– (As seen in The Trentonian)
Recent threats by President Trump to once again strip the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides healthcare to millions of Americans and over 900,000 children and adults in New Jersey, exacerbates the disparities in healthcare for women, especially women of color.
Losing access to affordable health insurance undermines the very strides we are making in NJ to reduce the mortality rates for women and infants. The Medicaid program is a primary insurance used by many women for better access to prenatal services, screenings, medications and mental health services. Any change to ACA destabilizes this critical federal government program and has life-threatening, irreparable damages.
A critical component to combating the disparities in maternal health, where African American women have the highest maternal mortality rates, is access to services and professionals to deliver care. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to make sure that a reimbursement source covers the cost of services for women and their families.
I will continue to do my part in partnership with the Legislature to bring awareness to this issue, and fight for those precious matching dollars that the federal government owes to support the health of women in our state and throughout the country.
Healthcare is not a luxury but a right for all.
— Shavonda Sumter, Assembly representative for the 35th Legislative District encompassing parts of Bergen and Passaic counties.
Thank you for the vote of confidence in the Row B Team! Congratulations to Passaic County Freeholders Assad Akhter, T.j. Best, Bruce James. Our new Governor-elect Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Senator Nellie Pou and running mate Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly.
It is privilege to once again serve the 35th District in the State Legislature. Thank you
Join us again this year at the Women On The Move Dessert and Cocktail Reception at the The Pool in Atlantic City, NJ. 10pm to 12am Harrah’s 1st Level of the Waterfront Conference Center – no ticket needed.
See you there! #WOTM
Watch my interview on Meet the Leaders with host Alfred Bundy discussing pay equity, the disparity of healthcare delivery, affordable healthcare and other important topics facing the NJ legislature this year: Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter on Meet The Leaders
The Department of Community Affairs will accept pre-applications online for the State Rental Assistance Program from Monday, March 6th at 10 am through Friday, March 10th at 5 pm. This application is for the waiting list.
Pre-applications will be accepted online at www.WaitlistCheck.com/NJ559.
Full information in English and Spanish is available here: http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/srap_vouchers.htm
DCA will accept pre-applications to the lottery for the SRAP program State-wide for the following categories:
Elderly: The Head of household is 62 years of age or over.
Family: The Head of household is 18 years of age or an emancipated minor; with or without children.
Disabled: The Head of household or Spouse is permanently disabled.
As seen on NorthJersey.com – (http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-press-letter-assembywoman-condems-school-budget-cuts-1.1652675)
At the beginning of a new school year, excitement should fill the atmosphere. Over the past several years, Paterson Public School students, parents and teachers have mostly felt anxiety as a result of substantial administrative changes. This time these changes impact the safety of staff and students.
These latest rounds of cuts to security, transportation and custodial services announced in August are, truthfully, obscene.
There are many Paterson school buildings that have a demonstrated need for security. The need was amplified last term when a person took refuge in a school building to avoid an attack. Security locked down the school to protect teachers and students. Yet, it’s security that made it on the budget chopping block.
Another overhaul of transportation will leave countless students in the Choice Schools and Academies programs without a bus to deliver them safely to school. The programs were encouraged by the superintendent and state in recent years; however, this year they are cutting transportation for these students. In addition, our facilities are identified as some of the oldest buildings in the state, but custodial services for maintenance were slashed too.
It is unfathomable how these decisions were determined and how they fail to consider the security of our students and faculty. The safety and well-being of our children must remain a priority in administrative decisions. Paterson Public School administration should make a request for emergency funding from the State Department of Education immediately.
State control of Paterson school district has proven ineffective, detrimental and wasteful. It is time for the return of local control which will allow our elected Board of Education commissioners, parents, faculty and students to lean in and create a healthy educational system for all.
Unfortunately, another school year has been branded with chaos before the school doors open.
Assemblywoman Sumter talks to WBLS’s Bob Lee about the importance of voting in the NJ primary. Watch the clip.
As seen on Ebony.com
“Tackling tough political issues seems to come naturally for New Jersey State Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter. She’s been in office just four years, yet her optimism and her results make you want to believe in the political process.
Her key projects are complex ones, including pushing for uniform access to mental health care, raising the minimum wage for workers, ending discriminatory hiring practices and offering urban centers some modicum of protection from state takeovers.
The work sounds daunting but the Paterson, New Jersey native says making a difference, as cliché as that sounds, is why she entered politics. “My godmother, former Assemblywoman Elease Evans, served in office [30 years] and was ready to retire,” says Sumter, 42. “She was adamant that there was someone coming behind her to carry the torch and to carry on the work of the people and that was the genesis of me wanting to get into politics.”
Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/shavonda-sumter-new-jersey#ixzz4B7FudVyY
Here are a few dates to keep in mind as as we approach the November 3, 2015 election:
The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. If you have not voted since the 2012 Presidential election, you may no longer be registered to vote. If you’re unsure click here: Am I Registered?
Registering to vote is easy. Print out this voter registration form, fill it out and mail it in! No postage is required for this form.
The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote by Mail Ballot for the General Election is Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Print out this voter registration form, fill it out and mail it in! No postage is required for this form.
On Saturday, October 31, 2015 there are special Saturday hours for mail in ballots at the Paterson Clerk’s Office at 401 Grand Street Room 113. Please drop off your application between the hours of 8am – 1pm. The deadline for in-person mail in ballots is Monday, November 2, 2015.
Celebrate Democracy; Go Vote November 3, 2015!
I sat down with Cablevision’s @DebbieDuHaime for a look at the state’s juvenile justice system and legislation aimed at encouraging rehabilitation, the Supreme Court’s pension ruling and teacher layoffs in Paterson.
Watch Meet the Leaders with Debbie DuHaime