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FIFTH DISTRICT LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE $2.57 MILLION IN GRANTS TO FUND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

March 27, 2012

(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes and Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson have announced a total of $2,578,682.00 in grant funding from the Department of Transportation Local Aid and Economic Development Municipal Aid program for road projects throughout the Fifth District.

“This is an effort to ensure local road improvement projects that matter most to residents have the funding and support they need,” said Senator Norcross.

“Road improvements create jobs and provide more attractive townscapes for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Assemblyman Fuentes.

“These grants will lead to safer roads, improved infrastructure and a better commute for our drivers,” added Assemblyman Wilson

The following projects are to be funded locally:

SENATOR NORCROSS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE WARNING LIGHTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

March 26, 2012

(TRENTON) – Following a rash of accidents involving school buses in recent months, Senator Norcross announced today that he is drafting legislation that requires every school bus in New Jersey to be fitted with a strobe light on the roof in order to make the vehicle more visible.

“This is another step to increase school bus visibility,” said Senator Norcross. “Given recent events, it is clear that we need to include more measures to ensure the safety of the children on board.”

There have been eight reported school bus crashes in New Jersey since mid-February. The most severe accident injured 17 children and killed an eleven-year-old girl.

“School buses are historically safe vehicles, but there is always room for improvement,” added Senator Norcross. “Any measure taken to reduce the possibility of an accident should be considered.”

Assemblyman Troy Singleton: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shows positive results two years later

By: ASSEMBLYMAN TROY SINGLETON- MARCH 23, 2012

March 23rd marks the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. While some of the components of the law will not be fully effective until 2014, the ramifications are already being felt around the country.

Anyone questioning the success of the Affordable Care Act need only ask:

The college student, or the recent college grad struggling to find full-time employment with benefits, who is now allowed to be covered under their parents insurance until age 26.

The working mom with breast cancer who previously would not have been able to change healthcare providers because of her "pre-existing condition."

Seniors who are now saving hundreds of dollars on prescription drugs and receiving access to free life-saving tests for chronic diseases.

NORCROSS/MADDEN BILL TO AID FAMILIES OF OFFICERS, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY CLEARS SENATE

By Trish Graber - NJ Senate Democrats- March 15, 2012

Measure Would Authorize State Contribution to Defray Funeral Costs

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden) to aid the families of fallen police officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders and correctional officers by providing assistance to help cover funeral costs was approved today by the full Senate.

“New Jersey’s public safety officers put their lives on the line every day in an effort to keep the residents of this state safe,” said Senator Norcross. “Unfortunately, there are times when these courageous men and women pay the ultimate sacrifice. We owe it to these heroes and their families to honor their tremendous contribution to this state, and this bill allows us to do so.”