216 Stelton Road
Piscataway NJ 08854
PUBLIC SERVICE RECORD, QUALIFICATIONS & LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS
Member, Senate Judiciary Committee (2002-present)
Chairman, Senate Environment and Energy Committee (Chairman 2004-present, Member 2002-present )
Co-Chairman, Joint Committee on Government Consolidation and Shared Services (2006)
Alternate Member, State House Commission (2002-present)
Member, Budget & Appropriations Committee (2010)
Assemblyman, District 17 - 1986 - 2001
Member, Assembly Environment, Science and Technology (1996-Present)
Deputy Minority Leader (1994-1995)
Member, Assembly Policy and Rules Committee (1994-1995)
Member, Assembly Energy and Hazardous Waste Committee (1992-1993)
Member, Assembly Solid Waste Committee (1992-1993)
Chairman, Assembly Energy and Environment Committee (1990-1991)
Member, Appropriations Committee (1986-1991)
Member, Environmental Quality Committee (1986-87)
Member, Assembly Select Committee on Ocean and Beach Pollution (1987-1988)
Parliamentarian, Assembly Democratic Caucus (1988-89)
Chairman, New Jersey Assembly Democratic Task Force on the Environment (1987)
Counsel to the 1987 and 1989 New Jersey State Democratic Platform Committee
Mayor of Piscataway Township (1981-86)
Chairman, Middlesex County Democratic Organization (April,1991-April,1992)
Chairman, Piscataway Democratic Organization (1981-1990)
Director, Board of Directors, New Jersey Conference of Mayors (1984-86)
Councilman-At-Large - Piscataway Township (1977-80)
Council President (1979)
Council Vice President (1978)
Member - Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee (1981-86)
Chairman - Piscataway Environmental Commission (1971-75)
Secretary (1975) Chairman (1976) Member (1975-76; 1981-86) - Piscataway Planning Board
Member of Technical Advisory Committee to the Middlesex County - Planning Board on Air Pollution (1973-74)
Member of the Greenbrook Basin Committee of the Area 208 Management Planning - Program (1975-76)
Member of the N.J.D.E.P. Commissioner's Advisory Committee - on Water and Wastewater - Training (1973-77)
M.S. Environmental Science, Rutgers University (1973)
M.S. Chemistry, University of Scranton (1970)
B.A. History, University of Scranton (1969). Presidential Scholar, graduated cum laude.
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar and to the United States District Court 6/18/81.
Admitted to Practice before the U.S. Supreme Court - 5/31/94
Prosecutor East Brunswick Township 1997-2012
Prosecutor South Brunswick Township 1998-Present
Middlesex County College, 9/70 - 12/85 Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, 9/79 - 12/85
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science - 9/76 - 6/79
Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science - 7/74 - 8/76
Administrative Assistant to Dean of Science, 6/74 - 2/77
Environmental Health Science Curriculum Coordinator, 9/72 - 6/73
Instructor of Chemistry & Environmental Science - 9/70 - 6/74
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATION AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Award for Bipartisan Leadership, 2016
Legislator of the Year, Middlesex County Bar Association, 2016
Police & Firefighters Appreciation Day Award, 2015
Oak Leaf Award, The Nature Conservancy, 2014
2016 Award for bipartisan leadership to ensure the preservation of New Jersey's open spaces, farmlands, forests, parks and historic sites
Named 2016 Legislator of the Year by Middlesex County Bar Association
2014 Recipient of the Oak Leaf Award by The Nature Conservancy
Inaugural Chapin, Fuller, Pearson Medal 2013, Mid-Atlantic Solar Industry Association
Leadership & Vision Award 2012 - New Jersey Highlands Coalition
Outstanding Leadership & Dedication to natural resources in State of New Jersey Award 2012, Society of American Foresters New Jersey Division
Recognition for Leadership for Solar energy in New Jersey 2012, Solar Energy Industries Association
Sportsman of the Year 2011, Jersey Coast Anglers Association
Appreciation Award - 2009 - New Jersey Clean Communities
Legislator of the Year - 2009 - NJ Chamber of Commerce
Recognition - 2008 - The Association of New Jersey Recyclers
Legislator of the Year - 2007 - NJ Association of Counties
State Policy Award - 2007 - U.S. Green Buildings Council NJ Chapter
Legislator's Award for Bi-Partisan Leadership - 2007- NJ Conference of Mayors
Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor Award - 2006 - Middlesex County AFL-CIO Labor Council
Recognition for Improved Shared Services - 2006 - Somerset County Business Partnership
Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders Sr. Leadership Award - 2005 - North Stelton Economic Development Committee
Frank J. Oliver Award - 2005 - New Jersey Environmental Lobby Board of Trustees
State Public Official of the Year - 2005 - Libraries of Middlesex
Legislator of the Year - 2005 - New Jersey Recreation and Park Association
Citizen of the Year - 2004 - Italian-American Club of Piscataway
American-Hungarian Foundation Distinguished Service Award - 2004
Award of Appreciation - 2003 - Institute of Transportation Engineers, NY/NJ Metropolitan Section
Anthony M. Yelencsics Memorial Outstanding Citizen Award - 2002 - Middlesex County American-Hungarian Democratic Club
Citizen of the Year - 1999 - Somerset County Central Labor Council
Outstanding State Legislator Award - 1998 - New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars
Thomas Barton Post Preservation Award - 1993 - Fellowship for Metlar House
Outstanding Service Award - 1992- New Jersey Transit Police
Environmental Legislator of the Year - 1991- New Jersey Environmental Federation
Recognition for Work on behalf of Adults & Children with Autism - 1990 - Eden Institute
Legislator of the Year -1990 - NJ Association of Schools & Agencies for the Handicapped
Who's Who in the East - 1983
Distinguished Citizen Award -1982- Piscataway Jewish Congregation B'nai Shalom
Outstanding Young Men of America - 1981
MAJOR LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES
P.L.2017, c.136 Establishes State food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030
P.L. 2017, c. 66 Appropriates $59,532,000 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects, and capital and park development projects
P.L. 2016, c.87 Revises Electronic Waster Management Act
P.L. 2016, c.59 Establishes position of State Oceanographer
P.L. 2016, c.51 Authorizes additional $90 million worth of Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant program tax credits
P.L. 2016, c.30 Changes submission and notice requirements for short-term and long-term financing for environmental infrastructure projects
P.L. 2016, c.12 Revises State's open space, farmland, and historic preservation programs; implements 2014 constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for certain environmental purposes
P.L.2015, c.196 Prohibits escrow agent evaluation services from charging escrow agents fees
P.L.2015, c.129 Authorizes rural electric cooperative and certain municipalities to establish municipal shared services authority
P.L.2015, c.106 Makes certain changes to Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program
P.L.2015, c.94 Increases electric power net metering capacity threshold to 2.9 percent of total annual kilowatt-hours sold in State
P.L.2015, c.83 Establishes apprentice firearm hunting license and apprentice bow and arrow license
P.L.2015, c.51 Amends definition of "Class II renewable energy
P.L.2015, c.5 Extends for five years expiration date of special appraisal process for Green Acres program and farmland preservation program for lands in Highlands Region; makes change to special appraisal process for certain farmers
P.L.2014, c.76 Parkinson's Disease Public Awareness and Education Act
P.L. 2014, c.33 Designates New Jersey Big Data Alliance as State's Advanced Cyber Infrastructure Consortium
P.L. 2014, c.34 Provides standards for, and registration of, home elevation contractors P.L. 2013, c. 107 Provides limited exemption from development regulations to allow certain structures to be raised as high as the highest applicable flood elevation standard
P.L. 2013, c. 93 Expands the scope of what can be financed through the Environmental Infrastructure Trust and establishes the "Disaster Relief Emergency Financing Program Fund"
P.L. 2013, c. 10 Appropriates $45 million from "2009 Green Acres Fund" and $12 million from "2009 Blue Acres Fund" for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects.
P.L. 2013, c. 6 Requires Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) in consultation with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide a preference for veterans who qualify for affordable Housing Assistance
P.L. 2012, c. 24 Revises certain solar renewable energy programs and requirements; provides for aggregated net metering of electricity consumption related to properties owned by certain governmental bodies and school districts
P.L. 2011, c.187 Establishes "New Jersey Property Assessment Clean Energy (NJ PACE) Municipal Financing Program."
P.L. 2011, c. 9 - Establishes a long-term capacity agreement pilot program to promote construction of qualified electric generation facilities
P.L. 2011, c. 8 - Eliminates dock fees and establishes penalty for boat permit violations on Greenwood Lake
P.L. 2010, c. 114 - Directs DOT to study stormwater basins in Barnegat Bay watershed
P.L. 2010, c. 113 - Requires State Soil Conservation Committee to adopt standards concerning soil restoration measures.
P.L. 2010, c. 112 - Establishes standards for certain fertilizer applications, requires certification of professional fertilizer applicators, and regulates labeling and sale of certain fertilizers.
P.L. 2010, c. 101 - Requires State entities to purchase biofuels in place of fossil fuels when reasonable, prudent and cost effective
P.L. 2010, c. 64 - Makes certain changes to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program
P.L. 2010, c. 7 - Authorizes any municipality outside Highlands Region to establish receiving zones for Highlands transfer of development rights program
P.L. 2010, c. 4 - Exempts solar panels from impervious surface or impervious cover designation
P.L. 2009, c. 310 - Authorizes Greenwood Lake Commission to charge fees
P.L. 2009, c. 303 - Requires eligible applicants for innocent party grants from "Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund" to own subject property through application process
P.L. 2009, c. 302 - Authorizes increased grant funding to local governments for site remediation for redevelopment of contaminated property for renewable energy projects
P.L. 2009, c. 300 - Provides for covenant not to sue by operation of law upon issuance of no further action letter in cetain circumstances relating to site remediations
P.L. 2009, c. 289 - "The Solar Advancement and Fair Competition Act"
P.L. 2009, c. 256 - Establishes forest stewardship and forest certification programs in DEP; establishes Forest Stewardship Incentive Fund
P.L. 2009, c. 244 - Provides for the regulation of small wind energy systems by municipalities
P.L. 2009, c. 239 - Creates Solar and Wind Energy Commission
P.L. 2009, c. 235 - Expands definition of "place of business" under Franchise Practices Act
P.L. 2009, c. 213 - Allows for biomass, solar, and wind energy generation on farms
P.L. 2009, c. 117 - Open Space Preservation Ballot Initiative allowing programs such as Green Acres public recreation and conservation program, farmland preservation, Blue Acres for flood plain and watershed land and historic preservation to continue
P.L. 2009, c. 146 - Defines "inherently beneficial use" for purposes of zoning variance and specifically includes facilities and structures that supply electrical energy produced from wind, solar, or photovoltaic technologies
P.L. 2009, c. 106 - Authorizes enhancement of State Uniform Construction Code's energy subcode based on anticipated energy savings; provides down payment assistance to certain purchasers of homes meeting enhanced energy subcode requirements
P.L. 2009, c. 103 - Makes certain changes to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program
P.L. 2009, c. 81 - Establishes Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission to study and review the criminal law and recommend revisions; repeals existing commissions
P.L. 2009, c. 60 - Establishes licensing program for site remediation professionals; changes laws concerning site remediation
P.L. 2009, c. 59 - Makes several changes to the Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program
P.L. 2009, c. 42 - Increases cap for underground storage tank remediation grants to independent colleges
P.L. 2009, c. 35 - Permits location of certain wind and solar facilities in industrial zone
P.L. 2009, c. 33 - Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction
P.L. 2009, c. 4 - Authorizes public entities to implement energy savings improvement programs (Establishes procedures for guaranteed energy savings contracts by governmental agencies)
P.L. 2008, c. 130 - Revises Electronic Waste Recycling Act
P.L. 2008, c. 90 - Exempts certain renewable energy systems from real property taxation.
P.L. 2008, c.54 - Authorizes municipal planning boards to adopt green buildings and environmental sustainability municipal master plan element
P.L. 2008, c.34 - Repeals "New Jersey-New York Clean Ocean and Shore Trust (COAST) Committee Act" and statute establishing Commission on Business Efficiency in the Public Schools
P.L. 2008, c. 27 - Abolishes NJ Commerce Commission; establishes Division of Business Assistance, Marketing and International Trade in NJEDA; transfers functions, powers, and duties of the commission to division
P.L. 2008, c. 6 - Delays effective date of recycling tax and adjusts allocation of moneys in the State Recycling Fund
P.L. 2007, c. 347 - "Electronic Waste Recycling Act"
P.L. 2007, c. 340 - Authorizes auction of greenhouse gas allowances; establishes "Global Warming Solutions Fund"
P.L. 2007, c. 311 - "Recycling Enhancement Act"
P.L. 2007, c. 300 - Revises law concerning electric power net metering, safety and power quality interconnection standards; requires BPU to adopt certain renewable energy credit rules
P.L. 2007, c. 278 - Requires DEP to conduct public hearing and provide opportunity for public comment at conclusion of feasibility study for shore protection projects
P.L. 2007, c. 223 - Permits the establishment of sick leave banks for school employees
P.L. 2007, c. 181 - Appropriates $40 million from "Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund" for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes
P.L. 2007, c. 153 - Limits homeowners' association regulation of solar collectors on certain roofs
P.L. 2007, c. 142 - Authorizes Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission to charge project application review fees and issue general permits for certain projects
P.L. 2007, c. 138 - Makes certain changes to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program
P.L. 2007, c. 131 - Eliminates statute of limitations for certain environmental crimes and crimes causing widespread injury or damage.
P.L. 2007, c. 112 - Global Warming Response Act to reduce greenhouse gases
P.L. 2007, c. 63 - Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act to encourage the financial accountability of local units of government through empowering citizens, reducing waste and duplicative services, clearing legal hurdles to shared services and consolidation, and supplementing, amending, and repealing sections of statutory law.
P.L. 2007, c. 56 - Establishes Division of Risk Management in the Department of the Treasury; reorganizes Office of Information Technology; requires consolidation of enhanced 9-1-1 public safety answering points.
P.L. 2007, c. 54 - Establishes the "Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission," performance measures for municipalities, and the Municipal Efficiency Promotion Aid Program
P.L. 2007, c. 39 - Eliminates inactive commissions, committees, councils and boards
P.L. 2007, c. 18 - Authorizes individual boards of education to self insure for certain insurance; removes current prohibitions
P.L. 2007, c. 17 - Clarifies the authority of the Department of Transportation to enter into certain agreements with local governments and supplementing Title 27 of the Revised Statutes.
P.L. 2006, c. 94 - Extends date for certain submittals required pursuant to diesel emissions law; authorizes DEP to disapprove cost estimates for retrofit technology under certain conditions; and modifies requirement to sell, distribute, and use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel.
P.L. 2006, c. 65 - Requires person responsible for conducting remediation to submit written notification; requires DEP to adopt rules setting forth notice requirements.
P.L. 2006, c 88 - Granting access to housing, public facilities and transportation for certain working dogs and supplementing Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes
P.L. 2006, c. 27 - Clarifies that applicants on eligible list of effective date of P.L. 2005, c 290 are entitled to preference granted children of fallen firefighters
P.L.2006, c. 72 - Appropriates $15 million from "Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund" for farmland preservation purposes in Highlands Region.
P.L.2006, c.11 - Urges Turkey to respect rights and religious freedoms of Ecumenical Patriarchate
P.L.2005, c.219 - Establishes requirements for reducing fine particle diesel emissions from certain vehicles and equipment; creates fund for financing vehicle emissions filters; increases penalties for idling and authorizes DEP to establish additional restrictions on school bus idling.
P.L.2005, c.161 - Concerns "card check" method of union recognition.
Requires the NJ Board of Mediation to recognize representatives for employees of private employers who are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act and allows these employees to choose representatives either by signing cards to demonstrate a majority preference to have a representative, known as the "card-check" method, or by holding a traditional election in conformity with the procedures outlined in the NLRA.
P.L.2005, c.283 - Revises Charitable Registration and Investigation Act - Provides enhanced disclosure requirements and prohibitions against misleading prospective donors, enhances the Attorney General's enforcement authority and eases statutory compliance for smaller volunteer organizations.
P.L.2005, c.314 - Allows commercial non-agricultural use of preserved farmland under certain circumstances
P.L.2005, c.43 - Provides exemption from cleanup liability at Superfund sites to certain persons
P.L.2005, c.138 - Permits voting by absentee ballot for any reason.
Allows any voter who wishes to vote only by absentee ballot in a general election to receive an application for such a ballot automatically, without further request and until the voter requests that he or she no longer wishes to vote exclusively by absentee.
P.L.2005, c.6 - Permits recall of retired administrative law judges and retired judges of compensation
P.L.2005, c.367- Provides preference in State contracts for wood and paper products derived from sustainably managed forests or procurement systems whenever possible.
P.L.2005, c.25 - Appropriates $6 million for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey
P.L.2005, c.211 - Requires State to provide matching funds for certain federal grants to benefit wildlife and wildlife habitat
P.L.2005, c.290 - Establishes certain hiring preference for children of firefighters and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
P.L.2005, c.79 - Changes the educational degree requirements for executive directors of housing authorities and redevelopment agencies
P.L.2005, c.365 - Requires inventory of brownfields in the State and annual progress reports by the Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force
P.L.2005, c.174 - Authorizes issuance of bonds for refurbishment of certain public safety vehicles
P.L.2005, c.134 - Requires continuing education of licensed well drillers and pump installers
P.L.2005, c.202 - Makes certain changes to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program
P.L.2005, c.348 - Provides protection from contribution suits to parties who settle under the Spill Act or who receive a no further action letter
P.L.2005, c.178 - Changes project listing requirements for certain farmland preservation programs; appropriates $44 million from "Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund" for State farmland acquisitions; and appropriates $1,009,225 in bond funds for soil and water conservation grants
P.L.2005, c.179 - Appropriates $15 million from "Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund" for farmland preservation purposes in Highlands Region
P.L.2005, c.355 - Authorizes DEP to replace person responsible for remediation on condemned property with condemnor under certain circumstances
P.L.2005, c.358 - Allocates certain previously appropriated funds for support of diesel air pollution control program and for administrative costs of underground storage tank program
P.L.2004, c.120 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act - Created rules for smart growth and land preservation in the Highlands region, which is the source of half of the state's drinking water. Also created the Highlands Council, a new agency to oversee land preservation and development. Requires the Highlands Council to create a Regional Master Plan.
P.L.2004 c.75 - Creates an additional Urban Enterprise Zone in New Brunswick
P.L.2004, c.50 - Makes certain changes to taxes and fees imposed for hazardous substance transfers and discharges.
P.L.2004, c.51 - Imposes annual air toxics surcharge based on emissions at certain facilities.
P.L.2004, c.111 - Makes certain changes to procedures governing the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program.
P.L.2003, c.74 - Appropriates $40 million from Hazardous Discharge Fund of 1986 to Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund for cleanup of contaminated sites; cancels previous appropriation; replaces canceled appropriation with $40 million from 1996 Environmental Cleanup Fund.
P.L.2003, c.295 - Revises receivership statutes
P.L.2003, c.138 - Clarifies that a power of attorney does not generally give the attorney-in-fact the authority to make gifts of the principal's property
P.L.2003, c.181 - Eliminates remarriage prohibition for PFRS and SPRS accidental death benefits.
P.L.2003, c.251 - Requires DEP to include identification of unused State water supply lands, including the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site and recommendations for their future use within the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan.
P.L.2002, c.76 - Establishes protection of water resources and flood-prone areas as high priorities under open space acquisition program.
P.L.2002, c.37 - Concerns indirect costs for the remediation of contaminated sites.
P.L. 2002, c. 76 - An Act establishing protection of water resources and flood-prone areas as high priorities under the open space acquisition program - Requires State government to develop a Master Plan for open space acquisition and establishes the acquisition of Water Resource Protection as guiding policy for said acquisition.
P.L. 1999, c. 0366 - Authorizes municipalities to establish grant programs to provide relief to certain real property owners for damage due to floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
P.L. 1999, c.0262 - Emergency Disaster Relief Act of 1999 - This bill provides $80 million from the Surplus revenue Fund for the purposes of storm, flood and drought relief.
P.L. 1995, c. 344 - Fair Housing Act - Requires municipalities to establish methods to ensure the availability of low and moderate income housing units. The act amends existing law to reserve two percent of municipal affordable housing units for community residences for the developmentally disabled.
P.L. 1991, C. 285 - Permits municipal engineer to inspect and approve handicapped parking space signs
P.L. 1991, c. 228 - An Act Concerning Economic Development and Amending P.L. 1985 - Broadens powers of the Urban Development Corporation to develop any property, issue stock in its projects, borrow money against its assets, and make short-term construction loans to developers.
P.L. 1991 c. 25 - Worker and Community Right To Know Act - Exempts non-public schools from right to know fee.
P.L. 1990 c. 78 - Oil Spill Prevention Reform Act - Substantially reforms the Oil Spill prevention program of the New Jersey DEP.
P.L. 1990 C. 28 - Clean Water Enforcement Act - Provides for stricter enforcement of "Water Pollution Control Act." Imposes of mandatory penalties for water pollution.
P.L. 1989 c. 244 - Allows municipalities to schedule garbage collection fees based on number of containers for collection; assists senior citizens, those who generate less trash, encourages recycling.
P.L. 1989 c. 241 - Establishes a Green Acres Properties Subcommittee in the State House Commission to expedite review and approval of purchases of land by local government with Green Acres funds.
P.L. 1989 c. 220 - Conscientious Employee Protection Act Amendment - Provides for protection of employees who report environmental violations by their employers or employers business associates.
P.L. 1989 - Stormwater Management and Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Bond Act of 1989 - Authorizes bond issue placed on 1989 ballot to establish a $50 million revolving loan fund to provide capital to municipalities for renovation of combined sewer systems and stormwater management projects to alleviate ocean pollution.
P.L. 1989, c. 52 - Nondriver Identification Card Act - Provides nondrivers with option of an official identification card issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles to facilitate cashing checks and access to senior citizen discounts and services.
P.L. 1988, c. 131 - Middlesex County Judges Act - Authorized the creation of two additional judgeships in Middlesex County to alleviate backlog of cases.
P.L. 1988, c. 69 - Child Sex History Shield Act - Excludes from evidence in prosecutions from certain child sexual or abuse-related crimes information about a child's past history of abuse, sexual experimentation, or sexual conduct.
P.L. 1988, c. 62 - Clean Ocean Education Act - Requires the N.J. Department of Education to develop educational materials for schools regarding the dangers of plastics and other materials to marine life.
P.L. 1988, c.61 - Ocean Pollution Bounty Act - Prohibits the discharge of litter into ocean waters and subjects violators to crime of third degree; provides bounty to citizens reporting violations.
P.L. 1988, c. 56 - Sludge Management Act - Requires industry to pretreat its sewage to the extent that the resulting sludge can be land disposed to avoid ocean dumping, and requires public sewage treatment facilities to develop a plan to implement land-based sludge management methods.
P.L. 1987, c. 223 - Retiree Retraining and Employment Demonstration Program - Established a State program for providing employment retraining and other services for senior citizens desiring to re-enter the workforce.
P.L. 1987, c.12 - Nuclear Waste Transportation Commission Act - Established a New Jersey Nuclear Waste Transportation Commission to provide State planning and assistance in determining overland routes for spent nuclear fuels, and to provide guidance to local public safety officials with respect to their role in Nuclear Transport accidents.
SPONSORED BALLOT INITIATIVES
On November 7, 2017 voters will consider the constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator Smith to dedicate all moneys collected by the State of New Jersey through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated solely for environmental purposes. Currently monies can be used for any state purpose.
Open Space, Farmland And Historic Preservation‚Ä®
On November 4, 2014 voters overwhelmingly passed the constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator Smith creating a stable source of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation. Since 1961, New Jersey voters have passed 14 out of 14 ballot measures supportive of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation. New Jersey has one million acres to protect for our clean water, economy and quality of life.¬†‚Ä®
Green Acres Blue Acres‚Ä®
On November 3, 2009 voters passed the ballot initiative sponsored by Senator Smith to make an investment in open space preservation. This allowed programs such as the Green Acres public recreation and conservation program, farmland preservation, the Blue Acres program for flood plain and watershed land, and historic preservation to continue. New Jersey voters understood the importance of this initiative and recognized that our state could not afford the consequences of failing to make the investment in our future. Open space preservation is absolutely vital to preserving our quality of life.¬†‚Ä®
Preserving Parks for Future Generations‚Ä®
In 2006 a ballot referendum, sponsored by Senator Smith, was passed by New Jersey voters to allow a portion of the revenue from the corporate business tax to be dedicated toward the acquisition and development of open space lands for conservation and recreation. This amendment gives parks the funding they desperately need by putting existing tax revenue to good use without raising taxes.‚Ä®
Cleaner Air Better Health‚Ä®
In 2005 voters supported stronger protections to reduce diesel emission by nearly half. The Legislature in both Houses passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Smith, to clean up the problem, reducing exposure to diesel pollutants for vulnerable children and shifting truck routes away from our most populated areas. This program does not rely on new taxes to fund cleanup programs, but rather, reallocates a portion of the assessment that's already constitutionally-mandated on businesses in New Jersey. And diesel reduction efforts will save hundreds of lives each year from early death due to diesel-aggravated respiratory illnesses.¬†
Worked to secure funding for a new train station to be located in North Brunswick.
Cultural Arts Funding
Worked to secure funding for the New Brunswick Cultural Center
Cancer Research Funding
Worked with New Jersey Hospitals to establish parody for cancer research funding throughout the State and have worked closely on funding matters for CINJ, New Jersey's NCI-Designated Cancer Center, located in New Brunswick.
Elijah's Promise Food Bank
Worked to gain funding for the purchase of the building housing the food bank on Livingston Avenue in the City of New Brunswick
Worked with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Franklin Township Officials to obtain a Local Aid for Centers of Place grant for historic Kingston Village facilitating safe pedestrian and bicycle passage.
Safe Streets to Schools and Local Bikeway funding for 17th District Towns
Worked with municipalities to obtain NJDOT grants to provide a safer environment for school children and pedestrians as well as providing bike paths which compliment smart growth.
Transportation Trust Fund Municipal Aid Funding for 17th District Towns
Worked with the NJDOT for funding to preserve and maintain the existing transportation infrastructure
Highland Park Environmental Education Center
Worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Highland Park Officials to obtain funding, through the Statewide Livable Communities Program, to build the Highland Park Environmental Education Center. Highland Park has a longstanding history of environmental stewardship and meeting environmental challenges on a local level.
Piscataway Township Community Policing Center
Worked with Piscataway Township Officials and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to obtain funding to remove an abandoned gas station on West 4th Street and build a Community Policing Center for the area.
Public Safety Funding for 17th District Towns
Worked with New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety to secure adequate funding for local domestic preparedness equipment and training projects, directly supporting community police, fire, emergency medical, and emergency management personnel
Route 18/I-287 Construction Funding
Worked with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Piscataway Township Officials to obtain funding to link Route 18 at River Road to I-287.
Piscataway Senior Citizens Grant Application
Worked with Piscataway Township officials to obtain a $1.2 million grant from the NJ Department of Community Affairs for the construction of Senior Citizens Housing in the Township.
Revitalization Study of South Plainfield Downtown
A special planning study was initiated by the Assemblyman in cooperation with Rutgers University and the Borough Revitalization Committee to determine methods of improving the downtown area of the Borough of South Plainfield.
Clean-up of factory lane "Mystery Pipe" in Middlesex Borough
Worked with NJDEP, Rhone-Poulenc, and Borough of Middlesex officials to proceed with interim clean-up with goal of final and permanent clean-up.