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NORCROSS ANNOUNCES TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO ISSUE FALSE POLICE REPORTS

(CAMDEN) – 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 Prosecutor’s Office detectives, State Troopers, city and Sheriff’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.

“This is a waste of precious police resources, manpower and dollars when we can least afford them,” said Senator Norcross.

Beach Bill Increasing Aid To Disabled Veterans Clears Committee

BY CHRIS DONNELLY - N.J. Senate Democrats - FEBRUARY 17, 2012

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Beach (D – Camden) that would increase the amount of aid given to blind and paralyzed veterans has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“It has been years since there was any change in the amount these wounded veterans -- heroes actually -- have been given. That is unacceptable. With the property tax burden having increased 20 percent in the past two years, not to mention the expensive cost of living in New Jersey in general, our veterans need help. This legislation does the right thing and provides the increase in funding these veterans need and deserve,” said Beach, chair of the committee.

NORCROSS HAILS SCHOOL DISTRICTS MOVING APRIL ELECTIONS, ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW SUIT

(TRENTON) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) today applauded the more than half of school districts statewide that adopted resolutions to move their local school board elections to November. Over two-thirds of the districts statewide elected to eliminate the costly practice of holding a special election in April, saving taxpayers significant money.

“The residents of New Jersey expect their government officials to slash any unnecessary costs we can find, and this is an obvious one,” said Norcross, who sponsored the election-date change. “I commend these school boards for acting quickly in the interest of taxpayers.”

The New Jersey Department of Education has issued guidelines for the process of moving the school board elections, and recommends that February 17 should be the cut-off date for this year. School boards, municipalities and voters can opt to move the election for 2013 at any time.