Category: Press Release

Bramnick to Bring Comedy Relief to League of Municipalities Panel

Jon Bramnick

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, is bringing his comedy to the 99th Annual Conference of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Bramnick will be a featured speaker at a session titled “The Power of LOL: Using Humor to Solve Municipal Issues” at 2 p.m. at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Bramnick will be joined by Joey Novick, comedian and actor, Comedy Works Entertainment, who also serves as a councilman in Flemington Township. The session will teach attendees the value of humor in problem solving, stress relief, and getting along with others.

Bramnick holds the title “Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey” after winning contests sponsored by the bar association. He often volunteers his services as a comedic auctioneer on behalf of non-profit organizations.

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Bramnick Saddened to Learn of Passing of Former State Senator Robert Littell

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick issued the following statement regarding the passing of former New Jersey State Senator Robert Littell, whose daughter, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, represents the 24th Legislative District:

Jon Bramnick

“I am truly saddened to learn of Senator Littell’s passing. The senator’s 40 years of service in the Legislature is testimony to his dedication to the people of New Jersey. Senator Littell was a great public servant and will be sorely missed. Alison’s public service is a tribute to her father’s legacy. On behalf of the Assembly Republican caucus, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Alison and her family.”

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Space Statement on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell:

Press Release – Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, issued the statement below on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell:

Parker Space

“My family and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Littell, who we all affectionately called Bob at his request. He was good friends with my late grandfather Ralph and my dad Fred for decades, where I got to know him when I was a young man. As an elected official, it was a privilege to work with him while he was in office during my tenure on the Wantage Township Committee.

“It is humbling to know that I am serving the people of northwestern New Jersey in the same position — as a member of the General Assembly — in which Bob served with distinction for 22 years before being elected to the State Senate. New Jersey lost a fine legislator and public servant when he retired in 2007; today his family has lost a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather while we all lost a friend.”

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Schepisi to Receive Outstanding Woman in Government Award from League of Municipalities

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Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi is being honored with the League of Municipalities 2014 Annual Outstanding Woman in Government Award for her support of towns and their issues at the annual League of Municipalities Conference next week.

Holly Schepisi

“Municipalities are the foundation of government,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “Towns are usually the first place residents and businesses turn to when they have an issue. As someone who has worked in local and state government, I understand issues from different perspectives and am able to use that knowledge to better serve our constituents. I am truly honored to be recognized by the league which is an important advocate for towns and communities.”

As a legislator, Schepisi sponsored a bill that exempts property acquired by municipalities as part of a flood-prone property acquisition program from county, school, and fire district taxes. She also sponsored legislation which provides homeowners with a limited exemption from local land use restrictions when raising their house in order to meet new FEMA base flood elevation regulations. Both measures have been signed into law.

Schepisi and co-award recipient Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, D-Middlesex, are the first members of the Assembly to receive the league’s award recognizing government officials for their contributions to towns throughout the state.

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O’Scanlon Applauds DOT’s End of Red-Light Camera Program Letter

The death knell for the failed program can be heard all around the state

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Declan O'Scanlon

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon today said that a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) letter to red-light camera equipped towns declaring the end of the program was a breath of fresh air for motorists across the state. The letter said that, come December 16, 2014, the towns would “lack the statutory authority to continue the operation of traffic signal monitoring systems … including the issuance of citations for red-light violations.”

“This letter is great news,” O’Scanlon exclaimed. “We knew the program was set to expire on the 16th, but this communication from the DOT makes it official. Finally the robbing of New Jersey’s motorists will end.”

The letter went on to request the submission of final crash data. That data has been used for the annual reports on the efficacy of the program.

“Unfortunately, the fight isn’t over,” O’Scanlon explained. “Legislation could still be introduced to extend the program and believe me, the camera companies are pulling out all the stops. They are dolling out cash and spreading their lies more intensely than ever. This is big money for them and they know it. Legislators and the public shouldn’t be fooled, these cameras benefit no one but the camera companies and the towns’ coffers. There is no safety benefit. There is absolutely no net benefit to the motorists of New Jersey. That alone should be enough to let this program slip forever into obscurity.”

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Rible Grief Awareness Bill Approved By Assembly

Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Rible and Sean Kean that permanently designates the third Thursday in November as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” in New Jersey was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

Dave Rible

“While children and teens are resilient, they often struggle to cope with the death of a loved one,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Children who lose a sibling or parent may feel alone, misunderstood and fearful and we need to provide them with the resources to help them with the grieving process.”

The legislators said establishing Children’s Grief Awareness Day in New Jersey (AJR-88) as the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving will help raise awareness about childhood bereavement.

“Designating a day to recognize children’s grief will be a way to initiate conversations about loss and recognize the children’s feelings,” said Kean, Monmouth and Ocean. “I hope this day will help children impacted by the death of a loved one to acknowledge their grief in a healthy, supportive way.”

The occasion would also give people the chance to express their support for the thousands of children who have suffered the loss of a loved one and recognize the efforts of local grief centers, such as Common Ground Grief Center in Manasquan, Good Grief in Morristown and The Alcove Center for Grieving Children in Northfield, for their work on behalf of grieving children.

Sean Kean

Lynn M. Snyder, Executive Director of Common Ground Grief Center, lauded the assemblymen for sponsoring legislation that raises awareness to the delicate issue of childhood bereavement.

“On behalf of all the children, teenagers and their families who attend the Common Ground Grief Center program, we are extremely grateful for the efforts of Assemblymen Rible and Kean in moving this legislation forward,” Snyder said. “Acknowledging this special day for the hundreds of grieving children and teenagers in New Jersey assures that childhood bereavement is recognized, understood and supported by the adults in their lives.”

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick co-sponsored the legislation.

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Brown: Parents Should Have Fundamental Right to Decide College Path, Expenses for Children

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Assembly Republican Christopher J. Brown today announced that he would be introducing legislation protecting the fundamental rights of parents to determine the best educational opportunity for their children. The announcement follows a judge’s decision to force parents to pay for out-of-state college tuition for their estranged daughter.

Chris J. Brown

“This is a disturbing intrusion of government into private lives,” said Brown, R – Burlington, Camden and Atlantic. “Removing the parents from the decision-making process sets a bad precedent. Children can unilaterally decide where they want to go to college, and the courts will force the parents to pay the bills. How can you defend that?”

The Washington Post wrote about the recent case involving parents from New Jersey, and their estranged daughter. The girl, residing at the home of her paternal grandparents, took her parents to court for out-of-state tuition to Temple University. The judge cited a landmark 1982 case, when the State Supreme Court ruled divorced parents are responsible for providing for their child’s college education.

The legislation would ensure divorced parents have the right to refuse to pay higher education tuition when both of the divorced parties are in agreement on the matter.

“If the law gives the judge no choice but over-ride parental authority, then we need to change the law,” said Brown. “This legislation will allow parents to more independently determine their financial responsibility for their child’s educational experience, based on the family’s best interests instead of a judge’s ruling.”

“We all should be very concerned when government and the courts assume control over our lives, determining how much money we will pay, and how and where we will spend that money,” Brown continued.

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Bramnick Introduces Cyber Fraud Hotline Number Bill

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick introduced legislation that is intended to allow residents to call a hotline number or access a website when they believe cyber fraud has been committed. Bramnick is combining efforts with the Attorney General’s Statewide Computer Task Force. The legislation increases public awareness of computer crime and provides the public with a phone number to report suspicious internet activity.

Bramnick stated, “We are constantly observing fraudulent activity on the Internet and do not know how to report same,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “This bill will provide a one-stop consumer hotline for New Jersey citizens. The reporting of this fraud will be helpful to our Homeland Security officials at the state level.”

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Gov. Christie Signs Schepisi-Auth Measure to Fix Dams, Prevent Flooding into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Holly Schepisi and Robert Auth that appropriates more than $21 million for the restoration of 14 dams across the state was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie.

Holly Schepisi

“Making these dams more resilient to storms helps control water levels, prevent flooding and avert the damage that is inevitable when a dam fails. These projects ensure safer communities,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen.

Projects listed in A-3229 access existing monies made available in the Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund. These funds are a self-replenishing pool of money, where principal and interest payments from old loans are used to issue new ones. Local governments or private associations and owners of private dams that are co-applicants with local government units are eligible for loans.

Robert Auth

Robert Auth

“This is ready money that won’t cost taxpayers a dime,” said Auth, R-Bergen, “These are necessary projects, but they are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to finance through private lenders. In the future, more dams will be repaired as more money is paid back into the fund.”

According to the American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2013 report card, New Jersey is particularly vulnerable. It is in the top 10 states with dams in need of repair with 217 high-hazard dams.

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Handlin-McHose-Schepisi Port Authority Transparency Bills Receive Overwhelming Approval by Assembly

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Bipartisan legislation co-prime sponsored by Assembly Republicans Amy Handlin, Alison Littell McHose and Holly Schepisi that increases transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) won approval today from the General Assembly.

Amy Handlin

“We are one step closer to improving transparency and accountability at the Port Authority,” said Handlin, R-Monmouth, who has been a staunch critic of the authority. “These basic reforms are long overdue and help ensure the mischief that occurred at the George Washington Bridge is not repeated and we impose better scrutiny of an agency that spends millions of tollpayer dollars every day.

“These measures are just the beginning,” continued Handlin. “I am committed to continuing the bipartisan effort that results in comprehensive reform.”

One bill, A-3350, subjects the Port Authority to the New York Freedom of Information Law and the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. The second bill, A-3417, requires the authority to adopt a code of ethics for employees, enacts policies to protect employees who disclose wrongdoing at the agency, and gives the authority’s board of commissioners direct oversight of the chief executive.

Alison Littell McHose

“This legislation puts a stop to the historical secrecy under which the authority has operated. Opening up records under the laws of both states holds people responsible for their decisions and actions,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Giving commuters and the public access to records ensures the authority is fulfilling its mission and is accountable for its decisions and actions. An authority that spends hundreds of millions of public dollars every year must be open for review, just like any other governmental agency.”

Holly Schepisi

“The Port Authority’s reputed lack of cooperation among its employees creates a dysfunctional work environment and hurts productivity,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “Structural and operational changes need to be made. This is a good start that will help change the culture and at an agency that spends hundreds of millions of dollars of the public’s money.”

In addition to Handlin, McHose and Schepisi, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vincent Prieto, Lou Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Carmelo Garcia also sponsor the bipartisan legislation.

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