The 8th Legislative District office is again partnering with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey (OYRSJ) in a Holiday Cookie Drive for our troops.
This year, as you finalize plans for the busy holiday season, please take a moment to remember our military men and women who will not have the chance to be home for the holidays.
If your plans include some quality time baking goodies for loved ones and friends, we hope you will consider making an extra tray of cookies to share with our heroes serving abroad.
Cookies will be collected on ONE DAY ONLY, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at our 8th District Office at 176 Route 70 East, Suite 13, Medford, NJ — behind the Dunkin Donuts at Jones Road.
Addiego, Brown & Rodriguez-Gregg Bill Requires Public Utilities to Provide Priority Service to Schools & Public Safety Agencies
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (all R-8) have announced legislation that would protect schools and public safety agencies from preventable telephone outages and require all public utilities to maintain dedicated support staff to provide those organizations with priority service.
The legislation (S-2594/Assembly version pending introduction) was prompted by a telephone service outage lasting more than a day that left the Southampton Township Board of Education and its schools with “minimal capability to communicate with parents, law enforcement, and emergency responders if necessary.”
“With so many children gathered together for so much of the time, it’s crucial that schools have priority access to resolve utility issues,” said Addiego. “Given recent events at Newtown and elsewhere, we can all understand the importance of school officials having access to working phones should they need to call for help.”
New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:
“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.
Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) commended the inclusion of $200,000 in the approved FY 2015 New Jersey budget to protect and grow the state’s military installations in the likely event of another round of federal base realignments and closures.
“This was an extremely tough budget year, and some items in the budget that the Legislature approved were reduced or eliminated by Governor Christie using his line item veto power,” added Addiego. “The fact that this funding has remained in the budget should serve as proof to anyone watching that New Jersey will be prepared to fight for the future of our military bases.”
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to convene a planning summit to find ways to address an expected shortage of physicians practicing in the Garden State.
“Studies show New Jersey in the coming years will face a significant gap in the demand for care versus the number of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer, who also sponsors legislation to incentivize doctors to work in New Jersey. “If we truly want all communities to have access to a high level of care we must begin to address this issue now by finding ways to attract doctors in needed areas. Analyzing the problem and identifying possible solutions is an important first step.”
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) that would improve the screening of the cardiac health of children during annual medical exams.
“Too many seemingly healthy children die every year from sudden cardiac conditions that go unnoticed despite routine medical exams,” said Addiego. “We need to improve both those exams and medical training to ensure that all children who need additional care or treatment are identified in time.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) which would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to convene a planning summit to find ways to address an expected shortage of physicians practicing in the Garden State was advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
“Studies show New Jersey in the coming years will face a significant gap in the demand for care versus the number of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer, who also sponsors legislation to incentivize doctors to work in New Jersey. “We have to take steps now to find ways to attract doctors in needed areas if we want to make certain all communities have access to a high level of care.”
Legislation Gives Counties Discretion to Prevent Established Growers from Losing Their Leases to Preserved Farmland by Bid
Legislation was introduced today by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Chris Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg that safeguards the interest of local farmers who cultivate and harvest preserved lands.
The bill addresses a concern with current state law that requires a bidding process for farming rights that fails to consider a farmer’s long-established connection to the land.
Questions Impartiality of Democrat-Heavy Committee Panel
Assemblyman Chris Brown welcomed news that the Assembly and Senate will merge their independent inquiries into the George Washington Bridge lane closure issue.
“Combining the two investigations is a step in the right direction. A bicameral committee eliminates duplication, increases efficiency, and it saves taxpayer money.
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg took the oath of office today, joining the General Assembly representing the 8th Legislative District (Burlington, Atlantic and Camden).
“I am honored to represent the residents of the 8th District in Trenton. I welcome the opportunity to work hard to bring new and better jobs to New Jersey, and make our state more affordable for struggling families and seniors,” said Rodriguez-Gregg.