vote in Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell that will consolidate four school districts. The public question received the support of 86 percent of those who cast a vote.

“The residents of these communities made a tough but commendable decision this week, setting aside feelings of tradition and Home Rule for a more efficient and sustainable school system that’s better prepared to serve their children for decades to come,” said Bateman. “By eliminating redundant services and pooling educational resources, this consolidated district will benefit taxpayers and enhance educational opportunities for their children. This consolidated district should serve as a model to other communities of the progress that can be achieved by working together.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise Christie Administration on Decisive Dune Easement Action

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised Governor Chris Christie for signing an Executive Order that will allow the state to move forward with dune construction projects to protect New Jersey’s coastal communities.

The Governor’s Executive Order directs the State Acting Attorney General to immediately coordinate legal action to acquire the necessary easements to build dunes. Additionally, the Executive Order creates the Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to lead and coordinate the efforts to acquire the necessary property to build dunes.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Court Ruling Reinforces Need for True Housing Law Reforms

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, an original sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would have reformed the state’s affordable housing laws, stated the following about today’s state Supreme Court ruling to throw out the Corzine-era affordable housing obligations.

“New Jersey’s ‘third round’ housing mandates were a failed experiment that placed unmanageable burdens on municipalities while stifling economic development and adding to urban sprawl and congestion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset). “Today’s ruling reinforces the need for meaningful affordable housing reform that focuses on needs and results rather than ideology. Rather than simply now enforcing the state’s earlier, equally failed housing mandates, we need to take a sensible approach that works for all communities.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Encourages Prospective Pet Owners to ‘Meet the Breeds’ This Weekend

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Says Learning About Different Breeds Before Adoption Can Help Prevent Pet Abuse & Abandonment

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. encourages prospective pet owners to attend the American Kennel Club’s “Meet the Breeds” dog and cat show at the Javits Center in New York City on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“As an animal lover and pet parent, I’m proud to promote this event as an Honorary Chairperson,” Kean said. “Too many pets are abandoned, neglected, or mistreated because their owners haven’t taken the time to learn about their needs before bringing them home. This show is a great educational opportunity for prospective pet owners to meet with and learn about the different breeds of dogs and cats that might be the best match for their home and lifestyle.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Announce Advancement of Proposed Little Egg Harbor Commuter Lot

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have announced a significant development on the proposed construction of a commuter lot in Little Egg Harbor off of Garden State Parkway Exit 58.

The 9th District delegation initially proposed construction of the commuter lot and, consistent with that effort, has met with representatives of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) on multiple occasions over the past several years to discuss moving the proposed project forward.

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District 9

Connors Named to Alzheimer’s Study Commission Established by 9th District Delegation Bill

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Senator Christopher J. Connors has been named to the Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission, which held its inaugural meeting on September 24 at the State Department of Human Services building in Trenton.

The Commission, which was proposed by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Chapter of New Jersey, was established through legislation sponsored by 9th District representatives Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove and Senator Connors.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Honored by COANJ as Senator of the Year

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex) stated the following today after being selected as Legislator of the Year in the Senate by the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. The COANJ is comprised of the state’s county clerks, registers, sheriffs and surrogates.

“I’m honored to receive this annual award from an association whose members deserve much credit of their own for their tireless service,” said Bateman. “The members of COANJ are public servants who provide critical protection and services essential to the very core of our democracy and everyday way of life.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel: Widespread Verizon Wireless Outage Shows Risk of Taking Landlines from Homeowners

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) said that a widespread Verizon Wireless outage that began yesterday affecting many in the region underscores concerns about Verizon’s plan to discontinue traditional landline service in some 10th District communities.

“Many homeowners maintain traditional landlines as a backup for when cell service is unavailable in an emergency,” said Holzapfel. “It’s concerning that many of the same communities where Verizon plans to force homeowners with landlines onto a cellular service called Voice Link were among those that have had a major Verizon Wireless cellular service outage since yesterday.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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