Gopal Receives “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

Gopal Receives “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Gopal has received the Legislator of the Year award presented by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.. He was recognized for his legislative leadership in support of the armed forces and veterans’ communities of the United States of America. 

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Gopal Begins Bill Proposals for Quicker Vote Count

Gopal Begins Bill Proposals for Quicker Vote Count
Senator Gopal is pursuing legislation to establish quicker vote count methods for elections in New Jersey.


OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal has announced his plan to pursue legislation relating to the timely counting of election results, and ensuring the county boards of elections offices have what they need to improve their vote-by-mail counting and processing capabilities. The pieces of legislation will be introduced into the State Senate in the upcoming weeks.

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5sc November 20, 2020

Gopal Bill Expanding Criteria for Municipalities for NJRA Passes Through Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal’s legislation to assist municipalities in receiving assistance from the NJRA has passed through the Senate Economic Growth Committee. 

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5sc November 19, 2020

Gopal Bill Prohibiting Utility Service Rate Increases Passes Through Committee

Legislation aims to help residential customers with unexpected increases and penalties during public health emergencies.

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Gopal’s legislation passed with amendments through the Senate Economic Growth Committee this week. Bill S2325 prohibits utility service rate increases, penalties and discontinuances to residential customers during certain public health emergencies. These prohibitions and service restoration requirements are to remain in effect for the duration of, and 180 days following, a major public health emergency.

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5sc November 19, 2020

New Bill Package Introduced to Help Prevent Domestic Violence

Pieces of Legislation establish protection for those domestically abused ranging from changing the definition of domestic violence to extending medical help and care.

TRENTON - Senator Vin Gopal introduced a Domestic Violence Bill Package into the State Senate today. The bill package is dedicated to Stephanie Parze’s family, who has suffered a terrible loss due to an abusive boyfriend one year ago this month. The bill package has been introduced in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Joann Downey. Two bills from the package are Senate companion bills for legislation previously introduced in the Assembly by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Lisa Swain.

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5sc October 29, 2020

Isolation Prevention Project Signed Into Law

TRENTON - This week, Senator Vin Gopal’s legislation S2785 has been signed into law by Governor Murphy. This law requires the Department of Health to implement and oversee an Isolation Prevention Project in long-term care facilities that would be operable during public emergencies. 

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Gopal Bill Requires Nursing Home Communities Provide PPE to Residents

Legislation establishes the need of protective equipment for residents in nursing home communities. 

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal’s bill S2566 has been voted out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today and will move to the State Senate for a vote. The companion bill has been introduced in the Assembly.

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5sc September 14, 2020

Honoring Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky for an Inspiring 40-year Career Educating Others about Disabilities

TINTON FALLS, NJ - State Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey honored Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky with a joint legislative proclamation for educating others about disability awareness and acceptance, and for 40 years, encouraging our youth to learn to believe in themselves and the beauty of their dreams.

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5sc September 09, 2020

Senate Passes Gopal Bill Requiring an Isolation Prevention Project at Long-Term Care Facilities

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - This week, the Senate State Government passed Senator Vin Gopal’s  bill S2785 which requires the Department of Health to implement and oversee an Isolation Prevention Project in long-term care facilities that would be operable during public emergencies. 

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5sc August 24, 2020

Gopal, Houghtaling & Downey Slam Widespread Problems and “Politicizing” of Postal Service

OCEAN TOWNSHIP—Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) released the following statement slamming efforts by federal political appointees to hinder the efforts of the United States Postal Service (USPS), which have caused unprecedented and widespread delays and pile-ups at post offices across Monmouth County:

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76sc July 21, 2020

Gopal & Pallone Call for NJ Transit to Preserve One-Seat Rides

LONG BRANCH, NJ—Congressman Frank Pallone joined Monmouth and Middlesex County New Jersey state legislators Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex), Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth), Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) to call on Governor Murphy, NJ Transit Commissioner Gutierrez Scaccetti, and NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett to avoid taking any steps to alter existing one-seat ride schedules or expand these services should it mean a reduction in services from other rail lines in the system.

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76sc July 16, 2020

Senior Property Tax Freeze Applications Now Available

New Jersey residents may be aware of the Property Tax Reimbursement Program, also known as the “Senior Freeze” program: a state program that reimburses eligible senior citizens for property tax increases on their primary residence. Once a household applies for the “Senior Freeze,” their future property taxes are “frozen” at their current level for all future years in which they meet the requirements.

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76sc July 09, 2020

Gopal Slams “Political” Deportation of International Students

LONG BRANCH—Senator Vin Gopal released the following statement condemning the decision by the United States Immigrations and Customs agency to deport foreign students who are attending United States colleges that are operating entirely online this fall semester due to COVID-19 concerns:

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76sc July 07, 2020


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