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A Message from Senator Cunningham

As another summer comes to an end, and we resume our busy lives, it is important to reflect on this year’s events and where we are going in the year ahead.  This year, as a nation we have experienced soaring highs such as the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

We’ve also lived through heartbreaking lows such as the loss of political legend Senator Edward Kennedy, cultural icon Michael Jackson, and countless other celebrities and public figures who have shaped a generation.

Here in Jersey City and Bayonne, we have shared in these national highs and lows, and experienced a few triumphs and tragedies of our own.  This summer, we welcomed Tiger Woods and the PGA Tour to town, along with the national exposure that comes with it.

On the other hand, we received national attention for all the wrong reasons this summer.  The unacceptable levels of gun violence we experience too often in Jersey City claimed one of our finest, Detective Marc DiNardo, and injured several others. We will keep him and his family in our hearts and prayers forever.

It has also been a particularly difficult time to be in public service as we have watched so many of our officials implicated for violating the public trust.  In all of this disappointment, it is easy to lose focus on what is right with our cities, which includes fine examples of public service in our public schools, the police and fire departments, and city and state government.

These individuals, who dedicate their time and effort to making life in our community better for all of us should be honored, and deserve as much or more attention from our television and print media as the others receive.

As for me, I continue to do the hard work of making our community safer, creating more opportunity for our young men and women looking for work; which includes providing a second chance for those who want better opportunities for themselves and their families.

My staff and I continue to supply our constituents with information and resources on state programs that offer assistance on energy bills, foreclosure prevention, employment training, and countless other topics that are important to seniors and working families.

Also, I will resume my work in Trenton, fighting for more funds for affordable housing, tuition assistance for our students, sensible gun control legislation, and better access to health care in our community.

Those are the projects that I will be focused on this fall.  With your help we will continue to strengthen our community, move our great cities forward, and make life better for our residents.


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