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Mazzeo and Armato Statement on Planned Holocaust Memorial in Atlantic City

In response to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority reserving $500 million to develop a Holocaust memorial on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Assemblymen John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) released the following statement:

“After ten long years, we are thrilled to see the Holocaust memorial project move forward. The diverse community of Atlantic City is the perfect place for this remembrance, which will clearly show that hate will not be tolerated here or anywhere in New Jersey."

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Armato and Mazzeo Statement on Opening Date for Atlantic City Rail Line

In response to today’s announcement by Governor Phil Murphy that the Atlantic City Rail Line will reopen May 12, Assemblyman John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) released the following statement:

“While we still believe it should not have taken nearly nine months to complete the federally mandated safety technology installation – almost five months longer than NJ Transit originally promised – we are relieved the rail line will resume service just in time for the busy tourism season."

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Armato, Mazzeo & Murphy Introduce Bill to Permit Certain Firefighter Training Online

With the goal of modernizing the training process for volunteer firefighters, Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Carol Murphy recently introduced legislation to allow for some training courses for volunteer firefighter certification to be taken online.

“In my 49 years as a volunteer firefighter, I’ve seen the landscape change dramatically,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Many members are retiring, and volunteer classes are shrinking. It’s time to come up with new ideas to make the extensive 187-hour training process more convenient and accessible to engage the next generation of volunteer firefighters.”

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Murphy, Armato, Tully Bill Creating New Jersey Military Advisory Board Approved by Assembly

Created for the purpose of serving as a liaison between the Executive, State and Federal Legislative branches of government and the United States Armed Forces, a bill that would establish the New Jersey Military Advisory Board within the Department of State was recently approved by the full Assembly 80-0-0. Assembly Democrats Carol Murphy, John Armato and Christopher Tully are the measure's sponsors.

The bill (A-4550) calls for the Board to consist of 11 members who would remain informed and engaged in military matters and events in the state. The group would work with Congress, base commanders, and public and private entities, including, but not limited to, the Picatinny Enhancement Coalition, the Defense Enhancement Coalition, and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Armato, Mazzeo & Vainieri Huttle Bill to be First-in-Nation Opioid Warning Label Law Passes Senate

To help combat the ongoing opioid crisis in New Jersey and nationwide, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to require all prescription opioid medications to have a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose was approved Monday by the full Senate, 39-0. If enacted, New Jersey would be the first State in the nation to adopt a permanent law mandating warning labels for prescription opioids.

“We have warning labels on just about all medications these days,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “In the middle of this epidemic, we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal to increase awareness and education about the effects of opioid abuse. Adding a warning sticker to all opioid medications is an easy, cost-effective concept that can save lives.”

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Armato, Lopez, Zwicker Bill Requiring Hospitals to Include Opioid Addiction Information with Patient Discharge Papers Approved by Assembly

As part of New Jersey's ongoing, integrated approach to preventing and fighting drug addiction, a bill requiring hospitals to include a warning about the risks of addiction, overdose and death associated with opioids in a patient's discharge papers was approved 78-0-0 Monday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-4883) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Yvonne Lopez and Andrew Zwicker. As per the measure, acute care hospitals would be required to include the information provided that the patient was discharged from the hospital with a prescription for an opioid drug.

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Armato and Mazzeo Statement on Nomination of Rev. Janet Gasbarro to NJ Transit Board

In response to the nomination of Atlantic County resident Reverend Janet Gasbarro to the NJ Transit Corporation Board, Assemblymen John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) released the following statement:

“We are thrilled Rev. Gasbarro will serve on the NJT Corporation Board. As an Absecon resident, we are confident she will represent the interests of Atlantic County well, particularly at a time when passengers feel their voices aren’t being heard. Rev. Gasbarro will undoubtedly be that voice for Atlantic County and all of South Jersey."

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Lopez, Quijano & Armato Bill to Create Voluntary Firefighter Cancer Registry Heads to Governor

Measure Passes Assembly 79-0
To better examine firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and its effects, legislation sponsored by Yvonne Lopez, Annette Quijano and John Armato to establish a voluntary firefighter cancer registry received final legislative approval on Monday.

“Our brave firefighters take risks everyday while on the job, including exposing themselves to much higher rates of known and suspected carcinogens,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This registry will help us better understand the causes and outcomes of cancer in the fire services and ultimately, identify ways to mitigate and prevent it from occurring.”

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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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Armato, Houghtaling & Mazzeo Bill to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy Facing Foreclosure Approved by Full Assembly

To help homeowners who are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, legislation sponsored by Democratic Assemblymen John Armato, Eric Houghtaling and Vince Mazzeo to extend a foreclosure benefit program for homeowners impacted by the storm was cleared by the full Assembly Monday by a vote of 74-0-3.

"Seven years later, countless New Jersey residents are still feeling the effects of Sandy," said Armato (D-Atlantic). "It will take time for families whose homes were destroyed or significantly damaged to get back on their feet. Unfortunately, some storm victims also became victims of contractor fraud while trying to repair their homes. We need to do all we can to help families rebuild and recover from Sandy, starting with protecting them from foreclosure."

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Lampitt, Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Armato Child Sexual Abuse Bill Package Now Law

Protecting students from sexual abuse and misconduct in schools, a four-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carol Murphy, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and John Armato was signed into law Monday.

"Now more than ever, it is imperative that we are doing everything we can in New Jersey to protect our students from sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "These new laws send a message to anyone employed by a school district that this type of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstance and the legislature is taking action to solidify that."

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Mukherji, Armato & Mazzeo Bill to Ban Shark Finning Approved by Assembly Panel

To put an end to the bestial act of shark finning, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, John Armato and Vincent Mazzeo to ban the harvest and sale of shark fins in New Jersey was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday.

“Shark finning is an inhumane practice that leads to the animal’s slow, excruciating death,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “Aside from being downright cruel, shark finning is threatening the very existence of certain species, which ultimately poses a threat to the balance of all marine life.”

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