Vainieri Huttle Organizes Women's Hygiene Product Drive for Domestic Violence Survivors
Drive will be held through October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D- Bergen) announced Tuesday her efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and collect much-needed personal items, commonly unavailable, for female victims of domestic violence.
"New Jersey centers and shelters for domestic violence provide exceptional support to survivors through counseling and services," said Vainieri Huttle. "We can help too by supporting organizational efforts through donations of items that can help make the pathway to a better life for survivors easier."
"Women's hygiene products are critical for female survivors of domestic violence and are often not as available as other items, such as clothes and food."
Schaer: Mental Health Care Reform Requires Expansion of ServicesAssembly Deputy Speaker Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on Tuesday in response to Gov. Christie's call for a more aggressive pursuit of mental health care reform after Thursday's mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon:
"As he has done in the past, the Governor now calls for a commitment to reforming mental health care. In order to honor this appeal, his Administration, through the Department of Human Services, first must revisit its decision to cancel the call for applications for certificates of need for psychiatric beds and services, a decision that undeniably hinders the ability of vulnerable individuals to receive the appropriate care. …"
Speaker Prieto: Gov. Christie Should Judge His Own PerformanceAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Monday on recent comments from Gov. Christie about Assembly activity:
"Gov. Christie has spent most of his time this year in other states trying to run for another office. He should judge his own performance before he casts aspersions..."
Andrzejczak: Storm Preparedness A Year-Round EffortAssemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic) released the following statement on Friday on the need for storm preparedness:
""Storm preparedness is always a good idea. We often hear about it right before a potential storm hits, but the best approach is to always be ready. Dangerous weather impacts New Jersey at regular intervals..."
Danielsen School Supply Drive Yields 800 Backpacks for Local StudentsAssemblyman Joe Danielsen applauded community groups and local residents who contributed hundreds of items to the legislative district's annual school supply drive to help prepare students for this academic year.
"Education is the great equalizer in a global economy, and programs like this enrich our community and provide some of the tools necessary for our children's success," said Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset). "It is vital for our community to aid children in need during these difficult economic times."
Eustace Bill to Ensure Availability & Affordability of Motor Fuel During Emergencies Now Law
The law signed today comes as state prepares for potential impact of Hurricane JoaquinLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace to ensure there is sufficient and affordable motor fuel available in times of emergency has been signed into law.
"With the bad weather headed our way, this could not be more timely," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Prior to this, motor fuel retailers were not allowed to sell below cost. This will allow smaller retailers to compete with larger retailers, and helps ensure that motorists are able to find affordable motor fuel when faced with the threat of a major storm like Hurricane Joaquin."
Following Town Hall, Mazzeo Pledges Continued Commitment to Fighting Heroin EpidemicAssemblyman Vince Mazzeo applauded the 150 attendees who on Tuesday participated in a community town hall meeting aimed at combating the state's heroin and opioid epidemic.
"I'm grateful to those who showed up to bring more awareness to an issue that's affecting too many Atlantic County families," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "In the coming months, I'll continue to educate myself and my colleagues in Trenton about how important this issue is, and I'll work with new ideas that came from last night to try to craft legislation that will help those affected and their families."
Singleton: The Catch-22 of Our Generation: The Struggle to Afford Child CareAssemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) had the following published Wednesday in the Burlington County Times:
"In this day and age, working families face a Herculean struggle to get by on one salary, especially if they have children. Herein lies the greatest Catch-22 of our generation.
"Most families need dual incomes to survive, but if they have preschool-age children, they are forced to find a way to pay for child care or early education in order for both parents to be able to work. Anyone who has found themselves in this position in the last 10 or 20 years knows that quality child care comes at a hefty price..."
Andrzejczak Harvests Tomatoes, Eggplants to Increase Awareness of Gleaning
Is Also Sponsoring Legislation to Increase Public AwarenessAssembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bob Andrzejczak visited a wholesale produce farm recently to get his hands dirty -- literally -- harvesting leftover and "ugly" tomatoes and eggplants in an effort to highlight gleaning in the Garden State.
Gleaning is the process of picking and collecting leftover produce that isn't market ready, either because it isn't ripe enough at harvest time or it has cosmetic flaws, and distributing it to individuals in need.
"Every day in New Jersey, more than one million people are considered food insecure -- they don't know where their next meal will be coming from," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland)…
Bipartisan Group of Bergen Legislators & County Officials Call for Minimum 90-Day Delay to Horizon OMNIA Plan RolloutBipartisan group of Bergen legislators - including Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Caride, Eustace and Lagana - and county officials call for minimum 90-day delay to Horizon OMNIA plan rollout:
"We are greatly concerned by the recent announcement of the OMNIA Health Alliance. The very late announcement of this new plan followed by incomplete information regarding the selection of which hospitals satisfied 'Tier 1' requirements and which hospitals did not, has led to the perception that winners and losers were chosen behind closed doors. This is not how a market dominant non-profit insurance company is supposed to operate…"
Quijano Calls on Congressional Leaders to Renew Zadroga Act
Assemblywoman Says Protecting First Responders of the World Trade Center Attacks with Zadroga Act Should Remain a Priority for the Country(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrat Annette Quijano on Wednesday urged Congress to approve the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, which provides treatment of First Responders who have health problems resulting for their service at the World Trade Center.
"We have lost nearly 3,000 Americans as a result of the 9/11 attacks including first responders who suffered from illnesses attributed to their work at the World Trade Center," said Quijano (D-Union). "Debating the impact, worthiness and funding of the programs under the Zadroga Act when many first responders have been helped is nonsensical and inhumane. The Zadroga Act should be passed immediately."
Conaway to Hold 14th Annual POW*MIA Recognition CeremonyAssemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. (D-Burlington) will host the 14th Annual POW*MIA Remembrance Ceremony this Friday to honor those who have returned - and those still missing in the line of duty - from our country's military conflicts.
The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at VFW Post 4914, 28 Creekview Rd, Willingboro, NJ. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by email: email@example.com or phone: (856) 461-3997.
Sumter Encourages Resource Fair for Former A&P Workers, Says Thousands Out of Work Due to Closings(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter cites recent layoffs and A&P stores closings in her district, which will leave thousands out of work around the state, as reason to engage and inform residents of state and local resources available that will help them navigate tough times.
"The closings of A&P Company affiliated stores such as Pathmark and Food Basics, has placed many residents out of work and in a huge predicament at the onset of the holiday season," said Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic). "New Jersey residents affected by these closings need assistance navigating unemployment and, especially, searching for a new job."
ASSEMBLYMAN WAYNE DeANGELO TO HOST UTILITY JOB & CAREER FAIRAssemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo, in partnership with the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), the statewide association for investor-owned utilities, will host a utility job and career fair on Monday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer, located at Mercer County Community College.
"In the next 10 years, it is expected that nearly 55 percent of the electric and natural gas public utility workforce across the country may need to be regenerated. It is crucial to our state's economic vitality that we have trained and educated individuals in place to maintain our critical utility infrastructure," said DeAngelo, who serves as chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee…
Gusciora, Muoio & Local Officials Hold News Conference Questioning Horizon Insurance Plan that Freezes Out Trenton Hospitals
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