Linda Greenstein

10 Jan: Norcross/Greenstein Bill To Create Statewide Searchable Database Listing Public Job, Bidding Opportunities Sent To Governor

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available public jobs and government contracts was today approved by both houses of the Legislature.

“Job seekers shouldn’t have to search numerous locations to track down which public agencies are hiring,” said Senator Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we should be looking to make this information as easily accessible as possible. This bill will ensure that public job listings are posted in a central location, providing residents with information about openings, as well as bidding opportunities, with just the click of a mouse.”

“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to job seekers, giving them instant access to public employment listings from up and down the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure that residents looking for work in the public sector have a wealth of information at their fingertips and a greater chance of finding a job.”

15 Dec: Greenstein / De Angelo: All-Aboard NJ Transit’s One-Way Trip To Enormous Fees For Riders

HAMILTON TWP. – Following today’s news reports about NJ Transit’s proposal to increase parking fees at up to 140 transit parking lots across the state, Senator Linda R. Greenstein and Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo expressed outrage that commuters are going to be asked once again to spend more money to use mass transit.

According to news reports, fees for commuters parking at transit stops may increase by as much as $40 per month – an increase of almost $500 per year. Commuters already are paying more for transit fares as a result of large increases put in place by NJ Transit during the spring of 2010.

“Nearly every aspect of mass transit commuting is becoming more expensive for middle-class riders to get to and from work or travel around our state. Commuters simply can not afford more fee increases whether it’s to pay for a seat on a train or park their car at the bus stop,” said Greenstein (D-Plainsboro).

14 Dec: Weinberg-Greenstein Bill To Expand Loan Program For Small, Minority And Women-Owned Businesses Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Linda Greenstein which would expand the eligibility for New Jersey-based small, women-owned, or minority-owned businesses to receive Economic Development Authority (EDA)-backed loans reserved for businesses in designated urban centers was unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The urban center loan program has been a useful tool to encourage business growth in our most densely-populated communities,” said Senator Weinberg. “However, we shouldn’t restrict regional redevelopment and revitalization to our state’s urban core. By allowing small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses in regional planning areas to take advantage of the direct loans available to urban-based businesses, we can encourage job growth and investment in needed areas of the State from a more diverse group of business owners.”

14 Dec: Greenstein Honored For Stewardship Of Public Libraries

MONROE TWP. – In recognition of her long-standing dedication to supporting New Jersey’s public libraries, Senator Linda R. Greenstein was recently honored by two distinguished library organizations that are in the forefront in consistently advocating for community-based libraries and the New Jersey State Library.

On Monday, December 13, 2010, Greenstein received the Public Official of the Year Award from the Libraries of Middlesex County at their 2010 Awards Reception held at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick. Last month, Greenstein was honored with the Lifelong Dedication Award by the New Jersey Library Champions, an organization aimed at supporting the New Jersey State Library and raising awareness about the benefits of public libraries.