County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

March, 2017

Rich History, Bright Future

  • County Spotlight
  • Cyberbullying Seminar
  • Historic Rea House
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Legal Aspects of Senior Care
  • Health Equity
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

Online Office Hours
As part of an effort to reach out to the public and provide more access to elected officials, Freeholder Director Lazzara will hold Online Office Hours at 5pm before every Freeholder meeting. These office hours will be held via Facebook Live. During each session, Freeholder Director Lazzara will have a special guest from the county to discuss upcoming projects and events. These office hours also include monitoring questions from the public that are submitted through the comment section on the Facebook Live post. If we are not able to respond to your questions live, a staffer will follow up and answer your questions. The Freeholder's Office can still be accessed by telephone by calling 973-881-4412. If you do not follow us on Facebook, you can find our page here: 

Finance & Administration

Passaic and Bergen County Consolidates Consumer Affairs Division
On March 6th, Passaic and Bergen County officials held a press conference to announce a shared service agreement that consolidated our Division of Consumer Affairs into one unit within Bergen County’s Department of Public Safety. The agreement increases efficiencies, saves tax dollars, and provides a higher level of consumer protection for the residents of Passaic County through enforcement of the Consumer Fraud Act. The Division of Consumer Affairs is responsible for ensuring businesses comply with laws and regulations designed to protect consumers from unfair practices.

Under this agreement, Bergen County would assume the responsibility of providing the service of the Office of Consumer Affairs to the citizens of Passaic County.  In return, Bergen County will receive 75% of all revenues received from fines and penalties. This decision reduces red tape, and provides a better service to the residents of Passaic County. 

Residents can contact the Office of Consumer Affairs by visiting, or by calling  (201) 336-6400
Law & Public Safety
Cyber Bullying

On April 6th, at 5pm, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, in conjunction with Paterson Public Schools, will hold a presentation on the risks of cyber bullying, and various resources available to kids and parents. This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be held at the International High School, located at 200 Grand Street in Paterson, NJ


Legal Aspects of Senior Care
This course is an overview of the legal issues and questions faced in regards to the legal aspects of the elder care journey. The course will address the growing problem in this country of the need for long-term care and how to pay for it. The Veterans’ Benefit – Aid & Attendance including eligibility requirements and resource limits will be defined. In addition, the course will review institutional Medicaid including countable and non-countable assets, married couple asset rules, look back period, penalty period, and what a healthy spouse can keep. The course will examine home based Medicaid waiver programs and how they differ from institutional Medicaid. Identifying when changes need to be made to traditional estate planning along the elder care journey will also be addressed. In addition, this course will clarify the importance of identifying agents for surrogate decision making and how legal capacity is defined as well as the legal requirements necessary for a valid Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive. In addition, the course will give an overview of guardianship and when it is necessary. It will explain conservatorship and where does it fit under as an option in surrogate decision making.

Speaker: Laurie A Hauptman, Esq - Elderlaw Attorney
Registration and continental breakfast beginning at 8:30am.
RSVP: Camille Thompson

Health & Energy

Health Equity Forum

Parks & Projects

Historic Rea House Restoration Project
Passaic County has made the first step in the restoration of Historic Rea House in Hawthorne. The building recently underwent a condition's assessment, which is the first step to any historical restoration. The first phase of the project will be to remove all debris and contemporary finishes, while repainting and repairing the foundation walls to prevent further moisture in the basement. The second phase will make exterior renovations, and the third phase includes rebuilding the rear addition and restoring the east wall.

The house was built in 1810, and bought by John W. Rea, a European resident for $10,000. John W. Rea, was known as a member of E.P Christy Minstrels, who toured Europe, making famous the works of Stephen Foster, known for “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Construction on the restoration of the Rea House is projected to start in 2018. 


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