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 Statement on Assembly Passage of Comprehensive Ridesharing Legislation

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement in response to the Assembly vote on comprehensive ridesharing legislation in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos said that he stands behind legislation allowing residents to take advantage of safe and affordable ridesharing services. (SenateNJ)

“Transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber have the potential to transform communities and provide people a path towards greater economic independence,” Senator Kyrillos said. “Neighbors help neighbors find rides where they need to go and a provide safe, affordable new transportation option, particularly in underserved communities. And all of this this creates needed flexible earning opportunities for local residents to make ends meet, feed their families, pay for school, and get around the city and state with confidence.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Democrats Stop Planned Vote on Bill Reducing Cost to Taxpayers for Public Employee Healthcare Benefits

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Measure Mandates Efficiencies to Cut Cost of Government by Eliminating Expensive Redundancies

A planned vote on legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) to enact efficiencies protecting taxpayers from the exploding cost of public employee healthcare benefits was blocked today by the majority Senate Democrats. The bill was removed at the last minute from the agenda of today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

Senate Democrats blocked a vote on legislation prohibiting public employees from being covered by more than one health insurance plan and limiting payouts for waiving coverage. (©iStock.com)

The bill, S-979, would prohibit multiple coverage by public employees with more than one job, eliminates cross-coverage by spouses who are both public employees, and caps payouts for school employees who waive coverage.

“The rapidly rising cost of public employee healthcare benefits is strangling government budgets and hurting struggling taxpayers,” said Kean. “We cannot afford to ignore critical efficiencies that would lower the cost of government, especially when we can do so without impacting the healthcare that public employees receive. I am disappointed that Democrats wouldn’t allow a vote on this critical taxpayer protection to occur today.”

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Kyrillos/Beck Target Proposed Giant Monmouth Electric Line

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Senator Joe Kyrillos and Senator Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) have introduced a trio of Senate resolutions seeking to prevent the construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line through Monmouth County by JCP&L.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Jennifer Beck have introduced a trio of Senate resolutions seeking to prevent the construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line through Monmouth County by JCP&L. (Flickr)

The “Monmouth County Reliability Project” would drive a 230-kV transmission line on 140-foot-tall monopole towers on a nearly 10-mile path from Aberdeen to Red Bank, cutting through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and across the Navesink River with sight exposure to Fair Haven and Rumson.

“This project is no more welcome today than it was 25 or more years ago when JCP&L shelved it due to the blistering public opposition and other available options,” said Kyrillos. “Once again, we are calling on other federal and state regulatory agencies and officials to work with us to address the significant local concerns that have been raised by residents and to develop a reasonable alternative.”

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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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