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Mosquera, Greenwald & Weinberg Unveil Legislation to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence

February 12, 2015

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg will introduce legislation on Thursday to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence.

"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed before they ever have a chance to get out, at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms. This legislation will change that - strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

"Study after study tells us that domestic violence and firearms are a deadly combination," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "But these numbers are not just statistics. They represent real lives that have been shattered. We're taking this issue head-on and strengthening our gun laws to save those lives."

"Gun violence perpetrated against women often stems from domestic violence incidents that escalate and turn tragic," said Weinberg (D-Bergen). "We have to do more to protect the lives of women and children who find themselves in a dangerous family situation. By imposing stronger laws that limit abusers' access to firearms we will better protect victims against preventable and, too often, fatal gun violence."

The facts about domestic abuse and firearms access are sobering:

Assembly Panel Approves Johnson & Greenwald Bill to Promote & Improve Oral Health throughout New Jersey

February 9, 2015

Legislation Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald sponsored to promote and improve oral health in New Jersey, especially among young children, was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-3314) would establish the New Jersey Center for Oral Health at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in order to provide for a collaborative state effort to address oral health. The Dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, or the dean's designee, would serve as the director of the center.

"Poor oral health can lead to so many other health problems, so it's important that we as a state join in a collaborative effort to combat this problem," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Hopefully these efforts will lead to better oral hygiene at a young age, putting our residents on a path to a lifetime of better overall health."

"Research suggests that oral health mirrors our overall health," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Not only will this bill help improve public health throughout New Jersey, but it will also help address health care costs, which is one of many pressing economic issues facing our state."

Under the bill, the center would develop and facilitate model public and private partnerships for oral health awareness campaigns to improve the access, acceptability and use of oral health services in this state. It would serve as an information and resource center for specific oral health information and data concerning oral health and disseminate the data to interested parties.

Lampitt, Greenwald, Mazzeo, Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Unveil Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism

December 18, 2014

Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace unveiled a resolution (ACR-211) on Wednesday condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for the expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice.

“We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years. Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation.” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) “This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society…”

Greenwald Praises Select Committee’s Work to Uncover Abuse of Power that Crippled Fort Lee

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).

Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gains Assembly Approval, Heads to Governor’s Desk

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."