• Sweeney Calls for the Suspension of Cancellation Fees

    Trenton – In another call to the business community, Senate President Steve Sweeney urged companies with subscription-based billing today to suspend the fees associated with early termination:READ MORE »

    “This is a time of collaboration, compassion, forgiveness and action. Lawmakers are working around the clock with businesses, non-profit organizations and social services so we can all weather this public health crisis in a way that will have the least impact on our communities and our economy.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Identifies Actions to Provide Economic Relief From Impact of Coronavirus

    Trenton –Senate President Steve Sweeney today identified a series of actions both legislative and administrative that would help provide economic relief from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The initiatives would help mitigate the financial consequences of the public health crisis for New Jersey residents.READ MORE »

    “Protecting the health and safety of the public is the top priority, but we should also take what actions we can to minimize the economic impact on individuals, families and businesses in New Jersey,” said Senator Sweeney. “The financial consequences can have a real and lasting impact on people and businesses across the state.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Joins with NJEA in Landmark Agreement to Realize Health Care Savings

    Plan Will Produce More Than $1 Billion in Annual Savings for Property Taxpayers & EducatorsREAD MORE »

    Trenton –Senate President Steve Sweeney and Marie Blistan, the President of the New Jersey Education Association, joined together to announce a landmark agreement that will produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for taxpayers and educators by providing a new health benefits plan with reduced contributions by NJEA members and major cost savings for local property taxpayers.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Scutari Bill Would Extend Project Labor Agreements

    Trenton – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Nick Scutari that would extend the use of project labor agreements to more types of public building projects. The bill, S-1370, would extend PLAs to projects for highways, bridges, pumping stations, or water and sewage treatment plants.READ MORE »

    “These agreements result in higher quality of work and safer conditions for workers,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “They also help ensure that projects are completed on time, which prevents delays and extra expenses. They are good for workers and the taxpayers.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Singleton Bill Would Fund Pay Hike for Direct Care Workers

    Trenton – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Troy Singleton that would provide $16.5 million to fund pay increases for the direct care workers who provide care for the disabled. The additional funds would increase the existing appropriation of $40 million this year to a total of $56.5 million.READ MORE »

    “The service providers who are on the frontline providing care for the disabled should be fully appreciated and valued for their service,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “I have a lot of respect for these dedicated workers because I understand and appreciate the type of work they do. This is additional funding that will help provide them with a living wage.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Praises $50 Million In Support of Special Needs Housing

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney today praised the action by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to provide $50 million for affordable housing for residents with special needs.READ MORE »

    “Supportive housing for those with special needs is a critical priority in New Jersey,” said Senator Sweeney, the Legislature’s top advocate for those with developmental disabilities and other special needs. “These are some of our most vulnerable citizens who have the ability to live full and meaningful lives if they are provided with basic services, including affordable housing.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Plan Would Provide Stable Financial Support to NJ Transit

    Proposal would dedicate $500 million from Corporate Business Tax, NJ Turnpike and Clean Energy FundREAD MORE »

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney today unveiled a plan to dedicate $500 million a year from the Corporation Business Tax, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Clean Energy Fund to New Jersey Transit’s operating budget, providing much-needed financial stability to the embattled agency.READ MORE »

  • Third District Legislators Attend 19th Annual Community Awards Banquet

    West Deptford – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro attended the Calvary Community Development Corporation 19th Annual Community Awards Banquet, where the late Reverend Dr. Edward Dorn and others were honored.READ MORE »

    “It was an honor to be able to attend this banquet and to witness firsthand how these recipients have helped their communities,” said Senator Sweeney.  “These citizens are model examples of what it means to go above and beyond for the greater good of society.  Each and every one of them have done so much for Salem County and I am eternally grateful.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Tours the Kuehne Chemical Company

    Kearny – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured the Kuehne Chemical Company today, a 100-year-old manufacturing company headquartered in Kearny, NJ. In addition to the New Jersey location, the company also has facilities in New Castle, DE, and New Haven, CT, and employs more than 150 people.READ MORE »

    Kuehne is considered critical for the state’s infrastructure needs because it supplies sodium hypochlorite for the potable water and waste water treatment facilities. Its products are used primarily to sanitize water in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southern New England regions. The facility has been commended in recent years for its dedication to becoming more environmentally friendly through constructing a brine-to-bleach plant in Kearny, and for reducing the company’s chlorine consumption by 90 percent.  In addition, the brine-to-bleach plant dramatically reduces its carbon footprint by using a by-product to offset the natural gas needed in order to run the plant’s boilers.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Visits Montclair State University’s Center for Environmental Sciences

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured Montclair State University’s Center for Environmental Sciences today.  The lab has been working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections to help combat harmful algae blooms which plagued New Jersey’s freshwater lakes in recent summers.READ MORE »

    “It is amazing to see our students and faculty helping to tackle major environmental problems currently affecting New Jersey, and the country,” said Senate President Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Through actively taking on these water preservation efforts, the center helps keep New Jersey’s water clean and safe as well as train the state’s future water scientists. I am very proud of the work that they have accomplished so far and I am looking forward to seeing how they will help the state combat the growing water quality crisis in the years to come.”READ MORE »