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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Pans Murphy’s Veto of Restaurant Relief Funds

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Measure Would Have Reimbursed Restaurants for Losses After Governor Reversed Decision to Allow Indoor Dining to Resume on July 2nd

Senator Anthony M. Bucco panned Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation he sponsored to reimburse restaurants for losses incurred after the governor reversed his decision to allow indoor dining to resume on July 2nd.

Sen. Tony Bucco panned Gov. Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation he sponsored to reimburse restaurants for losses incurred after the governor reversed his decision to allow indoor dining to resume on July 2nd. (Pixabay)

“Based on Governor Murphy’s personal guidance, restaurants invested a significant amount of money, often on personal credit cards, to restock in anticipation of resuming indoor dining on July 2nd,” said Bucco (R-25). “When the governor reversed course at the last moment, those restaurants suffered steep losses that they could ill afford. It’s unbelievable that Governor Murphy would veto targeted relief funds to cover losses that restaurants incurred to comply with his changing executive orders. It’s a slap in the face to an industry that’s struggling to survive.”

After initially announcing that restaurants could resume indoor dining on July 2nd, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 158 to rescind his prior order and continue a complete prohibition on indoor dining.

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Bucco Encourages Small Businesses to Register for NJEDA Grant Program Today

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco today issued a reminder to businesses that have been hard-hit by the pandemic and plan to apply for Phase 3 of New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Emergency Grant Program that they must first pre-register for the program.

The next round of CARES Act funding for small business will fall short of the demand for help, and Senator Bucco said this should prompt businesses to register for the grant program today. (Pixabay)

The pre-registration window opened today at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 27.

“Small businesses across the state are struggling every day to survive the COVID economy.  Today, I encourage them to take the time to register for the emergency assistance program,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s important for businesses to register now so they can be considered when the program opens. The money ran out quickly during the first two phases of the emergency grant programs and this time will be no different as there is nowhere near enough money being allocated.  If a business fails to pre-register, they will not be eligible to apply for help later.”

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Committee Approves Bucco Bill to Assist Veterans with PTSD or Brain Injury

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would make it easier for veterans to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or total brain injury was approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco requires the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to develop a program to help veterans access evaluation and treatment for PTSD or total brain injury diagnosis related to military service. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-2821, requires the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) to develop a program to help veterans access evaluation and treatment for PTSD or total brain injury diagnosis related to military service.

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Bucco Urges Governor to Loosen Capacity Limit on 12-Step Support Meetings

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In a letter to Governor Murphy today, Senator Anthony M. Bucco requested the loosening of the 25-person cap on alcohol and narcotics support group meetings.

Senator Bucco today wrote to Governor Murphy to request the loosening of the 25-person cap on alcohol and narcotics support group meetings. (Pixabay)

“When people know they need help, and they are actively seeking that help, we can’t afford to turn them away at the door,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “The stakes are too high. Lives depend on it.”

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Bucco: Persistent Lines and Poor Customer Service Indicative of Deeper Problems at MVC

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Motorists lining up outside of facilities in the pre-dawn hours, no less than six sites closed due to COVID, and countless residents frustrated by a system that has let them down, is what New Jersey residents face at DMV facilities. This has become business as usual for New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission.

Senator Bucco today criticized the continuing long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities, and called on the administration to schedule appointments for services and utilize mobile offices to alleviate backlogs. (SenateNJ.com)

“Not a day goes by that I don’t hear another horror story from a constituent who has been mistreated by a broken system,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “It is painfully obvious that customer service is buried low on MVC’s list of priorities, and New Jersey residents deserve better.”

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Bucco Welcomes the Return of Ice Hockey Games in New Jersey

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Governor Responded Positively to Senator’s Call for the Safe Resumption of Indoor Practice and Competition

Tonight, hundreds of youth and amateur ice hockey players, their coaches and families got the news they’ve been waiting for: The Governor finally lifted restrictions so games can begin again.

Four days after Senator Bucco called on the Governor to reconsider his ban on ice hockey games, Murphy signed an order allowing competition to resume. (Pixabay)

“I am glad to hear that the Governor has finally decided to allow certain indoor sports to resume competitive play. I think a lot of people will be happy that the frustrating wait is over,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco, who called on Murphy to green-light the return to the ice in a press release on Thursday. “I want to thank and commend the Governor for taking another look at the facts and realizing hockey could be played responsibly without undue risk of spreading COVID. The science was there to support the playing of games with appropriate precautions that will not change the way the sport is played.”

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Bucco/Corrado Bill Would Suspend Automatic Voter Registration Following Reports of Duplicate Ballots

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Some Visitors to MVC Now Registered to Vote More Than Once

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation, which Senator Kristin Corrado will join as a prime sponsor, that would suspend automatic voter registration at State government agencies in response to evidence that some voters are receiving multiple ballots after visits to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

New legislation by Sen. Tony Bucco and Sen. Kristin Corrado would suspend automatic voter registration at State government agencies in response to evidence that some voters are receiving multiple ballots after visits to MVC agencies. (SenateNJ.com)

“When automatic voter registration was enacted, we raised red flags that New Jersey’s creaky voter database wasn’t designed to filter duplicate registrations submitted by a slew of government agencies,” said Bucco (R-25). “We now have confirmation from election officials that many of the duplicate ballots that voters have reported receiving can be traced directly to automatic voter registration at the MVC. After our warnings, this shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.”

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Bucco to Governor: It’s Time to Drop the Puck and Let Youth Hockey Games Resume

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Governor Murphy’s executive orders have placed youth and amateur hockey games on ice since the pandemic began, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s time to take another look at restrictions that are having a devastating effect on the sport and the ice rinks that depend on it.

Senator Bucco today called on the Governor to reconsider restrictions that are having a devastating effect on the sport of hockey and the ice rinks that depend on it. (Pixabay)

“Hockey is a popular participation sport in New Jersey, and the players have been more than patient with guidelines intended to keep everybody safe,” said Bucco. “But with the resumption of so many other sports, it is starting to feel like hockey has been stuck in the penalty box. We are in a position now where we have the knowledge and precautions that will allow the return to safe competition.”

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Bucco Helps to Secure Outdoor Dining Extension for Morristown Restaurants

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NJDOT Approves Request to Allow Morristown Restaurants to Continue Outdoor Dining Through Nov. 1

Senator Anthony M. Bucco announced that he and Morristown officials have succeeded in securing a two-week extension for outdoor dining to continue on South Street and Speedwell Avenue through November 1, 2020.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco announced that he and Morristown officials have succeeded in securing a two-week extension for outdoor dining to continue through Nov. 1. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

“I am thrilled that local restaurants in Morristown will be able to continue to serve their customers outside until the beginning of November,” said Bucco (R-25). “Extending the outdoor dining program along South Street and Speedwell Avenue will give a boost to many family-owned restaurants, helping them to stay afloat throughout these tough times while keeping more workers employed. This will allow more patrons to be served safely throughout the fall season.”

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Bucco Calls for Extended Outdoor Dining Season in Morristown

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Senator Anthony M.  Bucco and Morristown officials are seeking approval for two more weeks of roadside dining along sections of South Street and Speedwell Avenue.

Senator Bucco and Morristown officials are seeking approval from the Department of Transportation for two more weeks of roadside dining along sections of South Street and Speedwell Avenue. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

In a letter to transportation commissioner Diane Guttierez-Scaccetti, Bucco asked for support of Morristown’s request for an extension of on-street outdoor dining permits to Nov. 1. Approval for the street-side tables is set to expire on Oct. 15.

“The small establishments that line these two streets have proven they can safely and responsibly serve customers at curb-side tables,” said Bucco. “Roadside dining has been a lifeline for small, downtown restaurants that don’t have the option of setting up tables in large parking lots.

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