Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco announced that the Christie administration has approved $13.8 million in grants to support projects in 12 school districts in the 25th Legislative District.
“On behalf of District 25 families, I’d like to thank the Christie administration for believing in our students and educators,” Bucco said. “We are fortunate to have great schools here, but some are in desperate need of structural improvements and safety upgrades. This funding will help ensure healthy, state-of-the-art learning environments for students.”
The state Senate has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to give municipalities more time to review defeated school budgets whenever the annual school district elections are postponed due to religious holidays, as will happen in 2014.
“I’ve worked hard with local government leaders on this one to make sure municipal boards will have enough time to thoroughly review defeated school budgets and determine how much of the people’s property taxes are necessary to fund each budget item,” Bucco said. “It is common sense to give them the same amount of time from the election to the deadline to modify a defeated school spending plan.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) designating the second full week in November of each year as “Veterans’ Education Awareness Week” was advanced by the Senate Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Since 9/11, many brave young men and women have dutifully served in the Armed Forces to help defend our nation,” added Bucco. “When they transition back to civilian life, it’s important that they know about the important benefits available to them, including a significant reduction in the cost of a college education.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) prohibiting homeowners’ associations from barring home modifications or additions needed to accommodate a disabled resident was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
“Many disabled residents are forced to make home modifications or build a ramp in order to assure they are able to safely move about their home,” said Bucco. “Residents who need to make these types of changes to their home to assure safety and a better quality of life shouldn’t be precluded from doing so because of overly rigid rules by a homeowners association.”
The Senate Transportation Committee today advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse.
“Widows endure enough emotional suffering and logistical stress after the passing of their spouses — forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without jumping through crazy hoops.”
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco stated the following after receiving the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award.”
“It is an honor to be connected in this way with the legacy of Alex DeCroce. Alex was a friend and mentor to legislators and constituents throughout his decades of public service. He set the example for how to bring officials and stakeholders together to pass balanced legislation for the benefit of our residents and the business community. You can’t ever replace a leader like him or completely get over his absence. But in Alex’s name, I will continue to do everything possible to make New Jersey a more affordable and attractive place to live, raise a family, and operate a business in the years to come.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris) to help end unemployment benefits fraud was signed into law today by Governor Christie.
The bill, S2740, requires that all information collected by the New Jersey Department of Human Services on newly hired employees be shared with other state agencies. The sharing of this information will help prevent the improper collection of unemployment benefits by individuals after they have returned to work.
“The citizens of New Jersey count on their legislators to make sure their tax dollars are used lawfully and responsibly,” Bucco said. “With the signing of this law, New Jersey can make sure that those who are truly in need receive assistance while safely protecting tax dollars from waste and abuse.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) issued the following remarks after being honored last night by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for his work to grow the state’s economy:
“I am extremely grateful to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for recognizing legislators’ work on economic growth in New Jersey. I also offer my congratulations to my colleagues from both sides of the aisle who have also been awarded by the Chamber for enhancing this state’s economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of this State. They provide our sons and daughters with a summer job while they are working through school. They are mom-and-pop shops that put that extra dose of quality into their product, and know you by your first name. Behind them all is that New Jerseyan who has risked it all for an idea, for a product, and for a service that they know deep down that they can do better than the other guy. They put their heart and their lives into what they do.
Kean, Pennacchio, Bucco, Oroho Statement on Senate Passage of Measure Designating “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway”
Senators Tom Kean Jr., Joe Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho stated the following regarding today’s advancement of legislation they sponsor to rename State Highway Route 53 after the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:
“Alex DeCroce is eternally missed in the halls of Trenton, as well as his district,” said Republican Leader Kean (R-Union, Morris). “We miss his wit, his charm and his passion for improving New Jersey. He was an extraordinary leader to work with and we would not have been able to accomplish such significant achievements for our constituents without his deeply devoted service.”
“Alex DeCroce was one our state’s greatest leaders, a loving husband, father, grandfather and true friend,” added Pennacchio (R-Morris). “We miss him every day in the 26th district. Renaming this highway after a man whose years of dedicated service left an indelible imprint on the communities of Morris County is a true and fitting tribute.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) stated the following in response to being honored today by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for his work to grow the state’s economy:
“I am honored and humbled to receive this biannual honor from the state Chamber, which in its own right does a tremendous job enhancing economic growth and improving the lives of New Jerseyans. As a Senator, I work every day to connect more people with more job creators in the 25th District and across this state.