Friday, February 8, 2013
District 37 incumbents running together, report says.
Friday, February 8
Palisades Park Deputy Mayor Jason Kim is seeking to unseat Englewood Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, politickernj.com reports. Faced with Kim's challenge, District 37 incumbents Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Vainieri Huttle announced they would run together, the report said. "From fighting to create jobs and increase the minimum wage to protecting health care for women and children to making our schools and neighborhoods safer Loretta, Gordon and Valerie have built a record of advocacy and accomplishment across Bergen County’s 37th District," spokesman Dave Parano told the website. Teaneck community activist and former Marine Jason Castle, who challenged Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen in the democratic …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Englewood assemblywoman calls for law to be in place before 2014 Super Bowl
Sunday, January 13
A rally at the Statehouse on Friday marked Human Trafficking Awareness Day and pushed for passage of new anti-trafficking legislation in New Jersey. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, introduced the bill in October and has said she wants the law in effect before the 2014 Super Bowl. Such massive events, Huttle has said, can attract an influx of traffickers. Anyone convicted of crimes related to human trafficking could face $25,000 in fines under the proposed bill, Huttle said in an NJTV report. The bill has bi-partisan support, but has not yet faced a vote on the senate or assembly floor, northjersey.com reported. Watch the video above for more on the rally and bill.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Film chronicles impacts of bullying.
Hundreds of local students are expected to attend a free screening of a new anti-bullying documentary film Wednesday afternoon and the public is invited to an evening showing, a local lawmaker announced. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, the lead sponsor of the state’s Anti-bullying Bill of Rights, will host the screening of “Bully” with her husband Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street. A noon screening is reserved for students, with a 6 p.m. show open to the public. The evening show will include a panel discussion. The film is set to appear in select theaters around the country, but none in Bergen County. “‘Bully’ showcases the harassment and intimidation the Anti-Bullying …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Assembly panel to consider subpoenaing agency officials and financial records.
New Jersey lawmakers will consider issuing subpoenas to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which they called “troubled,” at a meeting next week, the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee announced Thursday. The committee, which is chaired by Deputy Assembly Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D-19) is considering a resolution to issue subpoenas to the agency requiring Port Authority officials to appear before the committee and produce books, papers, emails and other documents detailing the agency’s finances. The Assembly voted in March to grant the panel subpoena power over the Port Authority, according to lawmakers. “This step was made necessary by the Port Authority’s hubris and abject failure to…
Friday, March 9, 2012
But political compromise keeps "thorough and efficient" out of new bill
In its latest incarnation but one, New Jersey's anti-bullying law -- one of the toughest in the nation -- was going to be part of the state's constitutional responsibility to provide a "thorough and efficient" education. But yesterday, state Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) said that the phrase would not appear after all in the final version of the legislation, part of a political compromise that kept the law on the books and netted $1 million to help defray implementation costs at individual schools. Also part of the package is a task force that will continue to review the law and its impact. Huttle, the law's sponsor in the lower house, joined Gov. Chris Christie and other legislators in the governor's outer office to …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Saving a law that many see as critical to education in New Jersey.
With the clock ticking, the lead sponsor of New Jersey's anti-bullying law said she is close to filing new language -- and finding new money -- that will help the wide-ranging policy pass constitutional muster. State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) said she plans to file the new language on Monday, after final conversations with other sponsors, as well as with Gov. Chris Christie's office. The timing of the changes -- from subtle to substantial -- is critical. The current law could be voided in the next month, following a ruling by the state's Council on Local Mandates that the measure violated a constitutional prohibition against unfunded mandates. Huttle said yesterday that the changes would include wording in the law's …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Republicans Keith Jensen and John Aslanian say lawmakers should focus on tax relief and called the new law “meddlesome” and “oppressive.”
District 37 Republican Assembly candidates John Aslanian and Keith Jensen said Friday that if they are elected, they intend to support legislation suspending New Jersey’s anti-bullying law, calling it “oppressive,” and saying legislators should focus on tax relief instead. The anti-bullying law, sponsored by their Democratic opponent, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37), went into effect statewide at the beginning of the current school year, but the two Republicans say it “has turned into a bureaucratic and legal nightmare for administrators, teachers, parents and students.” Aslanian said in a statement that the law is a “financial drain on schools.” ‘The bill is eating into school curriculum time and staff time,” he said. “Our …