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Angelini Applauds Announcement of the Home Repair and Advocacy Program

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Program to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Whose Primary Residence was Damaged by Superstorm Sandy

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini applauded the Christie Administration for providing funds for seniors and individuals with disabilities whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Even though many efforts have been made to help New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy, there is still much more work to do,” said Angelini. “This program will give seniors and individuals with disabilities, many of which who live on a fixed income, the opportunity to fix their homes.”

The Home and Repair Advocacy Program is funded by an $8.2 million federal Social Services Block Grant and will offer up to $5,000 for eligible households.

“The Home and Repair Advocacy Program will offer much needed assistance to many residents who are having difficulty repairing their homes,” said Angelini. “Receiving these additional funds will enable more people to get back into their homes.”

This program seeks to help seniors and individuals with disabilities fix necessary homeowner practicalities including replacing structural foundations, repairing heating and cool systems, and renovate major home appliances.

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Angelini, Beck, and Casagrande Laud Announcement that Eatontown will Receive Funds for Those with Disabilities

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande lauded the Christie Administration for awarding Eatontown Borough a $20,000 grant that will help them offer recreational programs for adults with disabilities.

“These funds will allow Eatontown to make some great programs available to its disabled adults,” said Beck. “State grants like this help towns meet federal obligations without having to burden local taxpayers. Our goal should be to make as many opportunities available to all of our residents while doing so in the most cost effective means possible. The programs that will result from this grant will be a boon to Eatontown’s disabled community.”

“This grant gives Eatontown the opportunity to provide individuals with disabilities the chance to participate in leisure and recreational activities, “said Angelini. “Programs, such as these, are beneficial to those who have disabilities by allowing them to be included more fully in society.”

The Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Program Grant assists local municipalities in meeting mandatory mandates under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the least restrictive environments.

“Eatontown has demonstrated a commitment to provide year round quality recreation programs for adults of all abilities” says Casagrande. “The Borough is to be commended for offering these opportunities not just to Eatontown residents, but to those in surrounding communities as well. This grant money will help them to continue their mission of providing safe and enriching recreational opportunities that will help residents reach their full potential.”

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Angelini honored for two decades of service at Prevention First

Source: – www.WordOnTheShore.com -

Mary Pat Angelini

Long Branch: The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center gave recognition and grateful thanks to Prevention First’s Executive Director Mary Pat Angelini and the city’s “First Responders”, including Firefighters, First Aid Squads, Police and the Office of Emergency Management for many years of dedication and service to the city’s safety and well-being. The event took place on Thursday evening at the New Jersey Repertory Theater,

Accepting the award for the First Responders were Pubic Safety Director Jayson Roebuck, Police Captain Michael McGlennon, First Aid Capt. Kim Iadanza, and Coordinator Stan Dzuiba, Long Branch Office of Emergency Management. “The recipients here tonight represent all those in the city for their continuing service over the years and as demonstrated in the longs days and weeks that followed Hurricane Sandy,” Roebuck told the audience. He also thanked the many residents who also acted selfishly in helping neighbors during those trying days.

The ceremony honored the 175 firefighters, 80 first Aid volunteers and city wide police force whose members also run food drives, recreation activities for the youngsters and other volunteer activities to benefit their community.

Mary Pat Angelini was recognized for her two decades of service at Prevention First, guiding its programs to assure happy, healthy life focused on families. The organization plays a strong role in combatting drugs, bullying and other negative actions in the community.

Participating were Long Branch’s Council members Dr. M.J. Celli, Joy Bastelli, Kate Billings, Michael Sirianni and John Pallone, joining residents and business leaders.

Some attendees remained afterwards in the theater to enjoy the new stage play this season at NJ Rep, “Middlemen.”

Proceeds will help the Concordance to continue to provide the best possible education in parenting, literacy, health/nutrition, and work force skills for families from its offices at St. James Church, 300 Broadway. For more information call the LBC Family Success Center at 222-571-1670, or go online at http:lbc4help.org.

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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

Source: Star Ledger -

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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