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Subject: [QUEENS] BUREAUCRAT RULES/NEW JERSEY/SOCIAL SECURITY
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 13:13:53 -0400
I too have had many problems acquiring genealogy documentation (Death Cert., etc.) from New Jersey (I offer my apologies to those in New Jersey, this is not personal). I am sending this to a number of list that I am a member of with the hopes that, as a group, the below contacts will be ‘bombarded” with tons and tons of E-mail from us genealogist – hoping that changes can be made and that acquiring the information we need is a little less cumbersome, and I might add at times expensive (Social Security Applications – for just a photo copy it use to be $7.00 now it is $27.00 with us supplying all information – OUR TAX DOLLARS plus more $ at work????). I have listed means of contacting your local Senator/House of Rep. as I feel our voice should also be heard within the State we live, as well as on a Federal level. Hopefully with pressure from the genealogist (and we do vote these people into office) things will be made easier, rather then more difficult.
I know this is a lot of work to contact these people, but a little work now may save a lot of time and effort later on not only for us, but the genealogist that follow us. So please, if possible try to do your part. I have contacted each one and am hoping that they all get ‘bombarded’ with mail/contacts so something IS DONE.
If anyone takes offense to this or feels they do not want to participate, PLEASE just delete it, I do not want to hear about your objections/beliefs/whatever, but I do want to thank you for the consideration anyway.
Let me start at the TOP:
President and Vice President of the United States of America
President George W. Bush: President Richard Cheney: for the above: 1-202-456-2461
Senator(s) of the State you live in:
Go to http://www.senate.gov/ - find your state (“Choose A State’) and work from there – contact information is provided – you may have to dig for it, but it is there. Oh, for those in New York State, you may want to keep a check on Hillary Clinton – I have written a number of times and have had NO reply. I guess she is busy with other ‘matters’, although she does have a very ‘pretty’ website!
House of Representative(s) of the State you live in:
Go to http://www.house.gov/ - type in your full zip code and as above, follow through. Bringing up New York State again, I have to note that the office of Maurice Hinchey is the most helpful that I have ever had to contact for help.
New Jersey Governor:
http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmil.html - Governor James E. McGreevey does have a wonderful web page(s) for the State of New Jersey. If you live in New Jersey you can find help for just about anything (notation: except ease of acquiring genealogy certificates, etc.) The mailing address is: The State House, PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625.If you go to ‘Contact the Governor’ there is an Electronic Correspondence to Governor James E. McGreevey section. It is rather lengthy, but I feel worth the time. For Email Topic I used “Arts and Leisure”, as a sub-topic –Historical Preservation and also checked the “If you have not found the topic/sub-topic you wish to write about please check here”. I used the Topic and Sub-topic so my complaint(s) would be ‘pigeon holed’ into one area with the hopes that whomever is assigned to open and read this section will get tons and tons of complaints about the system for acquiring genealogical documentation.
Department of Health and Senior Services
http://www.nj.govhealth/feedback.shtml - this is the area that Joseph A. Komosinski, State Registrar works in (POB 370, Trenton, NJ 08625-0370, phone: 1-609-292-4087, Fax: 1-609-777-1337. The DHSS Feedback form is short and to the point, not like Governor McGreevey’s
Again, thank you for your time and consideration and if anyone knows of a different way of contacting the above, GO FOR IT!
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