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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Honored By ‘Legislator of the Year’ Awards

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Two Groups Honor Senator for His Work on Economic Development and Job Creation

The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED) have both named Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) as their Legislator of the Year. The two groups selected Oroho for his legislative efforts to make New Jersey more competitive economically and collaborative work to help grow the economy and fuel job creation.

“The State Chamber of Commerce and NJ SEED are strong advocates for issues that are critical to New Jersey residents, including job creation and economic development,” Oroho stated. “I appreciate the positive work both of these organizations do and am honored to be recognized for my efforts in the State Legislature to improve the quality of life for every New Jersey resident.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in West Amwell on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 P.M. in the West Amwell Town Hall at 150 Rocktown-Lambertville Road, West Amwell, N.J.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state; urban, suburban and rural. The new formula be would implemented by constitutional amendment that would have to approved by the voters.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Addressing Bed Bugs in Hospitals, Hotels and Other Facilities Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would require healthcare and residential facilities to have a bedbug maintenance plan in place with a licensed exterminator was passed by the Senate today.

“Any facility where people stay overnight should have a plan in place, ready to be carried out at a moments notice should bedbugs be discovered, ” Singer stated. “Senior citizens, hospital patients and tourists throughout New Jersey all have a right to know that the bed they are sleeping in is clean, safe and free of bedbugs.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: More Than a Meal Is Involved in Elizabeth School Lunch Scandal

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said that much more than a meal is involved in the investigation of Elizabeth school district employees who reportedly improperly enrolled their children in the subsidized free lunch program.

In addition to the recent suspension of a school principal and the head of custodians, the Star Ledger reported on Wednesday that New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture indicated it was anticipating a subpoena from the Attorney General’s office regarding the students participating in the free lunch program in Elizabeth. That news was confirmed by the paper on Thursday.

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District 9

9th District Supported Legislation on Coastal Evacuation Signed into Law

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Legislation supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, both of whom were prime sponsors, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to prohibit the towing of trailers, and transportation of boats on public highways, while an evacuation plan is in effect during an emergency has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

The legislative initiative (S-255/A-854) was based on one of the 14 recommendations made by the Coastal Assembly Evacuation Task Force which was established under legislation sponsored by the 9th District Delegation. Assemblyman Rumpf served as Vice Chairman of the Task Force and was instrumental in the development of the recommendations published in the Task Force’s final report issued to the Legislature in May 2008. The Task Force hearing for Ocean County was held in Long Beach Township at which time Assemblywoman Gove who, while serving as Mayor at the time, provided testimony on evacuation procedures related to Long Beach Island.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises A.G.’s Investigation of Elizabeth School District, Urges That Probe Be Expanded Statewide

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commended Attorney General Paula Dow for her investigation of allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district. According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education, a school principal, and a supervisor of custodians, all have children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Extension of Moratorium on COAH Fee, Press for Complete Repeal

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Moratorium on Affordable Housing Fee Extended

The extension of a statewide moratorium of a fee assessed on commercial development is another step toward fixing the Democrats’ affordable housing policy enacted in 2008, Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly members Alison Littell McHose and Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said today.

As part of the Democrats’ COAH law, which further stymied economic development without creating affordable housing, Democrats imposed a 2.5 percent fee on commercial development. But just one year later, Democrats admitted their costly mistake by putting a moratorium on those fees.

Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno today signed bipartisan legislation extending that deadline until 2013.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Dems Were Aware of Problems with School Lunch Program; Failed to Approve Republican Oversight Resolution

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Calls for Hearings to Implement Solutions

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, sent a letter today to the Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee calling for an investigation of the Elizabeth School Board school lunch scandal. The program is administered by the State Department of Agriculture. Senator Pennacchio asked the Chairman to call the State Commissioner of Agriculture and the State Auditor, Steven Eells to discuss the administration of the program. The letter and a Budget Resolution are attached:

“Thanks to an expose’ in the Star-Ledger the numerous problems that have been obvious for many years in the National School Lunch Program are now a symbol of waste, fraud and abuse in the public school bureaucracy. The goals of the program are worthwhile and commendable. School children need proper nutrition to perform at their best in a learning environment.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Asks Commissioner of Education Cerf to Investigate Elizabeth School Lunch Case

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf asking him to investigate allegations of fraud in the National School Lunch Program by the Elizabeth school district detailed in a published report by the Star-Ledger.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Cerf.

Doherty said: “The program that provides free or reduced price lunches to needy children is certainly important to ensure that those children have the proper nutrition during the school day. Sadly, it seems that cynical officials have expropriated the program for their own selfish needs.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Asks A.G. Dow to Investigate School Lunch Fraud in Elizabeth

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Expose by Star-Ledger Uncovers Fraud at Highest Levels

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow asking her to investigate allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district. According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education, a school principal, and a supervisor of custodians, all have children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Dow.

Doherty stated, “If the Star-Ledger story is true, it appears that highly paid school officials in Elizabeth are gaming the system for their own personal enrichment. Perhaps of greater importance, under New Jersey’s system for funding schools, enrolling a student in the free and reduced price lunch program triggers an “At Risk” designation for the student, which results in an additional $6,000-7,000 of state school aid for each student enrolled in the program. This additional school aid, which can exceed hundreds of millions of dollars per year, is collected from taxpayers throughout the state.”

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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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