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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

New Jersey Psychiatric Association Backs Cardinale Measure to Expand Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

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Senator Gerald Cardinale said today that the New Jersey Psychiatric Association’s recently released position paper supporting involuntary outpatient commitment for patients with mental illness shows the importance of taking action on legislation he’s sponsored to authorize courts in any county in New Jersey to order patients with mental illness to partake in outpatient treatment.

In its position paper the NJPA highlighted the success of involuntary outpatient commitment programs in addressing the negative and potentially dangerous consequences of untreated mental illness. The NJPA expressed support for Senator Cardinale’s S2828, stating it “supports legislation that materially strengthens the availability and effective implementation of involuntary outpatient commitment in New Jersey.”

“As the NJPA found, the nature of a mental illness often makes it difficult for a patient to recognize their own illness and ability to choose on their own to accept needed treatment,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Unfortunately, the consequences of untreated mental illness can be tragic. Those who are left to suffer without treatment face escalated risk of unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and either being a victim or perpetrator of violence.”

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Christie Signs Cardinale Measure to Permit Sharing Fire Equipment

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to encourage local units to enter into joint agreements to purchase fire equipment.

Senator Cardinale’s bill S-1918 is designed to streamline local government and therefore ease the burden on tax payers.

“This cost saving public safety measure is long past due,” said Cardinale. “Fire equipment is an obvious public safety necessity but comes at a stiff price. It is common sense that local entities should be able to join together to buy this highly expensive equipment, such as fire trucks, which can cost around $500,000 each.”

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Cardinale Announces Bill to Authorize Inmate Landfill Recycling Programs

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Senator Gerald Cardinale announced today he’s sponsoring legislation aimed at reducing the amount of recyclable waste in New Jersey landfills by encouraging inmate landfill recycling programs.

“Every year exorbitant amounts of recyclable materials end up in landfills across New Jersey, endangering local environments and costing taxpayers and businesses millions of dollars in waste removal fees,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “It’s time we think outside the box to curb this continual cycle of waste.”

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Cardinale Introduces Bill to Require Colleges Provide Greater Assistance to Students With Military Obligations

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Senator Gerald Cardinale joined with military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on Friday to announce legislation requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our military members who are also in college shouldn’t be penalized in the classroom because of the many sacrifices they make outside of it in protecting our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “We need to ensure that all colleges and professors are providing appropriate support when military duties take students away from classes.”

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Cardinale Introduces Bill Expanding Court Action to Send Patients With Mental Illness to Outpatient Treatment

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Senator Gerald Cardinale introduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that would authorize courts in any county in New Jersey to order patients with mental illness to partake in outpatient treatment. Currently, only six counties have taken advantage of legislation enacted in 2009 that enabled an involuntary outpatient treatment program.

“For many who suffer from certain mental illnesses, the disease itself makes it impossible for them to recognize that they are ill,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passiac). “Therefore, informed consent to treatment becomes an impossible and frustrating problem. Often these folks are periodically in and out of institutions and eventually too many commit acts of violence against themselves or others.

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Cardinale to Announce Bill Requiring Colleges Provide Greater Support to Students With Military Obligations

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Senator Gerald Cardinale will announce legislation requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

When: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: American Legion Post 153; 118 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge, NJ 07656

Who: Senator Gerald Cardinale; Bob Salvini, County Commander of Bergen County American Legion; Bill Thomson, Junior Vice Commander VFW Eastern Conference

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Courier-Post Urges the Creation of Cardinale’s Commission to Lower College Tuition

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The Courier-Post published this editorial today urging the formation Senator Gerald Cardinale’s commission to analyze and help solve rising college tuition costs in New Jersey. The state Assembly needs to vote to establish this commission.

Senate Republicans are also urging Legislative Democrats to post for vote common-sense initiatives to lower tuition burdens on New Jersey families, including one just signed by Gov. Christie.

Text of today’s Courier-Post editorial:

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Cardinale Urges NJ Assembly to Prevent PLA Expansion, Cost Increases

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The following editorial by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) to urge the state Assembly to vote against a costly and destructive expansion of Project Labor Agreements was published in the Bergen Record on Sunday:

ON JAN. 14, many of my colleagues and I voted against an expansion of project labor agreements, which allow elected officials to funnel more public projects to labor unions of their choice.

Both the motivation and consequences of this bill are equally destructive to bipartisan Sandy recovery efforts. Senate Democrats called a vote on this measure because Governor Christie recently received a labor union endorsement that they felt entitled to, and that union justly opposes this bill.

I oppose this bill because it tilts the playing field in favor of 14 percent of the workforce that is unionized and against 86 percent of non-unionized workers struggling in the aftermath of the Great Recession and superstorm Sandy.

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Senate Approves Cardinale’s ‘Commission on College Tuition’ to Address NJ’s 3rd-Highest Tuition

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The full Senate approved Thursday Senator Gerald Cardinale’s “Commission on College Tuition,” which will address the rising costs of higher education in New Jersey.

“Wednesday, we learned rising tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities average the third-highest in the nation,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Since the early 1980s, the cost of college has increased by a rate more than double the increase of median family income. The average graduate of a four-year New Jersey public or private institution leaves with $23,792 in debt.”

“What’s worse is most students and families incur these harrowing burdens without knowing what actually comprises ever-growing expenses and why certain schools’ tuitions and fees cost more than others,” Cardinale added.

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Committee Passes Cardinale Measure to Permit Sharing Fire Equipment

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced today a bill sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to allow local units to enter into joint agreements to purchase fire equipment.

“You would think this efficiency and public safety measure would already be in place,” Cardinale said. “Towns and schools can ink shared service agreements on everything from recycling to the purchase of office supplies. It makes the most sense to allow local entities to share in the purchase of critical and highly expensive fire equipment, such as trucks which can cost around $500,000 each.”

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