Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog has previously reported that an elderly Twp of Washington resident had a proscription filled that was labeled in Spanish , when she was not a Spanish speaker .
On a day when legislation legalizing marijuana dominated the news cycle even without a vote, two bills advanced combating the public health crisis of opioid misuse and related overdoses.
A bill (A3292) mandating warning stickers on bottles of prescribed opioids was approved by Senate Monday. It cleared the Assembly last March, and moves to the Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for consideration. Also on Monday, the Assembly passed a measure (A4883) requiring hospital discharge papers to include opioid warnings.
TRENTON NJ, A measure working its way through the Legislature would re-invigorate recycling efforts by state government. While New Jersey’s recycling rate is well above the national average, it is still below the state’s goal set by the Legislature in 1992 to reduce waste by 50 percent. The Assembly Environment Committee advanced the bill (A3770) Monday setting it up for a vote in the full Assembly. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, it requires all state offices to recycle and provide bins for cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and glass. “Recycling is second nature for the majority of families, schools and businesses,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).
Wyckoff NJ, local Assemblyman Kevin J Rooney was named Honorary Chair of the American Kennel Club and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
“I am honored and excited to announce that I will be serving as an Honorary Chair for the American Kennel Club and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show‘s Meet the Breeds Event this weekend! The tenth annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Events like these serve an important role in teaching animal care and making sure we do our part to give every animal, big or small, a great life. Taking care of animals is a passion of mine. I’ve sponsored several pieces of legislation to protect animals”
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Ridgewood NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney commented on last nights Christmas tree Lighting in Ridgewood , “What a wonderful night in Downtown Ridgewood, New Jersey, a beautiful village in the 40th district. Thousands of people from the community gathered around to enjoy live performances, great food, and most importantly the 78 foot tree lighting ceremony. Thank you to the Mayor and Council, the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, and the sponsors for continuing this tradition and completing its 33rd year! “
Paramus NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney was at Bergen Community College attending the NJ Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup for Bergen County with Senator Kristin M. Corrado and several other legislators. Our state faces a fiscal crisis of unsustainable legacy pension and benefit costs that suppress economic growth and competitiveness by crowding out needed investments in infrastructure, higher education, and economic development that other states are making. The legislature created the Workgroup to identify ways to address soaring pension and benefit costs, hold down property taxes, make state and local government and school districts more efficient, leverage the value of our assets, and mitigate the negative impact of the federal tax laws that target high-cost states.
Trenton NJ, Thebridges and tunnels into New Yorkadvanced legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that protects New Jersey’s E-Z Pass customers from being overcharged when using bridges and tunnels into New York.
The legislation is in response to an AAA study that found drivers who purchased E-Z Pass tags from out of state agencies are being charged the cash rate instead of the discount rate at New York bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Between 2012 and 2016, of the 92 million out-of-towners who didn’t receive the discount rate, 70 million were New Jersey drivers.
Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation that would raise the age limit for students to be claimed as dependents on their parent’s state income taxes.
“Paying college tuition isn’t cheap,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “It takes many students more than four years to finish, and time is money – especially for parents who are footing the bill while their son or daughter lives at home.”
Little Falls NJ, Senator Kristin M. Corrado,Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips , Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney with Governor Phil Murphy, Mayor Kazmark and Mayor Damiano toured the damage caused by Saturday’s flooding in Little Falls and Woodland Park.
Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney moves to stem excessive fees on E-ZPass users.
Rooney commented on Facebook , “Recently, the news has highlighted the excessive and outrageous administrative fees the Turnpike Authority is charging drivers for missing an E-ZPass toll. If the system malfunctions, then drivers shouldn’t be penalized. One of the primary reasons E-ZPass was created was to offer discounted rates. Charging these fees completely contradicts this purpose.
Last year I introduced three pieces of legislation – A1002, AR34, and AR35 – to address a different “discount deception” that New Jersey E-ZPass users suffer. If you use your toll transponder out of state, you’ll often be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. My legislation moves to fix that. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”
In an email Rooney went on, “If you use your NJ-issued toll transponder out of state, you’ll may be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. Especially in New York. For example, NJ drivers using the Queens-Midtown Tunnel are charged $8.50 instead of the discounted rate of $5.76. My legislation moves to fix that.
Commuters and New Jersey drivers do not deserve the outrageous fees being charged against them. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”
Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to establish a recycling program for plastic bags and plastic film.
“We know how bad plastic bags are for the environment” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “They constantly litter highways, parks and street corners, clog sewage systems, and easily damage marine and wildlife.”
Rooney’s bill (A4349) requires the department to develop a program for stores and municipal recycling centers to collect and recycle plastic bags and film, such as bread and produce bags, food storage bags, and paper towel and bathroom tissue wrappings.
“It’s not that used plastic bags, wraps and film can’t be recycled, they just need to be recycled differently,” said Rooney.
The department will also develop an education program about the dangers of plastics, how people can reduce their use, and where items can be taken to be recycled. The new program will have no additional cost to the state or local taxpayers.
“Instead of turning to another new, useless tax it’s time we implement real changes to help the environment and residents of New Jersey,” concluded Rooney.