Senator Jennifer Beck issued a letter to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Association (“FMERA”) in response to concerns over the housing obligations of the host municipalities. Recent stories in the press have confused the process of changing a participating municipality’s housing requirement. Those towns possessing property contained within the former fort are each included in the redevelopment plan and assigned a housing obligation.
“Each municipality was assigned a specific housing number in the redevelopment plan,” Beck said. “When the FMERA law was crafted, it eventually became obvious the original housing requirements may have to be modified depending on a myriad of circumstances as redevelopment progressed. The law gives host municipality’s zoning boards singular authority over housing issues, FMERA does not have the ability to change a town’s housing obligation.”
Senator Jennifer Beck today hosted her annual ‘Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls’ event in Red Bank. The event is a brunch for women who want to feel their best while dealing with the side effects of cancer and chemotherapy.
“I started this event because there seems to be a lack of information out there for people who are going through cancer treatment,” said Beck. “I was inspired by Marybeth Maida, the author of the book, ‘Beauty Pearls for Chemo Girls.’ The book is the first-ever beauty guide for chemotherapy patients packed with insider secrets from top stylists and designers like Oribe and Betsey Johnson, dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, and other specialists.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande visited Ocean Grove today to talk about the one year anniversary of Supertstorm Sandy. Nearly 12 months ago the most severe storm in the state’s history made landfall devastating homes and forever changing thousands of New Jerseyans lives.
“We’re obviously in a better place than we were this time last year,” said Beck. “We’ve worked tirelessly to help those in need and return their lives to what was, but it hasn’t been without challenges. Governor Christie has done an admirable job leading our state during one of the most trying times and our job is not done. While $30 million of $600 million in federal funding for the state’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program is expected to be released by the end of this month, that’s not good enough. The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has not made it easy to help our constituents, the process needs to be simplified and expedited. The National Flood Insurance Program has also let us down, in the immediate aftermath of Sandy there were promises made that have not been kept.”
A bill sponsored by Senators Robert Singer and Jennifer Beck establishing a “Bill of Rights” for residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.
“This legislation gives our senior residents appropriate rights and respect during what can be incredibly vulnerable times in their lives,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “A person’s right to manage key decisions about their healthcare is imminently personal and must be treated with respect.”
“This bill establishes clear responsibilities concerning what care, information and basic living accommodations CCRC’s are required to provide,” added Beck (R-Monmouth). “By assuring patients have access to their medical information it empowers them to take part in choices that directly affect their care and quality of life.”
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymembers Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced that they are sponsoring legislation to ban motocross facilities from being located near residential properties and are calling on the state to withdraw funding it has provided for a track proposed in Tinton Falls.
The 11th District legislators said they were sponsoring a bill to prevent projects similar to the one that is proposed for Shafto Road in Tinton Falls from being considered in the future.
“Facilities like the one proposed in Tinton Falls can have a serious impact on nearby residents and property values,” Beck explained. “Homeowners should be protected from having one of these dropped in on their neighborhood. A bill like ours is a common sense measure protecting our constituents’ homes and neighborhoods.”
State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement on the ninth day of the federal government shutdown:
“To say this is disappointing would be a severe understatement. We have entrusted the men and women in Washington to do what’s best for the country and their constituents – instead they choose to play a partisan game of chicken. Well that game is costing the taxpayers and sending the message to the world that the American government can’t work together.
“As a Republican coming from a blue state I know all about dealing with partisan politics, but we make it work here in New Jersey. Even with a Republican governor and a Democrat controlled legislature, we manage to reach across the aisle and get things done.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande applauded the announcement that Ocean Township would receive $1,300,000 from the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to assist in the acquisition of Whalepond Village.
“Without this grant, these homes would become market rate housing, forcing many of the local seniors out of their homes,” said Beck. “I worked closely with the Christie Administration, DCA and Ocean Township to ensure that our seniors living on fixed incomes will continue to have a safe, hospitable place to live. Had we not acted, 96 units designated as Senior affordable rental units would have been lost.”
Senator Jennifer Beck attended the Freehold Borough Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 23 to discuss issues affecting the school district. Freehold Borough schools are funded at 30% below the state adequacy standard. Beck has been a vocal advocate for the fair funding of the district since she was elected to office in 2005.
“Freehold Borough was struggling to provide its students with many of the basics due to this shortage in state aid,” Beck explained. “I worked closely with the board members, the administration and the Department of Education to ensure that Freehold Borough received the appropriate amount of funding.”
Beck, Angelini & Casagrande Applaud Destination Marketing Organization Grant Awarded to Shore Region Tourism Council
Grant Will Help Promote Tourism at the Jersey Shore
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande congratulated the Shore Region Tourism Council for being selected to receive a $139,000 Destination Marketing Organization (“DMO”) Grant.
“This money will be a boon to the region as Coastal Monmouth County and New Jersey continues to rebuild,” said Beck. “The Shore Region Tourism Council plays an important role in promoting one of our areas most important industries – tourism. I am confident that these funds will help bring more commerce and revenue to our county as we continue to make the Jersey Shore a prime vacation destination.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) expressed the following sentiments about today’s solemn anniversary:
“Our lives have been forever changed since the tragic terrorist attacks of 12 years ago this morning. Although our great nation and communities have grown stronger, there are still scars that remind us each day of those on the planes, those in the buildings and those brave first responders who rushed into perilous situations to save complete strangers. Today, we honor thousands of heroes, heroines and victims, and mourn alongside families who sorely miss their mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. The 147 Monmouth County residents who perished in the attacks – along with all of those who died on Sept. 11 – will never be forgotten.”