Valerie's Voice Spring 2017

Dear Friend,

“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”  
- Madeleine M. Kunin

After an active winter, we have begun an active spring.

 

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Happy Holidays

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Valerie's Voice September 2016

Dear Friend,

It has been a busy summer working in my district office, and as I return to the Statehouse, I look forward to continuing a productive legislative session.

I am proud to be part of Politicker NJ Observer’s Elected Officials Powerlist 2016. As one of the few women on this list, I understand the importance of encouraging more women to get involved in the legislative process.

However, as a member of Politicker NJ Observer’s 30 Most Influential Women in Politics, I know that I am in good company with other women in the Statehouse.

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Valerie's Voice DNC Convention Edition

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Last week was quite an emotional one for me as I attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) as a delegate for Hillary Clinton. Each day invoked a powerful theme of our collective values as Americans and how we all deserve a chance to live up to our God-given potential. A simple but powerful overarching message was conveyed – bridges are better than walls and we are stronger together when we all share in the opportunity of the American Dream.

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Valerie's Voice June 2016

Dear Friend,

As we kick off the summer with Independence Day celebrations and trips to the Jersey Shore, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some important legislative accomplishments and exciting news both from Trenton and around our District.

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

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It is an extreme honor that I have been elected to serve as a delegate representing New Jersey at the Democratic National Convention this upcoming July in Philadelphia. Words cannot express what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to stand on the convention floor and cast my vote shattering that glass ceiling and officially ratifying Secretary Clinton as the first female Presidential nominee in history.

As a delegate representing you, I will be able to lend my voice in setting our national party’s agenda and advocating for the values that we find so important and essential.

 

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Valerie's Voice Spring 2016

Dear Friend:

For the past ten years, you have given me the distinct honor of representing District 37 in the New Jersey Assembly. Together, with your continuous support and encouragement, we have been able to accomplish many feats both in Bergen County and in Trenton. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event celebrating this milestone. The evening was a huge success filled with many memories and we had fun looking back at all we have achieved together.

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Valerie's Voice February 2016

Dear Friend:

As I begin my sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing District 37 in the 217th legislative session, I look forward to continuing to advocate for our community.

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The members of the 217th New Jersey General Assembly at the Swearing-in Ceremony

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Valerie Voice Fall 2015

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Valerie's Voice July 2015

Dear Friend,

As we kick off summer with Independence Day celebrations and trips to the Jersey Shore, I am excited to share with you some big legislative accomplishments for District 37 and New Jersey.

Major Port Authority Reform Achieved

For the first time in decades, New Jersey and New York have come together to create binding change at the Port Authority. A transparency bill I have championed for several years was finally signed into law last week, bringing us a critical step closer to reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. A3350/S2183 subjects PANYNJ to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act and the New York Freedom of Information Law. Now, PANYJ must do more than talk about being open to the public. It must actually adhere to the open records laws of two states.

Helping our Loved Ones Manage Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Aphasia

In recognizing the national Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and New Jersey’s Aphasia Awareness Month, I moved forward several legislative initiatives to help individuals with dementia and their families. First, both the Assembly and Senate passed my bill A1102/S1145 to regulate memory care homes and require them to be overseen by the Department of Health. Second, I introduced A4639/S3071 to establish the NJ Aphasia Task Force to assess the needs of individuals with Aphasia and their families and address any issues in accessing services and supports. 

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Valerie's Voice Spring 2015

Dear Friend,

I would like to take a moment to update you on what has been a busy Spring in Trenton and around District 37. 

Suiting Our Warriors Foundation “Dress Our Vets” Clothing Drive

I joined the “Dress Our Vets” clothing drive sponsored by the Suiting Warriors Foundation to help female veterans transition back into civilian life. Our veterans give so much of themselves so it is an honor to give back by providing much-needed professional attire for job interviews and work in office settings. The clothing drive was a success and I look forward to doing it again in the future. 

 

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