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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Would Dedicate MVC Appointment Hours for Health Care Workers & First Responders During Pandemic

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation that would reserve certain hours at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations for health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco introduced legislation that would reserve certain hours at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations for health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency. (Wikimedia)

“Our doctors, nurses, and EMTs are on the front lines every day leading the battle against this pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “This bill gives our health care workers and first responders access to dedicated appointment times at all MVC locations. It will significantly reduce their wait times and allow them to return to treating patients and saving lives.”

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Bucco: Persistent Lines and Poor Customer Service Indicative of Deeper Problems at MVC

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Motorists lining up outside of facilities in the pre-dawn hours, no less than six sites closed due to COVID, and countless residents frustrated by a system that has let them down, is what New Jersey residents face at DMV facilities. This has become business as usual for New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission.

Senator Bucco today criticized the continuing long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities, and called on the administration to schedule appointments for services and utilize mobile offices to alleviate backlogs. (SenateNJ.com)

“Not a day goes by that I don’t hear another horror story from a constituent who has been mistreated by a broken system,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco. “It is painfully obvious that customer service is buried low on MVC’s list of priorities, and New Jersey residents deserve better.”

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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 Presses Murphy for Plan to Address Long Lines & Hazards at Randolph MVC

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Says Similar Scenes Occurring at NJMVC Agencies Across NJ

Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy today calling for a plan to help Randolph Twp. and other New Jersey communities that have been overwhelmed by a crush of people who are seeking to conduct business at newly reopened New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies.

People queued up at 3 a.m. this morning outside the Randolph MVC to try to gain service today after many failed to get through long lines yesterday. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco noted that he made a request more than two months ago of MVC Chief Sue Fulton asking for an overview of the Commission’s plan to avoid the chaos that’s new occurring at MVC agencies across New Jersey. He never received a response.

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Bucco: NJMVC Fails to Demonstrate Plan to Meet Surge in Demand Upon Reopening

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Says Failure to Detail Staffing Plan Reminiscent of Predictable Failures in Unemployment System

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) has failed to respond to his repeated requests to produce an overview of their reopening plan to demonstrate they will have sufficient capacity to handle a surge in customers that should be expected after agency offices have been closed for months.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the NJMVC has failed to respond to his repeated requests to produce an overview of their reopening plan to demonstrate they will have sufficient capacity to handle a surge in customers that should be expected after agency offices have been closed for months. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Most of our NJMVC agencies are mobbed on a good day with waiting times that can last hours,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unless they prepare a battle plan and significantly increase staffing for reopening, they should expect to be overwhelmed by many thousands of people who have waited months to get driver’s licenses, transfer titles, and conduct other critical transactions that cannot be completed online. I’ve been warning them for weeks to try to prevent a repeat of the staffing failures that led to our unemployment system being overwhelmed, but it doesn’t appear that anyone is listening.”

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Bucco: Despite Murphy’s Denials, Administration CTO Confirms Unemployment & MVC Computer System Upgrades Are “Critical Needs”

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While Unemployment Claims Go Unpaid and Drivers Can’t Get Licenses, Murphy Says Fixing the Systems a “Waste” of Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are “top tier IT critical needs” that must be addressed.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are ‘top tier IT critical needs’ that must be addressed. (Pixabay)

“Despite Governor Murphy’s continued refusal to replace the State’s ancient computer systems, his administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that modernization programs are critical needs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It looks like Governor Murphy might be the only person left in New Jersey who thinks our broken unemployment and MVC systems are working just fine. He clearly hasn’t talked to the thousands of New Jerseyans who are going in circles on the unemployment website trying to get their claims approved, or to drivers who can’t schedule appointments online to get their licenses. We hear these complaints repeated by frustrated New Jerseyans every single day.”

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Senate Clears Bucco Bill Rolling Back Unnecessary MVC Requirements

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco sponsors legislation, approved today by the Senate, that would slam the brakes on the Motor Vehicle Commission’s requirement for a written power of attorney to complete some transactions.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would eliminate unnecessary requirements for completing some transactions at the Motor Vehicle Commission was approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-2882, would prohibit MVC from requiring a motor vehicle insurer that settles a total loss claim with the owner of a vehicle to include a written power of attorney with documents. It would also stop MVC from requiring a notarized signature on a motor vehicle certificate of ownership surrender statement from a person who received a loss settlement from an insurer.

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Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the Democratic budget proposal approved by the Senate represents missed opportunities for New Jerseyans:

Sen. Tony Bucco speaking during the Senate floor debate on the FY 2022 State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“With more than $46 billion to spend, we can all find some good things in the budget. The problem, however, is with what’s not in the budget.

“There’s no meaningful long-term tax relief for our residents who face the highest property taxes in the nation.

“There’s no meaningful investment to revitalize our economy. Those aren’t my words, they are the words of the head of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.

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Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Invest in Fixing Broken Unemployment & MVC Computer Systems While State Has the Money

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) transactions.

Sen. Tony Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission transactions. (Pixabay)

“The State is awash in cash like never before and we have a clear memory of the unemployment system failures and long lines at the MVC that plagued New Jerseyans during the pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “There will never be a better time than right now to invest in a technology modernization program to address these significant challenges. If we continue to kick the can down the road, the money will disappear and people will forget until the next emergency reminds us that these systems are still broken.”

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Bucco: Is Science on Masks Somehow Different for State Employees?

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Questions If Murphy Is Maintaining More Stringent Measures for Government Offices as Excuse to Keep Walk-in Unemployment Centers Closed

Senator Anthony M. Bucco asked why State government workers have been excluded from updated rules announced by Governor Phil Murphy today that will allow vaccinated employees to unmask in most workplaces.

Sen. Tony Bucco asked why State government workers have been excluded from updated rules announced by Gov. Phil Murphy that will allow vaccinated employees to unmask in most workplaces. (SenateNJ.com)

“Is the science somehow different for State employees?” asked Bucco (R-25). “If the vaccine works, government workers should have the same protections as everyone else. You have to wonder if keeping more stringent measures for State offices is simply an excuse for Governor Murphy to keep walk-in unemployment centers closed or limit customer volume at the MVC.”

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District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

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Samuel Thompson

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