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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Want Overly Aggressive Lake Fee Collection to Cease

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Today, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) called on lake associations throughout the State to cease taking action against homeowners who are being targeted by the misapplication of Chapter 106, also known as the Radburn Law, during the COVID-19 emergency.

Oroho, Space and Wirths call on New Jersey lakes associations to stop threatening homeowners to pay dues they are not legally bound to pay. (Pixabay)

“The overly aggressive approach used by some lake associations to collect dues from homeowners is unfortunate in the middle of this crisis,” said Senator Oroho. “I condemn any homeowners’ association trying to intimidate owners with heavy-handed tactics. The State has already provided relief to those unable to make mortgage or rental payments. With more than 858,000 New Jerseyans out of work because of COVID-19, compassion is called for in times such as these. This is one more reason the Assembly must follow the Senate’s lead and pass our legislation, S-908/A-2480, that clarifies misconceptions regarding homeowner fees.”

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Oroho and Wirths Support Effort to Reopen Golf Courses with Restrictions During Coronavirus Shutdown

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In conjunction with several golf associations in New Jersey, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen state golf courses with some restrictions.

In conjunction with several golf associations in New Jersey, Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Hal Wirths are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen state golf courses with some restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“Golf is a no-contact sport that can be played with appropriate social distancing practices in place. Plus, it is a healthy activity that can help restore some sense of normalcy for many golf enthusiasts in our state while positively contributing to the economy,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican budget officer. “As a state, we need to start to plan for our economic recovery from this pandemic. Essential businesses have proven that it is possible to operate with some common-sense limits to protect the health and safety of workers and patrons. We must start looking at other industries where we can safely open with appropriate safeguards, like golfing, or we put the long-term viability of these businesses in jeopardy.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Welcome Attorney General’s Investigation into Tragedy at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement expressing their full support in getting the State Attorney General’s Office involved in investigating the tragic loss of so many lives since March 31 at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center:

Oroho, Space & Wirths expressed their support for the State Attorney General’s Office investigation of the tragic loss of so many lives since March 31 at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center. (SenateNJ.com)

“The massive loss of life at Andover Subacute is nothing less than tragic, and the families of those who perished deserve answers about how their loved ones were cared for – or worse yet not cared for – during the current crisis.

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GOP Members of Senate Budget Committee Call on Governor to Reset Budget Priorities to Meet Emergent Needs

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Billions in Spending Increases Proposed Before Crisis Remain Unchanged While Emergency Programs to Keep People Employed Run Dry Within Minutes

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy to announce which of the billions of dollars in new programs and spending and school aid increases he proposed in February will be scaled back to better fund emergency programs that are critical to helping small businesses survive and hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans to stay employed.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Gov. Murphy to reset his budget priorities to better meet the State’s emergent needs due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

They noted that the Governor’s budget, which was proposed before the economy was shut down, has become unrealistic because, as the Governor himself has said, “revenues have fallen off a cliff,” while the State has new obligations to help businesses and people impacted by COVID-19. As a result, schools, municipalities, and those promised increased State support in February must be leveled with by the Administration that some of the increases originally promised prior to the crisis are now impossible, giving them the opportunity to plan accordingly.

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Sarlo-Oroho-Bucco Bill Extending Tax Deadline & Fiscal Year Now Law

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The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Anthony Bucco that was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Anthony Bucco that was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

The law, S-2338, the “COVID-19 Fiscal Mitigation Act,” will change the tax deadline from April 15th to July 15th and lengthen the current fiscal year from July 1st to the end of September.

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Oroho, Singleton, Greenstein Bill to Help People Paying Off a Mortgage or Rent Clears Senate

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Legislation to allow the Governor to permit mortgage forbearances and reduced rents for those who have sustained a substantial loss of income during a state of emergency or public health emergency, cleared the Senate today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho, Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Linda Greenstein.

The Senate advanced Sen. Oroho’s bill to provide relief for residents struggling with mortgage or rent payments due to loss of income during the ongoing state of emergency. (©iStock)

“With hundreds of thousands suddenly out of work across New Jersey, many homeowners and renters have found themselves in desperate need of relief through no fault of their own,” said Senator Steve Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “Property owners, landlords, and tenants who are suffering from financial losses should be granted mortgage forbearance or rent reduction. As we encourage residents to stay at home, let’s make sure they have a place to stay.”

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Sarlo-Oroho-Bucco Bill Would Extend Tax Deadline, Lengthen Fiscal Year

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The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Senator Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senator Steve Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, and Senator Anthony Bucco that was approved by the Senate today.

The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation approved by the Senate today. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan bill, S-2338, entitled the “COVID-19 Fiscal Mitigation Act,” would change the tax filing and payment deadline from April 15th to July 15th and lengthen the current fiscal year from July 1st to the end of September. The tax extensions cover the personal income tax and the corporate business tax.

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Call for Opening of New Jersey State Parks and Forests

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Today Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) call upon Governor Murphy to reopen the outdoor portions of New Jersey’s state parks and forests.

Taxpayers paid for State parks and forests like Worthington State Forest in Warren County, and Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Space and Wirths want Murphy to re-open these spacious areas to responsible public use. ( Division of Parks & Forestry)

“Closing the state parks and forests in all parts of the state suspends a vital outlet for many in New Jersey to recreate and maintain safe social distancing and a healthy lifestyle – both mentally and physically,” said Oroho. “The residents in our district have been responsible and compliant with the Governor’s order. Why punish the whole state for a few ‘knuckleheads’?”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Ask Congressional Delegation Why No Federal Stimulus for Sussex & Warren Counties

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-24) called on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to investigate and explain why some counties, including Sussex and Warren, were left out of the first batch of federal grants delivered to New Jersey following the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package.

Oroho, Space & Wirths called on New Jersey’s congressional delegation to investigate and explain why some counties, including Sussex and Warren, were left out of the first batch of federal grants delivered to New Jersey following the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package. (Pixabay)

“Our families and businesses in Sussex and Warren counties are suffering just as much as anyone in New Jersey,” the legislators said in a joint statement. “It’s very concerning, and frankly unacceptable, that the communities we represent were overlooked in the first round of federal funding. We urge New Jersey’s congressional delegation to find out why we were left out and ensure that our constituents’ needs are being treated equally.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Remind Business Owners About Small Business Administration Loan Programs

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths want to remind small business owners of a special loan program which is sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Sen. Oroho and Assemblymen Space and Wirths are urging employers being hurt by the coronavirus pandemic to investigate the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help cope with the loss of revenue. (SenateNJ.com)

All small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

“These are extremely tough times for small business owners in Sussex, Warren, and Morris counties,” said Oroho (R-24). “These hard-working men and women need to look into programs that will help them out while we are in the emergency and until we get back to normal.”

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