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Greenwald Announces Assembly Budget Panel's Public Hearing Schedule

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald today announced that the panel will hold three public hearings as committee members begin their examination of Governor Jon Corzine’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 state budget.

“Hearing directly from residents makes these among the most important sessions this committee ever holds,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “Especially with the challenges we face this year, the input and ideas we receive from residents and community leaders will be invaluable.”

Greenwald said all three hearings will be held in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex to maximize the building’s Internet capabilities and expand public access to the proceedings. All hearings will be carried live via the Internet – something that could not be done when the committee held its hearings in remote locations – and will be archived on the Office of Legislative Services’ Web site.

“In the past, the only way for the public to fully participate and follow these hearings was to physically attend them,” said Greenwald. “Now, every minute of these hearings will be easily accessible.”

The dates and topics for the public hearings are:

-March 24 – Health, Human Services, Senior, Family and Children’s Issues;
-March 26 – Education, Higher Education and Local Government Issues;
-April 2 – Public Safety, Economic Development, Transportation, Environment, Arts, History and Cultural Issues and any other subjects not listed.

Greenwald Age-Restricted Housing Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Measure Would Create Jobs, Affordable Homes, Preserve Local Control

(VOORHEES)—Legislation Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) sponsored to permit developers of new housing construction projects currently restricted to those who are 55 and older to apply for elimination of the age restriction has been sent to Governor Jon Corzine for his signature into law.

“Jump-starting stalled housing construction projects is essential to jump-starting our economy,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “Allowing some new age-restricted developments the opportunity to open doors to families of all ages will create jobs, provide working families affordable places to live and ensure local input remains a guiding factor of these development projects.”

Greenwald stressed that no 55-and-over development would be eligible for conversion if even one individual has already purchased or put down a deposit on a unit. Age-restricted developments where residents have already moved into homes similarly would be prohibited from conversion.

As reported by the Star-Ledger on February 15, 2009, New Jersey’s municipalities have approved an overabundance of 55-and-older age-restricted housing developments. Estimates suggest the oversupply of such age-restricted homes is between 15 to 20 years into the future, far outweighing current demand.

Assemblyman Greenwald Discusses the Budget on CBS Newsmakers

Assemblyman Greenwald talks with Dave Huddleston of CBS about the Governor's budget proposal.

Assemblyman Greenwald comments on a legislative package to protect New Jersey’s children

Assemblyman Greenwald comments on a legislative package to protect New Jersey’s children