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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

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 Countless news stories have documented the outdated and overrun unemployment claims system in Trenton that has made this process a nightmare for those looking to claim the benefits they’ve earned.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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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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Bucco Urges NJDOT to Reconsider Morristown’s Plan to Expand Outdoor Dining

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State Denies Town’s Request to Shut Down Part of South Street

Senator Anthony M. Bucco sent a letter to New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti (click here for PDF) urging the State to reconsider Morristown’s plan to shut down part of South Street to accommodate expanded outdoor dining. The NJDOT denied the town’s request, which will make it more difficult for restaurants in the area to operate safely.

Sen. Tony Bucco sent a letter to Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti urging the State to reconsider Morristown’s plan to shut down part of South Street to accommodate expanded outdoor dining after the NJDOT denied the town’s request. (SenateNJ.com)

“I support Mayor Dougherty’s efforts to support struggling businesses along South Street and look forward to working with him to get this done,” said Bucco (R-25).

The full text of the letter is below:

June 9, 2020

Dear Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti,

I hope this letter finds you well during these most trying times.

As I am sure you can appreciate, small businesses across New Jersey are struggling to survive after complying with executive orders issued by Governor Phil Murphy which have limited or prohibited most retail activity since mid-March. The thousands of restaurants at the heart of our downtowns and the nearly 350,000 workers they would normally employ have been hit especially hard by these restrictions. Many of those establishments have warned that they will go out of business permanently if they are not permitted to resume regular operations imminently.

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Statement from Senator Bucco and Assemblywoman Dunn on Peaceful Protests

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn released the following statement in support of peaceful protests and remark on the inappropriateness of Governor Murphy breaking his own social distancing executive orders while penalizing others:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco & Aswm. Aura Dunn released the following statement in support of peaceful protests and remark on the inappropriateness of Gov. Murphy breaking his own social distancing executive orders while penalizing others. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Anthony Bucco:

“The killing of George Floyd was unjustified and inexcusable. I share the pain, sadness, and anger felt by so many here in Morris County and across the country. I side with those who peacefully protest to bring about positive change in our society. America has always been a place where people of different backgrounds, races, and religions can come together to form a more perfect union, but it is not without challenges. While I stand with the peaceful protesters, I do not condone any of the criminal activity that has resulted in looting, property damage, and even death in some horrible cases. Criminal activity detracts from the message of peaceful protesters.

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Bucco Launches Comprehensive Bill Package to Support Frontline Workers Experiencing PTSD

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Additional Legislation Creates First Responder PTSD Task Force & Ensures Mental Healthcare Coverage

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced a series of bills to assist frontline healthcare workers and first responders who are suffering from the stresses of responding to COVID-19.

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

“While the number of COVID cases has fallen, the pain and trauma experienced by those fighting on the front lines show no signs of stopping,” said Bucco. “We need to protect our first responders with various tools and resources to help them overcome overwhelming situations and stay grounded. They heeded the call during a great time of need, now it’s our mission to save the lives of the healthcare heroes tasked to save ours.”

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Bucco: Murphy’s Plan to Borrow Billions Premature, Excessive & Unconstitutional

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco raised serious concerns about Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow as much as $14 billion to fund government spending.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco raised serious concerns about Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow as much as $14 billion to fund government spending. (Pixabay)

“Given his failure to consider fiscally responsible alternatives to balance the State budget, Governor Murphy’s borrowing scheme is premature, excessive, and almost certainly unconstitutional,” said Bucco (R-25). “When the State is already drowning in debt, New Jersey taxpayers cannot afford to give the Governor the blank check he’s demanding.”

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