Nia H. Gill

07 Feb: Rice / Gill Take On Gangs With Advancing Legislation

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Nia H. Gill which would create a 26-member Gangland Security Task Force to examine the activities of adult and youth gangs and the effect that these gangs have on the communities in which they operate, was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today.

“After September 11th, the federal government created an office of homeland security to deal with terror, in particular attacks from those living outside this country,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “We also must be protected from a real threat that is going on everyday in our own neighborhoods. The stories about gang involvement in a prescription drug ring in North Jersey demonstrates that the frightening reality of gang-related crime is everywhere.”

03 Feb: Gill Measure Would Work To Combat Human Trafficking

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would criminalize human trafficking and upgrade the penalties for similar crimes was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“For thousands of years, people have been selling other humans for financial gain,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. ” No one should have the right to sell another person- It’s inhumane and barbaric, and it shows the lack of respect some people have for their fellow man.”

03 Feb: Gill Bill To Ease Transition For The Elderly Moving To Senior Communities Passes Senate Committee

TRENTON – The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would permit senior citizen tenants to terminate their leases early when accepted into an assisted living or retirement community.

“There comes a point in many seniors’ lives when they realize it is no longer possible for them to live on their own,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “Unfortunately, this realization doesn’t conveniently come at the end of their residential lease. Our seniors shouldn’t be economically penalized because of the effects of the passage of time. They should be free to move to an assisted living community when they and their family feel it is the right time.”

24 Jan: Gill Measure Would Afford Increased Rights To Foreign Adoptions

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would provide the foreign adoptions the same rights afforded to those done domestically was unanimously approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee.

“This is a bill that ensures family stability,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “This bill would make New Jersey family law consistent with the spirit of the Federal Child Citizenship Act. Families would no longer have to go through a process of re-adopting their children.”

06 Dec: Gill Measure Would Provide $250,000 To Develop Morris Canal Park

WEST PATERSON BOROUGH – A measure sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would appropriate $250,000 in low-interest loans to help restore and further develop Morris Canal Park has been unanimously approved by the Senate.

“The funding that is being allocated for West Paterson will help restore existing and create new projects to beautify the area surrounding Morris Canal Park,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic.

25 Feb: Making The Northeast Connection: The Underground Railroad In New Jersey

Few people are aware of the important role that New Jersey played in the Underground Railroad Movement and how central this role was in the successful freeing of tens of thousands of Africans held in bondage in the American South. More important even than numbers freed, though, is the abstract contribution towards emancipation made by New Jersey residents, black and white, who participated in the state’s Underground Railroad network.

Despite its northern locale, New Jersey was not a “free state”–one which fugitive slaves could reach and find freedom. To the contrary, New Jersey participated in the practice of slavery almost from the time the first African slaves arrived in North America at the beginning of the 17th century. By 1726, New Jersey slaves numbered roughly 2,600, approximately 8% of the colony’s population at the time. Twenty years later, this number had nearly doubled.