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

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 Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
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 Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
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 Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
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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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos, Beck Urge Rejection of Monmouth County Power Line Project

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Following today’s public hearing, Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) urged state officials and agencies to reject an unnecessary power line project that has been fiercely opposed by residents of Monmouth County.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Jennifer Beck are seeking to prevent the construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line through Monmouth County. (Flickr)

“These unsightly power lines would cut through some of Monmouth County’s most significant historic districts and most beautiful natural landscapes,” Senator Kyrillos said. “This project is no more welcome now than it was when it was first proposed 25 years ago. Residents have made it clear both in written correspondence, as well as at public meetings, that they do not want these power lines. We believe that the state should take these objections seriously and reject this project.”

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Sarlo-Kyrillos Uber Bill Approved by Senate

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Legislation Sets Safety Standards, Consumer Protections for Transportation Network Companies

Legislation (S-2179) sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Joseph Kyrillos that will establish statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett in order to provide safety standards and consumer protections was approved by the Senate today with a vote of 29-5.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Paul Sarlo establishes statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett. (Flickr)

TNCs are companies that use a digital network to connect drivers and riders.

“We worked with Uber and Lyft and law enforcement officials to create a statewide standard for ensuring the safety and protection of passengers, while maintaining the flexibility that has helped these ridesharing services to become so popular,” said Kyrillos. “Our efforts today will ensure continued economic opportunities for drivers and safe affordable rides for people across the state.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Joint Statement on 108th Anniversary of Hudson River Tunnels

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The following statement was issued today by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Union), Senators Bob Gordon and Paul Sarlo (both D-Bergen/Passaic) and Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth):

A bipartisan group of New Jersey State Senators called on President-elect Trump to make completion of the Gateway project a national priority in his transportation infrastructure effort. (SenateNJ.com)

“Tomorrow evening marks the 108th anniversary of the opening of the Hudson Rail Tunnels and New York’s Penn Station. They were badly damaged by superstorm Sandy, and engineers estimate that these tunnels will need to be closed for extensive reconstruction sometime in the next 10 to 20 years.

“That is why it is so important that we move forward as quickly as possible to make sure that the new Gateway Tunnels are built before one of the old tunnels needs to be closed – a situation that would cause an economic and commuter catastrophe in northern and central New Jersey, forcing up to 75,000 displaced rail riders onto overcrowded highways, buses and PATH trains.

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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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