County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

February, 2017

Rich History, Bright Future

  • County Spotlight
  • Senior Police Academy 
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Public Input Session
  • PIT
  • Hearth Health
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

2017 Budget
 On February 14, 2017, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced its 2017 budget with no increase in the tax levy, holding taxes flat while continuing important investments and programs. Passaic County continues to implement and execute sound fiscal management practices resulting in the County’s highest bond rating in recent history. Standard and Poor’s, an independent financial services company, commented in its January 17, 2017 rating of Passaic County that it maintains its AA bond rating – the second highest available – because of its strong management, financial policies, adequate budget flexibility, and low net debt levels compared to reserves.

The 2017 Passaic County Budget, in addition to keeping taxes flat, makes critical investments, including:

  • Maintaining, repairing, or repaving 533 lane miles of County roads and 350 bridges and culverts;
  • Investing in the Passaic County Park System, including a $3.5 million dollar renovation to the Garret Mountain Reservation, $1.5 million dollar renovation to the Weasel Brook Park and historic Vandherhoef House, and a $1 million dollar investment in a new turf athletic field at Goffle Brook Park;
  • Fully funding programs and departments that are providing a social safety net for our most vulnerable residents, including Preakness Healthcare Center, veteran programs, and the meals on wheels food delivery service to homebound seniors;
  • A complete repair and rehabilitation of the Passaic County Court House Annex, a County-owned building listed on the National and State Register of Historic Place for adaptive reuse by the Passaic County Judiciary; and
  • Working in cooperation with Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdez, Sheriff Richard Berdnik, and Assignment Judge Ernest Caposella to implement bail reform to keep low level offenders out of the Passaic County Jail.

Finance & Administration

Public Input Needed for Sixth Ave Bridge
The County of Passaic, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, will be hosting two Public Information Center meetings to inform local residents, organizations, businesses and the general public of the Local Concept Development Study for the Sixth Avenue Bridge over the Passaic River located between the City of Paterson and the Boroughs of Prospect Park and Hawthorne.
The purpose of the Public Information Center meetings are to inform the public of the condition of the bridge and to solicit public input and comment towards the project purpose and need. These meetings are being conducted in conformance with Federal and State regulations. The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the study. The public may attend either or both open house format meetings.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (brief presentation at 2:30 p.m.)
Place: Borough of Prospect Park Municipal Building
106 Brown Avenue, Prospect Park, NJ
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: Riverside Vets Community and Recreation Center
165 5th Avenue, Paterson, NJ

Written comments will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2017. Comments may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:
Jonathan Pera, P.E.
Passaic County Project Manager
County of Passaic
Division of Engineering
401 Grand Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Fax: 973-742-3936
These meetings are open to all members of the public.

For up to date information on this project, you can visit
Law & Public Safety


Point in Time - Count of the Homeless
 The County of Passaic conducted the annual Point in Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals living in Passaic County on the night of January 24th. PIT has been a Federal requirement, mandated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development since 2007, and is directly tied to funding for projects to reduce homelessness. The PIT count is coordinated state wide by Monarch Housing, but the Point in Time activities are coordinated and carried out at the local level. Click this link to see the full report from last year's count. 

Health & Energy

February is Hearth Health Month

Parks & Projects

George Washington's 285th Birthday
The Centennial of the young nation's first great hero inspired great celebration among early 19th century Americans.They gathered to offer toasts to George Washington and other important figures of the day. They also held balls, complete with cake and dancing. On Sunday, February 19th, the Dey Mansion will celebrate Washington's Birthday weekend in the exact same spirit! 

Visitors can take part in a salute to George Washington, eat cake, and learn more about the country's first president. Special appearances will be made by New Jersey’s local militia. The day will also be filled with 18th century dancing, music, demonstrations, and crafters.


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