Houghtaling and Downey Create “A Day In the Life — Type 1 Diabetes Day”

It’s the second most common chronic illness in children behind asthma and its incidence rate is rapidly increasing worldwide.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no current cure. That means there is a growing community of people living with type 1, and their loved ones, who are not giving up on science and hope until there is a cure.

Following an inspiring meeting with junior ambassadors from JDRF, New Jersey legislators Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, both representing the 11th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly, proposed a joint resolution to create New Jersey’s first ever type 1 diabetes awareness day — also known as T1D —to be held each November.

Officially titled “A Day in the Life – Type 1 Diabetes Day,” the date is confirmed for November 19, 2018, and subsequently will occur on the Monday before Thanksgiving each year.

“In an increasingly divisive world, we are proud to support a holiday that underscores the importance of inclusion, understanding and compassion,” says Assemblywoman Joann Downey.

“We are asking the residents of New Jersey to walk a mile in the shoes of a neighbor living with type 1 diabetes in order to gain a deeper understanding into the challenges they face on a daily basis. At the same time, we are shining a spotlight on those who live with this disease, and encourage the community to learn more about the individual as a whole, rather than define them by their disease.”

“Diabetes impacts a significant proportion of New Jersey’s population, with approximately 11 percent of our adult population diagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “With so many of our residents impacted by this disease, it is important that we do our part to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and establish a supportive community upon which New Jerseyans living with diabetes can rely.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Support NJMEP

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced a bill to support New Jersey’s vital manufacturing industry.

The bill, (A4315) makes a General Fund supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to the Department of State for the purpose of funding the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.  These monies are required to be used, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting, to coordinate and maximize the efficiency of Statewide worker training, as well as to employ underserved and underemployed veterans and other State residents in need of long-term employment.

“As a member of the Bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, I understand what these businesses are up against,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “NJMEP plays a key role in supporting our manufacturing industry and, in turn, our State economy. We are proud to support this vital organization.”

“Manufacturing is a key industry here in New Jersey, making major contributions to our economy and employing hundreds of thousands of hardworking residents,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “It is imperative that we, as legislators, work to support our manufacturing industry and organizations like NJMEP that advocate on behalf of manufacturing business owners and employees.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Congratulate Long Branch Congratulate Superintendent Salvatore

Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey join the community in congratulating Dr. Michael Salvatore, Superintendent of the Long Branch School District, on earning the title of as the Region II Superintendent of the Year.

“We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Dr. Michael Salvatore on this well-earned recognition and thank him for all he has done for the Long Branch School District,” said Senator Vin Gopal.

“We are extremely proud to have an educator like Dr. Salvatore leading the staff and students in Long Branch. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“Dr. Salvatore’s commitment to his district and his students is extremely noble. We are proud to see his efforts have been recognized,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey.

Dr. Salvatore is one of three regional winners for the award from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators that recognizes outstanding leadership in education.
Dr. Salvatore was honored specifically for his work with personalized learning for students and putting a focus on transformational education.


Houghtaling and Downey Host Holiday Toy Drive

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are hosting a Toy Drive to make sure everyone has a very happy holiday this year.

The Toy Drive will be hosted through December 7. All toys will be distributed to local non-profit organizations.

“We feel extremely fortunate to be able to host this Toy Drive and to have a hand in making this holiday season joyful for everyone in our community,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“Everyone deserves a happy holiday,” said Assemblywoman Downey. “We hope you join us in our mission to make this holiday season very merry.”

Donations can be dropped off to the District 11 Legislative Office, located at 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221, in Ocean Township.

For additional questions, please contact the District 11 Legislative Office at (732) 695-3371 or email the Assembly Members at AsmHoughtaling@njleg.org or AswDowney@njleg.org.


Downey Applauds Appointment of Ficker Terrill as Monitor of Bellwether Behavioral Health

In response to the appointment of Cathy Ficker Terrill by the Department of Human Services to monitor Bellwether Behavioral Health, Assemblywoman Joann Downey issued the following statement:

“The reports of abuse and neglect of patients at Bellwether Behavioral Health’s facilities are deeply disturbing,” said Assemblywoman Downey, Chair of the Human Services Committee. “I am pleased to see Governor Murphy and the Department of Human Services have taken this step to respond to the lack of standards at Bellwether’s facilities. I am confident that under Ms. Ficker Terrill’s watch, these extreme acts of negligence will be an unfortunate thing of the past.”

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Houghtaling, Downey, Pintor Marin, and Gopal Celebrate Portuguese Culture

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin and Senator Vin Gopal, introduced legislation designating March 15 of each year as “Peter Francisco Day” in New Jersey.

The proposed holiday recognizes Peter Francisco’s many acts of bravery and contributions during the Revolutionary War.

“We are proud to represent such a large community of Portuguese-Americans and feel fortunate to be involved in establishing this holiday celebrating a significant aspect of not only their culture but American history as well. We look forward to this bill being signed into law and celebrating the first annual Peter Francisco Day, ” said Assemblyman Houghtaling.

“It is imperative that we celebrate the diverse cultures and communities that make up our great State. Peter Francisco Day would be an ideal way to celebrate our Portuguese-American residents while learning more the contributions that individuals of Portuguese descent have made to our great nation,” said Assemblywoman Downey.

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