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State Leaders, Building and Construction Professionals Support Voting “Yes” on Public Question #1

October 21, 2009
NJ Historic Trust Board Chair Debbie Kelly spoke about the incomparable benefits of Trust grants to New Jersey's heritage sites.

NJ Historic Trust Board Chair Debbie Kelly spoke about the incomparable benefits of Trust grants to New Jersey's heritage sites.

Today, state leaders, numerous heritage preservation organizations and building trade professionals gathered on the steps of the Essex County Courthouse to urge residents of Newark and Essex County to vote Yes on Public Question #1 on November 3rd.  Voting Yes on November 3rd will continue New Jersey’s commitment to the New Jersey Historic Trust, which contributed significant grant funding to the major rehabilitation of the historic courthouse and many other historic sites in Newark and across the state.  Today, the beautifully restored courthouse is a signature of Newark’s revitalization progress, and an example of the wise and sustainable investments that New Jersey must continue to make to enhance the quality of life of our citizens and protect our heritage while creating skilled jobs and stimulating the state’s economy.

Among the speakers on the steps of the Courthouse were Deborah Marquis Kelly, Chair of the Trustees of the NJ Historic Trust; Tom Gilbert, Chairman of the NJ Keep It Green Campaign; New Jersey Sen. Teresa Ruiz; Assemblywoman Grace Spencer, Lawrence Plevy,

Newark historian Liz DelTufo, Essex County Executive Joe Divincenzo, and Senator Theresa Ruiz discuss the GSPT.

Newark historian Elizabeth DelTufo, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, and Senator Teresa Ruiz discuss the need to pass Public Question #1.

CEO of Schtiller & Plevy Restoration Contractors and Board Member of Preservation New Jersey; Michael Mills, FAIA, of Courthouse restoration architects Farewell Mills Gatsch; Marty Wymbs of Sheet MEtal Workers Local #25, Mark Hall, president of Hall Construction, the General Contractor for the Courthouse restoration, and Newark historian Elizabeth DelTufo.

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