County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

July, 2016

Rich History, Bright Future


  • Passaic County Fair
  • Shared Services
  • Mini-Grants for Cleanups
  • Barbour's Pond
  • Behind The Scenes
  • BANC funding
  • Zap Zika
  • Calendar
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Theodore O. Best Jr, 
Director -  John W. Bartlett Esq, Deputy Director
Terry Duffy - Bruce James - Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara -Pat Lepore - Hector C. Lora

County Spotlight

It's back, and bigger than ever. The Passaic County Fair saw over 10,000 people last year and we are excited for the upcoming fair this August. To get more updates as we get closer to the Fair, you can visit the official Fair Facebook page here.

Behind the Scenes

        NICOLE FOX
Q: What is your department/title?
A: Passaic County Improvement Authority/Executive Director
Q: Why is this important to Passaic County residents?
A: In addition to daily administrative functions, the Authority is responsive to Stakeholders through our financing programs and our role as Destination Marketing Organization for Passaic County.

Q: What does your department/staff do on a daily basis?
A: Financing programs and Destination Marketing. The Authority has programs available to schools, municipalities, non-profits and redevelopment projects that help these entities save money when financing projects. Reducing municipal expenses assists municipalities in saving tax payer dollars. 

Our Destination Marketing Organization works to promote our County’s attractions while encouraging visitor spending to generate tax and assessment revenues.  This month, the Discover Passaic County website will debut.

Q: How/Who can benefit from the work of your department?
A: Our financing programs for government entities allow municipalities and schools to finance through the Authority utilizing the County S&P AA rating.  The Authority can provide access to tax exempt financing for non-profits and Redevelopment Area bond financing for developers. Our Destination Marketing helps local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses attract clients. 

Q: What other organizations do you work with?
A: The Authority works with municipalities, school districts, and non-profits as wells as other stakeholders interested in promoting assets within Passaic County.

Q: What is the biggest accomplishment you wish to highlight?
A: The Authority’s mission is to provide services and programs that improve the quality of life and to develop and provide financing for new and innovative programs that benefit the residents of Passaic County.  Our Passaic County BANC program and Discover Passaic County website are two tools that the Authority created specifically with our mission in mind.

The Passaic County BANC Program allows government entities to finance capital equipment and other capital items at any time at competitive tax exempt interest rates.  It is becoming a useful tool for school districts in Passaic County.  

The Discover Passaic County website will not only be a useful tool for Passaic County residents to discover what’s hiding in their backyard but restaurants, vendors, hotels can also promote themselves and encourage visitors to spend money in Passaic County.

Finance & Administration


Passaic County has renewed their shared service agreement with Essex County to share a Juvenile Detention Center. Since 2009, Passaic County has saved $70 million. This agreement is considered the largest of its kind in New Jersey. The Essex County Juvenile Detention Center is a state-of-the-art-facility, and aims to reduce recidivism. In 2009, the center held 60 or more adjudicated youths. Today the average is less than 25 per day. 

A pair of Passaic County residents have been selected as recipients of scholarship awards through the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. The recipients of the scholarships were Haledon resident Omar Muhajer, and Appolonia Ezeanii of Bloomingdale. Appolonia was a special award, as she is the first recipient who is a single parent and who decided to go back to college later in life. 
Law & Public Safety

The Passaic County BANC Program offers competitive interest rates to help municipalities and school districts save money on finance fees. Recently, the school districts of Hawthorne, Ringwood, Wayne, and West Milford used the BANC program to save money on new school buses. Police vehicles typically cannot be bonded for, but Passaic County is offering police departments, as well as local municipalities and school districts, access to the BANC program. The BANC program is still accepting applicants. Application forms can be found on our website For more information on the program, please contact the Passaic County Improvement Authority at (973) 881-4550



The Passaic County Division of Nutrition Services has received a $2,500 grant from Meals On Wheels America to assist its client pet support program. A report from 2014 shows seniors with pets are 36% less likely to report loneliness and have 21% fewer doctor visits, providing emotional and physical benefits on top of the financial benefits. 

“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.”

Got cleanup plans? If you're involved in a local nonprofit, your organization may be eligible for a mini grant of up to $500 from Passaic County, to help underwrite event costs. Cleanup areas can be parks, streams or neighborhoods which have become unsightly or unsanitary due to an abundance of litter, graffiti, storm debris, etc. The money is to be used for expenses related to cleanup projects, including bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts. In the past, grant recipients have included church groups, sororities and fraternities, and Boy Scouts. Participants must also have liability insurance, and must be older than 14. To get a Clean Communities grant application and a list of program guidelines, call Passaic County's Solid Waste and Recycling Office at 973-305-5738.

Health & Energy


Passaic County Mosquito Control has “Mosquito Dunks” available, free of charge, to all Passaic County residents.  According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, these ‘mosquito dunks’ are “ecologically safe tablets” that can be “placed in standing water to destroy mosquito larvae before they hatch into adult mosquitoes.”  Some examples of locations where they can be placed include:  ornamental ponds, birdbaths, outdoor water features, and swimming pool covers.  To obtain your free ‘mosquito dunks,’ please contact Joe Pezzillo, superintendent of Passaic County Mosquito Control at (973) 305-5754 or .

Parks & Projects


The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to authorize the advertisement of bids for dredging and aeration work on Barbour’s Pond in Garret Mountain Reservation. Dredging Barbour’s Pond is part of a plan to allow canoes and paddle boats to once again cross the 14-acre body of water for recreation and fishing. This project is part of an effort to enhance Garret Mountain Reservation. In the last several years the county has laid down new gravel on the trail, renovated the historic observation tower and warming house by Barbour’s Pond, and created a park patrol. As recently as this year the county also installed restrooms and walkways that were ADA compliant, and restored the boat house on Barbour’s Pond.


Freeholder Meeting
Tuesday, July 19th, 5:30pm 
579 Ringwood Avenue, Wanaque

Free Eye Screening Clinic
Thursday, July 28th 10am-1:30pm
301 Main Street, Paterson

Freeholder Meeting
August 16th, 5:30pm
401 Grand Street, Paterson 

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