OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Between rising property taxes and increasing living expenses, it can be difficult to afford to live in New Jersey. Fortunately, the Homestead Benefit Program can provide real property tax relief for eligible Garden State homeowners, lowering costs and relieving the pressure that state and local taxes put on household budgets.
“The Household Benefit, like the Senior Freeze program, is a great way to make your property taxes more affordable,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold), whose legislative office works to help local Monmouth County residents learn about and apply for the program. “As applications for this program become available this month, we want to make sure that every eligible homeowner knows how to apply and how the Household Benefit can save them money.”Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling that would ban the shops and manufacturers from selling or offering potentially lead-contaminated candy in New Jersey was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - To protect the lives of New Jersey’s hotel patrons, Assembly Members Joann Downey (D-Freehold) and Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) introduced legislation last year that would require hotels to keep automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in their most populated areas. Today, the bill, which is named “Michael Anthony Fornicola’s Law,” cleared the Senate Health, Human Services, & Senior Citizens Committee.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal joined Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to announce that the Ocean Township School District will receive $586,000 in state aid to implement or expand quality early childhood education programs.Read more
In response to the announcement of Planned Parenthood pulling out of Title X due to the limitations placed on their services under the Trump Administration’s “gag rule,” Assemblywoman Joann Downey has sponsored legislation today that would provide additional support for centers who are dealing with the loss of federal funding.Read more
MONMOUTH COUNTY - On August 15, Governor Murphy signed into law a two-bill package sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey that will enable drivers who choose low thresholds of personal injury protection (PIP) to sue for uncompensated medical bills and seek unreimbursed medical expenses as an economic loss.Read more