- Greenwald Praises Select Committee’s Work to Uncover Abuse of Power that Crippled Fort Lee
- Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gains Assembly Approval, Heads to Governor’s Desk
- Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gets OK from Assembly Panel
- ‘HOUSING FIRST’ ADVOCATES LOOK TO EXPAND, TAKE PROGRAM STATEWIDE
December 8, 2014
Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald on Monday praised the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation for the steady and thorough leadership employed to investigate the abuse of government power that threatened public safety and brought the town of Fort Lee to a standstill for nearly a week.
"I want to thank my fellow committee members and our counsel for their dedication and professionalism to date.
"The snapshot released today of the events that have transpired reveals an almost baffling abuse of power that, had it not been for this committee and the Assembly Transportation Committee, would have likely gone unchecked, leading to untold other transgressions.
"Throughout this process, Democrats and Republicans, alike, have agreed that an abuse of power took place. And despite the disagreements raised today, we have not heard one factual discrepancy or dispute on the report itself.
"What we now have is a clear picture of the many questions that still remain unanswered. Ultimately, we still need to find out why the bridge was closed and who closed it. Taxpayers deserve these answers," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington).
November 13, 2014
Comprehensive bi-state, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was passed Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The two approved bills now head to the governor's desk.
Sponsors of the bills, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Carmelo Garcia, noted that the legislation will introduce integrity to the bi-state agency.
"Long before 'Bridge-gate' was even a term, we have been pushing for reforms at the Port Authority to address the gross mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer funds that have been well-documented. We finally have a chance now to put real reforms in place, and we can't squander this opportunity," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "These bills will help create unprecedented transparency and accountability at this multi-billion dollar agency in order to help protect the commuters of this state who have been paying the price for years of lack of oversight. I'm pleased my colleagues in the legislature have come together to support this overhaul, and I hope the governor will join us in doing the same."
October 27, 2014
Comprehensive bi-state, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
Sponsors of the two approved bills, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Carmelo Garcia, noted that the legislation will introduce integrity to the bi-state agency.
"Residents of New Jersey depend on the Port Authority every day, and they deserve nothing less than an agency that makes them a priority," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "As the legislature continues to investigate last year's unexplained George Washington Bridge lane closures, it's critical that we address the root of the problem - that this overwhelmingly flawed agency has no sense of accountability whatsoever."
"Considering how much of their hard-earned money is in the hands of the Port Authority, the people of New Jersey have a right to know who is making key decisions, how those individuals are making decisions and how the public can be a part of that process," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "The unfortunate truth is that this agency clearly is a breeding ground for wrongdoing. That ends with these bills."
September 29, 2014
Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Monday upon the Assembly's concurrence with the conditional veto of A-3213, the Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 3:
"Today's vote continues the critical bipartisan work we began last year with the Economic Opportunity Act. By streamlining and reforming a complex system of incentives, we have strengthened New Jersey's ability to attract job growth and economic development. While we have much more work to do, this bill represents real, bipartisan progress.
"This legislation also tackles an important facet of our state's overall economic health--the struggling economy of Atlantic City. By expanding eligibility for economic growth incentives to key projects, our work today is an important step toward rejuvenating Atlantic City's economy."
McKeon, Prieto, Greenwald, Mainor, Jasey & Schaer Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Approved by Assembly
September 15, 2014
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Charles Mainor, Mila Jasey and Gary Schaer to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was approved 53-22-5 Monday by the Assembly.
"Gun violence claims lives every day. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."
"A gun in the hands of a violent or disturbed individual is a bad combination," said Prieto (D-Bergen, Hudson). "This can help keep guns from falling into the wrong hands by creating a controlled environment where individuals looking to get rid of their weapons can do so safely and anonymously."
"A gun buyback program is not the be-all and end-all solution to gun violence, but it can help make a dent by giving people the option to safely discard their weapons," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Anything we can do to reduce the number of guns in our communities is a worthwhile pursuit."