An Assembly panel advanced legislation Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Roy Freiman to counteract the cut in allowable property tax deductions imposed under the new federal tax changes.
Eustace, Johnson, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran, & Disabled Residents Heads to Governor’s Desk
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents gained final legislative approval from the Senate on Friday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
“LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans often face discrimination and bias in the workplace and transgender individuals, in particular, are disproportionately unemployed due to discrimination,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “This legislation would help them overcome certain discriminations by providing access to business assistance programs that are currently provided to other minority communities in the state.”
“These particular business sectors face unique challenges or even outright discrimination,” said Jasey (D-Essex, Morris). “Similar assistance programs have proven useful in helping other business groups gain a foothold. We want the economy to grow and stabilize and we can only do that by supporting all businesses regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.”
The bill (A-3891), which was approved by the Assembly in May, would allow the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the state Division of Revenue to provide assistance to businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans, just as it does to other minority owned businesses in the state.Read more
Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Singleton, Caputo & Jasey Bill to Address Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools Goes to Governor
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Elizabeth Muoio, Troy Singleton, Ralph Caputo & Mila Jasey to tackle student absenteeism in public schools received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
“Chronic absenteeism creates problems for schools and makes it harder for students to excel,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Having a coalition of people who can step in and get to the root of the problem can help cut down on school absences and keep students on the right track.”
"Chronic absenteeism creates major academic challenges for students, teachers and school administration, and is a gateway to countless challenges later in life for those students who suffer the negative effects of missing school," said Muoio (D-Mercer, Hunterdon). "The recent successful efforts of schools like Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School in Trenton show the importance and value of having in place collaborative school-wide programs involving teachers, administrators, parents and students, aimed at addressing and overcoming the roots of absenteeism."
“Excessive absences can signal problems at home,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “Having a plan in place to tackle the problem head on, and involving parents in the process, can help reduce any potential for conflict and help students who may have been falling behind refocus on their studies.”
“If students are not in school, they are not learning,” said Caputo (D-Essex). “There are many reasons why students might be skipping school. It is important that school administrators spring into action and work with parents to identify any underlying issues and get these students back on track.”
“Chronic absenteeism can’t be and shouldn’t be resolved by schools alone,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “Having an action plan that can be implemented promptly, and that involves parents can help ensure that the problem is addressed with the best interest of students at the forefront.”
Jasey, Green, Holley, Muoio & Mazzeo Bill to Ensure Continuation of Foreclosure Mediation Program to Combat NJ’s Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Approved by Assembly
New Jersey had highest rate of foreclosures in the nation in 2015
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Jerry Green, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio and Vince Mazzeo to codify the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program into law to help reduce the staggering number of foreclosures in the state and help homeowners keep their homes was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
The bill (A-1029) would codify the Foreclosure Mediation Program into state law. The program was established in 2009 by the New Jersey Judiciary in response to an alarming increase in residential foreclosures. New Jersey had the highest rate of foreclosures in the nation in 2015.
“Foreclosures not only affect homeowners, but neighborhoods and the state as a whole,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “Last year we led the country in foreclosures. The mediation services provided by this program can help homeowners avoid foreclosure and reinvigorate our housing market by reducing our dismal foreclosure rates. It is essential that we keep these services going.”
“Foreclosures wreak havoc on families and communities,” said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). “This bill would help ensure that the mediation services provided under the program continue to be available to homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes.”
“No homeowner wants to lose their home,” said Holley (D-Union). “Making this program a permanent fixture would ensure that homeowners facing foreclosure will always have an alternative. It would also help chip away at the foreclosure crisis that has loomed over the state for too long.”
“The city of Trenton had the second-highest metro foreclosure rate in the country last year, which makes any attempt at progress even more challenging,” said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “This bill ensures that the program will endure so that homeowners can take advantage of these mediation services, which will not only help homeowners but the municipalities where they live.”Read more
Legislation will allow collection of information on sexual orientation & gender identity
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to better serve the LGBT community at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities by allowing demographic forms to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity was signed into law on Monday.
“Having this information can help colleges and universities track enrollment, academic success and retention rates for LGBT students. This can help identify any areas of need, and ensure these students are getting the support services and resources necessary to thrive academically,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris).Read more
FLORHAM PARK - Mikie Sherrill's campaign to unseat Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-Harding, in 2018 gained some year-end traction Tuesday morning at the Florham Park Diner, where about 50 Democratic leaders in the 11th Congressional District gathered to pledge support.
State Sen. Richard Codey of Essex County introduced the former Navy helicopter pilot, federal prosecutor and mother of four during a breakfast meeting attended by mayors, council members and county committee chairmen who believe Sherrill could be part of a dramatic, nationwide shift in Congress following the 2018 midterm elections.Read more
I am proud to announce the endorsement by Planned Parenthood of my candidacy for re-election to the Assembly representing the 27th District. This outstanding, underfunded organization provides comprehensive women’s health services, including screenings and preventative care for thousands of NJ residents who are otherwise without medical homes. My sincere thanks to Executive Director Christine Sadovy, (pictured below), and for all who stand with me in Standing up for Planned Parenthood.
LIVINGSTON – Senator Richard J. Codey and Assembly members John McKeon and Mila Jasey (D- Essex/Morris) released the following statement after meeting with New Jersey Transit executives about the upcoming diversion of the Morris and Essex train line this summer:Read more
McKeon, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Stiff Penalties for Vehicular Homicide while Drunk Driving Heads to Governor
“Ralph & David’s Law” is Named in Honor of Morris County Man & Sussex County Boy Killed by Drunk Drivers
(TRENTON) – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk received final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday.
The bill (A-3686), known as “Ralph and David’s Law,” would establish a new crime of “strict liability vehicular homicide” for killing a person while drunk driving. The bill is named in honor of Ralph Politi, Jr. and David Heim who were both tragically killed by drunk drivers.
The legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Assembly last month, now heads to the Governor’s desk.
“In the case of both Ralph and David, this bill’s namesakes, their tragic deaths, and their family’s grief, were compounded by the leniency of their perpetrator’s sentence,” said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). “This legislation will help close that loophole and send a stronger message that we will not tolerate this type of negligent and reckless behavior.”
“What these families have endured is unimaginable, but hopefully this will serve as a potent reminder and a powerful deterrent for others who might be inclined to get behind the wheel drunk,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “This legislation sends a message, loud and clear, that we will not tolerate this type of callous disregard for another person’s life.”
“As it stands now, a person convicted of killing someone while driving drunk could be out of jail in 30 days,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “What kind of message does that send to potential offenders? Worse, what kind of message does that send to the families of these victims? We need to stand with them and create a much more stringent deterrent against drunk driving.”Read more