WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.’s support for law enforcement was recognized Wednesday as he was awarded the 2019 Legislator of the Year Award from the Major County Sheriffs’ Association,  a professional law enforcement association of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with populations of 500,000 or more.

Pascrell, who serves as  co-chair of Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, has been one of the foremost leaders in Congress in seeking to protect Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), COPS Hiring program and other key funding streams for state and local law enforcement, funding from which the Trump Administration has withheld costing Paterson $137,928.

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“To say that I am honored to receive this award would be an understatement. Public safety is a critical issue for me and our community,” Pascrell in accepting the award. “I am fortunate to work day in and day out with the terrific sheriffs of my congressional district to ensure that they and their officers have the support they deserve.”

“I am proud of Congressman Pascrell’s accomplishments on behalf of law enforcement and his leadership on issues of importance to County Sheriffs,” said Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. “Bill’s entire public service career from being Paterson’s Mayor, a State Legislator and now in Congress has been focused on supporting the important work of law enforcement.”