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Senator Jim Holzapfel

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Issue Resolution to Forgive Superstorm Sandy Federal Disaster Loans

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have introduced a concurrent resolution urging the President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy.

Almost eight years after Superstorm Sandy devastated NJ’s economy and with the residents facing another financial crisis, Sen. Holzapfel, Asm. McGuckin and Asm. Catalano are calling on the federal government to enact legislation forgiving some FEMA community disaster loans to municipalities. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Congressman Chris Smith introduced H.R. 6454 on April 3. The bill would mandate the forgiveness of certain community disaster loans secured by New Jersey municipalities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery. This federal resolution would have a profound impact throughout New Jersey in helping stabilize the economy, and would provide much needed support to the citizens of the State in the fight against COVID-19.

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Scutari, Greenstein, Holzapfel Bill to Provide Employment Protections for Emergency Medical Responders Clears Senate

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Legislation which would prohibit employers from terminating, dismissing, or suspending an employee that is actively engaged in providing paid or volunteer emergency medical services related to a state of emergency, passed through the Senate today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator James Holzapfel.

The Senate passed legislation prohibiting employers from terminating, dismissing, or suspending an employee that is actively engaged in providing paid or volunteer emergency medical services related to a state of emergency. (SenateNJ.com)

“Selfless and dedicated volunteers are the backbone of emergency services in communities across the state,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “No first-responder who leaves the safety of their home and family to serve the community during the coronavirus crisis should fear losing a job. Emergency medical personnel are more essential now than ever, and when their services are required in an emergency, that must take priority over job responsibilities.”

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10th District Legislators Address Littering of PPE

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The legislators from the 10th District are alerting residents of the growing number of used personal protection equipment (PPE) littering parking lots and sidewalks and are asking residents to dispose of these items safely and properly. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano understand the importance of PPE against the coronavirus, however, they are warning residents that littering still carries a fine for those who are carelessly discarding these items once they have been used.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano are urging people to properly dispose of single-use protective gloves and reminding them not to litter. (CDC)

“It has been brought to our attention that soiled gloves, masks and wipes are being left behind in parking lots of supermarkets and big-box retailers,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “It is disappointing to see so many people discarding their gloves onto the ground and driving off. This is a finable offense and this problem needs to be addressed now for the safety of our residents.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Complete Census for School Funding Fairness’

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With the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are reminding residents of the importance of the 2020 U. S. Census.

The U.S. Census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing, and Sen. Holzapfel and Am. McGuckin and Catalano are urging residents to complete the survey to ensure the state gets its fair share. (SenateNJ.com)

The census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing.

In recent years, funding for schools in the 10th Legislative District has been drastically cut.  The legislators are reminding residents of the importance of the census to ensure their fair share of school funding.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Join with New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association for Personal Protective Equipment Drive

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The 10th District Legislators are proud to join forces with the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association on their Personal Protective Equipment Drive.

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano are working with the NJ State Police Fraternal Association to collect desperately needed masks and other personal protective equipment to protect first responders and health care workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin and John Catalano would also like to commend Community Surgical Supply on making the first donation of KN95 masks to this worthy cause. The legislators have released the following statement and applaud everyone involved in donating to the Personal Protective Equipment Drive.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Bill Will Penalize Public Gatherings During Emergency with $15,000 Fines

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(UPDATE 5/18/2020: Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Withdrawing Bill as Lockdowns Ease)

In response to the continuation of public gatherings in various parts of the state in violation of an executive order during the COVID-19 public health crisis and State of Emergency, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) will introduce legislation to create significant monetary penalties for those who host gatherings in violation of the “Emergency Health Powers Act.”  Governor Murphy has ordered all New Jerseyans to stay home to slow the transmission and spread of the coronavirus, a highly infectious disease.

After repeated reports of large social gatherings held in the State, Sen. Holzapfel and Asm. McGuckin & Catalano will introduce legislation that would crack down on those who violate the Emergency Health Powers Act. (©iStock)

“There have been a number of large public gatherings since the Governor has issued the stay at home order, and we feel violators should face significant consequences for failure to comply with a directive that’s necessary to save lives,” stated Senator Holzapfel.  “During this public health crisis, the executive order mandating social distancing should not be taken lightly.  Mass gatherings during this pandemic put an unnecessary strain on an already fragile healthcare system, create risk for responding law enforcement officers, and threaten the lives of participants.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Toll Hike Hearings Are Wrong During Public Health Crisis’

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District released a statement calling for the halt of hearings and plans to increase tolls during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

Stating that the timing couldn’t be worse, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano called on the Murphy Administration to stall plans for a toll increase during the coronavirus crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

The lawmakers state that this push for a toll hike couldn’t come at a worse time when New Jersey is facing an economic fallout from this public health crisis.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano Provide Guidelines for OCC COVID-19 Testing Center

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On Monday March 30th, Ocean County College will open a drive-thru testing center for COVID-19 available only to residents who live within Ocean County. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District are offering tips and information to those looking to get tested at this new location.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano announced details plans to for coronavirus testing at the new drive-thru center set to open Monday in at Ocean County College. (CDC)

“We are pleased to announce the first testing center for the novel coronavirus opening at Ocean County College on Monday,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “A major difference between this testing center and others that have opened across the state is residents must provide a prescription from a doctor and proof of residency in order to be tested. We are hoping with the new procedures in place it will drastically reduce long lines and wait times at this location.”

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10th District Legislators Urge Residents to Stop Congregating for the Sake of Our Community

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It has been brought to the attention of local officials that groups of children and adults continue to gather in public places and the legislators are warning residents of the danger associated with this behavior. In a statement to the public, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano urge residents to abide by the mandated and recommended steps designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano urge residents to stop congregating and to abide by the mandated and recommended steps designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (CDC)

“We are pleased with the vast majority of our residents who are making an effort to isolate themselves and practice social distancing during this uncertain time. However, groups of people and their children continue to ignore the warnings and gather in public places. There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area and those who continue to congregate are not only putting themselves at risk but the general public, especially our elderly who make up a large number of residents in our district. It’s reckless, irresponsible conduct like this that threatens our public safety and the health of thousands of our constituents.”

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10th District Legislators Support Bipartisan Bills to Ensure Businesses and Families Stay Afloat

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano expressed their support for legislation under consideration by the Senate and General Assembly to address the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents. The devastating COVID-19 pandemic is crippling businesses and putting economic strains on families throughout the state.

Sen. Holzapfel and Asm. McGuckin and Catalano released a statement supporting an extensive package of legislation in the Senate and Assembly to help New Jersey businesses and families impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic. (CDC)

The legislators have released this statement:

“We are committed to working on both sides of the aisle to make necessary decisions in the best interest of our residents during this time of crisis. We understand that the economic impact of this virus is far reaching and financial difficulties are inevitable for those working fewer hours as schools and businesses are required to close.

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