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From left, Raritan Valley Workshop Advisory Board chair Chris Walsh, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Easterseals board chair Stephen Hoelper.

Sweeney awarded for work on disability issues

By Nikita Biryukov, October 17 2019 10:10 am

Easterseals New Jersey presented Senate President Steve Sweeney with its Good Samaritan award Wednesday.

“I ran for public office because I believe everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life. I came in to politics because I saw that the intellectual and developmental disabilities community was being woefully underserved,” Sweeney said. “While I have pursued policies and legislation to provide opportunities for this community, groups like Easterseals New Jersey have been doing the hard work on the ground supporting people with special needs every single day. I’m honored to have received this award, but there is still a lot of work yet to be done.”

Easterseals is a non-profit dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities. The group provides services to roughly 9,000 people with disabilities in New Jersey.

Special education and associated issues have long been a focus of Sweeney’s.

“We are incredibly grateful to have Senate President Sweeney as an ally in the Legislature working for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This state and our community owe him a debt of gratitude for all the work he has done to advance the lives of persons with special needs,” Easterseals Director of Employment Development Angela Mack said. “We cannot thank the Senate President enough for all the work he has done, and we expect to work alongside him for years to come.”

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