County Report
January 2020
Board of Chosen Freeholders
Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara Director  - Pasquale " Pat" Lepore Deputy Director
Assad R. Akhter - John W. Bartlett Esq. - Theodore O. Best Jr. - Terry Duffy - Bruce James
COUNTY SPOTLIGHT
Census 2020
On December 18, 2019, the Passaic County Complete Count Committee, formed earlier this year to prepare county residents to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, launched its 2020 effort. The Commission, headed by co-chairs Dr. Khyati Joshi and Miguel Diaz, were joined by Passaic County Freeholder Director John Bartlett, to launch and present the 2020 Passaic County multilingual Census videos.

“This is the beginning of a months-long effort to make sure everyone in Passaic County knows how important it is to respond to the U.S. Census,” said Freeholder Director John Bartlett. “When residents fill out the Census form, they are letting the government know how to allocate more than $900 billion dollars over the next decade for education, infrastructure, law enforcement, economic development, and social services, among other services. We need to count everyone, to make sure Passaic County gets the resources we need.”

The U.S. Census is a decennial count of every resident of the United States, regardless of citizenship or legal status. According to the Census Bureau, residents will be receiving the Census form by mail starting in March of 2020. Residents will also have the option of filling out the Census form online, via phone and at various Passaic County kiosks, which will be announced on the Passaic County website and social media platforms as they are determined.

In 2010, New Jersey was undercounted, particularly in hard to count areas in Passaic County, including Paterson and Passaic. Ethnic minority groups like Arab, Bangladeshi, Latinx and South Asian communities fall under what the Census Bureau refers to as “HTC” or “hard to count” groups. An undercount negatively impact those communities and the entire county, by reducing resources and representation.

The Census videos were recorded in the five most spoken languages in Passaic County: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, and Gujarati. The videos are a collaborative effort with Passaic County Community College’s Communications Department, headed by Professor Walter Behr.

You can view the videos and contact the Complete Count Committee by visiting www.passaiccountynj.org/census .
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Board of Chosen Freeholders 2020 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, January 28 
Tuesday, February 11 
Tuesday, February 25 
Tuesday, March 10 
Tuesday, March 24 
Tuesday, April 14 
Tuesday, April 28 
Monday, May 11 
Tuesday, May 26 
Tuesday, June 16 
3rd Tuesday of month
Tuesday, June 30 
Tuesday, July 14 
Tuesday, August 11 
Tuesday, September 8 
at the Public Safety Academy
300 Oldham Road, Wayne
Tuesday, September 22 
Tuesday, October 13 
Tuesday, October 27 
Monday, November 16 
3rd Monday of month 
Tuesday, December 8 
Tuesday, December 29 
Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.  
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders holds meetings at 6 p.m. with a conference agenda beginning at  5:30 p.m. Each meeting is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, unless noted. The last meeting of the year will be at 10 a.m. 

Meetings are held in the Freeholders' Board Room in the Administration Building, located at 401 Grand Street in Paterson. The Freeholders regularly travel to other town halls to enhance citizen access to the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Videos of previous Freeholder Board meetings are available on the  Passaic County YouTube channel.

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Reverse 911
Did you know the Passaic County Sheriff's Office offers an innovative tracking device for persons with special needs?

AngelSense uses GPS Tracking Technology to help locate and monitor a loved one’s location 24/7, receive instant lifesaving alerts, and even status updates of their arrival and departure to frequently visited locations. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement office on the East Coast to implement AngelSense.
 
"As Sheriff, I want to help you keep your loved ones safe. Our department has teamed up with AngelSense, a leader in GPS tracking for special needs," said Sheriff Berdnik. "With their help we will give families security, knowing they will have access to their family member’s location and welfare at all times."
This device offers more than simple tracking. AngelSense is equipped with features like "Unknown Place Alerts", which notify you if your loved one is in an unfamiliar and potentially dangerous place. The "Alarm" feature allows you to activate an alarm on the device to find your loved one in a crowd or when hiding. AngelSense also offers "1- and 2-Way Voice", allowing you to check in with your loved one instantly, no picking up or clicking any buttons.
 
AngelSense can be attached to clothes discreetly and securely by using a magnetic tool and fasteners. The AngelSense device is connected to a real-time smartphone app and on the web, so you can instantly see the device’s location anytime. AngelSense is available to individuals residing in Passaic County at no cost. 
 
Visit the  Passaic County Sheriff's website  to apply for this program. For more information, contact the Community Policing Division at 973-389-5920.
SERVICES
Veteran Identification Cards & Discount Program
The Passaic County Clerk’s Office and the Passaic County Office of Veterans’ Affairs have partnered to provide Passaic County Veterans with a free Photo Identification Card. These cards identify Veterans who served in our armed forces and received an honorable discharge following their military service. The ID cards give Veterans the ability to  receive discounts or benefits offered by stores and restaurants.

Learn more about how to register for this program on  our website.
Passaic County Passport Information
Planning a getaway? Don't forget your Passport! Apply for a passport today at the Passaic County Clerk's Paterson and Wanaque offices. You can also stop by one of the Clerk's  Outreach sites to process your Passport application.

For more information on Passport requirements, fees and applications, visit the  Passaic County Clerk's website .
Passaic County Clerk Outreach Dates
Every month, the Clerk's Office Outreach Program visits several locations around Passaic County offering Passport processing, Veteran IDs, and Notary Oaths.
HEALTH AND ENERGY
Free Eye Screenings
The Passaic County Department of Health will hold free eye screenings for residents on Thursday, January 23 in Paterson and Tuesday, January 28 in West Milford. Test results will be provided with referral. Referrals made as needed on results of diagnosis. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call the Passaic County Department of Health Services at 973-881-4396.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Center City Mall - P Level
301 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07505 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
West Milford Health Department
1480 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480
PARKS AND PROJECTS
Parks and Recreation to Introduce the MyRec Portal
All of your favorite events can now be found in one place! Passaic County is launching PassaicCountyRec.org, one convenient location to view all the amazing events happening in our parks. 

This site allows you to view and register for all of our amazing events in four easy steps:
  1. Visit PassaicCountyRec.org from your computer or smartphone
  2. Click the "New Account" icon
  3. Fill out the relevant information for you and your household
  4. Click on the "Register" icon to see all of the great things happening in Passaic County and register yourself or your family members for any events you want to attend! 

You can still register for any of our events by calling our main offices: 
Parks and Recreation
973-881-4833
Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs
973-706-6640
Join us in the Passaic County Park System all year long for programs offered by our  Parks & Recreation Department and Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs. From fitness classes to dog training to historic lectures, there's something for everyone!
Family Day at the Passaic County Arts Center
Embrace the beauty of winter with your family and awaken your imagination! Families with children of all ages, will enjoy beautiful photographs from the book "Stranger In The Woods" and engage in a brainstorming of ideas that will ignite the fires of everyone’s imagination. Artist Debra Storch will guide families in creating unique pieces of art.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Visit pcartscenter.org or call 973-706-6640 to reserve your space.