STAFFORD - Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the signing of legislation (S-2997) that appropriates nearly $60 million for open space projects.

Funding for the projects will come from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues for the State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects, and capital and park development projects.

The 9th District delegation, which supported and voted for the open space law, offered the following remarks:

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Open space preservation is among the most important environmental priorities for our constituency. Notably, this open space initiative enjoyed the support of environmental organizations which were instrumental in advancing the bill through the legislative process.

“Each of the 24 municipalities in our legislative district stand to benefit from this open space law, primarily those located in the Pinelands and along the Atlantic Basin. However, State law requires the Green Acres program to purchase property from willing sellers only.

“Many of our constituents see open space preservation as a quality-of-life issue, including outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, and boaters. Open space preservation is essential to protecting drinking water supplies as well as wildlife habitats, curbing unwanted development and preserving air quality.”

A complete listing of projects and the affiliated municipalities are provided in the finalized version of S-2997 which can be reviewed at the State Legislature’s official website: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/.