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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Christie Signs Bucco’s “Patrolman Joseph Wargo’s Law” Creating Roadside Memorial Program

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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.

“Patrolman Joseph Wargo’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The legislation is named after Joseph Wargo (pictured), a Mount Arlington police officer killed by a suspected drunk driver. (Cliffview Pilot/Ptl. Thomas Borgia)

“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.”

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Bucco’s “Christopher’s Law” to Raise Awareness, Prevent Pontoon Fatalities Heads to Governor

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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.

“Christopher’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, is named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015. (Chris and Laura D’Amico)

“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.”

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Bucco Bills Aiding New Jersey Veterans, Active Duty Military Clear Senate

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would help active duty military personnel, their families, and veterans access support and services statewide. (DVIDS)

“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.”

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Bucco Bill to Increase School & Community Safety Passes Senate

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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.

Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation creates a new classs of law enforcement officers to provide security in schools. (©iStock)

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.”

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Panel Passes Bucco Bill to Efficiently Increase School & Community Safety

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would create “Class Three” law enforcement officers and allow them to provide security in New Jersey schools. (©iStock)

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.”

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Bucco Bills Offering New Support for Veterans, Active Duty Military Clear Committees

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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.

Bills sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco would expand support for deployed military personnel in a time of war and help veterans to obtain copies of honorable discharge papers. (DVIDS)

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.”

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Bucco Bill Keeping Kids in School While Parent Completes Active Duty Military Service Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) allowing children of active duty military personnel to stay in the school within the district their family resided in prior to a parent’s deployment was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would allow children of active duty military personnel to stay in the school within the district their family resided in prior to a parent’s deployment. (Flickr)

“Children who face the constant fear of losing a parent to the perils of war should never be forced to leave behind the friends and teachers who provide invaluable stability, love and support,” Senator Bucco said. “My bill will ensure that children of active duty soldiers can remain in their own schools while their parent is risking their life to serve our country and protect the liberties we hold dear.”

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Bucco Honored As “Legislator of the Year” for Support of Small Business, NJ Retailers

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has been chosen “Legislator of the Year” by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. Sen. Bucco was honored for his leadership and legislative efforts in support of the state’s retail industry and pharmacy profession.

Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ at the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association’s 47th Annual Gala Retail Awards Dinner on Dec. 3, 2015. (NJRMA)

“As a longtime small business owner and fierce supporter of New Jersey’s vibrant business and manufacturing industry, I was truly honored to receive this award,” Senator Bucco said. “I will continue to fight on behalf of New Jersey’s hardworking business owners, who play a vital role in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. By nurturing public-private partnerships, we can work together to transform New Jersey into a worldwide hub for innovation, where the best and brightest job creators can grow and thrive.”

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Bucco’s “Christopher’s Law” Improving Boating Safety in Wake of Lake Hopatcong Tragedy Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) in memory of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, a Mount Arlington boy who lost his life in a 2015 Lake Hopatcong boating accident, was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Christopher’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, is named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015. (Facebook/Kindness for Christopher)

“Toady’s passage of Christopher’s Law is a strong step forward in our ongoing fight to prevent tragic boating accidents on Lake Hopatcong and waterways across our state,” Bucco said. “We must make sure that all renters receive comprehensive safety instructions and are aware of the deadly dangers of operating pontoons before they even step foot on the water vessel.”

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Bucco Introduces “Christopher’s Law” in Memory of Boy Tragically Killed in Pontoon Boating Accident

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Legislation requires warning signs; pre-rental safety instruction to increase awareness of the dangers of operating pontoons in New Jersey waterways

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Christopher’s Law,” 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.

“Christopher’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, is named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015. (Chris and Laura D’Amico)

“Christopher’s Law” requires the owner of a pontoon rental business to alert customers to the dangers of operating the water vessel, by posting prominent warning signs at entrances and ensuring that renters complete pre-rental instruction before setting sail.

“In the wake of this heart-breaking tragedy, we must do everything we can to make sure that all renters are aware of the dangers of operating pontoons. Passing this simple legislation is the least we can do to honor Christopher’s legacy, by protecting our children and families from falling victim to boating accidents on waterways across our state,” Senator Bucco said.

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