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Senator Joe Kyrillos

  • 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.

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos speaks after Gov. Chris Christie signed S-29 into law, providing New Jersey families with real, long-term property tax relief on July 13, 2010. S-29 puts a hard cap on property taxes at 2 percent, provides for limited exceptions and puts the final authority to exceed the cap in the hands of the people. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

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Kyrillos Hails Major Monmouth County Park Addition; Slams Port Authority for Reneging

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement commending today’s action that will add 90 acres of Aberdeen Township open space for a new 250-acre Monmouth County park.

“The Monmouth County Freeholders led by Freeholders Burry and Arnone, Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini and its Council together with the Baykeeper and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation have done a tremendous job to create this park, which was several years in the making due to unthinkable complications. They’ve set an example for the rest of New Jersey and its local governments by finding a creative open space solution that will benefit generations to come.

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Editorial: Don’t Be Fooled by the Noise – PARCC Benefits Our Children and Future

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on PARCC testing was published in the Asbury Park Press:

When I think about policies that affect education in New Jersey, I immediately think of fellow parents who want their children to live happy, healthy lives and to have access to countless opportunities. Our common dream is for our children to be provided with the best possible education to succeed in whatever path they choose: college or a career.

For students who attend college, poor preparation leads to remediation that drains their time and money. According to the 2010 Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, approximately 70% of first-year students at community colleges took remedial courses, costing approximately $70 million per year in non-credit tuition at community colleges. New Jersey’s private colleges and universities reported that the annual cost for remediation was $21.6 million.

The costly truth is that many New Jersey graduates are borrowing money to pay for remedial instruction they should have received in high school.

Similarly, too many high school graduates who enter the workforce lack the necessary skills and knowledge to fill thousands of high-quality jobs, according to state business leaders.

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Christie Signs Kyrillos’ Job-Creating ‘Water Infrastructure Protection Act’

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) to help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades and create thousands of private-sector jobs was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” formerly S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.

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Kyrillos and Beck Request Information on State’s Plan for Fort Monmouth as Ebola Quarantine Site

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Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”

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Committee Advances Kyrillos Bill to Allow Hunting for Working People, Help NJ Economy

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow hunting of game animals on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos that would allow for hunting on Sundays during established hunting seasons has advanced. (Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

“I’ve heard from many constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays, to support their families, and they’re looking for a way to hunt here on their day off,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey’s Sunday hunting ban prevents a lot of hard-working people from being able to hunt or forces them on their day off to travel to other states to hunt and otherwise spend their money.”

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“Water Infrastructure Protection Act” Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.

“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”

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Senate Approves “Drew’s Law” to Protect Children from Speeding Cars Near Parks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of the late Drew Keough, following the Senate Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law.” Lt. Pezzano, a long-time Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of the legislation to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Full Size)

“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”

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Kyrillos Confident in NJ’s Continuing Fight for Sports Betting

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, stated the following after a federal court’s ruling late last week to prevent Monmouth Park from accepting sports wagers:

A federal court’s ruling will prevent Monmouth Park from accepting wagers on sporting events. (nakashi/Flickr)

“This was another unacceptable court ruling to the direct detriment of New Jersey residents, their quality of life, the state’s economy and the creation and retention of jobs at Monmouth Park and in Atlantic City. I fully expect we will prevail in our continued fight for New Jerseyans, and that the repeals we enacted will ultimately stand.”

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Kyrillos Renews Push to Allow Hunting for Working People

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With a prime hunting season now underway in New Jersey, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) renewed his push for the passage of legislation that he sponsors to allow hunting on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos, S-699, would allow for hunting on Sundays during established hunting seasons. (Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

“I’ve heard from many hard-working constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays due in part to the high cost of living in this state and they’re looking for a way to hunt and put some food on their tables,” Kyrillos said. “They deserve this legislation, which could also generate additional revenue for our state.”

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Kyrillos on the Passing of Robert Littell

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Senator Joe Kyrillos stated the following about the passing of his former Senate colleague, Robert Littell:

“No one I have served with has left a more lasting mark on New Jersey’s public affairs than legislative giant Bob Littell. He was a teacher and mentor to me and many others. Susan and I offer our condolences to his great family, Ginnie, Alison and Luke.”

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