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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Urges Assembly Dems to Get to Work Immediately for Taxpayers

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Senator Mike Doherty urged the New Jersey Assembly Democrats to return to Trenton and pass bipartisan legislation to extend the 2-percent property tax cap on local government employee raises before Tuesday’s expiration date.

“It is a travesty that Assembly Democrats ran from Trenton yesterday afternoon, with their public duty undone,” Doherty said. “By failing to pass this bill, they are leaving already overburdened taxpayers in communities all across New Jersey in a position to have to shoulder drastic property tax increases or cuts in service.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Media Advisory: O’Scanlon & Doherty to Join Pohatcong Mayor to Discuss Town’s Red Light Camera Program

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty will join Mayor James Kern, III to discuss the future of Pohatcong’s red light camera program.

Who: Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Senator Michael Doherty and Mayor James Kern, III

What: Press conference concerning the future of the red-light camera program in Pohatcong

When: Tuesday, April 1, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Where: Pohatcong Municipal Building, 50 Municipal Drive, Phillipsburg, NJ

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Prevent Courtroom Facility Disputes

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Following a multi-year dispute over who should pay to fix a Warren County courtroom that a judge has declared unconstitutional, Senator Michael Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset) has introduced legislation (S-1901) to clarify the authority of county governing bodies to determine county court facility expenditures and the suitability of courtrooms.

“Warren County completed upgrades to the county courthouse at the request of court officials who reviewed and signed off on plans prior to construction,” said Doherty. “Warren County taxpayers, already on the hook for the $6 million renovation, shouldn’t have to pay a penny more because court officials changed their minds about what they wanted after construction was completed.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Advances Pennacchio, Doherty Measure to Study Rail Systems

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The Senate today again passed legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty to create a Passenger Rail Study Commission to determine how to best utilize existing rail infrastructure.

“We owe it to passengers and taxpayers to explore every option of creating a more streamlined, efficient and cost effective mass transportation system,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “This legislation seeks to begin the process of easing duplicative costs and providing better rail transportation throughout the state for decades to come.”

“The study commission will make sure we’re getting the most out of the rail infrastructure we already have and hopefully identify efficiencies that will help to ease the burden on commuters and taxpayers,” added Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset). “Through consolidation, shared services or just better coordination on major projects, we can better avoid unnecessary costs being passed on to riders.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Passes Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway”

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would designate Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom.

“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that the Senate has chosen to recognize the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by passing legislation that names part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Panel Again Advances Pennacchio, Doherty Measure to Study Rail Systems

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Senators Urge Assembly Action

The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty to create a Passenger Rail Study Commission to determine how to best utilize existing rail infrastructure. The Senators’ legislation, SJR-14, was passed unanimously by the Senate in each of the last two sessions but died by state Assembly inaction.

“A thorough examination of the many rail systems throughout New Jersey to create a more streamlined, efficient and cost effective mass transportation system is long overdue,” said Pennacchio. “This study has overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Senate and is rightly being fast-tracked for approval yet again. I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to get on board and give this legislation the attention it deserves in order to ease out-of-control expenses levied on the backs of taxpayers and commuters.”

“All opportunities to cut costs through consolidations or mergers should be explored to assure commuters are receiving the best service possible and that taxpayers are being protected from duplicative costs and infrastructure projects,” added Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset). “Senate Republicans stand ready to work with the Senate President on our shared goal of achieving efficiencies through consolidation. However, to achieve true reform all cost-cutting solutions must be explored and the full legislature must come to the table.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as ‘173rd Airborne Brigade Highway’ Passes Committee

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would designate Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom.

“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that we honor the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by naming part of Rt. 173 in their honor, and I am glad that the Transportation Committee has chosen to advance this measure.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Mike Doherty

Cardinale, Doherty, O’Toole Named to ‘Senate Select Committee on Investigation’

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Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale (Bergen), Michael Doherty (Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement about their service on the seven-member “Senate Select Committee on Investigation,” which was initiated today by the full Senate:

“We thank Senate Republican Leader Kean, Senate President Sweeney and Chairwoman Weinberg for their confidence in us to serve the people on this committee in a rational and bipartisan fashion.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway”

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that would designate Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom.

“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that we honor the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by naming part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Jersey City’s Hypocrisy on Property Taxes

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) said that Jersey City’s reported plan to sue the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over what Mayor Steven Fulop has called “unfair and outdated tax agreements” is just the latest hypocrisy from the city when it comes to property taxes.

“Jersey City wants everyone other than its own residents to pay the city’s bills,” said Doherty. “Mayor Fulop claims long-standing tax agreements with the Port Authority have caused a ‘severe negative impact on Jersey City taxpayers,’ yet he makes no mention of the $2 billion of questionable tax exemptions that the city has doled out which shifts the burden of maintaining city services to other Hudson County and state taxpayers.”

A report issued by the Office of the State Comptroller in 2010, “A Programmatic Examination of Municipal Tax Abatements,” notes (page 12) that the use of tax abatements results in Jersey City “not collecting approximately $120 million in property taxes on exempted property.”

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