County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

October, 2016

Rich History, Bright Future


  • Finance Seminar
  • Film Production Workshop
  • Breast Cancer Awareness 
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Car Seat Giveaway
  • Wayfinding
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

Behind the Scenes

FREEHOLDER PAT LEPORE was first elected to the Board in 2004 and subsequently reelected in 2007, 2010 and 2013. His past service includes four terms as the Mayor of Woodland Park and a term on the Borough Council. Growing up in Paterson, Freeholder Lepore graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1969. He and his wife Linda are proud to call the Borough of Woodland Park their home for the past four decades. 
Upon election to the Freeholder Board, he retired as a Sales Representative for the Entenmann’s Division of George Weston Bakeries. He remains a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 802 located in Baldwin, New York. Their son Robert is a veteran of United States Marine Corps. Robert continues his service to his community and country as a Police Officer in Woodland Park.

As Freeholder Lepore very proudly commented at his swearing-in ceremony: “My son’s public service far exceeds my own.” Freeholder Lepore’s commitment to Passaic County has been recognized by many public, private and civic organizations. This includes service on the Woodland Park Planning Board, Municipal Alliance, the Alfred H. Baumann Library Board, the Office of Emergency Management, the West Paterson Boys & Girls Club, Passaic County Board of Social Services, Camp Hope Commission, and the Board of Education Bond Referendum Committee.

Freeholder Lepore advocates for scheduling public meetings throughout the County in an effort to promote communication with more residents. 

Freeholder Lepore has served on every Freeholder Committee, and is currently the chair of Law & Public Safety and Budget. As Budget chair for the last six years, Freeholder Lepore helped spearhead fiscal initiatives resulting in four credit upgrades to Passaic County’s bond ratings from Moody’s Financial Services, an independent credit rating agency. Passaic County now enjoys its highest credit ratings in its history, this has resulted in millions of dollars in savings on interest payments and debt service for Passaic County taxpayers. Freeholder Lepore helped cut spending by over $30 million dollars via consolidation and shared services and was instrumental helping attain the highest credit rating in county history.

Finance & Administration


Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that Passaic County Division of Economic Development and William Paterson University Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free seminar for Passaic County businesses 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Thursday, October 20.

The seminar topic is “Financing Your Retail and Commercial Development Project” and will be held at William Paterson University, 1600 Valley Road, Wayne.

Law & Public Safety


The Passaic County Film Commission is sponsoring a free workshop on short film production for high school and college students and independent filmmakers 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the offices of the Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development at Totowa Business Center, 930 Riverview Drive, Totowa, Suite 250. Click here for more info.
The Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs will be bringing its Confidential Document Shredding & Recycling Program back to the parking lot of Lambert Castle, located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, N.J. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine. This program is free of charge to Passaic County residents. Click here for more info. 

Health & Energy


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

Parks & Projects


The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders a contact was awarded to Merje Design, an environmental graphic design firm that works with governmental agencies across New Jersey and the nation to create meaningful visitor experiences with the twofold goals of driving local tourism and the County’s local economy through wayfinding master plans. The Passaic County wayfinding plan includes developing a comprehensive set of pedestrian and vehicular signs to guide visitors to historic sites, parks, and recreation areas. Merje has executed wayfinding plans for several local and county governments, including Jersey City, Camden, Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, Newark, and Morris County.


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