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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
May 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for viewing my May 2022 Newsletter. Enclosed you will find some pertinent updates from the past month in my office and Trenton, as well as what is on the horizon for the upcoming month.

There is a great deal on tap for the New Jersey Legislature in May and June as we head into budget season. The budget committees in both the General Assembly and Senate are meeting frequently to develop the state budget. I look forward to working with my colleagues to review the budget line by line and stand up to frivolous spending, ensuring that critical programs are adequately funded while eliminating waste and creating efficiencies.

Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will never stop working for you and all of my constituents across my district and New Jersey. I wish you all a wonderful month of May!

All the best,
Kevin J. Rooney


April 8-16, 2022 ~ Assemblyman Rooney joined with colleagues in the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate on a delegation trip to Ireland. The New Jersey chapter of the American Irish State Legislators Caucus meet with government leaders and tour numerous state and private business facilities. This bipartisan delegation enjoyed panel discussions and personal meetings with Ireland's leaders to study strategies that helped their country rebound and discussed opportunities that would strengthen our economic partnerships. The trip culminated with a tour of the United States Embassy in Dublin and a meeting with Senator Mark Daly, the Chair of the Ireland's Senate.

*Note: All NJ Assembly GOP members, including Assemblyman Rooney, participated at their own cost and no taxpayer dollars contributed to their expenses.


April 24, 2022 ~ Assemblyman Rooney had the honor of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Wayne resident Joseph Scuralli III of Troop 108. Joseph has earned 31 merit badges during his time in scouting and completed his Eagle Scout project -- sensory bins suite for Wayne Hills High School -- on May 8, 2021. Joseph and his proud parents, Wayne Ward 4 Councilman Joe Scuralli and Annette Scuralli, participated in the ceremony along with myself, Senator Kristin Corrado, Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips, Passaic County Commissioner Nicolino Gallo, Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano, Councilman Jason DeStefano (At-Large), and Councilman Richard Jasterzbski (Ward 1). Congratulations Joseph!
Mother's Day ~ May 8, 2022

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May annually. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
Feast of the Ascension ~ May 26, 2022

The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also called Ascension Day, commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is one of the ecumenical (i.e., universally celebrated) feasts of Christian churches, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. Following the account of Acts 1:3 that the risen Jesus appeared for 40 days prior to his Ascension, Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter.
Happy 175th Birthday, Wayne Township!

On April 12, 1847, Wayne was established as a new municipality. Since then, it has grown into a community of sprawling parks, fantastic schools, abundant businesses, and many wonderful families.

Assemblyman Rooney is proud to represent Wayne in the General Assembly as part of New Jersey's 40th Legislative District and wish continued success to Mayor Christopher Vergano, the Township Council, Board of Education, residents, and businesses!

Pictured above are Wayne Ward 5 Councilwoman Francine Ritter (third from left) and Councilman At-Large Jason DeStefano (to right of framed proclamation) receiving a proclamation from the Passaic County Board of Commissioners at their April 13, 2022 meeting in honor of the township's 175th anniversary of existence, initiated at the request of County Commissioner Nicolino Gallo (R-Totowa).
WAYNE: Brave Firefighters Rescue 6 Children in Willowbrook Mall Elevator Shaft

Little Falls Police Chief Steven Post Retires

Chief Steven Post retired after 29 years of dutiful service to the Little Falls Police Department as an officer, the last six of which as Chief. Thank you, Chief, for all you have done and may you have a very enjoyable (and well deserved) retirement!

***For more on Chief Post's retirement, READ HERE***
​The Division of Consumer Affairs is providing information regarding the sale of license plate frames and holders that violate New Jersey law and can result in drivers being pulled over. The DCA seeks to make motorists aware of this issue.

***For more on the DCA's recent letter: READ HERE***

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney is a former champion of the Food Network show "Chopped!" and a passionate chef. He is happy to share his recipe for the month with our readers.

Linguine and Clams

  • 25 little neck clams, washed and cleaned under water
  • 1/4 cup or 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 2 tsp. coarse Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup dry white Santa Margherita pinot grigio wine
  • 8 ounces linguine


1. In a medium-sized sauté pan, heat oil with the smashed garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook ingredients until the garlic is golden brown in color, but not burnt.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the 25 little neck clams. Add in the Santa Margherita wine and cover the pan. It will begin to bubble.

3. Add the coarse chopped parsley and oregano.

4. Put on medium heat and in 5-6 minutes, shake the pan with the lid on. At this point, the shell of the clam should open. If not, disregard the clams with unopened shells.

5. Meanwhile, in salted boiling water cook the linguine until al dente (firm), remove from the water and toss linguine in with the little neck clams and natural clam sauce.

6. Plate into a bowl and garnish with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley.


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