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Rooney seeks answers to questionable hires at SDA with OPRA request

WAYNE, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has filed an Open Public Records request seeking answers to the questions about the qualifications of new hires at the Schools Development Authority. A NorthJersey.com report this week outlined how the chief executive officer of the SDA hired 38 new people since August, some for higher salaries than the workers who were […]

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Assembly sets date for annual Stephen Hawking Remembrance Day

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly today approved legislation designating March 14 as Stephen Hawking Remembrance Day. The resolution (AJR110) is sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher DePhillips. “Stephen Hawking made countless contributions to our understanding of the universe, gravity, black holes and other phenomena,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “He overcame physical adversities to become the […]

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Horse auctioneers to be stopped from taking buyers for a ride thanks to bipartisan bill passed by Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. –Legislation approved by the Assembly today (S445/A3673) will require horse auctioneers to release identifying information of a horse before a sale, saving horses that mistakenly end up at auction houses and preventing unscrupulous auctioneers from duping buyers. The bill, sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) and Ron Dancer (R-Ocean) would requirehorse auctioneers to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Governor approves Rooney bill expanding the pool of certified nurse aides

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Thursday sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney allowing prior work experience to be considered for out-of-state certified nurse aides who want to work in New Jersey.  “The shortage of critical front-line caregivers is a major underlying factor for patient care throughout the state,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).  “Now […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Republicans blast Democrats for soaking residents with ‘rain tax’

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jerseyans are inundated with taxes, some of which are among the highest in the country, and now they could be taxed based on how much it rains.  Republicans blasted Democrats for considering the proposal at an Assembly session Thursday. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips was strongly opposed to raising taxes on people based on […]

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PRESS RELEASE: New Jersey takes first step to continue Wyckoff soccer star’s legacy

TRENTON, N.J. – Benjamin Landel inspired everyone during his nine-month battle with NUT midline carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive cancer. In his honor today, the state Assembly passed a joint resolution (AJR103) designating January of each year as NUT Carcinoma Awareness Month.  The resolution is sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher P. DePhillips. […]

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IN THE NEWS: Lawmakers eye reining in proposed $100M of horseracing subsidies

Proponents tout the ancillary economy that would benefit by boosting the horseracing industry, such as farmland preservation, and horse trainers and groomers, and farmers and manufacturers that produce bale and feed. “[New Jersey] is known as the state in which the horse is recognized as the state animal,” said Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, R-40th District. “We […]

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IN THE NEWS: Stormwater Measure Advances in State Assembly, Opponents Air Criticisms

Modeled on programs already in place in 41 other states, the bill would give towns and other entities the leeway to set up stormwater utilities that could impose fees on owners of properties with large areas of impervious cover, like parking lots, malls and other developments. ‘…looking to tax the rain’ But critics, including Republican […]

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