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Russo-Rumana-Casagrande Bill Allowing Epinephrine Injections at Youth Camps Released by Committee

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Legislation (A-3273) sponsored by Assembly Republicans Dave Russo, Scott Rumana, and Caroline Casagrande, allowing trained staff at youth camps to administer an epinephrine injection when a camper is having an anaphylactic reaction was released by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee today.

Dave Russo

“Allergic reactions are not uncommon and often occur unexpectedly,” said Russo. “The amount of time it takes to respond to such an attack is critical in saving a life. Trained camp counselors and employees need to act decisively and quickly in these situations to prevent a tragedy.”

Elementary, secondary schools and colleges already allow non-medical professionals who are properly trained to administer this drug when a medical professional is not physically present.

Scott Rumana

“This bill authorizes qualified people to exercise common sense and utilize their training,” said Rumana. “We need to trust those who are on site and prepared to handle this emergency because time is limited under these circumstances. A camper may encounter an allergic reaction and an instant response is necessary.”

Studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies and susceptible to anaphylactic shock.

Caroline Casagrande

“Anaphylactic shock is unpredictable,” said Casagrande. “Camp settings are often in rural areas and removed from places where trained professionals could provide immediate treatment. Teaching camp counselors how to administer this life-saving drug is common sense.”

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Casagrande named Legislator of the year by the NJ Chamber of Commerce

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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce honored Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande as Legislator of the year last night at its biannual legislative awards reception at the New Jersey Center of Excellence in Bridgewater.

Asw. Caroline Casagrande recieves award from the Chamber of Commerce

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, an attorney and the assistant Republican Leader in the Assembly, is an outspoken advocate for government efficiency and for identifying waste, fraud, and abuse in government agencies. She has introduced legislation that would establish job creation among small businesses and a bill that would establish tax-free business incubators at institutions of higher education. Further, Assemblywoman Casagrande has a bill that will codify the New Jersey Business Action Center into law, guaranteeing its permanence.

Casagrande represents New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District which includes Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.

“Making New Jersey a better place to live and work is one of my priorities as a legislator,” said Casagrande, who sponsors a bill (A-3573) establishing a small business job creation account program to increase employment opportunities. “Our economy depends on thriving small businesses and successful companies. We cannot discount any industry or business that provides career opportunities. The chamber is an important part of this effort and represents the interests of all businesses to make sure government is efficient, smarter, and responsive.”

Casagrande currently serves on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Assembly Women and Children Committee. She has also introduced a package of bills, A-3642 and A-3643, to encourage the development of business incubators, and A-1639 which provides businesses a tax credit for child care expenses.

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NJ Chamber Honors Casagrande with Legislator of the Year Award

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Caroline Casagrande

Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-District 11, is being honored by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce with its Legislator of the Year award tomorrow evening at the New Jersey Center of Excellence at Bridgewater. The chamber annually recognizes outstanding state legislators for their work and dedication to making New Jersey business friendly and economically successful.

“Making New Jersey a better place to live and work is one of my priorities as a legislator,” said Casagrande, who sponsors a bill (A-3573) establishing a small business job creation account program to increase employment opportunities. “Our economy depends on thriving small businesses and successful companies. We cannot discount any industry or business that provides career opportunities. The chamber is an important part of this effort and represents the interests of all businesses to make sure government is efficient, smarter, and responsive.”

Casagrande currently serves on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Assembly Women and Children Committee. She has also introduced a package of bills, A-3642 and A-3643, to encourage the development of business incubators, and A-1639 which provides businesses a tax credit for child care expenses.

State Senators Kevin O’Toole and Jeff Van Drew along with Assemblyman Gary Schaer are the other honorees.

The New Jersey Center of Excellence at Bridgewater is located at 1041 Route 202/206, in Bridgewater. The event begins at 6 p.m.

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Casagrande to host blood drive in conjuction with breast cancer awareness month

Press Release – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one way to help those battling this disease and other cancers is by donating blood. Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will be hosting the district’s 7th Annual Blood Drive on Thursday, October 15th. The Central Jersey Blood Center will park their blood donation bus outside the District office at 35 West Main Street in Freehold Borough to make it convenient.

Caroline Casagrande

“The great thing about the Central Jersey Blood Center is that they serve our local hospitals as they treat premature babies, trauma victims and cancer patients” says Casagrande. “All the blood donated, stays in our communities and helps a neighbor in need.”

More than a million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. “Cancer patients are the primary recipients of blood transfusions” says Casagrande. “In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consider a donation in the name of a loved one fighting that disease.”

“Anyone who has ever needed a blood transfusion because of an illness or accident is extremely grateful for the kindness of those who donated,” says Casagrande. “That is why I host this blood drive every year, to repay that kindness. Every donation has the potential to save three lives.”

The blood drive will run from 2pm to 6pm. “We thank our friends at Wegman’s and Delicious Orchards for providing us with sandwiches and doughnuts to share with those donating” says Assemblywoman Casagrande.

“We would love to see as many people as possible come out to give this gift of life” adds Casagrande. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged by calling our district office at 732-866-1695.

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Angelini and Casagrande discuss school funding, gun control and consolidating town and school services

Asbury Park Press – Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, both R-Monmouth, say they’re frustrated by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and its ties to special-interest groups that prevent reform. ‘Both’ spoke Monday with the Asbury Park Press editorial board. The discussion centered on hot-button issues such as school funding, gun control and consolidating town and school services.

Caroline Casagrande

One of the biggest issues in District 11 is school funding in Freehold Borough. The district’s classrooms are overcrowded, and residents say they can’t shoulder the burden of paying for the student spike alone. “The children (in Freehold) are grossly under adequacy,” said Casagrande. She called it “maddening” that 31 urban districts, formerly known as Abbott districts, absorb 60 percent of all school funding. “Our school dollars are still fully locked up in who was impoverished in 1986; leadership in both the Senate and Assembly have blocked reforms to redistribute those funds. It’s such an injustice.”

Mary Pat Angelini

Angelini supported drawing a strong link between mental health and gun ownership. She also expressed frustration that one of her bills to give priority in firearm applications to those who are victims of domestic abuse had gone nowhere.
“This is good policy, good legislation, and we can’t get any traction,” she said.

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Casagrande says ‘no more’ alimony if you abuse your spouse

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How’s this for adding insult to literal injury? In New Jersey, a spouse, whether it’s the husband or the wife could be forced to pay alimony to their ex even if their former spouse was convicted of abusing them in a domestic violence case.

Almost a dozen Garden State legislators have been working to change the law in order to prevent the awarding of alimony to domestic violence offenders and allow a court to stop alimony based on a conviction for domestic violence.

A bill (S-2353) co-sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck would ban a court from awarding alimony to a person convicted of a crime involving domestic violence by the victim of that crime. Also, if a person getting existing alimony payments is later convicted of a crime involving domestic violence against the spouse who is doing the paying, the payments would be terminated.

Caroline Casagrande

An identical version of the measure (A-584) is co-sponsored in the Assembly by Caroline Casagrande, who talked about a woman who came to her office and told a story that moved the assemblywoman to tears.

“She was a nurse. She spent 25 years married to an alcoholic, addict, physical abuser who also cheated on her and he eventually left her for another woman and the woman was then ordered to pay alimony monthly to this man who had abused her for 25 years and adding insult to injury. When this nurse became permanently disabled and got payments for that she was still ordered to continue paying alimony to someone who had domestically abused her,” Casagrande said.

“That is an outrage, a complete miscarriage of justice and the law needs to be changed to address situations like this,” the assemblywoman said.

New Jersey Women for Alimony Reform (NJ WAR) is a group working to change the state’s alimony laws. Similarly disturbing stories can be found on their Facebook page.

The situation first gained national attention in November of 2011 when Crystal Harris was ordered by a San Diego County Family Court Judge to pay alimony to her abusive ex-husband who was convicted of sexually assaulting her. Even though her ex-husband was sentenced to six years in prison, Harris was originally ordered to pay him $3,000 a month. It was later cut to $1,000 a month while he was awaiting sentencing on the conviction.

ABC’s Nightline reported on Harris’ story in April of 2012: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/victim-ordered-pay-attackers-alimony-16076370

 

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Casagrande Receives VNA Community Partner Award

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Caroline Casagrande

Monmouth County Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-District 11, was recently presented with the Community Partner Award by the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Health Group. The organization bestowed the award to the assemblywoman at their 2015 Health Leadership Summit held at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown.

“It is such a tremendous honor to receive this award from the VNA which works so hard to care for the vulnerable and at-risk population in our community,” said Casagrande. “As a member of the Advisory Board of the VNA Health Group’s Children and Family Health Institute, it is my responsibility to do all I can to advance their mission of helping individuals and families achieve the best level of health and well-being.”

The VNA Health Group is New Jersey’s largest not-for-profit visiting nursing association and visiting physician service. For more than 100 years they have been committed to serving children, older adults and those with disabling and chronic illness or facing end of life.

 

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Rodriguez-Gregg honored at White House apprenticeship summit

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Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg’s support for the expansion of apprenticeship programs landed her an invitation to the White House on Tuesday, where she was recognized with other leaders from across the country for promoting workforce development initiatives.

Rodriguez-Gregg, R-8th of Evesham, was one of more than 100 leaders, employers and educators honored during the White House Summit on Apprenticeships for their work in expanding programs, which provide hands-on job training and pay to people seeking new job skills.

The programs provide training in traditional fields, such as construction and manufacturing, as well as emerging jobs, like health care and energy.

The Obama administration has set a goal of doubling the estimated 375,000 existing apprenticeship programs operating in the United States over the next five years.

Rodriguez-Gregg was honored for authoring legislation seeking to give employers a $1,000 tax credit for each apprentice they employ through an apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

To earn the credit, the employer would need to keep an apprentice on its payroll for at least seven months each tax year, for a maximum of four years.

Rodriguez-Gregg introduced the bill in January along with Assembly co-sponsors including Caroline Casagrande, R-11th of Colts Neck. It remains pending before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Rodriguez-Gregg said it was an honor to attend the summit with the other leaders supporting the workforce development initiative.

“Bipartisan legislation like we have introduced here in New Jersey is part of a broader national effort to develop a more skilled workforce on-the-job training, and eventually double the number of apprenticeships offered in the United States,” she said in a statement. “This summit was an opportunity to learn more about what we can do as a state to incentivize companies to offer more opportunities, and do away with the stumbling blocks faced by many people looking to join the workforce.”

In addition to recognizing Rodriguez-Gregg and other leaders, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the creation of National Apprenticeship Week, beginning Nov. 2. During the week, employers with apprenticeship programs will hold open houses for prospective workers interested in possible apprenticeships.

Among the speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony were Vice President Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Jeffrey Zients, director of the White House’s National Economic Council.

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Angelini-Casagrande Thankful for Plan to Improve Rt. 66

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande issued a statement today praising Congressman Chris Smith’s efforts to obtain federal funding to widen Rt. 66 in Neptune, NJ.

Federal funding is expected to pay for all of the $12 million widening project, and wouldn’t require additional monies from the State’s Transportation Trust Fund. The project must still go through the design and engineering phases to receive final federal approval, which is expected by late 2018, with construction beginning in 2019.

The concept addresses all the deficiencies identified by research including pavement, intersections, traffic operations, safety and ADA compliance. Included in the plan are new traffic signals, crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, improved access to retail businesses and storm water retention. A new jughandle is proposed at the intersection of Route 66 and Wayside Road.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Route 66 is not only a heavily traveled thoroughfare for commuters and shoppers, but it is also a storm evacuation route. For that reason, we have to ensure that traffic will not be snarled. This is a project that has been decades in the making and with all the rapid growth in the area, is long overdue,” said Assemblywoman Angelini.

Caroline Casagrande

“This was a stalled project for years before Congressman Smith stepped in and got the federal government involved in this. On behalf of all the residents’ lives that will be improved by this project, I thank Congressman Smith. Motorists have lost countless hours to gridlock on Route 66, and I hope in the foreseeable future that these problems are a thing of the past,” concluded Assemblywoman Casagrande.

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Casagrande calls for slot machines at race tracks to help sagging racing industry

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Showplace Farms, a training center here that houses more than 400 horses, will close on Oct. 1, officials said Tuesday in an announcement that clouded what was supposed to be a celebration this week of New Jersey’s horse-racing industry.

Caroline Casagrande

“There is bipartisan support for expanding gaming in New Jersey,” Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth said in a statement, favoring slot machines at Monmouth Park, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. “The Legislature needs to act now, before another horse farm closes for good and the future of this critical industry is further jeopardized.”

 

The move prompted industry and elected officials once again to call on New Jersey to allow gambling at racetracks. That would help increase the purses, attract more thoroughbreds and stabilize New Jersey horse farms, they said.

Showplace Farms sprawls out over 150 acres in Western Monmouth County. Started 35 years ago, it includes racetracks, paddocks, a therapy swimming pool and a blacksmith and tack shop.

Its closing comes as all eyes are on Monmouth Park this weekend, where American Pharoah, racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, is scheduled to compete in the William Hill Haskell Invitational.

The race horse industry in 2009 was estimated to generate $780 million a year and account for 7,000 jobs, according to a Rutgers University study.

But the state stopped enhancing purses in 2010, and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority handed over horse-racing operations to the private sector, the authors said.

The total purses paid dropped from $47.5 million in 2010 to $22.7 million in 2013, and total wagers dropped from $480.7 million in 2010 to $266.4 million in 2013, according to the report.

The closing of Showplace renewed calls from some lawmakers for New Jersey to expand gambling beyond Atlantic City and the Internet.

“There is bipartisan support for expanding gaming in New Jersey,” Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth said in a statement, favoring slot machines at Monmouth Park, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. “The Legislature needs to act now, before another horse farm closes for good and the future of this critical industry is further jeopardized.”

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