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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Bill to Seek Transparency in School Funding

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe will introduce a bill to address the ongoing issues with the methods used to determine state school aid. The bill requires the Department of Education to release to the school district, the data and software program used to calculate aid. Schools in the 10th Legislative District have had their funding severely cut under Governor Murphy’s budget and attempts to have the Department of Education provide full transparency when determining Local Fair Share have been unsuccessful.

Schools in the 10th Legislative District have had their funding severely cut under Gov. Murphy’s budget. Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Wolfe will introduce a bill to require the Department of Education to release to the school district the data and formula used to calculate aid.

“We have repeatedly demanded full transparency from the Department of Education about their process for calculating our Local Fair Share,” said Holzapfel. “It’s appalling that the DOE continues to keep secret their calculations of what they think our property taxpayers should pay.  We are in a position now where legislation is needed to get the answers our school districts deserve.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Oroho, Kean & Pennacchio Call for Creation of Office of Labor Law Enforcement

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Would Oversee & Coordinate Enforcement of State Labor Laws

Senators Steven Oroho, Tom Kean, and Joe Pennacchio called for the swift passage of legislation they sponsor that would protect workers, honest businesses, and taxpayers from the wide-ranging impacts of illegal labor practices.

Sens. Steven Oroho, Tom Kean, and Joe Pennacchio called for the passage of legislation they sponsor creating the Office of Labor Law Enforcement to crack down on illegal labor practices. (Pixabay)

“Companies that employ fraudulent work practices shouldn’t be allowed to profit, especially with public dollars,” said Oroho, who serves as the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “When we hear talk of a ‘stronger and fairer economy’ we should be doing all we can to close loopholes to prevent bad actors from abusing the system to the detriment of workers, taxpayers, and the State treasury.”

The legislation, S-3954, would establish the Office of Labor Law Enforcement to oversee, evaluate, and coordinate enforcement activities of the department regarding violations of the provisions of labor laws. The new office would be created within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado, Rooney & DePhillips Express Support of Fair and Legal Labor

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LD-40 Delegation Calls for Crackdown of Worker Abuse in the Construction Industry

Senator Kristin Corrado, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, and Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips issued the following joint statement calling on Governor Phil Murphy to end the all-too-common illegal abuse of workers in the construction industry.

Corrado, Rooney, and DePhillips called on Governor Phil Murphy to end the all-too-common illegal abuse of workers in the construction industry. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s moves to crack down on worker abuse have been all talk and no action. The laws on the books that would prevent workers’ rights from being exploited are not being enforced by this administration. This inaction creates an inequitable playing field, with fly-by-night companies hiring unskilled workers, evading taxes, and paying below minimum wage to increase corporate profits. New Jersey laborers and taxpayers deserve better. We call on the administration to enforce existing laws that would level the playing field, fostering fairness and economic justice for New Jersey’s working people.”

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District 13

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Stronger Penalties for 9/11 Memorial Desecration

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for individuals who purposely desecrate a public monument. This follows the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque from Atlantic Highlands last month.

Following the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for desecrating a public monument. (Wikimedia Commons)

“September 11th, 2001 is a date etched in the memory of every American. Here in Monmouth County we lost 147 souls,” said DiMaso. “The memorial plaque at Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial at Mount Mitchell in Atlantic Highlands is more than just a plaque and the punishment for defacing it must be increased.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco Takes Oath of Office

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Anthony M. Bucco took the oath of office today to become the new Senator for New Jersey’s 25th Legislative District. A lifelong resident of Morris County, Bucco was sworn in during a session of the New Jersey Senate at the State House in Trenton.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco taking the oath of office during a session of the New Jersey Senate on October 24, 2019. (Full Size)

“It is my absolute honor to be sworn in today as Senator for the 25th District. I look forward to continuing my fight for the taxpayers of Morris and Somerset counties on the issues important to them – lower property taxes, fair school funding, safer communities, and creating better-paying jobs, just to name a few,” said Bucco. “It is my pledge to the 25th District’s residents that I will continue with my track record of pristine constituent service and a work ethic that they have come to know with me as their Assemblyman.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Moves to Control Nuisance Gnats on the Delaware River

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Senator Mike Doherty introduced legislation today to ensure the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) annually budgets for black fly suppression on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River.

Sen. Mike Doherty introduced legislation to ensure the NJDEP annually budgets for black fly suppression on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. (SenateNJ.com)

“Black flies are a terrible nuisance that plague the health and well-being of Hunterdon County residents, visitors, and small businesses alike,” said Doherty (R-23). “The State must step up and pay to spray the New Jersey side of the Delaware River to suppress the gnat population. Fighting back against black flies will improve the quality of life for Hunterdon County residents, and boost shopping and dining tourism along the scenic Delaware.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Earns Legislator of the Year Award for Commitment to NJ Economy

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Senator Kristin Corrado was honored for her unflinching support of the business community at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Legislative and Business Awards Reception on Wednesday in Bedminster.

Sen. Kristin Corrado was named Legislator of the Year by the state Chamber of Commerce for fighting to make New Jersey more hospitable to employers.

The Chamber presented Corrado, a small-business owner herself, with a Legislator of the Year Award for fighting to make New Jersey more hospitable to employers.

“It’s an honor to be acknowledged by the Chamber for my efforts to make New Jersey more competitive,” said Corrado (R – 40). “I am proud of my work at the State House and in my district to improve the environment for employers of all sizes and the residents who depend on them for jobs. Our state has a well-earned reputation for stacking the deck against growth, and I am committed to convincing Trenton that raising taxes and adding new mandates cannot solve New Jersey’s fiscal woes.”

The Chamber lauded Corrado for sponsoring several pro-economy bills including a measure (S2298) signed into law in June to increase tax credits under the New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act, and another (S3569) to eliminate the excessive surtax on the corporation business tax.

“Business is the backbone of our economy, creating jobs and feeding families,” said Corrado. “I am proud to sponsor legislation promoting opportunity with tax incentives for employers for hiring individuals with disabilities. The Legislature must enact initiatives encouraging growth and reverse policies impeding economic expansion.”

Corrado was joined by three other honorees from the state Legislature, including Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, and Business Advocate of the Year recipient Dennis G. Wilson, president and CEO of Delta Dental of New Jersey.

According to the Chamber, the honorees were selected for their substantive action to improve the state’s economic climate and make New Jersey more affordable and competitive.

Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Organizing Thanksgiving Food Drive to Feed Hungry Families in Legislative District

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Senator Kristin Corrado is volunteering her legislative district office as a collection point for donated food as the holiday season approaches.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will be accepting donations at her district office in Totowa through Nov. 21. The food will help local food banks feed needy families in the area.

“Hunger is an ongoing concern for thousands of our friends and neighbors. The demand on food pantries reaches its peak at this time of year as temperatures plummet and the winter holidays approach,” said Corrado (R-40). “Thanksgiving grew from a seasonal celebration of the bountiful harvest, so this is an ideal time to collect canned goods and other food staples to stock the shelves of local food banks.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Urge State to Buy Surf Club in Toms River

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10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe are requesting the state utilize the Blue Acres Program to purchase the Joey Harrison’s Surf Club, a former nightclub in Toms River that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The beachfront club suffered irreparable damage from the 2012 hurricane and has not been purchased by a developer. The legislators believe Toms River should have the opportunity to purchase the land through the Blue Acres, a program the 10th District introduced 20 years ago to dedicate funds to conserve flood-prone land.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe are asking the state to utilize the Blue Acres Program to purchase the a former nightclub in Toms River that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (SenateNJ.com)

“The structure was completely demolished in Superstorm Sandy and now the state has the unique opportunity to purchase this property and utilize the open space for the public,” stated Holzapfel. “As an original sponsor of this landmark legislation, it is programs such as this that not only benefit the community but preserve the beauty of our coastline.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Aberdeen Officials Need to Atone for False, Political Mailing Sent on Taxpayer Dime, Threats to County Officials

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today sharply criticized Aberdeen Township’s taxpayer-funded distribution of flagrantly misleading information regarding the municipal record on taxes.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon sharply criticized Aberdeen Township’s taxpayer-funded distribution of flagrantly misleading information regarding the municipal record on taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

In July, Aberdeen’s governing body sent out a mailing to residents blatantly, and falsely, claiming that there was no increase in municipal taxes. The mailing blamed tax increases on schools, Monmouth County, and assessment methodologies.

“I’ve worked well and in good faith with Aberdeen during all my years in the legislature. Our good relationship makes my having to make this statement all the more difficult. But the Aberdeen administration failed its constituents on so many levels revolving around this demonstrably misleading, blatantly political, taxpayer-funded communication that I simply cannot let it stand,” said O’Scanlon

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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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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