Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Promote Veterans Income Tax Exemption

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey urge residents to apply for an Income Tax Exemption that benefits local veterans.

The Veteran Income Tax Exemption allows eligible veterans to receive a $3,000 exemption on their Income Tax returns.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce Ocean Community Economic Action Now Funding

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey announce Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc. [OCEAN], has been approved to receive a $457,686 award from the Heating Improvement Program.

This funding will provide funds to improve heating system efficiency in the homes of eligible households in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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Downey Bill to Prevent Gun Violence among Individuals with Mental Disorders Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation Assemblywoman Joann Downey sponsored, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, to prevent individuals with an elevated risk of engaging in violence due to mental illness from causing harm to themselves and others was advanced 532449501.jpgWednesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Suicide – the 10th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 – is substantially more likely among those with mental disorders, Jones noted.

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Gopal, Houghtaling, Downey Decry Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents

hands-1939895_960_720.pngSenator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey call on all New Jersey residents to unite against the rash of anti-Semitic incidents that have scourged the state.

In 2017, there were 208 reports of anti-Semitic incidents in New Jersey – a 32 percent increase from 2016 and the third most of any state in the nation, according an Anti-Defamation League report published Feb. 27.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce Transportation Funds for Monmouth Towns

Sen. Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey announce 13 Monmouth County municipalities within District 11 will receive over $4.2 million in funding through the Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program.510411610.jpg

“The infusion of over $4.2 million in grant funding for roadway projects into District 11 is a massive win for our residents,” said Sen. Gopal. “Not only will these projects ensure roadways throughout the district are safe and navigable, they will not have any negative impacts on local property taxes – a key concern for many Monmouth County families.”

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Downey Bill to Keep Sexual Predators Out of Schools Heads to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey, along with co-sponsor Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, to thoroughly vet prospective school employees for allegations of sexual misconduct to prevent sexual predators from working in schools received final legislative approval on Monday and now heads to the governor.

There have been numerous cases where teachers accused of sexual misconduct involving children in one school were able to find work in other schools where they victimized other children. The past misconduct may not have been shared witdownload.jpgh the hiring school district, at times because of a non-disclosure agreement, leaving the hiring district without this important information.

 “The way things are set up now, predators seem to have free reign to move from school to school and hurt children without any consequence,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “Having a review that is meant to reveal these types of accusations can help protect students from these predators.”

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