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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

  • Senator Declan O’Scanlon took the oath of office on January 9, 2018 to become the new senator of the 13th Legislative District. (Facebook)

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Call for Immediate Stop to Toll Hike Proposals

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) call on Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to halt hearings and plans to increase tolls during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger call on Gov. Phil Murphy and NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to halt hearings and plans to increase tolls during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic that threatens our health and economy – now is not the time for Trenton to conduct ‘business as usual’ across the state and push through this unneeded policy while everyone is distracted. So today, we are calling on the governor and the NJDOT Commissioner to immediately halt any and all public hearings, discussions, and plans of pursuing toll hikes.”

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Monmouth County Lawmakers Call for Temporary Public Health Law Changes Amid Medical Crisis

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) today issued a statement calling for Governor Murphy to institute certain temporary public health law changes to protect healthcare workers from undue civil liability:

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger issued a statement calling for Gov. Murphy to institute certain temporary public health law changes to protect healthcare workers from undue civil liability. (CDC)

“We are dealing with an unprecedented healthcare crisis, and we need to make sure that we do everything necessary to ensure that hospitals and healthcare facilities are able to increase the number of beds available to patients and make potential staffing changes to treat the most patients.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger: Releasing Criminals Should Be ‘Absolute Last Resort’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Assemblymembers Serena DiMaso and Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) today issued a joint statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to release almost 500 people from jail.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger issued a joint statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to release almost 500 people from jail. (Flickr)

“Releasing these 500 prisoners into the general population when they were already safe from the public within jails is simply lunacy. While some of these individuals may have been serving a sentence for municipal court violations of a year or less, others were convicted of assault on a police officer, child endangerment, and domestic violence. Our county prosecutors had to protest a good number of the releases. That should never have happened in the first place.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger: We Need Gun Stores and Others to be Permitted to Remain Open and/or Attain Essential Businesses Classification

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R’s – Monmouth) today issued the following joint statement regarding the need to permit licensed firearm stores to remain open and other pertinent businesses to be deemed “essential” and to remain open during State Emergencies:

Sen. O’Scanlon, Asw. DiMaso, and Asm. Scharfenberger emphasized the need to protect Second Amendment rights and allow licensed firearm stores and other crucial businesses to remain open during State emergencies. (WikiMedia Commons)

“We understand that this is a unique time not only in our State’s history, but our nation’s as a whole. With that comes various challenges to safeguard the public’s health. However, we should ensure that any actions taken to guarantee the safety of our residents also include upholding a citizen’s Constitutional right to protect themselves through the lawful purchasing of firearms from a licensed provider. Preserving constitutional rights, even in unprecedented situations, should be seen as a sacred obligation of government.

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger: Don’t Go to a Testing Center Unless You Have Substantial Symptoms

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PNC Test Site Will Open Monday, Residents Should Do Homework Before Heading to Site

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) announced the opening of the PNC Bank Arts Center testing site in Holmdel at 8AM Monday March 23rd, and cautioned residents to not get tested if they aren’t showing serious symptoms.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger announced the opening of the PNC Bank Arts Center testing site at 8am Monday, March 23rd and cautioned residents to not get tested if they aren’t showing serious symptoms. (CDC)

“We are happy to see how many entities came together quickly to get this testing site online for Monday, however, we want to prevent the sorts of lines we saw today at Bergen’s testing site and we want to avoid the use of precious resources – testing kits, personal protective equipment, and human resources,” said O’Scanlon. “The lines are likely to be huge, and we have to make sure that the folks we are testing are those that really need it. If you show up without checking the news and verifying that you qualify to be tested, you could wait in line for hours only to be turned away. If you have to exaggerate your symptoms to qualify, don’t do that!”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: PNC Testing Site In Works, Won’t Open Until Formal Announcement

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today commented on Governor Murphy’s previous announcement that PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel would serve as the location for one of the two COVID-19 testing sites that FEMA was setting up in New Jersey. The PNC site, however, is not yet operational.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso commented on Gov. Murphy’s announcement that the PNC Bank Arts Center would serve as a FEMA COVID-19 testing site. The PNC site, however, is not yet operational. (CDC)

“We understand a good number of people are looking to get tested but this site won’t be open until there is a formal announcement. We lobbied hard to have one of these vital facilities here, we have a commitment and work has begun. It is our understanding that it is a few days away. Yesterday, we were able to drive to the site and had the opportunity to meet with numerous individuals on site involved in the operation: New Jersey State Police, FEMA, Department of Health, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the site and construction managers for PNC.”

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O’Scanlon Introduces Bill Targeting Those Who Commit Crimes of Domestic Violence During a State of Emergency

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation today that would give prosecutors a new tool to charge individuals suspected of domestic violence during a declared state of emergency.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would give prosecutors a new tool to charge individuals suspected of domestic violence during a declared state of emergency. (©iStock)

“Unfortunately, with everyone being asked to stay home, we can anticipate an increase in domestic violence situations. There is a special place in hell for anyone who would cause harm to another while being asked to hunker down for the greater good,” said O’Scanlon. “This bill provides that an act of domestic violence or child endangerment committed by a person during a state of emergency may, at the discretion of the prosecutor, be charged one degree higher than the underlying offense.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso, & Scharfenberger: We Are Here to Serve You During Coronavirus Pandemic

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LD-13 Offices in Holmdel and Middletown Remain Open to Answer Officials/Constituent Questions and Concerns

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger issued the following statement in response to growing concerns about COVID-19:

O’Scanlon, DiMaso, and Scharfenberger issued the following statement in response to growing concerns about COVID-19. (CDC)

“The health of the Monmouth County community is our priority during this tumultuous time, particularly for those who are most vulnerable to contracting the disease or having adverse outcomes once sick. It is imperative to keep the public up-to-date with the best information available on how to prevent, identify, and remedy COVID-19. Our district office is prepared to serve as a resource center for our community and to help answer questions and address emergent needs.

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O’Scanlon Praises $1B Sweeney/NJEA Healthcare Reform

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Need To Dig Into Details But Initial Impression Positive

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today praised a deal announced by Senate President Sweeney and the NJEA to overhaul health benefits, cutting costs by an estimated $1B.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised a deal announced by Sen. Pres. Sweeney and the NJEA to overhaul health benefits, cutting costs by an estimated $1B. (©iStock.com)

“Ultimately, the devil is in the details but this looks like a major, long sought after victory for Sweeney, NJEA members, and–most of all–taxpayers.” said O’Scanlon.

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O’Scanlon Responds to Monmouth County Coronavirus Cases

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon responded to a pair of presumptive cases of novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, reported in Monmouth County today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains an informational website on COVID-19 with additional advice for healthcare professionals, families, and businesses. (CDC)

“We have been told for several weeks that the coronavirus would likely spread to most communities and, unfortunately, it appears to now have reached Monmouth County,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Today’s announcement should not serve as a cause for panic, rather it should reinforce our diligence in adhering to the hygiene recommendations from public health officials to help slow and limit the spread of coronavirus within our community.”

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