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ANGELINI/CASAGRANDE STATEMENTS ON INJECTING POLITICS INTO SANDY RECOVERY

Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, both R-Monmouth, issued the following statements on efforts to interject partisan politics into the shore’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth:

“There is no place for partisan politics when our communities recover from the worst natural disaster of our generation. The Christie administration’s rapid response removed mountains of debris as quickly as possible with responsible protections for taxpayers. Continuing to practice the stale politics of the past will slow down our recovery and prevent our state from moving forward.”

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth:

“Superstorm Sandy created plenty of legitimate issues for our state to work on without having to resort to a political witch hunt in search of a problem during an election year. While our communities will deal with the aftermath of this storm for several years, some Trenton politicians couldn’t wait a few months before throwing a partisan punch aimed directly at folks who are still reeling from Sandy’s blow. Perhaps they would like to come to the shore to help rebuild, instead of sitting in Trenton throwing political darts.”
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Angelini: Community providers can meet needs of residents with disabilities

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) said she is confident that community providers can meet the needs of more residents with disabilities. “We have to be sure that these agencies have the money to offer those supports,” she said.

Angelini noted that the crowd at the legislative hearing was oppsed to closing the centers, but that there are thousands of families that prefer community placements.

“I’m sure that the fear of change is something that’s really driving this as well,” she said.

From: NJ Spotlight

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N.J. Assembly Republicans urge action on property tax reduction bills

Assembly Republican lawmakers today urged Democrats to “finish the job” led by Gov. Chris Christie and vote on two bills they said would help stem New Jersey’s historically high property taxes.

Noting that property tax increases are at a historic low because of a 2 percent property tax cap agreed to by both parties, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said it was “appropriate and reasonable” to take action on legislation that would end unused sick-leave payouts for local employees.

He also pushed for a bill (A895) that would allow municipalities to opt out of the civil service system. Christie has said the cumbersome rules complicate mergers between local governments, which is seen as cost saver.

“We started the work of reducing the tax burden on New Jersey, and we know it’s working,” said Bramnick, who was accompanied by Assemblymen David Rible (R-Monmouth) and Scott Rumana (R-Passaic) and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) at the Statehouse press conference.

From: Star-Ledger

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ASSEMBLY APPROVES ANGELINI/SIMON LEGISLATION CREATING TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE SPECIAL EDUCATION

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini / 732-531-1045
January 28, 2012

BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE SPECIAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY

 

The General Assembly approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini and Donna Simon that would create a task force to improve the funding, delivery and effectiveness of special education programs and services in New Jersey.

“It’s time for a comprehensive examination of New Jersey’s special education programs to determine a more efficient and effective way of helping students achieve their fullest potential,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “New Jersey has some outstanding special education teachers and programs and we can apply their best practices to improve programs throughout the state.”
Angelini and Simon sponsor a bipartisan bill, A-1365, that was first introduced by Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth, in response to an Asbury Park Press series in 2010 on New Jersey’s special education system. The series, “Special Care, Unknown Costs,” questioned the cost and effectiveness of the state’s various special education programs. The series revealed a lack of standards and little oversight of how the $3 billion spent on special education every year is utilized.

Under the bill, the Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students would study various issues including:

  • Methods of classifying and education special needs students.
  • Best practices for special education.
  • Strategies to reduce costs associated with out-of-district placements.
  • Standards to ensure programs meets students’ needs and focus on achievement.

 

“This task force will provide the blueprint we need to build a better model of special education that is focused first and foremost on student achievement,” Simon, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex, said. “This task force will reflect the best ideas of talented educators, caring advocates and passionate parents who have the best insight into we need to make New Jersey’s special education system the best in the nation.”

The task force would consist of the state Education Commissioner and 16 members appointed by the Governor, included parents, teachers, administrators and advocates involved in the special education community. The task force would have 180 days after it organizes to present its findings and recommendations.

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After Sandy, Assembly Republicans crack down on looting

While millions of New Jersey residents and businesses were devastated by Superstorm Sandy on October 29, there were many reported incidents of looting and robbery in the storm’s aftermath despite Governor Chris Christie’s declaration of a state of emergency.In response, Assembly Republicans Dave Russo, Scott Rumana, Mary Pat Angelini and Declan O’Scanlon have introduced legislation increasing the penalties for certain crimes committed when a state of emergency is in force throughout the state or any given locality.

From: NJ 101.5 FM

Scott Rumana

Rumana said, “Under no circumstance can theft or robbery be justified. Those who take advantage of people at their most vulnerable time should be severely punished.”

Mary Pat Angelini

Angelini explained, “It is unfortunate there are individuals who have no conscience when a chance to take advantage of a disaster situation presents itself. This bill will make them think twice before they commit such deplorable acts.”

Declan O'Scanlon

“This bill is a message to all would-be thieves and burglars – a state of emergency does not mean the fruit is ripe for picking,” said O’Scanlon. “Those who think that a disaster is an entrée to looting are going to be sorely disappointed. The punishment will match the crime.”

Dave Russo

Russo said, “While we saw the compassion and genuine concern by first responders, emergency personnel and citizens across the state to save lives and offer assistance, there were predators who sought to take advantage of the circumstances. These kinds of actions are deplorable and offenders should face a stiff penalty for seeking to profit at the expense of those who are victims.”

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Anglini discusses Sandy recovery

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini discusses Hurricane Sandy recovery on Comcast Newsmakers.

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Marlboro will object to plan for rate increase; You can too with petition launched by Handlin and Monmouth Co. legislators

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik has announced that Marlboro will contest a requested annual rate hike of about $31 million that has been filed by representatives of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L).

In a related development, state Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin and a coalition of Monmouth County legislators have launched an online petition allowing ratepayers to object to the proposed JCP&L rate increase.

According to a press release, Handlin has organized a coalition of Monmouth County legislators who are supporting a petition allowing ratepayers to urge the BPU to deny JCP&L’s 1.4 percent increase it claims is necessary to cover $31.5 million in costs due to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Other Monmouth County legislators who support the petition include senators Jennifer Beck, Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. and Robert W. Singer, and Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande, Rob Clifton, Ron Dancer, Sean Kean, Declan O’Scanlon and Dave Rible.

The online petition can be signed at www.tinyurl.com/norateincrease.

The Division of Rate Counsel has filed a petition contending the utility is earning a profit exceeding 12 percent in New Jersey — far above the allowable 8.5 percent, according to the press release.

“We have reached the tipping point and must say ‘enough is enough,’” Handlin said. “The utility’s performance in recent years has been dreadful and we are not going to just sit back and allow them to take more money out of our constituents’ pockets to boost the bottom line of the parent company in Ohio.”

From: News Transcript

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Handlin, Monmouth legislators’ Petition opposes rate increase

Amy Handlin

State Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin and a coalition of Monmouth County legislators have launched an online petition allowing ratepayers to object to a proposed electricity rate increase that Jersey Central Power & Light has pending before the state Board of Public Utilities.

“Every voice counts, especially those who have been repeatedly kept in the dark for days waiting for JCP&L to do its job and turn the power back on,” said Handlin (RMonmouth). “After several failures — most notably hurricanes Sandy and Irene — many communities are exploring whether they can fire JCP&L. I have not heard one argument to support giving the utility a raise.” According to a press release, Handlin has organized a coalition of Monmouth County legislators who are supporting a petition allowing ratepayers to urge the BPU to deny JCP&L’s 1.4 percent increase it claims is necessary to cover $31.5 million in costs due to Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Other Monmouth County legislators who support the petition include senators Jennifer Beck, Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. and Robert W. Singer, and Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande, Rob Clifton, Ron Dancer, Sean Kean, Declan O’Scanlon and Dave Rible.

The online petition can be signed at www.tinyurl.com/norateincrease.

From: Tri-Town News

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Handlin & Monmouth County Lawmakers Launch Online Drive To Stop JCP&L Rate Hike

If the thought of another rate hike for Jersey Central Power and Light has you fuming, a group of Republican Monmouth lawmakers are giving you a place to vent on the web…and they hope that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities pays attention.

Amy Handlin

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) organized an online petition urging the BPU to turn down the 14% increase that JCP&L seeks. The company attributes the request to costs associated with Hurricane Irene in 2011. Find it at http://www.tinyurl.com/norateincrease.

“Every voice counts, especially those who have been repeatedly kept in the dark for days waiting for JCP&L to do its job and turn the power back on,” Handlin, R-Monmouth, said in a statement. “After several failures – most notably Hurricanes Sandy and Irene – many communities are exploring whether they can fire JCP&L. I haven’t heard one argument to support giving the utility a raise.”

From: WOBM

Signing on to the effort are her colleagues in the 13th Legislative District, state Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon; Senator Jennifer Beck and Assembly Members Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande (R-11); Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton (R-12); and Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Dave Rible (R-30).

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HANDLIN ORGANIZES MONMOUTH COUNTY LEGISLATORS IN LAUNCHING PETITION AGAINST JCP&L RATE HIKE

Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin / 732-787-1170
December 14, 2012   

RATEPAYERS CAN PROTEST JCP&L’S PROPOSED $31.5 MILLION RATE HIKE WWW.TINYURL.COM/NORATEINCREASE

             Assemblyman Amy H. Handlin and a coalition of Monmouth County legislators, have launched an online petition allowing ratepayers to object to a proposed electricity rate increase that JCP&L has pending before the Board of Public Utilities.

“Every voice counts, especially those who have been repeatedly kept in the dark for days waiting for JCP&L to do its job and turn the power back on,” Handlin, R-Monmouth, said. “After several failures – most notably Hurricanes Sandy and Irene – many communities are exploring whether they can fire JCP&L. I haven’t heard one argument to support giving the utility a raise.”

Handlin has organized a coalition of Monmouth County legislators who are supporting a petition allowing ratepayers to urge the BPU to deny JCP&L’s 1.4 percent increase it claims is necessary to cover $31.5 million in costs due to Hurricane Irene in 2011. Other Monmouth County legislators who support the petition include: Sens. Jennifer Beck, Joseph Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. and Robert W. Singer, and Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini, Caroline Casagrande, Rob Clifton, Ron Dancer, Sean Kean, Declan O’Scanlon and Dave Rible.

The petition can be signed at: www.tinyurl.com/norateincrease.

The Division of Rate Counsel has filed a petition contending the utility is earning a profit exceeding 12 percent in New Jersey – far above the allowable 8.5 percent.

“We’ve reached the tipping point and must say, ‘Enough is enough,’” Handlin said. “The utility’s performance in recent years has been dreadful and we’re not going to just sit back and allow them to take more money out of our constituents’ pockets to boost the bottom line of the parent company in Ohio.

“Our constituents are tired of overpromises and underperformances from JCP&L,” Handlin continued. “The BPU should pull the plug on JCP&L’s rate hike.”

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