PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By ARep | November 19th, 2012 - 11:41am
| More

DiMAIO’S GREEN ACRES/BLUE ACRES BILLS
RECEIVE COMMITTEE APPROVAL

Flood prone areas of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties will benefit from a set of bills approved today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assembly Republican Appropriations Officer John DiMaio, R-Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset, is a co-sponsor of all three bills.

“Over the past year, people across the state have become keenly aware of the devastating effects a storm can have on their lives and livelihoods,” DiMaio said. “An important benefit of the Blue Acres and Green Acres programs is the opportunity for towns to acquire land from willing sellers that is vulnerable to flooding and may help in buffering surrounding properties, as well as continuing our efforts to conserve land and protect nature’s habitats.”

The first bill, A-3368, appropriates $45 million from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and $12 million from the “2009 Blue Acres Fund” for the potential acquisition of lands by the state for 12 projects approved by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Garden State Preservation trust. The voters previously approved these appropriations three years ago.

The preservation projects to be funded include the areas of the Crossroads of American, the Delaware and Raritan Canal Greenway, Delaware Rover Watershed Greenway, Ridge and Valley Greenway and Highlands Greenway, as well as the historic resources in Franklin Twp. (Somerset County) and Holland Township.

The second bill, A-3369, appropriates $55 million from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and $2.4 million from the “1995 Coastal Blue Acres Fund” for potential land purchase by local governments. The third bill, A-3370, allocates $8.9 million in Green Acres funds to non-profit organizations, $6.6 million of which will go towards acquisition projects and $2.3 million will be used for park development projects.

The Green Acres program is intended to provide financial assistance in order to acquire open space for recreation and conservation purposes. The Blue Acres program is overseen by Green Acres and provides State grants and low-interest loans to help towns and counties purchase properties that may be prone to damage caused by storms. The 1995 Blue Acres monies are available for buying properties on a coastal barrier island or within 150 feet of the mean high water line of any tidal waters.

####

On the Net:
www.NJAssemblyRepublicans.com
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell Fight of the Week Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/79736/fight-week-donovan-v-pascrell     Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"But things get touchy between LaBarbiera and LoCicero when it comes to taxes, the bete noire of politics in the statewide election bellwether, Bergen County."

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Is President Barack Obama too aloof from politics?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources