Houghtaling & Downey Join Pallone in Call for NJ Transit to Preserve One-Seat Rides

LONG BRANCH, NJ—Congressman Frank Pallone joined Monmouth and Middlesex County New Jersey state legislators Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex), Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth), Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) to call on Governor Murphy, NJ Transit Commissioner Gutierrez Scaccetti, and NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett to avoid taking any steps to alter existing one-seat ride schedules or expand these services should it mean a reduction in services from other rail lines in the system.

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Senior Property Tax Freeze Applications Now Available

New Jersey residents may be aware of the Property Tax Reimbursement Program, also known as the “Senior Freeze” program: a state program that reimburses eligible senior citizens for property tax increases on their primary residence. Once a household applies for the “Senior Freeze,” their future property taxes are “frozen” at their current level for all future years in which they meet the requirements.

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New Downey Bill Establishes Guidelines for Voluntary Emergency Special Needs Registries

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) is introducing legislation that would direct the Attorney General, in consultation with a county prosecutor who has established and maintained a voluntary special needs registry, to issue guidelines for county prosecutors to use in establishing voluntary special needs registries, which would be used to provide emergency medical care or assistance to a resident, student, or employee in the county who has a special need.

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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Bill to Protect Wildlife & Beaches from Balloon Litter

OCEAN TOWNSHIP—Working to protect wildlife and marine animals from choking on or becoming entangled by helium balloons, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) today introduced legislation (A4322) to prohibit the intentional outdoor release of inflated balloons, with offenders subject to a $1,000 fine per violation, or $2,000 for intentionally tethering a balloon outdoors and leaving it unattended. The legislation would also apply to other floating devices such as sky lanterns or aerial luminary lanterns.

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New Jersey Insurers Required to Continue Covering Telehealth

We have received many questions from constituents concerned that their insurance coverage for telehealth or telemedicine will be ending on or about June 30th, or on another date later this summer. After receiving information from the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP), which represents Aetna, AmeriGroup, AmeriHealth, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Oscar, UnitedHealthcare, and WellCare, we can share the following information:

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Houghtaling & Downey Announce Emergency Rental Assistance Program

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced that pre-applications for the New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP), which will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have lost income or become unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will open for applicants at waitlistcheck.com/NJ559-2809 from 9:00 AM on Monday, July 6 to 5:00 PM on Friday, July 10.

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