SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Senator Patrick J. Diegnan (18th L.D.), a lifelong resident of South Plainfield, was recently named 'Legislator of the Year' by New Jersey's State Troopers Fraternal Association (STFA). He was honored at an outdoor reception held Aug. 6 at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge and recognized for his 'efforts in support of the men and women' of the New Jersey-based organization. 

"Your dedicated work in improving the quality of life, providing safer working conditions, and promoting fundamental fairness for our members through your steadfast support in the New Jersey State Legislature is forever appreciated," reads the plaque bestowed upon the senator. 

The STFA specifically recognized Diegnan's sponsorship of several key bills during the 218th Legislative Session, including S1403, which permits service credit transferred from another state-administered retirement system to apply toward creditable service requirement for retirement, and S2501, which imposes motor vehicle penalty points for certain violations of the state's Move Over Law and establishes public awareness campaign through the 'Slow Down or Move Over, It's the Law Act.' STFA also commended the senator for his efforts with S4331, a bill in its final stages of adoption that will require drivers' license applicants to submit a video on how to properly react in the event they are pulled over by the police. 

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"All three of these bills were obviously done in conjunction with the state troopers," said Diegnan, noting that he is 'honored' to be recognized by STFA. "During my time in the legislature I have been  fortunate to receive awards from various groups, but this one in particular is special," he said. "The state troopers put their lives on the line to protect us and for them to recognize me is humbling."

The STFA, in honoring the senator, added, "Members of the STFA wish you continued success as a member of the New Jersey Legislature."

Founded in 1963, the purpose of the STFA is to improve the working conditions of the members of the New Jersey State Police. They work to boost the morale of the New Jersey State Police and to provide increased incentives to enable the members thereof to perform their duties with a high degree of perfection and integrity and represent them to the best of their ability. The STFA is an independent and autonomous organization (separate from PBA, FOP, etc.) with an affiliation to the National Troopers Coalition (NTC) and strong ties with other Law Enforcement groups at the local and national levels. For more information, visit https://stfa.org

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