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Preview: Benefits Reform Panel To Hold First Public Comment Meeting Tuesday In Clifton

CLIFTON – The Joint Legislative Committee on Public Employee Benefits Reform has selected Clifton as the site of the first meeting it will conduct for purposes of gathering public comment on pensions and health benefits provided to state, county, municipal, and school district employees.

“We have spent more than a month gathering information from various experts and professionals from across the country,” said Assemblywoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), one of the co-chairs of the joint committee. “Now New Jersey taxpayers and residents will have the opportunity to air their ideas and opinions on pensions and benefits reform. With everyone’s collective input, we will work to craft legislation aimed at putting downward pressure on property taxes.”

“This must be an open process if we are to succeed in putting forward the best possible package of reforms,” said Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), the committee’s other co-chair. “It is my hope that all interested members of the public will attend and participate.”

The joint committee will meet 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, in the Clifton High School Auditorium, 333 Colfax Avenue, Clifton.

Members of the public wishing to testify should register by calling (609) 292-9106 or by faxing notice to the attention of Pamela Espenshade or Jim Vari at (609) 777-2998. Because registration is limited, early registration is encouraged. Persons presenting written testimony are asked to provide 15 copies on the day of the hearing. All submitted written testimony will be available to the public through the Internet.