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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls on Health Commissioner to Approve Rapid Results COVID Test to Protect Nursing Homes from Virus

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Says State Department of Health Not Serving Governor Well

An affordable COVID test that produces results in minutes is available, and according to a published report, nursing homes would like to use it to test people coming into the facilities. Administrators, however, say the state will not allow it.

Senator Pennacchio said nursing homes should be allowed to use an affordable COVID rapid response test to screen nursing home visitors and protect vulnerable residents. (Flickr)

“It’s frustrating,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio, an out-spoken critic of the Murphy Administration’s nursing home policies that contributed to the loss of more than 7,000 senior residents of long-term care locations. “The state is concerned about the accuracy of these tests, but this could have implications for the entire state if it turns out to be reliable.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Launch Online Petition Urging Bipartisan Investigation of 7,000+ Deaths at Nursing & Veterans Homes, LTC Facilities

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Special Investigative Committee Would Hold Those Responsible Accountable, Develop Effective Reforms, Keep Resident Safe

Senate Republicans launched an online petition to enlist the public’s support to convince legislative leaders to allow a special bipartisan committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care (LTC) facilities due to COVID-19.

The online petition can be signed at https://www.senatenj.com/petitions/nursinghomes/.

Senate Republicans launched an online petition to convince legislative leaders to allow a special bipartisan committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care facilities due to COVID-19. (Flickr)

“Since May, Senate Republicans have called for a thorough, bipartisan, and transparent investigation into the massive loss of life at our long-term care facilities,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21). “We believe the families and loved ones of victims deserve to hear the truth and to know that those responsible will be held accountable. Current residents deserve to know that the failures that led to thousands of deaths have been thoroughly investigated and understood, and that effective reforms have been developed and implemented to keep them safe. Unfortunately, our repeated calls for the Legislature to form a special committee with subpoena power to perform this legitimate oversight of the executive branch have been ignored. Our online petition will give the public the opportunity to send the message that the Legislature shouldn’t shirk its responsibility to protect New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Would Launch New Era of Construction Permitting

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Establishes Online Permit Processing Review System

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would modernize the construction permitting and inspection process was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Senator Oroho’s legislation establishing the Electronic Permit Processing Review System to modernize the construction permitting and inspection process was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bipartisan bill, A-1145/S-1739, establishes the Electronic Permit Processing Review System, a digital solution that would be available to accept requests and provide details around the clock.

“This is a necessary upgrade to help bring the permitting process fully into the digital age,” said Oroho (R-24). “It will bolster the entire process, from submission and review to scheduling, inspection and review, to approvals. The addition of an online, centralized digital system will simplify the complicated mechanisms and eliminate much of the frustration and inefficiencies that often delay important projects and cost money.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Committee Clears Pennacchio Bill Supporting Multigenerational Households

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Creates Commission to Study Options to Long-Term Nursing Facilities

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to make it easier for senior citizens to live with family members and avoid moving to long-term care facilities was approved by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee today.

Senator Pennacchio’s legislation to make it easier for senior citizens to live with family members and avoid moving to long-term care facilities cleared the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee today. (Pixabay)

Pennacchio’s bill, S-2727, would establish the Multigenerational Family Housing Continuity Commission to research, solicit and consider public input, and adopt recommendations on how to most effectively advance the goal of enhancing multigenerational family housing opportunities.

“The commission will consider the merits of more sensible rules that could strengthen families and communities. They will determine strategies to encourage local officials to work with families to keep them together, not split them apart,” said Pennacchio.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill To Crack Down On Absentee Landlords Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses has advanced. (©iStock)

“Impacted residents regretfully know all too well how absentee landlords can disrupt a neighborhood’s quality of life,” said Oroho. “Communities deserve decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes. This measure will empower our towns with the proper enforcement tools against bad actors while helping to curb disruptive behavior.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) issued the following statement regarding the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Sen. Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg. (SenateNJ.com)

“Rhonda and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“An admirable and accomplished trailblazer for women’s rights, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered for her landmark efforts to promote gender equality, and here in New Jersey, for her work shaping future law students at Rutgers.”

Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) issued the following statement regarding the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s statement on the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (SenateNJ.com)

“I join our nation in mourning the passing of Justice Ginsburg. She was an independent voice on our nation’s highest court and a champion of women’s rights. She battled to open doors for women, fought to ensure true equality for all, and earned a deep respect that transcended politics or ideologies. Her passing is truly America’s loss.”

District 10

10th District Legislators to Governor: “Make This Right, Allow In-Person Voting”

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The 10th District legislators released the following statement urging Governor Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have repeatedly voiced their concerns for the integrity of the upcoming General Election and pointed to the glaring inaccuracies that can occur with mail-in voting.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano urged Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his decision to hold an all vote-by-mail election and allow in person voting this November. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy, you still have time to make this right. Do it for the people of New Jersey. As citizens we are owed this right. This is one of the worst things we have seen come out of the Governor’s Office in decades and we have seen many bad things. Taking away a person’s ability to vote in the manner they trust is unconscionable.”

The lawmakers noted that voters were not denied the right to vote in person at a polling place at other moments in history when the state and nation were under great stress.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Demands Full Transparency Throughout 2020 Election Process

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Senator Corrado wrote multiple letters to New Jersey’s Secretary of State requesting the election process be made fully transparent while ensuring both County Clerks and the Board of Elections can deliver fair and accurate election results. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Kristin Corrado penned multiple letters to New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way to request that the election process be made fully transparent while ensuring both County Clerks and the Board of Elections can deliver fair and accurate election results.

“I have heard from many constituents who are justifiably concerned about the numerous cases of voter fraud, ballot tampering, incorrect counting, human error, and postal issues earlier this year,” said Corrado (R-40). “A common saying goes, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.’ We need to ensure the accuracy and fairness of the many crucial local, county, state, and federal elections so the rightful winners may best represent the citizens of New Jersey.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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