After 100 years in a firehouse that posed challenges to current Paterson firefighters, Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, was proud to announce that federal funding will provide for the building of a facility that will house and protect, not only necessary fire equipment and fire trucks; it will allow the brave men and women of the Paterson Fire Department to enjoy a space that is prepared to house all of its members. Senators Lautenberg and Menendez as well as Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. were instrumental in securing the stimulus funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant program. The $4.5 million competitive grant is one of three awarded in the nation.
Senator Robert Menendez attended the 100th Anniversary of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. Carlo’s Bakery is home to TLC’s hit reality show, “Cake Boss.” Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. and Mayor Dawn Zimmer also attended the event.
A day after the man behind the Times Square terror plot confessed to receiving training and financing from the Pakistani Taliban, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) revealed Tuesday that the U.S. State Department still has not added the organization to the official list of terrorist groups. The senators announced they would offer legislation to require the Pakistani Taliban to be immediately designated as a terrorist group. The designation is a critical step in combating foreign terrorist groups. It triggers a series of steps, including: freezing of assets, barring foreign nationals with ties to the group from entering the U.S., and criminalizing the act of providing any material assistance to the group.
Senator Menendez participates in the groundbreaking of a new solar power installation at the New Jersey headquarters of Dow Jones & Co. This installation will be one of the nation’s largest solar power generating facilities on a corporate site.
Senator Menendez holds a press conference on the Jersey City waterfront to discuss efforts he is leading in the Senate to ensure that the federal government coordinates with East Coast states to prepare for the possibility of the BP oil spill entering the Atlantic Ocean. Menendez was joined by shore business owners, scientists and other New Jerseayans who are also closely monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.