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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado Applaud Establishment of Special Senate Committee to Review & Improve State’s Response to COVID-19

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Senators Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado applauded the formation of a bipartisan Senate Review & Recovery Committee to review and improve upon the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“We applaud this bipartisan effort to learn from the mistakes that were made at the outset of the coronavirus crisis to improve our State’s response going forward,” said Oroho (R-24). “I’m especially concerned about our ability to ensure that our long-term care facilities, where half of New Jersey’s COVID-19 deaths occurred, have the capability to better protect vulnerable residents. By examining how this tragedy occurred and recommending solutions, we hope to save lives and prevent it from happening again.”

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Oroho: Lake Residents and Businesses Would be Spared Pain Under NJDEP’s New Algal Bloom Index

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Revised Standards Will Allow Lakes to Safely Remain Open Longer

Senator Steve Oroho voiced encouragement with New Jersey DEP’s introduction of a new strategy for algal blooms and an easy-to-understand index for water quality.

Senator Steve Oroho voiced encouragement with New Jersey DEP’s introduction of a new strategy for algal blooms and an easy-to-understand index for water quality. (SenateNJ.com)

“Under the new guidelines, Lake Hopatcong and other important waters would have remained open last summer,” said Oroho (R-24). “We welcome better communications, more realistic safety evaluations, and consistent continuation of popular recreational activities that attract visitors to the shorelines.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Can’t Allow Administration to Cover Up Its Nursing Home Failures

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Steve Sweeney calling for a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to be convened to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

Senators Pennacchio, Oroho, O’Scanlon, and Corrado called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to convene a Senate Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. (CC0 Public Domain)

The full text of the letter is below:

May 20, 2020

Dear Senate President Sweeney,

Last week, our Senate Republican caucus wrote to you calling for the formation of a Senate Select Committee to investigate the Murphy administration’s response to COVID-19, including the orders that all but guaranteed the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

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District 24 Lawmakers Urge Murphy to Allow Outdoor High School Graduations

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths called upon Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his opposition to holding safe and responsible outdoor high school graduations for Garden State senior students.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths called upon Gov. Phil Murphy to reverse his opposition to holding safe and responsible outdoor high school graduations for Garden State senior students. (Pixabay)

“Don’t let fear steal their senior year,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “We believe that reasonable concerns can be met and overcome by prudent planning and we implore the Governor to trust our graduates and those who have loved and nurtured them over the years. Let them walk into a bright future free from fear and full of pride.”

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Sweeney & Oroho Welcome Re-opening of Campgrounds

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho today welcomed the clarifying explanation by the administration saying that private campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles can be re-opened in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. Until being informed that campgrounds can open as long as they don’t conflict with any municipal ordinance temporarily banning short term rentals, the operators were led to believe that the shutdown order required the continued closure of campgrounds.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney welcomed the clarifying explanation by the administration saying that private campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles can be re-opened in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am glad the confusion has been rectified so the campgrounds can move forward in advance of the Memorial Day weekend,” said Senator Oroho (R-Sussex). “The operators, the home municipalities and the people who want to use the outdoor grounds now have the certainty they need. They already have a short season due to the natural seasonality of camping, it is important that campgrounds are able to resume business soon. Allowing campgrounds to resume operations soon will help these businesses regain some cash flow and survive this downturn.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators to Sweeney: Senate Must Act to Prevent Greater Loss of Life at NJ’s Long-Term Care Facilities

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Say Evidence Mounting that Thousands of Deaths in Nursing & Veterans Homes Were Preventable

Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said the evidence is mounting that thousands of deaths in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities were preventable and called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should New Jersey be hit by a second wave of COVID-19.

Four Republican senators called on Senate President Sweeney to initiate legislative hearings into the thousands of deaths at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities to prevent a repeat of the tragedy should a second wave of COVID-19 occur. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state and nation were shocked when news reports broke of dozens of deaths at Andover Subacute, a long-term care facility in Sussex County,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s increasingly apparent that the tragedy that occurred in Andover and at nursing and veterans homes across New Jersey didn’t need to happen. Staff at many facilities warned that they were ill prepared for an outbreak, lacking the personal protective equipment, tests, and ability to segregate sick residents necessary to keep their vulnerable populations safe. By not taking the proper precautions, the administration failed these at-risk residents. We want to work cooperatively with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to understand what went wrong with the administration’s response to help ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Oroho: Governor Has Plans on His Desk to Reopen NJ Safely, No Need to “Slow Walk” Action

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now. (Pixabay)

“In every discussion I’ve had with small business owners and industry trade groups, the consistent message I’ve heard is that New Jersey could get back to work today if the Governor would lift unnecessary restrictions,” said Oroho (R-24). “Employers across the Garden State have spent weeks in lockdown putting together strategic plans to reopen safely. They’ve put those plans on the governor’s desk. I’ve been part of those planning efforts with the NJBIA, and am convinced many aspects of our lockdown can be lifted. I think the governor’s four-stage plan announced today is an effort to slow walk our reopening that is unnecessary and will inhibit what could be a quicker recovery.”

Oroho worked with the New Jersey Business Coalition, which includes more than 80 business and nonprofit groups representing tens of thousands of organizations, to develop multi-pronged recommendations to reopen New Jersey safely. Those plans have been submitted to the governor.

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Senate Clears Oroho Bill Giving Some Students the Chance to Take Their High School Careers into Extra Innings

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved today by the Senate would allow graduating high school students from the Class of 2021 and 2022 to opt for an extra year of schooling immediately following graduation.

Senator Oroho sponsors legislation that would allow high school seniors in the Class of 2021 and 2022 to remain registered in school for a ‘bridge year’ after graduation and earn college credits. (Pixabay)

Under the “Bridge Year Pilot Program” established by the bill (S-2383), students opting into the program would be eligible to strengthen their academic credentials and participate in extracurricular activities and spring scholastic sports.

“Every high school student in the state lost opportunity due to the COVID virus,” said Oroho (R-24). “This program can give them a chance to improve their grades and standardized test records before they have to make their next big decision about pursuing a college degree, a career in skilled trades, military service or joining the workforce. The virus has been a barrier to future for many students. This program can be a launch pad to success after high school.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Senators:  Governor’s Budget Solution Due May 22 Must Include Restraint of Budget Excesses and Creative Solutions Or It Will Be Dismissed

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The following was released today by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

In advance of the Governor’s May 22 budget report, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued a joint position statement. (Pixabay)

The State’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Revenue losses through the end of FY 2021 will be severe and there is a need for additional relief for impacted people and businesses. There is broad and bipartisan recognition of this reality in the Legislature and among the public.

For the past two months, the Governor has provided no public accounting or explanation of the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Despite holding daily press briefings attended by various cabinet officials, the Treasurer has not been invited to a single briefing to explain budget impacts for the public or, more importantly, to answer reporters’ questions about what steps, if any, are being taken to address these impacts.

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Oroho: Jersey Shore and Campgrounds Go Hand in Hand in Summer, Gov

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While welcoming news that Jersey Shore beaches will be open come Memorial Day weekend with appropriate social distancing measures in place, Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) called upon the governor to give his approval to opening recreational campgrounds as well.

While welcoming news that Jersey Shore beaches will be open come Memorial Day weekend with appropriate social distancing measures in place, Sen. Steve Oroho called upon the governor to give his approval to opening recreational campgrounds as well. (SenateNJ.com)

“What beaches mean to Jersey Shore communities in summertime, campgrounds mean to the Skylands region during the summer season,” said Oroho. “The NJ Campground Owners Association has submitted a responsible plan to the governor’s office which incorporates safety protocols. Let’s give them the green light too!”

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