Sandra Cunningham

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.”

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.”