New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

Senator Joe Kyrillos

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Jennifer Beck joined a bipartisan group of legislators to honor Monmouth Park for a successful Haskell Invitational featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on August 13, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of Drew Keough, following the Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law” on October 9, 2014. Lt. Pezzano, a Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of S-2243 to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon (both R-13) toured the Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project on July 9, 2014. The project is purchasing and installing storm resistant and environmentally friendly modular homes for 12-15 Union Beach families whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Twitter)

  • The RAINE Foundation presented Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) with a United States flag recovered among the destruction in Union Beach caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) with his family at the reorganization meeting of the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) speaking at the Bell Labs Renovation Kickoff in Holmdel on September 16, 2013. “It is a true monument of American ingenuity and will once again be an important part of the Holmdel community,” Kyrillos said. (Asbury Park Press/Mary Frank)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) speaking at the Bell Labs Renovation Kickoff in Holmdel on September 16, 2013. “It is a true monument of American ingenuity and will once again be an important part of the Holmdel community,” Kyrillos said. (Asbury Park Press/Mary Frank)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) presenting a Senate Resolution to the Stavola Family at Edgewater Beach Club in Sea Bright on June 28, 2013 in recognition of their hard work and dedication in rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy. (TRTNJ.com)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) helping William Gehlhaus cut the ribbon at the grand reopening of Keansburg Amusement Park on May 18, 2013. The park reopened after being closed for six months due to devastation from Hurricane Sandy. (CNN)

  • Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) during a Senate session.

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Environment Committees Approves Kyrillos Bill Strengthening Shore Protection Fund

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Measure Doubles Funding to Protect Jersey Shore & Boost Tourism Economy

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to double the resources available to the New Jersey Shore Protection Fund has been approved by both the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos would double support for the Shore Protection Fund. (Wikimedia Commons)

The committees held a special joint hearing on August 18th in Toms River to consider the legislation to increase support for the fund, which helps pay for projects that protect the Jersey Shore from storms and the important shore tourism industry.

“Boosting the Shore Protection Fund will help us to strengthen our state’s $40 billion tourism economy and the half-million New Jersey jobs that depend on it,” said Kyrillos. “It will provide the resources we need to maintain beaches that rival any on the East Coast, and make returning to the Jersey Shore an easy choice for families planning their next vacation.”

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Governor Signs Kyrillos NJEIT Bill to Fund $60 Million of Improvements at Bayshore and Middletown Sewerage Authorities

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Measure Finances $411 Million of Environmental Infrastructure Projects Statewide

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to finance up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $60 million would fund local projects in Middletown and Union Beach.

The new law by Sen. Joe Kyrillos finances $411 million of environmental infrastructure projects, including nearly $60 million of improvements in Middletown and Union Beach. (Pixabay)

The measures, S-2292 and S-2293, fund 80 eligible projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, including those in the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Clean Water Project Priority List” and the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Drinking Water Project Priority List,” as well as six clean water and two drinking water environmental infrastructure projects.

“We’re ensuring that New Jersey’s wastewater, stormwater and drinking water systems are modernized and safe,” said Kyrillos. “Many of the local authorities that will receive funding through this legislation and the NJEIT would not otherwise have the resources to complete these critical projects.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Kyrillos Call for Construction of Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan

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Senators Join Bipartisan Effort to Preserve One-Seat Ride to New York for New Jersey Commuters

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) have joined State and federal officials on a bipartisan basis to call for the construction of a new bus terminal in New York that will preserve a one-seat ride to New York for New Jersey’s commuters and create economic growth throughout the bi-state region.

Senators Tom Kean and Joe Kyrillos joined NJ state and federal officials in calling for construction of Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan. (Flickr)

Kean and Kyrillos, both longstanding advocates for New Jersey commuters, are joined by eight members of the New Jersey House delegation and eight other members of the New Jersey Legislature in sending a letter to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leadership detailing the need for construction of a new bus terminal on Manhattan’s West Side designed to meet a projected 50 percent increase in ridership demand by 2040.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter. The full text of the letter is below:

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Targeting Police & Emergency Services Personnel Would Be Hate Crime Under Kyrillos/Sarlo Legislation

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect First Responders

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would make it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel.

Bipartisan legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Paul Sarlo would make it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. (Flickr)

The proposed legislation follows a string of deadly attacks where law enforcement officers have been targeted for violence.

“This legislation is a bipartisan statement that targeting police officers who serve our communities is not acceptable,” said Kyrillos. “Our police officers and first responders need to know that we’ll back them up when they put on their uniforms to go to work.”

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Kyrillos Bill Would Make Targeting Police & Emergency Services Personnel a Hate Crime

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) will introduce legislation that would make it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos will introduce a bill making it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. (Flickr)

The proposed legislation follows a string of deadly attacks where law enforcement officers have been targeted for violence.

“We depend on police officers and first responders to protect and serve our communities, and they deserve to know that we have their backs,” said Kyrillos. “We cannot allow an entire class of public servants to be targeted for violence due to their profession. If such attacks don’t qualify as hate crimes, I don’t know what does.”

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Senate Passes Sweeney-Kyrillos Bill to Cut Red Tape, Create Casino Jobs in Atlantic City

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Job-creating legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to encourage small-scale and boutique casinos to set up shop in Atlantic City has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos’ bill encourages boutique casinos to set up shop and create jobs in Atlantic City.

“The closure of Atlantic City’s four largest casinos put nearly 8,000 residents out of work and far too many are still struggling to get back on their feet,” Senator Kyrillos said. “Cutting red tape is critical to encouraging boutique casino owners to invest in Atlantic City. By passing this legislation, we can shore up the city’s fragile economy, put hardworking locals back to work, and generate huge benefits for New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Senate Passes Kyrillos Bill to Streamline Approvals for Residential Standby Power Generators

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to streamline the local approval process to make it easier for homeowners to install automatic standby generators to provide electricity during power outages was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 40-0 vote.

A New Jersey street lit only by a car’s headlights during a power outage following Superstorm Sandy. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-204, was prompted by a number of long-term outages in recent years that have increased demand from homeowners for the installation of emergency power sources.

“Homeowners who suffered days or weeks without power following Superstorm Sandy learned how fragile our electric grid really is,” said Kyrillos. “Many didn’t realize until then just how dependent we’ve become on technology that doesn’t work when the power is out. Too many who have sought to install standby generators on their homes since Sandy to minimize future disruptions have been blocked by unnecessary government red tape.”

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Sarlo & Kyrillos Bill Would Set Statewide Standards for Uber-Like Services

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Will Introduce Legislation To Provide Safety Standards, Consumer Protections for Transportation Network Companies

Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Joe Kyrillos announced legislation that will establish statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett in order to provide safety standards and consumer protections. The bipartisan bill will be introduced in the Senate on Monday, May 9th.

Sen. Paul Sarlo and Sen. Joe Kyrillos announced legislation to establish statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett. (Flickr)

“These Transportation Network Companies that provide a digital platform to connect riders with drivers often cross municipal and county boundaries so the best way to allow them to provide services and protect customers is with statewide standards,” said Senator Kyrillos. “These companies have already become an extremely important part of our transit system, addressing a real need for people, creating jobs and motivating the economy.”

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Senator Tom Kean

NJ Senate Leaders Recognize Historic Commitment to New Manhattan Bus Terminal

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Sweeney, Kean, Weinberg, Gordon, Sarlo & Kyrillos Join With Port Authority Official, Transportation Advocates & Commuters in NYC on Plan to Build New Terminal

Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Bob Gordon and Senator Joe Kyrillos joined with transportation advocates and commuters to continue to promote the need for a new bus terminal and to praise the bi-state leadership of the Port Authority, especially Chairman John Degnan, for their support for the historic plan recently approved by the Port Authority to construct the new facility in Manhattan.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Sweeney, Sen. Kean, Sen. Weinberg, Sen. Sarlo, Sen. Kyrillos and Sen. Gordon. (SenateNJ.com)

“We worked together across the aisle to stand up for New Jersey’s commuters, and the final decision to build the replacement terminal in Manhattan represents a real victory for our state,” said Senator Kean. “The agreement is recognition that our commuters demand and deserve mass transportation that is both fast and convenient. A bus terminal in New Jersey, as some had proposed, would have been neither.”

“This is an historic achievement that will serve the critical transportation needs of the entire region for generations to come,” said Senator Sweeney, referring to the Port Authority’s vote to include the construction of a new bus terminal in its capital plan. “My colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and I have been fighting for this for years as a top priority so we are all grateful for the support of both governors and the Port Authority’s leadership. They helped to make this happen.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Passes Bateman, Kyrillos Bill Creating School District Regionalization Task Force

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senator Joe Kyrillos to establish a task force to identify the issues and benefits of school district regionalization.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Joe Kyrillos would establish a task force to identify the issues and benefits of school district regionalization. (Flickr)

“In a state where there are more school districts than municipalities, regionalization has enormous potential to bolster educational programs and reduce New Jersey’s nation-high property tax burden,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Exploring solutions to create efficient, sustainable school systems will help us understand how we can best serve the growing needs of our students and communities.”

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