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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Despite Murphy’s Denials, Administration CTO Confirms Unemployment & MVC Computer System Upgrades Are “Critical Needs”

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While Unemployment Claims Go Unpaid and Drivers Can’t Get Licenses, Murphy Says Fixing the Systems a “Waste” of Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are “top tier IT critical needs” that must be addressed.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are ‘top tier IT critical needs’ that must be addressed. (Pixabay)

“Despite Governor Murphy’s continued refusal to replace the State’s ancient computer systems, his administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that modernization programs are critical needs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It looks like Governor Murphy might be the only person left in New Jersey who thinks our broken unemployment and MVC systems are working just fine. He clearly hasn’t talked to the thousands of New Jerseyans who are going in circles on the unemployment website trying to get their claims approved, or to drivers who can’t schedule appointments online to get their licenses. We hear these complaints repeated by frustrated New Jerseyans every single day.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Bucco Call for Preserving Columbus Day Legacy

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Urge Senate Support of Resolution Securing Annual Holiday Cherished by Italian Americans

Columbus Day is a federal and state holiday marked on Oct. 11 this year and an annual celebration of Italian American heritage.

Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony M. Bucco are fighting to ensure the long-standing Columbus Day legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution supporting the preservation of the annual federal and state holiday. (Wikimedia)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco are dedicated to ensuring the long-standing legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution (SR-50) supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes Signed Into Law

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New Law Funds Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been signed into law.

A newly enacted law sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco provides $10 million to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This newly approved funding represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this appropriation permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

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Bucco Lauds Grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Help Preserve Lake Hopatcong and Local Waterways

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Ongoing efforts to conserve and restore Lake Hopatcong received a boost today from a grant of almost $500,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco noted a significant grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for important projects to protect the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed is a testimony to local efforts to restore waterways and Lake Hopatcong. (Pixabay)

The grant, announced this morning, was provided through the NFWF’s Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund to the Lake Hopatcong Commission in partnership with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation for crucial projects in the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed.

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Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio/Schepisi Legislation Supporting Pediatric Cancer Research Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Joseph Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Tony Bucco, Joe Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed both of these bills into law today. As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Bucco Bills to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research Signed Into Law

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A pair of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco to fund pediatric cancer research in New Jersey have been signed into law.

Sen. Tony Bucco and Grace Eline, both pediatric cancer survivors, vote YES to fund vital pediatric cancer research in New Jersey during a Senate session on June 21, 2021. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Bucco: Murphy Shouldn’t Stop New Homes & Businesses from Having Access to Affordable, Reliable Natural Gas

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Senator Anthony Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy should rethink his plan to prohibit newly constructed homes and businesses from having access to affordable and reliable natural gas.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy should rethink his plan to prohibit newly constructed homes and businesses from having access to affordable and reliable natural gas. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan acknowledges that 75% of existing residences in the state are heated with natural gas,” said Bucco (R-25). “That so many New Jersey families currently depend on natural gas is not a coincidence. It’s affordable, reliable for heating and cooking, and dependable for emergency standby power generation when electric lines are knocked out during storms like Sandy.”

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Bucco Fighting for Constituent Who is Paying for Labor Department Mistake

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Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s district office staff has assisted thousands of constituents struggling to receive unemployment benefits. One particularly troubling case, however, has occupied and frustrated the Senator and his team since June.

A resident from his district who must repay more money to the Department of Labor than she received is one many months-old constituent cases that have frustrated Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and his staff. (SenateNJ.com)

A Morristown resident and employee at a state university was one of thousands of state workers subject to one-week furloughs during the pandemic and eligible for unemployment compensation for the time off.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senators Bucco & Oroho React to Murphy’s Surprise Payroll Tax Increase

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Steve Oroho issued statements responding to the Murphy Administration’s devastating tax increase on state employers:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Steve Oroho blasted the Murphy Administration for a massive increase in the payroll tax on employers already struggling from the impact of the pandemic and lockdown. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Bucco: “After promising no new tax increases this year and watching other states use federal funds to avert massive tax increases on struggling employers, the Governor put through a stealth tax increase at the close of business on a hot Summer Friday.  He didn’t want anybody to notice a destructive increase that will hit hard in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

Senator Oroho: “New Jersey has a 7.3 percent unemployment rate, and this unnecessary tax increase on employers will kill more jobs. This was avoidable by using federal funds from the American Recovery Plan. We should have used COVID relief money that the state already has in its possession instead of adding burdens to job creators.  Even while he is vacationing in Italy, the Governor is showing no respect for the employers crushed by his excessing closures.”

The $250 million payroll tax increase on businesses and some nonprofits and local governments was coyly unveiled with a vague update on the labor department’s web site. CLICK HERE to view.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco’s Letter to Labor Commissioner Seeking Solution to Unemployment Frustrations Yields No Response

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Says Hundreds of People in District Are Still Being Denied Benefits They Deserve

Exasperated by almost-constant pleas from constituents who are unable to get help with unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor, Senator Anthony M. Bucco last week wrote to Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo seeking a solution.

Too many New Jersey residents still can’t get the help they need from unemployment, but Senator Bucco’s letter seeking assistance from the labor commissioner went unanswered. (SenateNJ.com)

In his letter dated August 2, Bucco requested “a meeting at my legislative office with you and any other member of your staff to review the current process and develop a procedure so that we can quickly and effectively resolve these outstanding unemployment issues that my constituents continue to endure.”

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