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Executive Order #132

Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco

This executive order continued by EO #5 McGreevey.

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, terrorists injured or killed thousands of innocent victims in the United States by hi-jacking and crashing four commercial airliners; and

WHEREAS, two of the commercial airliners were crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that a significant percentage of the victims at the World Trade Center towers were residents of the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, immediately following the terrorist attacks the State of New Jersey declared a State of Emergency (Executive Order No. 131) and fully mobilized all State and local resources to implement and support recovery and victim assistance efforts; and

WHEREAS, this Administration seeks to facilitate these recovery and victim assistance efforts by creating a centralized office under the supervision of the Governor that will administer, lead and coordinate State government's recovery and victim assistance efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD T. DIFRANCESCO, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby created the Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance (hereinafter "Office").

2. The Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance shall consist of a Recovery Coordinator to be directly appointed by the Governor. The Recovery Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

3. The Recovery Coordinator is hereby empowered to administer, lead and coordinate State government's efforts in providing recovery and victim assistance and shall perform such other duties as the Governor may from time to time prescribe. The Recovery Coordinator shall perform these duties in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management, as appropriate.

4. The Recovery Coordinator is hereby authorized to fulfill the mandates of this Order, subject to the provisions of Title 11A of the Revised Statutes, when relevant, other applicable statutes, and the appropriations limit for this Office.

5. The Office is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or agency of this State to supply it with data and other information or assistance as deemed necessary to discharge its duties under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Recovery Coordinator and provide such assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order. Notwithstanding anything in this Order to the contrary, the Office shall not supplant the function of any department, office, division or agency of the State to handle recovery and victim assistance efforts.

6. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 17th day of September in the
Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
One, and of the Independence of
the United States, the Two Hundred
and Twenty-Sixth.

/s/Donald T. DiFrancesco
Senate President,
Acting Governor

[seal]
Attest: /s/
James A. Harkness
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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