Assembly will consider veto of NJN deal

TRENTON – As reported Tuesday in State Street Wire, the Assembly will consider legislation Thursday to veto the governor’s plan to have New Jersey Network run by WNET.

At the same time, the Senate Budget Committee will take testimony on the proposal to transfer  NJN TV to WNET and its radio licenses to WNYC and WHYY.

The veto resolution was introduced Tuesday by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, (D-18). A similar measure was introduced in the Senate by state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37).

If approved, the measure, ACR201, would block the transfer, scheduled to occur on July 1. Democrats said Tuesday they also are working on a plan to continue funding for the troubled network so that a better deal can be worked out.

On the Senate side, the committee is scheduled to hear from the following: Treasurer Andrew  Sidamon-Eristoff ; Neal Shapiro, president of WNET; Tom Bartunek, vice president of planning and special projects at New York Times Radio/WNYC; Bill Marazzo, president of WHYY; Susan Cole, president of Montclair State University; and Dudley Burdge of CWA Local 1032.

In testimony previously before an Assembly committee, questions were raised as to why the state decided against the Montclair State proposal, considering the university already has an in-state broadcasting facility and was not requesting a subsidy. Assembly will consider veto of NJN deal