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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Delivers Donated Hams to Local Charities

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With So Many New Jerseyans Struggling, Bucco Urges Support for Charitable Nonprofits this Holiday Season

Senator Anthony M. Bucco delivered donated hams to a number of local charities today.

“I want to thank Michael J. Stiles, Business Manager of Pipefitters Local 274, for helping me to provide fresh hams to a number of local charities, including Table of Hope, St. Peter’s Orphanage, Interfaith Food Pantry, and the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter,” said Bucco (R-25). “This generous donation will help these organizations bring some holiday cheer and help close out an otherwise dreary year on a brighter note.”

Thank you to Michael J. Stiles, Business Manager of Pipefitters Local 274 for helping me with a number of local…

Posted by Senator Anthony M. Bucco on Monday, December 7, 2020

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Bucco Measure Would Better Honor Sacrifices of Recruits Who Die While Training to Become State Troopers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy. (NJSP via Facebook)

“This young man died a hero while training to become a State Trooper who would protect and serve New Jersey families,” said Bucco (R-25). “His intention was to serve, and we should honor his sacrifice in that pursuit even though his dream was never fully realized. My hope is that neither Lucas nor the Homeijer family are denied any of the recognition or benefits they deserve. They have my deepest condolences during this difficult time.”

Homeijer, a 27-year-old Boonton native from Bucco’s legislative district, was a member of the 161st New Jersey State Police Academy Class.

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Bucco, Dunn Laud Creation of New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

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Pledge to Uphold Interests of State’s Disabled Community as Founding Members

District 25 lawmakers Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn are founding members of the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus, launched today during a virtual press conference.

Senator Bucco and Assemblywoman Dunn today welcomed the creation of the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus, and as founding members, committed to advocating on behalf of the disabled community. (SenateNJ.com)

The bipartisan caucus will serve as a forum to consider the impact of public policy decisions on the disabled community, and increase awareness and understanding of the complexities of the disability service system.

“This is a pivotal day for New Jersey’s Disability Community, and the launch of this influential caucus will help improve the living conditions and the daily lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Senator Bucco, who spoke during the conference on the challenges faced by individuals transitioning to independent living.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bucco Commend Governor’s Order Sparing In-Person Addiction Support Meetings from New Capacity Limits

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Relieved Their Concerns Were Addressed in Executive Order Announced Monday

A little more than a week after Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on the Governor to allow in-person alcohol and narcotics support group meetings to continue, Murphy issued an executive order exempting these meetings from the new 10-person indoor limit.

Senator Corrado and Senator Bucco commended Governor Murphy for responding to their request and exempting in-person 12-step-style support meetings from the 10-person cap. (SenateNJ.com)

“This sensible decision will help save lives, especially now, with increased stress levels during the pandemic and holiday season,” said Corrado (R-40). “We expressed our concerns to the Governor about the risks of preventing individuals from getting access to the help they desperately need, and I am glad we were able to persuade him to make this change.”

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Bucco Joins Call for Special Legislative Session to Help Save Jobs

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Seeks $300M in CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Senator Anthony M. Bucco today joined Republican leaders in calling for a special legislative session before Thanksgiving to approve an emergency aid package to help small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Senator Bucco is calling for an emergency legislative session to vote on a bill appropriating $300 million to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide financial support to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. (Pixabay)

“In a normal year, the next six weeks would be the most profitable of the year for many businesses, but this is anything but a normal year,” said Bucco (R-25). “The pandemic clobbered restaurants and small retailers, and now the second wave could be the final nail in the coffin for thousands of employers if they don’t get immediate help from Trenton.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bucco Urge Governor to Allow In-Person 12-Step Support Meetings to Continue

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Following new restrictions ordered by Governor Murphy in recent days in response to COVID-19, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Anthony M. Bucco urged the governor to ensure that alcohol and narcotics support group meetings be allowed to continue in person regardless of any additional limitations on gatherings that might be imposed.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco urged Governor Murphy to ensure that alcohol and narcotics support group meetings be allowed to continue in person—regardless of any additional limitations on gatherings that might be imposed in response to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“There are thousands of New Jersey residents in recovery who struggle with addiction every day,” said Corrado (R-40). “Many of these individuals rely on a 12-step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, or similar organizations. It is critical that these life-saving support groups be allowed to continue to hold in-person meetings to ensure that these individuals have access to the help and counseling they depend upon.”

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Bucco: Murphy’s Irresponsible Bond Plan Will Lead to Higher Costs for Taxpayers

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Says Governor Kicking the Can Down the Road by Delaying First Principal Repayments to 2023

Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed concern that an irresponsible $4.28 billion bond plan that is being advanced by Governor Phil Murphy will simply kick the can down the road a few years and make future State budgets more difficult to balance.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s irresponsible $4.28 billion bond plan will make future State budgets more difficult to balance and lead to higher costs for New Jersey taxpayers. (©iStock)

“It’s been clear for months that Governor Murphy has been overselling the impact of the coronavirus on New Jersey’s finances to gain approval to borrow more than $4 billion to support unnecessary spending,” said Bucco (R-25). “With his bond sale on the verge of closing, we’re learning just how bad this deal really is for taxpayers. The Governor is pushing off the first repayments for years which will only make the cost greater in the long run for debt that likely doesn’t need to be issued at all. This will make future State budgets harder to balance and lead to even higher costs for New Jersey families.”

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Bucco Bill to Help Small Towns Fill Emergency Management Coordinator Roles Clears Senate

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Measure Would Excuse Small Towns from Residency Requirement

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would ensure small municipalities are well-prepared to cope with local emergencies was approved today by the Senate.

Senator Bucco’s legislation, passed by the Senate, would allow small municipalities to appoint emergency management coordinators who do not live in the town. (SenateNJ.com)

Currently, municipalities are required to appoint a qualified resident as emergency management coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for the planning, activating and conducting emergency management operations within the municipality.

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Panel Advances Bucco Bill to Reimburse Municipalities for Police Services at Overcrowded MVC Facilities

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When the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission bungled its reopening following the COVID shutdown, it led to long lines of frustrated residents and slowed traffic in the area of facilities across the state.  As a result, local law enforcement was saddled with controlling crowds and ensuring safe road conditions.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee would ensure municipalities are compensated for additional police costs resulting from traffic congestion and long lines at MVC locations. (SenateNJ.com)

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee would ensure municipalities and police departments are compensated for the additional expenses.

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Governor Signs Bucco Bill to Help Fill Critical State Jobs During Pandemic

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The New Law Allows Retired Public Employees to Temporarily Return to Work

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco to meet increased demand for some public services during the ongoing COVID pandemic is now law.

Senator Bucco’s bill signed into law today will allow some recently retired public employees – including police, fire fighters and unemployment and MVC workers – to temporarily return to their jobs during the pandemic. (Flickr)

Governor Murphy today signed Bucco’s bill (A-3914/S-2376), which provides for the temporary employment of former public workers who retired from the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Police and Fireman’s Retirement System or the State Police Retirement System during the Public Health Emergency or State of Emergency.

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