Saturday, March 17, 2012

Move To Name Bypass After Assemblyman Biondi

New Jersey's 16th District delegation — State Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli, and Assemblywoman Donna Simon — is moving to dedicate the U.S. Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough Township to Peter J. Biondi, the late and sorely missed Assemblyman and U.S. Army veteran who recently lost his battle with cancer.

“Assemblyman Biondi dedicated his life to public service for the persisting benefit of our state, as he supported and mentored many young political candidates,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “We should commemorate this gregarious, loving family man, who also dedicated his life to improving State, Somerset County and Hillsborough, as well as volunteering on youth service committees and serving as a firefighter.”

Biondi served the 16th Legislative District for 14 years, during which he was a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, among others. He was instrumental in getting funding for the Route 206 bypass. Assemblyman Biondi died of cancer on Nov.10, 2011, shortly after winning re-election.

“As Mayor, Freeholder and Assemblyman, Peter Biondi advocated for the bypass because he knew how important it is to Hillsborough’s quality of life and the realization of its downtown vision plan,” Ciattarelli said. “Honoring Pete’s memory in this way is an altogether fitting and perfectly appropriate tribute.”

“Peter Biondi’s legacy will last forever and this will make sure that future generations will honor his name and what it means to be a truly dedicated public servant,” Simon added. “This is worthy of a true American statesman.”
Ciattarelli and Simon have introduced A-2750, which would direct the Commissioner of Transportation to dedicate and sign the bypass through Hillsborough Township, as “Peter J. Biondi Bypass.” Bateman will sponsor an identical Senate version.

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