Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) brought Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington to Asbury Park and Long Branch schools this Tuesday. Beck and the Commissioner were joined by Asbury Park Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and Long Branch Superintendent Dr. Michael Salvatore along with principals, teachers, administrators, and other school officials.
Asbury Park School District’s “Building a Brighter Future” initiative has seen measurable success through enhanced literacy growth and graduation rates. Asbury Park continues to expand its academies with the addition of Allied Health, Engineering, and Law and Public Safety through a partnership with Monmouth County Vocational School District.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) helped honor the Asbury Park Blue Bishops football and boys soccer teams on the Senate floor during the voting session on Feb. 13. Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet, along with soccer coach Jean Dortissant, players Fenelson Etienne and Widmaier Beaubrun, football coach Tim Fosque and players Namir Argilagos and Calvin Simmons-Carter were all present to accept the Senate resolution from the Monmouth County legislative delegation.
The Asbury Park Boys Soccer Team won the NJSIAA Central Group I Sectional Title for the first time in 35 years this past fall. Coach Jean Dortissant noted they finished the season with a record of 18-4-1; it was the soccer team’s first title since 1981.
Also Block Vote on Beck’s Sick Leave Reform Bill
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued her efforts to end the New Jersey Senate’s inaction on issues of importance to the people of New Jersey.
Beck’s attempts to force full Senate votes on bills she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials (S-1557) and limit payouts for accumulated public employee sick leave (S-2140) were blocked by Senate Democrats.
“For the past two Senate sessions, I’ve attempted to bring up for a vote my bill to forfeit the taxpayer-funded pensions of public officials convicted of corruption,” said Beck. “For the second session in a row, Senate Democrats have blocked a vote on my bill, essentially expressing their support for continued pension payments to corrupt individuals who have violated the public trust. It’s absolutely astounding.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating foreclosure protections for victims of Superstorm Sandy has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Beck’s bill, S-2300, establishes temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of the storm.
“A few days ago, I held a public meeting for Sandy victims who continue to experience financial and bureaucratic difficulties associated with the recovery process,” said Beck. “We heard from too many families that are struggling to pay mortgages on homes that are still uninhabitable while also paying rent on temporary housing until they can move home again. We know unequivocally that this financial burden can be overwhelming. This new law will ensure that those families victimized first by the storm, and later by government and insurance company bureaucracies, will have additional protections from foreclosure.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) held a public hearing on Wednesday at the Shark River Firehouse in Neptune to discuss remaining issues faced by victims of Superstorm Sandy. In attendance were over 30 Sandy-affected homeowners, representatives from Congressman Chris Smith’s office, members of the New Jersey Organizing Project, and representatives from New Jersey Natural Gas.
“We heard from residents expressing a number of problems that they are still facing to complete their construction and elevation projects,” said Beck. “We have about 3,200 individuals trying to move onward and return to completed homes. It is imperative that we be accessible to these individuals and attempt to remove any remaining roadblocks to recovery out of their way.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) took action today to have the New Jersey Senate vote on legislation she sponsors to prevent corrupt government officials from collecting public pensions. Her effort was immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.
“I’ve introduced the same bill to punish government corruption since 2008, and it’s astonishing that Senate Democrats have continued to block the bill from moving forward for so long,” added Beck. “On several occasions over the past year, I have urged the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee to allow this ‘good government’ bill to be heard in committee. That request has been repeatedly ignored, so I took action today to try to move the bill forward.”
Beck’s legislation, S-1557, provides for the full forfeiture of public pensions for elected and appointed government officials convicted of any crime touching their office.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will host a meeting on February 8th at the Shark River Hills Firehouse for Sandy victims who are still having problems to provide assistance with the recovery process.
WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck
WHAT: Meeting for victims of Superstorm Sandy who need assistance.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th at 6 p.m.
Following today’s public hearing, Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) urged state officials and agencies to reject an unnecessary power line project that has been fiercely opposed by residents of Monmouth County.
“These unsightly power lines would cut through some of Monmouth County’s most significant historic districts and most beautiful natural landscapes,” Senator Kyrillos said. “This project is no more welcome now than it was when it was first proposed 25 years ago. Residents have made it clear both in written correspondence, as well as at public meetings, that they do not want these power lines. We believe that the state should take these objections seriously and reject this project.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will next week bring Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington to schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold Borough, and Red Bank, where the Commissioner will have the opportunity to join Senator Beck on a tour of each school and participate in a discussion on a variety of educational issues with school officials.
“The school officials, Commissioner Harrington, and I will meet with all have different challenges and accomplishments they want to highlight,” Senator Beck said. “Whether it is school funding, literacy, or career readiness each district is different and will have an opportunity to brief Commissioner Harrington on the unique issues impacting their students and schools.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (2/3): Beck Hosts First Ever ‘Senator Joseph Palaia Day’ Celebration at Ocean Township School
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will on Friday Feb. 3 host a celebration marking the first annual “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” at Wayside Elementary School in Ocean Township, where his daughter now serves as Principal.
The event follows Jan. 31 signing of Sen. Jennifer Beck’s resolution declaring Feb. 3 of each year “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” in honor of the beloved Monmouth County legislator and educator.
When: 9: 15 a.m. on Friday Feb. 3, 2016
Where: Wayside Elementary School: 733 Bowne Road, Ocean Township, NJ
Who: Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Principal Denise Palaia, the late Senator Palaia’s daughter and current principal of Wayside Elementary School; a student assembly, and staff.
“I cannot think of a better place to mark the first ever ‘Senator Joseph Palaia’ Day, than an elementary school in Ocean Township – a community Senator Joe spent decades serving, first as a beloved educator and then as one of the most admirable elected officials our state has ever seen,” Senator Beck said. “What makes this celebration even more special, is the fact that we will be joined by his daughter Principal Denise Palaia, who is carrying on his legacy as a devoted elementary school principal.”