Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions
A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. "The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Speakers at the rally in Ridgewood pressed the crowd to lobby the state senate in support of 12 proposed gun control bills.
With the failure of proposed gun control measures to pass the Senate this week, gun control proponents turned their focus to the state level in a rally on Sunday. “Stand Up for Gun Sanity,” sponsored by the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and held at Ridgewood’s Christ Episcopal Church, featured Congressman Bill Pascrell, State Senators Loretta Weinberg and Robert Gordon, as well as several speakers from around the county. “We support the second amendment rights of law abiding Americans,” Pascrell said. “We support citizens’ right to possess firearms for hunting, shooting sports, defense—lawful and legitimate purposes. But we insist on reinstating and strengthening the prospective federal ban on assault weapons.” Pascrell, …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Stricter controls over religious exemptions proposed
Monday, September 24, 2012
Parents’ ability to prevent their children from getting state-mandated vaccinations would face new restrictions if a bill headed to a senate vote becomes law. Exemptions from vaccines required at the elementary, secondary and college levels would be restricted to specific medical and religious reasons. The legislation’s sponsors, State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Joseph F. Vitale, said the bill is about protecting public health. “Unfortunately, the issue of student immunizations is an emotionally-charged topic, with scientifically unfounded and discredited information standing in as fact,” Weinberg said in a statement. “While we need to be mindful of legitimate medical and religious reasons for students abstaining …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg cites recent loss of Zabriskie home as impetus to preserve New Bridge Landing
Over the years, New Bridge Landing and its historic houses have survived most of the Revolutionary War, the rising of the Hackensack River, and new development in surrounding towns River Edge, Teaneck and New Milford. And on Wednesday, the historic landmark in Bergen County may have seen the sowing of seeds towards its preservation as the state Department of Environmental Protection representatives and government officials vowed to begin working together and resolving their past issues. The meeting was called by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg who cited the recent loss of the Zabriskie House in Paramus as the impetus for all parties to being working as one. "The loss of the Zabriskie House, while a different situation, should spur …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Senator calls bipartisan meeting to explore future of New Bridge Landing.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has called a gathering of local and state officials set for Wednesday to tour Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing and discuss the site's future. In a letter to officials, Weinberg said the historic site could be an area attraction. "I think we all agree that Historic New Bridge Landing has the potential to be a star tourist attraction and economic engine in our County – but as of yet, it has not reached that full potential," Weinberg said in the letter to officials. "At this meeting we will tour the site and discuss the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s role as it pertains to the future of Historic New Bridge Landing," the letter said. Mayors from Teaneck, New Milford and River…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Teaneck senator pushes upgrades to state’s public meeting and records laws.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate President Steve Sweeney renewed their call Thursday for a set of reforms to the state’s open government laws, including a measure preventing officials from texting during public meetings and requiring agencies to put more information online. Weinberg and Sweeney said the bills would upgrade transparency laws that are more than a decade old. “These bills are only intended to modernize and strengthen the existing open government laws on the books, and public officials at all levels should already be doing their best to fulfill their obligations to be accountable to the taxpaying public,” Weinberg said in a statement. The senator said she would also seek to reform the Government Records …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Bergen County Democratic legislative delegation rallied Sunday near the GWB in support of the PANYNJ Transparency and Accountability Act.
Bergen County Democratic legislators gathered Sunday calling for “swift passage” of legislation that would require greater accountability and transparency on the part of the Port Authority, calling on the agency to halt further toll increases and promising reform. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37)—all sponsors of the PANYNJ Transparency and Accountability Act (S-1761 and A-1011) —joined other members of the Bergen County Democratic legislative delegation in touting the bill against the backdrop of the upper level tollbooths of the George Washington Bridge. The act would require regular, independent audits of Port Authority finances and mandate improved …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Gov. Christie has vowed to veto any bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
The New Jersey State Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in a 24-16 vote Monday, NJ.com reports. Sen. Gerry Cardinale (R-Cresskill) spoke out against the bill during today's debate, the NJ.com report says. "The essential characteristic of a marriage, the very definition of the term, is it involves at least one male and one female,” he is quoted as saying. “Do not break with thousands of years of civilized tradition. This bill opens Pandora’s box.” "It is amazing that this extremely controversial bill is the top priority of our legislative leadership, while our taxes are the highest in the country and unemployment ravages," Cardinale said in a statement. Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes same-sex marriage, has said the …