Gov. Christie Names City Resident to State Board on Worker Safety

Joyce SagiNEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Governor Chris Christie's office announced on September 9 that New Brunswick resident Joyce Sagi has been appointed as the public representative for the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Advisory Board.

Sagi’s appointment was part of a series of direct appointments made by Governor Christie last week to positions on various boards and commissions throughout New Jersey.

The board was established in 1983 to set standards for the safety and health of public employees, as well as reviewing workplace accidents.

By law, eighteen members of this board are to be appointed by the governor, each one representing a specific sector or institution.  Sagi was chosen to represent the general public on the board.

A press release issued by the Christie administration erroneously said that Sagi would serve as the state worker representative on the body.  That role will actually be filled by the NJ Turnpike Authority's Keith Crowell, officials say.

"The appointments have since been amended," said Christie spokesperson Kevin Roberts.

Sagi was employed by Rutgers University for 26 years and was born and raised in New Jersey, and lives in the Somerset Street neighborhood.  She says her family has been around New Brunswick for 200 years.

Sagi served as the vice president of the executive board of the Middlesex County Long-Term Recovery Group, which is a non-profit organization formed to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in Middlesex County.

She has also served as a board member on the Work Environmental Council, which also works for Sandy recovery, as well as working to combat pollution in New Jersey.

Along with her positions on multiple boards and councils, Sagi is also the founder and CEO of Disaster and Risk Associates.

Her company provides OSHA and safety training for businesses and their workers, as well as providing disaster recovery and emergency preparedness services.

Sagi told New Brunswick Today, “I’m excited to serve the state and its employees.”

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