Distinguished panels to advise transition leadership on implementing Corzine Agenda


TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced the formation of three Policy Groups that will give recommendations on how best to implement the detailed agenda he outlined during the campaign.

The announced Policy Groups will address Healthcare and Senior Issues; Environment; and Revitalizing and Investing in Communities.

Throughout the course of the transition these groups will map out short and long-term strategies for implementing the Governor-elect’s policy goals. Additionally, they will single out and examine critical issues that need to be addressed within the first six months of the administration.

“These individuals bring tremendous knowledge and experience to the table, and I’m proud to have them on board to assist in implementing my administration’s agenda,” Corzine said.

Members of the groups will provide factual information and honest assessments and will be tasked with compiling a written report of recommendations to be delivered to the Governor-elect prior to his inauguration. Corzine will announce the remaining Policy Groups shortly.

The co-chairs of each Policy Group are listed below.

Health Care and Senior Issues: The Health Care and Senior Issues Policy Group will examine many of the proposals offered during Governor-Elect Corzine’s gubernatorial campaign. Specifically, the group will outline steps to make health care more accessible, more affordable and safer for New Jersey citizens. In addition, the Policy Group will work towards identifying ways to: ensure that PAAD and Senior Gold remain strong in the wake of federal changes to the Medicare law; improve long-term care options; and bring social services to places where seniors live.
Co-chairs: Katherine Grant-Davis, Executive Director, New Jersey Primary Care Association; Pamela S. Dickson, Deputy Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr. P.H., President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Health; Christine Stearns, Vice President of Health and Legal Affairs, New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

Environment: The Environment Policy Group will examine critical issues facing New Jersey ’s clean air, clean water and natural habitats. The committee will consider the possibility of regional greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, chemical plant security standards, endangered species protections and open space preservation.
Co-chairs: Valorie Caffee, Director of Organizing, New Jersey Work Environment Council; Tom Gilmore, President, New Jersey Audubon Society; Eileen Swan, former Mayor, Lebanon Township, Highlands Commission Member.

Revitalizing and Investing in Communities: The Revitalizing and Investing in Communities Policy Group will tackle important issues and provide real solutions for assisting the Governor-elect in improving the quality of life of every New Jersey family. Specifically, this group will address the following: gang violence; education and opportunity; job creation and business promotion in high-unemployment areas; minority contracting; and making life affordable for struggling families.
Co-chairs: Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro; Roland Anglin, Executive Director, New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute; Susanne Svizeny, Regional President Southern/Central New Jersey, Wachovia Corporation.

Corzine previously announced the following Policy Groups: Ethics; Budget and Reengineering Government; Property Tax Reform; Economic Development; Labor and Workforce Development; Child Welfare; and Public Education.