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TIP: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

This week, January 28 through February 2, is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. This is a campaign organized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to spread awareness on IRS imposter scams and identity theft, with relation to taxes. This remains one of the top scams listed on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” list. What exactly is Tax […]

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Rooney Appointed to Three Committees

WYCKOFF, NJ – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) has been appointed to serve on three committees as he begins his second term representing the 40th Legislative District. In addition to returning to both the Consumer Affairs Committee and the Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Rooney will also serve on the Appropriations Committee. “I am honored to […]

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TIP: Caller ID Spoofing Scams

Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but this feature isn’t always reliable. Scammers are now using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust (like a government agency or police department), or a company you do business with (like […]

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LD40 Team Opposes Agriculture Department Beekeeping Regulations

WYCKOFF, N.J. – The Legislators of  District 40 called on the Department of Agriculture to extend the comment period for additional evaluation of beekeeping rules. The team sent the following letter to the Department: “We write to you today on behalf of the citizens of Legislative District 40 in opposition to the proposed regulations for Beekeeping and […]

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TIP: Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling […]

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From Pensions to Bump Stocks: Bills Christie Signed During His Last Days

Read the full story at: Governing.com “Smokeless tobacco The use of smokeless tobacco is now prohibited on the grounds of any public school. Christie signed S-293/A-493, a bipartisan measure that its Republican sponsors say will make clear that chewing tobacco and snuff are not safe substitutes for cigarettes even though the products are popular among […]

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Dancer & Rooney Bill Assisting Families Struggling To Pay For College Now Law

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Christie signed on Monday legislation protecting college students from losing state tuition assistance because their family took an early withdrawal from a retirement account. Sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Kevin J. Rooney, the bill (A4763/S2326) exempts an early retirement withdrawal from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s (HESAA) calculation to […]

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Governor signs Russo/Rooney Bill Banning Smokeless Tobacco From Schools

TRENTON, N.J. – A new law signed Monday by Gov. Christie prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco on public school grounds. Assemblymen David C. Russo and Kevin J. Rooney sponsored the law (S293/A493) establishing escalating fines for violation of the prohibition. “Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for cigarettes even though tobacco companies market […]

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Rooney Bill Increasing Background Checks On Workers At Residential Homes Becomes Law

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Christie Monday signed legislation protecting disabled residents of state-run facilities. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, the new law (S3554/A5210) expands background checks on workers and agencies hired to care for residents. “We must ensure that care providers are qualified and trustworthy,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Thorough background checks are essential to […]

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TIP: Gift Cards for Bail Scam

Recently scammers have been disguising themselves as a family member in trouble, and asking for giftcards to bail themselves out of jail. They use the excuse that they are sick, or have a cough so that the voice may sound different than what is familiar. They then attempt to explain that they had been in […]

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