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Wimberly: "All Students are Our Students"

Cites 54 Percent Property Tax Increase in Paterson during Assembly Budget Hearing

Combining the expertise of an experienced legislator with the concern and passion of a parent with school-aged children and a veteran educator, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) made the following statement Wednesday during the Assembly FY2020 budget hearing at which Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont O. Repollet and New Jersey Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado Polanco testified. During his remarks, Assemblyman Wimberly thanked the parents of charter school students, who were in attendance at the hearing, and said:

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Wimberly Expresses Concerns on Community Policing, Police-related Shootings during AG Grewal Testimony at Assembly Budget Hearing

Echoing a sentiment frequently shared around the nation, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) expressed personal concern for his sons' safety Wednesday during testimony from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal at an Assembly FY20 budget hearing.

Inquiring as to whether progress is being made with community policing, specifically citing police-related shootings that prompted legislation earlier this year mandating that the attorney general's office investigate and prosecute crimes involving deaths in police custody, Wimberly said:

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Wimberly Statement on 50th Anniversary of EOF

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Fund:

"In my 30 years as an educator and 30 years as a football coach--I've dealt with EOF at all levels. One of my best experiences was when I first came back from college. I was actually a reading specialist for EOF at Passaic County Community College in 1991 and at William Paterson University in 1992.

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Democratic Assembly Budget Panel Members Respond to First Public Hearing

Today, the Assembly Budget Committee held the first of two public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget. The second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27, 2019 in committee room 4 in the State House Annex at 9:30 a.m. Democratic committee members released the following statement regarding today's testimony:

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), committee chair: "Today we began a months-long process to craft a fair and responsible budget. We heard from a variety residents and important groups and associations. We fully understand the importance of adequately funding schools, transportation, direct service providers who care for the most vulnerable, the arts and more. We also understand for every spending increase a corresponding cut is needed. This committee will give today's testimony the consideration it deserves as we work to produce a spending plan that reflects the priorities of our fellow residents.

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Assembly Democrats’ Bill to Make College Textbooks More Affordable Heads to Governor

Aiming to ease some of the financial burden facing college students, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey, Wayne DeAngelo, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly, Angela McKnight, and Adam Taliaferro to expand the use of digital alternatives to textbooks was approved Monday by the full Assembly, 77-0.

The bill (A-327-3254-1149) requires each institution of higher education to submit a plan to the Secretary of Higher Education to expand the use of open textbooks and commercial digital learning materials. “Open textbooks” are educational resources for college courses that are available online for free or at a reduced cost.

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Wimberly Statement on Importance of Education Funding in School Districts Like Paterson

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement Wednesday on the importance of education funding in underpriviledged school districts:

“Education is the key component in improving one’s situation, which is why it is imperative to provide sufficient funding to school districts like my home district of Paterson…"

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Mosquera, Reynolds-Jackson, Wimberly Bill Creating Interactive Database and Map Illustrating Foreclosures in New Jersey, Increasing Certain Recording Fees Approved by Assembly

As part of a comprehensive effort to solve New Jersey's residential foreclosure crisis, a bill requiring the Department of Community Affairs to create a database featuring an interactive map graphically illustrating foreclosed properties in New Jersey, and to increase certain recording fees, was approved 73-3-3 Monday by the full Assembly.

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Holley, McKnight & Wimberly on Future of Expungement Legislation

Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley (D-Union), Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) and Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement today regarding the future of their expungement legislation (A-4498):

“An opportunity for a clean slate for someone who has committed minor offenses is the best thing we can do to enable them to seize the opportunities life presents them…"

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McKnight, Moriarty & Wimberly Bill to Strengthen Foreclosure Protections for Homeowners Advanced by Assembly

In an effort to provide homeowners with a fair chance to get back on track with their mortgage payments, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Paul Moriarty and Benjie Wimberly to require lenders to send a notice of intent to foreclose no more than 180 days before action was approved Monday by the full Assembly, 78-1-1.

“Homeowners deserve to be given adequate notice when the foreclosure process begins,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “In that time, they will have an opportunity to reinstate their mortgage and being making regular payments again, or explore other housing options. It’s only fair to give them that chance.”

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Armato, Murphy & Wimberly Bill Ensure Timely Sale of Vacant Properties Approved by Full Assembly

Legislation to require foreclosure sales of vacant or abandoned properties to be conducted within 60 days of foreclosure judgment was cleared Monday by the full Assembly, 80-0. The bill (A-5005) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Carol Murphy and Benjie Wimberly, who released the following statements:

Assemblyman John Armato (D-Atlantic): "Most New Jerseyans can point to a property in their neighborhood that hasn't seen an owner or tenant for years on end. Some of these properties become eyesores from lack of upkeep, and diminish the quality of life in the community. Setting an exact timeframe for foreclosed properties to be sold will help alleviate this problem."

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