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N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services Statement on H1N1 Influenza Cases

TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that samples sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday indicate that five New Jersey residents have confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza. All five individuals were listed as probable cases as a result of testing conducted at the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton.

“We have been on top of this from the start and will continue to be vigilant as long as the threat to public safety exists,” Governor Corzine said. “There is no need for alarm but we must all be aware of the situation. I want to assure the people of New Jersey that we are doing everything in our power to contain the spread of this flu virus.”

All five individuals had a mild case of H1N1 Influenza. None were hospitalized and all are recovering at home. The individuals with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza are:

A 43-year old Monmouth County female
A 22-year old Bergen County female
A 14-year old Burlington County male
A 10-year old Burlington County female
A 47-year old Burlington County male

The three Burlington County cases were members of the same family. The two Burlington County children did not attend school before becoming sick and have not returned to school.

Four of the five individuals recently travelled to Mexico. The fifth travelled to California.

Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Promote Event to Prevent Identity Theft

Urge Residents to Attend Camden County’s ‘Spring Shredding’ for Personal Documents

(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today urged residents of the 6th Legislative District to attend a ‘Spring Shredding’ event hosted by Camden County to prevent identity theft.

“With identity theft still a serious threat to residents, it’s important for families and seniors to destroy documents that contain sensitive information, like bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and other identifying documents,” said Beach.

Sponsored by Camden County, the ‘Spring Shredding’ is scheduled for May 2nd. During the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to destroy their documents containing sensitive personal information that might be used by criminals engaging in identity theft. The event will feature industrial size shredder trucks on site.

“In these troubled economic times, identity theft can be a crushing blow to individuals and families,” said Greenwald. “Shredding private personal information can go a long way in foiling potential identity thieves.”

“It can take years for victims of identity theft to regain control of their financial lives,” said Lampitt. “In just a few minutes at ‘Spring Shredding,’ residents can avoid prolonged financial turmoil by destroying sensitive information before it falls into the hands of criminals.”

Chiappone/ Wisniewski/ Lampitt/ Barnes/ McKeon Package to Improve Teen Driver Safety Now Law

(TRENTON)–Measures sponsored by Assembly members Anthony Chiappone, John S. Wisniewski, Pamela R. Lampitt, Peter J. Barnes III and John F. McKeon to improve teen driver safety in New Jersey was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

The bills implement top recommendations of the state’s Teen Driver Study Commission.

“We need to give newly minted drivers the tools they need to become safe, responsible motorists,” said Chiappone (D-Hudson), who served on the commission. “Encouraging safe driving practices, enhancing penalties for bad driving and increasing the amount of time required behind the wheel will go a long way toward that goal.”

“The only way to become better at anything is through practice, and driving is no exception,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee. “Providing teen drivers with adequate behind-the-wheel time, standardized driver education and a healthy respect for the consequences of bad driving will help make them safer, more responsible motorists.”

“This package will help reinforce the message to teens that driving is a privilege, not a right,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “We need to better impress upon teens that getting behind the wheel carries with it real and tremendous responsibility for their passengers, other drivers and, most importantly, themselves.”

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Measures Become Law

(TRENTON) – Gov. Jon S. Corzine today signed into law three Assembly Democratic measures designed to improve energy efficiency, expand solar and wind energy production and promote solar energy usage in new homes.

The first bill (A-1558) sponsored by Assemblywomen Linda R. Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pamela R. Lampitt promotes the installation of solar energy panels in newly constructed homes.

“We can vastly improve the quality of life for all New Jersey families by encouraging investment in solar energy systems in all new houses,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “Sound public policy and environmentally responsible practices can come together to provide dividends for generations.”

The new law requires a developer of 25 or more residential units to offer to install a solar energy system when a prospective owner enters into negotiations, provided installation of such a system is technically feasible as determined by the Department of Community Affairs in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities.

“We must reduce our reliance on increasingly expensive fossil fuels by making use of renewable energy resources that can save consumers money and reduce the burden on our precious natural resources,” said Watson Coleman (D-Mercer). “By using solar energy for heat and electricity we can significantly decrease dangerous greenhouse gases emissions.”

Assembly Panel Clears 10-Bill Package to Improve Internet Safety

Comprehensive Package Stems from Attorney General Milgram’s Initiatives; Would Enhance Penalties and Laws to Protect Children on the Internet

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously released a sweeping 10-bill package Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and 13 other Assembly Democratic lawmakers sponsored that would give law enforcement enhanced abilities to crackdown on child Internet crimes.

The 10-bill package, among other things, would upgrade penalties and crimes for offenders who communicate in a harassing, sexually offensive or abusive manner with minors on Web sites and through electronic communication.

The bills are part of Attorney General Anne Milgram’s Internet safety initiatives.

“This 10-bill package would give law enforcement the tools they need to better protect children who use the Internet for education and recreation,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer), who is sponsoring each bill. “No longer will Web sites be the playgrounds of criminals looking to prey on vulnerable children.”