Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale and Senator Anthony Bucco to offer greater aid to members of the National Guard and Armed Services who are balancing military service and higher education was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.
“This legislation offers invaluable, duly-deserved support for the members of the military who risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear,” Senator Cardinale said. “Our pledge to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield. We can honor this promise by ensuring all of these heroes have the basic support they need to complete their college degree – an essential tool that will help them thrive here in the state they call home.”
Senator Receives ‘I Am For The Child’ Award from CASA of NJ
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco was honored with the ‘I am for the Child’ award by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey. The award was recognition of Bucco’s long-standing commitment to New Jersey’s children and his strong, consistent support of CASA advocacy across New Jersey.
“No government entity or agency can ever provide the care, advocacy, commitment and oversight that CASA volunteers and staff do every day for our youth,” said Bucco. “This remarkable network is a model for public-private partnerships, helping the state to better protect abused and neglected children, reducing public costs and enriching our society as a whole for generations to come.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a new class of special law enforcement officers to provide security at public and nonpublic schools was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“In moments of grave danger, every minute that our children and teachers go unprotected brings us one step closer to an unfathomable tragedy,” Senator Bucco said. “By passing this bill, we can meet today’s school security challenges and save lives without overburdening taxpayers. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for demonstrating their continued support of this important issue.”
Governor Christie has signed “Christopher’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to increase awareness of the dangers of operating pontoons in New Jersey waterways. The bill was named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, of Mount Arlington, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015.
“Less than a year ago, our community suffered a heartbreaking loss, and yet out of that tragedy as emerged a legacy that includes Christopher’s Law – my lifesaving legislation that will prevent countless fatal pontoon boating accidents for years to come,” Senator Bucco said. “I am proud to have sponsored this commonsense legislation that ensures all pontoon renters are aware of these dangers and receive the essential instruction they need to safely enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful lakes and waterways.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed “Patrolman Joseph Wargo’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create of a roadside memorial program honoring New Jersey emergency personnel and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
“For the friends and family of heroes like Patrolman Joseph Wargo, there is little we can do to ease the pain and heartbreak that endures long after their tragic loss,” Senator Bucco said. “What we can do is offer a longstanding tribute expressing our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. By creating a permanent roadside memorial program, we are ensuring that those who have paid the ultimate price to guard their neighbors from harm are never forgotten by those they died to protect.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) ensuring all boaters have the knowledge and training to safely operate pontoons on New Jersey waterways has cleared the New Jersey Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk for final approval. The bill, known as “Christopher’s Law,” was named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, of Mount Arlington, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015.
“Today we took a strong step forward to ensure every pontoon renter has the lifesaving instruction they need to keep their families safe as they enjoy our state’s beautiful waterways,” Senator Bucco said. “Christopher’s bright smile and kind spirit continue to inspire acts of kindness and generosity in communities across the nation. I am proud to have had the opportunity to support Christopher’s familyand supporters near and far, as we work together to honor his memory by enacting this lifesaving bill.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to help active duty military personnel, their families, and veterans access support and services statewide has passed the New Jersey Senate.
“Our promise to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield,” Senator Bucco said. “The spouses and children our brave heroes leave behind need our support as well. My bill to allow active duty military personnel to defer property tax payments until they return home will provide invaluable support to their families in New Jersey. These families are already making extraordinary sacrifices – they should not have to struggle to make ends meet while their loved one fights to keep our country safe.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a new class of law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
The measure, S-2983, creates “Class Three” special law enforcement officers comprised of retired-in-good-standing, former full-time New Jersey law enforcement officers younger than 65 years old, who would be authorized to provide security in this state’s public and nonpublic schools.
“This legislation provides a cost-effective means of meeting the challenges of school security in the age of Sandy Hook without breaking the bank for taxpayers,” said Bucco. “It allows us to leverage the experience and training of retired police officers to keep our kids safe, and allows full-time police officers to remain on the streets serving entire communities.”
The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to allow “Class Three” law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools.
Senator Bucco’s bipartisan S-2983 creates “Class Three” special law enforcement officers comprised of retired-in-good-standing, former full-time New Jersey law enforcement officers younger than 65 years old, who would be authorized to provide security in this state’s public and nonpublic schools.
“This legislation is a win-win-win to improve public safety in communities across the state,” Bucco said. “It creates an avenue for boards of education across New Jersey to better and more efficiently protect children, teachers, staff members and facilities in this era when violent acts at schools are far too prevalent. It allows local police departments to assign more of their current full-time officers to protect and serve in areas surrounding schools and in all corners of their jurisdiction. It enriches communities by allowing many of New Jersey’s outstanding law enforcement officers to stay and give more to the public after they retire, in a cost-effective manner for taxpayers.”
The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Budget Appropriations Committee advanced bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to expand support for military personnel deployed during a time of war, as well as veterans living across New Jersey.
The first of the bills, S-1325, would ensure that New Jersey residents currently enlisted in any branch of the armed services can defer property tax payments that become due during a period of deployment for active duty service.
“New Jersey is home to thousands of brave men and women who are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our country, often leaving behind families who struggle to make ends meet,” Senator Bucco said. “While we have taken great strides to demonstrate our unwavering support for America’s troops, we must do more to support their loved ones here at home. Easing this financial burden will ensure that those who support our nation’s heroes receive the relief, care and assistance they deserve.”