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Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey

511 Valley Street
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040

1-973-762-1886
1-973-762-6118 (fax) 

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  • Mitchell Krask
    commented 2020-11-08 14:22:24 -0500
    Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey 11/08/2020


    I am a resident of Caldwell, NJ and am sending this message to let you know that I STRONGLY OBJECT to the passage of bill S-3030/A-4848 “Reproduction Freedom Act” and please ask that you vote NO AGAINST passage of this bill. I believe that ALL humans should NOT have their life aborted, including those in the womb, and have the right to a natural life and death. Thank you.
    Mitchell C. Krask
    512 Bloomfield Avenue-Apt. #7F
    Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
  • Joseph Juliano
    commented 2020-11-06 02:03:58 -0500
    Hon Mila Jasey
  • Mathew Parayil
    commented 2020-10-20 08:42:16 -0400
    Assemblywoman Jasey,


    My name is Mathew Parayil. I’m a resident of Livingston, NJ in District 27. I was reaching out to your office to express my support for A-1200 / S-1820 for Ranked Choice Voting.


    Ranked choice voting is important because I believe the best governance comes when our representatives truly reflect the majority of our population. The successful implementation in Maine leads me to wonder why it hasn’t passed in New Jersey.


    Will you be able to sponsor the bill along with Assemblyman Zwicker, Assemblywoman Chaparro, and Assemblyman Chiaravalloti? Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can assist in any way.


    Thank you for your time.


    Sincerely,


    Mathew Parayil
  • David Whetton
    commented 2020-09-28 19:18:40 -0400
    Dear Mila Jasey,,


    My wife has been a high school educator for 28 years and has EARNED and accrued 180 sick days. She has been a faithful servant to her school district, rarely taking a sick day, and indeed, encouraged not to with the threat of being reprimanded.


    I urge you to not support the impending legislation (A1851)proposed by Senate President Sweeney as it will harm teachers financially when they retire. If an earnings cap is placed on accrued sick leave the teacher body will use their leave which will in turn harm the district and children’s learning capabilities. Imagine the quality of teaching if classrooms are filled with substitute teachers!


    Teachers have been vilified and financially hit over and over again. Please don’t let this be another time that this occurs.
  • Geoffrey Thomas
    commented 2020-09-27 20:44:15 -0400
    Dear Ms Jasy,

    I work retail full-time at a store in Morris County. Please confirm you will support the draft legislation from Assembly members Caputo and Vaineri Huttle and others to permit fines to be levied on citizens who refuse to wear masks in retail establishments.

    Please let me know your thinking on this critical issue. Thank you!
  • Sanford Kimmel
    commented 2020-09-11 16:38:54 -0400
    I have been monitoring closely the developments related to the upcoming mail in election. I noted on the Essex County Clerk web site (NJ Voter Public Access Sign Up) that you can sign in to set up an arrangement where the county would confirm by email receipt of a dropped off or mail in ballot. I tried registering using the instructions and it did not work. I replied on the County Clerk email and by calling his office but were unable to communicate with that office. Could you find out the following:


    1. Is the site operative? I know the state is scrambling to get the infrastructure in place to set up this feedback system. If it is not currently working, could your staff be able to find out when or who to contact to confirm when it will be operable?

    2. The current system is not clear in what needs to be input. It requires that a Voter ID needs to be established. However, it is not clear if you designate the ID or is it a number assigned by NJ? When I tried to establish one it would not accept what I put in even when I followed the rules provided.

    3. There 3 choices for establishing the validity in setting up your ID: Drivers License number, 4 digits of your Social Security number and anther choice. I tried with my license and SS # and both did not work. Not sure if this relates to question 1 above or something else.


    I know I am an early adopter in trying to use this new system. However, like many of my fellow citizens there is a great deal of concern about the voting process and the ability of the mail or drop box collection to handle the heavy load of ballots expected for the upcoming election.


    I would very much appreciate if your office could research and get back to me.


    Thank you.


    Sanford Kimmel
  • Janice Miller
    commented 2020-08-21 07:44:08 -0400
    Dear jaseyforassembly.org team,


    I’ve written a disaster safety guide and thought it would be helpful to your readers after checking out your website. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to send a copy your way for you to review and consider adding to your website.


    Is that something you want me to do?


    Thank you for your time,


    Jan
  • Sanford Cosenzo
    commented 2020-08-12 16:02:26 -0400
    District 27 Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey I would like to personally thank you for your commitment to the education and well being of the children. My son is going to be a senior at Mount Olive High School this fall and will turning 17 this September. He plays fall sports. My question is, does the Bridge Year Pilot Program cover fall and winter sports if they are affected by COVID-19 canceling the 2020 season? Academically he has struggled with virtual learning and could use another year of in person instruction. The article I read states spring sports. At your convenience would you please inform me if that will be changed in the event fall and winter sports are cancelled?


    Thank you in advance. I appreciate your time and consideration.
  • Paul Cox
    commented 2020-08-03 23:33:55 -0400
    Although I do not live in your district, I am writing to you because of the bill you are sponsoring that would send special ed students and their educators to school while general ed students and teachers remain safe at home.


    As a parent of a special ed child I am shocked after reading the bill that you are sponsoring. All around us people who are not treating Covid-19 seriously are dying. You want to shield the general population from this risk, but subject children that can’t defend or speak for themselves and their educators to possible infection.


    As an advocate, I have fought to years for a least restrictive environment for my child. I have fought to protect him from being used as a pawn in the education system to fill a quota in an inappropriate school program. And now you want to protect the general population by providing a safe remote learning environment for them and use the special ed children as a sacrificial lamb just so you can feel good that there is some in person schooling being provided.


    Stop using those who can’t speak for themselves to justify an unsafe and unfair plan that puts them and their educators at risk
  • ruthelyn elkin
    commented 2020-08-02 21:26:27 -0400
    Schools are not ready to open for in-person learning as you are well aware. As an educator, I fear for my life and have spent endless hours of personal time and money to provide a large caseload of speech and language students the most effective live on-line instruction over the last few months.

    There is no equity in special educators and related service providers returning to an unsafe in-person environment that is not safe enough for ALL students and staff. I ask that you please reconsider this bill as it puts staff and students in harms way and is unjust.
  • ruthelyn elkin
    commented 2020-08-02 21:16:06 -0400
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  • Eleanor Lesperance
    commented 2020-07-31 08:57:41 -0400
    Eleanor Lesperance
  • Helen Cox
    commented 2020-07-29 15:25:58 -0400
    I am dismayed by the bill that I just read about which you are apparently sponsoring. You are right – schools are not ready to open. As an educator, I am afraid to go in to school and did my very best to provide live on-line instruction for my students this spring. How can you say that it is unsafe for students to return to school and say that related service providers should go in person. There is no equity in that. Please reconsider the parameters of what you are proposing. If you feel it is truly safe for me, as a speech-language specialist to provide in person therapy, I would invite to sit next to me while I do it.
  • Jany Sabins
    commented 2020-06-28 08:32:39 -0400
    I spent the morning on the phone with a friend from Paramus, NJ, who described the voting fraud that occurred there. Her neighbor ran for office, and received a post-election package telling her that 14% of her votes were invalidated for late arrival (my friend mailed her vote over a week in advance) and a miscellaneous category that was unexplained. The voters will never know that there vote was invalidated. There is little reason to expect that this is different in other areas or in the federal arena.


    That gives us three options: (1) vote in person; (2) hand in your vote at the local elections office; (3) vote by certified mail, return receipt requested. Many of us can’t do the first two, and the third represents a poll tax that many are unwilling or unable to pay, AND I don’t even know if you can mail in a vote by certified RRR.


    Please advise on the last question.
  • Jarteau Israel
    commented 2020-06-24 12:28:37 -0400
    Hello and Good afternoon. Your office endorsed my renewal application for my notary public that is expiring on June 25, 2020. Immediately thereafter, I sent it to the Department of Treasury for processing. It has been over a month and I haven’t heard anything. Through your office, can I please make an inquiry. While I understand the Covid 19 situation, yet I still think that it is beyond the processing time.
  • Nancy Heins-Glaser
    commented 2020-06-10 16:04:13 -0400
    Hello Lindy and Mary and Mila:


    I left a message for a call back if at all possible. It relates to a former south orange resident.


    I hope to speak with you about another matter too; Dr. Phylis Peterman
  • Linda Sperco
    commented 2020-05-18 23:27:40 -0400
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey:

    I am a small business owner in Maplewood and while the state’s shutdown of non-essential businesses has been economically disastrous to me and my family, I applaud and support Governor Murphy’s actions because no one can put a price on our health.
    However, as the state’s economy begins to re-open I am concerned that my type of business does not seem to have a place in the plan.
    I am the sole proprietor of a dog training business specializing in teaching competitive dog sports.


    When will I be allowed to re-open? My classes are small; I have a maximum of six students in a class. This type of business naturally lends itself to social distancing; I teach the steps to a skill and then step back and observe and coach as each of my students follow my directions. I have a COVID-19 plan that includes social distancing, face covering requirements, disinfectant procedures and more.


    When will I be allowed to re-open? How will I know when I will be allowed to re-open?


    Thank you for your time. Please don’t let my type of business fall through the cracks.


    Best regards,


    Linda Sperco


    Linda Sperco

    Blue Ribbon Dog Sports Coaching

    www.blueribbondogsportscoaching.com

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  • David Green
    commented 2020-05-18 10:42:35 -0400
    I am writing on behalf of my boyfriend David Green. He has been employed by Bloomingdales for 2 years as a General Manager and due to Covid19 was furloughed on 4/4/2020, with 3/17/2020 the last day worked. On 3/22/2020 he filed for unemployment..


    On the initial claim as received a payment from a previous part time employer, but nothing from Bloomingdales. After that he received a Notice of Exhaustion which made no sense since he received no payments from his Bloomingdales account.


    He has tried calling every day and as most have found the calls do not get answered. He then filed a Reassertion claim Confirmation # NJS20013756827 on 4/28/2020 and has not heard back.


    Additionally he filed and appeal submission number 00145586 and has still heard nothing.


    When contacting Bloomingdales, he was told that they outsourced the filing of unemployment benefits to a 3rd party and they made mistakes on the filing by not giving weeks worked. This is now going on almost 8 weeks, without any income. He has exhausted his savings. David was living with me in Secaucus but moved to back to Pennsylvania to be with his children during COvid-19. He is supporting 2 children and cannot since he has no income.


    Please can you help.


    David Green

    SS# 5457

    Phone number 917-502-5464

    email Davegreen1013@gmail.com


    I can be reached as a backup if you are unable to reach him


    Randi Adelman

    phone 862-226-9017

    email Rayankfan@gmail.com
  • Eileen McCaffrey
    commented 2020-05-07 20:33:42 -0400
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  • Barbara Schilling
    commented 2020-04-30 20:36:06 -0400
    I am writing because it is time to reopen New Jersey.  It is time to open houses of worship.  The people who are doing social distancing and are acting responsibly now will continue to do so in the future.  Quarantine of the healthy does not make sense.  There is no way to avoid the virus  It is the way things go in life. 

    Governor Murphy has stated that NJ needs to increase testing and contact tracing.  Here is my question.   How does the state plan to test and trace the almost 1 million illegal aliens who have been allowed to live and work in the state?  This is not a rhetorical question.  I would like an answer.

    Additionally, Governor Murphy has stated that he is open to giving illegal aliens $600 per week.  He has got to be kidding.  This is the equivalent of punching the American citizenry while we are down.  No money – zero – should be given to lawbreakers.  The economy is in freefall.  It is incomprehensible to me that any government official could even contemplate putting us further in debt by paying an illegal alien to sit home.

    Illegals took the risk of breaking our laws and coming here illegally.  They should have to live with the consequences of that risk, not be rewarded.  This is what we teach our children as they learn to make decisions in life and it is a good life lesson.

    Barbara SchillingWest Orange
  • Neil Cooperman
    commented 2020-04-12 21:02:26 -0400
    Hi Mila,
    I hope all is well with you and your family. I just received an interesting article on work that MIT is doing to create and develop ventilators for about $100.00 each. I’m sending you a copy of the article to share with Governor Murphy. I figure it will carry more weight coming from you rather than from me. Although I have met him, he wouldn’t remember me from a hole in the ground. However, this information, if he is unaware of it, might be very helpful.


    Here’s the article:


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    From https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__scitechdaily.com_mit-2Dposts-2Dfree-2Dplans-2Donline-2Dfor-2Dan-2Demergency-2Dventilator-2Dthat-2Dcan-2Dbe-2Dbuilt-2Dfor-2D100_&d=DwIFAg&c=jrLYy3FV6j9HoN3FfGW-SLJoSRpiMyAzztY4B1tagEk&r=BweWIzN-gHk_Foh0Nf-vdw&m=EbZ-UP2z8VHGV2LlJ3mehXfbCNv5GDIAoME2Qhu23Jk&s=JqbjC7sfYO6yk2aB4wB7An14AAqK2xEXYnLvkp4Oxdw&e= , April 12, 2020

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    MIT Will Post Free Plans Online for an Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100

    By DAVID L. CHANDLER, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MARCH 28, 2020


    Low Cost MIT Ventilator

    The new device fits around an Ambu bag (blue), which hospitals already have on hand in abundance. Designed to be squeezed by hand, instead they are squeezed by mechanical paddles (center) driven by a small motor. This directs air through a tube which is placed in the patient’s airway. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers


    Clinical and design considerations will be published online; goal is to support rapid scale-up of device production to alleviate hospital shortages.


    One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators. These machines can keep patients breathing when they no longer can on their own, and they can cost around $30,000 each. Now, a rapidly assembled volunteer team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists, and others, centered at MIT, is working to implement a safe, inexpensive alternative for emergency use, which could be built quickly around the world.


    The team, called MIT E-Vent (for emergency ventilator), was formed on March 12, 2020, in response to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Its members were brought together by the exhortations of doctors, friends, and a sudden flood of mail referencing a project done a decade ago in the MIT class 2.75 (Medical Device Design). Students working in consultation with local physicians designed a simple ventilator device that could be built with about $100 worth of parts. They published a paper detailing their design and testing, but the work ended at that point. Now, with a significant global need looming, a new team, linked to that course, has resumed the project at a highly accelerated pace.


    MIT Ventilator Project

    This shows the setup used for preliminary testing of an earlier version of the low-cost prototype design that could provide rapid deployment to hospitals facing shortages of the vital equipment. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers


    The key to the simple, inexpensive ventilator alternative is a hand-operated plastic pouch called a bag-valve resuscitator, or Ambu bag, which hospitals already have on hand in large quantities. These are designed to be operated by hand, by a medical professional or emergency technician, to provide breaths to a patient in situations like cardiac arrest, until an intervention such as a ventilator becomes available. A tube is inserted into the patient’s airway, as with a hospital ventilator, but then the pumping of air into the lungs is done by squeezing and releasing the flexible pouch. This is a task for skilled personnel, trained in how to evaluate the patient and adjust the timing and pressure of the pumping accordingly.


    The innovation begun by the earlier MIT class, and now being rapidly refined and tested by the new team, was to devise a mechanical system to do the squeezing and releasing of the Ambu bag, since this is not something that a person could be expected to do for any extended period. But it is crucial for such a system to not damage the bag and to be controllable, so that the amount of air and pressures being delivered can be tailored to the particular patient. The device must be very reliable, since an unexpected failure of the device could be fatal, but as designed by the MIT team, the bag can be immediately operated manually.


    MIT Ventilator Test Setup

    Test setup in the lab shows the most recent version of the device undergoing initial testing. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers


    The team is particularly concerned about the potential for well-meaning but inexperienced do-it-yourselfers to try to reproduce such a system without the necessary clinical knowledge or expertise with hardware that can operate for days; around 1 million cycles would be required to support a ventilated patient over a two-week period. Furthermore, it requires code that is fault-tolerant, since ventilators are precision devices that perform a life-critical function. To help curtail the spread of misinformation or poorly-thought-out advice, the team has added to their website verified information resources on the clinical use of ventilators and the requirements for training and monitoring in using such systems. All of this information is freely available at e-vent.mit.edu.


    “We are releasing design guidance (clinical, mechanical, electrical/controls, testing) on a rolling basis as it is developed and documented,” one team member says. “We encourage capable clinical-engineering teams to work with their local resources, while following the main specs and safety information, and we welcome any input other teams may have.”


    The researchers emphasize that this is not a project for typical do-it-yourselfers to undertake, since it requires specialized understanding of the clinical-technical interface, and the ability to work in consideration of strict U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifications and guidelines.


    MIT Low Cost Ventilator

    Close up of one version of the prototype shows how an emergency resuscitation (Ambu) bag, in purple, fits into the device. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers


    Such devices “have to be manufactured according to FDA requirements, and should only be utilized under the supervision of a clinician,” a team member said. “The Department of Health and Human Services released a notice stating that all medical interventions related to Covid-19 are no longer subject to liability, but that does not change our burden of care.” he said. “At present, we are awaiting FDA feedback” about the project. “Ultimately, our intent is to seek FDA approval. That process takes time, however.”


    The all-volunteer team is working without funding and operating anonymously for now because many of them have already been swamped by inquiries from people wanting more information, and are concerned about being overwhelmed by calls that would interfere with their work on the project. “We would really, really like to just stay focused,” says one team member. “And that’s one of the reasons why the website is so essential, so that we can communicate with anyone who wants to read about what we are doing, and also so that others across the world can communicate with us.”


    “The primary consideration is patient safety. So we had to establish what we’re calling minimum clinical functional requirements,” that is, the minimum set of functions that the device would need to perform to be both safe and useful, says one of the team members, who is both an engineer and an MD. He says one of his jobs is to translate between the specialized languages used by the engineers and the medical professionals on the team.


    That determination of minimum requirements was made by a team of physicians with broad clinical backgrounds, including anesthesia and critical care, he says. In parallel, the group set to work on designing, building, and testing an updated prototype. Initial tests revealed the high loads that actual use incurs, and some weaknesses that have already been addressed so that, in the words of team co-leads, “Even the professor can kick it across the room.” In other words, early attempts focused on super “makability” were too optimistic.


    New versions have already been fabricated and are being prepared for additional functional tests. Already, the team says there is enough detailed information on their website to allow other teams to work in parallel with them, and they have also included links to other teams that are working on similar design efforts.


    In under a week the team has gone from empty benches to their first realistic tests of a prototype. One team member says that in the less than a week full they have been working, motivated by reports of doctors already having to ration ventilators, and the intense focus the diverse group has brought to this project, they have already generated “multiple theses worth” of research.


    The cross-disciplinary nature of the group has been crucial, one team member says. “The most exciting times and when the team is really moving fast are when we have an a design engineer, sitting next to a controls engineer, sitting next to the fabrication expert, with an anesthesiologist on WebEx, all solid modeling, coding, and spreadsheeting in parallel. We are discussing the details of everything from ways to track patients’ vital signs data to the best sources for small electric motors.”


    The intensity of the work, with people putting in very long hours every day, has been tiring but hasn’t dulled their enthusiasm. “We all work together, and ultimately the goal is to help people, because people’s lives understandably hang in the balance,” he said.


    Reference: “Design and Prototyping of a Low-cost Portable Mechanical Ventilator” by Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini, Heon Ju Lee, Justin Negrete, Stephen Powelson, Amelia Servi, Alexander Slocum and Jussi Saukkonen.

    PDF


    [Note: The title was updated to reflect that the plans have not been posted yet. We will publish the information once they do and include a link here. ed.]
    I can forward the actual article to you with all of the live links if you send me your email address.


    Best regards (and stay healthy),


    Neil D. Cooperman

    Mathematics Teacher/Department Chair – Millburn High School – Retired

    Past President – AMTNJ

    Coordinator – AMTNJ/DIMACS Workshops

    NCoop@att.net

    862-254-5933
  • Patricia Bell
    commented 2020-03-28 10:59:00 -0400
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  • David Sandler
    commented 2020-03-22 10:18:35 -0400
    Dear Mila, I strongly urge you to oppose the Governor’s order for businesses to close and residents to stay at home. The benefit is highly uncertain, since people are already taking normal precautions, but the damage to our economy IS certain and will cause the erosion of the financial resources, public and private, needed to fight the spread of the virus. And of course, lost wages will impose a terrible financial hardship on many people, especially low income people. Have government focus its effort on the ESSENTIAL issue: making sure there will be critical care facilities for the tiny few who will need them, and allow the rest of us to live normally, albeit with a heightened sense of good hygiene. I know you have the courage to speak up against the needless hysteria and hard the Governor’s order will create. Best wishes to your family; it was a pleasure being your neighbor while our children were growing up on Halsey Pl. David
  • Melanie Nelson
    commented 2020-03-15 19:51:18 -0400
    Hi!


    Now that we’re heading into the time of year when the weather warms up, we’re also in for some natural disaster risks. To keep your readers as prepared as possible, may I ask you to add a few more pieces of disaster safety information that are going to be particularly relevant over the next several months?


    The Ultimate Hurricane Preparedness Guide

    https://www.beprepared.com/blog/22159/ultimate-hurricane-preparedness-guide/


    Flash Flood Safety

    https://safety.lovetoknow.com/personal-safety-protection/flash-flood-safety


    Drinking Water Safety Guide to Use During & After a Flood

    https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/drinking-water-safety/


    Safety Tips for Working in the Heat

    https://blog.societyinsurance.com/10-safety-tips-for-working-in-hot-weather/


    Drought Preparedness & Water Conservation

    https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/drought.html


    The Ultimate Home Fire-Safety Checklist: Tools and Safety Measures that Will Keep Your Family Safe

    https://www.highsecurityhome.org/the-ultimate-home-fire-safety-checklist-tools-and-safety-measures-that-will-keep-your-family-safe/


    Campfire Safety Guide for Preventing Wildfires

    https://montemlife.com/campfire-safety-guide/


    I think this page is a good place to put this list, but anywhere they’ll be readily available to your readers would be great: (-http://www.jaseyforassembly.org/?page=5 ).


    Lastly, can I interest you in a free article written by yours truly? I can focus on general disaster safety or on a specific topic that’s relevant to your readers (hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.). Let me know and I hope this list helps everyone who visits your site stay disaster prepared!


    Warmly,

    Melanie


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    P.S. Please let me know if you don’t want to hear from me anymore so I can make sure that I don’t reach out again. Thank you!
  • Mary Anne Wiktorowicz
    commented 2020-03-14 22:54:41 -0400
    Hi Mila,

    It’s been a long time since we spoke. Hope all is well with you and your family.

    I am working with a coalition to help find solutions to homelessness. There are several ideas & possibilities, and I would love to speak with you about them and other options.

    I am available on Tuesday mornings till 12 noon, then Wednesday evenings, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends. My phone number is 973-517-5966.


    Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Anne Wiktorowicz
  • Tom McHale
    commented 2020-03-09 09:47:53 -0400
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey

    Please support bill A169 which seeks to protect the rights of student journalists, at public high schools and colleges, working on school-sponsored media.


    These rights have been needlessly pitted against the efforts of administrators to maintain the good image of their schools. This legislation would clarify when administrators can and cannot step in, and take away the anxiety of trying to exert control through censorship.


    An identical bill (S108) passed 40-0 on the Senate floor on Thursday, March 5, 2020.


    As a New Jersey high school journalism and English teacher for over 20 years, I know that school-sponsored publications are important educational tools. We limit the value they provide when administrators — rather than students — have editorial control. It’s understandable that schools would like the publications they fund to always show the institution in a positive light, but by choosing image over student voices, we do a disservice to the school community by eliminating an opportunity for critical thinking and discussion.


    The goal of A169 is to re-establish a culture of trust and transparency that will provide students with an opportunity to develop into the ethical, inquisitive citizens their administrators hope to nurture. Student journalists will once again be able to exercise their rights responsibly with the guidance of trained teachers and advisers. This bill will also protect these advisers from retribution for supporting their students’ in exercising their rights.


    Bill A169 is part of a national movement to better develop students’ news literacy skills, critical thinking skills, and ethical decision-making. For more information on this movement go to https://splc.org/new-voices/


    I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this bill with you further.

    Thanks,

    Tom McHale
  • Barbara Flowers, APN
    commented 2020-02-27 23:31:34 -0500
    I am writing to bring your attention to A1760 the “Consumer Access to Health Care Act”. This bill will eliminate barriers to Advanced Practice Nurses’ (APNs) practice by removing the “joint protocol/collaborative agreement” requirement with physicians. It is important to emphasize that this bill will allow APNs to continue to provide high quality, affordable care to NJ residents without the restriction of a joint protocol document which inhibits access to the APN delivered healthcare to New Jersey residents.

    As a NJ APN, I am contacting you today to ask for your support for A1760 the “Consumer Access to Health Care Act” and to have this bill as a legislative priority in the current legislative session. A recent policy analysis revealed that 16% of New Jersey adults reported to have no usual place for healthcare and 21% do not have a personal primary care provider. These statistics are among the worst in all states in the Northeast. In addition, 13 out of 21 counties in NJ have a primary care provider shortage. APNs can help to fill this shortage. Therefore, removing barriers and improving access to APNs is essential to improving healthcare in NJ.

    By removing this barrier, NJ APNS will be able to practice at the top of their education, license and certification. Continuing the “joint protocol” or “collaborating agreement” with physicians is a barrier to APN practice that prevents our New Jersey citizens from accessing the health care they need to attain optimal health.

    Let us improve the access to care for all of our New Jersey Community members. Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information.
  • Barbara Flowers, APN
    commented 2020-02-27 23:29:35 -0500
  • Jeff Hetrick
    commented 2020-01-16 19:40:22 -0500
    I keep seeing pushes for solar and wind, but I don’t understand why we don’t focus on available tech. While I applaud the advancement of solar and wind, the tech isn’t there yet, and the batteries required are still awful.


    Is there some specific reason why NJ hasn’t looked at natural gas powered vehicles? I was just told that these guys offer trucks & buses that have 1/10th of the emissions of standard diesel and have renewable Nat Gas that can be done without the fear of fracking or any of the side effects


    Redeem, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) – Clean Energy Fuels=


    https://www.cleanenergyfuels.com/fuels/redeem-renewable-natural-gas-rng


    Redeem, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) – Clean Energy Fuels


    The world’s first renewable fuel made entirely from organic waste for commercial vehicles. Redeem, a biomethane …


    I’d very much like to hear your comments as to why we would block this type of thing in favor of much more expensive and destructive battery solutions to total electric.


    Thanks,

    Jeff

    ( from Chatham )
  • Katherine Ransom-Silliman
    commented 2020-01-11 07:59:41 -0500
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey,


    I read with great concern the NY Times article of Jan 9 on the proposed expansion of Liberty Golf Course onto public lands. I cannot express how wrong I feel this expansion is for both the environment and for New Jersey.


    Firstly, public lands, purchased with public dollars for the preservation of natural habitats should remain PUBLIC. Not fenced off behind huge fences requiring huge fees to enjoy.


    Second, a golf course is an entirely UNNATURAL public space. The chemicals and fertilizers required to keep that perfect grass all run off into the Hudson, no animals can nest or forage in its constantly mown grass, and they use massive amounts of water in the dry months.


    Lastly, beyond any environmental concerns, Golf is a dying sport. You can google this and find any number of articles on the topic. Liberty is hoping to stem this tide by expanding, but doing so is just throwing good money after bad. They will spend all this money to expand, and still find fewer and fewer people willing to pay the exorbitant fees, or even interested in playing at all.


    Thank you for doing the right thing for New Jersey, and the environment and voting NO to the Liberty State Park Protection Act, in its current form.


    Kate Ransom-Silliman

    Madison, NJ

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