Houghtaling and Downey: Brookdale Too Vital To Lose Accreditation

In response to reports that Brookdale Community College is at risk of losing a key accreditation, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“Brookdale Community College is an important institution here in Monmouth County. We cannot afford for this campus to lose its accreditation and derail the education of thousands of New Jersey’s students. We must do everything we can to support Brookdale as it proves its compliance,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“A loss of accreditation for this vital institution threatens the federal aid funding of 14,000 students. We cannot allow this to happen,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We urge The Middle States Commission to give Brookdale Community College the opportunity to provide sufficient evidence that it is in compliance with ethical and integrity standards, as well as educational effectiveness standards.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce "Marissa's Law"

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey introduced a bill known as “Marissa’s Law” in an effort to increase safety on New Jersey’s roadways and hold negligent drivers accountable.

The bill (A4487), introduced September 24, provides for a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury, except if the operator reports the accident. The bill also increases the mandatory minimum term for reckless vehicular homicide.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Signed into Law

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers. The bill was signed into law Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy.

 “This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling. “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Respond to NJ Familycare Audit

In response to an audit revealing the New Jersey Department of Human Services lost millions over a three year period due to the mismanagement of NJ FamilyCare accounts, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

“It is utterly unacceptable that the state’s NJ FamilyCare accounts were grossly mismanaged throughout the Christie Administration,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “Due to poor oversight, the State paid out $177.5 million in false claims, in addition to $720,000 in payments and fee-for-service claims for individuals who were deceased. New Jersey cannot afford these costly mistakes.”

“I sincerely hope the Department of Human Services takes swift action to correct these egregious errors and fulfill the responsibilities of the NJ FamilyCare program,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “We are confident the Murphy Administration will see the severity of this issue and work quickly to get the DHS and NJ FamilyCare program back on course.”

“There are far too many hardworking New Jerseyans who rightfully deserve these funds to carelessly fulfill fraudulent claims,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Chair of the Human Services Committee. “The extreme lack of care in the management of this program during the Christie Administration is appalling and has led to the waste of valuable resources. Our residents deserve better and we look forward to working with Governor Murphy to right the ship.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Support Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K

 

The 5th Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk, co-founded by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Freeholder Thomas Arnone, will return to Neptune on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Hosted in cooperation with the Township of Neptune, Neptune City, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and with the great support of the Pound the Pavement for Purple Committee, the 5K will benefit the Lustgarten Foundation which works to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Assembly

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling has taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers, which was approved by a 78-0 vote Thursday by the General Assembly.

“This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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