EARLY VOTING DAYS FOR 2017 PRIMARY ELECTION

Paterson, NJ – The 2017 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 with polling hours from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registered voters from Passaic County who can’t get to the poll son Election Day mey get their paper Vote by Mail Ballot before Election Day in the Passaic County Clerk’s Office.

The County Clerk, Kristin M. Corrado, Esq., is offering extended hours at the County Clerk’s offices located at 401 Grand Street, Room 130, in Paterson and at 1237 Ringwood Avenue, Haskell (Wanaque), New Jersey on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Office hours for in-person early voting by the paper Vote by Mail Ballot at the County Clerk’s Offices are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The deadline to apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot in person is Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Voters are responsible for returning their voted ballot to the Passaic County Board of Elections office also located at 401 Grand Street, Room 130, in Paterson, N.J. by 8:00 p.m. Election Day.

If you need further information, please call the Passaic County Clerk’s Election Division at (973)-881-4127.

Paterson Press letter: Assembywoman condems school budget cuts

As seen on NorthJersey.com – (http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-press-letter-assembywoman-condems-school-budget-cuts-1.1652675)

Dear Editor,

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.

Respectfully yours,

Shavonda Sumter

 

Assembly members, Paterson & Passaic County officials push for TTF Action

PATERSON, NJ — Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly were joined by officials from the City of Paterson and Passaic County this morning for a Press Event calling for action on the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Held near Paterson’s Spruce Street Bridge, which is slated for millions in repairs that have now been shut down due to the impasse over transportation funding, the event highlighted the need for the State Senate to take action on to fund the TTF by passing the Assembly’s bill or forwarding compromise legislation.

“Passing a bill to fund these vital transportation projects is essential to our state’s economy and inaction is not acceptable,” said Assemblywoman Sumter. “We are calling on the State Senate to meet its responsibility and either take action on the bill that passed the Assembly, or come to the Assembly with a compromise that the Governor is willing to sign. So far neither has happened, and our state is suffering for it.”

The State Assembly passed a bill to increase the state’s gas tax by 23 cents in order to fund the TTF that would also gradually lower the sales tax from seven percent to six percent, resulting in tax relief for nearly all state residents. Assembly members have been calling for the State Senate to act on the Assembly bill or come to the table with a compromise.

“New Jersey’s economy depends on its infrastructure and failing to act to fund these transportation projects is simply not an option,” said Assemblyman Wimberly. “Thousands of construction jobs are at stake in the short term, and in the long term our state’s economic viability is hanging in the balance.”

Taken in all, $3.5 billion in statewide transportation projects are now in limbo after Governor Christie passed an executive order freezing non-essential transportation projects. This includes many projects in the 35th district, including the Spruce Street Bridge, Paterson Market Street Bus Terminal, various road resurfacing projects and much more.

In addition to the Assembly members, the event was attended by Passaic County Freeholders John Bartlett, Terry Duffy and Pat Lapore, Paterson Councilman Luis Velez and Mark Roche, Business Manager, IBEW Local 102.

For any additional information please contact Philip Swibinski at 201-978-8651 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net.

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Sumter & Wimberly: Veto Decision, No Surprise

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (Both D- Bergen and Passaic) on Thursday said Governor’s budget line item veto of additional Paterson school state aid comes as no surprise:

“The veto is disappointing, but I’m not surprised by the Governor’s action,” said Sumter, who is Assembly Majority Conference Leader. “It’s very clear today that funding education is not as critically important to this administration as it is to many in New Jersey. More now than ever, we will continue the fight in Trenton to relieve taxpayer burdens and improve education for all students.”

“The Governor had an opportunity to set right wrongs done to our education system, instead he fumbled,” said Wimberly. “It is not possible to improve education without the sufficient aid to do so. Nearly 300 Paterson teachers and teachers’ aides either have been laid off or are facing lay-offs this year.  How does a state controlled school district get out from under the thumb of state government without proper resources and funding? Simple answer, they can’t.”

Sumter on Supreme Court Upholding the Affordable Healthcare Act Subsidies

June 26, 2015

(Paterson, NJ) – Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s Affordable Healthcare Act ruling:

“The decision to uphold the Affordable Healthcare Act is a vote for the people. Healthcare is not a privilege for only a few but for all Americans.

“There are over 200,000 New Jersey families that rely on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its subsidies whom would otherwise be unable to afford the rising costs of health insurance. There are over 10 million Americans that benefit from this ruling. This a good day for America and a sign that we as a country are making strides toward sustaining affordable healthcare.”

Assemblywoman Sumter’s Statement on the Supreme Court Pension Ruling

June 9, 2015

(Paterson, NJ) – Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the court’s pension ruling:

“It is unfortunate that the trust of New Jersey’s hardworking public workers continues to be shattered by the perpetual avoidance of this administration to fulfill its promise to fully fund the pension system.

“Democrats have worked hard to meet pension requirements set forth under the law. We will continue to do what is right by New Jersey’s public workers, taxpayers and the state’s economic future.

“We cannot afford any further dawdling on pension payments. In the coming months I hope to see a real effort on behalf of the Governor to meet the pensions requirements fully.”

 

Assemblywoman Sumter on Recent Layoffs of Teaching, Instructional Aides in Paterson School District

May 19, 2015

(PATERSON) – Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D- Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement on the recent announcement of a reduction in force within the Paterson Public School District:

“The Paterson Public School District’s cost saving strategy to reduce direct classroom support for students with emotional and behavioral needs is quite troubling and raises a number of concerns for our teachers, children and communities.

“A commitment was made by the district only a few years ago to stop sending our students with special needs to other communities for their education and to provide those essential educational services and support staff here in Paterson, in schools within their communities.

“It is alarming to me when the mandate to ensure a thorough and efficient education is continuously being usurped with fuzzy mathematical business tactics.

“Many cities across New Jersey are facing a budget crisis. However, we must not make decisions that ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ and erase the progress we have made in Paterson over the years.

“Reducing millions spent on consultants and contracts with no measurable outcomes or end dates, frees up those dollars to be used to directly support classrooms. When we continue to eliminate direct services, we make a significant impact on measurable outcomes that matter the most, such as graduation rates.”