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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
The Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to streamline the local approval process to make it easier for residents to install automatic standby power generators on their homes.
The legislation follows a number of long-term power outages in recent years that have impacted New Jersey residents leading to an increased demand from homeowners for the installation of emergency power sources.
“We’re more dependent on electricity than ever before, but Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and recent blizzards and storms have reminded us that the infrastructure that brings power to our homes isn’t unbreakable,” said Kyrillos. “In light of recent events, more homeowners are looking to install permanent standby generators, but some have found the local approval process to be unnecessarily complex.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) establishing a school district regionalization task force to evaluate the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.
“Developing and implementing solutions to create an efficient, sustainable school system is an essential pathway to lowering New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to explore every possible avenue for reducing this immense financial burden. This task force will provide invaluable insight on a complex issue that carries great potential to reduce duplicative costs while still enhancing educational opportunities and programs for all students.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) stated the following regarding the Democrats proposal to again constitutionally mandate minimum wage increases:
“Enshrining wage increases into the constitution is a dangerous policy that doesn’t take economic realities into consideration, and that fact is proven by the last Democrat minimum-wage constitutional amendment that they now admit was a failure.
“New Jersey’s constitution shouldn’t be used as a tool to execute a national Democrat socialist agenda. We should instead have a thorough discussion about increasing the minimum wage, and it should be done in a collaborative manner by elected officials. That’s our job.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urged Assembly and Senate leaders to come back to the table and pass a state constitutional gaming ballot measure that’s right for the people of New Jersey, expressing dismay that we are losing the opportunity for this job and revenue-generating legislation.
“I’m very surprised that Jersey City Mayor Fulop isn’t using his considerable influence over the Assembly to motivate a compromise. This measure will be a new jobs-creating, revenue generating economic sector and remarkably may be centered in the Mayor’s hometown,” Kyrillos said.
The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Joe Kyrillos establishing a school district regionalization task force that will study and make recommendations regarding the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts.
“If we are ever going to address New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes and provide relief to homeowners we have to take a close look at consolidating school districts to create a more efficient and sustainable school system,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This task force will provide valuable insight and jumpstart the conversation on what is a complex issue, but one that carries great potential to enhance educational opportunities, streamline services and reduce costs.”
The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Joe Kyrillos establishing a school district regionalization task force that will study and make recommendations regarding the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts.
“We have to begin working in earnest to create a more efficient and sustainable school system and regionalization and consolidation of services needs to be a part of that discussion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Regionalizing school districts is a complex issue that requires a lot of thought and planning but in the right scenarios it is one that carries great potential to enhance educational opportunities, streamline services and address a leading contributor to New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.”
Job-creating legislation originally introduced in 2013 by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow New Jersey residents to invest in New Jersey-based companies, startups, innovators and entrepreneurs was signed into law today. The law, formerly S-712/A-2073, which garnered bipartisan sponsorship from Senate Democrats Cruz-Perez and Lesniak, as well as Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes and Upendra Chivukula, allows people to engage in online crowdfunding within the state of New Jersey.
“At a time when conventional sources of financing are scarce, this new law will help New Jersey’s innovators seek private capital from the investing public to develop their products or services right here in our state,” Kyrillos said. “Crowdfunding will level the playing field for future employers, giving those without access to Wall Street a chance to gain startup capital quickly and grow their business with the support of the community.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of New Jersey’s law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, stated the following after a federal court decided to hear the case that would allow sports betting in New Jersey:
“This court reversal puts us back on the right course to create opportunities here, improve the quality of life, and enhance the state’s economy, job creation and retention at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City. As I’ve said for months, we will prevail, and the repeals that this legislature enacted on a bipartisan basis will ultimately stand.”