SUPERTuesday Dem Match: Who Will Win?

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Super Tuesday – March 1, 2016 – is the biggest single day for presidential candidates to receive delegates by voting in 12 states and one U.S. territory. The day is a turning point in most presidential election years, typically serving as the key indicator as to who the nominees will be from each party.

Who’s Voting for Democrats: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and American Samoa.

Game: Participate in the poll below by choosing which presidential nominee will win each state. The participant that predicts the most states correctly will win 2 free tickets to Assemblywoman Sumter’s Annual Beefsteak (value $160.00).

To Participate: Play The SUPERTuesday Game

Answer each question and submit your answers. You can only submit 1 entry.

Good Luck!

Important Dates to Remember for Voter Registration

Go-Vote-500x500Here 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!

National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2015

National Voter Registration Day is a huge national effort to get as many people to register to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a candidate or party, but to make sure that people have access to voting. Celebrate democracy! #CelebrateNVRD

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Stop by the 35th District Legislative District
181 Market Street, Paterson NJ

September 23, 2015 @ 2:30pm
Montclair State University National Voter Registration Day
Student Center Quad
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043

Register to Vote Online:

Print a Voter Application to Mail In:

Sumter & Wimberly Lauded for Championing Landmark Juvenile Justice Reforms

(PATERSON) – Democratic legislators Shavonda E. Sumter, Benjie E. Wimberly and Senator Nellie Pou, (all D-Bergen/Passaic) were praised in a morning press conference on Tuesday for their efforts in successfully getting landmark legislation that reforms New Jersey’s juvenile justice system enacted into law.

“Sending a child to an adult prison population has no rehabilitative benefits at all,” said Assemblywoman Sumter. “Where and how a young person serves their sentence can make a great difference in their choice to better themselves in the future or go on to habitually repeat their mistakes. With this new law, we can begin to mend the current system, help break the cycle of recidivism and give hope to those who never had it.”
The law, A-4299/S-2003, builds on previous reform efforts by focusing on the rehabilitation of young offenders in the justice system and the need to make communities safer. The new reforms include the process of transferring children and young adults from the juvenile system to the adult system, and improvements to confinement conditions in detention facilities.

“How a young person serves their time in prison is critical to reducing recidivism and crime in our neighborhoods,” said Assemblyman Wimberly. “A chance, hope, counselors, and access to addiction services are critical parts of the solution to successfully rehabilitating a young person in prison. We must remember that they are still children and in an adult prison, with its limited services, their needs are not adequately met. This new law now changes that.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney joined legal advocates, prosecutors, juvenile justice professionals, and Paterson Mayor Joey Torres in extending accolades for the work of Senator Pou and Assembly members Wimberly and Sumter on the legislation.

“I applaud Senator Pou, who has championed this reform through the legislature, for her hard work and dedication to improving the juvenile justice system in New Jersey, and Assemblywoman Sumter and Assemblyman Wimberly for their leadership efforts in gaining approval through the Assembly,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). “For years, the juvenile justice system in New Jersey has been a leading example in efforts to ensure the well=being of children and young adults in detention centers. With this new law, we can further improve our system and help young people who have made mistakes get the second chance they deserve to turn their lives around.”

“Young people in the criminal justice system deserve the opportunity of rehabilitation in an environment that supports reform so that they can become contributing members of society,” said Senator Pou, who spearheaded the Senate version of the legislation. “Our major goal is not only to protect young individuals from disciplinary policies that could be harmful to their mental and physical health but also to make sure that those who commit serious crimes are held accountable. These are significant changes that will provide the services and guidelines to meet those goals and help these young people get back on their feet and to break the cycle of crime and imprisonment.”

The law raises the minimum age to waive a child into the adult court system from 14 to 15, allowing for a 60-day period to evaluate an individual’s case rather than 30 days. However, it will permit juveniles over age 15 to be waived to adult court for serious crimes such as murder, robbery, and kidnapping.

“These reforms will bring more fairness to the justice system,” said Mayor Joey Torres. “Young people have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and lead productive lives. This new law will help support them in these efforts at the same time it strengthens and improves the juvenile justice system.”

The new law also raises the age to transfer adolescents from juvenile detention centers to adult facilities, from 16 to 18, and includes notifying the individual of the transfer and reasons in writing.

“Senators Sweeney and Pou and Assembly members Sumter and Wimberly and all the supporters of the law worked tirelessly to strike an appropriate balance with these reforms,” said Judge Lee Forrester (retired). “This is how government reforms should work. This law will help make sure that young people are given a healthy environment where they can be proactive in their next stage of life. Reforming the juvenile justice system is a strong step in the right direction.”

The reform sponsors worked closely with the County Prosecutors Association, the Attorney General’s Office, the Juvenile Justice Commission and the Administrative Office of the Courts on the legislation.

“This new law strikes an appropriate balance in supporting juvenile offenders and their families as they rehabilitate their lives while ensuring those juveniles who commit adult-type crimes like murder can still receive adult sentences,” said Sean Dalton, Chief of the County Prosecutor’s Association. “We appreciate Senate President Sweeney and Senator Pou’s inclusion of the County Prosecutor’s positions and input into this process.“

In consultation with the Attorney General, the Juvenile Justice Commission will also establish a program to collect, record, and analyze data to keep track of juvenile waiver cases. The commission will publish and submit its findings biennially online and to the Governor and the Legislature.

“Although juveniles should be held accountable for their actions, the goal of the juvenile justice system is to return these youth to their communities equipped with the skills they need to stay out of trouble and mature into productive adults,” said Cecilia Zalkind, executive director, Advocates for Children of New Jersey. “These reforms are a solid step in achieving this outcome. ACNJ wants to thank Senator Nellie Pou for her leadership in working with all stakeholders to reach consensus on this important legislation.”

Additionally, the law imposes limits according to age on the amount of time a juvenile could spend in solitary confinement, known as room restriction in the juvenile justice system. It will also allow prosecutors to extend an individual’s sentence at a juvenile detention center, if requested, for up to three years.

Assemblywoman Sumter on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders


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

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.”