County Report:

Your insider's guide to Passaic County, NJ

June, 2016

Rich History, Bright Future


  • Key to the County
  • Courthouse Concert Series
  • Teen Summit 
  • Big Belly Cleaning Stations
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Battle of the Badges
  • Earth Science Circus
  • 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

For extraordinary dedication to underprivileged kids in Passaic County

The County of Passaic is proud to announce the first ever Key to the County of Passaic County has been awarded to Stephen R. Tilton, Jr., of Schumacher Chevrolet and Give the Kids Hope Foundation.
The award was presented on May 16th at the David Harris Golf Outing, a fundraising event that has been held every year since 2009 to benefit Passaic County’s Camp Hope.  The event is sponsored by David Harris, #52 of  the New York Jets and the Give the Kids Hope Foundation.  As the founder and President of the Foundation the Key to the County was given to Stephen Tilton, Jr. by Freeholder Director TJ Best.  This is the first time an award of this magnitude was ever given to an individual for their dedication and devotion to a County agency. “The award given to Stephen Tilton is the County’s way of saying thank you to him for all the many things he has done for the children of Camp Hope” said Freeholder Director TJ Best.   
Camp Hope is 62 acre County facility that offers underprivileged children from Passaic County the opportunity to come to the West Milford campground to escape cramped urban environments and enjoy nature.
Since becoming affiliated with Camp Hope after a near death experience, Mr. Tilton has continued to be a source of inspiration to the Camp staff, but also to the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  He has been instrumental in over $150,000 worth of upgrades to the campgrounds. Stephen Tilton, Jr. has provided Camp Hope with a heater for the pool water well, a safety coated basketball court, arts-n-craft supplies, removed dilapidated buildings, and the creation and upgrade of others, just to name of few contributions that he has given to the County’s 78 year old recreational facility. “As a West Milford resident, I have seen the remarkable changes that Stephen Tilton achieved,” said Freeholder Terry Duffy. “Camp Hope is a hidden gem, and the passion of Stephen Tilton and the rest of Give the Kids Hope Foundation have earned them this recognition.”

Behind the Scenes

Stephen R. Tilton
Give the Kids Hope Foundation
ALLY Hero Judith Schumacher-Tilton at Camp Hope in West Milford, NJ

Finance & Administration

Law & Public Safety
Battle of the Badges
Basketball teams from 14 law enforcement agencies and firefighters battle it out on the basketball court to spread awareness about domestic violence. A few teams participating include the PCSO, MCSO, NYPD, JCP, NYDOC, Paterson PD/ Fire, Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau, USA Lockdown-NC/MD and several others. This event will be July 15th to July 17th, please come out to support our first responders. 


Teen Summit Award
A group of students attended the Passaic County Teen Summit last fall (October 16, 2015) and this spring (May 18, 2016). During the Fall Summit they worked on designing Public Service Announcements for the prevention of substance abuse to implement in their schools and communities.  Out of approximately 20 PSAs, five were selected to receive $500 grants for implementation; Butler High School, Lakeland Regional High School, Paterson – John F. Kennedy High School/MAPP, Mary Help of Christians Academy and Wayne Hills High School.   After working very hard in implementing their PSAs, the students produced videos that were posted on the United for Prevention in Passaic County website for the public to view, click the link below to see their PSAs. (  

Health & Energy

Blood Drive
Join us June 29th at 401 Grand Street in Paterson for an emergency blood drive. The summer season can see an increase in accidents, and recent events have shown a need for more donations. Every donation helps save a life. The Blood Drive will be from 9am to 2pm, and a free $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card will be given to each person that donates. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Earth Science Circus
Come enjoy Passaic County’s Tuesdays in the Plaza on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 12:00 – 12:45 pm with a free environmental performance at the William J. Bate Memorial Courthouse Plaza, 77 Hamilton Street, Paterson. “Professor W’s Earth Science Circus,” a vaudeville style show with magic, juggling, music, stories, audience participation and more! As seen on the Letterman show and Conan O'Brian. 

Parks & Projects

Fitness Equipment
With the help of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Friends of Passaic County Parks, Passaic County has installed 5 fitness stations in Weasel Brook Park in Clifton. This is part of an effort to create a healthier Passaic County. Now you can work out on real fitness equipment without needing a gym membership. 
Big Belly Clean Stations
A grant from the recycling enchantment act allowed the county to get these new "Big Belly Cleaning Stations." These trash/recycling cans are solar powered compactors that have Wi-Fi capability in order to communicate to us when they are full. You can expect to see these in our county parks very soon. 


Free Eye Screening Clinic
Thursday, June 23rd, 10am - 2pm
301 Main Street, Paterson

Annual Senior Art Show Awards Reception
Friday, June 24th, 2pm-3pm 
930 Riverview Drive, Totowa

Freeholder Meeting
Tuesday, June 28th, 5:30pm 
401 Grand Street, Paterson

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

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