Thursday, July 19, 2012
One of Senator Weinberg's goals, who's paying for what at the NJ Department of Education.
It’s not a typical request from a ranking legislator, but state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) doesn’t always follow the beaten path. Last week, Weinberg announced in a press release that she had filed an Open Public Records Act request to the Christie administration for information on a now-familiar topic: who’s paying for what jobs in the state Department of Education. The request was largely a repeat of an OPRA request made by one of the administration’s prime antagonists, the Education Law Center of Newark, Weinberg said, and it appeared to raise few new lines of inquiry. But for Weinberg to jump into the debate was notable. She is the Senate Majority Leader, the second highest post in the Senate, and also a prominent member of the …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg calls court decision "a huge win for the American people."
Thursday, June 28, 2012
State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold parts of the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." In a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld most of the act. The court upheld the requirement that every American purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty, as a tax decision and upheld it on those grounds. The governor in May vetoed a bill to create a health exchange in New Jersey where small businesses and the uninsured could shop for lower cost coverage. Christie said at the time he wanted to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling. Weinberg issued the following statement: “This is a huge win for the President, and a huge win for the …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Lawmakers want to bring the legislation into the 21st century, but some municipalities argue changes will get in the way of doing business
Monday, June 18, 2012
By Joe Tyrrell, NJSpotlight.com Two years ago, Stephen Sweeney and his colleagues on the Gloucester County freeholder board were subjected to court monitoring to correct a pattern of violations of the state's "Sunshine Law," the Open Public Meetings Act. Now as state Senate President, Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has pledged to push through legislation sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and others to strengthen that law and its sister statute, the Open Public Records Act. The legislators said they expect to move the bills despite "misinformation" from municipal officials opposed to some of the proposed changes. The intent, Weinberg said, is to bring the laws "into the 21st century" by extending public disclosure requirements to …
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 …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Greenwald warns of potential $1 billion shortfall, vows Assembly will fight for its own tax cut plan.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By Mark J. Magyar, NJSpotlight.com New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) have reached agreement on a compromise tax cut plan. Now the question is whether any of Sweeney's fellow Democratic legislators will agree with the plan themselves. For one thing, the state could be facing a $1 billion shortfall over the next 14 months, according to Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden). For another, the compromise tax plan took Senate Democrats by surprise, and they're wary. What's more, Greenwald is pushing his own tax cut plan in the state Assembly. Under the proposed agreement, Christie would support Sweeney's approach of providing a property tax credit on state income taxes of up to $1,000…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Residents demand more time to vocalize concerns during school board meetings
Former school board member Nancy Stern addressed the board on several topics during the April 23 school board meeting in Fort Lee High School’s auditorium. Among her concerns were the correct process of calling a special private work session, the appointment of staff members and district coordinators, and where the board and administration stand on the charter schools issue. “Some board members have been very vocal. They are opposed to charter schools and yet there’s still no action,” said Stern, who addressed an article on the state’s first comprehensive charter school set to open in Newark. According to Stern, classes will be available online and the charter school is beginning to enroll students from across the state for next fall. "…
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 …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sen. Loretta Weinberg introduced new oversight measures for homeschooling in New Jersey
New Jersey has long been known as one of the least restrictive states when it comes to homeschooling, not only not requiring much of families that choose to educate their own children but also not even keeping track of who they are. But reacting to a spate of child abuse incidents and other concerns, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) has moved to try to put in place some rules that she calls "minimal" to at least get some accounting of the children's existence, along with their health and education. Weinberg, the incoming Senate majority leader, on Monday introduced legislation that would require homeschooled students to register with their home districts, submit proof of schoolwork, and present an annual medical exam. This has been …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Middlesex County Democrat Barbara Buono says she wont run again for Senate leadership post.
State Senator Loretta Weinberg, of Teaneck, was elected Senate Majority Leader today after Barbara Buono announced she would not seek reelection to her leadership post, politickernj.com reported. Earlier, politickernj.com had reported the Senate Democratic caucus was prepared to get rid of Buono, of Middlesex County, in favor of Weinberg. According to NJ.com, Buono was offered a shared leadership role with Weinberg. Buono dismissed that idea in a letter to senators, the website reported. Weinberg, who often clashes with Gov. Chris Christie, said she would use the leadership role to advocate for women, health care, families, the environment and job creation, according to a blog post on northjersey.com. The news comes after Weinberg and …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
State Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Paul Sarlo and Assemblywoman Joan Voss say the Digital Media and Film Tax Credit would create jobs, bring productions and visitors to the state and celebrate Fort Lee’s rich film history
State Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Paul Sarlo (D-36) joined Fort Lee Assemblywoman and Freeholder candidate Joan Voss (D-38), film advocates and industry professionals at Fort Lee High School Wednesday to urge Gov. Chris Christie and Republicans in the state Legislature to support “a healthy and robust film tax credit to preserve New Jersey’s motion picture legacy.” The news conference had been scheduled to take place on the sidewalk in front of the A&P at 2160 Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee—the location of an historic marker indicating where the Solax Company, one of the largest pre-Hollywood film studios established by pioneering French filmmaker Alice Guy Blache and her husband, once stood. But weather forced the event indoors to …