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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

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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Senator Tom Kean

Kean and Bucco Speak at ‘Voices for Seniors’ Rally

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Supporting Families Impacted by 7,100+ COVID Nursing Home Deaths

Showing their support for the families of the more than 7,100 lives lost in long-term care facilities due to the tragic mistakes made under Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco both spoke at the ‘Voices for Seniors’ New Jersey Rally at St. Joseph’s Senior Assisted Living and Nursing Center in Woodbridge on September 30, 2020.

Sens. Tom Kean and Anthony Bucco both spoke at the ‘Voices for Seniors’ New Jersey Rally at St. Joseph’s Senior Assisted Living and Nursing Center in Woodbridge on 9/30. (SenateNJ.com)

“So many families have been impacted by the pandemic, but those who have lost loved ones in nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care facilities are still seeking answers about this preventable tragedy,” said Kean (R-21). “For the past five months, Senate Republicans have called for a thorough, bipartisan, and transparent investigation into the more than 7,100 deaths in long-term care facilities. The families and loved ones of victims deserve to hear the truth and be given the peace of mind to know that those responsible are being held accountable.”

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Bucco on Budget: ‘That’s Not the New Jersey I Want’

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Calls for a Better and More Affordable Future for Our Families and Seniors

Senator Anthony M. Bucco delivered the following statement on the Senate floor prior to today’s vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget:

Senator Bucco dissected the FY 2021 budget in a floor speech prior to voting no on the spending plan full of new taxes and costly borrowing. (SenateNJ.com)

Like most people running for elected office, Governor Murphy ran on a platform promising to raise your taxes…and boy has he delivered.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bucco and Corrado: MVC Computer Outages Add to Suffering of Drivers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Kristin Corrado said computer network outages at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies this morning have only added to the suffering of drivers who continue to wait on hours-long lines for basic services.

Sens. Anthony M. Bucco and Kristin Corrado said computer network outages at MVC agencies this morning have only added to the suffering of drivers who continue to wait on hours-long lines for basic services. (SenateNJ.com)

“My phones lit up again this morning with calls from frustrated constituents demanding an explanation for this latest mishap at the MVC,” said Bucco (R-25). “On the most basic level, the good people of New Jersey deserve adequate and functional government, not the preventable chaos that’s happened daily at MVC agencies since they reopened in July. Today’s computer outages are another sign that the MVC isn’t doing enough to improve service.”

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Bucco: Murphy Shouldn’t Divert Clean Communities Funding & Undo Decades of Environmental Progress

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Successful Litter Abatement Program Funds Local Trash Cleanups While Creating Savings for Property Taxpayers

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy shouldn’t divert budget funds that have been dedicated for decades to a statewide litter abatement program that has helped to clean-up New Jersey while providing savings for property taxpayers.

Roxbury High School students conducting a roadside trash cleanup in 2019 in coordination with the Roxbury Twp. Clean Communities program. (TAP/Roxbury High School)

“Over the past several decades, New Jersey has made great strides through the Clean Communities program to collect litter, educate residents, and protect our environment,” said Bucco (R-25). “The program has been so successful that no governor or Legislature has proposed cutting funding over the past two decades, even in the toughest of fiscal times. I’m sure that if Governor Murphy takes the time to examine the many successes of Clean Communities, he’ll understand why there has long been bipartisan opposition to raiding the program’s dedicated funds for other purposes.”

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Bucco to Meet with Morris County Superintendents to Discuss School Reopenings

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco will engage in a virtual meeting with superintendents from across Morris County to discuss their experiences resuming education in the new school year with the many challenges presented by COVID-19.

Sen. Tony Bucco will engage in a virtual meeting with Morris County superintendents to discuss their experiences resuming education in the new school year with the many challenges presented by COVID-19. (Flickr)

“Many of our Morris County schools that transitioned to remote learning in March have now had their first experiences bringing students and teachers back into their classrooms,” said Bucco (R-25). “While we are only a week into the new school year, it’s likely that a lot has been learned already about what works along with what needs to be done to improve the process. I’m looking forward to having this important discussion with our local superintendents.”

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Governor signs Bucco/Singleton Bill Saving Jobs and Taxpayer Money

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Bipartisan legislation providing protections for school employees covered by an existing collective bargaining agreement was signed into law today.

The Governor today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco and Senator Singleton providing protections for school employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Troy Singleton (D-7), the new law (S-2303) prevents employers from entering subcontracting agreements which could affect the employment of those workers in a bargaining unit during the term of their contract.

“This will provide stability in our schools and help save money on the cost of healthcare for teachers,” said Bucco. “At the same time, it protects the jobs of important school employees during these challenging times. The jobs of cafeteria workers, janitors and other valuable members of our school communities would be safe from outsourcing to vendors while they are protected by contract.”

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Bucco: New Laws Will Help Drivers Avoid the MVC & Reduce Lines

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Says It’s Not a Full Solution to MVC’s Problems, But It’s Progress for Drivers

Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the enactment of a pair of bipartisan bills that will help more drivers to avoid long lines at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded the enactment of a pair of bipartisan bills that will help more drivers to avoid long lines at New Jersey MVC agencies. (SenateNJ.com)

“Knowing that agencies would be overwhelmed after months of being closed, I’ve been working non-stop since May to offer practical solutions that could help drivers to avoid long lines at the MVC,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m glad Governor Murphy has signed into law an important bipartisan bill I co-sponsored that will allow more drivers to renew their licenses online while skipping the trip to the MVC.”

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