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Beach, Greenwald, and Lampitt Urge Residents to Apply for "Senior Freeze" Program for Property Tax Relief

 Offices of 6th District Legislators to Assist Eligible Seniors, Disabled Residents in Completing Applications for Tax Relief

(VOORHEES)– Senator James Beach, Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today urged seniors and those with disabilities to take advantage of the state property tax reimbursement program known as the “Senior Freeze.”

“Our senior citizens and residents with disabilities are feeling the one-two punch of economic recession and rising property taxes,” said Beach. “For many eligible New Jerseyans, the ‘Senior Freeze’ means much-needed relief.”

Now in its eleventh year providing reimbursement to eligible seniors and disabled residents for property tax increases, the “Senior Freeze” deadline is June 1 this year. Under the program, eligible applicants receive direct reimbursement for the difference between the property tax amount paid in their “base year” (the first year a resident became eligible and filed for the program) and the amount paid in the current year. 

“In tough economic times, every penny counts, especially if you’re living on a fixed income,” said Greenwald. “I urge eligible residents to apply for the ‘Senior Freeze,’ which can provide significant savings.”

A new New Deal Could Ignite New Jersey's Ailing Economy

Asbury Park Press
December 26, 2008
By Louis Greenwald

The fact New Jersey is caught in the throes of an international economic recession is neither escapable nor debatable. New Jerseyans are becoming all too familiar with tighter household budgets and the specter of job loss. On a state level, a precipitous drop-off in revenues threatens the future of the programs many rely on.

To be sure, this recession is not New Jersey's creation, nor can New Jersey solve it all on its own. But there are steps we can and must take to help the state and its residents.

Already, Gov. Jon Corzine and the Legislature have moved together on a number of initiatives to provide direct assistance to the families that need it most, ensure families don't lose their homes to foreclosure and give businesses the tax breaks and incentives they need to stay open.

All are things that need to be done. But we should take a page from history and use this economy as a means to undertake critical projects that can provide jobs in the short-term while building infrastructure that can serve the state for the long term.

Panel OK’s Scalera/Mckeon/Greenwald Bill For Tax-Deductible Contributions To College Fund

Measure Would Exempt First $5,000 in Annual Contributions To NJ BEST College Savings Plan from State Income Taxes

(TRENTON)-An Assembly panel has released legislation Assemblymen Fred Scalera, John McKeon and Louis Greenwald sponsored to provide a state income tax deduction to residents who save for their children’s higher education through a state-administered college savings plan.

“Money being saved to pay for a child’s college education should be safeguarded, not taxed,” said Scalera (D-Essex/Bergen/Passaic). “This tax deduction will provide families with an incentive to plan for meeting the mounting costs of higher education.”

“Saving for a college education is more important today than it ever has been,” said McKeon (D-Essex). “We need to reward parents who have the foresight to put aside money now for their children’s higher educations.”

The Scalera/McKeon/Greenwald bill (A-912) would provide a state gross income tax deduction for the first $5,000 contributed annually to the New Jersey Better Educational Savings Trust (NJ BEST) program. NJ BEST is a 529 college savings plan administered through the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and managed by Franklin Templeton Investments.

Assembly Advances SBS Info Legislation

Gloucester County Times
February 6, 2009
GCT Staff

Legislation that would require the state include information about Shaken Baby Syndrome to new parents cleared the state Assembly on Thursday.

The legislation (A-725) would require the state to include information on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the resource guide it provides to new parents. The guide also would be published in Spanish.

A health care professional would be required to review information in the guide with new parents as part of the discharge procedure under the legislation sponsored by Democratic Assemblymen Louis D. Greenwald of Cherry Hill and Douglas H. Fisher of Bridgeton.

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, 1,200 to 1,400 children nationwide annually receive medical treatment for injuries attributed to being violently shaken by a caregiver.

Nearly 30 percent of those injuries prove fatal, and about 80 percent of survivors incur lifelong brain injuries that can lead to learning and physical disabilities, blindness, hearing and speech disabilities, cerebral palsy and behavior disorders.

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Assembly Approves Greenwald/Fisher Bill To Educate Parents On Shaken Baby Syndrome

ASSEMBLY APPROVES GREENWALD/FISHER BILL TO EDUCATE PARENTS ON SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

(TRENTON) – The Assembly today voted 77-0 to approve legislation Assembly members Louis D. Greenwald and Douglas H. Fisher sponsored to require the state include information about Shaken Baby Syndrome to new parents.

“All new parents need to be absolutely aware of how devastating this syndrome can be,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “Learning about Shaken Baby Syndrome will hopefully prevent parents from harming their babies.”

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, 1,200 to 1,400 children nationwide annually receive medical treatment for injuries attributed to being violently shaken by a caregiver.

Nearly 30 percent of those injuries prove fatal, and about 80 percent of survivors incur lifelong brain injuries that can lead to learning and physical disabilities, blindness, hearing and speech disabilities, cerebral palsy and behavior disorders.

The legislation (A-725) would require the state to include information on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the resource guide it provides to new parents. The guide also would be published in Spanish. A health care professional would be required to review information in the guide with new parents as part of the discharge procedure.