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.”
Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as ‘173rd Airborne Brigade Highway’ Passes Committee
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.”
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.
Doherty Introduces Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Doherty: Same-Sex Marriage Should Have Been Approved Through Legislative Act or Constitutional Amendment, Not Judicial Decree
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.”
Sen. Doherty Joins State’s Indian-American Community in Welcoming His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji to NJ
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”