(CAMDEN) â€“ Senator Donald Norcross released the following statement in response to this morningâ€™s announcement by the Schools Development Authority (SDA) identifying emergent projects poised to advance in 2012. Of the seventy-six projects listed, six schools in Camden City were named, as well as two projects at one Gloucester City elementary school.
â€śIt is long overdue that the SDA addresses the safety issues in so many of our public schools, and this announcement must be followed by action. As the Chairman of School Facilities and Construction for the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, I understand the importance of these repairs in Camden and Gloucester City. These students have been attending class in crumbling buildings for far too long. This is only an intermediate step toward the SDAâ€™s mandate of providing clean and healthy schools for the children of New Jersey.â€ť
By TRISH GRABER - February 27, 2012
TRENTON â€“ 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 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
â€śNew Jerseyâ€™s officers and first responders have made it their lifeâ€™s work to protect the residents of the state,â€ť said Senator Norcross. â€śWhen one of these individuals pays the ultimate price while in the line of duty, it is our obligation to show them the respect and honor they deserve. Making a contribution toward the cost of their funeral services is just one way that we can express our gratitude for their unwavering dedication to this state.â€ť
BY TRISH GRABER - February 27, 2012
TRENTON â€“ Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) that would remove barriers to local shared services by ensuring that municipalities are able to streamline positions, including certain positions held by employees with tenure, in order to carry out a shared services agreement meant to lower costs was approved unanimously today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
(CAMDEN) â€“ Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) is seeking to increase penalties for those who issue false police reports. The announcement comes after an area woman provided police with phony information in the case of a series of sexual assaults that have put the residents of Camden City on edge. More than two dozen city police officers and detectives, along with Prosecutorâ€™s Office detectives, State Troopers, city and Sheriffâ€™s Office K-9 units, a victim witness advocate and a sexual assault nurse were dispatched immediately. Law enforcement officials launched a five to six hour investigation which cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars.
â€śThis is a waste of precious police resources, manpower and dollars when we can least afford them,â€ť said Senator Norcross.