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Hurricane Sandy Resource Center

As New Jersey recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, families and communities will have many different needs. Below, please find a compilation of the resources that may be most helpful to you and your family. As always, please feel free to contact our office at (856) 435-1247 if we may be of assistance to you.

Protect Yourself from Disaster-Related Scams

The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has released information on how residents can protect themselves from disaster-related scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Check out their helpful one-page flyer by clicking here, and protect yourself.

Tips on How to File an Insurance Claim

Here are several articles that provide tips on how to file an insurance claim, if your property was damaged by the storm:

CBS video: MoneyWatch editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger walks you through how to file an insurance claim

CBS Moneywatch: 7 Insurance Tips to Deal with Sandy

CNN Money: What to do if Sandy flooded your car

Election Information

We have heard from many individuals who are concerned they will have trouble voting this Election Day because of the damage of the storm.

Lampitt: Christie Has Some Explaining to do to Haddonfield Women

(VOORHEES)--Assembly Women and Children Committee Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie's town hall visit to Haddonfield:

"Now that Governor Christie has come to one of our 6th district towns, he has some explaining to do to the women and families of Haddonfield. Such as, why does he continue to prioritize massive tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires while at the same time slashing funding for critical women's health programs?

"And why has he remained curiously silent on the issue of pay equity? With a $15.8 billion annual gender wage gap in New Jersey that hurts all our families and our economy, the Governor hasn't said much about the issue, despite the advancement of nation-leading legislation to combat pay discrimination facing women in New Jersey workplaces.

"The Governor's reticence on this issue is eerily reminiscent of Mitt Romney, whose campaign answered 'We'll have to get back to you' when asked if Romney supported equal pay for women. I certainly hope the Governor will do the right thing today and announce his staunch support for our pay equity legislation--instead of playing national GOP politics with women’s livelihoods."

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Quijano, Lampitt, Riley & Vainieri Huttle Bill Requiring Distribution of Student Loan Payment Info Advanced by Assembly Panel

Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:54am

U.S. DOE Report on Cost of College Listing NJ Schools Among Costliest
in Nation Further Proof of Legislation's Importance

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano,
Pamela Lampitt, Celeste M. Riley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that
would require educational brochures on college loan repayment
schedules to be created and distributed to high school students was
released last week by an Assembly committee.

"Many college-bound students and their families fail to realize how
burdensome student loan debt can truly be until they receive their
first repayment book after graduation, which often has monthly
payments in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars," said Quijano
(D-Union). "Providing critical education before they sign loan
documents can help students graduate without being mired in debt."

The measure (A-1083) would direct the state Higher Education Student
Assistance Authority (HESAA) to create a document that will serve to
educate high school students about college loan repayment schedules.
The HESAA would be required to post the document on its website and
distribute it annually to public and nonpublic high schools. School
districts and nonpublic high schools would be required to disseminate
the document to high school juniors and seniors annually.

The sponsors said their legislation was especially necessary and
timely after an annual report issued in June 2011 by the U.S.
Department of Education listed several New Jersey public colleges as

Cherry Hill job fair draws hundreds

Sun News
May 23, 2012
By Melissa Dipento

Just over 8 percent of Americans are unemployed – that’s the word from the U.S. Department of Labor as of April.

But New Jersey has a little work to do before catching up with the rest of the country. Even though unemployment has dropped in recent months, 9 percent of New Jersey residents are still without work.

But that hasn’t got everybody down.

Armed with a stack of resumes and a smile, Alyssa Yackle strolled around the Cherry Hill National Guard Armory last week hoping to make some professional connections at the Job and Resources Fair, hosted by the Sixth Legislative District’s representatives.

The Chews Landing native, who recently graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a master’s degree in public health, just returned from doing international fieldwork in Cuba.

She said she wasn’t discouraged by the hundreds of residents who were also vying for the same jobs at the event.

“A lot of people were taking resumes, which was encouraging,” Yackle said. “My aunt recommended the event to me, so I’m checking out all my possibilities.”

Abe Caceres said he came to the job fair in the hopes of finding a career he could transition into. He’s still employed, but said he was seeking a managerial business role.

As a veteran who served in the Armed Forces until 2006, Caceres said he is impressed with efforts to target veterans, specifically for employment.