As New Jersey continues under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, please know that my district office remains available to serve constituents by phone and email. Included below are links to information that you may find helpful, along with important state and national news updates related to COVID-19.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 1st, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, LD 13, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, Press Release | Comments Off on COVID-19 News from Senator Declan O’Scanlon
Senator Declan O’Scanlon is introducing legislation that will give prosecutors the discretion to charge individuals suspected of domestic violence the a higher degree crime than the underlying offense if committed during a State of Emergency.
“Unfortunately, with everyone being asked to stay home, we can anticipate an increase in domestic violence situations. There is a special place in hell for anyone who would cause harm to another while being asked to hunker down for the greater good,” said O’Scanlon. “This bill provides that an act of domestic violence or child endangerment committed by a person during a state of emergency may, at the discretion of the prosecutor, be charged one degree higher than the underlying offense.”admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Domestic Violence, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, State of Emergency | Comments Off on O’Scanlon Legislation Would Increase Penalties For Domestic Violence During A State Of Emergency
Senator notes that current pandemic is a historical reminder of the pre-vaccine world
Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has reached two communities within his district, Little Silver and Hazlet:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Vaccines | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: COVID-19 is cause for diligence, not panic
Direct Support Professionals Asking for $16.5 Million to Cover Minimum Wage Increase
When the Democrats in Trenton passed legislation in 2019 to increase the state minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in 2024, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Republicans in both houses warned of the consequences for New Jersey taxpayers, those providing essential services and those that depend on those services.
Two months after the implementation of the second annual increase raising the state hourly minimum from $10 to $11, O’Scanlon’s cautions are being proven. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: February 24th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey Minimum Wage, NJ State Budget, Press Release, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Minimum Wage Increase Has Created Budget Challenge. What to Watch For In Proposed Budget
Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would allow senior citizens to continue to enjoy their “senior freeze” benefit if they downsize to a smaller home was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.
“The Senior Freeze provides needed property tax relief for older homeowners, including many who are struggling to make ends meet on fixed incomes,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “While the majority of senior citizens live in one- or two-person households, only a small percentage of them reap the savings provided by selling their family home and downsizing.
“This measure will ensure if an eligible homeowner does move to a smaller, more affordable home, it will not jeopardize their reimbursement,” O’Scanlon explained. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: February 13th, 2020 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Property Taxes, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senior Freeze | 1 Comment »
Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would make scamming a senior citizen or disabled person a more serious crime than it already is advanced through the NJ Senate Law and Public Safety Committee last week.
O’Scanlon’s bill (S-601) would make the fiscal victimization of a senior or disabled person a crime. Under the measure, a person would be guilty of fiscal victimization for committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring with others to commit theft against a senior citizen or a person with a disability.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Senior Citizens | 1 Comment »
In the face of passionate opposition and push back, Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement regarding the controversial legislation that alters the religious exemption for mandatory vaccines.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, New Jersey, S2173, Vaccine Bill | 7 Comments »
O’Scanlon: Aberdeen Officials Need to Atone for False, Political Mailing Sent on Taxpayer Dime, Threats to County Officials
Councilman Greg Cannon threatened County Officials
Taxpayers paid for political mail
Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today sharply criticized Aberdeen Township’s taxpayer-funded distribution of flagrantly misleading information regarding the municipal record on taxes.
In July, Aberdeen’s governing body sent out a mailing to residents blatantly, and falsely, claiming that there was no increase in municipal taxes. The mailing blamed tax increases on schools, Monmouth County, and assessment methodologies.
“I’ve worked well and in good faith with Aberdeen during all my years in the legislature. Our good relationship makes my having to make this statement all the more difficult. But the Aberdeen administration failed its constituents on so many levels revolving around this demonstrably misleading, blatantly political, taxpayer-funded communication that I simply cannot let it stand,” said O’ScanlonArt Gallagher | Filed under: Aberdeen, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: Aberdeen, Greg Cannon, Gregory Cannon, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Tax Board, Press Release, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 5 Comments »
With three weeks left in the summer tourist season Governor Phil Murphy finally signed legislation repealing the tax and surcharge of Jersey Shore short term summer rentals.
Monmouth County legislators Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso say Murphy’s action today is “too little, too late.”
“The Governor made the right call in repealing this short-term rental tax–and we acknowledge that–however it comes way too late,” said O’Scanlon. “We are in August at this point, summer is nearly over and most of the damage of this ill-conceived aspect of this tax has been done. The Governor and his policy folks need to recognize when something is emergent and do their homework up front, so they’re ready to take action the minute such bills land on his desk. This was a total failure of administrative planning and it likely, needlessly, cost the New Jersey economy millions of dollars.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted: August 9th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Serena DiMaso | Tags: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Gov Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Summer Rental Tax | Comments Off on O’Scanlon and DiMaso: Murphy’s repeal of Shore Rental Tax is “Too little, too late”
By Senator Declan O’Scanlon
For those who didn’t lose power, or see the fury of Monday night’s storm, be thankful. Your lives went on like a normal summer day with a thunderstorm in the background. For those who were in the micro-bursts…it was the scariest thing many have seen since Sandy..and more than many of us have ever seen. It lasted 20 minutes through the area…but left more immediate wind devastation than Sandy. Sandy spent hours piling water into our Bayshore and bays and oceanfront. This unnamed…moment…tore down trees and utility poles and the wires near, or attached to, them. And it was block-by-block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Which made it even harder on those without power. Many neighbors had no inconvenience at all. I can say now, it was a miracle no one was seriously injured or killed. For those that didn’t see it, trust me, this isn’t hyperbole.