|Address||75 Woodbridge Ave. |
Metuchen, New Jersey , United States
|| July 28, 1953
Jun 28, 2020 06:11pm
|Info||Barbara Buono was elected to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001 to represent the 18th Legislative District, which includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Metuchen, South Plainfield, South River and Spotswood. Buono served as a member of the General Assembly for seven years after winning a special election in December 1994, and was reelected in 1995, 1997 and 1999. |
Senator Buono has gained a reputation as an influential and principled member of the legislature. She authored New Jersey's "Anti-Bullying Law" which requires school districts to implement anti-harassment and bullying prevention policies to make schools safer for children. She was also the prime sponsor of consumer protection measures restricting telemarketing by creating the most stringent "Do Not Call" database legislation in the nation. Buono is also is the prime sponsor of the law prohibiting the practice of predatory lending, in which lenders issue loans with hidden costs and excessive fees to homeowners, eroding their financial security and putting their homes at risk. In the Assembly, Buono became the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Budget Committee. On the Senate Budget Committee, she has established a reputation as a consensus-builder during the state's challenging financial times.
A full-time legislator, Buono also serves on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; and the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. She is a founding member of the NJ Smart Growth Caucus and was appointed to the NJ Commission on Science and Technology.
Buono received her law degree from Rutgers University. She began her career as a criminal trial attorney for the NJ State Department of the Public Advocate and later entered private practice. As a former Metuchen Councilwoman, she brought a sense of fiscal responsibility to the community by stabilizing tax rates without lowering the quality and availability of local services. While the Metuchen Police Commissioner, Buono worked to increase safety in suburban neighborhoods and instituted Metuchen's community policing program.
As a mother of six, Senator Buono has dedicated herself to insuring the welfare of children and families. She sponsored the bill requiring criminal background checks for childcare workers. She was also responsible for writing the law establishing a "School Violence Prevention Week" in every New Jersey school, as well as a law prohibiting schools from posting personal student information on their websites.
In 2003, Senator Buono was the recipient of AARP's first NJ Advocacy Appreciation Award and Legislator of the Year Awards from the NJ Child Assault Prevention Project and MADD. Buono also received a legislative recognition award from the Consumers for Civil Justice. The Senator received the "Woman of Distinction" Award from Soroptimist International of the Greater Westfield Area, as well as acknowledgments from the Displaced Homemaker Network of NJ, the Literacy Volunteers of Middlesex County, and the Prodigal Foundation. Buono has received numerous awards for her involvement in 2002 including the "Service Above Self" award from the Edison Rotary Club and the Distinguished Legislator Leadership award from the Hemophilia Association of NJ. Among her other honors are the 2001 Hubert Humphrey Friend of Labor award from the Middlesex County AFL-CIO Labor Council and the 1999 Legislator of the Year Award from the Association for the Education of Young Children.
Senator Buono is married to Dr. Martin Gizzi and has four children: Sarah, Allegra, Lance and Tessa and two step-daughters, Ariella and Sofia. She resides in Metuchen.
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