Background: Mr. Bramnick is
an attorney with Bramnick, Rodriguez, Mitterhoff,
Grabas & Woodruff, L.L.C. He is a former assistant
professor at Rider University and a former adjunct faculty
member of Rutgers University, where he garnered the
"Inspirational Professor Award."
Mr. Bramnick graduated from Plainfield High School in 1971. He earned his B.A. from Syracuse University with honors in Political
Science, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D.
from Hofstra University School of Law.
Bramnick lives in Westfield with his wife,
has two children, Brent and Abigail.
Brent is a law student and Abby is a student at
Rhode Island School of Design.
From 1984 to 1991, Mr. Bramnick was a Plainfield city councilman. Since
2003, he has been a state assemblyman; he is a member of the Law &
Public Safety Committee and the Consumer Affairs Committee. This year,
he is the third-ranking Republican in the Assembly, holding the Minority
and Organizations: Mr. Bramnick formerly served on the board of
trustees of the United Fund of Westfield and on that of the Muhlenberg
is a comedian/auctioneer/fundraiser
for Diabetes Foundation of NJ, American Red Cross, Boy
Scouts of America, Aids Benefit Committee, New Jersey
State Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Plainfield Symphony,
Legal Women Voters, Healing Hearts Foundation, Friends of
the Shelter and Children's Specialized Hospital.
a. INSTITUTE UNANNOUNCED AUDITS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING
History reflects that mismanagement of the school construction fund and the transportation trust fund costs the citizen of this state millions of dollars. The evidence is undisputed that internal reviews over the years failed to disclose the gross mismanagement until it was too late.
The state must permit outside independent aggressive accountant firms to perform performance audits and make unannounced visits to the agencies and departments. We can not rely on the administrations representation that tax increases are inevitable.
Outside independent review must begin immediately and should continue on a regular basis. Reports must be made public.
Government has continued to increase in size and complexity. Internal controls are not only limited but in many cases self serving. Shareholders of private corporations are entitled to independent reviews of their management by certified public accountants. We should expect to have the same privileges afforded to us as tax paying citizens.
This “Economic Swat Team” would require the Office of the State Auditor, at the request of a member of the Legislature, to conduct an unannounced performance audit of any program of a State or State-supported agency.
b. END PENSIONS FOR LEGISLATORS
The office of state legislator is considered a part-time position, yet it provides a very generous pension plan.
The candidate doubts that a private sector part-time job would offer such benefits.
The abuses in our pension system by elected officials that hold multiple public positions contribute to the dramatic increases in property taxes. It is time for major reform in government spending and it must start with the leaders.
c. PROTECT OPEN SPACE AND DEVELOP MORE COMMUNITY PARKS
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation and some estimates say the state will be completely developed within the next fifty years. In order to preserve the natural beauty of our environment, it is critically important to invest in the protection of our open space and development of community parks.
Mr. Bramnick is a co-sponsor of the most recent “Garden State Historic Preservation Trust” legislation. Since its inception in 1998, it has enabled the state to acquire more than 432,000 acres of parks, open space and farmland.
He has received past support from the Sierra Club and NJ Environmental Federation as we share the goals of conservation and preservation.
d. ENACT STRONGER PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES
Motor vehicles continue to ignore pedestrians in our state and a tougher pedestrian safety law is a necessity to save lives. Present law only requires vehicles to yield. This is a law that is difficult to interpret because cars can normally "beat the pedestrian" to the crossing, therefore drivers often feel there is no reason to slow down. It may even cause drivers to accelerate.
Mr. Bramnick has proposed a new law that will require drivers to be on the "lookout" for pedestrians. Drivers, aware that they may need to stop at anytime, would likely reduce their speed as they approach intersections. The passage of this law would reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities and work to keep school children safer as they enter the crosswalks on our state’s roads.
This needed reform will build on Mr. Bramnick's previous efforts to encourage pedestrian safety. In 2005,
he sponsored a new law that increased the penalties for failing to yield at crosswalks.