Archive for Author: mriser

Long Branch lawmakers support task force, legislation to address shore pop-up parties

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno, who represent several coastal communities including Long Branch, say they support creating a task force and plan to introduce legislation to stop pop-up parties promoting weed and underage drinking from wreaking havoc down the shore this summer. Thousands of young...

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GOP leaders push for tax cut package in budget

TRENTON, N.J. – In response to surging state revenues and record-high inflation, Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio and Assembly Budget Officer Hal Wirths on Tuesday announced a four-point plan that would provide residents immediate relief in this year’s state budget and achieve sustainable tax reforms. “Taxpayers can’t wait for...

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Dancer bills bringing accountability and transparency to State Agriculture Development Committee advance

TRENTON, N.J. – On Thursday, an Assembly panel released a bipartisan package of bills sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, bringing greater transparency and accountability to the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), which leads New Jersey’s farmland preservation efforts. “In today’s world of global markets, high inflation, and low wholesale...

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McClellan bill cleared from committee welcomes more development in Wildwood

TRENTON, N.J. – The City of Wildwood could soon be treated like Atlantic City, Asbury Park and Long Branch in regards to waiving costly coastal permits required for residential and commercial development along the shore.   On Monday, an Assembly panel cleared Assemblyman Antwan McClellan’s (A2676) bill removing coastal...

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DiMaio criticizes Coughlin’s tax relief proposal as another government gimmick, says N.J. needs tax cuts

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio was critical of Speaker Craig Coughlin’s statement promising to use the surging surplus to fund the ‘largest tax relief program in state history’ as another short-term government gimmick that does little to address the root causes of New Jersey’s affordability crisis. “A...

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Committee advances bill allowing non-CDL drivers to transport students on certain school buses

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee moved a bill alleviating the pressure on schools to hire drivers with commercial driver’s licenses to transport students on nine-seat passenger buses. Under the bill (A3565), sponsored by Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson, a driver with a valid...

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Dancer bill creates recycling task force to address difficulties in disposing of electric vehicle batteries

TRENTON, N.J. – When an electric vehicle’s battery no longer effectively charges the car, sustainable benefits come to a screeching stop. In order to prevent thousands of toxic batteries from ending up in landfills, Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced a measure to create a task force to study safer and...

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Kean calls convicted cop killer’s parole an affront to all law enforcement

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Sean Kean released a statement Wednesday following news the N.J. Supreme Court ordered the parole of convicted cop killer Sundiata Acoli. In 1973, Acoli shot and killed state trooper Werner Foerster after a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. “The Supreme Court has made...

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Foreclosure spike underscores N.J.’s unaffordability, say Auth and Sawyer

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s second-highest-in-the-nation foreclosure rate for the most recent quarter is alarming but not surprising, say Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer. Both lawmakers have their finger to the pulse of the housing market as Realtors and say a recent foreclosure report highlights New Jersey’s...

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Eulner and Piperno aim to arrest rising car thefts with sweeping bill package

TRENTON, N.J. – In response to the statewide spike in motor vehicle thefts, Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno introduced a package of legislation to combat crime through increased penalties and stiffer sentencing. “We believe the issue must be addressed legislatively and demand enhanced penalties for criminals charged with...

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