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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise Legislative Passage of Superstorm Sandy Foreclosure Assistance Bill

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today praised the final passage of legislation they sponsor to extend the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program for Superstorm Sandy victims.

District 9 legislators today praised the final passage of legislation they sponsor to extend the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program for Superstorm Sandy victims. Pictured: damage caused by the storm, (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

The deadline for reauthorization was set for July 1, which meant that without legislative action, the program would have expired. As the deadline drew near, Connors, Rumpf and Gove wrote a letter urging Legislative leaders to immediately post A-5096 and S-3582 for a vote, stressing the urgent need to ensure that Superstorm Sandy victims would continue receiving this critical form of assistance. The Senate passed the Senate version of their bill, S-3582, on June 20. The identical Assembly version of the bill passed the Assembly on March 25.

The Delegation has worked in conjunction with representatives of the New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP) to advocate for this legislation, as well as a number of other efforts to aid Superstorm Sandy victims.

“As representatives of an area that was among the hardest hit by Sandy, we continue to work closely with constituents who are still coping with the catastrophic damage caused by the storm. Therefore, we completely understand how critical the mortgage forbearance and foreclosure assistance program is to Sandy victims, as well as to the overall rebuilding and recovery process.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio’s Anti-Bullying Measure, Mallory’s Law, Passes Senate

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Comprehensive legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) to strengthen New Jersey’s anti-bullying laws has passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill is named in honor of Mallory Grossman, a twelve-year-old Rockaway resident who committed suicide in 2017 after being bullied.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s “Mallory’s Law” to toughen NJ’s anti-bullying laws has passed the Senate. Pictured: the Senate honors Mallory’s Army on Dec. 18, 2017 for its fight against bullying. (SenateNJ.com)

“Incidents of bullying should not be solely handled by the schools – the problem is much larger than that,” said Pennacchio. “Parents must be engaged in the process as well. This legislation standardizes the reporting process while increasing transparency and accountability at every level. There is no doubt that Mallory’s Law will go a long way to combating bullying in every school in New Jersey.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho’s Update to ‘Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971’

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Legislation modernizes 1971 law in order to better support crime victims and surviving loved ones

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to update the “Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971,” in order to ensure that crime victims or their surviving loved ones receive the compensation and support they deserve.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s updates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971, in order to ensure that crime victims or their surviving loved ones receive the compensation and support they deserve. (©iStock)

The 1971 law created an agency designed to award funds to victims to help them recover. As a result, the right to receive compensation became the first right legally provided to crime victims in New Jersey. The compensation is intended to cover costs such as counseling, funeral expenses, attorney fees, medical bills, and ongoing costs for rehabbing a catastrophic injury.

A 2018 investigation conducted by NJ Advance Media found that the agency is failing to meet the needs of those whose lives are forever changed by violence. For example, crime victims often struggle to cope with delayed responses to their claim applications. Some victims reported that the funding they received was not sufficient to meet their needs, and many were not even aware that help from the state is available. The maximum amount a crime victim can receive in compensation has not been updated in nearly 20 years.

“We have a responsibility to help people who have been impacted by crime rebuild their lives. It’s in the best interest of our state to break the cycle of violence, by giving these families the resources they need to recover,” Senator Oroho said. “This agency was established to help people secure funds to bury a loved one with dignity, pay for legal bills, or heal from an injury after a brutal attack. These are simple, humane requests the state should honor and process in a expedient manner.”

“It’s been nearly 50 years since the original law was enacted. I think it’s fair to say that an update is long overdue. I hope this legislation will help crime victims statewide get the justice and support they deserve,” Oroho added.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement on State Budget Bill

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Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), Senate Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement in response to the State Legislature passing the State Budget Bill today:

Statement from Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho on the State budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“A State Budget without tax increases is important for our economic brand and a win for taxpayers. Republicans have advocated against the tax hikes as Governor Murphy proposed in his budget document and we appreciate the Legislative Leadership for stripping them out of the Budget Bill as passed today. I would hope we continue with such fiscal restraint and start taking legislative action immediately on the Path To Progress recommendations to help systematically control government costs.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Help Battle Opioid Overdose Epidemic Passes Health Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would help local officials to better understand and prevent the circumstances that lead to fatal drug overdoses has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

The Senate Health Committee has approved Sen. Bob Singer’s legislation to help local officials better understand and prevent the circumstances that lead to fatal drug overdoses. (©iStock)

“The opioid epidemic is like nothing we’ve ever seen, and we continue to lose lives to overdose at a sickening pace,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We’ve learned that there is no simple fix that will stop this. We need to bring together experts from many fields to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to both deter and treat drug abuse before it’s too late.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Mallory’s Law: Pennacchio Anti-Bullying Effort Advances

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Senator Patrick Diegnan’s (D-Middlesex) legislation to standardize and strengthen New Jersey’s anti-bullying laws was advanced by the Senate Education Committee. “Mallory’s Law” is named in honor of Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old Rockaway student who committed suicide after being the victim of relentless bullying.

Dianne Grossman, the mother of Mallory Grossman, and Sen. Joe Pennacchio testify in support of “Mallory’s Law.” (SenateNJ.com)

“School bullying is killing our children,” said Pennacchio. “I cannot fathom the pain Mallory’s family suffers through every day. Bullying is preventable and addressable, so we shouldn’t have to just tolerate or accept it. ‘Mallory’s Law’ is recognition that stopping the culture of bullying requires a multi-faceted approach that involves students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation Cutting Red Tape for Teens Who Want to Work Advances

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to help ease the application process for teens looking to gain work experience has passed the Senate Labor Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation to help ease the application process for teens looking to gain work experience has passed the Senate Labor Committee. (©iStock)

“Unnecessary regulations make it difficult for New Jersey teenagers who want to find part-time or summer employment,” Bucco said. “Young residents shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to obtain working papers. With high school nearing its end and summer around the corner, let’s cut the red tape and give our teenagers the chance to work.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Legislation to Exempt Veterans from State Park Fees Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to allow veterans with service-related disabilities into New Jersey State parks and forests free of charge passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sen. Michael Doherty’s legislation to allow veterans with service-related disabilities into NJ State parks free of charge passed the Senate Environment Committee. (©iStock)

“The courage and valor of our disabled veterans deserve to be honored,” Doherty said. “Demonstrating our appreciation through free access to New Jersey’s State parks and forests is small way to say ‘thank you’ for their selfless sacrifices. Whether they are fishing with an old friend, or hiking with their children, our disabled veterans can know every time they enter a State park that New Jersey residents are eternally grateful for their service to our country.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Common Interest Community Bill; Express Concerns About Impact on Age-Restricted Communities

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As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted community residents, Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (all R-9) said that they will continue to oppose legislation (S-2425) that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities, including the taxation of common property, applicability of local ordinances, the effects of eminent domain, and other statutes.

As legislators with a longstanding track record of supporting the rights of age-restricted communities, the 9th District delegation will oppose legislation that would consolidate laws concerning common interest communities. (©iStock)

Senator Connors voted against the legislation in committee and on the floor of the Senate when S-2425 was presented on the Senate floor for a full chamber vote on June 10 of this year.

The members of the 9th District delegation emphasized that this legislation is especially alarming, because it would allow Trenton to interfere in the operations of age-restricted communities in cases in which it deems that a community’s bylaws do not speak to a specific issue. This means that Trenton, in turn, would act as the community’s de facto governing body.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: We Warned You that the IRS Wouldn’t Fall for Your SALT Workaround Scheme

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In response to yesterday’s news that the IRS has denied attempts by New Jersey and New York to circumvent the federal cap on SALT deductions, Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Democrats for wasting taxpayer time and resources on a workaround that never had any chance of succeeding.

In response to news that the IRS has denied attempts by NJ and NY to circumvent the federal cap on SALT deductions, Sen. Joe Pennacchio chastised Democrats for wasting taxpayer time and resources on a workaround that never had any chance of succeeding. (SenateNJ.com)

On Tuesday, the IRS issued final regulations prohibiting governments from doling out tax credits in exchange for charitable contributions – effectively negating the legislation advanced in the spring of 2018, despite the objections of legislators such as Senator Pennacchio, who warned that the IRS would take action.

“Democrats need to stop making promises they can’t keep,” Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said. “There is a reason why we didn’t see scores of municipalities jump at the chance to take advantage of this scheme to get around the removal of the SALT cap. It was clear from the beginning that the IRS wouldn’t allow it, which is why I spoke out in opposition.

“If we really want to cut property taxes, then we need to pass the fiscal reforms necessary to get our State budget back on track – and stop trying to circumvent the federal government.”

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Tom Kean

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Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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