Archive for Tag: Kevin Rooney

Ensuring July and August graduations good but allowing June ceremonies better say GOP lawmakers

TRENTON, N.J. – A group of Republican lawmakers are pointing out that Gov. Phil Murphy has made a mess of high school graduations and that the problems for students, parents and schools continue despite an Assembly bill addressing an insurance problem. “Governor Murphy has made a mess of graduations,...

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GOP lawmakers say permit fees for restaurants, bars to comply with reopening plans unfair

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen John DiMaio and Kevin J. Rooney are calling for the state division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and municipalities to waive fees for restaurants and bars reopening under Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders. The state ABC is charging $75 to apply for a one-time, special permit...

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Let’s decrease the MVC backlog before agencies reopen, say lawmakers

TRENTON, N.J. – Some motorists cannot register a car and new drivers are desperate to take the road test, but all are experiencing frustration that the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission has been shuttered since March 17. Three Republican lawmakers are especially concerned that without an immediate solution that crowds...

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Lawmakers call on Murphy to allow in person graduation ceremonies

TRENTON, N.J. – With graduation season only a few weeks away, the Waldwick Board of Education took matters into its own hands Monday night when it approved a measure to file litigation for in-person graduation ceremony if Gov. Phil Murphy doesn’t make a decision regarding in-person graduations by June...

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Rooney calls for replacing DOL commissioner after weeks-long unemployment backlog

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney is calling on Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo to resign if he can’t fix the unemployment backlog. Rooney has heard complaints for weeks from frustrated constituents about delays, backlogs and a generally unresponsive unemployment system. “Fixing the current systemic problems with unemployment clearly...

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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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