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Wolfe, Angelini seek to strengthen Shore Protection Fund

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New Jersey’s beachfronts face many environmental threats in the coming years and decades, from erosion to rising sea levels to major storms like Hurricane Sandy — and advocates fear the state isn’t putting enough money aside in its Shore Protection Fund to cover the costs.

On Tuesday, the Jersey Shore Partnership held a press conference on the Sea Bright beachfront to advocate for increasing the Shore Protection Fund from $25 million a year in the state’s budget to $50 million. They were joined by Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, Freeholder Tom Arnone, Assembly members Mary Pat Angelini and David Wolfe, and State Senator Joe Kyrillos.

While the federal government paid for almost all of the costs of rebuilding for Sandy, those projects need to be maintained, at local’s expense. New Jersey steps in to cover much of municipalities’ 35 percent share, in part from the $25 million it puts aside in the budget each year for the Shore Protection Fund.

Assemblyman Wolfe and Senator Kyrillos said that the Shore Protection Fund had been started in the early 1990s, as a way to see beaches protected.

“Every year, we had to fight,” Kyrillos said.

Dave Wolfe

Wolfe said a series of storms in the early 1990s, which did serious damage to shore towns, inspired the legislation to see if there was a solution. They discovered this was a long term problem.

“There was a drowsy state committee called the Beach Erosion Committee, established in the 1940s” to deal with this problem, Wolfe said. Trenton woke that committee up, and helped get funding for the Shore Protection Fund in place through the current system.

Versions of the bill are still before their respective committees in the Senate and Assembly, which must approve it before the whole legislative bodies can vote on it.

The bill has support from politicians in both parties, though as is the case with everything in the New Jersey, allocating money is always a problem.

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Angelini said the funding is worth it.

“God has given us this natural resource. It’s up to us to protect this,” she said. “We are in a budget crunch, but we have to prioritize.

 

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Angelini-Simon Bill Expanding Safe Haven Locations Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Donna Simon that expands where parents in crisis can give up their newborns legally to also include firehouses and emergency squads was signed into law today.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The goal is to prevent the further loss of innocent lives,” said Angelini, R–Monmouth. “This no-questions-asked approach has helped many parents who see themselves as unable to care for their newborns find an alternative that doesn’t endanger their children. No mother should feel so desperate with no place to turn.”

After high-profile cases involving teen mothers who killed their self-delivered newborns, New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act was passed in 2000. At least 60 infants have been saved under the program and the number of illegal child abandonments has decreased by 60 percent, according to the Department of Children and Families. The bill, A-4149, was combined with a Senate version that passed last year.

Calls to expand the state’s program came in January after a newborn baby died in Pemberton when her 22-year-old mother allegedly killed her by setting her on fire.

Donna Simon

“The terrible tragedy in Pemberton reinforces the need to make mothers aware that there are multiple options for leaving an infant in a place where they will receive proper care,” said Simon, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “Expanding the number of authorized facilities increases the chances that a child’s life will be saved. Our goal is to protect babies who would otherwise be abandoned or abused. I thank Governor Christie for his compassion on an issue that will save lives.”

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Governor Signs Angelini Legislation Designating September “Hunger Action Month” in New Jersey

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini that would designate September of each year “Hunger Action Month” in New Jersey was signed into law today by Gov. Christie. The resolution, (AJR-79), encourages people and communities to take an active role in combating hunger.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Hunger is not just found in third world countries – it exists right here in our suburban communities across New Jersey,” said Angelini.

In New Jersey, one in ten residents is concerned about their next meal, with food pantries across the state facing a daily struggle to meet demand. Nearly 14 percent of households in New Jersey are food insecure — about one in 8 households — many with children. In Monmouth County alone, 80,000 people face hunger daily.

“Poor nutrition can lead to serious medical problems that are costly to treat, and in children, the health dangers are even more threatening,” continued Angelini. “Our goal is to inspire the good people in our state to take an active role combating this problem and help feed the hungry, not only during the month of September, but all year long.”

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Angelini Sign Language Bill Signed Into Law

High School Students Can Fulfill Graduation Requirements
for World Language by Learning American Sign Language

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini allowing American Sign Language to fill the state’s high school requirement for world language was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie.

Mary Pat Angelini

“American Sign Language (ASL) is the fastest-growing language offered at U.S. colleges and the fourth most commonly used language in country,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “This new law will be a significant benefit for more than 850,000 New Jersey residents with some degree of hearing loss.”

Angelini’s bill, S-1760/A-4212, permits students studying sign language to meet any state or local graduation requirements for world language. The measure passed the Assembly in June.

“For students, we are opening the doors to careers in hearing-impaired fields by providing the opportunity for high school students to learn to sign at an earlier age. Like Spanish, Italian, or any language, an earlier introduction makes it easier to master American Sign Language,” Angelini said.

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Angelini-Simon Bill Expanding Safe Haven Locations Approved by Assembly

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The General Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Donna Simon that expands where parents in crisis can give up their newborns legally to also include firehouses and emergency squads. The bill, A-4149, was combined with a Senate version that passed last year.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The goal is to prevent the further loss of innocent lives,” said Angelini, R–Monmouth. “This no-questions-asked approach has helped many parents who see themselves as unable to care for their newborns find an alternative that doesn’t endanger their children. No mother should feel so desperate with no place to turn.”

After high-profile cases involving teen mothers who killed their self-delivered newborns, New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act was passed in 2000. At least 60 infants have been saved under the program and the number of illegal child abandonments has decreased by 60 percent, according to the Department of Children and Families.

Calls to expand the state’s program came in January after a newborn baby died in Pemberton when her 22-year-old mother allegedly killed her by setting her on fire.

Donna Simon

“The terrible tragedy in Pemberton reinforces the need to make mothers aware that there are multiple options for leaving an infant in a place where they will receive proper care,” said Simon, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “Expanding the number of authorized facilities increases the chances that a child’s life will be saved. Our goal is to protect babies who would otherwise be abandoned or abused.”

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Angelini on Democrats’ Budget: New Jersey Taxpayers Deserve Better

Press Release – Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, R – Monmouth, released the following statement after the General Assembly voted on the Democrats’ Fiscal Year 2016 budget:

Mary Pat Angelini

“I am not surprised, but I am disappointed. The foundation of this budget is a massive tax increase on the job creators who are already over-burdened with New Jersey’s infamous taxes. This is a missed opportunity. My Republican colleagues and I have introduced more than six dozen tax-cutting bills, and every single one of them have been ignored by the Democrat leadership.

“I am shaking my head. Instead of making New Jersey more affordable, the Democrat budget makes it more oppressive.”

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Angelini-Simon Bill Expanding Safe Haven Locations Advances From Assembly Committee

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The Assembly Women and Children Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Donna Simon that expands where parents in crisis can give up their newborns legally to also include firehouses and emergency squads. The bill, A-4149, was combined with a Senate version that passed last year.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The goal is to prevent the further loss of innocent lives,” said Angelini, R–Monmouth. “This no-questions-asked approach has helped many parents who see themselves as unable to care for their newborns find an alternative that doesn’t endanger their children. No mother should feel so desperate with no place to turn.”

After high-profile cases involving teen mothers who killed their self-delivered newborns, New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act was passed in 2000. At least 60 infants have been saved under the program and the number of illegal child abandonments has decreased by 60 percent, according to the Department of Children and Families.

Calls to expand the state’s program came in January after a newborn baby died in Pemberton when her 22-year-old mother allegedly killed her by setting her on fire.

Donna Simon

“The terrible tragedy in Pemberton reinforces the need to make mothers aware that there are multiple options for leaving an infant in a place where they will receive proper care,” said Simon, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “Expanding the number of authorized facilities increases the chances that a child’s life will be saved. Our goal is to protect babies who would otherwise be abandoned or abused.”

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Angelini Calls for Assembly Vote On Prescription Drug Disposal Bill

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Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth, is calling for the General Assembly to vote on bipartisan measure (A-709), which requires pharmacies and physicians to instruct patients on how to safely dispose of unused prescribed controlled dangerous substances.

In a letter to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Angelini said that taking action to provide the public with information on proper disposal methods of drugs such as Percocet and Oxycotin is a vital component to addressing New Jersey’s heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis.

“This bill is an important part of the 21-bill package to address our state’s opiate crisis,” said Angelini. “It’s critical that we inform the public about safe disposal methods so we can help thwart the danger of accidental overdose by children and the danger improper disposal methods pose to humans, animals, and the environment as a whole.”

Angelini, who works in the substance abuse treatment and prevention field, has sponsored a number of bills aimed at curbing drug abuse, including a measure that would improve the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. In addition, she sponsored legislation that would increase the penalties for distribution of heroin and has hosted drug abuse forums featuring experts from the substance abuse field and the medical community, as well as families who have been affected by drug abuse.

“As a member of the Legislature, I have been advocating for bills that will help address our state’s substance abuse crisis,” explained Angelini. “I am hopeful that the Assembly Speaker and Legislature will agree that addressing the safe disposal of prescription drugs is an important piece of the puzzle in protecting those we can from the danger of opiate abuse.”

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Angelini Calls for Extradition of Convicted NJ Cop Killer From Cuba

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Disapproves of Pending State Department Decision to Remove Cuba
from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Amidst news reports that President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he is taking Cuba off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is calling for extradition of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard from Cuba.

Chesimard escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being convicted of killing a N.J. State police trooper in 1973.

Mary Pat Angelini

“I disagree with President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and am disappointed that the U.S. State Department is moving towards a decision to recommend the removal of Cuba from the State Sponsors Terrorism List,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “Cuba continues to harbor dozens of American fugitives, including Chesimard, who was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later escaped and was granted asylum by Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro. She needs to be extradited to the United States.”

Angelini sponsored a resolution (AR198) that expresses profound disagreement with President Barack Obama to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and urges the extradition to the United States of Joanne Chesimard.

“As the wife of a retired police officer, I firmly believe that anyone who kills a police officer should be brought to justice and Joanne Chesimard should be in a New Jersey prison,” concluded Angelini.

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ANGELINI NAMED “LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION” BY NJ ASSOCIATION OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION AGENCIES

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Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is being honored by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) for her strong leadership in helping prevent and treat substance use and mental disorders in youth and adults throughout New Jersey. NJAMHAA will present Angelini with the “State Legislative Champion for Improving Treatment Award” on April 15, 2015 at its Compassion Awards Reception in Woodbridge, NJ.

Angelini will be recognized specifically for the passage of two of her bills (A-3722 and A-3175) that improve the quality of mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates and conditions for residents of boarding homes and other shelters.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The work that NJAMHAA does to help fight stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and addictions is invaluable,” said Angelini. “I am so honored to receive this leadership award from an association that works to create a face for the population of individuals with mental illness and/or addictions who don’t have a voice of their own.”

“It is a privilege to recognize Assemblywoman Angelini for her leadership in moving forward so many legislative bills that promote healthy, safe children, families and communities,” said CEO of NJAMHAA Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D. “She is an unmatched advocate in calling for prevention of addictions and the provision of quality treatment for all, wherever an individual is – at home, at school, in the community, or in a state or county correctional or psychiatric facility. With Assemblywoman Angelini bringing the same outstanding leadership to mental health treatment and services, residents of New Jersey are fortunate to benefit from her tireless efforts across the full spectrum of behavioral health services.”

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