Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey

511 Valley Street
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040

1-973-762-6118 (fax) 

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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:

    Becker, Jerry P


    [email protected]


    Sun, Apr 12 at 7:12 PM

    From , April 12, 2020


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


    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

    “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.


    [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

    [email protected]

  • 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

    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

    Flash Flood Safety

    Drinking Water Safety Guide to Use During & After a Flood

    Safety Tips for Working in the Heat

    Drought Preparedness & Water Conservation

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

    Campfire Safety Guide for Preventing Wildfires

    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: (- ).

    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!



    Melanie Nelson

    [email protected]

    1329 Highfield Ct, Oklahoma City, OK 73159

    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.


    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

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


    Tom McHale
  • Barbara Flowers, APN, EMT
    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, EMT
    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=

    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.



    ( 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
  • Nicole Takla
    commented 2020-01-10 15:26:28 -0500
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey,,

    Please stand up to Senator Sweeney and VOTE NO on Monday to the amended bill. Defend our Constitution and don’t segregate NJ. This is socio-economic segregation and a violation of our First Amendment rights.

    As I am sure you know, Catholic schools do not accept religious exemption and private schools are only an option for the wealthy. My special needs child has no where to go. Please do not take away his right to a free public education.

    The amendments make it clear that this is not about public health but about class and religion.

    Do the right thing!
  • Diana Clark
    commented 2020-01-10 14:54:34 -0500
    It is critical that we counter the influence of anti-science religious zealots, whose dangerous rhetoric has caused very serious and preventable infectious disease outbreaks in numerous states across the country. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the reported individual cases of measles in the first five months of 2019 surpassed the total cases per year for the past 25 years. The states that see the highest incidences of the disease are those with the most relaxed exemption laws.
  • Ron Kane
    commented 2020-01-10 02:15:29 -0500
    Hi! Hopefully I’m speaking your language when it comes to disaster safety… you can never be too prepared.

    And with winter in full swing, it’s time to remind everyone how to stay safe.

    Would you be OK with me sending over a handful of resources on this topic for placement on your site?

    You can review each resource (and feel free to modify as you see fit) and then place the list of resources on your site.

    I hope you’ll take me up on the offer, but no worries if you feel like your site is good without this addition – just let me know either way when you get a chance.

    Thank you, and please stay safe!


    Ron Kane @

    email: [email protected]
  • Kerri Tigue
    commented 2019-12-14 20:31:38 -0500
    Dear Officials,

    As a parent and resident of New Jersey, I am appalled that the state thinks it’s acceptable to remove the constitutional rights of its citizens. On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee voted in favor of S2173/A3818, a draconian law that abolishes the state’s religious exemption to vaccination. This right has been in place in New Jersey for 45 years, and there is absolutely no reason to remove it—now or any time in the future. A handful of cases of measles out of a population of 8.9 million people does not constitute a public health crisis, and abolishing the religious rights of 2.6% of school children will do nothing to improve public health measures. As such, I urge you to vote “NO” to bills S2173/A3818 when they come up for vote.

    In short, S2173/A3818 discriminates against religious families. The US Constitution and the Constitution of New Jersey grants individuals the right to worship, observe, and express devotion to religious tenets in the manner of their choosing—without scrutiny or interference. If you abolish New Jersey’s religious exemption to vaccination, you will be infringing on my right to worship according to my sincerely held religious beliefs—and preventing thousands of other families from doing the same.

    This bill also makes bad sense from an economic perspective. New Jersey now highest cost of living indexes in the country. Forcing parents who refuse to go against their religious beliefs to homeschool puts an undue financial hardship on families—particularly those who are economically disadvantaged or who are already struggling to make ends meet. Parents who are dependent on one or both salaries could not take exercise this option, creating further economic inequities. Lastly, parents who cannot homeschool will be forced to completely uproot their lives and their children’s lives and move to a state that honors religious exemptions.

    What about the children with IEPs and those needing special services? How will the state provide for their education if they are not allowed in school? This legislation leaves many questions unanswered.

    The most successful public health policies are rooted in education and trust, not coercion. Removing New Jersey’s religious exemption will only create more skepticism about the vaccine program and the intentions of the legislators who are pushing it. The current system we have in place for exemptions is working; there is no public health emergency warranting this bill. State data shows that fewer than 3% of New Jersey students use the religious exemption, giving way to one of the highest student vaccination rates in the country—and surpassing targets for herd immunity.

    The constitutional rights of the citizens of New Jersey are non-negotiable. We have placed our trust in you as our elected official; please, in return, trust us as parents and allow us to worship in a manner agreeable to the dictates of our own conscience, without interference or scrutiny.

    On behalf of all New Jersey families, I implore you to protect our state’s religious freedoms and oppose S2173/ A3818. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Thank you,

  • Lenore Koster
    commented 2019-12-13 21:57:09 -0500
    Mila Jasey, S2173 is unconstitutional , un- American and un-New Jersey! We live in a democracy and you want the NJ government to OWN our bodies, removE our freedoms! I voted for you and am disappointed in your view which will allow forced anything! Further, one size does not fit all, that’s a medical fact. This bill is dangerous on many levels. Please wake up! It’s not too late. Thank you.
  • Lenore Koster
    commented 2019-12-13 21:57:07 -0500
    Mila Jasey, S2173 is unconstitutional , un- American and un-New Jersey! We live in a democracy and you want the NJ government to OWN our bodies, removE our freedoms! I voted for you and am disappointed in your view which will allow forced anything! Further, one size does not fit all, that’s a medical fact. This bill is dangerous on many levels. Please wake up! It’s not too late. Thank you.
  • Nicole Takla
    commented 2019-12-13 15:01:07 -0500
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey,

    I am writing to ask you to reverse your stance on S2173 and A3818. These bills are unconstitutional, unAmerican, foster religious discrimination and should be considered a hate crime. The corruption that ensued regarding Senator Sweeney switching the three “no” voting Democrat Legislators is corrupt and unethical. Clearly, it is the best interest of the insurance companies that is important to you and other NJ Democrats rather than our Constitution and our religious rights. I have always been a supporter of yours and I have voted Democrat since I was 18 years old. If this bill passes I will never vote for a NJ Democrat again. Please stop the corruption and underhanded games that are being played. Uphold the Constitution and protect the religious rights of your constituents.


    Nicole Takla

    Florham Park, NJ
  • Jess Colleton
    commented 2019-12-11 13:22:41 -0500
    Good Afternoon,

    I am writing to ask you to pull the bill S2173 from the Health committee agenda. I know you co-sponsored the bill but it violates both a parents’ right to do what is in the best interest of their child as well as the religious rights of families protected under the United States Constitution. It violates the NJ Constitution that promises a free, public education for ALL children (vaccinated and unvaccinated). I ask that it be vetoed and even pulled from the agenda. The laws that are in place are working. There is no need to violate the NJ families like this. The children, in the middle of their school year, will be thrown out of school. The families will move out of NJ or be forced to homeschool. There is nothing good that can come of this.
  • Michael Weissmann
    commented 2019-12-07 11:44:03 -0500
    Assemblywoman Jasey

    I would like to express my concern with bill A6010 regarding mandating the teaching of cursive handwriting. While this skill was once necessary in the past it is completely obsolete in today’s society. Most examples being pushed forth for the need of the cursive writing skill is for the signing of checks or the reading of documents that are written in cursive. If you look at most signatures they do not look like any correct form of cursive handwriting, they are more of a unique scribble that only the person signing can replicate. For legal purposes a signature must only match your legal signature that you created, and has nothing to do with cursive handwriting. The argument that cursive most be taught to read documents written Is cursive also holds little weight as virtually all documents once written in cursive are now instantly available in the printed form. True is the fact that if you wanted to read the Declaration of Independence in its true form you would have to read it in cursive, but is that a strong enough reason to take precious time out of a child’s school day to teach cursive handwriting. I would much rather my child learn Math, English, Science, and Computer Programming, than learning an obsolete form of handwriting. When decision makers are casting their vote regarding this bill I hope they consider the teaching time we will be taking away from new and emerging sciences and mathematics if this bill were to be passed.


    Michael Weissmann Jr.

    270 Francis St.

    Hammonton, NJ 08037
  • Jeffrey Hastings
    commented 2019-12-03 15:58:01 -0500
    RE: AB4743 – It’s wrong to give illegal immigrants any privileges so giving them drivers licenses will not only reward illegal presence but will give them a document they can use to commit fraud. Please oppose this bill.
  • Jeffrey Hastings
    commented 2019-12-03 15:56:50 -0500
    It’s wrong to give illegal immigrants any privileges so giving them drivers licenses will not only reward illegal presence but will give them a document they can use to commit fraud. Please oppose this bill.
  • Ruth Ross
    commented 2019-11-16 11:34:27 -0500
    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey,

    Each year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston sponsors a Women’s Interfaith Forum, featuring a delicious vegetarian/dairy dinner prepared by our Sisterhood, followed by a discussion of a contemporary problem by four panelists, along with a Q & A. In the past, we have addressed food insecurity, opioids, women’s health and career problems, among many others.

    This year, our 26th anniversary event will be held on Wednesday, January 22 (snow date, January 23). We have chosen as our theme, “Diversity: Embrace It, Share It, Celebrate It/ What Local Communities Are Doing.”

    New Jersey is one of the most (if not THE most) diverse states in the nation. That said, I would like to invite you to be part of a four-member panel, talking for about 10 minutes specifically about how, as a state (and/or your legislative district), New Jersey has handled its diversity.

    If you are available on the evening of January 22nd, we’d be pleased to have you join us. Dinner starts at 6 PM, and the program winds up at 9 PM.

    Please let me know if you can come and be part of this exciting event. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


    Ruth Ross

    Social Action Committee Co-chair

    [email protected]
  • Roberta Shields
    commented 2019-11-02 15:23:03 -0400
    To Assemblywoman Jasey and Assemblyman McKeon,

    I hope that you both realize that the League of Humane Voters of NJ not only endorses you both because of your strong support for animal protective legislation, but notes that Extraordinary legislators (a designation which they also apply to you both!) are listed in bold type!

    Your votes mean a lot and people do care and vote accordingly. I’ll be going to the polls on Tuesday and am proud to be voting for, and represented by you.

    With thanks,
  • Janice Miller
    commented 2019-09-20 01:34:55 -0400
    Hello there,

    While I write about a lot of topics, one that is near and dear to me is the topic of driving safety. Specifically, driving safety during natural disasters. It’s true that you can’t predict every possible outcome, but you can absolutely take steps to be better prepared for a lot of them.

    For example: always have an extra phone battery, water and snacks, a fully stocked first aid kit, and emergency roadside markers. And what about auto insurance? What type should you have to cover any damage your car might sustain and how do you file a claim?

    Would an article on this topic be useful to you and your site visitors? If so, please let me know. I’d love the opportunity to write for you!

    Just send me a quick email to let me know; if you do want an article to post on your site, I will get started on it asap. (If you don’t, no worries – just promise me you’ll drive safely and have appropriate supplies in your car for ‘just in case’ situations!)

    Thank you kindly,


    Janice Miller

    [email protected]
  • Grace C.
    commented 2019-08-09 09:35:14 -0400
  • Pamira Bezmen
    commented 2019-06-26 16:25:54 -0400
    Please Oppose A1991 / S941

    Dear Assemblywoman Jasey,

    It is very disheartening for me to see that Senate Higher Education Committee passed S941/A1991 and NO public testimony was permitted, which is a violation of the Rules of the Senate of the State of New Jersey – 22:2 Public Attendance, Comment; Notice, Recording. (attached) “Citizens present who wish to be heard on a matter under consideration by the committee must be afforded the opportunity to speak, subject to reasonable limitations as me be set by the chair.” Permitting NO comments at all is not a reasonable limitation.

    Today, the same bill was put on the agenda for tomorrow, 6/27, again deliberately being pushed forward without sufficient time for our representatives to look into the rationale, facts and figures, or for the public to get involved. The disregard for a transparent democratic process and lack of respect for the voting representatives is extremely concerning to me.

    This bill is a MANDATE for all current and future meningitis vaccines that are recommended by the ACIP for ALL NJ college students, which completely disregards individual medical needs and the doctor-patient relationship. It includes all students regardless of whether they live on-campus, off-campus, even those that take classes online or even if they are high school students taking college classes, subjecting thousands of youth to harmful side-effects for a disease so rare that the miniscule potential benefit cannot justify the mandate.

    To date, over 31,000 meningitis vaccine reactions have been reported to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). Please see link below with data:

    This is a continued eroding of medical freedoms and turning over control of medical care to the Pharmaceutical industry. An industry that is riddled with corruption and ethical violations (Opioid crisis, Vioxx scandal, Thalidomide disaster). An industry that was provided blanket immunity for any vaccine reactions and deaths.

    I ask you whole-heartedly to research vaccine adverse events. This bill, if passed by the Senate, will injure thousands of innocent students, and the manufacturers will not be held liable.

    You can see the vaccine inserts and side effects for these vaccines here:

    2.1% for Bexsero(GlaxoSmithKlein)

    and 1.8% for Trumenba (Pfizer)

    Bacterial meningitis is extremely rare. There is no emergency to warrant this policy. Current CDC protocols are present and working on campuses. The vaccine is available and being used by those who deem it necessary. This bill is a complete over-reach of government control for the benefit of corporations above citizens. It is not necessary and sets a very dangerous precedent. S941 Mandates all current and future meningitis recommendations with no oversight, or checks and balances.

    No other state REQUIRES this vaccine. If this bill passes, you’re effectively allowing NJ to become the post-licensing testing ground.

    A Yes vote will be responsible for the thousands of young students that will be damaged by this completely unnecessary mandate.

    YOU HAVE THE POWER to change this trajectory and protect our children. Please vote NO to this bill and do not let it move forward.

    I will be in Trenton tomorrow, and I would love a chance to meet you in person and introduce myself. Please let me know if you have any availability in the morning. I am also happy to come back another time during the summer to meet with you.


    Pamira Bezmen

    NJ resident and voter

    31 Devon Road, Essex Fells, NJ

    District 27

  • Joan Berkowitz
    commented 2019-06-05 21:32:12 -0400
    Dear Assemblyman Casey,

    I am a dance/movement therapist, and I am writing to you regarding the importance of licensing dance/movement therapists and drama therapists in New Jersey. I am a resident of Livingston, NJ.

    It is my hope that you will vote YES when the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act (A1220/S675) comes up for a vote on Monday June 10th. Drama therapists and dance/movement therapists are all Master’s level clinicians trained through graduate level academic courses, practicums, and clinical internships. Drama therapists and Dance/Movement therapists work with a wide range of populations, in a wide range of settings, including: Veteran’s facilities, psychiatric and medical hospitals, substance abuse and addiction recovery programs, rehabilitation facilities, schools for children with special needs, hospice care, and nursing homes.

    This bill will license Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in NJ. It will regulate these highly effective professions, in order to protect the public from untrained and unlicensed practitioners who might potentially do harm to consumers, many of whom are the most vulnerable citizens in the state.

    Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act (A1220/S675), by voting YES, on June 10, 2019.


    Joan Berkowitz
  • Rich Walko
    commented 2019-05-08 19:27:47 -0400
    Hello Assemblywoman Jasey, I met you when you came to Ramapo 4 years ago and I thanked you for your role in passing the Wolf-PAC initiative. I wanted to thank you again for that, an important step for NJ and our democracy to lead by being the 4th state to do so.
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