Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

Consumer Affairs

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Protecting Consumers and Preventing Fraud road-sign-464641_1920

 

    • A law sponsored by Senator Sweeney revised the “Contractors’ Registration Act” to require state-issued identification badges for home improvement contractors. The law is intended to help consumers avoid fraud, particularly in light of Hurricane Sandy. It requires a home improvement contractor to wear a state-issued identification badge whenever the contractor is performing, engaging, or attempting to engage in selling home improvements.

 

    • In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman Burzichelli has introduced legislation that requires wholesalers, terminal facilities, motor fuel retail dealers, grocery stores, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential rehabilitation facilities to install appropriate wiring for use of generators during power outages.

 

    • Assemblyman Taliaferro is the sponsor of a law that will ensure the fairness of project deadlines, enhance transparency, and create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims. As a result of the law, the Department of Community Affairs extended the completion deadline for projects funded through certain grants for applicants who can demonstrate the delay was the fault of their builder or due to delays in approval of the project. The law also offers temporary protections against foreclosure to certain Sandy victims. 

 

    • Assemblyman Taliaferro is sponsoring legislation which would increase the criminal offense for financial exploitation of the elderly. The measure would grade financial exploitation of the elderly one degree higher than an ordinary theft offense when the amount involved is $500 or less. Under the bill, theft involving an amount less than $500 would be a third degree offense, which currently falls in the $500 to $75,000 range.

 

    • Assemblyman Burzichelli authored legislation, now law, regarding price-gouging during a state of emergency. The prior statutory language prohibited excessive price increases during a state of emergency or within 30 days of the termination of that state of emergency in the area for which the state of emergency has been declared. This law allows for greater flexibility because it permits the Governor to tailor the price control period to specifically fit each emergency. These protections will deter businesses from taking advantage of consumers during a natural disaster by spiking prices for necessities, such as gasoline and groceries, but also strike a balance between protecting consumers during a natural disaster and supporting businesses once the emergency is over.

District Offices

Gloucester County
Kingsway Commons
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Fax: (856) 251-9752


Salem/Cumberland Counties

The Finlaw Building
199 East Broadway, Suite G
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 339-0808
Fax: (856) 339-9626


The Bridgeton Library Satellite Office
1st Tuesday of the month
3 pm - 5 pm
150 East Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856-455-1011


Constituent Corner – Property Tax Reimbursement Program Deadline

The Property Tax Reimbursement Program (PTR), also known as the “Senior Freeze,” is administered by the New Jersey Division of Taxation. The deadline for filing a 2016 PTR Program application has been extended to October 18, 2017.
The Property Tax Reimbursement Program reimburses qualified New Jersey residents who are disabled or senior citizens for property tax increases on their homes. Residents applying for the program must be 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015, or if under 65 years old, were receiving Federal Social Security Disability benefits on or before December 31, 2015 and on or before December 31, 2016.
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