As we look forward to 2015 we welcome new leaders and fresh voices in our municipal and county governments. Throughout New Jersey, communities have held re-organization meetings forming new governing bodies, welcoming new and returning leadership. In Englewood, I had the pleasure of swearing-in Councilman Eugene Skurnick for another term. In Tenafly, I joined new Councilman Paul Stefanowicz for his swearing-in. Throughout New Jersey leaders take the oath of office, a public trust, a commitment, rooted in the history of our State and our Country.
The New Year was also and opportunity to thank many who are leaving the public stage after years service. In Englewood, long-term City Planner & Engineer Ken Albert retired after 30 years of service, joining retiring Board of Health members Earl Marsan, and Lisa Levien. Glad we had the opportunity to say congratulations!
In Trenton, we move forward. We continue working to improve the quality of life for residents of District 37. Current legislative initiatives have focused on Veteran concerns; I recently sponsored legislation to ease the burden of property tax payments on the families of our men and women currently deployed. Another bill would allow children of active military reservists to stay in their school districts, regardless of where parents are stationed. We are working to create the Military Dependent Scholarship Fund (A-2849) which would be a scholarship for the spouse, child, or dependent of a New Jersey resident who is killed, missing or permantly disabled in recent combat. Other legislative efforts include bringing accountability and transparency to the NY & NJ Port Authority and enhanced oversight of military equipment being used by local law enforcement.