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  Lesniak, Raymond
<-  2012-01-01  
NameRaymond Lesniak
Address530 Irvington Ave.
Elizabeth, New Jersey , United States
Born May 07, 1946 (74 years)
ContributorUser 13
Last Modifedbnml
Jun 29, 2020 07:59pm
Tags Anti-Death Penalty - Pro School Vouchers -
InfoFormer Senator Raymond J. Lesniak is a graduate of Rutgers University (1971) where he received a B.A. Degree in Economics. He graduated St. John's University School of Law with honors receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1974. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1974 and served as Staff Attorney and Interim Director of the Office of Poverty and the Law, Department of Community Affairs. He is a partner in the law firm of Weiner LESNIAK in Parsippany, N.J.

Elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1977, Senator Lesniak served five and one-half years being reelected in 1979 nd 1981. In his last term he was chairman of the Agriculture & Environment Committee. Senator Lesniak was elected to the New Jersey Senate in a special election in 1983 for a one-half year term and elected to a full four year term beginning January, 1984 and reelected in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2013. He served as Chairman of the Labor, Industry & Professions Committee, 1988-1993, and as a member of the Senate Education Committee, 1990-1991. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism Committee and member of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Senator Lesniak is the sponsor of the New Jersey Spill Compensation Act, the first fund in the nation to clean up hazardous waste sites; the $100 million dollar Hazardous Discharge Bond Act; the Safe Drinking Water Act ; the Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (ECRA); as well as New Jersey's criminal laws regarding the collection, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. The Air Pollution Control Act and the Pesticide Control Act was also sponsored by Senator Lesniak.

Senator Lesniak is the sponsor of New Jersey's Product Liability Reform Act, Director and Officer's Liability Act and the Joint & Several Liability Modification Act and legislation to reform the Business Corporation Act regarding hostile takeover. He is also the sponsor of the Interstate Banking Regulatory Act.

Pipelines carrying petroleum products were regulated under legislation sponsored by Senator Lesniak after a series of oil spills created the need for stronger controls.

Auto thefts were targeted by Senator Lesniak when he sponsored a package of bills signed into law creating the offense of using a juvenile to steal autos and operating a chop shop and increasing penalties for auto theft offenses.

Greater authority to monitor and intervene in school districts was given to the Commissioner of Education under legislation sponsored by Senator Lesniak and signed into law.

Senator Lesniak is the founder and Chairman of the Union/Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Advisory Council (HMAC). It was established in 1981 to provide a vehicle for state, county and local governmental officials to work with the industry and residents to minimize risks in the community and rapidly and effectively respond to hazardous discharges. HMAC is the designated organization to conduct yearly SARA drills for emergency response personnel. It also provides training programs and seminars for emergency response personnel throughout the year.

Senator Lesniak currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Senator Lesniak was the New Jersey State Democratic Chairman, 1992-1993.

In addition to his law practice, Senator Lesniak is Chairman of the Board of First Bank Americano, a community bank located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is also the founder of a nonprofit group called Democrats for the Soul.


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Dec 27, 2010 02:00pm News N.J. senator criticizes Gov. Christie, Lt. Gov. Guadagno for being out of state during blizzard  Article ScottĀ³ 
Jun 10, 2008 10:40pm Editorial Mr. Lesniak Changes His Mind  Article Craverguy 

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