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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Grateful for Democrat Sponsorship of DRPA Reform Legislation

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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).

Senator Pennacchio announced today that Senator Sandra Cunningham has signed on as a sponsor of DRPA reform legislation. The DRPA operates four bridges, including the Ben Franklin Bridge, and a commuter rail line.

“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.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Video: Singer Talks About Legislative Efforts to Restore Funding to UEZs

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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.

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District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove Measure Would Protect Veteran Property Tax Exemption Status For Homes Destroyed by Natural Disasters

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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.

An aerial view of homes damaged and destroyed by Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey Shore on November 2, 2012. (Jim Greenhill/Flickr)

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.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement on Passing of Former Senator Robert Littell

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Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell today. Senator Oroho succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District after Senator Littell retired after 40 years in the state Legislature which at the time placed him as the longest serving state legislator in New Jersey’s history:

“New Jersey lost a giant today. Senator Littell was universally respected because of his fairness and institutional knowledge, but most of all because he was a true gentleman. Even at the highest levels of state politics, he maintained his humble nature. He much preferred to be known simply as “Bob” as opposed to any political title. I considered him a good friend, neighbor and mentor. He leaves a lasting legacy on the state and most especially his beloved home county of Sussex.

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District 9

Heroin Epidemic Focal Point of Connors-Rumpf-Gove Initiative Passed by Assembly

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The State General Assembly has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would strengthen State statutes for heroin offenses.

Legislation sponsored by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would increase penalties for certain heroin offenses. (Victor/Flickr)

Penalties would be increased under the 9th District legislators’ initiative (A-783/A-2831), for offenses involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing or possessing or having under one’s control with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense heroin by lowering the threshold quantities for crimes of the first, second, and third degree.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio-Sponsored Port Authority Reform is Good, But Why Do Dems Continue to Ignore DRPA?

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after the Assembly today passed legislation he sponsors reforming and bringing accountability to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio questioned why Democrats continue to ignore accountability and transparency reforms at the Delaware River Port Authority despite advancing legislation to address those issues at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Kevin Burkett/Flickr)

“It’s all well and good that Assembly Democrats finally passed this needed reform legislation for the commuters and taxpayers of North Jersey,” Pennacchio (R-Morris) said. “However, as they patted themselves on the back today, Democrats in both houses continued to neglect South Jersey residents and the need to bring accountability and transparency to the Delaware River Port Authority.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges More Democrat, Union Leaders to Support Legislation to Revitalize Atlantic City, Strengthen Pension System

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders and education and communications union officials to join two of the state’s largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the revitalization of Atlantic City and the pension system.

Senator Pennacchio’s proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-134, would allow video slot wagering at New Jersey’s horse racing facilities. Revenues would support the state’s pension system and Atlantic City revitalization. (Pcb21/Wikimedia Commons)

In August, Senator Pennacchio introduced a constitutional amendment, SCR-134, to allow video slot wagering at the New Jersey horse racetracks. Under the proposal, which has been publicly endorsed by the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, revenue from the expanded gaming would be divided to support both the state’s pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors-Rumpf-Gove Measure That Would Assist First-Time Home Buying Veterans

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With overwhelming bipartisan support, the State Senate passed legislation introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow municipalities to use a portion of certain affordable housing development fees collected for affordability assistance programs for veterans.

The Senate approved a bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove that would help fund programs that provide first-time home buying veterans with down payment assistance. (U.S. Navy)

Specifically, the 9th District delegation’s legislation (S-915) would provide that up to 30 percent of the development fee amounts permitted to be spent on affordability assistance programs may be directed to a municipal program for first-time home buying veterans to provide grants for down payment assistance. The legislation is permissive, providing municipalities the option of establishing a program.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Improving Coordination Between Behavioral/Primary Health Services Advanced

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A measure sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to create better coordinated and comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would allow ambulatory care facilities to provide primary health care and behavioral health care services under a single license. (Morgan/Flickr)

Under Senator Singer’s legislation, S2375, ambulatory care facilities would be permitted to provide primary health care services and behavioral health care services under a single license.

“The state’s current requirement forcing facilities to obtain multiple licenses is an unnecessary burden that restricts a patients’ access to needed care and makes it much more difficult for health centers to provide coordinated, holistic care,” said Singer. “Making it easier for ambulatory care facilities to also provide mental health services will allow more patients to get the full spectrum of care that they need.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Ensuring Highlands Landowners Receive Fair Value Advanced

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho would continue a special appraisal process for open space and farmland preservation programs to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the Highlands Act in 2004. Pictured is the Long Valley preservation area. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

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.

“It’s critical the special appraisal process be continued to ensure that property owners in the Highlands who wish to sell their land receive a fair value,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Preserving land is a worthy effort yet we also need to be equally concerned about protecting landowners whose property values dropped significantly when the 2004 Highlands Act regulations were put in place.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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