The following Op-Ed by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth/Ocean) on the need for further recovery from Superstorm Sandy was published in the Star-Ledger today. A copy of the full text of the Op-Ed is below.
I have lived at the New Jersey Shore for 40 years. Like my neighbors, I was shocked by the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused. We were unprepared in so many ways, and the people of New Jersey are still in the process of a long recovery. Now, with Sandy still large in our thoughts, we must continue the hard work of recovery, but also start making changes that will leave our communities better protected against extreme weather. This need has never been so great.
The following Op-Ed by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) on legislation creating a program at Rutgers University to serve students with intellectual disabilities was published in the Asbury Park Press today. The full text of the Op-Ed is below.
Following graduation in the coming months, high school seniors across New Jersey will move on to a new chapter in life. Many teenagers will excitedly head off to college with dreams of independence, new experiences and a future career.
But for those with intellectual disabilities, there are not enough opportunities to embark on this journey and experience the benefits of college that can last a lifetime for all students.
Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) today praised Pascack Hills High School officials for the advance preparation that saved the life of a student athlete on Wednesday evening.
According to a report by CBS 2, a 15-year-old student who collapsed during track practice was revived after a former student performed CPR and school staff utilized a defibrillator that was on the premises. Senator Singer introduced “Janet’s Law” in 2008 requiring public and private schools to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on school grounds with trained operators at sports events. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Christie in September 2012 and goes into full effect next September.
“This story could have been one of a devastating tragedy if not for the preparation and quick action of those at Pascack Hills High School,” Singer said. “The school officials there deserve a mountain of praise.
A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Robert Singer (R- Monmouth, Ocean) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
SCR-39 amends the state constitution to extend the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities.
“Veterans who have served this country shouldn’t lose out on a financial benefit they earned because of a medical necessity to live at a continuing care community,” said Beck. “Property taxes are factored into the living costs of those communities and the veterans footing those bills should receive the same break as their peers fortunate enough to still own their own homes.”
Senator Robert Singer, Assemblyman Sean Kean and Assemblyman David Rible (R-District 30) issued the following statement following the passage of H.R. 3370 – the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 – by the United States House of Representatives on March 4, 2014.
“New Jersey primary homeowners whose lives were disrupted by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy are now closer to reprieve following the House of Representatives passing H.R. 3370 – the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.
The following Op-Ed by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) calling into question partisan maneuvering by the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation was published in the Asbury Park Press on Feb. 1.
The full text of the of Op-Ed can be read below:
The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is ironically perpetuating the very malfeasance that necessitated its formation.
My Senate colleagues and I unanimously voted to establish this committee to seek facts surrounding George Washington Bridge lane alterations. But legislative Democrats who publicly vowed to conduct themselves in a transparent and bipartisan fashion are now taking this committee down a purely partisan path marred by secrecy.
Senator Raises Issues with (Attached) Committee Resolution Passed to Give Democrats Total Control
Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) issued the following statement on the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation,” which was established today via Senate and Assembly adoption:
“I am deeply concerned that Legislative Democrats are taking this committee down a purely partisan path to divert from what should be fair and transparent fact-finding mission into Port Authority lane alterations.
“While trying to portray that this is a ‘bipartisan committee,’ the sham of a resolution passed this afternoon by Democrat committee members has positioned their political party to have absolute control over subpoena power and any documents or information.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to authorize a program providing emergency responders with critical health information about injured motorists has been signed into law.
Senator Singer’s “Yellow Dot” program allows municipalities or counties to establish a program that gives interested motorists a yellow sticker to place on their vehicle to alert emergency responders that there is vital health information stored in the vehicle’s glove box. Governor Christie signed the bill, S71, into law on Tuesday.
Legislation originated and sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to draw more doctors to needed areas in New Jersey through a physician loan redemption program was advanced today by the Senate and will now head to the governor’s desk for approval.
“It’s been shown that loan forgiveness programs have great influence in determining which practice medical students choose,” said Singer (R- Monmouth, Ocean). “Making certain New Jersey offers these types of incentives is more important than ever as communities across the state face a significant shortage of physicians and a growing demand for care.”
Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) issued the following statement after voting against legislation that was advanced by the Senate today to require new single-family homes to have fire sprinkler systems.
“This expensive mandate is the last thing New Jersey needs, as recent reports show the housing market is finally turning around for families and construction employers,” Singer said. “This bill threatens our recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the Great Recession. Too many of our middle class families are already saddled with impossible financial burdens.”