Houghtaling & Downey Announce Application Period for Sandy Foreclosure Protections


Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey announced this week the opening of an application period for Superstorm Sandy-impacted homeowners who are facing significant financial burdens or threat of foreclosure. A new mortgage forbearance program, run through the state Department of Community Affairs, aims to protect residents against foreclosure. The program was enacted as part of a new law sponsored by Houghtaling and Downey.

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Is it time to kill NJ small towns?


New Jersey has so many towns that 75 of them share the same names.

The most popular name? Washington. There had been seven Washingtons until the Washington in Mercer County was renamed Robbinsville in 2008.

Naming redundancy, however, isn't the problem.

In all, there are 565 municipalities in New Jersey.  That's too many, say Democrats in the state Legislature, who think reducing the number of towns through consolidations could do away with duplication of services and employment – changes that could save money for taxpayers.

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Bill aims to merge NJ towns - even when they aren't neighbors


Ten years ago this month, a state law was enacted encouraging more municipal consolidations as a method for saving money and reducing property taxes.

In the decade since, there’s been just one merger – the combining of Princeton borough and township.

Now a less ambitious update to the effort is on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. It seeks to clarify some of the rules and tools though does include a few wrinkles – such as allowing towns to merge that are near each other but aren’t directly neighbors.

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Second Annual Prom Project Provides Dresses to Local Students at No Cost


Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are launching their 2nd Annual Princess Prom Project to provide prom dresses to local high school students at no cost. The project strives to ensure that high schoolers who would otherwise not be able to afford a prom dress can have a memorable and magical prom night.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Aid Ocean Grove Fire Victims Clears Assembly Panel


(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help beleaguered property owners in Ocean Grove whose homes were either damaged or destroyed by a five-alarm fire earlier this month was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

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Houghtaling Bill to Encourage Municipal Consolidation, Rein in Property Taxes Heads to Governor's Desk


Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace and Eric Houghtaling to give towns better tools to pursue municipal consolidation and ultimately rein in property taxes gained final legislative approval from the full Assembly by a vote of 51-21-2 on Thursday.

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