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19th District Legislative News

September 24, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The woman with tears in her eyes couldn’t pay her rent and had nowhere to turn.  She had lost her job while recovering from spinal surgery and didn’t know where she and her child with autism were going to spend the night. “We got her assistance and referred her to our ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — As they helped to draft New Jersey’s 2023 fiscal year budget this spring, 19th District lawmakers focused on a new program that may offer significant tax rebates to residential property owners and tenants. Working across party lines, Sen. Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig ...

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WOODBRIDGE – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) presented a check to “We Feed Woodbridge” to support 11 local food pantries in the township on Sept. 13. The $15,600 donation was presented to Peter Barcellona, who works in the township’s health department and is director of “We Feed ...

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SOUTH AMBOY – Gov. Phil Murphy came to the city on Sept. 9 to sign legislation that is designed to combat food insecurity among students across the state. He received a warm welcome from Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who represents the city and has made hunger a signature issue ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Eager competitors are racking up billiards, hurling bocce balls and swinging miniature golf clubs today at the Woodbridge Community Center. More amateur athletes are playing pickleball at Warren Park and tennis at Woodbridge High School. These contenders – all age 50 and older – ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ — The arrest and bribery charges against Sayreville Democratic chairman Tom Pollando, brought a swift, stern reaction from 19th District state lawmakers who issued a statement describing his alleged behavior as "completely intolerable" and calling for his resignation. Below is a ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — To mark Aug. 31 as “International Drug Overdose Awareness Day,” municipal officials highlighted the life-saving success of local drug treatment and recovery programs, while state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-19th Dist.) used the moment as “a call to action” to do more to prevent ...

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SOUTH AMBOY - The federal American Rescue Plan - signed into law last year -  includes $4.9 million to help rebuild the city’s infrastructure through the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The city will use the funding to repair roads and sewers to bolster ...

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WOODBRIDGE — A measure that Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19th Dist.) championed to protect New Jersey healthcare workers from pay cuts or job losses when hospitals or nursing homes change ownership or merge has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. The law requires all non-governmental healthcare ...

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WOODBRIDGE - For Stanislava Yushyna and her 11-year-old daughter, Emiliia, life in Ukraine was idyllic. They lived on the 21st floor of a gleaming, new apartment building in Odessa, a city brimming with life, art, commerce and community. For Yushyna, a psychologist who dabbled in a side career ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Eradicating food insecurity in New Jersey, where it affects one in five families with children,often seem like a daunting battle, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) said. But at a roundtable discussion with food insecurity stakeholders that he and Sen. Cory Booker ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — With Congress set to approve sweeping Medicare changes on Aug. 12 that will ease prescription costs for senior citizens and lower everyone’s health insurance premiums, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) came to town to announce the victory before more than a 100 residents and municipal ...

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PERTH AMBOY - Learning loss during this multi-phased pandemic has been a top concern of the 19th district legislators, recognizing that some city students still do not have access to safe, reliable and ongoing Internet access. That is why the lawmakers have been working with Comcast to ...

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If you look across the country these days, how to conduct an election in a fair and transparent way is not an issue that Democrats and Republicans have been able to find much agreement on. But while that may be the case in Washington or in other states, that’s exactly what legislators in New Jersey ...

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PERTH AMBOY – In what has quickly become a tradition in the city, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) is putting the final touches on her fifth-annual school supply drive for city students, scheduled for August 18 on the Raritan Bay waterfront. Besides providing backpacks and school ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award from the Perth Amboy-based Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD). "It is an absolute honor to receive the Roberto Clemente Award from PRAHD,” said Lopez, ...

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WOODBRIDGE – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) will host his 13th-annual “Bowl for Hunger” fundraiser on Monday, July 25 to support local food pantries in the 19th Legislative District. Since its inception, Bowl for Hunger has raised more than $300,000 for the 30 food pantries in ...

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WOODBRIDGE – The 19th district state legislators are reminding residents that the state Department of Community Affairs will be accepting pre-applications online for the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) Waiting List starting Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 22. Pre-applications will be ...

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CARTERET - Additional relatives of military members who died during active duty will now qualify for Gold Star identification cards in New Jersey under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) and signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday. Under the legislation, A.

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PERTH AMBOY - Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6th Dist), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) and Mayor Hemin Caba were part of a contingent of business and union leaders who toured a Cortlandt Street factory on June 27 to tout job-saving government support.  Pallone said there is now  increased ...

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WOODBRIDGE – Every year, the average New Jersey family spends upwards of $250 per child on school supplies and teachers spend around $600 of their own money on classroom supplies for their students. To help with the burden, at a time of high inflation, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th ...

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CARTERET – Borough officials awarded a bid this week for Phase I of the Carteret Ferry Terminal. The project work – given to Agate Construction of Clemont, NJ - clears the way for construction to begin on Carteret’s Ferry Terminal. Agate submitted the lowest bid of six total bids submitted for ...

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WOODBRIDGE - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.)  announced the proposed expansion of the ANCHOR Tax Relief Program, making the relief program one of the largest in state history. ANCHOR (Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters) was announced as part of Gov. Phil ...

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PERTH AMBOY – Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) recently testified before the Assembly Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee to support the proposed designation of April 13 as “Borinquenneers Day” in New Jersey. The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 by Congress as a ...

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WOODBRIDGE - Child care is important to New Jersey families and a key driver of economic growth, critical for returning parents to the workforce and to a sector that employs thousands of New Jerseyans. But over the course of the pandemic, more than 1,000 centers across the state ...

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PERTH AMBOY – As the United States prepares to celebrate its 250th birthday in 2026, eyes are on the Proprietary House in Perth Amboy and the important role it should play in the nation’s grand birthday. Local officials say the home at 149 Kearny Ave. is the last-standing mansion of a royal ...

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PERTH AMBOY - City officials are marking the opening of the United Way of Central Jersey's Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) to provide local families with employment services, financial education and coaching, as well as assistance applying for federal support. This funding is essential for ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Local veterans were honored on May 27 as part the annual Memorial Day Commemoration event, held at the Woodbridge Community Center. The program, coordinated through the office of Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19th Dist.), featured a presentation of colors by the Young Marines, the national ...

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WOODBRIDGE - Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19th Dist.) is inviting the community to attend his annual Memorial Day Commemoration event at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., on Friday May 27 at 10 a.m. There will be a presentation of colors by the Young Marines, the national anthem, a speech ...

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WOODBRIDGE - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who represents Woodbridge and Carteret as part of his district, is rolling out an election reform bill, with bi-partisan support, to update the way the state counts and report ballots. “Last November’s election in New Jersey was ...

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