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

Kyrillos Legislation Would Create Process for Towns without Local School Districts to Shift from One Regional District to Another

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that will make it possible for towns that don’t have a local school district to exit from one regional school district and enter another. There is no process under current law that allows for such a transfer.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos would create a process for towns without local school districts to shift from one regional district to another. (Wikipedia)

“We have a number of small towns in New Jersey whose non-operating school districts were eliminated during the Corzine Administration,” said Kyrillos. “Those towns may find new regionalization opportunities that provide a better fit for students and taxpayers. Unfortunately, State law requiring a local school district to approve such a move was never updated to reflect that some towns now have no local school district at all.”

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Kyrillos: Time is Now to Legalize Sports Betting in NJ

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) released the following statement Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey:

Sen. Joe Kyrillos said the time is now to legalize sports betting and give New Jersey a sorely-needed economic boost. Kyrillos is a prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the prohibition on sports betting in N.J. (Flickr)

“This is an incredibly important case for our state,” Senator Kyrillos said. “The time is now to legalize sports betting and give New Jersey the economic boost we sorely need. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in our favor and we will await their decision.”

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Kyrillos Applauds Supreme Court for Taking Up NJ Sports Betting Case

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for agreeing to hear arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey.  (Flickr)

On Tuesday, June 27, The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a court decision that blocked New Jersey’s efforts to bring sports betting to its casinos and race tracks, including Monmouth Park.

Senator Kyrillos is the prime sponsor of legislation repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, and a staunch advocate for New Jersey’s equine industry.

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Passed: Kyrillos/Cunningham Resolution to Open 9/11 Museum for All American Families

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (R-Hudson) urging Congress to designate the September 11 Memorial and Museum as a national memorial was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos resolution urges the President and Congress to designate the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a “national memorial.” (Flickr)

“It has been almost 16 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Museum honors the memory of those we lost and the heroism of so many on that horrific day,” Senator Kyrillos said. “It can cost upwards of $200 to buy tickets for a family of four, which makes it extremely difficult for many people to visit this solemn place. We must remember those we lost, and making the 9/11 Museum a National Memorial will ensure that everyone can visit and pay their respects.”

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Senate Passes Kyrillos Plans to Finance Clean Water, Open Space Projects Across New Jersey

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The New Jersey Senate has passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) to finance clean water, drinking water, and open space preservation projects statewide.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos has two pieces of legislation to help local governments finance clean water and open space preservation projects. (Pixabay)

“Water infrastructure improvements are costly, but failing to act puts our health and safety at risk,” Senator Kyrillos said. “The NJEIT is an invaluable funding mechanism for local governments that would otherwise struggle to make these improvements. I am pleased to see the Legislature renew its commitment to ensuring every resident in this state can have access to drinking water that is clean and safe.”

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Advanced: Kyrillos/ Cunningham Resolution to Open 9/11 Museum for All American Families

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (R-Hudson) urging Congress to designate the September 11 Memorial and Museum as a national memorial was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Sandra Cunningham to make the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum a National Memorial was advanced by a Senate panel. (Flickr)

“It has been almost 16 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Museum honors the memory of those we lost and the heroism of so many on that horrific day,” Senator Kyrillos said. “It can cost about $200 to buy tickets for a family of four, which makes it extremely difficult for many people to visit this solemn place. We must remember those we lost, and making the 9/11 Museum a National Memorial will ensure that everyone can visit and pay their respects.”

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Kyrillos: $332 Million Generated from FCC Spectrum Sale Should Be Reinvested in NJ

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Calls for NJTV to Receive Share, Majority Remainder to Fight Opioid Abuse

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) called for the $332 million realized by the State through a recent FCC broadcast television spectrum sale to be reinvested in important programs for New Jerseyans.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos called for the $332 million realized by the State through a recent FCC broadcast television spectrum sale to be reinvested in important programs for New Jerseyans. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The millions New Jersey received from the sale of excess, valuable television spectrum that was owned by the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority should not be allowed to disappear into the black hole of the state budget,” said Kyrillos. “We have an opportunity to fund critical infrastructure needs of NJTV, the state’s public television network, and support opioid treatment programs in a responsible fashion.”

Kyrillos called for 10 percent — approximately $33 million — of the spectrum sale proceeds to be dedicated to the needs of NJTV, with the remainder — approximately $300 million — dedicated to fighting opioid abuse.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Kyrillos & Doherty Fight to Reform $1.9 Billion Property Tax Liability

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-11), Michael Doherty (R-23) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) sent letters today inviting Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to join their effort to achieve vacation and sick leave reform.

Senators Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos invited Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to join their effort to achieve vacation and sick leave reform. (SenateNJ.com)

Their invitation follows the publication of a story by NJ Spotlight today putting the total accumulated liability of towns, counties, and school districts for unused sick and vacation time at nearly $1.9 billion.

In the letter, the senators note that New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and highlight the bipartisan effort to enact the two-percent cap in 2010.

“When few people thought it was possible, Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature came together to pass the property tax cap,” said Doherty. “That was a good demonstration of what’s possible, but much more remains to be done. Ending the sick and vacation leave payout abuses that contribute to our state’s property tax crisis should be low-hanging fruit that we can accomplish together if given the opportunity.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty, Kyrillos Condemn Democrats for Repeated Efforts to Block Sick Leave Reform

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Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos condemned the repeated efforts by Legislative Democrats to block Senate and Assembly Republican attempts to move bills limiting local sick leave payouts to protect property taxpayers.

Sens. Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty, Joe Kyrillos condemned Legislative Democrats for continuing to block Senate and Assembly Republican efforts to pass sick leave reform. (SenateNJ.com)

An effort by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz to move legislation (A-653) addressing six-figure sick leave payouts that some local government employees receive when they retire was blocked by Assembly Democrats during the March 16, 2017 Assembly voting session.

Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos also attempted to force a vote on their sick leave reform bills during the most recent Senate session on March 13. Senate Democrats blocked each of those efforts.

“It doesn’t make any sense to repeatedly block attempts to achieve sick leave reform, when both Democrats and Republicans sponsor legislation to do just that,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “I am disappointed to see the majority party pass up another opportunity to provide property tax relief to our residents, by eliminating this billion-dollar expense hanging over their heads.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Democrats Block Three Attempts by Kyrillos, Doherty & Beck to Move Bills Limiting Local Sick Leave Payouts to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Measures Would Stop Six-Figure Payouts for Unused Sick Time to Retiring Local Government Employees

Three separate efforts by Senate Republicans to protect property taxpayers by moving bills they sponsor addressing the absurd six-figure sick leave payouts that some local government employees receive when they retire were blocked by Senate Democrats during today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

Senate Democrats tabled an effort to bring S-194 up for a vote. (SenateNJ.com)

Motions were made by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on S-194, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) on S-572, and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) on S-2140 to bring the bills to the floor of the Senate for consideration. Senate Democrats blocked each of those efforts.

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