Downey Bill Lets New Drivers Skip MVC Lines After Passing Road Tests

OCEAN TOWNSHIP—Assemblywoman Joann Downey introduced new legislation this Monday that would authorize new drivers to use their validated permit as a temporary driver’s license during the COVID-19 public health emergency if they have already passed a formal road test.

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Gopal, Houghtaling & Downey Slam Widespread Problems and “Politicizing” of Postal Service

OCEAN TOWNSHIP—Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) released the following statement slamming efforts by federal political appointees to hinder the efforts of the United States Postal Service (USPS), which have caused unprecedented and widespread delays and pile-ups at post offices across Monmouth County:

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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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