Category: Press Release

Russo-Bucco bill supporting Boys Scouts earns Assembly approval

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Legislation allowing New Jersey taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the local Boy Scouts of America councils was approved by the Assembly today. Sponsored by Assemblymen David C. Russo and Anthony M. Bucco, the bill (A2221) allows tax filers to designate a portion of their tax refund to the Boy Scouts in New Jersey Fund. The money will be distributed in equal amounts among local councils in the state.

Dave Russo

“For more than 100 years the Boy Scouts have helped mentor and prepare young men for positions of leadership,” said Russo (R—Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Essex). “This bill allows taxpayers, including former scouts and scout leaders, to help fund the scouting experience for a new generation. Scouting helps transition young boys into mature young men, well-prepared for college and the working world.”

Anthony M. Bucco

“As a legislator, I have the honor of attending most Eagle Scout ceremonies in my district and spending time with these impressive young future leaders,” said Bucco (R—Morris). “The emphasis on personal responsibility, decision making, independence and dedication helps establish a roadmap to success for today’s scouts. A contribution to scouting through the New Jersey tax return is a donation to a better future for our state.”

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Bucco-Rible school security bill continues to advance

Press Release – The General Assembly today advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Anthony M. Bucco and Dave Rible that will allow public and non-public schools and county colleges to hire retired law enforcement officers to provide security on school grounds.

Anthony M. Bucco

“The safety of our children and young adults has to be a top priority. Allowing Boards of Education to hire retired law enforcement officers to provide school security is not only common sense but it saves taxpayer dollars too. It’s imperative that we provide school officials with the tools they need to protect our students at every level,” said Bucco (R-Morris). This measure will provide them with a larger pool of experienced retired police officers and at the same time, it will also save taxpayers a lot of money by allowing school districts and municipalities to hire these officers at a much lower rate and without the need for pension and health benefit contributions. It’s a perfect fit.”

Boards of Education are currently authorized to hire law enforcement officers and public school resource officers. This measure implicitly allows the hiring of retired law enforcement officers.

“The demand for a police presence in our schools has increased as a result of the mass shootings that have occurred in recent years,” said Rible (R-Monmouth). “The state has an obligation to provide a safe learning environment for students. While our schools have implemented enhanced security measures, allowing school officials to hire trained, experienced retired officers provide another avenue of protection.”

The Bucco-Rible bill (A-3629/S-86) establishes an additional category of special law enforcement officers, specifically, retired officers who are less than 65 years old. They will be authorized to provide security while on school or college premises during hours when the school or college is normally in session or when occupied by students or their teachers or professors. They will have the same authority and duties as regular, full-time police officers while providing school security.

Dave Rible

There are currently two categories of law enforcement officers. “Class One” special officers are permitted to perform routine traffic detail, spectator control, and similar duties, but are not authorized to carry a firearm while on duty. “Class Two” officers are permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officers. They are authorized to carry a firearm.

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Bramnick statement on the passing of Sen. Ray Bateman

Press Release - Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick released the following statement about the loss of Senator Raymond Bateman:

“Senator Bateman’s name is synonymous with ‘civility’ and he had a sterling reputation within the Republican Party and throughout New Jersey. We will miss him. His family and friends are in our prayers, and we mourn his passing.”

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Ciattarelli seeks to raise awareness on Tourette Syndrome

Press Release – Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli announced he will introduce a resolution on Monday that will dedicate June 4 of every year as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day in New Jersey. Joining Ciattarelli Thursday at the Statehouse news conference was Faith Rice, executive director of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, and Hallie Hoffman – a student advocate for the NJCTS.

“Because Tourette syndrome continues to be a misunderstood disorder that is too often stigmatized, I am eager to work towards awareness to help the lives of those affected by this syndrome” Ciattarelli said.

Jack Ciattarelli

Characterized by involuntary physical and vocal tics, Tourette Syndrome is not degenerative and does not affect intelligence or life span. The tics are 100 percent involuntary and cannot be helped any more than an allergy-sufferer could stop sneezing.

There is no known cure and patients with minor symptoms do not require medication. It is an ailment that usually appears in children between the ages of 6 and 7, and affects men three to four times more than women.

“Tourette’s is more common than most people think,” said Rice. “So, early diagnosis, treatment and support are critical to ensure that individuals with TS are independent, contributing members of their community.”

Rice said that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as one-in-a-hundred school age children express some degree of the condition.

“It affects every aspect of a child’s life: psychological, social, educational and physical,” continued Rice. “And very important, approximately 80 percent of people diagnosed with TS also have more than one mental health disorder.”

NJCTS, which is the only statewide center supporting people with the syndrome, has also launched a social media campaign with U.S. Men’s Soccer goalie Tim Howard to raise awareness. The campaign, called “The GreaTS,” encourages kids facing daily challenges of being different with Tourette to be proud and confident in themselves, and then spread this message with others.

“The most life changing experience NJCTS has given me is the Tim Howard leadership academy,” said Hoffman. “Prior to the academy, I had never met so many kids with Tourette and I had never met any adults with it. It was the first time I felt completely comfortable being myself.”

“Two statistics stand out,” concluded Ciattarelli. “One in one-hundred children experience Tourette syndrome and children can go six years without it being diagnosed. If anything, those two statistics point toward the need of advocacy and awareness.”

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Watch Ciattarelli’s press conference here: https://youtu.be/sYWW8yPry00
For more information about the social media awareness campaign, visit https://standwiththegreats.org.

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Schepisi says school funding plan values success over failure

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi today welcomed a fair school funding plan announced by Gov. Chris Christie.

“The lopsided and indefensible school funding formula is largely responsible for New Jersey’s infamous property taxes, but even more disturbing is the failure of the formula to effectively educate the students in districts that cost the most taxpayer dollars,” said Schepisi (R—Bergen).

“Other than a couple SDA districts, towns in Bergen and Passaic counties have carried the brunt of increasing property taxes, yet they have received the least amount of funding in the entire state. Any legislator representing these counties who does not support this fair and balanced approach is failing to represent their own constituents.”

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Kean: New Jersey will benefit from fair school funding plan

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Sean Kean

Assemblyman Sean Kean today announced his support of Gov. Christie’s school funding plan.

“This is a significant step in the right direction for school students across the state. The Governor’s fair plan assures fair funding and educational opportunity to all of our children,” said Kean (R—Monmouth). “More spending has never improved the quality of education. While the plan promotes educational fairness, it also lowers New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.”

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Auth: School funding plan increases opportunity, lowers taxes

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Robert Auth

Robert Auth

Assemblyman Robert Auth commended Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to fund schools, announced today.

“This is a fair funding solution that provides every student in New Jersey the opportunity to succeed. For three decades, unreasonable school funding has failed our school children and taxpayers in every corner of the state. Spending has never produced achievement in our schools. Bringing school funding into balance will reduce taxes and improve prospects for students across the state.”

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Bucco: Governor’s school funding proposal is fair to taxpayers

Anthony M. Bucco

Press Release – Assembly Republican Deputy Leader Anthony M. Bucco commended Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal today to fund schools.

“School funding is of major consequence to the state budget and the wallet of taxpayers,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Anything we can do to make the system more equitable is in the best interest of New Jersey. Every district deserves fair funding.”

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Rumana applauds gov’s school funding formula proposal

Scott Rumana

Press Release – Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana (R-Passaic) today applauded Gov. Christie’s proposal to fund schools today.

“The governor’s proposed formula makes sure that each child is given the same opportunity while reducing property taxes for homeowners. It provides a better balance to school funding for suburban districts like those in the 40th legislative district that have received subpar funding for many decades.

“Reforming education aid is long overdue. This plan is fair and equitable for our children and taxpayers.”

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Bramnick supports Gov. Christie’s school funding proposal

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick praised Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to fund schools today.

“Nothing is more fair than treating students equally no matter where they live,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “This plan will help relieve property taxpayers throughout the state and I will fight to get the governor’s plan enacted. I look forward to sponsoring it in the legislature.”

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