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Union City Mayor/State Sen. Brian Stack. (Photo: Brian P. Stack).

Legislature approves Liberty State Park task force

Panel will be authorized to use state funds for refurbishment

By George Christopher, June 29 2022 6:52 pm

Liberty State Park will get $50 million for a task force to develop a refurbishment plan under a bill approved by the legislature on Wednesday.

The legislation faced pushback from environmental groups who feared the task force’s wide authority could lead to privatization and commercial development with billionaire Paul Fireman, who has long sought to expand his golf course in the Caven Point portion of the park.

But proponents maintained that the task force will now be able to clean up contaminants in the park and create more active recreation for the community such as ball fields and basketball courts.

The sponsor, State Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Union City), announced this week that he would introduce legislation protecting Caven Point from private development.

The bill passed the Senate by a 35-1 votes, with only State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) voting no.  The Assembly, after rejecting a bid by Assemblywoman  Vicki Flynn (R-Holmdel) to return the bill to committee, passed the legislation by a vote of 57-20.

Assemblymen Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and John McKeon (D-West Orange) were the lone Democrats to oppose the measure.

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