With a New Jersey-bound shipment of badly needed road salt still stuck at a Maine port and yet another snow storm forecast for Wednesday’s morning commute, Senator Joe Kyrillos today introduced a resolution urging federal authorities to waive the requirements of a nearly century old shipping law during certain states of emergency.
Delivery of New Jersey’s 40,000 ton order of rock salt from a Maine dock has been significantly delayed because of provisions of the Jones Act. Enacted in 1920, the act requires that maritime transport of cargo between two points in the United States be carried by U.S.-flagged ships and waivers of the requirement are only granted in the interest of national defense. While state and county rock salt supplies have been dangerously low because of repeat snow storms this winter, the state’s request for a waiver of the act to allow for the quickest delivery of the shipment was denied.
Senator Blasts HUD’s Denial of State Request to Allow Grant Applicants to Rebuild Homes
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) implored federal officials and representatives to allow a waiver for New Jersey property owners to recover their lives after Superstorm Sandy.
“It’s ridiculous, to say the least, that the people of New Jersey are being denied access to grant money because they are trying to rebuild their lives after the worst storm ever,” Kyrillos said. “The people of my district and the surrounding areas were some of the hardest hit and their federal government should not be hindering their recovery. Our home owners should be able to rebuild as they apply for grant money and I urge our congressional delegation to get to work immediately.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following remarks about the State of the State:
“Governor Christie has consistently led us in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish landmark reforms, with a steadfast focus on accomplishing what the people elected us all to get done. Under his leadership, New Jersey is well on its way to recovering from its darkest days: Superstorm Sandy and the Great Recession.
“Clearly, this Governor is not the type of leader who will be paralyzed by any crisis. The people can expect him to propose and fight for the vital reforms that they want to move New Jersey forward and make it more competitive.
The full Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to urge commercial airlines to protect people with peanut allergies by enacting policies concerning peanuts on flights.
“Airlines and peanuts have a long history together, but there are serious concerns about a rapidly growing number of people with potentially fatal peanut allergies,” Kyrillos said. “Even those with allergies who take all precautions before stepping on an airplane can still suffer critical consequences and need emergency care if exposed to peanuts in the cabin.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) is notifying small businesses recovering from Superstorm Sandy that a major grant and loan deadline is Dec. 31.
Through December, Sandy-impacted employers can apply for Stronger NJ Business Grants of up to $50,000 and Stronger NJ Business Loans of up to $5 million. Any business that has started an application at that time, even if it is not complete, should submit it, as they can still complete their application after the deadline.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) announced that the Christie administration has approved $37.8 million in grants to support 171 projects in 26 school districts in Monmouth County.
“On behalf of Monmouth County families, the Christie administration and I believe in this investment in our students and educators,” Kyrillos said. “State tax dollars are used best when they are in the right hands. Monmouth County’s schools perform among the best in the North East, but some are in dire need of structural and safety upgrades. We can trust that Monmouth schools will best capitalize on these grants to improve classrooms, labs and create healthy, state-of-the-art learning environments.”
The Senate Transportation Committee advanced today a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urging commercial airlines to implement and enact policies concerning peanuts on flights to address allergy concerns.
“Peanut allergies can have lethal consequences and are nothing to mess around with,” Kyrillos said. “Airlines have a responsibility to provide basic safeguards for passengers with special health needs. People who report a peanut allergy to an airline should have the comfort of knowing they won’t be served peanuts or put in danger of an allergic attack because of a fellow passenger’s snack.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), who serves a district among the most devastated by Superstorm Sandy one year ago, shared the following sentiments for the people of New Jersey:
“So much has been restored yet there is still much more work to do. To the families, small business owners and communities still trying to restore their homes, stores and neighborhoods: I know how painful this year has been and I will continue doing everything possible with the Christie administration to force the federal government to immediately release the tens of billions of your recovery dollars that it has been withholding. We cannot endure much more time, as overdue funding is obstructed by regulations and red tape. People are desperate to restore their lives.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) has introduced a Senate resolution urging the Italian government to keep open its consulate in Newark.
“This consulate serves 4,000 people per year in a state that boasts the nation’s fourth-highest Italian-American population and is home to the second-highest number of Italian immigrants,” Kyrillos said. “We cannot sit silent, as these New Jerseyans and visiting Italians will be forced to travel to other states in order to receive medical, non-medical and document services.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) has introduced a resolution urging commercial airlines to implement and enact policies concerning peanuts on flights to address allergy concerns.
“Families who report a peanut allergy to an airline should have the comfort of knowing they won’t be served peanuts or put in danger of an allergic attack because of a fellow passenger’s snack,” Kyrillos said. “Airlines have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all passengers. Sadly, this is not always the case.”