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Assemby Environment Chairman John F. McKeon had the following published Thursday The Record of Bergen County:

“As I was driving between meetings this week, I found myself on a road that brought back childhood memories. It took me a moment, but I figured out that my nostalgia was triggered because this was a road my family used when we drove into Newark from our home in West Orange before Interstate 280 was built. As I get older, this is a sensation I experience more and more often.

“For longtime residents of North Jersey, memories of childhood include fewer large roadways and more farms and open spaces than the suburban sprawl that exists today. With more suburban development, there are new challenges that stretch the region’s environmental infrastructure – including the availability of safe drinking water…”

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