State enacts laws to protect transgender individuals

TRENTON, NJ — On July 21, two bills designed to protect the rights of transgender persons became law. Legislation sponsored by state senators M. Teresa Ruiz and Joseph Vitale requiring the commissioner of education to develop guidelines for school districts to protect transgender students was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. “We must ensure […]

New law ensures stiffer penalties for drunken drivers who commit vehicle homicide

TRENTON, NJ — Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk is now law. The new law, A-3686, known as “Ralph and David’s Law,” establishes a new crime of “strict liability vehicular homicide” for killing a […]

Several bills signed into law in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, John Burzichelli, Troy Singleton and Marlene Caride to help protect sensitive taxpayer information is now law. The new law, A-4994, requires certain state and local government agency employees with access to federal tax information to undergo criminal history background checks. The measure enables New Jersey […]

West Orange to receive $182,100 Green Acres grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a July 14 release, state Sen. Richard J. Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John F. McKeon today applauded a $182,100 Green Acres grant for West Orange in the 27th Legislative District, to be used to improve Lafayette and Degnan parks. The $182,100 grant is part of $80.7 million announced […]

Bill to ensure stiff penalties for drunken vehicular homicide clears Senate panel

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk cleared a Senate panel on Thursday, June 15. Bill A-3686, known as “Ralph and David’s Law,” would establish a new crime of “strict liability vehicular homicide” […]

Bill would make interaction with police part of school curriculum

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Ralph Caputo to instruct New Jersey students on how to interact with law enforcement was released Thursday, June 15, by an Assembly panel. Bill A-1114 would require school districts to provide instruction on interacting with law enforcement in a manner […]

Morris & Essex line to be diverted during upgrade

Morris & Essex line to be diverted during upgrade

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Local residents were fuming as Gov. Chris Christie announced May 23 that the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station will be diverted to Hoboken for approximately eight weeks this summer while Penn Station is upgraded to repair tracks and switches, which have been deteriorating for many years. In […]

Holocaust survivor Fran Malkin shares story with RMS students

Holocaust survivor Fran Malkin shares story with RMS students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Roosevelt Middle School students were mesmerized by the gripping story of Holocaust survivor Feyge “Fran” Malkin on May 15. Malkin, now 79, is a longtime West Orange resident. Her cousin, Judy Maltz, a filmmaker who worked on “No. 4 Street of Our Lady,” a documentary of the family’s ordeal during the […]

Payne, Jasey discuss health care at JESPY House

Payne, Jasey discuss health care at JESPY House

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — JESPY House welcomed U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey on Monday, May 8, to discuss imminent N.J. health care changes, housing and other critical issues. One hundred constituents and voters from the JESPY community and surrounding areas listened to Payne and Jasey’s positions on the issues, […]

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