Nicholas P. Scutari

27 Jun: Scutari Bill Would Make Driving Without A License A Costly Mistake

TRENTON -Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari toughening the penalties for unlicensed drivers involved in fatal accidents was approved by the full Senate today.

“We are one step closer to be able to sufficiently prosecute unlicensed drivers who take the lives of others,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union. “The Get Out of Jail Free card is being torn up.”

16 Jun: Karcher-Scutari Bill To Increase Fines On Dangerous Trucks Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Ellen Karcher and Nicholas P. Scutari which would allow municipalities to increase fines on trucks that deviate from established truck routes and travel more dangerous shortcuts was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee today.

“The trucking industry is one that is constantly concerned with the bottom-line, but truckers cannot put public safety aside for a quicker, more cost-effective route,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “In municipalities that provide for safe, established truck routes, the intent is for trucks to abide by those routes, but some times, truckers will eschew common sense for the quicker, unsafe route. We need provisions in place to deter truck drivers from leaving the assigned route and endangering themselves and others.”

09 Jun: Scutari Bill Toughens The Penalties For Driving Without A License

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, which would toughen the penalties of unlicensed drivers who are involved in fatal accidents, was approved in the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee today.

“A fatal accident involving an unlicensed driver is no accident at all, but the result of criminal negligence,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex , Somerset and Union. “The law needs to reflect that.”

19 May: Baer/Coniglio/Scutari Bill Would Promote Disabled Voters’ Rights

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Byron Baer, Joseph Coniglio and Nicholas P. Scutari, which would make polling places more accessible to seniors and individuals with disabilities, was approved today by the Assembly State Government Committee.

“As American citizens, we are given the right to vote but for many elderly and disabled individuals that right is often taken away by inaccessible polling locations, ” said Senator Baer, D-Bergen. “We need to be certain that all of the voting locations comply with the ‘Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990’ so that seniors and individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to exercise the right to vote.”

13 May: Senator Scutari: $1 Billion Should Be Used To Put New Jersey Back On Track

LINDEN-Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (22nd District – Middlesex, Somerset, and Union) stated today that a projected $1 billion in additional tax revenue should be used to put New Jersey’s financial house back in order.

“Now is the time to pay down the debt,” said Senator Scutari. “We’re already slated to be $2 billion behind on the budget for FY2007. We should apply this money to outstanding liabilities instead of creating new ones.”

29 Apr: Rahway Begins To Plant New Trees After Asian Longhorn Beetle Infestation

RAHWAY – Senator Nicholas P. Scutari released the following statement yesterday following a tree planting ceremony in Rahway. The ceremony was hosted by the New Jersey Agricultural Secretary Charles M. Kuperus, Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell, Mayor James Kennedy, and the Grover Cleveland School as part of an Arbor Day celebration. The new trees will be resistant to the Asian Longhorn Beetles (ALB) which have been devastating the area.

Senator Scutari was the prime sponsor of the bill which, provides $1.3 million in federal funding to remove thousands of trees which have been or could be infested by ALB. This bill was recently signed into law.

14 Mar: Scutari Bill To Make Cuts On Athletic Control Board

TRENTON -A bill sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari making the job of the chairman of the Athletic Control Board a part-time position, was approved by the full Senate today. The bill, S-2149, would make the chairman of the Athletic Control Board a part time position, with a salary of $10,000 per year. The job currently is a full time position with a salary of $80,000 a year.

“We need to be smart about saving money,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union. “This state has to be run more like a business. We should make sure that when we spend money, it is done efficiently.”

15 Feb: Vitale Emergency Contraception Bill Approved In Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale which would require hospitals to inform sexual assault victims about emergency contraceptives and provide them upon request was approved by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 33-0, receiving final legislative approval.

“Victims of sexual assault are already robbed of their right to choose a sexual partner, but in cases where the victim becomes pregnant as a result of an assault, they are also forced down a life path that many may not be ready for,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “Motherhood should be a blessed event, but for sexual assault survivors, it can be a reminder of their worst nightmare. By requiring emergency contraception when requested, we can allow victims of sexual assault to reclaim at least an aspect of their former lives.”

14 Feb: Baer/ Coniglio / Scutari Bill To Promote Voting For The Disabled Passes Senate

TRENTON – Senators Byron Baer, Joseph Coniglio and Nicholas Scutari welcomed today’s approval by the Senate of their bill that would make polling places more accessible to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“We need to put policies in place that make voting more accessible for everyone rather than put up barriers to voting,” said Senator Baer, D-Bergen. “The bill will make certain that seniors and individuals with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to exercise the right to vote. We need to ensure that all polling locations conform to the standards set forth in the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.”

14 Feb: Scutari/Buono Bill To Eradicate Beetles Approved By Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Nicholas P. Scutari and Barbara Buono which would provide $1.3 million in federal funding to remove thousands of trees that have been infested by Asian Longhorn Beetles. The bill was approved by the full Senate today.

“The Asian Longhorn Beetles first appeared in October, and began destroying the trees of Middlesex and Union counties,” said Senator Scutari, D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union. “While the insects present no threat to public health, they pose a significant risk to New Jersey’s trees and forests. With no known predator to control them the beetles will continue to spread and kill even more hardwood trees, and, therefore, the Asian Longhorn Beetle problem needs to be handled effectively and immediately before the infestation sweeps throughout the rest of the State.”