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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

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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Senator Gerald Cardinale

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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Cardinale, O’Toole, Bateman & Beck Speak Out on Harris Rejection

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this joint statement following the committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Once again, the committee’s majority has applied unsound arguments and unreasonable standards to the confirmation process to mask partisan, ideological motives for rejecting a well-qualified nominee.

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Cardinale Submits Legislation to Save Bergen Taxpayers Millions on Policing

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, Passaic, submitted legislation today to consolidate the Bergen County Police Department into the county Sheriff’s Office.

“According to Sheriff Saudino this move saves taxpayers $17 million at the end of three years,” Cardinale said. “New Jerseyans should no longer be forced to pay for duplicative services.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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