Archive for Tag: Kevin J. Rooney

Bramnick appoints DePhillips, Rooney to caucus leadership roles

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced the appointment of two members to GOP caucus leadership Thursday. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips was named deputy Republican leader. He takes over for Holly Schepisi, who moved up to the state Senate in March. DePhillips has served in the Assembly since...

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Lawmakers to Murphy: Stick to your promise and follow the science on masks

TRENTON, N.J. – North Jersey lawmakers are questioning Gov. Phil Murphy’s hesitation to follow recommendations by federal health officials to lift mask requirements in most instances. “For a guy who claimed early on that he’d be guided at every step by science, Governor Murphy seems more driven by politics,”...

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Rooney spotlights New Jersey’s small business health insurance crisis induced by the coronavirus

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s struggling small businesses have prioritized paying for employee health insurance premiums as the country faced its biggest public health crisis in modern history. Now small employers who purchase insurance through Members Health Plan NJ are looking at a 5.5 percent monthly Covid surcharge –...

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Horse power: Committee advances Rooney legislation creating license plates to support riding therapy

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s state animal, the horse, is trotting towards its own license plate to support therapeutic riding programs for veterans and individuals with special needs. The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee passed the legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney today. “The monies generated from...

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Rooney calls on Murphy to extend county and municipal budget deadlines

WAYNE, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin Rooney is calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to direct the Dept. of Community Affairs to extend budget deadlines for local government. While the state has extended its own budget deadline, it has not permitted the same extension for counties and municipalities. “Local governments are...

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Force nursing homes to comply with coronavirus notification requirements says Rooney

WAYNE, N.J. – Amid reports that the state’s long-term care facilities are failing to properly notify staff, caregivers and families of COVID-19 outbreaks, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney is calling on the Department of Health to force compliance with their updated directives and state law. Under state law that went...

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Rooney ensures the Easter bunny is an essential worker for St. Barnabas hospital employees

LIVINGSTON, N.J. – It is a bit difficult at the moment for the Easter bunny to get everywhere, so Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney wanted to help out. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, nurses, doctors and other health care workers have been selflessly prioritizing their patients’ health for weeks, and...

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Rooney urges FDA to quickly test for new COVID-19 cases as state faces economic uncertainty

TRENTON, N.J. – Following Gov. Phil Murphy’s weekend executive order that mandated people stay home and shuttered all non-essential businesses, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney announced he was issuing a resolution to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ramp up testing for COVID-19 so that people could...

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Assembly approves bill creating penalties for bias-based false public alarms

TRENTON, N.J. –Jewish centers and synagogues have experienced bomb threats as the number of bias incidents in the state significantly increased. On Monday, the Assembly unanimously passed a bill (A724), co-sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, allowing the crime of creating a false public alarm to be charged as...

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Assembly passes bipartisan bill recognizing out-of-state EMT certifications

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill (A516) sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney that allows emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey unanimously passed the Assembly today. “It is important that we make it easy for out-of-state professionals to get jobs they are already qualified for,” said...

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