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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Burzichelli & Wilson Bill to Allow Recreational Activity Such as Youth Soccer on Pinelands Protected Land Approved by Assembly
Bill Stems from Refusal to Allow Youth Soccer on Hammonton FarmLegislation Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, John Burzichelli and Whip Wilson sponsored to allow recreational activity such as youth soccer on lands protected by Pinelands development restrictions -- a bill prompted by the Pinelands Commission's recent refusal to allow a farm owner in South Jersey to host youth soccer tournaments on the grounds -- was approved 67-2-1 Monday by the Assembly.
The bill (A-3257) provides that a recreational use would be allowed on lands that are subject to a Pinelands development credit deed restriction and located within an agricultural production area in the Pinelands area. For a recreational use to qualify under the bill, the recreational use must involve only minimal or temporary impact on the agricultural or horticultural use of the lands, not include the development of any permanent structures on any lands in agricultural or horticultural use and be of a temporary nature.
Burzichelli & Riley Bill to Update Farming Laws Gains Panel ApprovalLegislation Assembly Democrats John J. Burzichelli and Celeste M. Riley sponsored to facilitate operations for the agriculture industry in New Jersey was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Given the changes in agricultural processes over the last quarter-century, we must adapt accordingly," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "With nursery crops and products now accounting for nearly half of farm income in our state, the ability to extend the growing season with hoophouses and polyhouses is essential."
Burzichelli Asks State and Federal Prosecutors for Criminal Investigation into Conrail in Wake of 2012 Bridge Derailment
Lawmaker Cites Potential Negligence by Conrail in Derailment that Forced Evacuation of Paulsboro & Led to Health WorriesAssembly Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli on Wednesday announced he's asked federal and state prosecutors to investigate whether criminal charges against Conrail are appropriate for failing to maintain the Mantua Creek bridge that was the site of a 2012 derailment that forced the evacuation of Paulsboro.
In a letter sent to both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state Attorney General, Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) noted a recent report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that Conrail's failure to repair a defective locking mechanism on the bridge, coupled with its failure to properly train rail crews to inspect the bridge, likely caused the accident.