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September 11, 2013

 

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SARLO STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11

 

    TRENTON – Senator Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen, issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of 9-11:

            “Twelve years have passed since the infamously tragic day when the terrorist attacks on our country took the lives of thousands of innocent Americans and changed our lives in ways that still matter. For those who lost loved ones that day or over the years since in service to our country in Afghanistan or Iraq, our condolences, thoughts, and prayers remain with you. For the men and women who serve in the military, as police officers, firefighters or emergency responders, we continue to support you and value your sacrifices.
“The tragedy and loss of that day brought out the best in us. We came together as Americans, united by the values and ideals that transcend any differences or divisions of the past. We shouldn’t lose that sense of shared purpose to the passing of time. The experience of 9-11 will always matter.”    

 

 

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June 27, 2013

 

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FUNDING FOR PASSAIC RIVER FLOOD CONTROL APPROVED BY SENATE

 

Sarlo Bill Would Provide $3 Million For Regional Projects

 

TRENTON – Working to prevent the flooding that has repeatedly caused so much costly damage to communities in thePassaic River Basin, legislation that would allocate $3 million for flood control work was approved by the Senate on Thursdayand sent to the governor.

 

Sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo, the bill, S-1781/A-2675, would re-appropriate $3 million from the states “Dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Water Resources and Wastewater Treatment Project Bond Act of 2003” to dredge the lower Passaic River to help prevent and control flooding. The funds were made available due to savings and deferrals on other projects.

 

“The Passaic River Basin has repeatedly caused destructive damage to flood-prone communities over the years and Superstorm Sandy added to this history of destruction,” said Senator Sarlo. “We have to act to do what we can to prevent future flooding, to help limit the damage and to aid the victims. This funding will help communities in the area protect themselves.”

 

Senator Sarlo said the towns that would be helped include North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, East Rutherford and Wallington, communities that have experienced serious flooding over the years and suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy.

 

Working to find additional ways to prevent and mitigate flooding in the region, Senator Sarlo introduced separate legislation that would expand the role of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission to include flood control. The focus would be on the Hackensack River, Berry’s Creek and the cities and towns exposed to their flood waters, including North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, East Rutherford, Carlstadt, Wood-Ridge, Moonachie, Teterboro, Little Ferry, South Hackensack and Ridgefield.

 

“The Meadowlands Commission has a regional responsibility and experience that should be utilized to help with flood control,” said Senator Sarlo. “Flooding has become an increasingly-serious problem in the district so we should make sure that the skills and resources of the commission are used to help these communities.”

 

The bill would require that the master plan include flood-control provisions.

 

Senator Sarlo said that he would continue to work with state officials and FEMA on Sandy recovery and to help the towns still recovering from the storm protect themselves against future storms and the flooding they trigger.

 

“I will continue to work with state and federal officials to make sure that their commitment to recovery continues to include towns in this area,” said Senator Sarlo. ‘This includes preventive efforts as well as recovery work.”

 

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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2013
Contact: Chris Eilert, office 201-804-8118

 

Sarlo Secures Tax Relief in State Budget for Meadowlands Towns
Funding Will Help Deliver Fairness to “Paying Towns” under Meadowlands Tax Sharing

TRENTON – The budget agreement reached among legislators and the governor for Fiscal Year 2014 will include $6 million to help bring fairness to the 14 municipalities involved in the Meadowlands tax sharing program, Senator Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee announced on Thursday.
The funding added to the state budget through negotiations includes $6,000,000 for the seven municipalities that pay into the tax sharing arrangement, covering approximately 80 percent of their costs. The funding will provide much needed tax relief for the seven paying towns, while the administration and legislators continue to work together in the coming months to devise a broader long-term solution. 
Under the tax sharing formula, the approximate savings for the seven paying towns will be: Carlstadt - $1,598,000, Little Ferry - $424,000, Lyndhurst - $540,000, Moonachie - $340,000, South Hackensack - $279,000, North Bergen - $525,000 and Secaucus - $2,318,000.  The amount of money that receiving towns (East Rutherford, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Rutherford, Jersey City and Kearny) will get from the tax sharing fund will remain unchanged.
"These towns have lived with an outdated and unfair tax sharing requirement for too long,” said Senator Sarlo, who worked to get the state funding included in a very tight budget. “Many of us have tried for years to have the state pay for the tax sharing program but governors from both parties have repeatedly refused. This year, we succeeded. However, I won’t consider the problem solved until we have a permanent solution that provides the money that receiving towns deserve without burdening the sending towns.”

Tax sharing was devised in the early 1970s as a means to share the costs and benefits of regional zoning in the Meadowlands region. The Inter-municipal Tax Sharing Program was established to create a fair and equitable method of distributing the benefits and expenses of economic development and land use decisions made amongst the 14 Meadowlands District municipalities.

The idea was to create a fiscal device to share the benefits of development, with some areas zoned for industrial, commercial and residential use and others for parks, highways, open space and other non-taxable public uses. The tax sharing plan was designed to balance inequities so that the region could be developed as a unit with town-to-town equality, but over the years the concept has become obsolete and the formula completely unfair, Senator Sarlo noted.

 

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SARLO ACTS TO HELP PASSAIC RIVER FLOOD CONTROL
Bergen Senator Also Moves To Expand Role of Meadowlands Commission to Include Flood Control
 
TRENTON – Working to prevent the flooding that has repeatedly caused so much costly damage to communities in the Passaic River Basin, Senator Paul Sarlo had legislation that would allocate $3 million to flood control work approved by a Senate committee and he introduced a separate bill to expand the role of the Meadowlands Commission to include flood mitigation.
 
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Senator Sarlo, on Thursday approved a bill, S-1781, which would re-appropriate $3 million from the states “dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Water Resources and Wastewater treatment Project Bond Act of 2003” to dredge the lower Passaic River to help prevent and control flooding. The funds were made available due to savings and deferrals on other projects.
 
“Flooding has repeatedly inflicted extensive and expensive damage to communities in the Passaic River Basin,” said Senator Sarlo. “The recent storms with names including Sandy, Irene and Floyd are the latest but they won’t be the last if we don’t act to reduce the threat and protect against the terrible damage flood waters can cause.”
 
Senator Sarlo said the towns that would be helped include North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, East Rutherford and Wallington, communities that have experienced serious flooding over the years from hurricanes and tropical storms.
 
Working to find additional ways to prevent and mitigate flooding in the region, Senator Sarlo introduced legislation on Thursday that would expand the role of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission to include flood control. The focus would be on the Hackensack River, Berry’s Creek and the cities and towns exposed to their flood waters, including Carlstadt, Wood-Ridge, Moonachie, Teterboro, Little Ferry and South Hackensack.
 
“The Meadowlands Commission is experienced in a wide range of responsibilities that impact land use, engineering and planning in the area, including the implementation of a master plan for the Hackensack Meadowlands District,” said Senator Sarlo. “Flooding has become an increasingly-serious problem in the district so we should make sure that the skills and resources of the commission are used to help these communities.”
 
The bill would require that the master plan include flood-control provisions.
 
Senator Sarlo said that he would continue to work with state officials and FEMA on Sandy recovery and to help protect the towns still recovering from the storm protect themselves against future storms and the flooding they trigger.
 
“ Sandy caused just as much damage in Bergen County as it did to the Jersey Shore so I will continue to work with state and federal officials to make sure that their commitment to recovery continues to include towns in this area,” said Senator Sarlo. “This includes preventive efforts as well as recovery work.”
 
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