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Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gets OK from Assembly Panel

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."

Greenwald Hails ‘Real, Bipartisan Progress’ in Job-Growth Legislation

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."

Greenwald: Christie Veto of Economic Stimulus Bill Disappointing

September 12, 2014

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) on Friday released the following statement in response to Gov. Christie's conditional veto of legislation (A-3123) he sponsored to provide needed updates to the Economic Opportunity Act:

"I am disappointed to see the governor veto this critically-needed legislation. In a time where New Jersey's unemployment rate continues to lag behind much of the nation, we need to move quickly to revitalize our economy.

"The Economic Opportunity Act has already spurred millions of dollars in new investments and thousands of jobs created, which is why providing needed updates to the improve the law is so important.

"We are reviewing the governor's proposed changes to the legislation. While we are always willing to listen to input from the governor's office, efforts to jump-start New Jersey's stalled economy would be best served by negotiations before a bill being passed, rather than through a lengthy veto process after-the-fact.

"Nevertheless, we will evaluate the governor's proposals and take the best course of action to strengthen New Jersey's economy and create jobs."

Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Natural Disaster Response Signed into Law

September 10, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state's ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters has been inked into law.

The law (A-2025) bolsters safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Superstorm Sandy - the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments - by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.

"Whether it's tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy."

"Not having had this protection deterred many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricted our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits."