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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
AUGUST 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friends, 
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving health workers a clearer picture of the toll the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders have taken on some people other than in ways directly related to COVID-19. Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit the highest number ever recorded in the U.S., rising by nearly 30%. The CDC estimates more than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses. Although the stress and isolation from the pandemic comes at no surprise.

Last month Pa., N.J. expect more than $300 million combined under opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma. read here

That is why I sponsored bill A-5968 which Establishes Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund and Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council; provides for funds received from opioid settlements to support substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs.

Under the bill, all money the state receives in an opioid settlement would be deposited in the fund and specifically dedicated and used for the purposes of supplementing substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs and services consistent with the terms of settlements made in connection with claims arising from the manufacture, marketing, distribution or dispensing of opioids.

I will continue to fight for my constituents, especially the families that really struggle. I vow to tackle head-on the tough issues important to our community. You’ll never see me on the sidelines. 
Kevin J. Rooney
Message from the Assemblyman:

Great night at the Passaic County Young Republicans Club this evening with candidates Aisha Mamkej for Surrogate, William Marsala for Commissioner, Nicolino “Nick” Gallo for Commissioner, Aileen Rivera for Commissioner.
It was an honor to present Mr. Sokoly with a resolution for his 94th Birthday surrounded by his beautiful family and the Wyckoff Township Committee. Mr. Sokoly is a WWII Veteran, former Police Chief & Farmer. He defines everything great about living in the Township of Wyckoff.
Thank you for your service & Happy 94th Birthday
Newark, NJ Cop Uses 'Empathy and Compassion' to save suicidal teen on rooftop Read here:
NJ state troopers use first aid to save man's life after crash Read here:
Fish & Shrimp Creole 

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
  • 1 cup peeled and deveined (31-35 count) large, raw shrimp
  • 1-1/2 pounds (about 4 fillets) firm, mild tasting thick fish fillets, ( I like Snapper or Red Fish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each Old Bay and Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno (leave out if you don’t like mild heat)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon capers, optional drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Lemon wedges
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce, optional
  • Hot, cooked rice

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high. Lightly season shrimp and fish with salt, pepper, Old Bay and Cajun seasoning; set aside. Add shrimp to skillet and stir fry just until lightly pink, slightly undercooked. Remove and set aside. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of the oil to the skillet and add fish, searing on both sides until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side; remove and set aside with the shrimp. Heat remaining oil and add vegetables, cooking until tender, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle in flour, cook and stir for 1 minute.
Add stock, tomatoes, capers (if using), parsley, herb seasoning and bay leaf. Squeeze in the juice from one lemon wedge, bring to a boil. Add the fish, top with the shrimp, spoon some of the pan sauce over the top of the fish, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until fish is cooked though and opaque in the center. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings; add hot sauce, serve with or spooned over hot rice with lemon wedges .

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My staff and I have received several queries about unemployment. Below are some helpful resources: