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Wolfe & McGuckin present Excellence in Education Award to TR North teacher

Dave Wolfe

Press Release – Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean) presented the 17th Annual “Excellence in Education Award” during a ceremony recently at Toms River High School North to retired Physics teacher Pamela Dixon Kuhn.

The 10th District Legislators present the award annually to the elementary, middle school or high school teacher within the district who best exemplifies commitment and dedication to classroom teaching.

“After reviewing Ms. Dixon Kuhn’s resume it is obvious that her commitment to teaching extends beyond the classroom. In addition to teaching Physics, she was the leader of the Authentic Science Research program and the yearbook advisor for 20y years,” said Wolfe.

Ms. Dixon Kuhn is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Secondary Education Science degrees. She returned to school and acquired a Master of Science Degree at Walden University in Minneapolis. During her career at Toms River North, she began to teach Authentic Science Research, a three-year program where students participate in scientific research as a part of their high school experience. As the result of this program, two of her students were invited, in two separate years, to be the first high school students ever to present their work at a National Cancer Conference in Florida.

Gregory P. McGuckin

“This award is presented each year to the teacher in our district who is a highly respected and valued member of their school district,” said McGuckin. “Ms. Dixon Kuhn has proven to go above and beyond for her students through her dedication to science and education. Her program better prepares students for college and their future careers. She is a reflection of the outstanding level of education at the Toms River School District and the State of New Jersey. We extend our sincere best wishes to her in all of her future endeavors.”

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Wolfe, McGuckin demand action on Route 37 bridge issues

Source: Toms River Patch – In the wake of significant traffic jams in that snarled streets in Toms River and Brick when the Route 37 bridge got stuck open on Saturday, a group of local legislators are demanding answers and action from the state to fix the problem.

Dave Wolfe

In a letter to Richard T. Hammer, the commissioner of the Department of Transportation, state Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen David Wolfe and Gregory McGuckin called the closure of the Mathis Bridge, the third one in July but by far the worst for the bridge that carries the eastbound lanes of Route 37 to the barrier island, “completely unacceptable.”

“The Mathis Bridge is a major artery to barrier towns such as Seaside Heights and the Brick and Toms River beach areas,” the letter from the 10th District legislators, who represent Brick and Toms River, said. “Issues like this have major impacts on businesses that thrive on the inflow of tourists visiting the shore throughout the summer months.”

The mile-long bridge is a double leaf bascule moveable span bridge that was built in 1950, according to the DOT. A $79 million repair and renovation of the span began in November 2015, but the project will take three winters, with completion targeted for early 2018…

On Saturday afternoon, the bridge did not fully lower after a scheduled opening for boat traffic, instead remaining raised by about 2 to 3 feet, according to witnesses. That happened about 3:30 p.m., and quickly backed up traffic on Route 37 east. Authorities began diverting traffic onto Fischer Boulevard, forcing motorists who wanted to get to the barrier island to detour north into Brick and east along Mantoloking Road to cross the Mantoloking Bridge and take Route 35 south…

Gregory P. McGuckin

Authorities tried to relieve some of the traffic by opening one lane eastbound across the Tunney Bridge, which carries westbound traffic, about 5:30 p.m., but by that point the jams were so extensive that some drivers said it took two hours to follow the detour from Toms River north to Brick and then go south to Seaside Heights.

“When the bridge is not in proper working order, thousands of motorists are affected,” the letter said. “With the reoccurrence of problems related to the bridge, this may deter tourists from returning to the area in the future.”

“The Mathis Bridge has always been a reliable means of transportation to the Jersey Shore and has never had issues such as this,” the legislators wrote. “We feel the Department of Transportation needs to address this problem as soon as possible. Residents, tourist and business owners should not be inconvenienced by another closure or traffic jam caused by mechanical problems.”

The bridge finally reopened about 6 p.m.

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Wolfe: Fairness Formula gives all students the opportunity to succeed

Dave Wolfe

Press Release – Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (R-Ocean), who sponsors Gov. Christie’s “Fairness Formula” that provides equal funding for all students, released the statement below following the governor’s forum in Fair Lawn today:

“Equal per-pupil funding will ensure that every student, regardless of address, is treated the same. I sponsored the governor’s fairness formula because it will provide every student with equal funding from the state for their education. Senator Sweeney’s plan is another complex formula from Trenton that dictates winners and losers and promises to spend more without any plan for how to pay for the increase.

“Our funding plan will give all students the opportunity to succeed while reducing the highest-in-the-nation property tax rates that have plagued homeowners for years.”

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Wolfe weighs in on dueling school funding plans

 

Dave Wolfe

Source: NJSpotlight  - Since Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. Steve Sweeney proposed competing plans for remaking school funding in New Jersey, it’s been more talk than action.

Both Christie and Sweeney have gone on public campaigns to muster support for their proposals, each winning their share of endorsements for what are radically different paths.

But there has been little to no legislative action on either plan. That’s partly because some heavyweight topics like pensions and transportation are under debate, but also because there are questions as to whether either proposal has the political legs to get enacted.

Christie’s plan to equalize funding across the state took one step forward last week, when Assembly Republicans filed the legislation that would put his proposal on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.

One of the prime sponsors of the proposed resolution, state Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Ocean), said he knows the proposal is a “long shot” when it comes to winning support — or even progressing much — in either the Assembly or Senate, both controlled by Democrats.

“I can do the math of how many Democrats there are,” Wolfe said yesterday.

But since it is also sponsored by state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), the Assembly minority leader, the Republican proposal is at least meant to continue the debate in the Legislature, Wolfe said.

“We are really looking to provoke a discussion,” he said. “This is a different alternative.”

There has been no shortage of such debate, as both Christie and Sweeney have been barnstorming the state to promote their plans…

Wolfe also said yesterday that his and other Republicans’ aim is to keep the topic on the front burner. He cited other long-running Republican proposals to remake funding that should be considered as well.

“Let’s look at all the proposals out there, and not just assume we can continue to keep getting what we got last year,” he said.

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Wolfe, McGuckin Lauded for Their Efforts in Protecting Taxpayers

Dave Wolfe

Press Release – Two taxpayer advocacy organizations have lauded Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, both R-Ocean, for their efforts in protecting New Jersey taxpayers by voting for pro taxpayer legislation and bills that reflect conservative principles.

Wolfe and McGuckin were named “Taxpayer Defenders” by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for their pro-taxpayer votes on dozens of critical bills in the New Jersey Assembly. The American Conservative Union Foundation also recognized the 10th Legislative District lawmakers for their work in supporting bills that reflect conservative principles.

“It’s extremely difficult for families to make ends meet because New Jersey has become so unaffordable,” said Wolfe. “For years, our taxpayers have been used as piggy banks. Greg and I understand the negative effect this has had on our residents and economy. Our priority has always been to reduce the cost and size of government and we will continue those efforts.”

Gregory P. McGuckin

“We are committed to opposing measures that drive up the cost of government and burden taxpayers with higher tax bills,” said McGuckin. “We have made it our priority to defend the principles of ‘life, liberty and property’ as well as protect their pockets. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by these two organizations who continually advocate for the taxpayer.”

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Wolfe’s Teacher Professional Advancement Bill Signed into Law

Dave Wolfe

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that provides teachers with opportunities for professional advancement has been signed into law by Gov. Christie. The bill, S-165/A-448 creates a formal career path for teachers who would like to take on supervisory roles. As part of their teaching certificate, teachers can now earn a “teacher-leader” designation that will allow them to advance as leaders or supervisors while remaining in the classroom.

“There are many teachers who would like to take on administrative roles, but don’t pursue that avenue because they love teaching and don’t want to leave the classroom,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean, a retired psychology professor and college administrator. “Now they don’t have to choose one or the other. This new law will allow teachers to take on various leadership roles within their school while simultaneously allowing them to teach. This will help ensure schools remain focused on instruction.”

Under the bill, a Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board in the Department of Education (DOE) will be created to make recommendations to DOE regarding the program of study for the “teacher-leader” designation. The program will provide enhanced skills training to prepare a teacher to take on various leadership roles within the schools, including instructional or curriculum specialists, peer mentors, instructional coaches, data coaches and other supervisory roles.

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Wolfe-McGuckin “Betsy’s Law” Signed into Law

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, both R-Ocean, to protect pet owners and their boarded animals was signed into law today by Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno.

“Betsy’s Law” was drafted in response to the death of a dog following a minor veterinary procedure. Betsy was boarded overnight and hanged herself in her crate as a result of a lack of animal supervision. The owners were not aware that the facility did not provide round the clock care.

The bill, S-903/A-1186, requires veterinarians and animal hospitals to provide pet owners with written notification if a boarded animal will not be subject to 24-hour supervision by a person physically on the premises. Pet owners must also be made aware of the dangers associated with boarding their pets overnight.

Dave Wolfe

“Many pet owners consider their pet a part of their family. When they board their animal they expect it will receive 24-hour supervision,” said Wolfe. “As we have learned from this incident, that isn’t always the case. “Better communication on the part of veterinarians will provide peace of mind for customers, and help prevent similar accidents in the future.”

The measure will allow pet owners to make an informed choice regarding their authorization of an unsupervised veterinary stay for their animal. In addition, it helps prevent veterinarians from misleading animal owners about the safety of these boarding conditions, as was done in Betsy’s case.

Gregory P. McGuckin

“When people board their pets overnight, many are unaware that it may be hours in between visits from a staff member or technician,” stated McGuckin. “This legislation will hopefully prevent other pet owners from experiencing the same tragic outcome as Betsy did when leaving their pet at a facility overnight.”

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Wolfe-McGuckin “Betsy’s Law” Bill to Protect Boarded Animals Passes Assembly

Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, all R-Ocean, to protect pet owners and their boarded animals today won General Assembly approval.

Dave Wolfe

“Betsy’s Law” was drafted in response to the death of a dog following a minor veterinary procedure. Betsy was boarded overnight and hanged herself in her crate as a result of a lack of animal supervision.

The bill, S-903/A-1186, requires veterinarians and animal hospitals to provide pet owners with written notification if a boarded animal will not be subject to 24-hour supervision by a person physically on the premises. Pet owners must also be made aware of the dangers associated with boarding their pets overnight.

“When you leave a pet in the care of the veterinary facility you believe they are in good hands and are being supervised around the clock,” said Holzapfel. “Betsy’s incident was a tragic accident that could have been prevented.”

Gregory P. McGuckin

The measure will allow pet owners to make an informed choice regarding their authorization of an unsupervised veterinary stay for their animal.

“We’re talking about animal lovers who are leaving their pets in the care of veterinarian facilities, and this was a poignant situation,” said Wolfe. “I think it provides peace of mind for the customer, but is not burdensome for veterinarians.”

In addition, the bill helps to prevent veterinarians from misleading animal owners about the safety of these boarding conditions, as was done in Betsy’s case.

“Most people don’t realize that when boarding your pet overnight, it will be hours in between visits from a staff member or technician,” stated McGuckin. “We have been at the forefront of protecting pet owners from experiencing the same tragic outcome as Betsy did when leaving their pet with a vet overnight.”

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McGuckin-Wolfe bill would require ‘explosive gas’ detectors

Source: 101.5 News - Recent natural gas explosions have prompted legislation that would require gas leak detectors in New Jersey dwellings. Recent explosions in Point Pleasant and Stafford township leveled houses and injured residents. In addition, a woman died in a gas blast in Ewing about a year ago.

Gregory P. McGuckin

Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all (R-Ocean County) are co-sponsoring a bill to require gas leak sensors that would warn residents when there are unsafe levels of methane or propane gas in the air.

“We understand that there’s a cost involved. But when you weigh that against the potential loss of life and property, injuries, etc., we think the balance is struck in favor of safety,” McGuckin said.

Under the proposed bill, requirements for explosive gas detectors would be similar to laws for carbon monoxide detectors. Inspectors issuing certificates of occupancy for sales or rentals would be required to make sure detectors for carbon monoxide and explosive gas have been properly installed. The legislation, however, would permit a single device that can detect both types of gasses. The law would also apply to every unit in a hotel or multiple dwelling, according to lawmakers.

“The technology is improving to the point where these are readily available, they are inexpensive. I think the cost that I saw was $40 at Home Depot,” McGuckin said.

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WOLFE AND MCGUCKIN BILL TO RENAME ROUTE 35 BRIDGE SIGNED INTO LAW

Press Release – Legislation designating the State Highway Route 35 bridge between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” was signed into law today by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno at the American Legion in Brick Township.

Dave Wolfe

The bill, S-1027/A-3758, is sponsored by 10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces.

“The brave men and women who fought for our freedom should be remembered for their heroism and sacrifices they endured for our country. Just as this bridge has weathered storms and served the Jersey Shore community so have our American soldiers who braved hardships and served the nation. It now stands as a testament to their courage and resilience,” the legislators said.

Gregory P. McGuckin

The bridge was designated as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” in 1951, but the resolution expired that same year. This bill makes the designation permanent.

Under the measure, the Department of Transportation is authorized to receive private funds for paying the costs associated with producing, purchasing, erecting, and maintaining signage.

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