Sandra Cunningham

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.”

10 Jan: Lesniak Named Chairman Of Senate Economic Growth Panel

TRENTON – Senator Raymond J. Lesniak has been named Chairman of the Senate Economic Growth Committee for the new Senate session by Senate President Richard J. Codey.

“Ray Lesniak’s insights on growth issues for New Jersey are invaluable,” said Senator Codey. “Ray’s leadership abilities are augmented by his experience in helping to revitalize Elizabeth and his skills as a gifted communicator.”

Senator Cunningham sits at her desk in the Senate Chambers

08 Jan: Cunningham Sworn In To First Full Senate Term

Senator Sandra B. Cunningham was sworn in today to her first full, four-year term in the State Senate and pledged to focus her legislative efforts on educational opportunities for children, economic development for urban areas and job training programs for released offenders.

“I consider my role in the Senate to be a tremendous honor given to me by the people of the 31st Legislative District,” said Senator Cunningham. “But it is also a serious responsibility of mine to reflect the will and the needs of the communities in my district.”

07 Jan: Senate Greenlights Codey Bill To Spark Growth In Urban Hubs

TRENTON – The state Senate today approved the “Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act,” a bill sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex), which is aimed at catalyzing economic development in areas surrounding urban train stations. The act is designed to foster smart growth principles and would establish a tax credit program for capital investment and increased employment in targeted transit hubs.

“This bill will help break the logjam that often occurs in urban redevelopment and stimulate sizeable job growth,” said Sen. Codey. “Sometimes, despite the best efforts of a municipality, it’s just impossible to attract investors to a property if they don’t see the potential for profit. That’s sound business sense on their part. This is sound public policy on our part.”

02 Jan: Codey Announces New Dem Leadership Posts

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today announced the new leadership posts for the Senate Democratic Majority Caucus that will take effect when the 213th Legislature is sworn in on January 8. Senator Stephen M. Sweeney will serve as both Democratic Majority Leader and Conference Chair, while Senator Shirley K. Turner will continue to lead as Senate President Pro-Tempore.

“We’ve put together a great team to lead our caucus in the new legislative session,” said the Senate President. “These members, both veterans and new go-getters, wield a great combination of experience, energy and passion. Together they bring more than 90 years of legislative experience to the table and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the residents of New Jersey.”

Senator Cunningham in the Senate Chamber

08 Nov: Senator Cunningham Sworn In To Serve 31st Legislative District

TRENTON – With family and friends by her side, Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham was sworn in today by Senate President Richard Codey to fill the remaining weeks of the term vacated by Senator Joseph A. Doria in the 31st Legislative District, which includes Bayonne and parts of Jersey City in Hudson County.

“Today marks a joyous occasion where I can continue to carry on the legacy of my husband,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “As a State Senator, I am eager to get to work to protect the rights of all New Jersey residents. I hope to focus on making a positive impact in health and human service issues. I also am eager to work on the Second Chance program to reduce the rate of repeat criminal offenders.”