OCEAN COUNTY – Senator Robert W. Singer was recently recognized for his extensive volunteer service to public health with the 2019 Local Board of Health Member of the Year award.
Senator Singer has served Ocean County as a member of the Ocean County Board of Health for 37 years. He still serves as Vice Chairman. The Senator was awarded this title by the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association (NJLBHA).
“For me there is no one more deserving of this award than Senator Singer. I know very few people who are more dedicated and passionate when it comes to the health and welfare of the residents we serve here in Ocean County and, of course, around the state as well,” said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator.
Over the last four decades, Sen. Singer has initiated and supported countless important programs and services provided by the Ocean County Health Department. For example, he was a strong proponent for offering dental services to eligible residents at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). He also supported the emergency response efforts to ensure important resources were available for the agency during Superstorm Sandy. Singer has also proven to be a passionate advocate for animal welfare and promoting the agency shelter adoption and volunteer programs.
“There is absolutely no doubt Senator Singer’s experience and leadership helped shape the Ocean County Health Department to what it is today,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “As freeholder liaison, I’ve witnessed firsthand for years the many ways the Senator – all on his own time – has worked diligently to protect the public’s health and safety. It’s his understanding of the diverse local health issues that has helped him advocate for so many of these issues in the legislature and statewide.”
During his 32 years in the New Jersey State Legislature, Senator Singer has served on the Senate Health Committee and is the senior ranking member of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Today, Singer is facing down the vaping crisis by supporting the regulation of the sale of e-cigarettes by currently co-sponsoring Senate Bills.
“The e-cigarette and vaping issue is a perfect example of Senator Singer recognizing early on that this crisis had to be met head on,” said Regenye. “He and the rest of our board backed our initiatives and programs and to ensure we had the resources available to follow through.”