Update from Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

BOONTON TOWNSHIP — As New Jersey continues under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, please know that our 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.

Important State & Federal News:

  • Daily Briefing: Governor Murphy will deliver a coronavirus briefing at 1:00 p.m. in Trenton. Click here to watch the live stream.
  • Unemployment Benefits: Updated information on the availability of Extended Benefits and the latest information on the federal $600 Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) payment. This information is posted in the pop-up window on the front page of nj.gov/labor and in the FAQs.
  • Municipalities Allowed to Extend Property Tax Payment Grace Period: An executive order was signed which allows municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1 to June 1. If a town chooses to extend the grace period as allowed under the executive order, homeowners would be able to pay their taxes a month after they are due without incurring any interest costs or penalties.
  • Updated List of Essential Businesses Allowed to Operate: A new administrative order clarifies which businesses are permitted to operate and ways in which certain businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order 107. The update impacts pet grooming, pet daycare, pet boarding, stores that principally sell items necessary for religious observation or worship, test drives related to car sales, and personal care services.
  • Additional Food Assistance:  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in May to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $36 million will be provided to about 214,000 New Jersey households in May. SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards as part of their regular monthly payment.
  • Carry Permits for Retired Law Enforcement Officers Extended: A new executive order extends Retired Officer Carry Permits by a period of 90 days until after the ongoing Public Health Emergency ends. The order also creates a process for individuals seeking to obtain or renew a Carry Permit to demonstrate the ability to safely handle and use a handgun as required by existing law.

Important Resources:

  • The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey is available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard has been updated to provide more information on long-term care facilities, State psychiatric hospitals, and overall demographics on COVID-19 deaths.
  • New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
  • Testing Sites: There are currently 95 COVID-19 testing sites across the state, including State-sponsored and private facilities. To locate a testing location, specifics on how to get a test, and the hours of operation, click here.
  • Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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