16th Legislative Representative will Serve on Transportation & Independent Authorities, Financial Institutions & Insurance and Commerce & Economic Development Committees
(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon) has been appointed to serve on the Assembly’s Transportation and Independent Authorities, Financial Institutions and Insurance and Commerce and Economic Development committees.
Freiman, who was sworn in last week to represent the 16th legislative district, said his appointment to the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee is especially timely, considering that just earlier this week, two of the towns in his district – South Brunswick and Montgomery -made NJ.com’s list of the 25 towns in the state with the worst commute times.
“The commuting experience for New Jerseyans who rely on NJ Transit to get to and from work is a stressful one, and that’s putting it mildly,” said Freiman. “Commuters have seen their fares go up while having to deal with consistently subpar service. For drivers, the experience can be equally frustrating as they must deal with nightmarish traffic congestion. That has to change.”
Drivers in Montgomery and South Brunswick routinely contend with congestion on Route 206 and Route 1, and just last week, NJ Transit canceled several trains during the morning commute, which likely affected commuters who use the Princeton Junction Station, said Freiman.
Freiman said commuters deserve better than heavy traffic jams, and constant delays and cancellations from NJ Transit, and is eager to get to work with his fellow members on the Assembly Transportation & Independent Authorities Committee on ways to help alleviate traffic congestion on heavily traveled roads, and practical solutions to provide more reliable, consistent rail service.
Freiman has also been tapped to serve on the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
Freiman, a former Prudential Financial executive, said he is ready to use his business acumen, and strategic and analytics skills to advocate on behalf of his constituents and all New Jerseyans.
Freiman recently worked with the NJ Bankers Association to ensure that property owners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes would not end up paying more than they had to.
Freiman raised the issue last month after hearing from a constituent who was concerned that his bank would not acknowledge his prepayment. “Homeowners were expected to continue to make their monthly mortgage payments as if they had made no prepayment at all,” said Freiman.
Last week, the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers), which represents 94 brick and mortar banks doing business in New Jersey, responded to Freiman’s call by asking all of its members to adjust the escrow accounts of borrowers who have prepaid their 2018 property taxes.
“I’m glad NJBankers recognized the unfairness of this situation and took proper action. By working collaboratively, we were able to resolve this swiftly for affected homeowners,” said Freiman.