New Jersey Department of State New Jersey Department of State
Lt. Governor
Kim Guadagno
On November 3, 2009, the people of New Jersey elected Kim Guadagno as the first Lieutenant Governor in the state's history.
Contact the Department of State
New Jersey Department of State
P.O. Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov

Ellis Island Advisory Commission

NJSA 52:16A-99 Findings, declarations relative to Ellis Island.

1.The Legislature finds and declares that:

a. Ellis Island occupies a significant and unique place in America's heritage; it was the primary United States immigration station from 1892 to 1954 when more than 12 million people passed through the station complex - the greatest surge of migration in America's history; and today, 40% of Americans can trace their family history from Ellis Island, which was added to the national park system in 1965 and placed under the operational supervision of the National Park Service as a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in recognition of its importance in American history, architecture, and culture.

b. The closure of Ellis Island in 1954 resulted in its abandonment and decay; in 1990, following extensive rehabilitation, the Main Building reopened as an immigration museum and several buildings have been rehabilitated as administrative offices; and the National Park Service is working with Save Ellis Island, Inc. as the non-profit partner for implementation of the Ellis Island Institute and conference center, which is the preferred re-use for the remaining unused buildings on Ellis Island.

c. The members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties subject to the availability of funds.

d. The Secretary of State, or a designee, shall serve as chair, and the members of the commission shall elect annually one of the public members to serve as vice-chair. The chair may appoint a secretary, who need not be a member of the commission. The presence of a majority of the full membership of the commission shall be required for the conduct of official business.

e. The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. The commission shall hold at least two meetings annually which shall be held at the State capitol and at such other times and places as the commission may deem expedient, including on Ellis Island.

L.2008, c.85, s.2; amended 2012, c.45, s.132.

NJSA 52:16A-100 Ellis Island Advisory Commission

2. a. The Ellis Island Advisory Commission is hereby created and established in the Executive Branch of the State Government. For the purposes of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, paragraph 1, of the New Jersey Constitution, the commission is allocated within the Department of State.

The commission shall consist of 19 voting members, as follows:

(1) a representative of the Governor's office, the Secretary of State or a designee, the State Treasurer or a designee, the Attorney General or a designee, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or a designee, the Commissioner of Education or a designee, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commerce Commission or a designee, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or a designee, the Commissioner of Transportation or a designee, the New Jersey State representative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or a designee, and the President of Save Ellis Island, Inc. or a designee, each serving ex officio;

(2) four members of the Legislature, of whom one shall be appointed by the Senate President, one by the Senate Minority Leader, one by the Speaker of the General Assembly and one by the Minority Leader of the General Assembly. Legislators appointed to the commission shall serve as members thereof for terms co-extensive with their respective terms as members of the Houses of the Legislature from which they were appointed; and

(3) four members shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, of whom one shall be a representative of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, chosen with expertise in immigration issues, and three shall be members of the public, chosen with due regard for their knowledge of the role of Ellis Island in American history, including one member with expertise in the hospitality industry and one member with expertise in the development industry. No public members shall hold elective office.

b. Each public member of the commission shall serve for a term of three years, except that of the initial members so appointed: one member shall serve for one year, two members shall serve for two years, and two members shall serve for three years. Public members shall be eligible for reappointment. They shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified, and the term of any successor of any incumbent shall be calculated from the expiration of the term of that incumbent. A vacancy occurring other than by expiration of the term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only. Public members may be removed by the Governor for cause.

c. The members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties subject to the availability of funds.

d. The Secretary of State, or a designee, shall serve as chair, and the members of the commission shall elect annually one of the public members to serve as vice-chair. The chair may appoint a secretary, who need not be a member of the commission. The presence of a majority of the full membership of the commission shall be required for the conduct of official business.

e. The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. The commission shall hold at least two meetings annually which shall be held at the State capitol and at such other times and places as the commission may deem expedient, including on Ellis Island.

L.2008, c.85, s.2; amended 2012, c.45, s.132.

NJSA 52:16A-101 Responsibilities, duties of Ellis Island Advisory Commission

3. The Ellis Island Advisory Commission shall have the following responsibilities and duties:

a. to recommend that the proposed Ellis Island Institute and its associated conference center are aligned fully with New Jersey interests, industries and existing institutions;

b. to promote the Ellis Island Institute and its associated conference center regionally and nationally as an important cultural and private-public initiative and a destination venue;

c. to recognize the accomplishments of the State of New Jersey in the rehabilitation, reuse and protection of cultural and historic resources on Ellis Island;

d. to provide, based upon the collective interest of the members and the knowledge and experience of its staff, assistance and advice to Save Ellis Island, Inc., its successors and other interested parties;

e. to cooperate with the State of New York and the City of New York, when appropriate, with respect to the rehabilitation, reuse, and protection of the Ellis Island buildings and resources;

f. to prepare reports for the Governor and the Legislature regarding its findings and recommendations; and

g. to receive and accept appropriations, as well as foster development of gifts and donations to minimize any fiscal impact upon the State.

L.2008, c.85, s.3.

NJSA 52:16A-102 Report to Governor, Legislature

4. The commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the Legislature, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), within one year of its initial organizational meeting and by the fifteenth of February of each succeeding year for the activities of the preceding calendar year.

L.2008, c.85, s.4.

NJSA 52:16A-103 Authority of commission to request information, assistance

5. The commission is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or agency of the State, or of a political subdivision of the State, to supply such information and assistance as it deems necessary to discharge its responsibilities under this act.

L.2008, c.85, s.5

52:16A-104 Findings, declarations relative to establishing the "New Jersey-Israel Commission" as permanent

1.The Legislature finds and declares:

a. On April 25, 1988, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, the State of New Jersey entered into a Sister State Agreement with Israel as a symbol of the potential for cooperation that exists between our two states; and

b. The agreement calls for the development of trade and cultural and educational exchanges, in addition to encouraging the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and

c. On May 31, 1989, the State of New Jersey established the New Jersey-Israel Commission as a temporary commission by Executive Order No. 208 of Governor Thomas H. Kean to enhance New Jersey's ability to implement the stated goals of the agreement; and

d. The commission was continued by Executive Orders Nos. 35 and 90 of Governor James J. Florio through and including May 31, 1995; and

e. The commission was continued by Executive Orders Nos. 37 and 70 of Governor Christine T. Whitman through and including January 1, 2002; and

f. The commission was continued by Executive Order No. 12 of Governor James E. McGreevey through and including January 1, 2007; and

g. The commission was continued by Executive Order No. 49 of Governor Jon S. Corzine through and including January 1, 2012; and

h. The commission has effectively fostered a spirit of cooperation between the citizens of the State of Israel and the citizens of the State of New Jersey that should continue, on a permanent basis, in order to further the goals of the agreement.

L.2008, c.125, s.1.

52:16A-105 New Jersey-Israel Commission deemed permanent; membership, vacancies, compensation, meetings

2. a. The New Jersey-Israel Commission continued pursuant to Executive Order No. 49 of 2007, together with its functions, powers, duties, and subcommittees is hereby continued and established as a permanent commission in the Department of State, in accordance with the provisions of this act, P.L.2008, c.125 (C.52:16A-104 et seq.).

b. Upon the effective date of this act and through December 31, 2011, the commission shall consist of a minimum of 15 members and a maximum of 100 members, to be appointed by the Governor. Eight members of the commission shall be members of the Legislature. Four of the legislative members shall be members of the General Assembly, no more than two of whom shall be of the same political party, and four shall be members of the Senate, no more than two of whom shall be of the same political party. The eight legislative members shall be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly and the President of the Senate, respectively. All members of the commission shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor, and vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made. The members of the commission appointed pursuant to Executive Order No. 49 of 2007 and serving on the effective date of this act shall continue as members of the commission until December 31, 2011 on which date the appointments of all the members shall expire.

c. On January 1, 2012 and thereafter, the membership of the commission shall consist of 85 members to be appointed by the Governor, as follows:

(1) Eight members of the commission shall be members of the Legislature. Four of the legislative members shall be members of the General Assembly, no more than two of whom shall be of the same political party, and four shall be members of the Senate, no more than two of whom shall be of the same political party. The eight legislative members shall be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly and the President of the Senate, respectively. The legislative members shall serve during the two-year legislative term in which the appointment is made.

(2) Seventy-seven members of the commission shall be members of the public, to be appointed by the Governor to serve for a term of three years, except that of those 77 members first appointed, 25 shall be appointed to serve an initial term of two years, 25 shall be appointed to serve an initial term of three years, and 27 shall be appointed to serve an initial term of four years.

(3) A vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment is made.

d. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties, within the limit of funds appropriated to the commission or otherwise made available to it for its purposes.

e. The commission may meet and hold hearings at the places it designates throughout the State.

L.2008, c.125, s.2.

52:16A-107 Purpose of New Jersey-Israel Commission.

4. a. The purpose of the New Jersey-Israel Commission shall be to implement the stated goals of the Sister State Agreement between New Jersey and Israel. In furtherance of its purpose, the commission shall establish subcommittees to examine the following issues:

(1) Economic Development and International Trade;

(2) Research, Science and Technology;

(3) Education;

(4) Culture and Tourism; and

(5) other issues as determined by the commission pursuant to its purposes.

b. The commission shall report its findings, recommendations and plans directly to the Governor.

L.2008, c.125, s.4.

52:16A-108 Purpose of New Jersey-Israel Commission.

5. The New Jersey-Israel Commission shall be authorized to raise funds, through direct solicitation or other fundraising events, alone or with other groups, and accept gifts, grants and bequests from individuals, corporations, foundations, governmental agencies, public and private organizations and institutions, to defray the commission's administrative expenses and carry out its purposes as set forth in this act, P.L.2008, c.125 (C. 52:16A-104 et seq.). The funds, gifts, grants, or bequests received pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a State Treasury account and allocated and annually appropriated to the Department of State to defray the commission's administrative expenses and carry out its purposes.

L.2008, c.125, s.5.