**MEDIA ADVISORY** ASSEMBLY TOURISM & ARTS PANEL TO TAKE COMMITTEE ON THE ROAD TO HEAR CONCERNS OF BERGEN RESIDENTS

The Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee will hold a special hearing at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on February 16 to hear the views of Bergen County residents, first hand. The committee will hear testimony from invited guests on issues affecting the tourism and arts industries, including performing arts and sports entertainment.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 16, at 11 a.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey.

“This is a great opportunity for Bergen County residents to weigh in on issues of importance to them in the arts and tourism industries,” said Committee Chairman Matthew Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “As someone who represents the complete opposite end of the state, I’m looking forward to venturing up to Bergen County to hear what’s on the minds of residents.”

“I am thrilled for the Tourism & the Arts Committee to visit Bergen County, especially because I know how much my constituents value the historical and cultural sites our area of New Jersey has to offer,” said Vainieri Huttle. “I encourage as many Bergen residents as possible to join us for this hearing and also help us highlight one of the state’s finest performing arts venues.”

Among the guests invited to testify are:

§ Grace Hanlon, Director of the State Division of Travel and Tourism

§ Frank Huttle III, Mayor of Englewood

§ David Rodriguez, Executive Director of the BergenPAC

§ A representative for the Historic New Bridge Landing

§ A representative for the New Jersey Ballet

§ And a representative from the Yogi Berra museum

The Committee will also consider a measure (AJR-66) sponsored by Vainieri Huttle that would designate June as “New Jersey Arts, Culture, and Tourism Month.”