OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Today, Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey called for a renewed effort by state agencies to crack down on the rampant and widespread illegal abuse of workers in the construction industry.
"Misclassification of workers as contractors, wage theft, illegal workweeks, and corporate tax evasion are major problems in our state," said Houghtaling (D-Neptune), a 40-year IBEW member and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Labor Committee. "Abusive corporations are stealing from working people and building an unfair playing field that benefits the rich and powerful at the expense of New Jersey families. It's time for our state to step up and build a stronger, fairer economy for Garden State workers."Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey applauded the release of $10 million in funding for shared services and school district consolidation in New Jersey following years of advocacy in the Legislature in support of both policies.Read more
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