Governor Murphy and Commissioner LaTourette of the Department of Environmental Protection announce new investments in flood protection
Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced new investments in flood protection for New Jersey communities, including a $50 million investment in the program buyout by Blue Acres owners for communities impacted by Ida, and $10 million in community stormwater relief grants. These new investments build on Governor Murphy’s commitment to building a stronger, fairer, and more affordable New Jersey that is resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, such as flooding from tropical storm remnants. Ida.
“No New Jersey resident should have to see their life’s work washed away by devastating rains and flooding. As New Jersey continues to experience extreme weather events, we must become proactive in our approach to protect communities and businesses that continue to bear the brunt of flooding and damage from these storms,” said Governor Murphy. “This $50 million investment of federal IDA stimulus funds in our nationally recognized Blue Acres program will allow property owners in communities like Lambertville to facilitate market rate purchases of properties that have suffered losses. repeated due to flooding.”
“One of DEP’s most important jobs is to protect people and property from flood risk, which has worsened dramatically over the past 20 years, and we need to help communities prepare for the next storm.” , said Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “Our communities are tired of retrieve storms; it’s time we helped each other become more resilient. By expanding Blue Acres, properly sizing our water infrastructure, strengthening flood standards, and improving our stormwater management, the Murphy Administration will help our neighbors and businesses build stronger, more resilient buildings.
Governor Murphy and Governor Hochul Appoint Kris Kolluri as CEO of the Gateway Development Commission
At the Regional Plan Association’s Centennial Assembly at Chelsea Piers, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Kathy Hochul jointly announced the appointment of Kris Kolluri as Chief Executive Officer of the Gateway Development Commission, a partnership between New York, New Jersey and Amtrak. which coordinates the delivery of the Gateway program with its partner agencies, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and NJ TRANSIT. The Gateway program, which includes the redevelopment of the Portal North Bridge and a new tunnel over the Hudson River, is one of the country’s most pressing infrastructure needs.
“Advancing the Gateway program, and specifically the Hudson Tunnel project, is critically important to our region, and I am confident that Kris Kolluri’s leadership will help us deliver on these much-needed projects,” said Governor Murphy. “Kris brings years of experience managing and operating infrastructure, as well as years of government experience, which will be essential as we continue to work with our federal partners to bring the Gateway program to full funding and completion. . I thank Governor Hochul for his partnership in selecting a candidate who will help move these critical projects forward.
“With his full resume, Kris Kolluri brings an extraordinary record of public service and I am confident he will serve New York and New Jersey well as the Gateway Development Commission’s CEO,” Governor Hochul said. “The Gateway Hudson Tunnel is critical to the Northeast Corridor serving over 800,000 passengers daily and is a key part of our plan to build back stronger than ever. I thank Governor Murphy for his collaboration on this selection, and I look forward to continuing our work to secure federal funding, in partnership with the Biden administration, for these vital projects and deliver for New York and New Jersey.
“I am honored to be appointed by Governors Phil Murphy and Kathy Hochul to serve as CEO of the Gateway Development Commission. I look forward to meeting the Commissioners and supporting their important work,” says Kris Kolluri. “There is a clear and current opportunity and desire among federal, state and bi-state partners to advance the Hudson Tunnel project and the Gateway program. In the short term, the HTP is poised to move forward and the Commission plays a vital role in overseeing the success of this project. If my candidacy is approved by the Commissioners, I pledge to focus particularly on ensuring that this collaborative effort will result in the realization of HTP.
NJEDA has provided nearly $5.5 million in grants to more than 230 small businesses through the Main Street Recovery Program since October
To celebrate National Small Business Week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced plans to open applications for its micro-business loan next month, which will make funding resources available additional through the Authority’s main street revival program. NJEDA has already awarded nearly $5.5 million in grants through the Main Street Recovery program.
Governor Phil Murphy’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2023 includes $50 million for the Main Street recovery program. The Governor visited East Side Mags, a comic book store in Montclair to highlight a business that has received this funding.
“Small businesses like East Side Mags are essential to New Jersey’s vibrant and thriving Main Streets,” mentioned Governor Murphy. “As we move from pandemic to endemic, we must continue to support small businesses as they recover from the devastating impact of COVID19. I am proud to support small businesses in New Jersey and look forward to seeing their resilience and continued contributions to our economy and our communities.
“During Governor Murphy’s tenure, we have made historic progress in driving economic growth and supporting small businesses in the face of the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of NJEDA. “We are already seeing the impact of the Main Street recovery program, as new businesses open their doors, hire new employees and move their local communities forward. »
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing State Certification of Businesses as LGBTQ+-Owned
Governor Phil Murphy visited Union Coffee in Lambertville, an LGBTQ+ owned cafe, to sign Executive Order No. 295 directing the New Jersey Department of Treasury to establish a state-supported certification program for LGBTQ+-owned businesses. The certification, which will be free, would broaden access to public and private contracting opportunities and allow companies to proudly identify themselves as belonging to the LGBTQ+ community in their advertising.
The executive order reflects the governor’s continued support for the LGBTQ+ community and affirms that LGBTQ+ businesses are welcome and encouraged to grow and thrive in New Jersey.
“Enabling businesses to be certified as LGBTQ+-owned will encourage the success of these businesses by improving their visibility, providing them with an added layer of authenticity in their business ventures, and demonstrating that they are welcome and essential participants in our economy, said Governor Murphy. “I am honored to support the efforts of entrepreneurs from a historically underrepresented community through the creation of this certification program. New Jersey will always appreciate the contributions of our LGBTQ+ community. »
Governor Murphy Appoints Terry Schuster to Head the Office of the Ombudsman for Corrections
Governor Phil Murphy has announced plans to appoint Terry Schuster to head the New Jersey Corrections Ombudsman’s office. As revamped in the Dignity Act, signed into law by Governor Murphy in January 2020, the Corrections Ombudsman investigates complaints and conducts regular inspections of the Department of Corrections’ 11 adult correctional facilities, monitoring conditions of confinement. ; serious incidents such as deaths, sexual assaults and use of force; as well as medical and mental health care, programs and family visits. The office is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, holding public hearings, and formulating systemic findings and recommendations for reform.
“I am proud to appoint Terry Schuster as the new Corrections Ombudsman,” Governor Murphy said. “Terry’s successful track record of delivering transformational results in the areas of criminal justice and corrections made him a clear fit for this role. I look forward to the contributions he will make to improving the lives of those incarcerated in our state correctional facilities.
“Thank you to Governor Murphy for this honor, and to the lawmakers who considered this new role in the Dignity Act,” said Terry Schuster, the newly appointed Corrections Ombudsman. “I believe that the solutions to issues such as institutional violence lie in goodwill, diplomacy, and listening to the people who work and live in our state prisons. I am grateful to the staff and advisory board of the ombudsman, Commissioner Kuhn and others who will help me learn about this new landscape and who I know are committed to rehabilitation and dignity in corrections.