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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Transportation Bills Aiding Property Taxpayers & Improving Safety Pass Assembly Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that’s designed to reduced the burden on property taxpayers and improve road, bridge and rail safety has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s transportation bill would reduce the burden on property taxpayers and improve road, bridge and rail safety. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re now able to shift much more of the burden of paying for local transportation improvements from property taxpayers to the State,” said Oroho. “That’s the direct result of our successful efforts last year that coupled targeted tax cuts with a plan to take the TTF out of bankruptcy. Local officials can now undertake critical road and bridge repair projects without burdening property taxpayers with the full cost.”

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Oroho Bill to Encourage More Food Donations Advances in Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage more food donations to New Jersey non-profit organizations has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill encourages more food donations to help feed hungry families. (Flickr)

“The unfortunate reality is that many New Jersey families struggle to find their next meal,” Senator Oroho said. “They depend on food banks and other non-profits, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those kinds of organizations can continue to support these families.”

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Senate Approves Oroho Bill to Support Farmers & “Jersey Fresh” Marketing

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to help local farmers by improving marketing support for the “Jersey Fresh” products that they grow.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation helps local farmers by improving support for ‘Jersey Fresh’ marketing. (Jersey Fresh)

“Our ‘Jersey Fresh’ marketing message reaches across the country, which helps our farmers to be among the most successful sellers nationally of items such as blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, and cranberries,” said Oroho. “Improving our ability to spread the ‘Jersey Fresh’ message will help New Jersey farmers to continue growing and expand their reach into new markets.”

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Oroho Bill to Support New Jersey Farmers and Local Food Products Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R – Sussex, Warren, Morris) to support New Jersey farmers and locally-made food products was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Oroho’s Bill to Support New Jersey Farmers and Local Food Products Passes Budget and Appropriations. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Families in New Jersey depend on the hard work of our local farmers,” said Oroho. “Establishing ‘Food Hubs’, will grow New Jersey’s local-farmer network and create a path from Farm to Table.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Oroho Receives Troast Award from NJBIA for Support of NJ Business Community, State Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was honored with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at the 2018 NJBIA Impact Symposium on December 5, 2017.

Sen. Steven Oroho (right) and Sen. Parl Sarlo (left) display their awards with NJBIA’s President & CEO Michele Siekerka. (SenateNJ.com)

The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, shared the honor this year with Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who serves as chairman of the committee.

“The focus of NJBIA’s symposium this year is affordability and competitiveness, which were the very concerns that drove the tax reform effort that Senator Sarlo and I led last year,” said Oroho. “It’s an honor to share the Paul L. Troast Award with my partner on the state’s most comprehensive tax reform effort in decades. We’ve shown how reasonable public officials can bridge the partisan divide to enact good policy that helps businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

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Senate Committee Passes Oroho, Addiego Bills to Support NJ Farmers

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The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee has passed three bills sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho (R-24) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to support local farmers and improve how the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products.

Sens. Steven Oroho and Dawn Marie Addiego sponsor bills to support local farmers and improve the way the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products. (SenateNJ.com)

“Farmers markets are incredibly popular in cities and suburbs statewide. Many farmers will tell you that the demand for Jersey-made produce is growing faster than they can plant their seeds,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “We need to bring all of the members of New Jersey’s agricultural industry together and capitalize on this opportunity to stimulate the economy. The food hubs and marketing initiatives authorized under these bills will give local farmers the tools they need to reach even more hungry customers.”

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” logo, S-2444, sponsored by Senators Oroho and Addiego, would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed or produced in a specific county. Monmouth County is currently in the process of developing such a label.

“There is no denying that the Jersey Fresh program has been a resounding success,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Imagine how much our farms, wineries, and mom-and-pop shops would benefit if we had the ability to localize this initiative. Creating ‘made in your county’ labels is a great way to encourage our residents to shop local and support the business owners right in their own backyard.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Oroho Named Legislator of the Year by the Arc of New Jersey

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Arc of New Jersey for his commitment to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Sen. Steve Oroho (Center) with The Arc of New Jersey’s Executive Director Tom Baffuto and Board President Joanne Bergin. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m so honored to receive this award from such a great organization,” Senator Oroho said. “The Arc provides a vital service for so many people in this state, and I’m happy to do whatever I can to support them.”

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Oroho Highlights Success of Lottery Bill, Quarterly Pension Payments

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Senator Steve Oroho(R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) believes the recent measures to pledge lottery proceeds to the state’s pension contribution and to make quarterly pension payments are already starting to pay off.

Sen. Steven Oroho highlighted two recent measures that are already helping New Jersey’s economic viability. (Pixabay)

“The state is already seeing the benefits of the bipartisan Lottery Enterprise Contribution Act (LECA), which was enacted only 3 months ago,” Senator Oroho said. “We immediately enhanced the solvency of the state’s Retirements System, and now, New Jersey is benefiting from lower borrowing costs.”

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