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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: NJEA is Right, Cancel Standardized Testing this Year

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for Governor Murphy to listen to the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) in their request to suspend for standardized testing to be suspended this year.

Citing the impact of the pandemic on education, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has joined with the New Jersey Education Association in calling for Gov. Murphy to cancel standardized testing this year. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor should suspend standardized testing for this year. We appropriately canceled it last year and there is no difference this year,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “There is nothing ‘standardized’ about this year. The NJEA is correct. Let’s agree where we can and start here! The entire concept behind standardized testing is to assess students’ progress year over year. That assessment applies to real and consistent instruction, not aberrations like we are experiencing right now.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Bipartisan Bill Unveiled to Provide $300 Million in EDA Grants, Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits to Spur Economic Recovery, Job Growth in Wake of COVID-19

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Addiego, Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon, Testa and Kean Team Up to Sponsor Legislation Expanding EDA Capacity to Help Small Business Bounce Back

Bipartisan legislation providing the state Economic Development Authority with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis was introduced today by Senator Dawn Addiego, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.

Bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis has been introduced. (Pixabay)

The bill would provide aid not only to small businesses and nonprofits that lost revenue during the economic shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, but also to those whose business opening plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and those who fill vacant storefronts or under-utilized space with new operations.

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O’Scanlon Calls for Murphy to Withdraw Appointment of New Yorker to Tidelands Resource Council

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) today requested (click here for PDF of letter) that Governor Phil Murphy withdraw a New Yorker as his nominee to fill a 7-year vacancy on the Tidelands Resource Council, a State board that controls all State-owned coastal lands.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon requested that Gov. Phil Murphy withdraw a New Yorker as his nominee to fill a 7-year vacancy on the Tidelands Resource Council, a State board that controls all State-owned coastal lands. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator O’Scanlon likened the appointment to filling a zoning board with someone from a neighboring town: unnecessary, posing conflicts, and concerning to residents who live in coastal areas.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans to Launch Independent Hearings on Murphy Administration’s Flawed COVID-19 Response

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Hearings Will Focus on Nursing & Veterans Home Deaths, MVC & Unemployment Failures, Destruction of Small Businesses

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide impacted residents and families the opportunity to share their stories and ongoing concerns.

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to lead the hearings, alongside Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40), Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Sen. Michael Testa (R-1).

“Since May, Senate Republicans have sought a bipartisan investigation to understand the policy and management failures of the Murphy Administration that led to preventable deaths, destroyed businesses and jobs, and left millions of New Jerseyans without access to important services and support,” said Kean (R-21). “While the Senate Democratic Majority has blocked our efforts to form a select committee to investigate these failures using the full oversight powers of the Legislature, we will move forward with independent hearings to provide people the opportunity to tell their stories and share their concerns about the State’s failed response to COVID-19.”

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O’Scanlon: Time for All to Step Up and Get Our Restaurants Through the Next Few Critical Months!

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today announced his direct, ongoing support of the restaurant industry and appealed for others to join him in the coming critical months by patronizing local restaurants.

A comparison of state COVID statistics and restaurant restrictions. (Click for full size)

“We started in the spring with the ‘30-in-30’ – 30 restaurants in 30 days while trying not to gain 30 pounds!’ initiative,” said O’Scanlon.  “We blew that up, but 40-in-30 simply didn’t have the same symmetry. So, I decided to keep going. We’re now well over 110 different restaurants over the last few months. I’ll concede I’ve been to a few more than once, and have a ton more on my list!”

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O’Scanlon: Small Restaurant Victory isn’t Enough

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement today following news that Governor Murphy would increase indoor dining capacity from 25% to 35% and remove the 10pm nightly indoor dining curfew.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon issued a statement following news that Gov. Murphy would increase indoor dining capacity from 25% to 35% and remove the 10pm nightly indoor dining curfew. (Pixabay)

“We are happy to see that the Governor has finally made some forward movement to increase restaurant capacity at this point. Which we have been calling for over the last several months,” said O’Scanlon. “As happy as we are that there is some relaxation here, it is still completely outrageous to continue on with this endless slow drip of restrictions being lifted.”

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Touchdown! Murphy Heeds Calls by O’Scanlon & Bucco to Lift Bar/Restaurant Restrictions for Super Bowl

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony Bucco claimed victory in their effort to convince Governor Murphy to loosen indoor dining restrictions in advance of the Super Bowl.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony Bucco claimed victory in their effort to convince Gov. Murphy to loosen indoor dining restrictions in advance of the Super Bowl. (©iStock)

“I’m glad Governor Murphy listened to us and made some reasonable adjustments to the indoor dining restrictions to help our struggling bars and restaurants in advance of the Super Bowl,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “We hope this is the first step in a continual loosening of restrictions that will help thousands of sidelined employees in the hospitality industry get back to work.”

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O’Scanlon & Bucco Launch Online Petition Urging Governor Murphy to Lift 10 PM Bar/Restaurant Curfew for Super Bowl

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco launched an online petition urging Governor Phil Murphy to lift his 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Tony Bucco launched an online petition urging Gov. Phil Murphy to lift his 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants for the Super Bowl. (©iStock)

“The governor has said that there’s no evidence that indoor dining has led to coronavirus transmission, yet he’s sticking by arbitrary operating restrictions that have done nothing but hurt our community bars and restaurants and the many thousands of people they employ,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “While I think the 10 p.m. curfew needs to be eliminated going forward and the 25% indoor capacity raised significantly, the least Governor Murphy can do is let people enjoy the entirety of the Super Bowl at their favorite establishment without forcing them to go home before the end of the game.”

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O’Scanlon Editorial: Achieving 70% Covid Vaccination by June

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Goals are endpoints. Missions are plans/strategies to achieve goals. Our “goal,” and it’s one we should shoot for, is to get 70% of the adult New Jersey population vaccinated by the end of June. We need to understand the mission we’ll need to accomplish to achieve our goal.

In this editorial, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon discusses what’s needed to achieve 70% vaccination of the New Jersey population by the end of June. (DoD via Flickr)

As county governments/health departments/hospitals/health care clinics/pharmacy/retail outlets scramble to hire staff and work out vaccination program logistics…securing sites, arranging utilities, training administrative/processing/health care staff…throughout the state, no one has properly outlined the mission. Just how many doses of the vaccine does New Jersey have to deliver each week, and how does that number translate to the County level, in order to achieve our goal?

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O’Scanlon: Data Demonstrates Governor Can & Should Increase Indoor Dining Capacity to 50% and End Curfew

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today renewed his call for Governor Phil Murphy to remove the 10 p.m. indoor dining curfew.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon renewed his call for Gov. Phil Murphy to remove the 10 p.m. indoor dining curfew. (Pixabay)

“Our restaurants have been suffering massive economic hits since March with seemingly no end in sight to 25% capacity restrictions and the 10 p.m. indoor dining curfew. But time and again the industry has proven that they are not the nexus for new COVID-19 outbreaks,” said O’Scanlon. “Restaurants as a whole have followed the rules and restrictions laid out for them, they’ve endeavored to make their establishments as safe as possible to protect their patrons and staff. They deserve an increase in capacity to 50% (at 25% now) and the removal of the curfew evidenced by the lack of outbreaks traced back to restaurants.”

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