218th Organization of the New Jersey General Assembly

It is an honor to take on the role for a second term as Conference Majority Leader during the next session. I looked forward to working with my colleagues as the Assembly Democratic caucus continues advocating for New Jersey’s working class, for New Jersey’s children and for the betterment of our state.

2018

Meet The Leaders: NJ 2017

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

Meet the leaders

State Rental Assistance Program Application Accepting Applications on March 6th

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.

 

National Voter Registration Day 2016

voter-registrationNational Voter Registration Day is a national effort to get as many people registered 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

Nearby Events:

  • Stop by the 35th District Legislative District Office
    181 Market Street, Paterson NJ 973-925-7061
  • Voter Registration at Union Public Library September 27, 2016 • 10:00 AM Union Public Library 1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
  • Give Voice to Your Community September 27, 2016 • 6:00 PM Plainfield High School 950 Park Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060 Get Details & RSVP

Register to Vote Online:
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html

Print a Voter Application to Mail In:
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/76-voter-registration-english-passaic.pdf

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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NJ Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Nominated for EMILYs List’s Rising Star Award

 

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2016

 New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that Shavonda Sumter, New Jersey assemblywoman, is a 2016 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014 and Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley in 2015.

EMILYSLISTRISINGSTAR“Shavonda Sumter is a progressive leader who knows how to get things done,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Her effective legislating and endless efforts in protecting marginalized communities is reflective of the kind of leader that this state needs. The EMILY’s List community couldn’t be prouder to nominate Sumter, a leader with passion and determination, for the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.”

Shavonda Sumter began serving in the New Jersey legislature in 2012, where she provides a steady demeanor that proves invaluable in advancing an agenda to help her constituency. She is an effective legislator representing both urban and suburban communities. She advocates for progressive principles that include increasing the minimum wage, ending discriminatory hiring practices, and improving access to mental health treatment. The NJ Auditor named her the most prolific legislator for having the most signed bills by the governor in 2014. Sumter legislates with compassion and is committed to working through the state’s tough challenges with integrity.

The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting can be found here: Vote for the 2016 Rising Star.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is nominated alongside:

  • Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Representative
  • Kathleen Clyde, Ohio State Representative
  • Crisanta Duran, Colorado State House Majority Leader
  • Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Pennsylvania State Representative
  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Bernalillo County Clerk in New Mexico

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women’s issues, and turn out women voters. We’ve trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic Congresswoman currently serving.

Press Contact: Rachel Thomas 202-326-1400 press@emilyslist.org

 

 

Assemblywoman Sumter on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders

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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