***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Barnes, Diegnan, Stender, Ramos & Green Bill Creating Specialized Care Facilities for Patients with Huntington’s Disease Approved by Assembly

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> From: “Sverapa, James” > Date: June 23, 2011 9:51:15 PM GMT-04:00 > Subject: ***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Barnes, Diegnan, Stender, Ramos & Green Bill Creating Specialized Care Facilities for Patients with Huntington’s Disease Approved by Assembly >

> > > FOR RELEASE: > > CONTACT: > June 23, 2011 > > Press Office > (609) 292-7065 > > ***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** > > BARNES, DIEGNAN, STENDER, RAMOS & GREEN BILL CREATING SPECIALIZED CARE FACILITIES FOR PATIENTS WITH HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY > Measure Would Help Sufferers of Rare Neurological Disorder Receive Necessary Treatments & 24/7 Care > > (TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Peter J. Barnes III, Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Linda Stender, Ruben J. Ramos, Jr., and Jerry Green sponsored to create specialized care nursing facilities for the treatment and care of patients with Huntington’s Disease was approved XX-XX on Thursday by the Assembly. > Assemblymen Barnes and Diegnan (both D-Middlesex) also issued a multimedia package on the legislation. The multimedia package consists of the Assemblymen discussing the need to implement their legislation and audio and a transcript of same. > “There is a real need to establish specialized care for Huntington’s patients,” said Barnes. “The quality of life of patients and their families should not erode completely, simply because of the disease. To prevent that requires specific supervision and care, 24/7, especially in the late stages of the disease.” > “Individuals with degenerative brain disorders require a level of care that few places in the state can provide,” said Diegnan. “Creating a place where they can receive the specialized care they need is the only humane thing to do for Huntington’s patients and their families.” > “The ramifications of this disease are devastating – in late stages patients must be hand fed meals and require intensive intervention for even the simplest of tasks, like sitting up or going to the bathroom,” said Stender (D-Union). “We have the capability to better serve this segment of our state’s population, so that their last days may be lived with a modicum of comfort and dignity.” > “Given the severity and unique nature of Huntington’s disease it’s imperative that we ensure that patients in New Jersey have access to proper treatment and care,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). “Expanding their capacity so that more families facing this disease can get the help they desperately need is more than just the right thing to do. It’s the compassionate thing to do.” > “The terrible thing about Huntington’s Disease is that patients progressively get worse,” said Green (D-Union). “If it is possible to give patients and their families the option of slowing or combating the ravages of this terrible disease through expanding access to the proper specialized care, we must seize the opportunity to do so.” > Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary neurological disorder that instigates a programmed degeneration of brain cells in sufferers, causing uncontrolled movements, loss of intellectual faculties and emotional disturbances. It is a familial disease, passed from parent to offspring via genetic mutation. The child of a Huntington’s parent has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the disease gene. > Early symptoms of Huntington’s include: mood swings; depression; irritability; trouble driving; difficulty learning new things; difficulty remembering facts; and increased difficulty in decision making. As the disease progresses, concentrating on intellectual tasks becomes more and more difficult and Huntington’s sufferers have difficulty feeding themselves and swallowing. > The bill (A-387) would require the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to designate two facilities in the state – JFK Hartwyck Nursing, Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center at Cedar Brook and Leisure Chateau Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lakewood – as specialized care nursing facilities for individuals requiring long-term care for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease. > Currently, JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook is New Jersey’s only Medicaid-approved Special Care Nursing Facility (SCNF) for the treatment of patients with Huntington’s Disease, with a capacity to care for 24 Huntington’s patients. > This measure would expand the SCNF licensed beds at JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook and extend a SCNF designation to Leisure Chateau. Under the SCNF designation, the facilities would receive a $339-per-day Medicaid reimbursement, as opposed to the $193.48-per-day rate for typical long-term patient care. > Under the bill, the DHSS would be required to: > Issue a SCNF license with 40 beds for the current Huntington’s Disease unit at JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook; > Issue a SCNF license with 40 beds for the creation of a Huntington’s Disease unit at Leisure Chateau; > Continue the existing Medicaid participation agreement for specialized care of Huntington’s patients; > Authorize JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook and Leisure Chateau to expand their Huntington’s Disease unit license and Medicaid provider agreement upon demonstration that there is appropriate utilization and future need; and > Adopt admission and discharge criteria for SCNF serving persons with Huntington’s Disease, which will also serve as the prior authorization criteria for Medicaid coverage. > The bill will now be referred to the Senate for more consideration. > *** > The multimedia package video can be accessed directly via our Web site – www.assemblydems.com – or by pasting the following link into a Web browser: > The audio file is appended to this e-mail as an attachment. > A transcript of comments from Assemblymen Barnes and Diegnan follows: > > Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex): > “Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that afflicts very youthful persons, usually in their 20’s and 30’s, that has symptoms of loss of bodily control – bodily functions – that requires, ultimately, round the clock nursing care and that, unfortunately, is fatal.” > > Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex): > “This particular bill will access additional beds, so that those that are most in need will have access to the care that is desperately needed.” > > Barnes: > “If Huntington’s patients were required to be housed in general nursing home facilities, these facilities would not be able to handle the Huntington’s for a lot of different reasons: physical therapy care that the average nursing home can’t provide; in addition, the Huntington’s patients need psychological counseling and their families need psychological counseling. > “The JFK Hartwyck facility and the Lakewood facility – Leisure Chateau – are the only two facilities in New Jersey that have developed this area of expertise over the last 15 or 20 years. The JFK, right now, has 28 to 30 [beds] and they would be allowed to go up to 40. And the same with Leisure Chateau. So we’re talking a grand total of 80 beds.” > > Diegnan: > “We as a society, our main goal should always be to help those that can’t help themselves. This bill will give the necessary access to basic medical needs.” > > Barnes: > “Another reason that we’re doing this is to make sure that the persons who are afflicted with this disease – who develop this disease, which unfortunately is fatal – that their last years are spent in comfort and with the proper nursing and medical care.” > > On the Net: > > > > > Web Editors: The video, audio and text synopsis are available via our .ftp download site, ftp://www.assemblydems.com/. For access to the .ftp server, please contact me directly at jsverapa@njleg.org. A copy of the file’s tech specs are included below. The video also is available for direct embedding via our YouTube site, http://www.youtube.com/user/NJAssemblyDems or our Vimeo site, Direct links follow: > >> > > If you encounter problems viewing the file once it is downloaded, it is most likely a result of not having the most up-to-date QuickTime player. The latest version can be downloaded from the following address: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ > If you have any other difficulties, please contact me directly. > > Thanks, > > Jim > > Tech Specs: > > File Name: 062311_A-387_Huntington’s_Disease.mov (QuickTime) > File Size: 81.3mb > Run Time: 1m42s > Dimensions: 854 x 480 (Anamorphic) > James Sverapa IV > Deputy Director of New Media & > Video Production > New Jersey General Assembly > Majority Office > > P: 609.292.7065 > F: 609.292.2386 > www.assemblydems.com > www.vimeo.com/njassemblydems > Find us on Facebook > > >

PRIETO, VOSS, SPENCER & MAINOR DISAPPOINTED BY, PLAN TO REVIEW CONDITIONAL VETO OF BILL TO GIVE ADOPTEES ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY AND BIRTH RECORDS

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> From: “Loayza, Eva” > Date: June 23, 2011 11:29:47 AM EDT > Subject: PRIETO, VOSS, SPENCER & MAINOR DISAPPOINTED BY, PLAN TO REVIEW CONDITIONAL VETO OF BILL TO GIVE ADOPTEES ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY AND BIRTH RECORDS >

> > > > FOR RELEASE: > > > > CONTACT: > > June 23, 2011 > > > > Assemblyman Prieto > > (201) 770-1303 > > Assemblywoman Voss > > (201) 346-6400 > > Assemblyman Mainor > > (201) 536-7851 > > Assemblywoman Spencer > > (973) 624-1730 > > > > PRIETO, VOSS, SPENCER & MAINOR DISAPPOINTED BY, PLAN TO REVIEW CONDITIONAL VETO OF BILL TO GIVE ADOPTEES ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY AND BIRTH RECORDS > > > (TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Vincent Prieto, Joan M. Voss, L. Grace Spencer and Charles Mainor on Thursday expressed disappointment over the governor’s conditional veto of legislation that would have given adoptees in New Jersey access to their medical history and birth records > > The bill (S-799/A-1406) received final legislative approval by a vote of 44-26-2 in May. Sponsored by Prieto, Voss, Spencer and Mainor, the bill would have established a system to allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates and family medical history. > > The members vowed to review the conditional veto to ensure the rights of adoptees are still being respected and to weigh the next step. > > “Knowledge of family medical history is paramount for individuals faced with a health crisis and adoptees are no exception. This legislation would have granted them access to information they are denied at no fault of their own,” said Prieto (D-Hudson). “I’m concerned about the potential consequences of the Governor’s conditional veto and will carefully review his version of the bill.” > > “The purpose of this bill was to give adoptees access to information that is readily available to everyone else, so that they could make the best health care decisions possible for themselves and their families,” said Voss (D-Bergen). “I will be examining the administration’s version of the bill to ensure it upholds the right of adoptees to know their medical history and background.” > > “Adoptees did not have a choice when it came to their adoption, but they should have a choice when it comes to making educated health care decisions for themselves and their families,” said Spencer (D-Essex). “This legislation gave them leverage by making their medical information and birth records available to them. I expect the Governor’s version of the bill to do the same and I will be thoroughly reviewing his unfortunate decision.” > > “The plan that was approved by the Legislature and has now been revised by the Governor was meant to give adoptees basic information that could be beneficial in managing their health care and that of their families,” said Mainor (D-Hudson). “I will be looking at this revised version along with my colleagues to ensure the right to medical information adoptees are asking for is protected.” > > Under the bill approved by the legislature, the birth parents of individuals put forward for adoption in New Jersey would have one year from the enactment of regulations to submit a request to the state registrar for non-disclosure. > > During this year, adoptees would be able to contact the adoption agency they came from to get non-identifying medical information, including a family medical history, alerting them to any genetic predispositions they may carry for certain types of illnesses. > > After birth parents have had an opportunity to opt out of disclosure, an adopted person 18 years of age or older, an adult direct descendant of an adopted person if that person is deceased, or the adoptive parent or guardian of a minor adopted person, would be able to request from the State Registrar a copy of the adoptee’s original birth certificate. > > Birth parents would be required, after the year allotted for them to opt-out, to submit a preference form for how they would like to be contacted: either directly, through an intermediary or not at all. > > If the birth parents choose not to be contacted, they would have to submit medical and cultural information which would be provided to an adoptee when they receive a redacted version of their birth certificate. > > > > On the Net: > > > > > > > > > > > >

THURSDAY – ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PENSION & BENEFIT REFORMS, VETOING GOVERNOR’S PLAN FOR NJN, REGULATING BOTOX USE BY MINORS & DISCOUNTED GAS PRICES

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> From: “Hester, Tom” > Date: June 22, 2011 9:58:24 AM EDT > Subject: THURSDAY – ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PENSION & BENEFIT REFORMS, VETOING GOVERNOR’S PLAN FOR NJN, REGULATING BOTOX USE BY MINORS & DISCOUNTED GAS PRICES >

> More Online Government Transparency, Increased Huntington’s Disease Care, Combating Overcrowded NJ Transit Parking Lots, Expanded Pay-to-Play Prohibition Also on Agenda > > > > > > FOR RELEASE: > > > > CONTACT: > > June 22, 2011 > > > > Press Office > > (609) 292-7065 > > > *** THURSDAY ASSEMBLY ADVISORY *** > ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PUBLIC WORKER PENSION & BENEFIT REFORMS, VETOING GOVERNOR’S PLAN FOR NJN, > REGULATING BOTOX USE BY MINORS & DISCOUNTED GAS PRICES > More Online Government Transparency, Increased Huntington’s Disease Care, Combating Overcrowded NJ Transit Parking Lots, Expanded Pay-to-Play Prohibition Also on Agenda > > > (TRENTON) – The Assembly on Thursday will consider legislation to reform public employee health and pension benefits, veto the governor’s plan for New Jersey Network, regulate Botox usage by minors, allow retailers to offer coupons and discounts for gas purchases, increase Huntington’s Disease care and require more online government transparency. > > It will also consider bills to establish a defense for parking illegally in permit parking spots at NJ Transit stations, encourage the purchase of Jersey Fresh products, apply pay-to-play bans to county bridge commissions, combat Sayreville flooding, require proper disposal of state computers containing personal data and clarify that sexual assault victims are not responsible for the costs of forensic examinations. > > The session will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday. > > The session will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp. > > Key bills include: > > · Legislation (A-4133) sponsored by Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) to reform public worker pension and health care benefits. > > · Legislation (ACR-201) sponsored by Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) to veto the governor’s plan to give WNET in New York rights to manage New Jersey public broadcasting. > > · A bill (A-387) to increase specialized nursing facility beds for those with Huntington’s Disease. It’s sponsored by Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex), Diegnan, Linda Stender and Jerry Green (both D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson). > > · A bill (A-1080) sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) to establish a defense to illegally parking in permit areas at NJ Transit train stations. > > · Legislation (A-2342) sponsored by Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) to encourage the purchase of “Jersey Fresh” products by state agencies, departments and facilities. > > · A measure (A-2597) sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union), Pam Lampitt (D-Camden), Stender and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to clarify that sexual assault victims are not responsible for the costs of forensic sexual assault exams. > > · A bill (A-2878) sponsored by Vainieri Huttle, Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex) and Ramos to require the state to collect and disseminate date about programs to those with developmental disabilities. > > · A bill (A-3097) sponsored by Herb Conaway, M.D, and Jack Conners (both D-Burlington/Camden) to require apply pay-to-play prohibitions to county bridge commissioners > > · Legislation (A-3133) sponsored by Riley, Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) to allow retailers to offer rebates and other reward for gas purchases. > > · A bill (A-3138) sponsored by John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Coughlin to combat Sayreville flooding. > > · Legislation (A-3838) sponsored by Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Conaway to regulate Botox use by minors. > > · A bill (A-3908) sponsored by Wayne DeAngelo and Daniel R. Benson (both D-Mercer/Middlesex) to require state, regional and local authorities to increase online transparency. > > · Legislation (A-3980) sponsored by Stender, DeAngelo and Quijano to require proper disposal of state computers containing personal information. > > The complete agenda can be found at: > > http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp. > > On the Net: > > > >

GUSCIORA, LAMPITT, QUIJANO, GIBLIN, RAMOS BILL REQUIRING THE DESIGN OF ENERGY EFFICIENT & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS ADVANCES

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> From: “Sciortino, Jennifer” > Date: June 22, 2011 10:21:04 AM EDT > Subject: GUSCIORA, LAMPITT, QUIJANO, GIBLIN, RAMOS BILL REQUIRING THE DESIGN OF ENERGY EFFICIENT & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS ADVANCES >

> > > > FOR RELEASE: > > > > CONTACT: > > June 22, 2011 > > > > Press Office > > (609) 292-7065 > > > > GUSCIORA, LAMPITT, QUIJANO, GIBLIN, RAMOS BILL REQUIRING THE DESIGN OF ENERGY EFFICIENT & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS ADVANCES > > > (TRENTON) – The Assembly Education Committee has approved a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Pamela Lampitt, Annette Quijano, Thomas Giblin, and Ruben Ramos, Jr. requiring the design of all new public schools to follow industry recognized standards for green building practices. > > “From an environmental and fiscal standpoint, these design plans are the responsible way to go,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer). “This bill will ensure that environmentally responsible building practices are followed for years to come.” > > “Our kids deserve first-rate educational facilities,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “At the same time, they also deserve to live in a world that hasn’t been irreparably altered by irresponsible environmental practices.” > > The bill (A1076) would require all new public schools in New Jersey to incorporate green building practices that would significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact on the environment and the building’s occupants. In doing so, new public schools would be required to incorporate the guidelines developed by the United States Green Building Council known as the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED). > > “This is a forward thinking bill that will ensure that we take the most responsible approach possible when planning our children’s educational environment,” said Quijano (D-Union). > > “Smart designs will pay dividends for years to come, creating less of an impact on our environment and fostering a more sound learning institution for students,” said Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic). > > “This is about sustainability, but also making sure that the buildings that our kids spend the majority of their day in are safe and environmentally sound,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). > > The LEED for Schools program promotes schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective by addressing issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas, including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. > > The United States Green Building Council is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live and work. > > Although similar requirements were instituted by executive order under the previous administration, this legislation would codify these practices into law and ensure that they are incorporated for years to come. > > > > On the Net: > > > > > > > >

MAINOR & RAMOS BILL TO UPGRADE PENALTY FOR KILLING POLICE DOG SIGNED INTO LAW

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> From: “Hester, Tom” > Date: June 22, 2011 4:27:08 PM EDT > Subject: MAINOR & RAMOS BILL TO UPGRADE PENALTY FOR KILLING POLICE DOG SIGNED INTO LAW >

> > > > FOR RELEASE: > > Senate: > Assembly: > June 22, 2011 > > Derek Roseman > Tom Hester, Jr. > > > (609) 847-3700 > (609) 292-7065 > > > ‘SCHULTZ’S LAW’ SIGNED > > Law Named for Gloucester Police Dog Killed in Line of Duty Upgrades Penalties for Killing Police, Search & Rescue Dogs > > > > TRENTON – Legislation enhancing penalties for intentionally killing an on-duty police or search and rescue dog and named “Schultz’s Law” in honor of a Gloucester Township police dog killed by a crime suspect was today signed into law. > > > > The law was drafted in response to the November 30, 2010 killing of Schultz, a 3 1/2 year-old German shepherd and member of Gloucester Township’s police force. After tracking down a robbery suspect and latching onto the man’s arm, Schultz was thrown into the path of oncoming traffic, where he was struck and killed. > > > > It was sponsored in the Senate by Senators Fred Madden and Donald Norcross, and in the Assembly by Assemblymen Paul Moriarty, Ruben Ramos, and Charles Mainor. > > > > “Police dogs do not simply work alongside our police, they are part of our police,” said Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden). “They provide a tremendous service and perform a vital function in assisting and protecting our communities. Protecting these animals, who are in turn protecting us, is to be taken seriously.” > > > > “Dogs that assist law enforcement are valuable allies in the fight against crime,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “Schultz was doing nothing more than his job – serving and protecting the public. This law will ensure all K-9 officers have strong protections against those who break society’s rules.” > > > > “Just as Schultz was in Gloucester Township, police dogs are integral members of any force and vital in helping to keep our communities safe,” said Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester). “They deserve the full protection of the law, especially when they are carrying out their duties.” > > > > Under the new law, criminals found guilty of killing a police dog or a dog engaged in a search and rescue operation will receive a mandatory minimum five-year prison term, with no eligibility for parole, and a $15,000 fine. > > > > Killing a police or search and rescue dog previously was a third-degree crime and carried penalties of between three to five years in prison and fines of up to $15,000. > > > > Schultz was well-known throughout Gloucester Township, where he was a fixture at police presentations to schools and local organizations. He lived with his handler, Cpl. Mark Pickard, and his family. He was memorialized with full police honors; the memorial service drew hundreds of residents and K-9 police units from as far away as Virginia. > > > > “Dogs that assist law enforcement are loyal allies in the fight against crime,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). “This dog, like many others, was simply doing his job serving and protecting the public. They deserve legitimate protection against abuse, and those who abuse them need to face severe punishment.” > > > > “Canines involved in law enforcement risk their life, much like police officers, to do the job they were trained to do,” said Mainor (D-Hudson). “Killing a police dog should be viewed in much the same way as directly assaulting a police officer.” > > > > The law takes effect immediately. > > > > Follow the Senate Democrats: > > > > > > > > For more information, please visit us on the Web: > > www.njsendems.com www.assemblydems.com

Nidia’s feedback on NY AVE murals

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> From: ISABELLA MEDERI > Date: June 20, 2011 12:55:22 AM GMT-04:00 > To: , , , , , , , , CATERINA MAKO , , , , , , , , , , “Harriet Taub (MFTA)” , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , SELLE GUEYE , , , , , , , , , , > Subject: Nidia’s feedback on NY AVE murals >

> Dear Councilwoman Nidia, Senator Stack, Councilmen Fulop, Bhalla and Mello, all my tireless Neighbors and supporters from Hoboken, > > Kudos to our Councilwoman Nidia Lopez who is trying very hard to get us all the answers asked on the last Tuesday’s meeting. The letters below are basically explaining that there is no room for our needs in the $1.3 million grant. We call it beautification of JC Gateway, while in fact it is actually only making tolerable the dangerous, overgrown, dusty, smelling NY Ave. > Dear Nidia, please forward my answer to all interested parties that their proposal is completely unacceptable. Our officials need to listen to the needs of the community and we Thank You for being a good messenger. > Please let me know asap: > 1. which entity decides about the project > 2. how many bids are being submitted and how can we get involved in viewing them > 3. when is the council ready to listen to us > The results below are an insult for the people voting unanimously at two neighborhood meetings for the past due repairs and updated environmental changes. > Decorative lighting, pedestrian and bike friendly roads, professional landscaping and local murals are must for all the noise, air, dust pollution and wild traffic patterns we and Hoboken residents go thru with the neighboring recycling companies. I agree, it takes a skill for our City and County government to sit and negotiate with bad neighbors like Galaxy and All american to make them swallow a big pill and make them give back a fraction to the community that tolerated so much. Make us proud this time around! Reminder NY Ave is part County road part City. > Because of our poor public transportation for many this route is the only way to reliable Hoboken’s Path train, so in above red letters is where the tired taxpayer would see one of the quality of life improvements. Also, less and less people should use cars, we’ve been told- so instead of bouncing us to UEZ let Engineering , Traffic & Transportation officials come up with a greener solution and finally put us on an updated environmentally friendly map. > We the People > Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:02:32 -0400 > Subject: Fwd: FW: New York Avenue > From: isabellamolnar@gmail.com > To: isabellamederi@hotmail.com > > > > ———- Forwarded message ———- > From: Nidia Lopez > Date: Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 11:41 PM > Subject: FW: New York Avenue > To: Isabella Molnar > > > > FYI > I will reach out to UEZ. > Nidia > > ________________________________________ > From: Dawn Odom > Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:13 AM > To: Nidia Lopez > Cc: Chuck Lee > Subject: FW: New York Avenue > > Dear Councilwoman, > > The purpose of the Municipal Aid FY2011 funding is for the purpose of improving the condition of the roadway infrastructure (e.g. resurfacing, reconstruction, draining, ADA compliant curbs and sidewalks). This award is $1,300,000 which does not include police salary hours and nor items that the state will not participate in like fencing or lighting or underground vaults. May I suggest contacting UEZ regarding the possibility of submitting an application for funds to supplement a “gateway beautification” project. > > If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact this office. > > Dawn L. Odom > Supervising Administrative Analyst, MPA > Division of Engineering, Traffic & Transportation > 575 Route 440 > Jersey City, NJ 07304 > Desk: (201) 547-4931 > Fax: (201) 547-4497 > www.jerseycitynj.gov > > From: Chuck Lee > Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 10:24 AM > To: Dawn Odom > Subject: FW: New York Avenue > > Dawn, > > Please review Councilwoman Lopez’s email below and you may respond directly back to her. Thanks. > > Chuck F. Lee, P.E. > City Engineer > 575 Route 440 > Jersey City, NJ 07305 > Office: 201-547-4413 > Fax: 201-547-6848 > > From: Nidia Lopez > Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 5:43 PM > To: Chuck Lee; Maryanne Kelleher > Cc: Patty Lynch > Subject: New York Avenue > > Hi Chuck, > I attended a block association meeting which was very well attended, 40-50 people, including Senator Stack. The main topic was New York Avenue being a Gateway Entrance to our great city, Jersey City, and the importance of its appearance. > > The grant we received is a blessing to beautifying this area and making the much needed repairs to the road. Many constituents asked, what is the possibility of dedicating a portion of the monies for murals. It can be coordinated by Cultural Affairs. The artist/community members that attended the meeting thought this was a positive and much welcome suggestion. Please give me your input. Thanks. > Nidia R Lopez > >

WAGNER, CONNERS & RAMOS BILL PROVIDING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WITH FREE OR REDUCED BEACH PASSES SIGNED INTO LAW

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> From: “Sciortino, Jennifer” > Date: June 17, 2011 4:19:10 PM GMT-04:00 > Subject: WAGNER, CONNERS & RAMOS BILL PROVIDING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WITH FREE OR REDUCED BEACH PASSES SIGNED INTO LAW >

> > > > FOR RELEASE: > > > > CONTACT: > > June 17, 2011 > > > > Press Office > > (609) 292-7065 > > > > WAGNER, CONNERS & RAMOS BILL PROVIDING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WITH FREE OR REDUCED BEACH PASSES SIGNED INTO LAW > > > > (TRENTON) – Just as summer is heating up, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Connie Wagner, Jack Conners and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. has been signed into law, which would allow municipalities to offer free or discounted beach badges to military personnel and their families. > > “These brave men and women give so much for our state and our country,” said Wagner (D-Bergen). “Giving our armed forces one more way to capitalize on their valuable down time is the least we can do to say ‘thank you’ for their service.” > > Previously, towns were allowed to offer free or reduced price beach tags for individuals over 65 years of age, disabled residents and children under 12. > > The new law (A-2299/S-114) allows municipalities to provide free or reduced fees for access to beach, bathing and recreational grounds for individuals in active military service, their spouses and children over the age of 12 and members of the New Jersey National Guard who have completed Initial Active Duty Training, their spouses and children over 12. > > Municipalities choosing to provide free or reduced beach tags for service members will be required to track the number of individuals who qualify for them. > > “The families of service men and women don’t always have a lot of discretionary spending money, whether it’s because they’re waiting on back-pay or are experiencing a salary cut due to the transition from civilian to active duty status,” said Conners (D-Camden) the chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs committee and a former Army National Guardsman and Army Reservist. > > “Allowing them to take advantage of our beaches at a free or reduced rate will give them one more way to take their minds off of loved ones fighting for our freedoms and interests overseas,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). > > > > On the Net: > > > > > > > > > >

Update from Councilwoman Nidia Lopez




Jun 17, 2011 03:18:44 AM, isabellamederi@hotmail.com wrote:

Dear All,
Thank You very much for attending Tuesday night’s EPNA meeting. We greatly appreciate  our unique panel that had Senator Brian Stack, Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, Hoboken’s Councilman Ravi Bhalla and David Mello as well as representatives of various JC and Hudson County Departments. 
I need to say that every time I see more people involved, hear all the creative ideas from my neighbors and immediate response from our elected officials I get extra boost to continue convincing  people how important is to stay in touch. Our results should encourage people to join  numerous activist groups working very hard to make our City a better place to live. I thank them all on understanding EPNA’s idea of uniting on certain issues like the one mentioned on Tuesday night and standing all the way tight with us.
Bellow please read the first updates from our Councilwoman Nidia Lopez .
After the first  big clean up and fencing of Galaxy we are actually at the next stage as far as All American goes: planting flowers and trees! I like it a lot, obviously we have listening ears at All American, accommodating the needs of the neighborhood.
Next step: EPNA should have a web-site with 1. placing sketches  about JC Gateway and voting options. 2. answer if to invite All American and Galaxy owners to our meetings next time  3. Communication between residents and mural artists 4. informing Hoboken’s residents on environmental and traffic safety issues etc.
 Also, I was offered to visit both plants , walk thru with the owners and give suggestions what should be changed. I know James is interested in coming as well, please write to me who else would come and what times would work. I am going to ask Nick Taylor zoning officer to be there answering about the famous lot and city engineer for sound proofing and recyclable storing options.
FYI, I am leaving next week Thursday , so the walk thru needs to happen after July 6. In mean time I ask You kindly to set up the web-site, so we can continue the speed and outreach . 
 Also, if we decide to accept the 24/7 work permit, I think we have a big leverage like decorative street lights all along NY Ave and Hope- Franklin Streets, wide side walks, maybe on both sides of NY Ave one for bikers one for pedestrians only. Cameras, decorative shrubs hiding both sites and help to work with the City on the Adopt a lot Project on Hope Street and NY Ave. Next week I am meeting with Becky Hoffman from Riverview Neighborhood Association to give detailed report  on the meeting and to ask  her to bring up the topic on their next meeting as well. Hopefully this coming  fall we will not worry about  these issue anymore.   
Dog owners, I’ve seen You at the meeting and I know how desperate  You are for a dog run, please write to me with suggestions. SHADE TREE COMMISSION VOLUNTEERS write to me, we need two members in each section of the Heights. Fall planting is around the corner.   
Web-site designers PLEASE GIVE US A HAND. Others, enjoy Your success in  many to come  changes of  EPNA and its supporters  .  
Sincerely
Isabella   
 

From: NLopez@jcnj.org
To: isabellamederi@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:15:18 -0400
Subject: RE: New York Avenue

Hi Isabella,

Your  meeting was well attended and people seemed very engaged in the issues at hand.    I was told that Galaxy and American Recycling will continue to meet with us and work together at solving concerns/issues.  I was asked if they could become members of your block association;  as constituents  and neighbors will they be accepted by your organization? 

 

American Recycling is looking into planting flowers and trees around  the area (gate) of concern (garbage being dump).   The Planning Board will guide us on appropriate Signage allowed by the city.  I had a conversation about artists painting murals to beatify the entrance.  Before anything is done the community can meet again and make suggestions on the appropriate mural for this area and Director Maryann Kelleher will  coordinate  with the artist.    I will continue to keep you informed.

Best Regards,

Nidia R. Lopez

From: ISABELLA MEDERI [mailto:isabellamederi@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:33 AM
To: Nidia Lopez
Subject: RE: New York Avenue

 

Thank You Nidia!
Isabella
 


From: NLopez@jcnj.org
To: isabellamederi@hotmail.com; steven.m.fulop@gmail.com; jamespollaci@hotmail.com; kthorup@shipco.com
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:13:51 -0400
Subject: FW: New York Avenue

FYI – I am asking for a written report of what it all means. 

Nidia R. Lopez

 

From: Patricia Logan
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:39 PM
To: Nidia Lopez
Cc: Patty Lynch; Joao D’Souza
Subject: RE: New York Avenue

 

Patty

We did do a volume count and classification count (type of vehicle) on New York Av in May 2011.  We were able to get data for a 5 day period at the top of New York Av however only for 1 day at the bottom.

I am attaching the traffic engineering data we collected.  One is a vehicle volume count and the other is the classification, cars, trucks, no. of axils.  I am including the instructions so you may be able to understand the different vehicle classes listed on the report.

Pat

 


From: Nidia Lopez
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:08 PM
To: Patricia Logan
Cc: Patty Lynch
Subject: RE: New York Avenue

 

Hello Pat,

 

Mr. Jaoa D’Sousa did a traffic survey some time ago.  Apparently the traffic “counter” was stolen and he had something different put up.    We needed to know if this survey is completed and if so, what are the results.

 

This has been an ongoing issue re: Galaxy Recycling.

 

Thank you!!!

 

Patty

 

From: Patricia Logan
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:58 PM
To: Patty Lynch
Cc: Nidia Lopez
Subject: RE: New York Avenue

 

Patty

I just returned to my office from this morning.  I need some background information on your inquiry with regard to New York Av. Is it the section south of Franklin that curves?

Thanks

Pat

 


From: Patty Lynch
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:40 PM
To: Patricia Logan
Cc: Nidia Lopez
Subject: New York Avenue

 

Hello Miss Logan,

 

Councilwoman Lopez asked that I try and get an update from you regarding the traffic study on New York Avenue.  Is there any update?  Nidia is meeting with Senator Stack this evening and wanted to bring him up to speed.

 

I also left you a voicemail.  Please either call or email me with an update.  Thank you!

 

Patty Lynch

 

Aide to Councilwoman Nidia R. Lopez

City of Jersey City, Ward C

280 Grove Street

Jersey City, NJ  07302
Tel. (201) 547-5172
Fax (201) 547-4678
www.jerseycitynj.gov

 


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