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A-20: Preserving Public Safety for NJ Transit Riders
Assemblyman Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Downey have introduced a bill to the General Assembly that would prohibit individuals with DUI convictions that resulted in a loss or suspension of a driver's license from operating an NJ Transit train. Those who cannot be trusted to operate a vehicle can certainly not be trusted to operate a train, and with so many commuters depending on NJ Transit, it is imperative to act in the interest of public safety.

A-1413: Responsible, Bipartisan Gun Control Legislation
Houghtaling and Downey have both signed on as sponsors of a bill that would require notification and involvement of local law enforcement when an individual wishing to purchase a firearm seeks to expunge certain mental health records. This bill passed both houses of the Legislature last year, with overwhelming support, but was vetoed by Governor Christie. Police officers, deeply involved in their communities, can help determine whether an individual would be a danger to themselves or others if allowed to purchase a firearm.

More legislation sponsored by Houghtaling & Downey:

  • A-3581: Requires baby monitors with Internet connection to include security features and warnings.
  • A-1952: Allows installment payments for senior and disabled property taxpayers to repay overpayments of homestead credits and homestead property tax reimbursements.
  • A-2921: Increases flexibility, clarity, and available tools of optional municipal consolidation process.
  • A-3056: Requires Dept. of Agriculture to develop voluntary guidelines to encourage school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food; extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" protection to school districts.


Houghtaling and Downey join Ocean Township Mayor Chris Siciliano for the Ocean Township Mayor's Ball, which raised $50,000 for local charities.
Assemblyman Houghtaling joins staff members for Mobile Office Hours at the Long Branch Public Library.
Houghtaling and Downey attend the Freehold Borough Memorial Day Parade.


Houghtaling & Downey in the News

Freshmen Democrat Legislators Get Feel of 11th District - by John Burton, Two River Times
"It has definitely been a learning curve for freshmen state Assembly members Joann L. Downey and Eric J. Houghtaling, both Democrats, as they get their footing in Trenton and in their district. But at nearly the 100-day mark of their two-year term, they believe they’re on solid ground, working for their constituents."

N.J. drivers should be automatically registered to vote | Editorial - by Times of Trenton Editorial Board
"The measure is sponsored in the Assembly by Democrats Craig Coughlin (Fords), Joann Downey (Ocean Township), Tim Eustace (Maywood) and Gary Schaer (Passaic), with a companion bill in the state Senate sponsored by Joseph Vitale (Woodbridge). The plan's elegance lies in its simplicity. Not only does it increase the opportunity for participatory citizenship, but it also brings voting into the 21st century, depending as it does on technology to do the heavy lifting."





Ride for Autism

A one-day charity bicycle tour open to all skill levels, aimed a raising funds for Autism New Jersey and raising awareness about autism. Participants can choose from five routes.

Saturday, June 11, 6:30am
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft



New Jersey Irish Festival

The 46th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival returns to the Monmouth Park Racetrack. An 11:00am mass will be followed by music, food, and craft and merchandise vendors.

Sunday, June 12, 12:00pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport



Freehold Relay for Life

Relay for Life is world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Join Relay for Life of Freehold to celebrate, remember, and fight back.

June 18-19, 12:00pm to 6:00am
Freehold Raceway, Freehold



In Your Community: Local News

May_27_-_Sunset_Bridge_Opening.jpgMajor Ocean Township Bridge Reopens - by Chris Sheldon, Word on the Shore
"One of the town's major bridges has reopened in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend. The Sunset Avenue Bridge was closed in January, 2015 and met its originally-scheduled reopening date of May 27 with a ceremony attended by the mayors of the towns it connects as well as county and state officials."

Blades restored to iconic Long Branch WindMill restaurant - by Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press
"The WindMill restaurant is a windmill again now that blades shorn off in a gusty December storm have been restored. The owners of the iconic, old-fashioned hot dog and burger joint said the place just wasn't the same without them."

The Asbury Hotel Opens Today - by Dan Jacobson, Asbury Park Sun
"The long-awaited new hotel at the former Salvation Army building called The Asbury opens today in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend. The hotel, owned by waterfront redeveloper iStar, features 110 rooms, roof-top lounges, pool area and a beer garden with food trucks. There is also an indoor-outdoor event space. Room rates range from $125 to $325 per night."

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Mary's Place by the Sea

This Ocean Grove-based organization is dedicated to supporting women who are receiving treatment for cancer, by providing services to uplift them and complement their medical treatment, all free of charge. They have recently built a new home to provide overnight stays to women in need of respite. They will be holding a Grand Opening at their new location at 22 Main Avenue on June 16th, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.




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