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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Blast Bill to Provide Coronavirus Aid for Undocumented Immigrants

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10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are blasting legislation which would provide up to $1,000 in aid to certain undocumented immigrants.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano blasted legislation to provide $35 million to undocumented immigrants, saying the money would be better used to help school districts that have been decimated by budget cuts. (Pixabay)

S-2480/A-4171, sponsored by Senator Ruiz and Assemblywoman Quijano, would establish a one-time payment program from the Department of Treasury totaling $35 million.  The lawmakers believe that the state cannot afford to pay undocumented immigrants money at a time when our state is facing severe fiscal challenges.

“For far too long New Jersey has catered to undocumented immigrants, and this potential legislation is no different. Our state is the epicenter of a pandemic which has taken a massive toll on our economy. The unemployment system is overwhelmed, and millions of residents are out of work. Small businesses are suffering and we simply don’t have the money to invest in the thousands of undocumented immigrants who reside in our state.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Withdrawing Bill as Lockdowns Ease

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Say Jersey Shore Needs to Reopen as Quickly as Possible

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) announced they are withdrawing legislation that would increase fines for hosting gatherings in violation of lockdown orders related to the public health emergency:

With infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 declining and life starting to return to normal, Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said they are withdrawing legislation that is no longer needed to begin the reopening of the Jersey Shore. (©iStock)

“The purpose of the strict lockdown was always to defeat COVID-19 quickly and to allow for the reopening of New Jersey in the shortest period of time possible with the least harm to people’s health and our economy. We introduced our legislation at the start of the crisis due to a lack of leadership from Governor Murphy when it came to enforcement as evidenced by a number of coronavirus parties and similar events that threatened to prolong the public health emergency unnecessarily.

“As legislators, we cannot control how the the law is enforced by the governor or the agencies he directs, but we can change the law to encourage people to act responsibly through the deterrent effect of higher penalties. Thankfully, enforcement was stepped up and the types of gatherings where COVID-19 could be spread were greatly limited. Because of this, all of the key metrics on infection rates, hospitalizations, and fatalities due to the coronavirus have declined quickly, which has led to the easing of lockdown measures. We are glad to say that our legislation is no longer necessary and will be withdrawn.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Demand Governor Murphy Address Issues with Unemployment Before Residents Go Broke

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As unemployment frustrations continue to mount for residents out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District are calling on Governor Murphy to fix the broken unemployment application process.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said the Governor owes it to more than a million out-of-work New Jersey residents to fix the broken unemployment insurance system. (Pixabay)

While businesses and schools remain closed, the legislators are calling on the Governor to work with the Department of Labor to fix the growing unemployment issues.

“We have received thousands of calls and emails from constituents who are looking for assistance with processing of their unemployment applications,” said the 10th District Legislators.  “These people have paid into the system for years only to find that in a time of crisis, the system is failing them. Collecting unemployment is a nightmare for residents who are at their wits end.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Gov. Murphy: “Now Is the Time to Reopen Businesses”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are introducing a resolution today calling on Governor Phil Murphy to begin the immediate reopening of businesses in accordance with CDC guidelines to restart the New Jersey economy. The 10th District legislators stressed the importance of opening businesses on the Jersey Shore that rely on the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day for the majority of their annual income. Without a plan to reopen before Memorial Day, many business owners at the shore are concerned for their futures and livelihoods.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano are introducing a resolution calling on Gov. Murphy to begin the immediate reopening of businesses in accordance with CDC guidelines to restart the economy. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy, give New Jerseyans the benefit of the doubt. We are not knuckleheads and we can reopen with safety in mind by following the guidelines set forth by the CDC,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “With schools permanently closed for the year, our efforts need to be focused on reopening our small businesses.”

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10th District Legislators’ Concurrent Resolution Supports Congressman Smith’s Bill Allowing Lawsuits Against China for Mishandling of COVID-19

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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 federal legislation allowing U.S. citizens and local governments to sue China for their mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A resolution sponsored by Holzapfel, McGuckin and Catalano calls on the federal government to enact legislation allowing U.S. citizens and local governments to sue China for their mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. (©iStock)

The legislators have released a statement urging the support of Congressman Chris Smith’s legislation, HR 6524, which declares that the Chinese government should be held accountable for the global health crisis and the resulting economic fallout resulting from COVID-19.

“It is no secret that Chinese leaders initially did little to stop the spread of COVID-19, allowing thousands of people to travel in and out of the country who had been exposed to this deadly virus.  In addition, their intentional misleading of the severity of the virus and lack of communication to the World Health Organization resulted in what is now a global pandemic, the death of hundreds of thousands of people, and an economic crisis that will take years to recover from.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Bill Will Establish Emotional Support Hotline for Health Care Workers

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10th District legislators will introduce legislation to create a toll-free helpline for first responders and health care workers who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano recognize the physical and mental strain that this pandemic has placed on New Jersey’s health care heroes and believe this helpline will create an outlet to help those who are struggling to deal with the stresses and emotional trauma of this prolonged crisis.

10th District legislators will introduce legislation to create a toll-free helpline for first responders and health care workers who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (©iStock)

“We would like to thank all first responders and health care workers who are on the front lines day in and day out fighting the battle against this pandemic,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “The pressure and stresses of their profession can have an impact and put at risk both their physical and mental health. We are sponsoring this legislation to aid health care professionals who are struggling with the accumulated burden of watching so many people struggle with COVID-19 for so long.”

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10th District Legislators Call on Legislature and Governor’s Office to Create Task Force to Help Jersey Shore Businesses

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The legislators of the 10th District, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are calling on the New Jersey Legislature and Governor’s Office to create a task force dedicated to assisting businesses and residents of the Jersey Shore once stay-at-home executive orders are lifted.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano are calling on the Legislature and Governor to create a task force to assist Jersey Shore businesses and residents once stay-at-home orders are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

In an effort to begin the process of restarting the Shore economy, the bipartisan task force would work together to develop safe and effective solutions for both annual and seasonal businesses at the Jersey Shore.

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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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