Nicholas P. Scutari

24 Mar: Lesniak, Scutari Call For Pardon For Man Sentenced To Prison In Medicinal Marijuana Case

TRENTON – Calling a Franklin Township man’s five-year prison sentence for growing marijuana used to alleviate his suffering from multiple sclerosis “cruel, unusual and unnecessary,” Senators Raymond J. Lesniak and Nicholas P. Scutari (both D-Union) today called on Governor Chris Christie to issue a pardon in the case.

A state court last week sentenced John Ray Wilson to five years in prison for growing marijuana in his backyard. Wilson – who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) and used the drug only to alleviate his symptoms – was given the minimum term for second-degree drug manufacturing and a three-year sentence for possession.

19 Mar: Census 2010 Awareness Push: Legislators In The 22nd District Announce Town Hall Meeting

LINDEN – Democratic Legislators from New Jersey’s 22nd District today announced that they will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7 PM at the Rahway City Council Chambers to raise awareness of the national 2010 Census among their constituents. Senator Nicholas Scutari, Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Jerry Green stressed the importance of ensuring a precise count of residents both in the district and throughout the State as a whole.

“The need for an accurate count of the residents in our district and in our state has never been greater,” Senator Scutari said. “It is imperative that New Jersey residents receive aid from all possible sources in these tough economic times. There are over 210 federal domestic assistance programs whose funding depends on the Census’ ability to obtain an accurate count. Total participation is key to ensuring that residents receive our fair share of annual federal aid.”

22 Feb: Scutari Bill To Increase Burglary Penalties For Illegal Use Of ‘Bump Keys’ Clears Full Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari which would create penalties for using a “bump key” – a manufactured or modified key used to pick cylinder locks – to commit a burglary was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.

“Because ‘bump keys’ can open up just about any lock, it makes sense to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” said Senator Scutari, D-Linden. “Licensed locksmiths, for example, have a legitimate need for tools like this to come to the aid of homeowners who have forgotten or misplaced a house key; thieves do not. This bill would ban the use of these keys for illegal purposes, and send a message to would-be thieves that using them illegally will not be tolerated.”

22 Feb: Senate Embraces Bipartisan Pension Reforms

TRENTON – The full Senate today overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of legislation to return the state’s pension and benefits system to its original goal of providing for the retirements of rank-and-file public employees and ensure the its long-term viability.

“These reforms are necessary to restore New Jersey’s long-term fiscal footing and return sanity to a pension and benefits system that was allowed to spiral out of control,” said Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “Without these changes, the state would soon have no option but to break its promise to career public servants.”

18 Feb: Committee OK’S Bipartisan Pension Reform Bills; Sweeping Package To Be Voted On By Senate Monday

TRENTON – A bipartisan package of legislation that would complete the unfinished business of reforming the state’s public employee pension and benefits system first begun nearly four years ago was today unanimously released by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

The four bills would return the pension and benefits system to its original goal of ensuring the retirements of rank-and-file public employees and constitutionally require government to meet its annual pension obligations.

09 Feb: Senate Leaders Promise Swift Action On Bipartisan Pension Reform Bills

TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Thomas Kean announced that bipartisan legislation to complete the unfinished business of reforming the state’s public employee pension and benefits system first begun nearly four years ago was formally introduced last night in the Senate.

The four bills would return the pension and benefits system to its original goal of ensuring the retirements of rank-and-file public employees and constitutionally require government to meet its annual pension obligations.

04 Feb: Scutari Bill To Increase Burglary Penalties For Illegal Use Of ‘Bump Keys’ Clears Senate Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari which would create penalties for using a “bump key” – a manufactured or modified key used to pick cylinder locks – to commit a burglary was unanimously approved today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“By and large, ‘bump keys’ are used by locksmiths to open broken doors and to aid homeowners who have simply forgotten or misplaced a house key,” said Senator Scutari, D-Linden. “Unfortunately, because these keys can open just about any lock, when put into the wrong hands, they can spell disaster for the security of homeowners and their possessions. This bill sends a clear message to would-be thieves that the use of these tools for unlawful purposes will not be tolerated.”

14 Jan: Scutari Measure To Require Palimony Agreements To Be Put In Writing Is Now Law

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari which would prohibit the enforcement of palimony agreements that have not been put in writing, has been signed by Governor Jon Corzine.

“This new law will help to clear up any disputes caused by the ‘he said, she said,’ that often surfaces after the dissolution of a relationship,” said Senator Scutari, D-Union. “The days of accepting a promise on a handshake, a wink and a nod are gone. The reality is that we live in a litigious society, and legislation like this will help clear up any confusion before cases are heard, by clarifying what is expected by each partner in the relationship.”

11 Jan: Scutari-Whelan ‘New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act’ Receives Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Nicholas P. Scutari and Jim Whelan to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from chronic and terminal diseases was approved by the Assembly today by a vote of 48-14, and received final legislative approval in the State Senate later in the day by a vote of 25-13.

“This bill recognizes that compassion for the sick and dying and adherence to our nation’s war on illegal drugs are not mutually exclusive ideals,” said Senator Scutari, D-Union, Middlesex and Somerset. “There is a difference between providing some small measure of comfort for New Jerseyans suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses, and turning a blind eye to illegal drug abuse. The ‘New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act’ creates an avenue of relief for individuals with nowhere else to turn, while maintaining our State’s tough stance on recreational drug abuse.”

04 Jan: Scutari Bill To Extend Period Of Time Between Public Questions In Municipalities Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate State Government Committee Chairman, Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, which would extend the time period between certain public questions in municipalities in order to reduce voter fatigue in New Jersey was approved by the panel by a vote of 3-2.

“It makes absolutely no sense to inundate voters with ballot question after ballot question every other year, simply to benefit a small portion of the municipal population,” said Senator Scutari, D-Union, Middlesex and Somerset. “Questions about the number of town council members, the term of office for the mayor, or the method of election – partisan or non-partisan – for government officials have little bearing on the everyday lives of local residents. We want to encourage better voter turnout, and subjecting voters to bureaucratic government changes every year or every other year hurts that cause.”