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Bramnick’s ‘Real Talk’ Tour: Getting the Job Done [video]

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick takes his “Real Talk Tour” to Livingston to listen to local leaders’ ideas on how Trenton can help improve life for New Jersey residents.

Leader Bramnick was joined by: Livingston Mayor Michael Rieber, North Caldwell Mayor Joe Alessi, Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard and Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers.

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Bramnick pushes ‘fiscal sanity,’ bipartisanship at Livingston conference

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Assembly minority leader Jon Bramnick was in Essex County yesterday for the latest stop on what he says is a tour to “restore fiscal sanity” to the state.

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Bramnick (R-Union) held a press conference with local elected officials to tout his idea to set up a bi-partisan strategic long-term planning committee in the Assembly. Bramnick originally proposed the committees in July.

“These (committees) would be think tanks that would work together on the major issues,” Bramnick said in a phone interview after the conference yesterday. “A committee would have, say, four Republicans, four Democrats, and former governors on it.”

The committees, he said, would not address issues or bills as they come up, but would be meant to discuss ongoing issues across the state.

The conference in front of a Livingston shopping center Tuesday comes after several other public stops across the state discussing the idea, including events in Cape May, Atlantic, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties, he said. Bramnick said he is planning his next stop in Newark.

“Four years ago, our (town) council became bipartisan for the first time in 20 years when I was elected,” Republican Livingston Mayor Michael Rieber said yesterday.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of good things here in a bi-partisan way. There is just such pure partisanship in Trenton, that nothing gets done.”

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Bramnick and Local Officials Discuss Shared Services, Bipartisan Leadership

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick joined elected officials Mayor Michael Rieber, Mayor of North Caldwell Joe Alessi, Commissioner of Nutley Steven Rogers and Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard for a press conference entitled, “Essex County Real Talk to Restore Fiscal Sanity,” on Tuesday at the Livingston Town Center.

Topics discussed included the sharing of services between local townships and bipartisan leadership in the communities.

Bramnick said the bipartisan leadership of the local communities is a “model for the state.”

“It’s about public policy,” said Bramnick. “I hope we can do more consolidation, more shared services and more bipartisanship.”

Leonard, who has served on the Roseland Council for 36 years, thanked Rieber for his idea to work with local administrators to find areas to consolidate services in a cost effective way.

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Bramnick Homeowner Wildlife Bill Benefits Environment

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Establishes “Native Habitat Certification Program”

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that encourages homeowners to expand and protect the natural habitats of birds, plants and other wildlife passed the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee today.

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“This program encourages homeowners to take an active role in protecting our environment,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Altering a property to comply with standards established by the DEP will help wildlife return to its natural habitat. Everyone has a responsibility to conserve and care for all our natural resources.”

Bramnick’s bill (A-3133) establishes a private wildlife habitat certification program overseen by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP will authorize qualified organizations to inspect and certify properties that meet established standards. Once a property is certified, the owner cannot be held liable for violating a municipal nuisance ordinance.

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Bramnick’s Cyber Summit: 5 Things About Cyber-Security for Consumers and Policymakers [video]

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Computer viruses, network outages, data compromised by hackers, and other technology-related incidents affect our lives in ways that range from inconvenient to life-threatening. As the number of mobile users, digital applications and data networks increase, so do the opportunities for exploitation. On Monday, October 20, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick hosted a Cyber Security Summit at Kean University to discuss these topics and what steps can be taken to protect citizens, businesses and government alike.

The Summit featured a panel discussion with experts from various industries. The panel currently included: Chris Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness; David Weinstein, cyber analyst with the NJ Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness; James Mottola, head of the Secret Service Office in New Jersey; Timothy P. Ryan, managing director of Kroll Cyber Investigations; Jacob Shapiro, Sales Director, Cloud Solutions at VASCO Data Security; and, Joseph Imperato, Board Member, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.

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Bramnick’s Cyber Summit: How Can Data Breaches Be Stopped?

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It seems like every week we’re hearing about some new data breach involving a major business or corporation. Many New Jerseyans are wondering if this problem will continue to get worse, or if something can be done about it.

“Cyber-security continues to be a huge challenge and part of the problem is the threat landscape continually changes, every time a new piece of software is introduced or other technology is introduced it creates certain vulnerabilities,” said James Mottola, special agent in charge of the Secret Service Newark Field Office, during a cyber-security symposium in Union.

Mottola said “those vulnerabilities are often exploited by folks that are looking to monetize, in one way shape or form, the exfiltration or the sale of data, and in particular financial data.”

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Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, (R-Westfield) who organized the symposium, said part of the current problem is that businesses are afraid to discuss cyber theft, because they’re nervous it will hurt their sales.

“If you mention that a business is under attack it may affect consumer confidence in that business; they may not shop there,” he said.

Bramnick said he understands there are some things we shouldn’t talk about in a public forum, but to not have any discussion about the topic because we’re afraid “is a big mistake.”

He added if companies won’t voluntarily share this information with the state office of Homeland Security, “then we may have to require disclosure when a business is attacked in New Jersey, we may have to legislate it.”

In addition to stealing from big corporations, Mottola says cyber crooks are also stealing information from individuals, by tricking them into “opening up an email, clicking on a link that can be malicious and loading certain malware onto computer systems – so it’s critically important to continue to educate people in the public sector about all of the schemes that are out there.”

He said while it may be impossible to stop all breaches from taking place, the situation can be improved.

“For small businesses in particular, they need to look at some of these IT professionals for services that can help them protect their data, because it’s not their core business,” Mottola said.

He said officials are trying to encourage companies to “partition” information online, and then quickly respond if, and when, a breach takes place.

“Businesses have gotten much better at detecting when their systems have been infiltrated and responding to that and I think that’s an evolution, I think we’ll continue to see that. There are best practices that companies can follow to reduce the risk,” he said.

New Jersey Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez said cyber-security is something we all need to play a part in.

“We have adversaries out there who are interested in gathering data and information from our networks for nefarious purposes,” Rodriguez said.

He said said his Office is working to branch the technical, analytical and communication gaps between local and federal authorities, facilitate information-sharing with the private sector and engage citizens “to practice better cyber-hygiene.”

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State Experts Talk Cyber Security at Bramnick’s Summit at Kean University








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Major security breaches at Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan are a sign that cyber attacks are a growing threat. New Jersey security experts convened for a panel at Kean University today on Monday to talk about the risk to consumers and businesses.

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Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, who led the panel, says it’s key that businesses turn over information on cyber attacks as soon as they happen to help prevent more and more from happening.

“You want to let Homeland Security know that so that they can develop a defense to those attacks. But if you keep it secret because you’re afraid it hurts your business, that’s a problem for all of us.”

He says if businesses don’t volunteer the information he’ll look into legislation mandating it.

Special Agent Jim Mottola is head of the Newark office of the Secret Service. He says on the consumer side, people need to be more aware of fraudulent credit card activity.

“As you’re sitting there doing your bills Sunday morning, these are things you need to check, you need to make part of your ritual. The consumer needs to get more involved.”

Mottola says one of the simplest ways to prevent fraudulent charges is to use credit instead of debit and to always check credit reports and statements.


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Bramnick Hosts Summit on Cyber Security

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A New Jersey lawmaker is hosting a summit Monday to figure out how to improve cybersecurity in the state.

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Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick invited state Homeland Security officials and business leaders to the meeting, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

With hackers gaining access to databases almost every day and computer viruses becoming a constant concern, the goal of the summit is to answer some key questions, Bramnick said.

“How dangerous is it now? Is it getting worse? And how vulnerable is the average person?” Bramnick, R-Westfield, told Haskell.

Bramnick said it doesn’t appear that corporate America is sharing information about cyberattacks with the government. He hopes the two sides can develop some trust.

“If government is not receiving information about the newest attack, then government and business become more vulnerable,” Bramnick said.

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Bramnick Visits Jersey City Global Charter School [photos]

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick met the students, staff and administration of the award-winning Jersey City Global Charter School.

Bramnick was welcomed by Jose Arango, founding board member of the award-winning school.

The school opened in 2013, and was honored with a Rookie of the Year Award at MicroSociety’s 22nd Annual National Conference, in Phoenix.








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Bramnick Visits Jersey City Charter School to Swear in Student Officers

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick visited the Jersey City Global Charter School (JCGCS) today to swear in the school’s student officers. The school was granted its charter on January 2012 and opened in 2013. Jersey City Global Charter provides a free, academically rigorous education to students in Kindergarten through Grade 3.

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“Charter schools recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach to education doesn’t always provide the best learning environment for all students,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “These schools provide innovative educational opportunities and services that inspire students to succeed. That is definitely the case at JCGCS. I am very impressed with the students, faculty and administrators at the school. I commend the student officers and faculty for their commitment and dedication.”

Students at JCGCS learn, work and manage issues encountered in the real world. Legislators, peer mediators, business owners, bankers, attorneys and community leaders work with children providing the context of a “real world” curriculum.

In July, the school was honored with a Rookie of the Year Award at MicroSociety’s 22nd Annual National Conference, in Phoenix. This annual award is given to schools demonstrating outstanding achievement within the first year of operation.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick visits with Jose Arango (center), founding board member of the Jersey City Global Charter School and school leaders.

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