The New Jersey Senate Environmental Committee, with a unanimous bipartisan vote, agreed to vote S-2167 through the Committee. The bill, for the first time since the existence of the Greenwood Lake Commission, has started the process for the Greenwood Lake Commission to receive permanent non-lapsing funding. This funding would be used by the Commission to protect, preserve, maintain, manage, or enhance the New Jersey side of Greenwood Lake.
Greenwood Lake Commission co-chair Paul Zarrillo would like to thank NJ State Senator Joseph Pennacchio for his untiring efforts to bring this legislation to the Environmental Committee. Zarrillo, along with West Milford Council President Tom Wagner, West Milford Councilman Pete McGuinness, and Freeholder Terry Duffy testified to the merits of the State living up to their obligations to fund the mandate that requires the Greenwood Lake Commission to oversee and manage the 28-square-mile Greenwood Lake Watershed. This is the only time in 16 years, permanent funding for the Commission has ever made it to this point in the legislative process.