We were elected on a message of making New Jersey affordable again for everyone who lives and works in this state. We promised in our campaign to change the way business is done in Trenton, and we are working to make that a reality. Your mandate to us was government reform, and here are some of the areas we are working on:
- Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
- Cutting wasteful government spending.
- Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
- Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
- Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.
- Making local, county and state government more open, accessible and accountable to the public.
(TRENTON) - Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) has released the following statement after participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the State House steps with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Senators O’Toole and Oroho:
“I am dedicating my ice bucket challenge and a $500 donation to the ALS Association to my good friend Tom MacAdams who we lost earlier this year. Tom was a loving husband and father who dedicated his life to helping others, especially in Brooklawn where he served on council for many years. He was cut down too young by ALS, which impacts thousands of our residents and their families every year. I am proud to stand with my colleagues to raise awareness of this disease and to support the ALS Association.”
Highlights importance of assistance animals in thousands of New Jersey residents’ daily life.
(AUDUBON) – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 marks the Second Annual Assistance Animal Recognition Day, which was created through a resolution by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester).
“Assistance animals are some of the most dedicated members of our workforce,” said Senator Norcross. “They are always on call, helping their human partners navigate their daily lives. This day is about educating our communities about the importance of treating these workers with the respect they deserve.”
Assistance Animal Recognition Day was developed in coordination with Leah Levine of Animals At Work, an organization that raises awareness of assistance animals and the needs of their human companions. Through her non-profit, Ms. Levine works to advocate on behalf of those who utilize assistance animals, in addition to education efforts that involve training non-users about the important relationship and impact of the assistance animal team.
Senator Norcross also sponsored a law allowing students with autism and other disabilities to bring their assistance animals to school with them. The law, which was enacted in January 2012, acknowledges the role assistance animals play in providing a level of normalcy for their companions that is crucial to their education and development.Read more >>
Legislation to restrict bail for dangerous criminals, provide alternatives to non-violent offenders
(TRENTON) – Legislation by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to reform the bail system in New Jersey has been signed into law. The law, S946, establishes that bail can be withheld in situations where certain violent crimes were committed, and creates bail-alternatives for non-violent offenders.
“Bail was never meant to be a punishment for poverty,” said Senator Norcross. “We are taking the final steps toward safer communities through a balanced bail system. This law will help keep violent criminals off our streets while providing common-sense alternatives for non-violent offenders.”
The law, S946, outlines that bail may be withheld in certain circumstances, including murder, rape, kidnapping, and offenses where the victim is a minor. A key provision of the law, S946, creates bail alternatives for defendants charged with non-violent offenses. According to recent studies, nearly forty-percent of individuals currently incarcerated in New Jersey are awaiting trial, having been unable to post bail. Twelve percent were unable to post bail on amounts of $2,500 or less. This law addresses the issue by allowing a court to release a defendant under certain pretrial conditions in lieu of bail.Read more >>