County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

January, 2017

Rich History, Bright Future

  • Community Spotlight
  • Heroin Roundtable
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Free Business Seminars
  • Resources for the Disbaled
  • Recycling
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara, 
Director -  Bruce JamesDeputy Director
Assad R. Akhter - John W. Bartlett Esq. - Theodore O. Best Jr. - Terry Duffy - Pat Lepore

County Spotlight

2016 - Year in Review
Sound Fiscal Management and Long-Term Budget Practices
  • Adopted a structurally sound budget with realistic revenue projections and funding for County departments
  • Renegotiated a shared services agreement with Essex County to house juvenile defendants for an additional fifteen years saving approximately $10 million dollars per year
  • Negotiated thirteen collective bargaining agreements that rein in insurance costs, hold salary increases to two percent, and create uniformity for policies and procedures governing employees
  • Renegotiated the County's lease with the Paterson Parking Authority to rent parking spaces for jurors  and other employees saving $50,000 per year
  • Executed shared service agreements with the Wanaque Board of Education and City of Passaic to provide IT services providing a new revenue stream for the County to maintain its private fiber optic network
  • Executed a shared service agreement with the County of Bergen to consolidate the County's Division of Consumer Protection providing enhanced services to residents and creating new revenues for the County
  • Adopted an updated employee manual to better shield the County from liability stemming from employee misconduct
  • Hired the County's first Class A PGA Professional to operate the Preakness Valley Golf Course
  • Renegotiated the long-term lease at the County Procurement Center and Warehouse to consolidate Buildings and Grounds operations and give the County a first right of refusal to purchase the property after the lease concludes
  • Purchased the County's Planning and Economic Development and Senior Services Department offices to reduce costs and ensure efficient operations in the future.
Protecting Senior Citizens, Low Income Residents and Veterans
  • 178,303 meals delivered to 1,374 home bound senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels program
  • 56,847 lunches served to 898 seniors at County nutritional sites
  • 570 hours of Medicare counseling to 915 seniors
  • 152,339 rides for medical appointments, social day care, nutrition sites, and other activities through the Passaic County Para-transit Division
  • Processed 15,756 applications for assistance through the County's Division of Weatherization and Home Energy for emergency heating and energy assistance
  • Weatherized 28 homes, replaced 51 heating systems and weatherized three major residential  developments: (1) Chestnut Gardens in Passaic; (2) Straight and Narrow in Paterson; and (3) Daughters of Miriam in Clifton - impacting 470 residents in total
  • In all, $2 million dollars was spent on weatherization and home energy improvements; and
  • Processed claims for 500 Passaic County veterans and expanded the Passaic County Veterans Stakeholder Group to expand outreach to veterans.
Investing in Infrastructure, Open Space, Recreation, & Economic Development
  • Distributed $1,976,250 in grant awards to municipalities and non-profits from the Open Space Trust Fund to finance park development and recreation in Passaic County
  • Secured a $5 million dollar grant for the rehabilitation and development of a riverfront park in the City of Passaic - a partnership between the County, City, and Trust for Public Land
  • Secured $300,000 in grant funding to develop a Green Infrastructure Plan
  • Secured $700,000 in grant funding to construct a pedestrian bridge across the Peckman River to create a vital link for the Morris Canal Greenway
  • Secured $5,461,713 in grant funding for high friction surface treatment to enhance safety for County roads
  • Secured $889, 172 in grant funding for center rumble line strips to enhance safety for County roads
  • Completed the following construction projects:
    • Replacement of the Clinton Road Bridge (West Milford)        
    • Camp Hope Spray Park (West Milford)
    • Passaic County Jail HVAC Phase II Replacement
    • Dey Mansion Renovation and Rehabilitation
    • Passaic County Prosecutor's Parking Lot Replacement
    • Passaic County Administration  Building's Roof Replacement
    • Passaic County Emergency Management  Storage Building
    • Morris Canal Greenway Phase I (Clifton and Paterson)
    •  William J. Bate Memorial Court House Plaza
    • Main Avenue Safety Improvements (City of Passaic)
    • Black Oak Ridge Road and Pompton Plains Cross Road Intersection Improvements (Wayne)
    • Crosby Avenue Bridge (Paterson)
    • Preakness Valley Golf Course B-2 Bridge Replacement
  • The following projects were started:
    • Replacement of the Preakness Avenue Bridge and Culvert (Wayne)      
    • Replacement of the Union Street Culvert (Hawthorne)
    • Replacement of the 8th Street Bridge (Passaic)
    • Replacement of the Westbrook Road Bridge (Ringwood and West Milford)
    • Replacement of the Colfax Avenue Bridge (Pompton Lakes)
    • Weasel Brook Park Phase I Improvements (Clifton)
    • Grand Street Road Resurfacing and Safety Improvements (Paterson)      
    • Preakness Valley Golf Course Improvements to West Hole #7
  • Secured $810,869 in Community Development Block Grant funds to assist low and moderate individuals in 12 Passaic County municipalities
  • Hosted 9 free seminars to the Passaic County business community
  • Awarded  14 Community Development Block Grant projects totaling $719,805
  • Through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program acquired and demolished 56 flood prone properties in 7 municipalities and undertook two storm water management flood control projects in Bloomingdale and Passaic
  • Restored two artifacts of the Dey Mansion, the Anthony Dey portrait and an 18th century mirror
  • Replaced the roof at the historic Vanderhoof House in Clifton at the Weasel Brook Park
  • Began conditions assessments for the historic Rea and Vanderhoof Houses to guide future renovations
  • Established the Passaic County Historic Marker Program.

Finance & Administration

Right to Know Seminar

Jan. 25th, 3pm-5pm
Clifton City Hall
900 Clifton Ave, Clifton NJ

Sponsored By:
 Passaic County Freeholder Board
Passaic County Brownfield Commission
Clifton Hazardous Materials Control Board

Topics Include: 

The Importance of Filing 
The Clifton NJ Approach

RSVP to 973-569-4720 or email 

Marketing Seminar

Feb. 10th 8:30am-11:30am
William Paterson University 
1600 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ

Sponsored By:
 Passaic County Freeholder Board
William Paterson Small Business Center
Columbia Bank

Topics Include: 

Marketing Techniques for Customer Retention
Website Ideas to Promote Growth
Using Constant Contact and Newsletters for Outreach

Please RSVP to 973-569-4720 or

Law & Public Safety
Roundtable Addresses Heroin Epidemic
NJTV - Heroin Epidemic Roundtable 


Passaic County Hosts Parkinson's Support Group 
Parkinson’s support group will meet Thursday, January 19 at Preakness Healthcare Center. The support group will meet 1:30 p.m. in the main dining room at Preakness Healthcare Center, 305 Oldham Road, Wayne. This meeting is open to those with Parkinson’s disease as well as caregivers and family members. New members are welcome.  A hot lunch will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to 973-585-2140.
Passaic County Disability Transition Fair
If your disabled or special needs child is approaching adulthood, it can be a very strange and scary time for you as a parent. Do you know what services are available for employment? Types of vocational training? Transportation and housing options? Come and get the facts at an open house on Wednesday Jan 25th at Anthony Wayne Middle School, 201 Garside Ave, Wayne from 7pm-9pm. You can email questions to

Health & Energy

The Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs will hold its “After-Holiday” E-Waste Collection on Saturday, February 4, 2017 (with a snow date of Saturday, February 11, 2017) from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm rain or shine at the Passaic County Para-transit Facility Parking Lot, 1310 Route 23 North in Wayne. Passaic County’s Computer & Electronics Recycling Collection Program, which is free of charge to participants, accepts virtually all computer and electronic items, including monitors, hard-drives, modems, keyboards, telephones and their systems, copiers, printers, phonographs, CD players, stereo systems, televisions, radios, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones, laser and ink jet toner cartridges, video game systems, and up to 25 floppy disks, video games and/or VHS tapes per household. There is also a limit of 5 computer monitors and or TVs in total per household or business. 

Businesses may participate in Passaic County’s program at no fee, but must call to pre-register to ensure that they do not have a larger quantity of material than the recycler can handle on that day. In the event that a business has too large a quantity (generally over 25 individual pieces), the business may make an appointment with the recycler to pick up at their facility for a fee. 

For further information, or for businesses to pre-register, please call Passaic County’s Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs at (973) 305-5738. 

Parks & Projects

Summer Concert Series

The non-profit, Friends of Passaic County Parks has announced the schedule for the next Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free to attend and begin at 7pm. 

June 28th, Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park
July 12th, Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne
July 26th, Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park
August 9th, Camp Hope in West Milford
August 30th, Weasel Brook Park in Clifton

For more information on the Summer Concert Series, or on Friends of Passaic County Parks, you can visit their website here.


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