Gopal co-sponsored a last minute change–a substitution– in legislation that passed in the Senate last week which, if passed in the Assembly and signed by Governor Murphy, will mandate that the name of the office of Freeholder be changed to County Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 20th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Freeholder, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Freeholder v Commissioner, Gerry Scharfenberger, Honorary volunteer firefighter, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Vin Gopal, Vin Gopal | 8 Comments »
Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik today noted that the State of New Jersey historically shirks its obligations to the “chronically underfunded” pension system while local governments have been meeting their obligations. Hornik’s comment came in a press release touting S&P Global Ratings reaffirming his township’s AAA bond rating.
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S&P noted that while the Township continues to make its annually required pension contribution to the State of New Jersey, the State pension system is chronically underfunded. “Local government continues to pay its share, and historically the State has shirked its obligation,” stated the Mayor. “In the context of our review, S&P reiterated its concern regarding the long term health of the State system. I am hopeful that with a new Administration in Trenton, the State will take a more responsible approach to its stewardship of the pension system.”
Murphy claims bi-partisan support for property tax/charity scheme. Republicans disagree, call for NJ reforms
Marlboro, NJ-With Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty looking like Chris Christie standing behind Donald Trump on Super Tuesday — and four other Democrat mayors standing behind him, Governor Phil Murphy today declared he had bi-partisan support for his plan to have the state’s municipalities set up charities to accept donations in lieu of property taxes. Murphy said that the recent income tax reform passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump is a tax increase on New Jersey’s middle class. The scheme he is proposing would, if allowed by the IRS, reverse the impact of the tax reform law’s $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Chris Christie, Congressman Leonard Lance, Declan O'Scanlon, Donald Trump, Governor Phil Murphy, Income taxes, Jon Hornik, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Property Taxes, SALT deduction, Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Shaun Golden, Sheriff Shaun Golden | 2 Comments »
O’Scanlon to motorists: ‘Beware! The next attempt by corrupt camera company to steal from NJ drivers is underway’
By Senator-elect Declan O’Scanlon
New Jersey motorists need to be warned that Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., one of the two now-infamous red light camera companies blessedly sent packing with the end of the failed pilot program in December, is trying to bring automated enforcement back to the state. This is company U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall was referring to when she said this at the bribery sentencing of former Redflex CEO Karen Finely: ‘… But when we have a corporation that is in the community making millions of dollars on a product that abuses the people, there is no sense of corporate social responsibility there. … That impact cannot be underestimated.’ Nice.
This time they are hiding behind our children’s so-called ‘safety’ in the form of cameras on school buses. No one should be fooled. We proved red light cameras were a scam hiding behind false safety claims, and this bill is more of the same. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: January 2nd, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Cameras | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Red Light Cameras, RedFlex, Redflex Traffic Systems, School Bus Cameras | 3 Comments »
Declan O’Scanlon, the Assembly Republican Budget Officer and the Senator-elect from the 13th Legislative District, today urged Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to allow the New Jersey General Assembly to vote on permanently extending the interest arbitration cap for public worker salaries.
O’Scanlon sent Prieto the following letter:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Property Taxes | Tags: Arbitration Reform, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes | Comments Off on O’Scanlon Implores Assembly Speaker To Put Salary Arbitration Cap To A Vote
By Declan O’Scanlon Republicans must understand our role. It is our job to be skeptical, to challenge, to question, to offer alternatives to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and his incoming administration. But, it is also our moral obligation to root for the administration’s success. To wish for or foment failure is to wish ill for all New… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion, Phil Murphy | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Gov-elect Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | 3 Comments »
Kim Guadagno will be elected the 56th Governor of New Jersey by less than 2000 votes.
The Associated Press will not call the NJ gubernatorial race until Thursday due to the failure of the vote reporting systems in Essex, Hudson, Camden and Middlesex counties which will prevent the vote from being counted. CNN and NJ.com will report rumors that the New Jersey election was hacked by the Russians.
Steve Sweeney will survive the millions spent against his reelection by the NJEA. The teachers’ union will lose considerable influence in Trenton and its membership will revolt against leadership and reform the association. Guadagno and Sweeney will have a stronger and more effective reform agenda than Christie and Sweeney had during the first Christie’s term. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 7th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2017 Elections | Tags: 2017 election predictions, 2017 elections, Amy Handlin, Ann Marie Conte, Chuck Todd, Declan O'Scanlon, Derek DeLuca, Ed Gillespe, Eric Houghtaling, Greg Buontempo, Jennifer Beck, Joann Downey, John Dwyer, Kim Guadagno, Larry Luttrell, Lillian Burry, Michael Whelan, Middletown, Ned Thomson, Patricia Branch, Patrick Impreveduto, Rob Acerra, Rob Clifton, Robert Singer, Rocco Pascucci, Ron Dancer, Sam Thompson, Sean Kean, Serena DiMaso, Stephanie Murray, Steve Sweeney, Sue Kiley, Tony Fiore, Vin Gopal, Vincent Solomeno | 4 Comments »
The race between Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Democrat Sean Byrnes, a former one term Middletown Township Committeeman, to succeed Senator Joe Kyillos, has gone to the dogs. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2017 Legislative election, Declan O'Scanlon, LD 13, Monmouth County News, Sean Byrnes | 1 Comment »
TRENTON, N.J. – A month after releasing his report of the Arbitration Award Task Force that recommends permanently extending the cap, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) proposed a comprehensive plan to ensure the policies continue to keep property taxes from rapidly increasing. He released the following statement:
“If we’re going to be honest, as effective policy makers it’s incumbent upon us to do the hard work, master the facts and policy nuances before us, and present cogent proposals to the public and the legislature. This list of policy proposals is me doing my job.
“The inescapable logic of permanently tying the arbitration award cap to the property tax cap isn’t hard to grasp. It is fourth-grade math. Any candidate or legislator who claims he needs ‘more information’ or that ‘all the facts aren’t in’ is feigning, in most cases, stupidity to avoid responsibility. Parents try to teach their children to reject such self-demoralizing choices. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 31st, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, Property Taxes | Tags: 2% Property tax cap, Arbitration Award Task Force, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Property Taxes, Police and Firemen Salaries, Property Taxes | Comments Off on O’Scanlon releases detailed plan to cap property tax hikes and save cops and firefighters jobs