Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Al Alvarez, Gag orders, Governor Phil Murphy, Katie Brennan, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, sexual assault | 3 Comments »
It is unconscionable that Governor Murphy has not only failed to lift these gag orders, but that he hasn’t publicly encouraged all staffers – men and women – to come forward and tell all they know without fear of reprisal, and with his full support. https://t.co/kGGGzJkEq4
— Declan O’Scanlon (@declanoscanlon) January 28, 2019
Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso called upon Governor Phil Murphy to do what ever it takes to resolve NJ Transit numerous ongoing issues quickly.
Murphy said at a press conference last week that NJ commuters will likely suffer with substandard service throughout most of 2019, according to northjersey.com.
“Governor Murphy must take expeditious action to address the major issues plaguing NJ Transit,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “I’m calling on the Governor to take whatever action is necessary, whether it’s declaring a State of Emergency, bringing in out-of-state engineers, or any other solution. We must treat this exigent situation with the seriousness that it demands.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Governor Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Transit, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 1 Comment »
Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today said Republicans have asked her to run for State Assembly in the 13th legislative district.
So far, Guadagno has politely turned down the overtures, citing family issues and her commitment to her job as a partner as at the Connell Foley law firm. “Too many non billable hours,” she said in a text when MMM raised the issue with her last month, “Thank you for thinking of me, but the timing is not good for me or my family.” She also said she would run if she won the lottery.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: 2019 elections, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Kevin Settembrino, Kim Guadagno, LD 13, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 20 Comments »
In a rare public disagreement among Monmouth County Republicans, Sheriff Shaun Golden, the Party Chairman, slammed Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s effort to win fiscal and public safety reforms from Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney in exchange for three Republican votes in the Senate to legalize recreational marijuana.
Golden took to twitter last night, calling the the proposal “typical Trenton”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden | Tags: Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, Recreational marijuana, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Sheriff Shaun Golden | 8 Comments »
Three Republican State Senators, including Monmouth County’s Declan O’Scanlon are willing to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey if Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney deliver the return of the Energy Receipts Tax to municipalities, a dedicated 911 System and Emergency Response Trust Fund, funding for addiction recovery services and a guaranteed reimbursement fund for municipalities paying to train police officers as Drug Recognition Experts who can assess if a driver is impaired by cannabis, according to an article on NJ.comArt Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 911 System and Emergency Response Fees, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Energy receipts tax, Governor Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Recreational marijuana, Sen Kip Bateman, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Chris Brown, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 5 Comments »
By Senator Declan O’Scanlon
The lack of government response and preparedness for the first winter storm of the season was clearly a failure,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Although it was somewhat ameliorated by the moving target forecast, there’s no question we should have been better-prepared, and more on top of the treacherous situation as it evolved.
However, the answer for that failure is NOT to waste obscene amounts of taxpayer money by over-brining roads, every time the temperature dips below 40 degrees.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, News, Opinion | Tags: Brining, Murphy Administration, NJ DOT, Opinion, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Winter storm | 2 Comments »
New Jersey is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use after the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee each approved the New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act after a four hour joint hearing on the bill.
The Senate Committee passed the bill 7-4, with two abstentions.
Monmouth County’s senators on the committee came down on different sides as Senator Vin Gopal (D-ll) voted in favor of the bill and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) voted against.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Legal Cannabis, Legal Marijuana, Legal weed, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, New Jersey, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Vin Gopal | 5 Comments »
By Senator Declan O’Scanlon
Sue Kiley and Gerry Scharfenberger have each demonstrated their abilities to deliver extraordinary government services while saving the taxpayers money. Throughout their lives, they have conducted themselves with dignity and integrity.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: 2018 elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Gerry Scharfenberger, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Sue Kiley | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Kiley and Scharfenberger are the right choice for Freeholder
Seantor Declan O’Scanlon announced this morning that he plans to introduce legislation that would make aggravated animal abuse a second or third degree crime, depending on the severity of the offense.
Second degree crime convictions carry sentences of 5-10 years in state prison and fines of up to $150,000. Third degree crime convictions do not carry the presumption of incarceration but can carry sentences of 3-5 in state prison and fines up to $15,000.
Senator O’Scanlon said his legislation is spurred by recent reports of animal abuse in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Last month Aaron Davis of Long Branch was arrested and accused of leaving a caged pit bull to die on the banks for the Shrewsbury River in Highlands. Davis was charged with a third degree crime, which does not presume incarceration, though he is in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending trial. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 4th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: Aggravated Animal Cruelty, Declan O'Scanlon, Mocha, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, River, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 2 Comments »
New Jersey MVC will no longer be provide information about resident motorist to companies that operate red-light and speed cameras for other states, if bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Declan O’Scanlon, Nick Sacco, Nicolas Scutari becomes law.
The Camera Enforcement Inoculation Act prohibits the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from providing identifying information to camera enforcement entities, thus making it impossible to issue tickets for automated enforcement infractions to New Jersey motorists.
This is such a great idea that Governor Phil Murphy should instruct MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton to implement the practice immediately while the bill works its way through the legislature.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Governor Phil Murphy, NJ MVC, Red Light Cameras, Sen Nicholas Scutari, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Nick Sacco, Speed Cameras, Sue Fulton | 5 Comments »