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Assembly Approves Gusciora, Eustace, Holley & Muoio Bill to Encourage Redevelopment of Long-Dormant, Historic Taverns
Bill Aims to Preserve & Revive Historic Watering Holes like Eagle Tavern in TrentonBy a vote of 64-5-3, the full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Tim Eustace, Jamel Holley and Elizabeth Maher Muoio allowing municipalities to issue retail liquor licenses to qualified buyers looking to redevelop historic taverns into 21st century drinking and eating establishments.
Gusciora introduced the bill in hopes of facilitating redevelopment of the abandoned Eagle Tavern on South Broad Street in Trenton, which has sat vacant for decades after several failed attempts to operate the building as a restaurant. Built as a private home in 1765, it was enlarged for use as a tavern in the early nineteenth century and was frequented by patrons of the nearby Eagle raceway. It served as the political center for the city's South Ward, and was a meeting place of the Masons.
Andrzejczak, Land, Houghtaling & Gusciora Bill to Prohibit Harvesting Diamondback Terrapin in NJ Clears LegislatureLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Bruce Land, Eric Houghtaling and Reed Gusciora to protect New Jersey's declining diamondback terrapin population by making it illegal to harvest these turtles was approved 37-0 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
"Diamondbacks are unique to New Jersey and play a significant role in our coastal ecosystem," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic & Cumberland). "The diamondback terrapin is threatened by loss of habitat, road mortality and increased demand from food markets overseas that has intensified its harvest. This bill would help protect our diamondbacks from going down the road towards extinction..."
Muoio, Gusciora & Benson Measure Seeking Tougher Federal Approval Process on Natural Gas Pipelines Clears AssemblyThe Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Reed Gusciora and Daniel Benson urging the federal government to toughen its policies on the approval of interstate natural gas pipelines in order to fully weigh the environmental costs, as well as the impact on private property owners and state and local government policies.
The measure (ACR-53) urges the President and Congress to change the laws concerning approvals of interstate natural gas pipelines so they better implement current energy policy considerations, require consideration of the cumulative impacts of the overall development of natural gas transmission infrastructure on a region, and require deference to certain competing state policy determinations.
"Federal law currently stipulates that in order for a proposed natural gas pipeline project to be approved, it must find that the project is in the public interest and that the overall benefits of the project outweigh the adverse impacts...," said Muoio.
Bateman & Gusciora Launch New Effort to Stop Destruction of Princeton BattlegroundsSenator Christopher "Kip" Bateman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora announced a new effort to combat the Institute of Advanced Study's plans to construct housing on top of Maxwell Field, a National Historic Landmark and the site of George Washington's 1777 victory against the British.
"There are many places for the Institute's faculty to live in and around Princeton, but there's only one Princeton Battlefield. Destroying the site upon which one of the most important Revolutionary War battles was fought would be an unnecessary assault on the history of New Jersey and this nation," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). …