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Legislación de Sweeney y Allen que honra a policía caído ahora es ley

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

TRENTON - La legislación patrocinada por el presidente del Senado Steve Sweeney y la Senadora Diane Allen, en homenaje a un policía del estado de Nueva Jersey asesinado en la línea de servicio, nombrando una sección de la carretera estatal en su nombre, fue firmado hoy como ley por el gobernador.

La ley, S-3244, designa una porción de la ruta 295 de la carretera interestatal en el municipio de West Deptford como la "carretera que honra al oficial de caballería de la policía estatal Sean E. Cullen" en honor al oficial Sean Cullen, quien falleció trágicamente cuando realizaba su deber mientras respondía a un accidente de tráfico en la carretera interestatal de la ruta 295 en West Deptford Township.

"El oficial Cullen dio su vida cumpliendo su deber de servir a las necesidades de los demás en un acto valeroso donde hizo el sacrificio final", dijo el Senador Sweeney. "Pedimos a nuestros agentes de las fuerzas del orden y a los trabajadores de emergencias que se ponen en peligro así como el oficial Cullen y tantos otros soldados que lo hacen todos los días", agregó.

"El oficial Cullen era un hijo devoto, hermano, y futuro esposo y padre de un pequeño", dijo la Senadora Allen (R-Burlington). "Nuestra comunidad se unió para apoyar a su familia después de su trágica muerte en el cumplimiento de su deber. Él era nuestro héroe y un gran ejemplo para los nuevos oficiales de las leyes del orden en este estado. Renombrar parte de la ruta 295 en su memoria es lo menos que podemos hacer para honrar su servicio dedicado a la gente de Nueva Jersey.

El 8 de marzo de 2016, el oficial de la policía estatal Cullen perdió trágicamente su vida mientras iba en camino a cumplir su deber que en aquel momento era la de responder a un accidente automovilístico

El Comisionado de Transporte estará autorizado a recibir asistencia financiera de fuentes privadas para el monumento en la autopista.

Legislación de Greenstein & Smith que reduce los desperdicios de alimentos ahora es ley

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TRENTON- La legislación patrocinada por los Senadores Linda Greenstein y Bob Smith que tienen como meta reducir los desperdicios de alimentos en Nueva Jersey fue firmada como ley el lunes por el Gobernador.

“Esta ley aborda la urgente necesidad de donar alimentos y reducir el desperdicio de alimentos en el estado donde tenemos demasiadas personas pasando hambre. También reducirá los daños  causados por los desperdicios de alimentos al medio ambiente”, dijo la Senadora Greenstein.  “Estoy complacida de que esta legislación ahora es ley y espero ver el impacto que esta iniciativa tendrá en el medio ambiente y en las personas en Nueva Jersey”.

La nueva ley A-3056 requeriría que el Departamento de Protección Ambiental, en consulta con el Departamento de Agricultura, el Departamento de Educación, el Departamento de Salud y la Oficina del Secretario de Educación Superior establezca y trabaje con organizaciones sin fines de lucro para establecer pautas voluntarias para fomentar y facilitar la capacidad de las escuelas desde el K-12 y las instituciones de educación superior para reducir, recuperar y reciclar los residuos de alimentos.

"El desperdicio de alimentos no tiene sentido económico o ambiental, ya que en los Estados Unidos se pierden millones de toneladas de alimentos que todavía son aptos para el consumo, y nos corresponde actuar. Esta ley hará que se desperdicie menos alimentos y alentará a la distribución para los necesitados ", dijo el Senador Smith.

Según el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, en los Estados Unidos desperdician una gran cantidad de alimentos cada año, con hasta el 40 por ciento de la comida en los Estados Unidos sin comer. Esto representa 160.000 millones de libras de alimentos desperdiciados cada año, estas estadísticas se hacen aún peores considerando que 42,2 millones de estadounidenses viven en hogares con inseguridad de alimentos.

De acuerdo a la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente de los Estados Unidos (EPA,  por sus siglas en inglés) en 2012, los Estados Unidos desperdició más de 36 toneladas de alimentos, de eso, menos del 5 por ciento fue reciclada. La mayoría terminó pudriéndose en los campos de basura, haciendo que el vapor contribuyera al metano en la atmosfera. El metano es un potente gas de efecto invernadero que contribuye al cambio climático. La EPA estima que sí el 50 por ciento de los residuos de alimentos generados cada año en los Estados Unidos que fueron digeridos anaeróbicamente, se generaría suficiente electricidad para alimentar a 2,5 millones de hogares durante un año.

El proyecto de ley también fue auspiciado por los Senadores Diane Allen y Christopher “Kip” Bateman y fue aprobado por el Senado en mayo y por la Asamblea en junio. La ley se pondrá en vigor de forma inmediata.

Governor Christie Announces New Job-Creating Rental, Homeownership Opportunities for Thousands of People

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Trenton, NJ - Enhancing a commitment to job-creating housing opportunities for special needs populations, senior citizens and low-income families, Governor Chris Christie and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles Richman announced the new construction and rehabilitation of over 4,450 rental units across New Jersey that will generate more than $1 billion in development investments and create 9,500 construction-related jobs.

Today, the leaders visited the Jacob’s Landing redevelopment in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, to highlight the second phase Woodbridge Garden Apartments, a 150-unit public housing complex to help preserve and rehabilitate federally subsidized units. Phase two includes the new construction of 60 units in five buildings, 46 of which will cost tenants only 30 percent of their incomes and five of which are set aside for homeless individuals or families. All units will be affordable to those earning under 60 percent of area median income (AMI). 

“My administration remains committed to creating high-quality affordable housing opportunities in New Jersey in all areas where it makes sense for everyone, and that is essential to our comprehensive effort to attract and retain generations of families and employers,” said Governor Christie. “We continue to find creative ways to leverage federal, state, local and private resources to accomplish this from Atlantic County to Bergen County, and everywhere in between, for tens of thousands of people.”

By the end of this year, the Christie administration will have created nearly 36,000 housing opportunities throughout the state, including approximately 26,000 units of multifamily rental housing, 2,000 housing units for special needs populations and roughly 8,000 for-sale homeownership opportunities through HMFA’s single family mortgage products and single family construction loan programs.

“The State is proud to have helped steer these projects to completion through our financing and various partnerships,” said Commissioner Richman. “Today the state takes an additional step to address affordable housing. The developments funded by these programs will enhance the quality of life for New Jerseyans while supporting job growth and aiding low-income families in their time of need.”

Included in today’s announcement is the award of nearly $40 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). These competitive awards, which represent the single largest announcement of awards in New Jersey since the inception of the program, will fund 2,175 units within 29 projects in 14 counties across the state.

“The steps that the NJHMFA has taken to broaden the impact of using tax credits as a development tool to create affordable housing across the state have opened the door to thousands of residents, not only improving their lives, but the greater community as well,” said the agency's Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta.

Additionally, $250 million in volume cap (tax exempt bonds) is being awarded to finance construction costs of 2,275 units. This mortgage financing will be leveraged with the final tranche of $60 million in Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing (FRM) under Superstorm Sandy Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) to construct 304 units in the nine most impacted counties.

Previously this year, the Administration announced $150 million in volume cap awards to construct or rehabilitate over 1,860 units. These 11 projects have total development costs which exceed $425 million.  

In total, over 6,300 rental housing units have been awarded by this Administration in 2017 alone. Over 5,600 units will be affordable to individuals and families earning under 60 percent of area median income (AMI); 3,800 will be affordable for families, 1,400 will be affordable for seniors at least 55 years old, and 400 will be affordable to individuals and families with special needs. An additional 700 rental housing units will be market rate housing.  

The Federal LIHTC Program

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, which was established in 1986, is the single largest source of funding for affordable housing in the United States and one of the most successful housing production programs ever created. This innovative program awards federal tax credits to affordable housing developers, which are typically sold to private investors to generate equity for construction funding. In return, the investors receive 10 years of tax credits and other benefits against their federal tax liability. 

The 9 percent LIHTC program, which is allocated to each state based on population, can provide funding of approximately 70 percent of a project’s development costs and as such, is extremely competitive and greatly oversubscribed. A record 60 applications were received in May 2017 with requests totaling over $81 million in annual LIHTC. 

Through the Administration’s 2013 changes to LIHTC allocation process known as the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), the state now incentivizes construction of low and moderate income housing in areas of low poverty, proximity to job centers, public mass transit and availability of high performing school districts. It also strongly emphasizes the inclusion of units for individuals with special needs with very low incomes. These substantive changes have been recognized by both HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and smart growth advocates, such as NJ Future, as vital to expanding affordable housing into areas of higher opportunity.

Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR)

The Fund for the Restoration of Multifamily Housing (FRM) was created in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to finance the development of affordable housing in the nine counties most impacted by Sandy. To date, over $650 million in FRM has been awarded to 76 projects representing over 6,000 rental units.

Governor Christie Proclaims August 31st As Overdose Awareness Day In New Jersey

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Trenton, NJ – Today, Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement, proclaiming August 31st, 2017, as “Overdose Awareness Day” in New Jersey.

 

“Today, New Jersey and communities around the world remember individuals who were lost to drug overdoses and those who have been saved from the depths of an overdose and given a second chance at life. Addiction is a disease, and the associated stigma must be addressed so that more of our relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers are empowered to get help, instead of suffering in silence from being shamed or disgraced. With prescription and illegal drug overdoses becoming the top cause of accidental death in the nation, it is time to shine a brighter light on this tragic issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50,000 people die each year in America from drug overdoses and another 2.5 million people are treated in emergency rooms for the misuse or abuse of drugs. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse remains committed to raising awareness about prevention, treatment and recovery resources, in order to save lives, combat stigma and end the costly cycle of recidivism. We continue urging people to contact 1-844-ReachNJ and ReachNJ.gov to access immediate and lasting resources to avoid or overcome addiction.”

 

A copy of the Governor’s proclamation is attached.

NJ Congressional Delegation Pushes for Federal Assistance in Wake of Winter Storm Jonas Record snowfall, flooding caused $82M in damage

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 


February 12, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today led the full New Jersey Congressional delegation in a letter to President Obama urging his Administration to support the State’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties impacted by Winter Storm Jonas.

 

 

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.), and U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-02), Bill Pascrell (N.J.-09), Chris Smith (N.J.-04), Albio Sires (N.J.-08), Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.-11), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.-12), Leonard Lance (N.J.-07), Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10), Tom MacArthur (N.J.-03), Donald Norcross (N.J.-01), and Scott Garrett (N.J.-05).

 

 

“With more than $82 million in damage caused by this storm, New Jersey is seeking a much-needed disaster declaration to assist in the recovery of these hard-hit areas,” the federal delegation wrote. “The devastation endured by New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments merits a disaster declaration and emergency assistance. Recovery from this storm has been difficult for New Jerseyans, and we urge you to approve this request as soon as possible to ensure the people of New Jersey can begin to rebuild from this storm and mitigate against future disasters.”

 

 

The blizzard dumped up to 30 inches of snow in parts of New Jersey, matching or exceeding record levels in 12 counties. High speed winds and a near full moon tide created a significant storm surge that flooded large areas of the Jersey Shore and caused significant beach erosion and property damage. Mass transit services were temporarily suspended, at least 270,000 customers lost power.

 

 

Full text of the letter follows and can be downloaded here.

 

 

February 12, 2016

 

 

President Barack Obama

 

The White House

 

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

 

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

 

We write to urge you to approve Governor Christie’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties affected by the severe winter storm that caused damages to our state from January 22 through January 29, 2016.

 

 

This severe winter storm also known as Jonas dumped upwards of 30 inches of snow in some areas of New Jersey, nearly reaching or exceeding record levels in 12 counties. Even more damaging, high speed winds combined with a near full moon caused a significant storm surge to flood large areas of our coastline. Mass transit services were temporarily suspended, at least 270,000 people lost their power, and homes were flooded. In addition, New Jersey was already recovering from the nor’easter that struck in October causing significant beach erosion and property damage.

 

 

With more than $82 million in damage caused by this storm, New Jersey is seeking a much-needed disaster declaration to assist in the recovery of these hard-hit areas. The devastation endured by New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments merits a disaster declaration and emergency assistance. Recovery from this storm has been difficult for New Jerseyans, and we urge you to approve this request as soon as possible to ensure the people of New Jersey can begin to rebuild from this storm and mitigate against future disasters.

 

 

Thank you in advance for your full consideration of New Jersey’s request. We look forward to your prompt action on this important issue.

 

 

Sincerely,

Steven Sandberg

Press Secretary • US Senator Bob Menendez

Office 973.297.4917 • Cell 201.407.2477