Valerie Vainieri Huttle, of Englewood, New Jersey, was sworn into her first term as State Assemblywoman from the 37th Legislative District on January 10, 2006. Prior to this, she served two full terms in office as a Bergen County Freeholder, 2001-2007, and enjoys the distinction of leading the Board as its first Chairwoman under the County Executive form of government in 2003 and 2004.
During her first term as Freeholder, Ms. Huttle protected the jobs of union workers at the Bergen County Utilities Authority by leading a successful fight against the privatization of the agency. She was also a vocal advocate for increased county funding of the Bergen County United Labor Agency and a longtime champion of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees nurses in their labor struggle with the private management firm at Bergen Regional Medical Center.
In 2006, as a member of the Human Services Committee she sought the restructuring and reform of the state’s child welfare agency as a sponsor of the legislation creating the new Department of Children and Families.
Assemblywoman Huttle now serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee.
Assemblywoman Huttle also serves as Vice-Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee and as a member of the Tourism and the Arts Committee in the 214th Legislature. During her years in state office, the Assemblywoman became prime sponsor of hundreds of bills and legislative initiatives. Some of these include: the Global Warming Response Act, a nationally recognized piece of legislation, which established a Statewide Goal to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas; the promotion of more transparent government by requiring that legislative voting records be posted online, repeal of the death penalty to be replaced by life imprisonment without parole; establishing a breast cancer screening access program and a Commission on Women Veterans; establishment of Civil Unions; she has forcefully promoted autism awareness and prevention measures; and extending business tax credits to employers with employees volunteering in emergency services organizations. Most recently, she worked on the State Economic Stimulus Package and Mortgage Relief Initiative. The nationally recognized measures serve to help the State and its citizens cope with the current economic meltdown.
She is also the primary sponsor and leading champion of a bill called the “Smart Container Act”, establishing a bottle deposit program in New Jersey to confront the growing litter and environmental degradation problem.
In 2004, the Governor appointed Ms. Huttle to the Highlands Task Force where she helped prepare the plan that created the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act. Assemblywoman Huttle also serves as an Ex-Officio member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In the city of Englewood, she helped spearhead the opening of the Bergen Performing Arts Center, a cultural icon in Bergen County. As a former member of the Board of Trustees of Shelter Our Sisters (SOS), an agency devoted to caring for victims of domestic violence, and former member of the Adler Aphasia Center Board of Directors, Assemblywoman Huttle works hard for families, seniors and children while protecting the quality of life for all New Jersey residents.
A businesswoman, Ms. Huttle is a licensed funeral director and has served as President and Director of the Vainieri Funeral Home in North Bergen since 1981. Understanding the need to bring economic vitality to New Jersey by encouraging business growth, the District 37 legislator believes that a healthy business climate attracts smart investment, bringing increased revenue and employment.
She is married to Frank Huttle III, Esq. and has two daughters. In 1980, she graduated Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in English and received a state certification for teaching. She also attended Rider University.
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