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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco-Sponsored Bill Protecting Already-Approved Private and Government Projects Advances

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Measure Extends Permits for Work Suspended Under Virus Restrictions

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and the Governor locked down the state, the majority of business and government projects screeched to a halt. Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would ensure those projects can continue when restrictions are lifted was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Senator Bucco sponsors legislation, advanced by the Senate budget committee today, to extend permit approvals to ensure important work projects continue once COVID restrictions are lifted. (Wikimedia Commons)

The bipartisan bill, S-2346, would extend existing permit approvals from state, county and municipal agencies for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

“The economy has been stopped in its tracks by strict social distancing orders intended to slow the spread of virus,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “Work projects have been frozen. Permit approvals can expire during indefinite delays, jeopardizing important construction and placing public and private investment at risk. Extending permits during the state of emergency will prevent important, already-approved work from being abandoned.”

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Bucco Calls for Heightened Staffing Upon MVC Reopening

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In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Anthony M. Bucco wrote a letter to New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commissioner Sue Fulton requesting an overview of agency’s reopening plan.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco wrote a letter to MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton requesting an overview of agency’s reopening plan. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It’s no secret the MVC is overwhelmed and understaffed on a good day, but I can only imagine the chaos that will ensue upon their reopening, particularly with social distancing and capacity limits in place,” said Bucco (R-25). “While much of the agency is at a standstill, now is the time to strategize to ensure a smooth transition back to ‘normalcy.’ When the MVC reopens their doors, New Jersey residents deserve fully prepared and efficient local agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities across the state.”

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Bucco Introduces Initial Series of Bills to Support Frontline Workers Experiencing PTSD

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One Measure Creates Toll-Free Hotline, Another Calls for Federal Assistance

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced a pair of bills to help front line healthcare workers and first responders who are suffering from the stresses of responding to COVID-19. The first bill creates a toll-free hotline they can call for support, while a resolution calls on the federal government to provide additional resources to combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sen. Anthony Bucco has introduced a pair of bills to help front line healthcare workers and first responders who are suffering from the stresses of responding to COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“While the overall number of COVID cases throughout New Jersey is dropping, the psychological toll experienced by healthcare workers through constant exposure to sickness, fatalities, and the tragedy of it all remains,” said Bucco (R-25). “Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder deserve quick and proper assistance to help them better cope with all they have experienced. I am proud to team with Rutgers University to create a 24/7 helpline that will provide an outlet for our healthcare and first responder heroes to safely share their thoughts and connect with peer support and counseling services.”

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Bucco Commends Pay Increase for Direct Support Professionals Who Assist Individuals With Disabilities During COVID-19

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco applauded the three-month temporary salary raise for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) working with the more than 30,000 New Jersey residents with disabilities amid the pandemic.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco applauded the three-month temporary salary raise for Direct Support Professionals working with residents with disabilities amid the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“DSPs provide invaluable, hands-on support to those in our communities with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping to enrich their lives on a daily basis,” said Bucco (R-25). “The growing DSP shortage was threatening the health and safety of our family members, friends, and neighbors with disabilities across the Garden State. This salary increase will help lower the high turnover rates and attract more to this profession throughout this COVID-19 crisis.”

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Bucco Legislation Would Create PTSD Program for COVID-19 Healthcare Workers & First Responders

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to support the mental health needs of COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to support the mental health needs of COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders. (Flickr)

“Our healthcare heroes are on the front lines fighting the worst pandemic we have seen in a century. While the physical toll of combating COVID-19 day in and day out is exhausting, the mental toll is devastating, and can be deadly,” said Bucco (R-25). “We must ensure that our hospital workers and first responders have the proper tools and resources they need to cope with the trauma and stress they have endured.”

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Bucco Teams with Morris County Fire Chiefs to Provide PPE to NJ Firemen’s Home

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Urges Fire Departments to Contribute Protective Gear for the Care of Facility Residents

The New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton is fighting an outbreak of COVID-19 that has sickened residents and staff members, and the facility is in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers.

Sen. Bucco shared word of the urgent need for personal protective equipment to ensure the health of residents and workers at the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton. (SenateNJ.com)

“There is a critical need for medical masks, gloves and gowns to protect the health of nurses and other workers as well as the retired firefighters who reside at the home,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “The pandemic has significantly increased the demand for protective health gear, and there is a temporary shortage as manufacturers struggle to keep pace. The challenge right now is getting the existing stocks to the front lines where they are needed the most. The Firemen’s Home has been hard hit by the virus and is in urgent need of PPE.”

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Bucco Teams with Morris County Chamber to Launch COVID Economic Advisory Committee

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Business Leaders to Drive Recommendations on Immediate and Long-Term Recovery

Senator Anthony Bucco and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce announced the formation of a COVID Economic Advisory Committee to develop specific recommendations that can have immediate positive impacts on local businesses, married with ways to safely reopen the economy as the State emerges from this crisis. Bucco will rely on the business-led blueprint in making recommendations to the Murphy administration while offering proactive solutions that can be used as part of the six-state council to restore the economy.

Senator Anthony Bucco and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce announced the formation of a COVID Economic Advisory Committee. (©iStock)

“Too often, leaders in government create policies and economic funding formulas that sound good on paper, but miss the mark because many politicians have no experience running businesses or creating jobs,” said Senator Anthony Bucco. “We need business leaders of all sizes to have a voice in the simple ways we orderly and safely get people back to work now, while addressing the long-term measures that can get New Jersey back stronger after the pandemic. For example, our lake-based marinas are permitted to be open for personal boating use, but unable to rent boats and generate sales – which could be done safely with occupancy limits. We’ve already had successes with cutting red-tape for things like craft brewery deliveries and online car sales, and there is still more to do. I’m excited to get to work with the Morris County Chamber.”

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Bucco: Let’s Work Together to Improve Support for New Jersey’s Small Businesses & Their Employees

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Says Funding & Transparency Critical to Effort to Save Jobs

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said there’s a critical need for funding to help small businesses survive the current economic crisis and to keep New Jersey workers from joining the ranks of the unemployed.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said there’s a critical need for funding to help small businesses survive the current economic crisis and to keep New Jersey workers from joining the ranks of the unemployed. (©iStock)

“I’ve talked to a number of small business owners who are petrified they won’t survive another few pay cycles unless they take drastic measures to cut expenses through pay reductions, furloughs, or letting people go,” said Bucco (R-25). “Taking actions that might hurt their workers is the last thing they want to do, but many employers have few if any remaining options left. They’re desperate for support from the State and federal governments, and it’s our responsibility as lawmakers to help them.”

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Sarlo-Oroho-Bucco Bill Extending Tax Deadline & Fiscal Year Now Law

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The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Anthony Bucco that was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Anthony Bucco that was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

The law, S-2338, the “COVID-19 Fiscal Mitigation Act,” will change the tax deadline from April 15th to July 15th and lengthen the current fiscal year from July 1st to the end of September.

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NOW LAW: Bucco/Greenstein Measure Helps Non-Profits During States of Emergency

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Linda Greenstein allowing the leaders of not-for-profit organizations to hold virtual meetings during a declared state of emergency has been signed into law.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Linda Greenstein’s legislation to allow the leaders of not-for-profit organizations to hold virtual meetings during a declared state of emergency has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“The work of non-profits that serve our most vulnerable populations is as important as ever given the many challenges and hardships that individuals and families are facing across the state,” said Bucco (R-25). “We can prevent their essential missions from grinding to a halt by giving them the tools necessary for their board members to meet remotely. Supporting the efforts of our non-profits during this period of instability will allow them to continue serving communities across New Jersey in times of great need.”

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