Tag: Mary Pat Angelini

BECK, CASAGRANDE AND ANGELINI LOOK BACK TO SANDY DEVASTATION WHILE LOOKING AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande visited Ocean Grove today to talk about the one year anniversary of Supertstorm Sandy. Nearly 12 months ago the most severe storm in the state’s history made land devastating homes and forever changing thousand of New Jerseans lives.

“We’re obviously in a better place than we were this time last year,” said Beck. “We’ve worked tirelessly to help those in need and return their lives to what was, but it hasn’t been without challenges. Governor Christie has done an admirable job leading our state during one of the most trying times and our job is not done. While $30 million of $600 million in federal funding for the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program is expected to be released by the end of this month, that’s not good enough. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has not made it easy to help our constituents, the process needs to be simplified and expedited. The National Flood Insurance Program has also let us down, in the immediate aftermath of Sandy there were promises made that have not been kept.”

The RREM program, designed by the state, is distributing money from HUD through grants of up to $150,000 for approved primary homeowners. Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III said that the second round of HUD funding is expected in December. It is unclear how much the second pot will be but those on the RREM waiting list would get first crack at that money. Beck, Angelini and Casagrande are urging HUD to streamline the process for Sandy victims.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Over the past year, we have made incredible progress in our recovery from this historic storm,” said Angelini. “However, our area is still facing many challenges and too many people are still struggling to put their lives back together. As we mark the one-year anniversary of Sandy, now is a good time to recognize the incredible resiliency of the affected residents while, at the same time, reaffirming our commitment to each and every person who was impacted by this devastating storm.”

Caroline Casagrande

“Our District experienced some of the worst destruction from Superstorm Sandy and one year later it is gratifying to see so much rebuilt and restored” says Casagrande. “There has been significant progress made with federal government support, but there remains much to be done. Flood insurance premiums are too high and the program has failed our families in many cases. I will continue to work to hold insurance companies and FEMA accountable so that our residents and businesses get the help they need.”

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Beck, Angelini, Casagrande Look To Ban Motocross Tracks Near Homes

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Mary Pat Angelini

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymembers Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande are sponsoring legislation that would ban motocross facilities from being built near residential properties.

They are also looking for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to withdraw the $500,000 grant money it has allocated for the motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls.

“Facilities like the one proposed in Tinton Falls can have a serious impact on nearby residents and property values,” Beck said in a release. “Homeowners should be protected from having one of these

Caroline Casagrande

dropped in on their neighborhood. A bill like ours is a common sense measure protecting our constituents’ homes and neighborhoods.”

The legislation would not have any impact on existing motocross applications.

The Jersey Shore Motocross proposal would entail the development of a 21 acre facility for dirt bike racing. The plans call for the construction of three tracks, including one with lighting for night racing, as well as a parking lot for nearly 400 vehicles.

“The motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls would have a significant impact on the quality of life for residents in surrounding residential communities,” Angelini said in a release. “Residents who live nearby are understandably concerned about noise, pollution, traffic and a number of other issues associated with locating this type of facility in such close proximity to residential properties”

This legislation also requires anyone seeking to operate a motocross facility to obtain a license from the state Department of Law and Public Safety and prohibits such a license from being granted for any proposal to be located within five miles of a residentially zoned area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beck, Angelini & Casagrande Want to Ban Motocross Tracks Near Homes

Source: Press Release

Caroline Casagrande

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymembers Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced that they are sponsoring legislation to ban motocross facilities from being located near residential properties and are calling on the state to withdraw funding it has provided for a track proposed in Tinton Falls.

The 11th District legislators said they were sponsoring a bill to prevent projects similar to the one that is proposed for Shafto Road in Tinton Falls from being considered in the future.

“Facilities like the one proposed in Tinton Falls can have a serious impact on nearby residents and property values,” Beck explained.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Homeowners should be protected from having one of these dropped in on their neighborhood. A bill like ours is a common sense measure protecting our constituents’ homes and neighborhoods.”

The lawmakers noted that, while the legislation would not have any impact on existing applications, they wanted to ensure that these projects could not be forced on towns that were opposed to these facilities being located in their community. They also expressed concern that, under existing law, one municipality could approve a motocross project that could negatively impact on a neighboring town or an entire region.

The Jersey Shore Motocross proposal would entail the development of a 21 acre facility for dirt bike racing. The plans call for the construction of three tracks, including one with lighting for night racing, as well as a parking lot for nearly 400 vehicles.

“The motocross track proposed for Tinton Falls would have a significant impact on the quality of life for residents in surrounding residential communities,” said Angelini. “Residents who live nearby are understandably concerned about noise, pollution, traffic and a number of other issues associated with locating this type of facility in such close proximity to residential properties”

This legislation requires anyone seeking to operate a motocross facility to obtain a license from the state Department of Law and Public Safety and prohibits such a license from being granted for any proposal to be located within five miles of a residentially zoned area.

“Motocross is a fun sport but unfortunately it’s an incredibly loud sport as well,” said Casagrande. “It doesn’t belong in a residential community like Tinton Falls where it can disrupt peaceful family life. This legislation will help establish parameters for better locations for motocross.”

Beck, Angelini and Casagrande also wrote to the Department of Environmental Protection requesting that they withdraw grant money they allotted for this project.

“We respectfully request the allocated $500,000 is withdrawn from this project and considered for another more favorable site,” they wrote.

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More Sandy Help For Monmouth County

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Monmouth County was among the areas most devastated by Superstorm Sandy nearly one year ago. People are still struggling to get their lives back to some semblance of normalcy. Gov. Chris Christie has announced that his Administration is expanding domestic violence services to victims of the storm.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Superstorm Sandy has affected so many people in so many ways. Its psychological effects will linger for years, especially for individuals and families who lost their homes, businesses and personal possessions,” said Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, who represents Monmouth County. “Coping with such tremendous loss is extremely stressful. Studies have shown incidences of domestic violence increases following such catastrophic events.”

The state will use almost $5 million in federal funds to bolster some of the state’s domestic violence prevention and treatment programs. According to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the grants will provide alternative housing help for victims and kids. This will include victims who may have had to return to a home where there was previous abuse, or a family that was newly exposed to abuse as a result of the impact of the storm.

“The expansion of domestic violence prevention and treatment services to those left vulnerable by the storm’s aftermath shows the administration’s commitment to leaving no stone unturned when it comes to helping all victims of the storm,” said Angelini. “Recovery doesn’t only involve rebuilding structures, but lives as well.”

The funding will also be used to provide counseling and support services to victims and families including safety planning, referrals, case management, financial education, child care and transportation.

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Assemblywoman calls on sheriff’s office to assist with Asbury Park violence

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Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) is calling on the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office to assist local law enforcement in Asbury Park with combating violence in the city.

In a letter to Sheriff Shaun Golden dated Sept. 19, Angelini called the violence “unacceptable” and asked the Sheriff to use his resources to help the city while pledging her assistance.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The gun violence plaguing the area has an impact not only on the neighborhoods where the shootings occurred, but on the entire region,” Angelini said in the letter. “As a legislator representing Asbury Park and Neptune, as well as several surrounding towns, I am very concerned about the effects of these shootings on these communities and beyond.”

In an email Thursday, Golden said his agency, as well as other departments, are actively addressing criminal activity in the city.

“As a result of our warrant/fugitive caseload, we routinely have officers assigned to Asbury Park who serve warrants, monitor activity through radio frequency and assist in the apprehension of individuals,” Golden said.

Additionally, Golden said that his office added patrols in the city at the request of the Asbury Park Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Golden said he also works closely with Prevention First, Angelini’s organization.

“We must continue the dialogue with legislators, community leaders and law enforcement agencies, and, work together in combatting criminal activity in the Asbury Park area,” Golden said.

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Space /McHose bill on home invasions passes Assembly

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The General Assembly passed a bill on Monday that makes the crime of home invasion, when a person is present, a first-degree offense under certain circumstances.

The legislation was sponsored by Assembly Republicans Alison McHose and Parker Space, both R-24, which includes Sussex, Morris and Warren counties.

The bill also upgrades burglary of a residence to a second-degree crime under certain circumstances.

The bill was a response to a break-in, robbery and vicious assault that occurred in a Millburn residence in June. A baby monitor recorded video of the crime in which an intruder beat a mother in front of her child, according to Louis Crescitelli, chief of staff for McHose and Space.

“The ordeal of a home burglary is a traumatic experience, and the psychological impact of being present when this occurs causes emotional scars that last a lifetime,” McHose said.

The charge for unlawful, non-violent break-in of a home is currently a third-degree offense and requires no prison time.

The new Home Invasion Bill states that the entering of a home with intent of a robbery, a first- or second-degree crime, or certain kidnapping and sexual crimes when a person is present will be classified as a first-degree offense, which requires a prison term of 10 to 30 years.

Home invasions will be labeled as a first-degree crime if the actor in the crime uses force or inflicts bodily injury on a person in the residence; threatens or purposely puts the person in the residence in fear of bodily injury; commits, attempts, or threatens to commit a first or second-degree crime or certain kidnapping and sexual crimes and offenses; or is armed or threatens the use of a deadly weapon or explosive.

Further, such offenses would be subject to the No Early Release Act, which states the convicted must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

“A criminal who acts with such callousness and threatens someone’s physical and mental well-being violates a basic premise that we hold sacred,” Space said. “Those who exhibit such detestable behavior and total lack of respect belong in one place –– jail.”

With the current bill “there’s no presumption of incarceration,” Crescitelli said. A criminal could “plea bargain down, and this (bill) would ensure that will not happen.”

Other Assembly Republican sponsors of the bill include Jon Bramnick, R-21, Mary Pat Angelini, R-11, Dave Rible, R-30, Scott Rumana, R-40,. and BettyLou DeCroce, R-26.

An identical Senate bill is sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho, R-24.

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Angelini-Rible-Rumana-DeCroce Sponsored Home Invasion Bill Passes Assembly

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini, Dave Rible, Scott Rumana and BettyLou DeCroce that makes the crime of home invasion when a person is present a first degree offense was approved by the General Assembly today. The bill (A-4329/S-2932) is in response to the break-in, robbery and vicious assault in a Millburn residence in June.

“The video showing the break-in and assault that took place in Millburn was horrifying,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “The intrusion and callous disregard for the homeowner was shocking and disgusting. A criminal who acts with such indifference should face a severe penalty, without leniency.”

The Home Invasion Bill stipulates that entering a home with the intent to commit a robbery, a first or second degree crime, or certain kidnapping and sexual crimes when a person is present is a first degree crime, which imposes a 10-30 year prison term.

“The contempt demonstrated by the assailant shows the cruel indifference criminals have for the public,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, who is a retired police officer. “Words cannot aptly describe the fear a person and their loved ones feel when a burglary occurs when they are home. A person who acts with utter disdain and disrespect for other human beings and their property must pay the appropriate penalty.”

A home invasion offense would be subject to the No Early Release Act which stipulates that the convicted must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.

Scott Rumana

“Home invasion is an egregious violation of a person’s right to live peacefully in their home,” said Rumana, R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “The trauma of burglary is bad enough, but when a person is in their home and fearing for their life, the mental and physical anguish never goes away. A criminal who acts so viciously deserves to face the stiffest sentence under the law.”

“The assault in Millburn is an example of how callously indifferent criminals are,” said DeCroce, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic, who sponsored legislation signed into law last year (Alex DeCroce’s Law) advocating for the rights of crime victims. “The brutality of this attack is a vivid example of the horror people endure. Many victims of crime bear the emotional trauma forever, especially when it involves an intrusion into their home. The criminal who is responsible deserves to pay a steep penalty for the harm they cause.”

Currently, the charge for the unlawful, non-violent break-in of a home is a third degree offense and does not require a prison sentence.

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N.J. Assemblywoman slams shift in federal marijuana policy

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As the tide nationally and statewide slowly turns in favor of less stringent laws regulating the sale and use of marijuana, one New Jersey assemblywoman is taking a stand in opposition.

Last week, after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government will not challenge ballot measures which legalize recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, Assembylwoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) released statements in dissent.

“The announcement that the Department of Justice will not seek to overturn laws which blatantly contradict the federal ban on marijuana is incredibly disappointing,” Angelini said. “The actions by a handful of states to ‘legalize’ marijuana do not change the fact that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and should be enforced accordingly. I call on Attorney General Holder to rethink this irresponsible decision that has the potential to cause irreparable harm.”

Angelini argued that the federal decision might lead to perceptions that marijuana use is safe, an assertion she disputes.

“This decision furthers the misconception perpetuated by the pro-legalization forces that marijuana is somehow safe for use when it is actually an addictive drug that can harm the developing brain,” Angelini said.

Angelini is currently the executive director of Prevention First, an organization which, among other things, works to combat the effects of drug abuse in communities. In the past, she was a program development specialist with Monmouth County’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse services.

Angelini said her experience has informed her opinion.

“As someone who works to help educate young people on the dangers of drugs, I am extremely concerned about the message this action sends to our children,” Angelini said. “Instead of speaking with one voice on the dangers of drug abuse, we are once again sending a mixed message to our young people on one of the most important issues they will confront.”

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Casagrande-Angelini Announce NJ Council on the Arts Grants

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release

Assembly Republicans Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini, both R-Monmouth, are pleased to confirm funding grants for arts and theater organizations in their legislative district. Over $525,000 has been awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to five programs which will provide assistance for the day-to-day operation and general programming needs of each group.

Caroline Casagrande

“The arts are not only important because of their cultural value, but also because of their economic contributions to our state,” said Casagrande. “The assistance provided by the arts council helps both start-up programs as well as stalwart organizations that have enriched our communities for many years.”

Created in 1966, the Arts Council is the largest single contributor to the arts in the state. The council works closely with groups involved in arts education, cultural planning and tourism.

The Count Basie Theatre is one of the grant recipients. The theatre, which opened in 1926 as the Carlton Theatre, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984, it was renamed after Red Bank native and legendary jazz pianist, composer and band leader William “Count” Basie, who passed away that year.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The council’s funding supports the development of skills for those whose talents might otherwise go unnoticed,” said Angelini. “The grants provide valuable assistance to artists who are established in their field and those who aspire to exhibit their work or perform. This funding helps sustain an important cultural and economic component of our state.”
The following are recipients of grants in Casagrande and Angelini’s 11th legislative district:

Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank: $178,815
Monmouth County Arts Council – Red Bank: $173,207
Monmouth University – West Long Branch: $42,681
New Jersey Repertory Company – Long Branch: $23,894
Two River Theater Company – Red Bank: $118,812

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Is There a Way to Stop Younger NJ Residents From Using Heroin?

Source: NJ 101.5

As overdose deaths from heroin and prescription drugs continue to rise, a New Jersey lawmaker has introduced legislation to toughen the state’s existing prescription drug monitoring program.

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini says this is important because “it allows doctors to log in to find out if the patient sitting before them has already gone to four or five other doctors looking for the same type of drug.”

She says part of the reason why heroin use is up is because “Oxycodone is actually more expensive than heroin is in our area, so kids will get hooked on opioids and then the next logical step is heroin, so we’re looking at ways to make it easier for physicians to give good data and to be able to access the data.”

Angelini points out some patients will go to multiple emergency rooms, or they’ll go to multiple doctors trying to get a prescription, claiming that they have a backache, or something that’s not really easy to define, so there needs to be a way to track this.

She is also sponsoring legislation to improve communication between states – to track patient prescriptions- and another measure would make it mandatory “that pharmacies give information as to how you can get rid of your unused or unwanted prescription meds.”

Angelini stresses that in addition to passing new laws, kids need to be taught that there are consequences for negative actions.

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