TRENTON – The Assembly concurred today with the conditional veto of the Economic Opportunity Act, giving the OK to the governor’s recommendations. The vote was 70-6.
Assemblyman Albert Coutinho – in his final full Assembly voting session before retiring from the lower chamber and not seeking re-election – thanked all of those involved in the long trail this bill has created.
The bill cuts five economic and tax incentive programs down to two.
The governor’s veto removed prevailing wage provisions for maintenance workers and provisions affecting re-use of old hospital sites.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick commended Coutinho for his work. “The work you have done on this bill … and your ability to stay focused on the issues … is the essence of being a legislator,’’ he said.
Bramnick said this bill demonstrates bipartisanship that can create more jobs.
Majority Leader Lou Greenwald echoed the compliments. “We … know how hard Al worked to make this a reality,’’ he said.
Coutinho, who suffered heart-related health issues this year, is stepping down and not seeking re-election.