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MEDIA ADVISORY – Leaders To Hold Press Conference To Address Surge In Private School Closures, Support Uez Jobs Scholarship Act

ELIZABETH – Senator Raymond Lesniak, prime sponsor of Senate bill 1607, the Urban Enterprise Zone Jobs Scholarship Act, will host a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th at 10:30 A.M. to address the closure of two parochial schools in his hometown of Elizabeth. Senator Lesniak will be joined by Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth, and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark (invited).

Religious and minority leaders will also be on hand to pledge their support for the UEZ Jobs Scholarship Act. Dignitaries include: the Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, Regional Bishop of Union County, Archdiocese of Newark, Rev. Kevin M. Hanbury, Vicar for Education and Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Newark, Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Ministers Council (invited), and President Martin Perez of the Latino Leadership Alliance (invited).

The event will take place at St. Anthony of Padua School, 227 Centre Street in Elizabeth, which recently announced its closure.

WHO: Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, Mayor Chris Bollwage, Mayor Cory Booker (invited), the Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, Rev. Kevin M. Hanbury, Rev. Reginald T. Jackson (invited), and President Martin Perez (invited).

WHAT: Press conference to address surge in school closures and to support UEZ Jobs Scholarship Act

WHERE: St. Anthony of Padua School, 227 Centre Street, Elizabeth, NJ

WHEN: Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10, 2008

TIME: 10:30 A.M.

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