It’s National Pizza Month and given the love Americans share for this historic food, New Jersey Senator Gerald Cardinale is sending pizza today to Congress to encourage Republicans and Democrats to come together and solve the federal shut down.
“Americans this morning remain angry, concerned and confused as to why the world’s greatest democracy is not adequately functioning or serving them,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “My staff and I have heard from constituents asking me to do something about this shut down. Rather than just pointing out that our representatives are acting like children, I thought establishing a common bond for those in Washington could help drive a solution.”
New Jersey Psychiatric Association Backs Cardinale Measure to Expand Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
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.”
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.”
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.”
Cardinale Introduces Bill to Require Colleges Provide Greater Assistance to Students With Military Obligations
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.
“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.”
Cardinale Introduces Bill Expanding Court Action to Send Patients With Mental Illness to Outpatient Treatment
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.
Cardinale to Announce Bill Requiring Colleges Provide Greater Support to Students With Military Obligations
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
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:
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.
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.