The retirement of a veteran Democrat Statehouse Hand


Anthony “Skip” Cimino’s retirement as Executive Director represents a significant loss from the majority position of a key player with extensive institutional knowledge just as President Craig Coughlin prepares to assume the role of seasoned legislative leader following the era of Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney.

An engineer trained at Hamilton’s Steinert High School-Boston College-Georgetown, Cimino was a member of the Statehouse assembly during the time of James J. Florio (and also as Florio’s personnel commissioner). He retired as President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Corporation in Hamilton, a position he held for five years. Later he worked for the Kaufman Zita group. Prior to joining RWJ / Hamilton, he was President and Director of CMX, a national professional design firm that succeeded Schoor DePalma. Additionally, Cimino served as a personnel commissioner during Florio’s administration and was a Frankish landowner in Mercer County for six years, where he served as chairman of the board, and member of the Township of Education council. Hamilton, where he served two terms as president.

In his role as managing director of the Assembly majority office, he was able to steadily pragmatically stabilize the Democratic caucus hall, while also providing a little gravity and a solid backbone in difficult political conditions.

Of all his jobs over the years, Cimino most enjoyed serving as a Coven in Hamilton, the city his family moved to in 1951.

As a member of the assembly, Cimino is the author of some emblematic pieces of legislation, including ethical rules governing local school boards and bicycle helmet safety.

The bicycle safety legislation originally contained language relating to cyclists 18 years of age and over. He left the Assembly with the age of 18, but then returned after the Senate changed the age. The session was drawing to a close and then-President Joe Doria was about to close the session when Cimino – passionate about the bill after working with affected families – convinced him to release the bill. law.

Later, Governor Florio called Cimino and asked him if his ego was strong enough that day, before telling him that he would not sign the bill. Cimino only said he wanted the governor to read the testimonies of people who had lost children in bicycle accidents. Florio said he would. Cimino said that’s all he asked for and respected Florio’s decision as governor.

A little later, apparently after reading the accompanying testimony, the governor called Cimino and told him he intended to sign the law, and he did.

Here is where the law stands today:

Title 39: 4-10.1

In New Jersey, anyone under the age of 17 who rides a bicycle or is a bicycle passenger, or is towed as a passenger by a bicycle must wear a safety helmet.

On August 1, 1998, this helmet law was extended to include roller skates, inline skates and skateboards. Roller skates refer to a pair of devices worn on the feet with a set of wheels attached, regardless of the number or location of those wheels and used to glide or propel the user across the ground.

The definition of a bicycle with reference to helmet legislation is a two-wheeled vehicle propelled solely by human force and equipped with pedals, handlebars and a saddle-shaped seat. The term includes a bicycle for two or more people having seats and corresponding pedals arranged in tandem.

All helmets must be properly attached and adjusted. Bicycle helmets must meet federal standards developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as of March 10, 1999 that ensure the best head protection and strong chin bars to keep the helmet in place when riding. a fall or a collision. Helmets that meet the Snell Memorial Foundation 1990 standard for protective helmets are also acceptable.

Exemptions from the helmet requirement are people who drive or cycle (as a driver or passenger) on a roadway

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