Invest Newark launches region’s first land bank

NEWARK, NJ — Invest Newark has launched the Newark Land Bank, an initiative championed by Mayor Ras Baraka to improve the quality of life for Newark residents. The land bank will lead the way to begin the post-COVID economic recovery of Newark by boosting homeownership and creating affordable and market rate housing. By increasing developer […]

‘COVID-19 Financial Security for Consumers Act’ clears Assembly panel

TRENTON, NJ — To provide future security for many families and residents in New Jersey experiencing financial hardship brought on as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and John McKeon sponsored legislation that would institute protections. The Assembly Commerce Committee advanced the bill on Thursday, May 7. “The virus […]

Murphy speaks at town hall meeting in Maplewood

Murphy speaks at town hall meeting in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy held a town hall meeting at The Woodland in Maplewood on Jan. 29, speaking to area residents about state government initiatives and answering several questions from members of the audience. Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, who represents New Jersey’s 27th Legislative District, introduced Murphy at the event. “We found we had […]

Bill to establish school readiness, workforce development program clears committee

TRENTON, NJ — Striving to break families out of the cycle of poverty and foster greater economic self-sufficiency, on Dec. 9 the Assembly Education Committee approved bill A-5827, which would provide two-generational academic and job readiness support services for low-income households under a five-year pilot program. Sponsors of the bill, Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, who […]

Bill to address disparities in NJ school discipline stats advances in Legislature

TRENTON, NJ — Working toward addressing the striking disparities found in New Jersey school discipline statistics, legislation that would create a statewide program aiming to reduce racial disparities in school discipline; improve the socio-emotional and behavioral responses of students through intervention; and decrease recidivism rates among students who violate school district code of conduct advanced […]

Assembly passes bill to provide licensure to drama and dance therapists

TRENTON, NJ — Moving to license all drama and dance/movement therapists in New Jersey, a measure to establish the State Board of Creative Arts Therapies for the oversight and regulation of all such therapeutic practices passed 62-11 in the full Assembly on Nov. 25. The bill, A-1220, further outlines defined and fair criteria for obtaining […]