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.
(AUDUBON) - A bill co-sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross and Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson that establishes a veteran support helpline program was signed into law today. The legislation (S-1731) creates New Jersey's "Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program" telephone helpline. Both Senator Norcross and Assemblyman Wilson serve as members of their respective Military and Veterans Affairs Committees within the Legislature.
"As our veterans return from their service, some face difficulties in finding employment, receiving medical assistance, or even places to live. Some veterans, maybe they just need someone to talk to that shares their perspective," said Senator Norcross. "Whether a veteran returned from combat four decades ago or four days ago, this helpline is for them."
The law will provide New Jersey veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive network of mental health professionals specializing in post traumatic stress disorder and other veterans issues. All services through the program are free and confidential.
"As a veteran of the Vietnam War era, I understand the need to provide any and all necessary treatment for our brothers and sisters who have fought for this country," said Assemblyman Wilson. "They protected our backs when they were called upon, now it's time for us to do the same for them."Read more >>
FIFTH DISTRICT LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE $1,000,000 IN FUNDING FOR THE CRAMER HILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONThu, 08/18/2011 - 3:52pm
Award provides funds for construction of Ray & Joan Kroc Salvation Army Community Center
(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, and Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson are proud to announce a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Community Affairs for the Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation in Camden. The award, part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, will provide funds for the construction of the Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Community Center in Cramer Hill.
Senator Norcross, and Assemblymen Fuentes and Wilson released the following statement regarding the announcement of this award:
“We are pleased to announce that this project will receive funding through the Department of Community Affairs, as the community center will be another essential step in helping revitalize the City of Camden. Residents from across the region will benefit greatly from the completion of this large-scale neighborhood initiative.”
The Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Community Center will be located in the Cramer Hill Section of Camden on Harrison Avenue between 18th and 25th streets. The building will be approximately 120,000 square feet and will serve as a hub for Salvation Army services within Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties. The community center is expected to open in the summer of 2012.