Friday, December 30, 2016

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro: 'A Brief 2016 Recap'

From the desk of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro:



MSV Readers: --

As my first year in office comes to a close and we enter 2017, I wanted to provide you with a brief update on what I’ve been advocating for on behalf of the residents of the 33rd District!
Insurance Gap Bill Passed by the Assembly

I’m happy to report that the General Assembly recently passed my bill, A-3721, to prohibit the use of a gap in automobile insurance coverage as a rating factor. In short, if signed into law, you wouldn’t be hit with higher insurance rates for going without a car and then returning to driving. Many motorists in Hudson County voluntarily give up their cars to take advantage of our robust transit system. Drivers who give up their vehicles can be charged higher insurance premiums when they eventually get behind the wheel again – this bill would undue this unnecessary financial hardship.

Bike Safety, Hit and Run Prevention, And More
My bill to add information and questions about sharing the road to driver’s education classes and tests advanced earlier this month, and will hopefully be called for a vote in the General Assembly soon! This bill was inspired in part by the cyclists here in Hudson County.
I’ve also introduced bills to help police catch hit and run drivers (Zackhary’s Law, which is named after 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, who tragically died after a hit-and-run in June near 6th and Willow) and amend the law to allow small performance theaters to sell liquor as a way to raise money in our arts community (inspired in part by the Mile Square Theater).

Happy Holidays!
Throughout the holiday season I’ve been blessed to see so many examples of people performing great acts of kindness for the communities in which they live! I’ve been fortunate enough to help and donate to the toy drive organized by Senator Stack throughout the district, witness Christmas tree lightings and Hanukkah celebrations that bring the community together, and I’ve been inspired by the small acts of kindness  I’ve seen here in my hometown to help people in need.

My position in the General Assembly has opened my eyes to the good being done here in Hudson County. Thank you for this opportunity to represent such a tremendous district – when I’m in Trenton, I’m truly proud to be there representing the people of Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City, and Weehawken. If I can ever be of assistance, please e-mail me at chaparrofornj33@gmail.com.

I look forward to helping this community as much as I can in the upcoming year and wish you nothing but the best for a healthy and happy 2017!

Annette Chaparro
Assemblywoman, D-33
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro