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Today members of our staff wore denim to support survivors of sexual abuse for #DenimDay!
04/27/2022

Today members of our staff wore denim to support survivors of sexual abuse for #DenimDay!

04/27/2022

New Jersey’s #PlasticBagBan begins in just two weeks. Use the links below for tips on how to keep your reusable bags clean and where to find them. See what types of bags are approved by the state.
https://bit.ly/3vvdcl7
nj-ne.ws/iFGdn83

04/26/2022
Happy #EarthDay! Since today is also ‘Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day’, we encourage you to take some time away ...
04/22/2022

Happy #EarthDay! Since today is also ‘Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day’, we encourage you to take some time away from your devices & enjoy some quality time outside! 🌎☀️🌳

Understanding your finances can be difficult. With April being #FinancialLiteracyMonth, take some time to utilize NJFinL...
04/21/2022

Understanding your finances can be difficult. With April being #FinancialLiteracyMonth, take some time to utilize NJFinLIt, a free platform launched earlier this month, & earlier this month, to assist with your financial planning & budgeting. Sign up and learn how to meet your financial goals here: https://njfinlit.enrich.org/

#EarthDay is tomorrow! With S.3539 getting signed into law last session, we encourage you to volunteer at your local com...
04/21/2022

#EarthDay is tomorrow! With S.3539 getting signed into law last session, we encourage you to volunteer at your local community garden or contact your town to request they develop one!

With #EarthDay coming up, take some time this week to get outdoors & explore your local parks! Thanks to S.4152, signed ...
04/20/2022

With #EarthDay coming up, take some time this week to get outdoors & explore your local parks! Thanks to S.4152, signed into law last session, we can have more recreational land for us all to enjoy!

Did you know that the average American uses 82 gallons of water a day? Last session S.3342 was signed into law, producin...
04/19/2022

Did you know that the average American uses 82 gallons of water a day? Last session S.3342 was signed into law, producing standards to help residents save water. With #EarthDay being this week, try to find ways to save water in your everyday life!

In a little over 2 weeks, NJ will be banning single-use bags! Learn how much of a difference you can make by using reusa...
04/18/2022

In a little over 2 weeks, NJ will be banning single-use bags! Learn how much of a difference you can make by using reusable bags in the graphics below:

Today is the deadline to file your 2022 Federal taxes! If you need an extension, you must fill out Form 4868 by today, A...
04/18/2022

Today is the deadline to file your 2022 Federal taxes! If you need an extension, you must fill out Form 4868 by today, April 18th. Access the form here:https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf

Starting May 4th, NJ’s bag ban will go into effect! The law, formerly known as S.864, prohibits the provision or sale of...
04/17/2022

Starting May 4th, NJ’s bag ban will go into effect! The law, formerly known as S.864, prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, & polystyrene foam food service products. Get ahead and #DitchthePlastic now!

Food banks and food pantries will be given an additional 6 months to adhere to the single-use bag ban, under S.2363, which was recently signed into law.

Wishing a Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!
04/17/2022

Wishing a Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!

We would like to wish all of those celebrating a joyous and happy Passover today!
04/15/2022

We would like to wish all of those celebrating a joyous and happy Passover today!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! As the state buildings light up blue today, we encourage you to wear blue and sho...
04/11/2022

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! As the state buildings light up blue today, we encourage you to wear blue and show your support for victims of child abuse. How do you plan to #ShineHope for survivors today?

Photos from Senator Troy Singleton's post
04/07/2022

Photos from Senator Troy Singleton's post

04/06/2022
Senator Ruiz Announces Child Care Bill Package

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz announced a package of bills she’s sponsoring alongside Senator Joe Vitale, New Jersey State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, that would increase affordability and accessibility of child care in New Jersey.

03/30/2022

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! In April we celebrate Earth Day, so we are partnering with the Moorestown Rotary Lunch Club for a park beautification event. Our monthly “Serve with Senator Singleton” will be held at the Frank Fullerton Memorial Park, corner of Zelley Ave and Linden St, Moorestown, on Saturday April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Tentative rain date Sun Apr 24). Anyone interested in volunteering can sign-up here: https://www.troysingleton.com/serve_with_senator_singleton_at_moorestown_s_fullerton_memorial_park

Today Senator Paul A. Sarlo announced the schedule for FY2023 departmental hearings."I want to take a two-year perspecti...
03/28/2022

Today Senator Paul A. Sarlo announced the schedule for FY2023 departmental hearings.

"I want to take a two-year perspective so we are fiscally responsible with all of our resources & make strategic investments that expand economic opportunities."

⬇️See the full schedule below!⬇️

03/25/2022

We ❤️ our teachers and thank them for their hard work. Teachers don't teach for the income; they teach for the outcome!

New Jersey’s education system is one of the best in the country, no doubt because our teachers are among the best-trained and qualified. However, beginning in 2019, teacher candidates have been required to pay for and pass the edTPA assessment, in addition to student teaching, passing the Praxis, and paying for background checks and licensing fees. In the midst of a teacher shortage, the additional edTPA requirement is unnecessary and is only deterring students from continuing their college education programs or causing them choose different majors altogether. The bipartisan bill I sponsored to eliminate the edTPA requirement was passed unanimously by the Senate yesterday, so we are one step closer to eliminating a barrier to teaching and getting our teacher candidates into the classroom where they can make a positive difference in the lives of our students and the State of New Jersey.

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we took some time at our voting session today to pay tribute to our state’s female vete...
03/24/2022

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we took some time at our voting session today to pay tribute to our state’s female veterans. We are thankful to have so many brave and heroic women living here in NJ and we are forever grateful for your service!

Senator Troy Singleton, Senator Fred H. Madden, Joe Lagana & Senator Andrew Zwicker recently introduced legislation to i...
03/23/2022

Senator Troy Singleton, Senator Fred H. Madden, Joe Lagana & Senator Andrew Zwicker recently introduced legislation to improve the NJ Department of Labor.

My colleagues and I introduced several proposals this week aimed at improving the turnaround time for unemployment claims at NJDOL. These include:
💵 S-2379, which would allocate $50 million to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development from federal assistance to improve the unemployment insurance benefit claims processing capacity

🔍 S-2380, would direct the State Auditor to conduct a performance review audit of the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance in the NJDOL.

⏰ S-2357, would enforce the timely payment of unemployment compensation benefits.

📋 S-2396, would provide oversight and improvement of the administration of unemployment compensation.

Read more here: https://www.njsendems.org/senators-introduce-legislation-to-increase-efficiency-at-the-department-of-labor/

Today the #NJSJU advanced S.510, sponsored by Senator Joe Cryan. The bill would establish bribery in official and politi...
03/21/2022

Today the #NJSJU advanced S.510, sponsored by Senator Joe Cryan. The bill would establish bribery in official and political matters as applying to a person soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any benefits as consideration to act even if the person is not yet in office or otherwise qualified to act.

Read more on the bill here:
https://www.njsendems.org/cryan-bill-would-strengthen-anti-corruption-laws/

Photos from Senator Troy Singleton's post
03/21/2022

Photos from Senator Troy Singleton's post

03/17/2022
Sandra Cunningham comments on NJ Reentry Event w/ NJ MVC

Working with the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, New Jersey Reentry Corporation held an event to help formerly incarcerated citizens regain their driver's license. New Jersey State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham comments on the importance of helping ease the process of reintegrating into society.

Yesterday was #EqualPayDay, with the date commemorating how far into the year the average woman must work to earn the eq...
03/16/2022

Yesterday was #EqualPayDay, with the date commemorating how far into the year the average woman must work to earn the equivalent that men earned in the previous year. Millions of women are left 'in the red' each year due to unequal and inequitable compensation in the workplace. Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Senator Troy Singleton showed their support for closing the wage gap by wearing red yesterday!

Thank you to Senator Andrew Zwicker, Senator Vin Gopal, Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Senator Joe Cryan, Senate President Nick Scutari, Senator Gordon Johnson, and Senator Joe Lagana, for also showing your support for this cause by posting yesterday as well!

03/15/2022

Legislation that I am sponsoring that would help uninsured residents receive information on eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance cleared the Senate Commerce Committee. Residents would simply check a box on their tax returns or unemployment insurance applications to participate in the program.

As of 2019, 692,000 New Jerseyans were without health insurance, a number which has likely gone up following the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health and access to adequate services are major priorities, therefore, it is critical that we are doing all that we can to bring that number down and connect eligible residents to subsidized coverage.

This legislation will jump-start the application process, allowing residents to simply check a box and get information on their eligibility for Medicaid or other low-cost options. Similar programs have seen great success in other states around the country and I am hopeful it will increase enrollment in health insurance here in New Jersey.

Last week Senator Joe Cryan, Senator Patrick Diegnan, Senator Nellie Pou, Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, Senator Troy Single...
03/11/2022

Last week Senator Joe Cryan, Senator Patrick Diegnan, Senator Nellie Pou, Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, Senator Troy Singleton, Senator Andrew Zwicker, and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz celebrated #ReadAcrossAmericaDay. Check out the pictures below to see how they each celebrated!

“We should have mega-sites. Get DOT on the phone and put money in it, and if (unemployed workers) need a ride, we should...
03/11/2022
Mega-sites, mobile units needed to help with N.J. unemployment claims, lawmakers say

“We should have mega-sites. Get DOT on the phone and put money in it, and if (unemployed workers) need a ride, we should bring them in and process them” – Senator Fred H. Madden at yesterday’s #NJSLA hearing regarding unemployment services

The Labor Commissioner says more people can be helped online and by phone than with in-person appointments.

Photos from Senate President Nick Scutari's post
03/09/2022

Photos from Senate President Nick Scutari's post

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