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New Jersey – Special Guests to Join Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Speech

Special guests will join First Lady Tammy Murphy during the fiscal year 2023 budget speech

TRENTON, NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy will present his budget for fiscal year 2023 – a budget that is rooted in a renewed commitment to moving New Jersey forward, creating opportunity for every family and making our state more affordable. This year, several New Jerseyans will join First Lady Tammy Murphy in the Houses of Assembly as special guests. These guests embody the values ​​and spirit that Governor Murphy highlights in his speech. It is important to note that a number of leaders from New Jersey’s Ukrainian American community will be in attendance.

“This budget builds on our progress to make New Jersey stronger, fairer and more affordable,” Governor Murphy said. “As we gather in the chambers of the Assembly for the first time since 2020, I am honored to be joined by these exceptional individuals who personify all that New Jersey has overcome and accomplished over the past two last years. Especially at this time, as we look for ways to support Ukrainians who are struggling against tyranny, I am especially proud to be joined by members of the Ukrainian American community in New Jersey.

“Those joining us today reflect the same values ​​that guided the creation of this year’s budget,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “As we continue our work to make New Jersey stronger, fairer and more affordable, we are grateful for their leadership and influence in the State of New Jersey.”

The following New Jersey residents, listed alphabetically by last name, will attend:

Donnel Baird
Donnel Baird is the founder and CEO of BlocPower. BlocPower is a climate tech company rapidly greening American cities. Since its inception in 2014, the company has completed energy projects in over 1,200 buildings and is delivering results ahead of schedule and under budget. BlocPower uses its proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management and monitoring of urban clean energy projects and its customers save 20-40% on their energy bills every year. The company is backed by the world’s top investors, including Kapor Capital, one of Uber’s early investors; Andressen Horowitz, an early investor in Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB and Lyft; the former chairman of Google; and American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. Baird graduated from Duke University in Political Science and Government and African American/Black Studies. Baird also as an MBA from Columbia Business School. Donnel Baird was appointed to the New Jersey Council on the Green Economy by Governor Murphy in February 2021.

Vera Csizmadia
Vera is an educator and has worked in the Palisades Park School District for five years as an integrated preschool teacher. She earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities at Montclair State University. After receiving the Preschool Extension Scholarship in September, she was appointed as a Master Teacher at the Dr. Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center to support teachers who work with younger learners. Vera introduced Governor Murphy at an event outlining her vision for universal pre-K expansion in Palisades Park on September 16, 2021.

Michael DeSimone
Mike grew up working in his late father’s restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side from the age of 15. After a decade-long career in hospitality and restaurant and bar management in New York, he took a job on the Jersey Shore in 2005. A year later, Mike founded the Jr’s brand, originally from Long Branch. Mike found success in Long Branch and continued to fall in love with Jersey Shore. He opened Jr’s Red Bank in 2012 and Jr’s Providence Rhode Island in 2015. His appreciation for Monmouth County extends beyond home and work with a strong passion for boating and wildlife on the river Navesink and the Atlantic Ocean. Governor Murphy visited Jr’s West End in Long Branch to highlight the Small Business Recovery and Sustain and Serve program on February 2, 2022.

Leslie Felner
Leslie Felner has been a resident of Fair Lawn for 25 years. She and her late husband, Richard and their three children wanted to live in the suburbs and raise their children somewhere that has good schools and good neighborhoods. They moved to Fair Lawn in 1997 after living in Chicago and Forest Hills, NY. She worked to reduce child mortality in Chicago and specialized in and developed public health policy aimed at increasing health care services for the elderly, medically underserved, and those who are uninsured or deprived of their rights. She served as administrator for 14 school pediatric clinics in Queens, NJ and provided technical advice to community agencies and non-profit organizations. She holds a BS in Biology from SUNY-Brockport, a Masters in Health and Safety Education from Univ. from Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) specializing in Maternal and Child Health/Administration from the University of Illinois – School of Public Health in Chicago. Leslie is one of five million New Jersey residents who would benefit from Governor Murphy’s ANCHOR property tax relief program.

Vu-An Foster
Vu-An Foster is a preeclampsia survivor and lost mom, committed and dedicated to making a difference and improving maternal and child health outcomes. Before celebrating the birth of healthy baby boy King Kyro in July 2021, she experienced two painful pregnancy losses. It was after her losses that she founded Life After 2 Loss. Life After 2 Loses’ mission is to support, inform and empower other women and mothers to prevent them from suffering similar losses by providing advocacy through education. She is a Count the Kicks Ambassador for New Jersey and serves on several perinatal health and infant mortality committees, including the New Jersey Maternal Care Quality Collaborative with the NJ Department of Health. She attended William Paterson University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She is currently studying at Montclair State University, completing a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy, and plans to complete her Ph.D. Vu-An and her eight-month-old son, King Kyro, participated in First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Maternal Health Awareness Day 2022 panel discussion titled “Amplifying Our Mothers’ Voices.”

Adam Gordon
Adam Gordon is the executive director of the Fair Share Housing Center. He joined the organization as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2006. He has appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division and worked on federal and state policy issues, including low-income housing. income in high opportunity communities, the low income housing tax credit. statewide allocation and fair share allocation. He is also a co-founder of Next City magazine and a non-resident fellow at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in law from Yale University. Governor Murphy’s budget prioritizes affordable housing.

Kaylie Lam
Kaylie Lam is currently a sophomore at Rutgers University. A first-generation student, Kaylie is majoring in biological sciences, with a pre-medicine focus. This fall, Kaylie will take advantage of the Garden State Guarantee program, which allows tens of thousands of eligible students to receive free tuition at New Jersey’s four-year public colleges. The Governor’s proposed budget increases support for the Educational Opportunity Fund, establishes a higher income threshold for Community College Opportunity Grants to match the limits of the Garden State Guarantee, and includes a new initiative to encourage the completion of university studies, with the aim of widening access to degrees as widely as possible.

Metropolitan Anthony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States will deliver the opening prayer. Additionally, several members of the Ukrainian American community will also be in attendance, including His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Zelinsky of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States; Tamara Gallo-Olexy, President Emeritus of the Ukrainian Congress of America Committee; Anya Tershakovec Tomko, administrative director of the School of Ukrainian Studies at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey; Leonard Mazur; and Ihor Zwarycz.