Sandra Cunningham

Senator Cunningham in the Senate Chamber

12 Mar: Cunningham: Corners Must Be Cut, But Not At The Expense Of Those Who Can Least Afford Them

NEW BRUNSWICK – Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham, D-Hudson, today released the following statement highlighting her concern about proposed cuts to health care and education funding within Governor Corzine’s proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget. Senator Cunningham and other members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee heard testimony today from representatives of municipalities, interest groups and organizations at a hearing held at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.

“First and foremost, I’m concerned about many of the proposed cuts within this budget. I understand the necessity of freeing up funds to help improve New Jersey’s fiscal standing, but it is imperative that we look at the people who will be affected by the reductions in aid.

State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, D-Hudson, speaks with a staffer before the beginning of the Budget Committee meeting on Governor Corzine's toll road plan.

10 Mar: Sacco/Cunningham Bill Would Require 45 Days Advance Notice Of Bus And Train Route Cancellations

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Nicholas J. Sacco and Sandra Bolden Cunningham, which would require bus and rail lines to provide 45 days notice of the discontinuation of certain routes, to local and county governments was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“People who rely on public transportation schedule their days around bus and train routes, and if they have been taking the same route for years, it often becomes a comfortable routine,” said Senator Sacco, D-Hudson and Bergen, who chairs the Senate Transportation panel. “This legislation would help to give local bus and train riders advanced notice of route cancellations and allow them to make other arrangements.”

“Throughout New Jersey, and in cities like Jersey City, in particular, many residents rely on public transportation to get to and from work, to run errands, and to just generally get from point A to point B,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “By providing these residents with notice of route closings ahead of time, they will be able to find other routes to get them to their destinations.”

Senator Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, listens to testimony before the Senate Labor Committee.

26 Feb: Cunningham: I’m Committed To Making Sure That The Fy 2009 Budget Is Fiscally Sound And Responsible

TRENTON – Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, D-Hudson, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement regarding Governor Jon Corzine’s fiscal year 2009 budget address:

“I commend Governor Corzine for taking courageous steps to address the State’s financial woes. I understand that crafting a budget that helps to reduce the spending, while also maintaining necessary programs is a difficult task. Even harder still is coming up with a plan that has broad voter approval.

State Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, D-Hudson, speaks with a staffer before the beginning of the Budget Committee meeting on Governor Corzine's toll road plan.

21 Feb: Cunningham Bill Would Provide Cost Of Living Increase For Senior And Disabled Utility Assistance Program

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham which would provide for an annual cost-of-living increase in the amount of funding the State allocates for the Lifeline benefit program, which provides utility assistance for qualified senior citizens and disabled, was approved today by the Senate Economic Growth Committee by a party line vote of 3 to 2.

“At a time when New Jersey residents are overburdened with excessively high energy costs, this legislation would work to provide the State’s neediest residents with an annual boost to their Lifeline benefits that is in keeping with inflation,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson, who serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Economic Growth panel.

Senator Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, looks on as the Senate votes on legislation.

07 Feb: Cunningham – Greenville Hospital Closing Will Hurt Local Residents

EAST WINDSOR – At a meeting of the State Health Planning Board today at which the board voted to recommend the closure of Greenville Hospital, Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham said that the closing of the hospital in Jersey City will leave the community without “access to adequate, timely and necessary health care.

Senator Cunningham noted that, even though the State Health Planning Board decided to allow Greenville Hospital to close, the Commissioner of Health has 120 days to make a final decision. She said that she will continue to make the case for the facility to the Commissioner.

“Despite its economic problems, Greenville hospital operates as a valuable first point of care for so many Jersey City residents,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “A hospital’s worth cannot be judged solely by the dollars it brings in, but by the people it serves. I implore State regulators and hospital administrators to find some alternative to shutting the doors on Greenville Hospital, so that the facility can continue to provide the community with access to local, high quality health care.”

Senator Sandra Cunningham listens to testimony during the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing.

28 Jan: Senator Cunningham On The Senate Budget And Appropriations Committee’s Approval Of Paid Family Leave Legislation

TRENTON – Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, D-Hudson, and a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following statement today regarding legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney and Senator Barbara Buono, to provide up to six weeks of paid family leave time for employees:

“My vote today in support of extending paid family leave benefits to employees of all businesses, regardless of size, was a vote of good conscience. In my district, there are a substantial number of small businesses, whose employees are primarily single women, who serve as the head of their households.

23 Jan: Cunningham: More Details Are Necessary To Endorse Governor Corzine’s Toll Increase

TRENTON – Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today said that while she is open to the idea of Governor Corzine’s toll increase as a method to help cut State debt, more details are necessary to determine the impact on drivers, specifically those in the 31st Legislative District.

“During today’s Committee meeting we heard testimony from residents and interest groups on either side of the tax increase argument,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “While I agree that something has to be done to address the State’s debt, I cannot be sure that this plan is the right solution until I have seen a bill.”