New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

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)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado Applaud Establishment of Special Senate Committee to Review & Improve State’s Response to COVID-19

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud this bipartisan effort to learn from the mistakes that were made at the outset of the coronavirus crisis to improve our State’s response going forward,” said Oroho (R-24). “I’m especially concerned about our ability to ensure that our long-term care facilities, where half of New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths occurred, have the capability to better protect vulnerable residents. By examining how this tragedy occurred and recommending solutions, we hope to save lives and prevent it from happening again.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Outdoor Graduation Ceremonies

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to allow school districts to conduct outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to allow school districts to conduct outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies. (Pixabay)

“The fact is that this is a one-time, huge life event,” said O’Scanlon. “Parents want to protect their children so of course they wouldn’t try to engage in any ceremonies that would put their children in danger. It is completely possible to conduct a ceremony safely with social distancing, especially outdoors!”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Can’t Allow Administration to Cover Up Its Nursing Home Failures

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Steve Sweeney calling for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to be convened to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

Senators Pennacchio, Oroho, O’Scanlon, and Corrado called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to convene a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. (CC0 Public Domain)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 20, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

Last week, our Senate Republican caucus wrote to you calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee to investigate the Murphy administration’s response to COVID-19, including the orders that all but guaranteed the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Must Act to Prevent Greater Loss of Life at NJ’s Long-Term Care Facilities

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Say Evidence Mounting that Thousands of Deaths in Nursing & Veterans Homes Were Preventable

Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said the evidence is mounting that thousands of deaths in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities were preventable and called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should New Jersey be hit by a second wave of COVID-19.

Four Republican senators called on Senate President Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings into the thousands of deaths at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should a second wave of COVID-19 occur. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state and nation were shocked when news reports broke of dozens of deaths at Andover Subacute, a long-term care facility in Sussex County,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s increasingly apparent that the tragedy that occurred in Andover and at nursing and veterans homes across New Jersey didn’t need to happen. Staff at many facilities warned that they were ill prepared for an outbreak, lacking the personal protective equipment, tests, and ability to segregate sick residents necessary to keep their vulnerable populations safe. By not taking the proper precautions, the administration failed these at-risk residents. We want to work cooperatively with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to understand what went wrong with the administration’s response to help ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate today.

The Senate approved legislation by Sen. Steve Sweeney, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.

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O’Scanlon Bill Delivers for Struggling Businesses with Liquor Licenses

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Senate Approves Legislation Authorizing Temporary Takeout and Home Delivery Services

Senator Declan O’Scanlon sponsors bipartisan legislation that would authorize certain businesses with liquor licenses to sell store-mixed cocktails to take-out and delivery customers during the COVID-19 state or emergency. The bill, A-3966/S-2413, cleared the Senate today.

The coronavirus is strangling the economy, and Senator O’Scanlon’s legislation, approved by the Senate today, creates financial opportunity for bars and restaurants. (Flickr)

“Providing clarity and consistency to the laws for selling store-mixed alcoholic beverages will help small businesses while the lockdown remains in effect,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Eliminating some of the confusion in the marketplace helps restaurants and other enterprises, and provides desperately needed opportunities for out-of-work New Jerseyans – particularly bartenders. Residents who have been prisoners in their own homes under the Governor’s orders can buy some of their favorite cocktails made by their favorite bartenders for virtual happy hours with friends, and remote socializing.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Senators:  Governor’s Budget Solution Due May 22 Must Include Restraint of Budget Excesses and Creative Solutions Or It Will Be Dismissed

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The following was released today by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

In advance of the Governor’s May 22 budget report, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued a joint position statement. (Pixabay)

The State’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Revenue losses through the end of FY 2021 will be severe and there is a need for additional relief for impacted people and businesses. There is broad and bipartisan recognition of this reality in the Legislature and among the public.

For the past two months, the Governor has provided no public accounting or explanation of the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Despite holding daily press briefings attended by various cabinet officials, the Treasurer has not been invited to a single briefing to explain budget impacts for the public or, more importantly, to answer reporters’ questions about what steps, if any, are being taken to address these impacts.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Praise Beach Opening Announcement

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today praised the Governor’s announcement that beaches would open in time for Memorial Day.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assmblywoman DiMaso welcomed news that New Jersey beaches and lakes will be open for Memorial Day weekend under some continuing social distancing guidelines. (Pixabay)

“We are pleased that Governor Murphy has listened to our repeated calls to open our beaches in time for Memorial Day. This a critical move for shore communities as we continue to progress with reopening our state after flattening the curve.

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Commend Non-Essential Business and Construction Reopening

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) today commended the Governor’s reopening of certain non-essential businesses, non-essential construction, and drive-in services. They also stressed that he needs to continue this action in the coming weeks particularly as we get closer to Memorial Day.

O’Scanlon, DiMaso and Scharfenberger welcomed today’s news that the Governor signed an order allowing non-essential businesses to open for curbside pickup and drive-in theaters to operate, but emphasized the need to lift more restrictions before Memorial Day. (WikiMedia)

“We appreciate that the Governor has taken this positive action in reopening some of our businesses. The data has shown that it’s time. We have said multiple times that our residents have overwhelmingly complied with quarantine and social distancing guidelines.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate Budget Committee today.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Sweeney, O’Scanlon and Doherty that would allow temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was advanced today. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.

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