Category: Press Release

Casagrande Bill Assisting Crime Victims is Signed into Law by Governor Christie

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande to exempt crime victims from paying for government reports relating to the incident was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Caroline Casagrande

“It was just adding insult to injury when a crime victim was told they had to reach into their pockets to pay for a police report or a copy of a restraining order,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “Fortunately, today we have ended that insensitive practice, and an injured party will no longer be responsible for paying for important paperwork that is relevant to their case.”

Under the new law, crime victims will no longer have to pay to obtain pertinent records, and record requests will no longer be classified as a public record. Casagrande’s bill, A-1676/S-1524, passed the Assembly, 77-0-1, and the Senate, 38-0.

“We should be giving victims of crime in New Jersey our support. We shouldn’t be handing them a bill that needs to be paid,” said Casagrande.

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Bramnick Bill Permitting Crime Victims to Obtain Records without Charge Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that prohibits a government agency from charging the victim of a crime for copies of reports relating to the offense was signed into law today by Gov. Christie.

Jon Bramnick

“Victims of crimes endure emotional anguish and physical pain,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Providing them copies of documents related to the crime at no charge is the least we can do. An injured party should not have to pay to obtain access to information relevant to their case.”

Under the bill, A-1676, a victim would not be charged for any law enforcement agency report, domestic violence offense report, or temporary or permanent restraining order. Currently, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) does not contain an exemption from fees for victims of crime.

Bramnick’s bill is also sponsored by Assembly Republicans Jay Webber, Nancy Muñoz, Anthony M. Bucco and Caroline Casagrande, and Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Carmelo Garcia.

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O’Scanlon Speaks Out Against Proposed Oceanport Crematory

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today expressed his support of Oceanport’s opposition to a proposed crematory. The Borough was recently informed by the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) that Woodbine Cemetery was seeking an Air Pollution Control Permit to operate one human crematory on Maple Avenue. This letter is the only notification provided to the Borough or any elected or appointed officials concerning the permit request.

Declan O'Scanlon

“I am concerned with the process and the minimal amount of communication,” said O’Scanlon. “The fact that the only public notification of this pending permit was published in the Home News Tribune, which is not even distributed in the Borough, is hardly adequate notice.”

The Administrator of the Borough has issued a strong statement on behalf of the Mayor and Council condemning such action and voicing the Borough’s objection to the issuance of this air permit. The Borough Engineer has also issued his objections on behalf of the Governing Body and raised technical questions to be answered. The Mayor and Council have requested a public Hearing to be conducted on this permit in Oceanport.

“I have seconded the municipal request for a public hearing so that all the facets of this permit request can be discussed and the residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns,” O’Scanlon explained. “Projects such as this should never be implemented behind closed doors. I plan on remaining involved in this issue to see that all concerns are addressed.”

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Bramnick Welcomes Sweeney’s Support for Strategic Long-Term Planning

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, said he was pleased to learn that Senate President Steve Sweeney supports Bramnick’s idea to create strategic long-term bipartisan commissions or committees.

Bramnick looks forward to working with the Senate President on many long-term issues affecting the State of New Jersey.

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Rible Lauds DOT Action to Promote “Move Over” Law

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Will use message signs July 28-August 1 to raise awareness of law designed to protect emergency workers on highways

Dave Rible

Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth, applauded the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) for its decision to promote the state’s “Move Over” law by advertising the policy on its variable message signs.

“Police officers and other emergency personnel put themselves in danger every time they respond to an incident on our busy highways,” explained Rible. “The “Move Over” law is a simple way to help keep police and others who work on our roadways safe.”

Rible, who sponsored the 2009 law known as the “Move Over” law, called for the DOT to act after accidents in which a Waldwick police officer was killed and two Pine Beach officers injured. The DOT will increase its efforts to raise awareness of the law which requires motorists to slow down and change lanes when approaching emergency workers on the state’s highways.

“I am pleased the DOT has agreed to help promote this important public safety initiative,” commented Rible. “I am hopeful that by making more people aware of this law, we can help prevent future tragedies on our roadways.”

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Fiocchi, Business Community and Academia Explore Workforce Development and Career Opportunities

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Bridgeton, NJ – Recognizing the potential career opportunities that vocational training and technical education provide, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi hosted a Workforce Development Roundtable discussion on Monday with businesses leaders and vocational and technical school administrators to discuss employment opportunities available to people with the proper training. The roundtable was held at the Cumberland County Vo-Tech School.

Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

“With the closing of at least three Atlantic City casinos, many workers who make their livelihood from the industry face an uncertain future,” said Fiocchi. “The good news is that there are opportunities to transition into a new vocation. Career and technical education allows students, regardless of age, the chance to learn the necessary skills that are required. Job recruiters and educators exchanged their ideas on what kinds of jobs are in demand and where people can get the training they need. The roundtable was a great opportunity for everyone to learn.”

In May, Fiocchi introduced a package of workforce development bills designed to provide people with employment opportunities by obtaining skill sets in demand. One measure, A-3197, creates “The Partners for Growth Council,” a cross-section of organized labor, education, business and government working together to identify unfilled job openings. Members will develop training programs that address the educational needs of those seeking employment.

Fiocchi said this legislation is the perfect opportunity to match job seekers with companies that have employment needs in certain technical areas. Vocational and technical schools are the linchpin that matches the supply and demand for labor.

“I want to thank Dina Elliot, Superintendent of the Cumberland County Vo-Tech, for hosting this productive meeting. We will be holding a follow-up meeting in the late fall or winter to discuss advances or ideas that will match workers with jobs,” concluded Fiocchi.

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Rible Aims to Protect Police Officers, Others on New Jersey Roadways

Press Release – Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible said recent car accidents involving police officers illustrates the need to increase awareness of New Jersey’s law requiring motorists to change lanes when approaching emergency vehicles and to expand the law to make our roads safer.

Dave Rible

Rible, who sponsored the 2009 law known as the “Move Over” law, cited recent accidents in which a Waldwick police officer was killed and two Pine Beach officers injured in calling for the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to increase awareness of the law which requires motorists to decrease speed and switch lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights on.

In a letter to Acting DOT Commissioner Joseph Bertoni, Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, said the accidents highlighted the risk for those who respond to emergencies on the state’s busy highways.

“These incidents are a frightening reminder of the dangers faced by emergency workers on our state’s roadways,” he wrote. “I request that the New Jersey Department of Transportation help to protect our emergency responders by taking urgent action to increase awareness of the “Move Over” law.

Rible also said he will introduce legislation to expand the “Move Over” law to require drivers to slow down and change lanes for any vehicle on the side of the road–not just vehicles utilizing emergency lights.

“Pulling over on our state’s highways can be a dangerous proposition for any motorist,” he said. “In addition to protecting police officers and other emergency workers, expanding the “Move Over” law will make things safer for everyone who uses our roads.”

See Letter Below:

Hon. Joseph Bertoni, Acting Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600

Dear Acting Commissioner Bertoni:

As the prime sponsor of New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, I am very troubled by recent motor vehicle accidents which have highlighted the danger emergency workers face on our highways and illustrated the need to increase awareness of this critical public safety initiative.

As you are aware, New Jersey’s “Move Over” law, which was enacted in 2009, requires motorists to slow down and change lanes when approaching a vehicle displaying emergency lights. However, the failure of motorists to heed this law has continued to endanger the lives of emergency workers, including police officers.

Moreover, a Waldwick police officer performing traffic safety duty was recently killed when his parked patrol car was rammed by a tractor trailer. In addition, two Pine Beach police officers were injured the next day when their cars were struck while they attended to a pulled over vehicle.

I am sure you would agree that these incidents are a frightening reminder of the dangers faced by emergency workers on our state’s roadways. Therefore, I request that the New Jersey Department of Transportation help to protect our emergency responders by taking urgent action to increase awareness of the “Move Over” law.

Thank you for your attention to this request and please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in this or any other matter.


David P. Rible
Assemblyman, 30th Legislative District

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O’Scanlon, Carroll Applaud Hoboken Booting Policy Change

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll today said that Hoboken was doing the right thing in changing its policy concerning the booting of vehicles. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was recently under fire when Hoboken ’s policy to immediately boot vehicles for parking violations was discovered.

Declan O'Scanlon

“Victory – for anyone living in, or visiting, Hoboken – for bipartisanship, and for common human decency,”is how Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) described the recent dramatic change in Hoboken Parking Authority Policy. “No longer will anyone return to what they thought was a legally parked car in the middle of the night only to find a heavy iron boot immobilizing it. We heard from senior citizens and pregnant women as well as inconvenienced business people – all who fell victim to the draconian policy. Apparently our shining a light on this example of the exploitation of motorists was heard by the folks running Hoboken. I could dwell on the fact that our intervention shouldn’t have been necessary, but instead I’ll just applaud them for finally getting it right.”

“Hoboken ’s policy was terrible,” explained Garcia (D- Hudson). “It was plainly unfair to boot a vehicle with no notice. Drivers would be left stranded, creating a potentially dangerous situation. Now the city will give motorists a ticket and 72 hours to move their vehicle before immobilization or towing is an option. Further, the policy was bad for business in the town. I’m happy to see the change after Assemblymen Carroll, O’Scanlon and I brought the situation to the forefront.”

Michael Patrick Carroll

“While I applaud Hoboken’s modest action and its admission of error, it doesn’t go nearly far enough and demonstrates why our bill is necessary,” said Carroll (R-Morris/Somerset). “Towns lack the legal authority to boot cars without a judicial warrant; they should not be effectively taking private property without a fair hearing. We will continue to press for the adoption of this proposal to correct this obvious injustice.”

“The time that elected officials could get away with seeing motorists not as human beings, but as targets whose pockets can be picked at will, needs to come to an end, ” said O’Scanlon. “And this isn’t a partisan concern – legislators on both sides of the aisle are realizing that the siren song of easy money doesn’t justify treating reasonably behaving people like criminals. But this doesn’t change the need for our legislation banning the practice of automatic booting. Drivers need to be protected across the state.”

“The public needs to know that the legislature, Both Democrats and Republicans, won’t tolerate the fleecing or unfair treatment of our residents,” Garcia stated “Fairness knows no political boundaries. Our efforts won’t stop here.”

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Dancer’s Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Wildfires and Protect NJ’s Forest Ecosystems Gets Assembly Approval

Press Release – Assemblyman Ron Dancer is helping to make New Jersey’s forest ecosystems healthier and safer by sponsoring bipartisan legislation that allows the burning of forest and open lands to protect from wildfires. The bill, A-1275, recently received General Assembly approval.

Ron Dancer

“In recent years, wildfires in the Pinelands have burned thousands of acres and forced thousands of people to be evacuated. We can avoid catastrophes and promote a healthier forest environment by expanding the use of safe and controlled burns,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex. “These burns also have a number of secondary ecological benefits, including wildlife habitat management, forest disease and pest control and nutrient management.”

Dancer’s bill establishes a certification program for prescribed burn managers and procedures for conducting prescribed burns. It also permits the Bureau of Forest Fire Management (BFFM), within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to prescribe burns in any area of the state BFFM determines to be in reasonable danger of wildfire. On lands not owned by the state, the service is required to notify local government of the prescribed burn, publish public notice of the burn, and provide notice to the landowner and lessee 30 days before the burn.

Due to New Jersey’s restrictive approach, it lags behind many other states in the use of prescribed burns. The states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania have enacted prescribed burn legislation.

Other bill sponsors include Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Marlene Caride and Celeste Riley.

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Bramnick Supports Mayor Fulop’s Decision to Take Down Memorial to Cop Killer

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued the following statement regarding Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s decision to take down the memorial to the person who killed Officer Melvin Santiago which was criticized in a Star Ledger editorial today:

Jon Bramnick

“Despite the Star Ledger’s criticism of Mayor Fulop’s decision to remove a memorial to the Jersey City cop killer, there comes a time that we as a society must respond to actions that violate the basic principles of a civilized society. Mayor Fulop acted as a leader. End of story.”

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