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Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

County Report:

 

February, 2016
 
Rich History, Bright Future
Inside this issue
  • Better Planning for the Future
  • Preventing Bias Crimes
  • Passaic Bergen Rail Line
  • Health Topics
  • Preakness Golf Course
  • Full Calendar of Events
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Theodore "T.J." Best Jr, 
Director -  John W. Bartlett Esq, Deputy Director
Terry Duffy - Bruce James - Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara - Pat Lepore - Hector C. Lora 

County Spotlight

Dey Mansion
Where Washington changed history
 
The Dey Mansion, located in Wayne NJ on the Preakness Valley Golf Course, achieved national recognition as General George Washington’s revolutionary war headquarters and is considered to be the “Jewel of the Passaic County Park’s Department”. After extensive renovations, the historic Dey Mansion, will be re-dedicated on Monday, February 22, 2016. The day will begin at 10:30am with tours of the newly restored mansion, along with Revolutionary War re-enactments and an official re-opening ceremony, planned for noon.

Dey Mansion is a pillar of the American Revolution, and was one of the places where General Washington turned the tide of the war. The Mansion is also noted for being the place where Washington first learned of the betrayal of Benedict Arnold. The Mansion was chosen because of its proximity to Great Falls in Paterson, which had an abundance of food and forage, and strong strategic positioning.


Freeholder Director TJ Best said, “It’s rare for a county to have a piece of American History that’s as significant as the Dey Mansion. I am proud we worked together to preserve and restore this landmark.” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the historic Dey Mansion, the re-dedication ceremony would be a great time to reconnect with a piece of American history right here in Passaic County.”

Behind the Scenes

Krisitin M. Corrado, Esq. 

Q: What is your department & title?

A: 
Passaic County Clerk and Registry Offices/Passaic County Clerk
Q: How does your Department help the residents of Passaic County?

A:  
We are a fee based office.  We do not use any tax dollars.  The County Clerk’s office is the second largest generator of revenue for Passaic County
Q: What does your department, and your staff do on a daily basis?
 
A: In the Clerk’s Office, we process passport applications for American passports, issue Veteran IDs and Veteran peddler’s licenses, provide notary services and execute Notary oaths of office and renewal oaths of office to Notary Publics, file business trade name certificates for businesses located in Passaic County as well as corporations established for religious purposes. In the Election Division of the County Clerk’s office, we receive and process applications for mail-in ballots and maintain the Vote by Mail list of voters for the County.  Petitions for County elective offices (Sheriff, Surrogate, County Clerk and Freeholder) are filed in the Clerk’s office along with petitions for school board candidates on the November General Election ballot. The Election Division is also responsible for conducting the drawing for ballot positions and designing and printing sample and emergency ballots, canvas sheets, voting machine ballot face and voter registration lists.  The Clerk also certifies votes for school, primary and general elections to the municipal clerks and Secretary of State. The Registry Division of the County Clerk is responsible for the recording, filing of all documents related to property transactions within the 16 municipalities.  In addition to deed and mortgage transactions, the Registry Division also files and processes  Notices of Settlement, IRS liens, Foreclosures, construction liens, tax waivers and Honorable Military Discharges. We sponsor an annual Passaic County Poster Calendar contest which is open to all Fourth Graders in Passaic County.  The 2016 calendar is the 20th anniversary of this contest which is geared toward Fourth graders since they typically study the State of New Jersey as part of their Social Studies curriculum.  This year was special because you could tell the students really put time and thought into poster submissions which included drawings of our Great Falls in Paterson, Dey Mansion, Lambert Castle, the Veterans Memorial Park at Hayden Heights and Ringwood Manor.  I also perform wedding ceremonies.  I have done over 1300 as the Passaic County Clerk since I took office in 2010.

Q: Who can benefit from the work of your Department?

A: 
We truly are here to help our County residents.  If we don’t know the answer to a question, we will find it out whether or not it pertains to our services, and point that person in the right direction!

Q: What other organizations do you work with?
 
A: Some organizations that I work with and support include the Do Good House Student Support Group, a Non Profit that provides scholarships to students, SOS Vets Stakeholder Providers Group, Catholic Charities, Blue Star Mothers of New Jersey, Chapter 3, the Military Appreciation Month Committee and Murph’s Boys Charitable Association.

Q: What is one accomplishment you wish to highlight?

A:  
I am proud of many things that I have done as the County Clerk including opening up a Satellite office in Wanaque as well as expanding our hours and outreach services. We have partnered with our Mayors, Municipal Clerks and Library Directors to bring our services directly to the residents of our County.  We have a set monthly day-time schedule and a rotating night schedule where we provide passport, notary and ID services throughout the County at either the local municipal building or library.  We also provide Saturday and night hours at our main office in Paterson and Wanaque Satellite office.  We provide Saturday hours for in-person voting before every election in our County as well. But I think my favorite accomplishment is bringing back the Veteran ID Program.  We provide a free photo ID to County Veterans that can be used for discounts and benefits provided by local businesses throughout our community.  We do this as a shared service with the Passaic County Veterans Affairs Office – first with the County’s Service Officer Tom Miller and now with John Harris. We provide the IDs at both of the County Clerk’s offices as well as offering the IDs as part of our regular outreach schedule.  We also go directly to our local VFWs and American Legion Posts and process the IDs. Since we bring the service directly to the Vets, it also provides them the opportunity to meet Mr. Harris in person and find out what benefits or services our Vets are entitled to.

Finance & Administration

Passports
 
Millions of passports are set to expire and the backlogged system could make the process of getting a passport very slow. Our county clerk offers passports and photos, and has special discounts through out the year. 

Please visit 
our
clerk's page for more details. Click here to read the full article about the future rush on passports. When this article tells you to get your passport renewed, they mean ASAP. 
USEDA
 
A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan is the outgrowth of a long running effort to support economic and community development in New Jersey, with a particular focus on the most urban areas in need of revitalization. The purpose of a CEDS plan is to bring together the public, as well as  the non‐profit and private sectors. The USEDA accepted the plan that our Department of Economic Development has presented. Click here to learn more about CEDS and how it affects you.
Law & Public Safety
Bias Crime Summit
 
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik announce that they have partnered to host an event aimed at educating the public and answering questions about bias crimes and securing houses of worship.

The program, known as the Bias Crimes & Faith Based Security Summit, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Passaic County Technical Institute, located at 45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne.

The first session of the two-hour event will feature a panel discussion comprised of assistant prosecutors from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office along with its Bias Crimes officer and a specialist in Bias Crimes from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The second session of the Summit will feature an insightful presentation by Sheriff Berdnik aimed at assisting the public in understanding how to secure their houses of worship.

Services

Passaic-Bergen Rail Project
 
The North Jersey Rail Coalition was formed in 2015 and is comprised of local, county, state, and federal officials.The governing bodies of Elmwood Park, Hackensack, Hawthorne, Paterson, and the County of Passaic passed concurrent resolutions voicing support to restart the Passaic-Bergen Rail Project on the New York Susquehanna & Western freight tracks running across Passaic and Bergen Counties. The first phase of the project would originate in Hawthorne (Passaic County) adjacent to the existing Bergen Main Line Passenger Service station and end in the City of Hackensack (Bergen County) with stops in Paterson and Elmwood Park. The second phase of the project would extend into Hudson County, offering a seamless connection to the Hudson Bergen Light Rail at the Tonnelle Avenue Station, offering a rail connection between Paterson and Jersey City for the first time.

Health & Energy

Public Health Services
 
Passaic County Department of Health is a big part of how we help the community. Not only are they the front lines in any major health emergency like the flu or E. Coli, they are the front lines in keeping our citizens healthy. A bulk of their services are geared towards people and families who cannot afford basic exams. This is there calendar for the month. Click here to visit the Health Department's website and learn more about how they can help you. 

Parks & Projects

4-H Science Fair
 
Six 4-H members represented New Jersey for the National Agri-Science Youth Summit at the National 4-H Youth Conference. The purpose of the summit was provide youth an opportunity to develop an understanding of the critical role of agricultural science innovation plays in addressing the world’s most pressing issues. To read the full page & learn more about Rutgers 4-H click here.
Preakness Golf Course
Reduced Membership Dues 
 
This year was called the best season ever for golfers, and we are keeping it going. New or existing members of our exclusive golf club at the Preakness Valley Golf Course in Wayne can get $20 off their membership if they register before April 1st. There are lots of other deals and discounts for new and long standing members. Visit their website for more.

Calendar

Full Calendar Click Here
Marketing and Social Networking 
Business Campus Feb 19, 8:30 - Noon
1600 Valley Road, Wayne NJ


Free Eye Exams
Level P:Feb 25th 10am-1:30pm
301 Main Street, Paterson NJ


Freeholder Meeting
Feb. 26th 5:30pm-8pm
Lobby: 401 Grand Street, Paterson


4-H Science Day
Feb 27th 9:30am-3pm

Broadway & Memorial, Paterson NJ

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