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Senator Michael Doherty

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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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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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Supports Warren County Freeholders’ Effort to Prevent Delaware River Flooding

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Seeks to Limit Water Levels in Upstream NYC Reservoirs to Protect Downstream Lives, Property & Infrastructure

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has voiced his support for an effort by the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders to prevent Delaware River flooding by reducing the maximum permitted capacity of upstream New York City reservoirs from 105% to 90% of capacity.

“Flooding along much of the Delaware River has become a regular occurrence when heavy rains hit the region, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Doherty. “We should revisit current rules that are meant to protect New York City from drought, but instead relegate the Delaware River Basin in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to recurrent and unnecessary flooding.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Same-Sex Marriage Should Have Been Approved Through Legislative Act or Constitutional Amendment, Not Judicial Decree

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) responded to reports today that Governor Christie will drop the state’s appeal of a ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriages in New Jersey.

“As a member of the Legislature, I am disappointed that same-sex marriage is apparently now the law of New Jersey despite neither the enactment of legislation nor a vote of the people to amend our state constitution.”

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Sen. Doherty Joins State’s Indian-American Community in Welcoming His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji to NJ

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) joined state and federal officials and more than 2,000 members of the state’s Indian-American community to welcome one of India’s most renowned spritiual leaders, His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji, to New Jersey.

Doherty presented a resolution on behalf of the New Jersey Senate to Brahmrishi Kumar Swami honoring him as an Ambassador of Peace at a reception on September 29th at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

(From L to R) Varinder Bhalla, Franklin Deputy Mayor Rozalyn Sherman, Edison Mayor Antonia Recigliano; President of AWB Food Bank, Varinder Bhalla; Sen. Michael Doherty, Brahmrishi Kumar Swami, Guru Ma, Franklin Councilman Rajiv Prasad, Franklin Councilman Theodore Chase.

“It was an honor to welcome His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji back to New Jersey,” said Doherty. “His unwavering dedication to helping people and building communities serves as an inspiration to all.”

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Doherty: Problem for Trenton High School Isn’t Money, It’s People

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) called on Senator Barbara Buono and other state Democrats to focus on the real issue behind the condition of Trenton High School: budget and building managers.

“Rather than trying to use Trenton High School in a baseless crusade against Gov. Christie, Senator Buono and others should work toward solving the problem with that school’s physical condition,” Doherty said. “The Trenton school district gets more than enough state tax dollars each year from residents across New Jersey to maintain its buildings and grounds.”

Senator Doherty noted that according to the state Department of Education, the Trenton City school district is getting more aid this year than the total for all of the school districts in Bergen County combined.

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Sen. Doherty Served as Honorary Chair of AKC’s Meet the Breeds Dog and Cat Show

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) served as an Honorary Chair of the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds dog and cat show that was held on September 28th and 29th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

“As someone who cares about animals, I was glad to serve as an Honorary Chair of Meet the Breeds,” said Doherty. “This educational event gave prospective owners the opportunity to interact with and learn about more than 200 different breeds of dogs and cats.”

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Beck, Doherty Urge Senate Democrats to Act on Comptroller Report, Hold Rutgers University to Standard Public Bidding Laws

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Following a report released today by the State Comptroller on Rutgers University’s contracting procedures, Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) urged action on legislation subjecting Rutgers to the same open public bidding and contracting procedures required of all other state colleges and universities.

In 2011, Senators Beck and Doherty introduced legislation to hold Rutgers to standard open public bidding and contracting procedures per the recommendation of an initial audit of the university’s contracting procedures by the State Comptroller. A follow-up report released by the State Comptroller today found some of the agency’s initial 18 recommendations had been followed but other common-sense measures like the Beck/Doherty legislation (S605) had not been enacted. Senate Democrats have failed to schedule a committee hearing for the Beck/Doherty bill.

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