Senator Menendez and Rutgers student leaders hold a "Victory for Student Aid" press conference celebrating the $36 billion increase to Pell Grant aid that Congress just approved in its budget reconciliation bill. Rutgers University students presented Senator Menendez with a gift in appreciation for encouraging and helping our government take this important step.
Senator Menendez honors 6 outstanding NJ women with the “Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award” at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Hackensack/Teaneck Campus for their public service. Joan Verplanck, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President; Judy Hyde, New Jersey PTA President; Sheila Oliver Majority Leader, New Jersey State Assembly; Noemi Velazquez, Founder and President of LUPE (Latinas United for Political Empowerment); Mary Jo Codey, former First Lady of New Jersey and Post Partum Depression advocate; and Maryann Murphy, 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year New Jersey were the six honorees.
Senator Menendez, Englewood Hospital President and CEO Douglas Duchak, Hospital Chairman of the Board Jay C. Nadel; Henry Passapera, co-owner of P & R Trading; Milly Brown, a senior citizen; and Anisha Perez, a young adult who lost parent's insurance speak about the immidiate impact that health care legislation will have on the citizens of New Jersey at Englewood Hospital.
Senator Menendez and Congressman Payne present NJ Transit Director James Wienstein with a $52,400,000 check in ARRA funding for New Jersey's public transportation system at Newark Penn Station. This funding represents a sizable chunk of the $420 million going to NJ transit as part of the Recovery Act and it is estimated it will help generate 4,000 jobs.
Senator Menendez, Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres visit Greenbaum Interiors in Paterson to discuss the need to re-ignite small business lending to spur job creation. Menendez spoke in support of President Obama's plan to increase small business lending through federal loans to community banks and address decline in lending from Wall Street. Senator Menendez also highlighted the need to supplement the President's plan with his legislation, the CREATE Jobs and Growth Act, which would make available $20 billion in TARP funds for small businesses loans. Susan Greenbaum, President of Greenbaum Interiors and her father and founder Jim, were joined by Greenbaum artisans.