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New Brunswick Landing on the Raritan River looking toward Boyd Park
What's New: Meeting 7 PM Wednesday Mar. 19th (more)
Jane Tousman Passed away on Saturday, March 22.
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|Raritan Valley Contact Directory|
|Group Chair||Roomi Nusratfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Chair||Don McBride|
|Conservation Chair||Nancy Gladfelter||908 707-8500|
|Conservation Advisor||Jane Tousmanemail@example.com|
|Political Chair||Daphne Speck-Bartynski|
|Environmental Education Leader||Vacant
|Other Leader Positions|
Past Chairs: Sunil Somalwar, Steve Ember, Don McBride (2006, 2008), Sandy Lowich, Kevin Geoffroy, Roomi Nusrat
Chapter Leadership: Leaders, Issues Coordinators
State Senate and Assembly Legislators:
Four out of 13 state legislators named "Environmental Heros" by the NJ Environmental Federation in July, 2013 are in the Raritan Valley Group's area (Legislative Districts 16, 17, 18, 19, 23). These legislators received scores of 80 or above on their Legislative Scorecard.
They include Senator Kip Bateman (R-16-Somerville, Manville, Millstone, Hillsborough *), Senator Bob Smith (D-17-Franklin, Piscataway, New Brunswick, North Brunswick), Senator Barbara Buono (D-18 Metuchin, Edison, Highland Park, East Brunswick) and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18).
Three other legislators in our area had good environmental records with scores of 65 or higher.
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-18) and Senator Joseph Vitale (D-19 Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Sayerville).
We endorsed all of the above for the November 2013 election.
In addition we endorsed Marie Cornfield, who is challenging for Assemblywomen in the 16th district, and John Wisniewski and Craig Coughlin in the 19th district. The incumbents all had environmental scores better than the state average of 48.
We also endorsed Gerard "Jerry" Bowers - 23rd District (Bridgewater, Bound Brook, and others) Senate Candidate
and Nancy Pinkin - 18th district Assembly candidate to fill Peter Barnes seat as he runs for Buono's senate seat.
Results: 8 out of 10 candidates we endorsed were elected. Challengers Marie Cornfield (16th district) and Jerry Bowers (23rd district) were defeated by the incumbents.
* Note: Communities listed here are those in the Raritan Valley Group areas (Southern Somerset and Middlesex counties). These districts go across Sierra Club group boundaries. See New Jersey Legislature - Districts by Number for a complete list.
Legislators in the News:
Senator Bateman was cited by the Raritan Valley Group of the Sierra Club for his environmental leadership and support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). - Apr. 2012
Senator Bateman receives the Environmental Achievement Award from the Sierra Club - Nov. 2012
Senator Bateman received the 2013 Vision and Leadership award from the NJ Highlands Coalition - Oct. 2013
The two house representatives with the highest scores in NJ, (97%) on the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard were both in our area.
Frank Pallone (Congressional District 6) and Rush Holt (Congressional District 12).
Senator Menendez has a 100% record and Senator Lautenberg had a 93% record.
Results of Special Election for Senator October 17, 2013
Booker (D) Lonegan (R) Somerset Co 48.9% 50.2% Middlesex Co 57.8 41.2 State 54.8 44.2See also New Jersey Chapter's Political Program
See a list of films here
Eagle's nest web cam:
The 2,700 acre Duke Estate in Hillsborough has a web cam pointed at an eagle's nest for streaming video.
Go to: www.dukefarms.org/en/Stewardship/WildlifeCams/eagle-cam/
In January 2014 the Raritan Valley Group web pages had over 650 visits by over 500 different viewers. See detailed stats.
Sierra Club 101
There are about 1,400 Sierra Club members in the Raritan Valley Group area (Southern Somerset and Middlesex counties) in the following communities:
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