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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Addition of Staff to Unemployment Call Centers ‘Better Late Than Never’

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10th District Legislator Ask Why It Wasn’t Done Months Ago

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) said an announcement by Governor Phil Murphy and the Department of Labor of the doubling of staff handling calls at unemployment centers should have been done last spring.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano said an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy and the Department of Labor of the doubling of staff handling calls at unemployment centers should have been done last spring. (SenateNJ.com)

“The understaffing of call centers has been an absolute nightmare for out-of-work New Jerseyans who have been forced to spend hours daily for weeks and months trying to get through to an agent to collect their unemployment,” said Senator Holzapfel. “For months we have requested that the Department of Labor address the issues with their call centers, but those requests were ignored until now by the Governor and his administration. While his action is better late than never, why did it take so long for Governor Murphy to do the right thing?”

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10th District Lawmakers Call on Governor to Allow Parents to Attend Children’s Sporting Events With Safety in Mind

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10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are calling on Governor Murphy to ease restrictions and allow spectators to attend indoor children’s sporting events. The lawmakers believe that comprehensive safety protocols can be put in place to allow parents to watch their children participate in events such as ice hockey, basketball, swimming and wrestling.

10th District Legislators, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano are calling on Gov. Murphy to ease restrictions and allow spectators to attend indoor children’s sporting events. (SenateNJ.com)

“Sports are a large part of a child’s educational development and extracurricular experience and many of these students rely on the support from their parents and guardians during their competitions,” stated the legislators. “We are asking the Governor to allow spectators to attend children’s sporting events as long as safety measures can be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Governor: ‘Lift Restrictions on Restaurant and Bar Hours Before It’s Too Late’

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An Executive Order signed by Governor Murphy mandating bars and restaurants to suspend indoor dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. has been in place since the fall and continues to financially strangle the industry hit hardest by the pandemic. The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement requesting that the Governor remove the 10 p.m. curfew in order to prevent these small businesses from closing their doors permanently.

Restaurants and bars are being strangled financially by Murphy’s pandemic restrictions, and Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano are calling on the Governor to lift the 10 p.m. curfew to prevent these small businesses from closing their doors permanently. (Pixabay)

“We understand it’s a balancing act to maintain a healthy community and a healthy economy for our small businesses.  However, we believe the adjustments these establishments have made to ensure their patrons safety are working.  Lifting the restrictions on early closing times at restaurants and bars will give small businesses some relief going forward.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Call on Governor to Make Vaccinations Available at Senior Communities

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The 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, are calling on Governor Murphy to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations to be offered at senior communities. The legislators sent a letter to the Governor making that request out of concern for seniors who cannot easily travel to other vaccination sites due to driving restrictions or disabilities.

The 10th District legislators, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano, are calling on Gov. Murphy to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations to be offered at senior communities. (©iStock)

“Since the rollout of the vaccine, our office has been inundated with calls from residents of senior communities who have been waiting patiently to receive the vaccine but still do not have clarity on how or when it will happen,” said Senator Holzapfel. “Some elderly residents either do not drive or have a disability that prevents them from traveling easily to other vaccination sites. We could address those concerns and vaccinate as many seniors as possible by sending mobile units directly to each senior community.”

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10th District Legislators Applaud Judge for Ordering Transparency from NJDOE in School Aid Calculations

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The 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, applauded an important order that will provide clarity to the Brick and Toms River school districts following massive cuts in State aid under the unfair and biased funding formula imposed by S-2.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano applauded an important order that will provide clarity to the Brick and Toms River school districts following massive cuts in State aid under the unfair and biased funding formula imposed by S-2. (SenateNJ.com)

In a victory in the ongoing fight for transparency in school funding, Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson has ordered the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to turn over the algorithm used to calculate State aid for public school districts.

“We applaud Judge Jacobson for requiring transparency from the NJDOE on the school funding issue that has been so devastating to our local school districts and property taxpayers. We have repeatedly demanded that the Department of Education reveal their process for calculating Local Fair Share and have even introduced legislation to require them to do so,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s appalling that the NJDOE would keep their calculations a secret for so long, which impacts how much our property taxpayers are forced to pay and how many teachers we can keep in our classrooms.”

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District 10 Lawmakers React to Gov. Murphy’s State of the State

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano (all R-10) conveyed disappointment and concern upon listening to Gov. Murphy’s 2021 State of the State Address. (SenateNJ.com)

“The State of the State would have been stronger if Governor Murphy did not cripple our economy unnecessarily,” said Holzapfel. “Unfortunately, the Governor echoed the same rhetoric during his address that he has for years. And due to his careless policies—especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic—he drove two million New Jerseyans into a broken unemployment system, sat on billions of dollars in federal CARES Act relief funds, and repeatedly blocked Republican legislation that would have helped small businesses and nonprofits keep their lights on during their time of need.”

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10th District Team Ready to Override Murphy’s Veto of Bill to Aid Stressed Restaurant Industry

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The 10th District Legislators continue to stand in support of New Jersey’s restaurant industry and small business owners by announcing they are ready to override the Governor’s veto of legislation which allows restaurants and bars to establish expanded service amid the Governor’s mandated restrictions. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525).

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525). (Pixabay)

“It’s blow after blow for restaurant owners who have tried every possible solution to stay open during this pandemic despite the Governor’s endless executive orders,” state Senator Holzapfel. “I join my colleagues in the Senate and my fellow 10th District Assemblymen to request that this bill, which was passed unanimously in both houses, be voted on to override the Governor’s veto.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: “Murphy Prioritizing Inmates Over Elderly”

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Recently, Governor Murphy has allowed inmates and personnel at one of New Jersey’s largest state prisons to receive some of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano criticize the Governor over this decision and point to the thousands of senior citizens who should be prioritized over convicted criminals as cases in nursing homes are on the rise.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano criticize Gov. Murphy over his decision to allow inmates and personnel at one of New Jersey’s largest state prisons to receive some of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (DoD via Flickr)

“Unlike other states that put their senior population first, our Governor is choosing to vaccinate prison inmates before our most vulnerable citizens,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “We are seeing a substantial increase in cases at assisted living facilities and this will only get worse if the vaccine isn’t distributed properly to those most in need. The senior population and health care providers in our district have been patiently waiting for the rollout of the vaccine and to see the Governor alter the distribution and immunize inmates first is disgraceful.”

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10th District Lawmakers: ‘How Many More Vulnerable Seniors Will Get Sick Because of This Inexcusable Delay?’

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Blame Murphy Administration for Failing to Meet Federal Deadline to Begin Vaccinations in Nursing Homes

The State’s plan was to start administering COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of nursing homes today, but bungled paperwork and a missed deadline means the first doses are delayed until Dec. 28 at the earliest. The embarrassing detail is the latest blemish for New Jersey’s trouble-plagued Department of Health, Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin and Assemblyman John Catalano said today.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano blasted the Murphy Administration for failure to meet a filing deadline that will delay COVID-19 vaccinations in nursing homes for at least another week. (DoD via Flickr)

“How many more vulnerable seniors will be infected by this deadly virus because of this inexcusable delay? It is unthinkable that after the virus killed more than 7,100 senior citizens when it swept through nursing homes earlier this year, the department responsible for those facilities would not get this right,” the 10th District Legislators said in a statement.

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Holzapfel to Vote ‘No’ On Bill to Teach Kindergarteners About Gender and Sexual Identity

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Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District will vote “no” on bill S-2781 which mandates that public schools incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.  The legislation is supported by Democrats under the guise that it will teach diversity and tolerance, however, the Senator believes these topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said he will vote ‘no’ on legislation mandating public schools to incorporate sexual and gender identity into the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. (©iStock)

“This bill has nothing to do with anti-bullying policies but rather imposing a belief system on children who are too young to even understand the complexities of these lifestyles,” said Senator Holzapfel.  “Teaching students about diversity is one thing, but to bring these lessons into a classroom full of 5 and 6 year olds is ridiculous.”

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