Bergen County residents want straight talk about health insurance now
Confused and concerned
about health care insurance? Every day
brings new and conflicting reports about difficulties encountered by Americans
– and particularly New Jersey citizens – when they are:
Grassroots Inc., in partnership with the Teaneck Northeast Block Association,
has organized a program with key experts to present the facts and give you the
answers to your questions:
Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm at The Ethical Culture Society, 687 Larch Avenue, Teaneck
information about options available
to NJ citizens under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); [The President promises a “fixed” web site –
what’s the status?]
in an approved health care plan – the process and the deadlines now
- hearing that some may lose their current
insurance and want to know what to do; and
to sort out lessons learned from the Obamacare
roll out about the future of health care insurance policy for America and for
Who are the expert presenters who will be there to answer questions?
- Ms. Jamie Dickerson, the Bergen County Organizer for EnrollAmerica NJ
- Oscar Marcilla, MD. an Emergency Care doctor representing NJ Physicians for a National Health Program (NJ PNHP )
- A successful recent Obamacare “enrollee” in the New York State program
Who will benefit from this Program?...
Who do I call for more information:
every concerned citizen — student, parent, grandparent and neighbor — who wants to be sure for themselves and help others around them who are confused and may need your help to take action now to secure their health care protection.
Chuck Powers 201-214-4937
FOR DIRECTIONS AND A MAP TO BERGEN GRASSROOTS MEETINGS, CLICK HERE
Festive refreshments will be served during the informal after-meeting discussion period to meet and greet your fellow Grassrooters, your neighbors and the presenters.
Bergen Grassroots presented its Byron Baer Award to Paul Eisenman posthumously on November 14. The program was co-sponsored by Citizens Campaign, and also presented a discussion on The State of Open Government in New Jersey - 2013. The evening's program is detailed below.
Bergen Grassroots-endorsed incumbent De Nicola is lead vote getter in razor-thin election for 3 Members of the Freeholder Board.
Both public questions it endorsed — increased Minimum Wage Level and Use of Open Space Funds for "Blue Acres" flood-affected properties — win by wide margins.
Only one clear winner has yet emerged from the very tight battle for the three open seats on the Bergen County Freeholder Board: incumbent Maura DeNicola. Provisional ballots will likely decide the other two. DeNicola’s more than 500 vote lead over her competitors surprised many observers. Since joining the Freeholder Board, Maura De Nicola has consistently fought and voted for county legislation that will help ensure political contributions play no role in the selection of public contractors in Bergen County and for more open Board discussion of how those county rules are decided. She was singular in her support of those positions in 2013, clearly distinguishing herself from the positions of her Republican running mates in this election. Additionally, she has consistently called for more transparency in the ways that Freeholder Board procedures are managed both within the Board itself and in informing the public about what and how the Board is deciding on County legislation. It was those factors that led Bergen Grassroots to endorse her. Candidate Lorraine Waldes, also supported by BGR, was not elected.
In its only other organizational endorsements in this election, Bergen Grassroots supported two Public Questions that won overwhelming voter support:
1) the New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase Amendment, Public Question 2, a measure that will as of January 1 increase the state’s minimum wage by $1 (to $8.25) and establish procedures thereafter for yearly increases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. Bergen Grassroots notes that the mechanism of a legislatively-referred amendment to the state constitution is cumbersome but that the time has long since come to provide employees in the State with more adequate hourly compensation.
2) Bergen Grassroots also supported passage of the successful County Public Question 1. Given predictions that strong flood-producing storms will continue, the strong "yes" vote gives County officials authority to add Blue Acres projects as a new approved use of the Open Space Fund. A new term, Blue Acres, describes projects that buy flood-prone, distressed property and convert that land back to its original natural state and/or to new recreation or conservation purposes.
Bergen Grassroots Flood Task Force tours the Hackensack River with Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan
Left to right: BGR Chair Chuck Powers, Mayor Ann Subrizi (New Milford), Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan, Dee Ann Ipp (Teaneck), BGR Steering Committee Member James Kinloch, Kathleen Salvo (Hackensack), Jacklin Girgis (Lodi), Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway President Rich Karp, Mayor Mauro Raguseo (Little Ferry). BGR Steering Committee Member Norm Fisher took the picture and Mayor John Birkner (Westwood) was working in Little Ferry but waved from the shore. Several Task Force members, including County Flood Coordinator Betsy Stagg and its bipartisan County Freeholder members, were unable to take this trip.
Braving a cool windy afternoon - on the first anniversary weekend of Hurricane Sandy - nine Bergen Grassroots Flood Task Force members set out Saturday afternoon, October 26, to view the Lower Hackensack from Secaucus to the Court Street Bridge. Their purpose was to understand from the perspective of the River itself precisely how Sandy had worked its way up out of Newark Bay and to create major devastation to most of the municipalities whose riversides they passed. Their host and guide was the Hackensack Riverkeeper, Captain Bill Sheehan.
In the non-stop dialogue that continued throughout the nearly three-hour trip, the Task Force members gained a much clearer picture: 1) of the multiple roles in river health and protection that are played by the thousands of acres of meadowlands bordering the river; 2) of the complex of creeks that - rising and falling with the tides - snake their way to and from the river into the urban and residential interiors and regularly pose flooding threats; 3) of how Sandy's 8-foot above normal tidal surge overtopped the urban riverside and, as water swirled around berm foundations never intended to handle such pressures, took down many of the protective berms.
As the trip wound its way back to the Secaucus dock, participant dialogue shifted focus to how the Task Focus will, now better informed, be reviewing with experts, making recommendations and advocating the types of mitigation and river maintenance that can better protect this incredible system of nature and human enterprise against the next major storm event.
Bergen Grassroots was founded in March, 2005 as "Democracy for Bergen". Beginning with an antiwar effort, it evolved into the progressive organization that it is today. Since it's start it had been run by Paul Eisenman, who's efforts over the last six years to help bring about a firm "Pay-to-Play" law in Bergen County brought recognition and prestige to the group. Following Paul's death in 2013, the group underwent reorganization and is currently called "Bergen Grassroots, Inc.". Fresh minds, a new internal structure, and renewed energy are sparking a rebirth in the activism and countywide participation that has characterized the group from its onset.
Bergen Grassroots mission:
We support fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government, beginning at the grassroots. Through the democratic process, we seek to restore truth and integrity in government. We work to reform the political system so that voters will have a clear choice on issues—plus the confidence that each and every vote cast will be counted.