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Lampitt & Coughlin Bill Allowing Commercial Advertising on Toll Plazas to Help Ease Burden on Taxpayers Advancing Toward Law

Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin sponsored to allow commercial advertising and sponsorship on the state’s toll plazas to help ease the burden on taxpayers is advancing toward law.

“With cuts to every part of the budget, government must find new and creative ways to fund transportation projects without going to taxpayers’ pocket books,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Allowing advertisers to pay for space on New Jersey’s toll plazas does just that, without burdening New Jersey’s families.”

Under the bill (A-2407), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority would be authorized to allow the placement of commercial advertising and sponsorship signs on any equipment or materials related to the collection of tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.

“New Jersey is home to the nation’s first and third busiest toll roads,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Companies will jump at the chance pay for advertising access to the toll plazas and taxpayers will reap the benefits.”

The bill was recently released by the Assembly transportation panel and now goes to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if and when to post it for a floor vote.

Constituent Update: NJ SHARES expands eligibility

As of May 29th, constituents may apply for NJ SHARES if their gross monthly income ranges from 176% to 400% of the Federal poverty level (FPL) and they have not received a LIHEAP benefit this heating season. Our office will now refer to the USF chart in to determine income eligibility. For more information, contact our legislative office at 856-435-1247.

Attention Drivers: Construction Shift on 295 starting June 7

The NJ Department of Transportation today put out a letter announcing changes to the construction schedule on Route 295, between exits 45 and 57. For more details, see the letter below from Commissioner Simpson.

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Dear Legislator,

I am writing to inform you of a significant change in an ongoing road reconstruction project that may affect your constituents. As you know, we are in the process of rebuilding a 12-mile section of Interstate 295 in Burlington County, from Interchange 45 (Rancocas-Mt. Holly Rd. in Westampton) to Interchange 57 (Route 130 in Bordentown).

We are accelerating the project schedule in an attempt to complete the work by the end of the year. This will cut about nine months from the project completion date and minimize inconvenience to motorists. It also will ensure a safe and smooth driving surface on all lanes before the return of harsh winter weather that would further deteriorate the roadway.

Starting on the morning of Monday, June 7 and continuing for approximately five days, NJDOT will close one southbound lane of the highway, reducing capacity from three lanes to two. We anticipate congestion for evening peak-period traffic.

For one week, from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, motorists will have the full complement of three lanes available to them for peak-period, peak-direction travel.

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Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Announce 'Senior Freeze' Assistance Days

Office Staff, State Officials to Assist Seniors With Property Tax Reimbursement

(VOORHEES)—Sixth District Legislators Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today announced their offices will assist local senior citizens in filing for “Senior Freeze” property tax relief.

“For seniors living on a fixed income, the ‘Senior Freeze will provide real property tax savings,” said Beach. “This program will help eligible residents continue to make their homes in New Jersey.”

“In these tough economic times, the ‘Senior Freeze’ provides much-needed property tax relief,” said Greenwald. “With Governor Christie proposal to suspend property tax rebates and not allowing new enrollees into the ‘Senior Freeze,’ local residents need assistance now more than ever. Our offices stand ready to assist seniors and disabled residents in filing their applications.”

“These ‘Senior Freeze’ Assistance Days will connect residents with representatives of the Division of Taxation to ensure their applications are filed smoothly and efficiently,” said Lampitt.

Event info:

Monday, May 24, 2010 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Camden County College, Rohrer Center
1889 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill
10:00AM-3:00PM
RSVP to Suzanne at 856-429-1572

Thursday, May 27, 2010 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Vogelson Library
203 Laurel Road, Voorhees
10:00AM-3:00PM
RSVP to Suzanne at 856-429-1572

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