Hometown: East Brunswick
Occupation: Healthcare management consultant, Assemblywoman
Top 3 issues: Property taxes, college affordability and education funding, addressing environmental concerns
Free time activity: “I try to spend as much time with my family as I can.”
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Hello, my name is Nancy Pinkin. I have represented the NJ State Assembly 18th Legislative District of Edison, East Brunswick, Metuchen, Highland Park, South Plainfield, South River and Helmetta, since 2013.
New Jersey is a great State. We have great schools, healthcare, entertainment, and beaches. But we also have challenges. I have worked to address our struggle with property taxes and a high cost of living. We successfully fought to increase school funding for our district, securing an additional $6 million in the 2020 budget. I work closely with our county and state colleges to address the cost of college, to develop a strong workforce, and to leverage these assets for the benefit of our businesses and communities.
We doubled the veteran’s tax credit, and fully funded the senior freeze program for the first time in a decade. We worked for pay equity, sick leave and increased the State’s rainy day funds. But I continue to fight to reduce our property taxes through reevaluating operations to find efficiencies and shared services to reduce costs for taxpayers. I have worked to promote economic development and job growth through innovation hubs, angel investment opportunities, and leveraging the great assets we have of location, top academic institutions and a highly skilled work force. As a member of the Disparity in State Procurement Study Commission, I have been working to expand access to business opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, and the disabled.
As Chair of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee, we have been able to make the most environmentally progressive changes in a decade. We streamlined the process for cleaning up contaminated sites, and recommitted our efforts to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We have been working to reduce pollution by developing renewable energy sources, including solar, off-shore wind leases, and electric vehicles. We are working with municipalities to address the recycling crisis, plastic pollution and food waste. We protected open space funds, beach access. We are working on major challenges including clean waterways, storm run-off, lead contamination, flooding and ultimately, climate change,
My background in healthcare has given me the experience to serve as the Vice Chair of the Health and Senior Services Committee to protect access to affordable healthcare, to fight for patient access to treatment and medications, and championed palliative and hospice care. We also worked to address challenges of substance abuse and the opioid crisis, suicide prevention, mental health and disability services.
As a member of the Law and Public Safety Committee, I have worked to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, promote police and judicial training, and restricted the use of solitary confinement. Together we have promoted the strongest gun violence prevention efforts in the nation and funded greater facility security and training for our communities, schools and religious organizations. I will continue to work to make sure New Jersey is a safe and just place to live.
I respectfully ask for your support to continue to represent you in Trenton. I have a strong record of success and would be honored to continue to work together so we can provide our families with safe and vibrant communities, successful businesses and great educations. Thank you.