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CASAGRANDE COLLECTS TOP PRIZE IN LAWMAKERS RACE

Caroline Casagrande

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Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande [R-11th District] from Colts Neck, NJ defeated three other New Jersey lawmakers in the 2014 Legislators Race, an exhibition event between the first and second races on Friday night, June 13, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

While Casagrande was the first across the wire, Senator Dick Codey [D-27th District] was the first to make the appeal for the future of the Meadowlands.

“You need to do everything you can to get slots here at the Meadowlands,” Codey said from the winner’s circle at the Meadowlands. “Call your legislators and demand it, demand it!”

The quartet of legislators overcame sloppy conditions and showers as they toured the one-mile oval in double-seat jog carts, paired with top drivers at the Meadowlands.

Casagrande, who was teamed with Corey Callahan, stopped the clock in 2:09.2.

Finishing second, about five lengths back, was Codey, partnered with Yannick Gingras, who edged out Assemblyman Ralph Caputo [D-28th District], sharing the two-seater with David Miller. Assemblyman Ron Dancer [R-12th District], a former professional driver-trainer and son of Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, was coupled with John Campbell and finished fourth.

“As the only female in the race, my main goal was not to finish last,” said Casagrande. “I was pretty pumped to win it.”

She attributed her success to the talent of her partner, Corey Callahan, and the coincidence of them both sharing the same initials – CC.

Each of the legislators was racing on behalf of a charity with $1,000 to the winner’s charity and $500 to each of the other three charities.

Casagrande raced on behalf of the Ashley Lauren Foundation, Codey for the Codey Fund for Mental Health, Caputo for the American Cancer Society and Dancer for the Hornerstown Baptist Church.

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Casagrande Bill Creating a N.J. Cold War Medal Earns Approval of Assembly Military Panel

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

New Jersey veterans who served during the Cold War would be honored with a new medal under a bill sponsored by Assistant Assembly Republican Leader Caroline Casagrande that was advanced today by the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Caroline Casagrande

“The Cold War was a long, tense and costly period that lasted almost half a century. More than 120,000 New Jersey veterans served during the global showdown between the U.S. forces of freedom and the Soviet Union’s legion of communism,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth.

Under the bipartisan bill, A-1899, the governor may present a Cold War medal to any state resident who was honorably discharged from service after completion of at least 180 days of service during the Cold War, which started after World War II on September 2, 1945. It continued until the collapse of the government of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

“The Cold War Medal recognizes their patriotic contributions to maintaining the fragile balance of global power in an era of increasing military might, incendiary diplomatic rhetoric, and the threat of a nuclear first strike,” Casagrande said. “Their service helped win the Cold War, returning freedom to millions of people around the world.”

The bill requires the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMAVA), or the Adjutant General’s designee, to determine eligibility for the medal, and specifies that the medal may be awarded for a deceased person or a person missing in action and presented to a representative on behalf of the deceased or missing person. Eligibility is limited to veterans who are not otherwise qualified to receive any medal based on war time service during the Cold War.

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Dancer, Casagrande join other NJ lawmakers in horse race Friday night

Source: The Star-Ledger -

New Jersey’s lawmakers are off to the races.

Caroline Casagrande

State Sen. Richard Codey and Assembly members Caroline Casagrande, Ronald Dancer and Ralph Caputo will compete at the “2014 Legislator Pace” Friday evening at the Meadowlands.

The winner will get $1,000 donated to the charity of his or her choice. The other three will win $500 for their charities.

The lawmakers will ride in “sulkies” — two wheel carts pulled behind Standardbred horses.

Most lawmakers will be accompanied by an experienced driver.

Ron Dancer

But Dancer (R-Ocean) doesn’t need the help. Not only is he a retired professional harness racer himself, but his father, Stanley Dancer, was a legend of the sport.

“I’m going to put my horse’s nose on the starting gate, and when the gate leaves, I’m going to feed him race track. I’m going to get out front and get out of everybody’s way,” Dancer said.

Casagrande (R-Monmouth) – who represents horse breeding country – could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Applicants sought for Casagrande’s Fourth ‘Young Women’s Leadership Institute’

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Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, is accepting applications for the Fourth Young Women’s Leadership Institute — a program that mentors and guides young women to be leaders.

“Everyone in public life has an obligation to help the next generation take control of their own future in an effort to make themselves and our society a better place.” – Asw. Caroline Casagrande

The nonpartisan program, which runs through next spring, is open to 10 high school junior girls in the 11th Legislative District. They will be mentored by a female leader and develop a community service project.

Caroline Casagrande

“This program is a great way to prepare young women in New Jersey to be tomorrow’s leaders,” said Casagrande. “Everyone in public life has an obligation to help the next generation take control of their own future in an effort to make themselves and our society a better place.”

Applications must be submitted by May 2 and include an essay of less than 1,000 words about the topic “What Would I Like to Accomplish as a Future Leader?” two letters of recommendation and a list of extracurricular activities.

Applications should be sent to Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, 35 W. Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728 or emailed to AswCasagrande@njleg.org.

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Webber-Casagrande-Simon spend a night for homeless youth and raise $25K for Covenant House

Source: PolitickerNJ -

Camped under the stars outside the Statehouse last night, New Jersey lawmakers raised over $25,000 for homeless youth in Covenant House’s first ever legislative sleep-out.

Jay Webber

“It was a worthwhile night; a notable and meaningful event,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), co-chair with state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19). “There was a lot of learning and sharing going on, and for those of us participating on the legislative side, we came away with an appreciation for these kids.”

Founded in New York City in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. The state’s largest service-provider to homeless and at risk adolescents under 22, Covenant House New Jersey provides healthcare, educational and vocational services, counseling, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs and transitional living programs.

Caroline Casagrande

“Covenant House is always there, when no one else is, to help homeless, at risk adolescents,” said Casagrande. “I was moved to get involved by the stories of those whose lives have been changed by this remarkable organization. It is my hope that my participation in this ‘Legislative Sleep Out’ will bring attention to the work of Covenant House and encourage others to get involved.”.

Early Friday evening, the bipartisan gathering of 16 legislators broke into groups inside the Statehouse to hear the testimonials of young people between the ages of 18-22.

The following lawmakers participated: Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11), state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8), Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-15), Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15, Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-3), Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-29), Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-16), state Senator Pete Barnes (D-18), state Sen. Nellie Pou (D-35), state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35), Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38), and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37).

The group of legislators and youth took their sleeping bags, pillows and ponchos and trooped outside around 11 p.m. Friday night, to the grass in front of the Statehouse Annex facing West State Street.

After a conversation and song, some impromptu Evita and Carole King, most people nodded off around 1 to 2 a.m. in a night without rain.

“It was uncomfortable,” Webber said of sleeping on the ground. “But we were so much more comfortable than the homeless youth we were trying to help. We had access to restroom, we were with our colleagues, we had a patch of grass, and we were safe. A lot of these kids don’t have that. The experience doesn’t compare to what they go through, but it was a good reminder to us of their challenges out there. We were fortunate to raise awareness and keep them in our consciousness.”

 

 

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Bramnick attends League press conference on deadline for the 2% Cap on Interest Arbitration

Source: New Jersey State League of Municipalities Press Release -

On Thursday, the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) held a joint press conference to urge Governor Chris Christie and the State Legislature to enact legislation to permanently extend the 2 percent cap on interest arbitration awards, which will expire on April 1st.

League President and Stone Harbor Mayor Suzanne Walters, League 1st Vice President and Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo and Ewing Township Administrator Jim McManimon joined NJAC President and Monmouth County Clerk Claire French and Passaic County Freeholder Director Pat Lepore in urging the Legislature and Governor to quickly enact a permanent extension on the 2% cap on interest arbitration awards.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick unexpectedly joined the press conference, complimenting municipal and county officials for focusing on the need to make the cap a permanent fixture. Assemblyman Bramnick pledged his support.
On Thursday, Assemblyman O’Scanlon, Assemblywomen Schepisi, Casagrande, and Rodriguez-Gregg introduced A-2987 which will make the 2 percent cap on interest arbitration awards permanent and remove the “one bite at the apple provision.” With only 12 days left until the sunset of April 1, it is imperative that you reach out to your State Senator and Assembly representatives asking them to support A-2987.

 

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Lawmaker wants end of NJ ban on commercial deer hunting

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A Monmouth County lawmaker wants the state to lift its ban on commercial deer hunting.

New Jersey is not unique among states with restrictions on sales of wild game meat. Republican Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande says she’s introducing a bill this week that directs the state Division of Fish and Wildlife to develop and establish requirements for the commercial harvesting of deer.

Only licensed meat processing facilities would be able to sell and distribute deer meat for commercial sale, Casagrande said.

Caroline Casagrande

Casagrande admits the proposal “will probably get a lot of people talking. But we should have the discussion because in New Jersey we have a deer population problem.’’

New Jersey currently permits processing of donated deer to butchers under a quasi-volunteer program and it’s OK to donate venison to food kitchens.  Commercial deer hunting is not OK.

“This will be controversial but the Wall Street Journal had an article that said 85 percent of the venison sold in restaurants and at meat counters is imported from farms in New Zealand. It’s insane we’re importing it from New Zealand,’’ Casagrande says. “Meanwhile, we’re overrun with deer. I live in Colts Neck where deer are everywhere. I hold my breath every time I get on the road. Instances of Lyme disease are a major problem.’’

The bill will undergo an Assembly committee public hearing on a date to be determined.

 

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Law bans specific type of bonus

Source: Allentown Examiner -

Legislation sponsored by state assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin (both R-Monmouth) that bans bonuses from being given to school superintendents based on reducing the number of special needs students who are placed in out-of-the-district educational facilities was recently signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

 

Caroline Casagrande

“It is inappropriate to ever tie a superintendent’s compensation to where a child attends school,” Casagrande said. “I am proud that New Jersey is taking a stand on behalf of our special needs students and their families.”

The bill, A-3997 (S-3076), was introduced after officials in some school districts had begun awarding bonuses for reducing the number of students being placed in out of district facilities. The bill received unanimous support in the Assembly on June 20, 2013, according to a press release.

Amy Handlin

“Exploring constructive and achievable approaches to educating youngsters with special needs should be what motivates an educator, not figuring out a way to obtain an additional perk,” Handlin said.

The legislation bars bonuses to school superintendents for reducing the number of special education students who are enrolled in out-of-district programs.

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Casagrande Denounces Settlement Allowing JCP&L to Recoup Storm Costs on the Backs of Their Customers

Caroline Casagrande

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release –

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande denounced a tentative settlement that would pass a repair bill of $736 million down to JCP&L ratepayers.

“This is a tough one to take,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “After the storms, our communities were left in the dark, in large part due to JCP&L’s operational dysfunction. Furthermore, the power remained off for far too long in many neighborhoods.

“It is outrageous that the company that couldn’t turn the lights back on is getting the OK to jack up rates on the very customers they failed,” Casagrande continued. “This is the worst kind of bail out, levied on the ratepayers.”

Casagrande said the tentative settlement was especially disappointing when only a month ago the BPU said JCP&L, should cut rates by $200 million. The company was cited for earning a profit in excess of its state-approved level. “We just found out that JCP&L has spent years overcharging their customers while neglecting to upgrade and improve their infrastructure,” added the Assemblywoman.

“This substantial rate increase is unacceptable, in light of JCP&L’s past performance. These repair costs should be borne by the company shareholders who have been reaping the rewards of excessive profits,” said Casagrande. “Trimming trees, fixing poles and wires, and maintaining the distribution system is a ‘cost of doing business’ when you are charging customers for power.”

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Service agencies name Casagrande “Child Advocate of the Year”

Caroline Casagrande

Source: NJ.com -

A Monmouth County assemblywoman has been recognized for her work to save a local school for disabled and at-risk youth from a fiscal crisis.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) was named “Child Advocate of the Year” by the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth & Families (NJACYF) on Tuesday (February 11).

“I am humbled and honored by this recognition,” said Casagrande. “All the NJACYF members should be acknowledged for their tireless efforts, working in the trenches, and fighting to make our society a better place for our children and families. Too often, their work goes unnoticed.”

Casagrande was nominated by NJACYF member Collier Youth Services, located in the Wickatunk portion of Marlboro Township for her advocacy on their behalf.

“They had difficulties sustaining their budget,” Casagrande said. “They had not had a cost of living adjustment in many, many years, the last one was in 2007. They said ‘Listen, we’re doing our best, but we literally cannot make these bills anymore.’”

Collier Youth Services invited Casagrande to tour their school, camp and residential facilities.

“I was really touched by not only the kindness that they operate that facility with but the humanity,” Casagrande said. “Collier takes students what are not finding success in our traditional Monmouth county public high schools for whatever reason and give them a chance to grow to their potential.”

Casagrande took Collier’s case to the governor’s office, eventually securing a cost of living adjustment for all private human services contractors across the board.

NJACYF assists children, families and individuals facing emotional, behavioral, or developmental disabilities as well as those with substance abuse disorders. Its member organizations are committed to providing services that give stability and comfort to all people experiencing these challenges.

“Assemblywoman Casagrande has been very supportive of Collier’s mission and services,” Paul DeSantis, Director of Residential Programs at Collier, said in a Tuesday press release. “She gets it!”

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