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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Presses Murphy for Plan to Address Long Lines & Hazards at Randolph MVC

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Says Similar Scenes Occurring at NJMVC Agencies Across NJ

Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy today calling for a plan to help Randolph Twp. and other New Jersey communities that have been overwhelmed by a crush of people who are seeking to conduct business at newly reopened New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies.

People queued up at 3 a.m. this morning outside the Randolph MVC to try to gain service today after many failed to get through long lines yesterday. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco noted that he made a request more than two months ago of MVC Chief Sue Fulton asking for an overview of the Commission’s plan to avoid the chaos that’s new occurring at MVC agencies across New Jersey. He never received a response.

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Bucco: NJMVC’s Disaster Should Have Been Averted

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Senator Bucco Warned Chief Administrator of Backlogs and Requested a Plan Two Months Ago

Long lines, three-hour wait times, traffic blocking roads and highways. That’s the scene many New Jersey drivers are finding at Motor Vehicle Commission agencies across the state.

Senator Bucco warned NJMVC about severe backlogs and the need for a re-opening plan two months ago, but it was ignored and the result is playing out in extremely long lines and slow service today. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It is exasperating,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “Agencies have been shut down for months, and there are significant backlogs of renewals and transactions that must be completed. I as much as predicted this two months ago and I asked the commission for a plan. They ignored me, they ignored New Jersey residents, and this is the result.”

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Bucco: Savings from Original Furlough Bill Could Have Funded Homestead Benefit & Senior Freeze

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Governor Leaves $750 Million of Savings on the Table, Threatens to Slash Popular Property Tax Relief Programs

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy missed an opportunity to implement State employee furloughs back in May that could have provided more than enough savings to fund property tax relief programs that provide critical assistance to families and seniors:

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy missed an opportunity to implement State employee furloughs back in May that could have provided more than enough savings to fund property tax relief programs that provide critical assistance to families and seniors. (©iStock.com)

“The Legislature sent Governor Murphy bipartisan furlough legislation back in May that could have saved the State an estimated $750 million, more than enough to fund the Homestead Rebate and Senior Freeze programs. Instead, he returned to the Legislature a watered down furlough bill that is unlikely to produce any substantial savings. This is unacceptable.

“Because the governor failed to enact the original legislation, the State budget is in a deeper hole. In fact, the administration says it may cancel Homestead Benefit credits on upcoming property tax bills and Senior Freeze reimbursements that otherwise would have been paid this month. It didn’t have to be this way.

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Bucco Bill Extending Government and Private Projects Permits During the Public Health Emergency Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco to extend the duration of existing permit approvals from state, county and municipal agencies for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco to extend existing permit approvals from state, county and municipal agencies for the duration of the COVID-19 health emergency was signed into law today. (SenateNJ.com)

The majority of business and government projects came to a sudden halt when the coronavirus pandemic hit and the Governor locked down the state. The enactment of Bucco’s bill (A-3919/S-2346) ensures those projects can resume without costly delays.

“The economy was stopped in its tracks by COVID-19,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “Work has been frozen by mandated precautions and strict social distancing orders. During indefinite delays, permit approvals can expire, jeopardizing important construction projects and placing public and private investment at risk. By extending permits during this health crisis, we can prevent important, already-approved work from being abandoned.

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Senator Bucco Resolves Over 1,000 Unemployment Cases for Constituents – and Counting

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco announced that his office has now assisted 1,034 constituents with unemployment claims, and counting, since the pandemic’s start on March 15th.

Senator Bucco is reminding residents not to give up if they are having problems getting unemployment, and said his office has assisted more than 1,000 people who are now receiving benefits. (Flickr)

“In this unprecedented and historic time, I’ve made it a priority to do everything that I can to help the taxpayers, families and seniors of my district survive financially from this horrific virus,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’ve heard so many frightening cases from every corner of the district – people struggling to make ends meet, choosing between groceries and their rent, waking up every morning to stress over when they’ll get a paycheck again. Countless news stories have documented the outdated and overrun unemployment claims system in Trenton that has made this process a nightmare for those looking to claim the benefits they’ve earned. The stories can be truly heartbreaking, and demonstrated in some cases the urgent need to get these claims resolved as quickly as possible.”

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Bucco Introduces Measure to Establish Overdose Awareness Day

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Overdose Deaths Increased by 20% During Shutdown

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to designate August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey. This comes in the wake of reports that overdoses have spiked by 20% during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to designate August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day. (Pixabay)

“No New Jersey family has been immune from the tragic opioid epidemic that has plagued our state and our nation,” said Bucco (R-25). “We need to work together to heighten awareness while breaking the stigma surrounding addiction.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco & Pennacchio Strengthen Partnership with NJ African American Chamber of Commerce

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Panelists on ‘The State of Black New Jersey 2020 Economic Summit’

Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio participated in ‘The State of Black New Jersey 2020 Economic Summit’ hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ).

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio participated in ‘The State of Black New Jersey 2020 Economic Summit’ hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. (AACCNJ.com)

“The State of New Jersey can and must do more to create a level but competitive playing field for all businesses, and particularly for the minority community,” said Bucco. “I enjoyed engaging in a robust conversation and walked away with a deeper understanding of the challenges that minority-owned businesses continue to face. Better assisting Black-owned businesses will create more jobs, more opportunities, and more economic success in communities of color and across the Garden State.”

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Bucco Asks Governor for Clarification on Museums

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) sent Governor Phil Murphy a letter (click here for PDF) asking for clarification on whether museums are allowed to reopen, saying there is much confusion resulting from his various announcements and orders:

Sen. Tony Bucco asked Gov. Phil Murphy for clarification on whether museums are allowed to reopen, saying there is much confusion resulting from his various announcements and orders. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

June 19, 2020

Dear Governor Murphy,

I am writing to request that you clarify whether museums are allowed to reopen. To date, they have not been given explicit authorization to do so, leading to much confusion.

While “Museums/libraries” were listed together in your Stage 2 announcement on June 1st, museums were not mentioned in Administrative Order No. 2020-15, issued on June 13th, which explicitly authorized libraries to open on June 15th.

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Bucco Raises Concerns About Taxpayer Subsidies for Wind Port Amid COVID Impacts on Rising Property Taxes, School Cuts and More

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New Jerseyans are struggling with a suffocating recession that dumped millions of workers out of jobs, as Governor Murphy is proposing an additional $14 billion in state borrowing and abolishing programs that provide property tax relief for our seniors and middle-class taxpayers. Now, based on media reports, Murphy plans to commit $200 million in taxpayer money we don’t have for a pet project.

Before the Governor commits $200 million to a private port development in Salem County, Senator Bucco called for restoring property tax relief programs for seniors and middle-class residents, reversing funding cuts for education, and assisting small and mid-size employers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“No one disagrees that we should be moving to a cleaner energy future, but committing $200 million in state support at this moment seems tone-deaf to the dire fiscal challenges the State is facing,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25). “The state is more than $10 billion in the hole because of the pandemic and irresponsible spending. Murphy says we need to borrow at record levels to pay our bills, yet he’s willing to gamble money we don’t have on a government-run energy project benefiting foreign companies. What could go wrong? Once again, the Governor’s priorities are inside-out.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Lawmakers’ Manufacturing Caucus Hears Top Business Leaders Discuss Impact of Coronavirus on Industry

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Republican Senators Oroho, Bucco, Testa and Thompson vow to support the manufacturing community

The state’s bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus held a virtual round table discussion today on the impact of the coronavirus on business, and challenges manufacturers face as the economy opens up.

Senators Oroho, Bucco, Testa and Thompson and colleagues on the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus listened to top leaders from the industry discussing the impact of NJ’s response to the coronavirus on business during a virtual round table meeting. (SenateNJ.com)

Republican Senators Steve Oroho, Anthony M. Bucco, Michael Testa and Sam Thompson were among the Legislators hearing almost a dozen top-level manufacturing leaders addressing the status of the vitally important sector and the its fiscal outlook.

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