SAYREVILLE – The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, recently announced their endorsement of John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) in his bid to represent the 19th Legislative District in the General Assembly.
“Preserving New Jersey’s diminishing green spaces and farmland is crucial to ensuring that future generations of New Jerseyans have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink,” said Wisniewski. “Having the support of the Sierra Club means having more than a century of experience fighting for a cleaner environment on our side.”
Wisniewski worked to secure state grants towards preserving a 16.75 acre farm, the last farm operating in the 19th Legislative District, from almost certain development.
“By purchasing the development rights of the Deiker Farm, located between Bordentown Avenue and the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville, we have ensured that at no time, can the land be used for anything other than agricultural purposes,” said Wisniewski. The development rights were purchased by the Borough of Sayreville for $3.5 million, with nearly $2.6 million coming from state agricultural grants.
“In its efforts to fight rampant overdevelopment and sprawl and focus on smart planning, the work of the Sierra Club is crucial to protecting New Jersey’s quality of life,” said Wisniewski. “I look forward to partnering with Sierra Club members throughout the district to ensure our shared message of conservation and preservation is heard loud and clear.”
Hailed by The Star Ledger as a perfect example of what can happen when different layers of government work with private business, Wisniewski brought together local, county, and state officials with the private sector to finally begin the cleanup of the former National Lead site in Sayreville. Once the site is remediated, part of that deal is to set a side 70 acres of land for open space. The financing of the deal consisted of $8 million from Middlesex County, $8 million from the redeveloper, $5 million from the DEP, and $800,000 from Sayreville. “It is a proud achievement for Sayreville, Middlesex County, and the State of New Jersey. I am honored to have played a part,” said Wisniewski.
The Sierra Club traces its roots to 1892, when noted conservationist John Muir founded the organization. Muir is widely credited with influencing President Theodore Roosevelt to create the nation’s first national parks.
The Sierra Club boasts an estimated 20,000 members in New Jersey, the tenth largest of the organization’s 65 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The 19th Legislative District includes the municipalities of Woodbridge, Sayreville, Carteret, Perth Amboy, and South Amboy.
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