Highlighted Below are Important Accomplishments by Senator Pennacchio:
As Freeholder, Joe created the Morris County Distinguished Service Medal Program to commemorate all eligible residents who have served in war conflicts. To date, through Joe’s efforts more than 10,000 deserving veterans have been recognized for their service.
Joe’s legislation secured 300 acres of the former Greystone tract for Morris County to be used in perpetuity for open space and recreation. As Senator, he successfully lobbied the Christie Administration to commit an additional 100 acres of the former Greystone tract for the same purpose in 2012.
Joe fought for and won the ability of the county surrogate to deposit orphans and minors’ funds into any federally insured bank within the United States, allowing them to receive the highest, safest rate of return on their funds deposited with the county, even if it meant going to out of state banks.
Joe fought for and passed a law which mandated that insurance companies cover medically needed infant formulas.
The Kinship Legal Guardian legislation which Joe fought for and won, allows children at risk to be awarded legal guardianship by loved ones, such as grandparents, who can now become their legal guardians instead of being automatically put into the foster care system. This legislation has been sighted as a national model for such at risk children.
Joe fought for and won the ability of special education children whose program requires education beyond four years of high school, to participate in their graduation ceremony and to receive a certificate of attendance, allowing them to walk alongside their friends and peers on graduation day.
Joe fought for and won the elimination of fees for veterans requesting a certified copy of their veteran discharge papers.
Joe fought for and won the fight to protect young children from brain injuries from skiing accidents by mandating ski helmets. The law which requires that a person under 18 years of age engaged in the activity of downhill skiing or operation of snowboards shall wear a securely fitted protective helmet. New Jersey is the first in the nation to pass this important common sense law.
Joe fought for and won the fight to stop abuse of handicapped parking spaces. The bill which made various revisions to laws concerning disabled person identification cards and placards aimed to cut misuse of handicapped parking, leaving the spaces free for those most in need.
Joe fought for and was the prime sponsor of the historic Pension and Health Care and Benefits Reform Act which will save New Jersey taxpayers more than $120 billion of state and local government pension payments over the next 30 years.
Joe fought for and won the elimination of costly, redundant, government programs such as the Public Advocate, saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and cutting wasteful spending.
Joe fought for and won increasing punishment for criminals convicted of the very lucrative business of stealing cargo from the New Jersey ports.
Joe continues to fight for homeowners and businesses ravaged by flood waters. His “Flood Control Mitigation and Prevention Bond Act would help all New Jersey communities affected by flooding.
Joe also continues to fight utility companies for their unacceptable response to power outages by introducing the “The Reliability, Preparedness and Storm Response Act” which vastly increases the fines paid by all public utilities for violating any law, rule, regulation, or order by the Board of Public Utilities.
Joe continues to fight for total Transparency at all levels of government. His efforts would bring a comprehensive, all inclusive, easy to access and navigate website showing New Jersey citizens how each and every single dollar of their taxpayer monies are being spent.