Berkeley Mayor, Council Continue to Oppose New Jersey Common Interest Ownership Act

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ  – Mayor Carmen Amato continues his strong opposition to state legislation that could impact local age-restricted communities’ governance.

“We stand united with our 55 plus communities, in strong opposition to Trenton’s over-reach to govern and adopt a policy in homeowner associations and Condo complexes.” Mayor Amato said.

Last year, Senate Bill S2425 and Assembly Bill A3851“New Jersey Common Interest Ownership Act” were approved by both Houses but was ultimately pocket vetoed by Governor Murphy.

Mayor Amato said in January, “the concerted efforts of thousands of residents in age-restricted communities who signed petitions along with Berkeley Township’s effort were enough to convince Governor Murphy to “pocket Veto” S-2425.

“I wish to applaud the leadership of our homeowner’s associations who all played a vital role in coordinating the petition signatures. They were able to produce thousands of signatures that were collected by Councilwomen Sophia Gingrich and Judy Noonan. These signatures no doubt influenced the Governor’s decision not to take action on the bill.”  Mayor Amato said we must remain vigilant in our opposition to this type of overreaching legislation.

“Our homeowner associations in our age-restricted communities are all well run, by highly qualified and dedicated volunteers. They all serve their prospective communities very well. They understand the needs of the residents they serve and govern accordingly.” Mayor Amato said.

“We are deeply concerned that if this legislation is signed into law, Trenton will no doubt force its will on and meddle in association business. That is completely wrong. Trenton legislators should focus its efforts and energies on working to get our businesses open and our state economy moving again.” Mayor Amato said.

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Councilwoman Sophia Gingrich, who represents the Fourth Ward said “This legislation is troubling. We cannot allow Trenton to interfere with the operations of our senior communities, especially when there is no need to.”

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