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The NJ General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Voters will head to the polls to select a Governor, State Senator, and State Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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New Jersey has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. What, if anything, do you propose to lower property taxes?

New Jersey's state pension system has recently been named the worst-funded state retirement plan in the country and is arguably one of our largest financial problems. How do you propose to address our state's pension issues?

How can New Jersey meet our energy needs while protecting our environment? For example, would you support energy conservation, expansion of renewable energy projects, hydraulic fracturing, and pipelines, etc?

What would you do to promote job growth in our state?

Please indicate three additional state priority issues for you (not already listed in this questionnaire) and explain how you would address them.

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Qualifications/Experience Member of NYS Bar, JD from Brooklyn Law School. Current Councilwoman of Closter, elected in 2015. Serving on Human Resources, Public Works and Public Safety. Past member of Ordinance Committee.
NJ has become increasingly more expensive for homeowners and a large part of that can be attributed to high property taxes. Property taxes are used for local services with public school funding taking up the largest portion. I believe the solution has to be divided between school funding and municipal spending. One way of helping decrease the property tax burden in our municipalities would be to hold the state’s feet to the fire and make sure that we prioritize spending on the school funding formula to ensure that our schools are fully funded and the responsibility of making up the gap does not fall on our communities.

As for municipal spending I would encourage shared services. There are many towns in District 39 that have small population sizes that can benefit from shared services
Our pension payments should be guaranteed to those who have been diligently paying into the system. The State must create a step-by-step realistic plan to fully fund the pension. The pension should not be hedged in high-risk investments and going forward the funds should never be diverted to other uses. This money must be paid back and the State must find revenue streams or surplus funds that can be put into the pension system. The bottom line is the state must responsibly make its annual payments into the pension system. It is also important to note that making the required pension payments regularly is fiscally responsible as well as simply being the right thing to do.
New Jersey has to continue investing in solar power forms. Homeowners need to be incentivized to install solar panels. Renewable energy projects should be highly encouraged. The State should play a role in encouraging and subsidizing the use of solar energy for local municipalities, which would have a positive impact on local budgets. Today, solar energy options for homeowners are still cost prohibitive for most. This has to become a better economic option and developers should also receive tax credits/incentives for building in solar and renewable energy components. I am against hydraulic fracturing because of the significant environmental concerns. We need to become dependent on renewable energy projects for this reason.
In recent years our State has seen an exodus of large corporations. This goes to the heart of promoting job growth. We need to promote our State to be business friendly. In Montvale we have seen some major corporations relocate to other states because remaining here no longer made financial sense. When they leave they not only take jobs with them but they also take a qualified workforce. Economic stability, strong workforce, competitive marketplace and financial incentives are all factors that corporations look for when choosing a place of business. Another way to positively affect job growth is for the State to place a priority on higher education.
1. Women’s Health Our current state administration has put women’s health support at risk. This is an issue that is more important now than ever as the federal government moves towards defunding services the state will be our last line of defense. Funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood is not ancillary but fundamental. 2. Education Full day kindergarten should be mandatory in all publicly funded schools. Investment into our children’s education will yield a better economic outcome for our entire state. 3. Transportation Infrastructure We need a comprehensive program fixing and modernizing our transportation infrastructure. We must also increase access to public transportation to reduce congestion on our roads. Options include Bergen Light Rail and NJ Transit routes.
Qualifications/Experience I am a State Assembly candidate for NJ Legislative District in NJ Legislative District 39. I have spent my adult life involved in my community and fundraising for various non profits.
I would propose to close loopholes to the higher income individuals so everyone pays their fair share. I would encourage legislation that would assure that personal income tax goes to public education which is what it was designed for iniatilally lessening the dependence on property taxes towards our schools.
Chapter 78's health provision began expiring in June 2016. Monies paid into the pensions should stay in the pensions not used to balance NJ budget. In addition, investing money in high risk hedge funds are not a good long term solution. Healthcare contracts should be decided through negotiations not through legislation. We need to protect this concept and ensure that the next governor does uphold their end of the bargain after the failure of Governor Christie to keep his word.
This is a complex issue, I would not support drilling offshore of NJ. I support the communities in BC that oppose the pipeline going through their environmentally sensitive communities. I support alternative energy sources and public investment in them such as; solar, turbines, in the state of NJ. Our family is so invested that we have placed solar panels at our factory in Northvale NJ almost a decade ago. If an environment is suffering then I worry about the health of the children and the air that we breathe. for me, it is a health issue.
More jobs equals a growing middle class and I support jobs that would support sustainability of families. We NEED to have a great public transportation/infrastructure system. I would introduce and support legislation that improves and maintains public transportation and infrastructure. We are (according to statistics) losing millennia's I would do whatever I could to increase job growth in that sector, including legislation that would encourage businesses to employ our children after college education. Jobs that are education based are proven to employ younger generations, there is no reason why this should not be the case in NJ.
Health and Wellness with an emphasis placed on Opioid addiction. I would want to expand the current HART (turn yourself in) to every municipality in the district (state for that matter) as of now it is only at Paramus PD. I would support tuition free education for Technical and Public Colleges, this issue has been brought up and I would support education at this level. It's a disgrace that NJ is 49th or 50th (depending on who you listen to) in receiving back funds from the federal government so I will urge all of our congressional delegation to go after every dime we have paid out. We are the most densely populated state in the nation and we need to get a better ROI. Business's demand this so why not citizens?
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