everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving with their families! I would like to wish
everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Speaking of the holiday
season, I want to remind everyone to shop and dine local. As part of the
County’s continuing effort to help small businesses, especially during the
COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a new Made in Monmouth interactive
directory just in time for the holiday season.
I’d like to start by thanking all of the veterans who
have served our country. We should continue to recognize their sacrifices
throughout the entire year. It is because of their sacrifices we continue to
enjoy our freedoms. Let us also not forget the sacrifices made by their
While I could say the last few weeks have been very busy, the truth of the matter is that the County stays busy around the year with ongoing projects and initiatives.
Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining Middletown
Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Committee, as well as, Congressman Chris
Smith at a press conference hosted by Middletown to launch their Economic
Relief Program to assist their small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a
hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone
is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying
busy and I would like to take some time to share what I have been up to around
I would like to take the time to reflect upon and
recognize the 19th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks our nation
endured on September 11th, 2001. Though the years have passed, we will never
forget the lives and legacies of those who lost their lives or the first
responders who bravely did their jobs.
It is our duty to always remember the horrific
events that took place on that day, as well as, to never forget those we lost
and how that day changed our lives forever.
However, in order to never forget, our youth must be taught about 9/11
and the events that transpired that day and how it changed the course of
American history forever.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day
Weekend! A new school year is officially upon us and though it may look
different than past school years, we still must be extra cautious when driving
around our communities!
It’s always important – and especially now that
children are back in school – that everyone obeys speed limits, stops for
pedestrians and avoids distractions when driving. It’s also important that
pedestrians and children walking to school use crosswalks or cross at
intersections and wait for the walk signal before stepping into the road.
hope everyone had a great weekend here in Monmouth County!
I would like to provide an update of different
projects and initiatives taking place throughout Monmouth County.
you may be aware, a few weeks ago my fellow Freeholders and I announced that
the County will allocate $10 million from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief
and Economic Security) Act to supplement the Community Development Block Grant
– Coronavirus (CDBG-CV).The funding will be utilized to provide grants of up to
$10,000 to businesses with up to 50 employees.
I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this
weekend at one of our County parks or golf courses while continuing to practice
strict social distancing!
I am glad that the authority over the
decision of whether or not the Monmouth County parks are open was put back in
the hands of the Freeholders. My fellow Freeholders and I have always felt,
throughout this pandemic, that our parks are essential for the mental health
and wellbeing of our residents. We vowed to open them as soon as we were able
to, and that is exactly what we are doing.
Given the circumstances that required us to celebrate differently
this year, I still hope everyone had a happy Easter and Passover.
As our nation and state
continue to deal with the effects and severity of COVID-19, I want to let you
know that myself and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders continue
to work with local, state and federal officials to ensure our residents are
receiving the information and support needed during this unprecedented time. We
continue – and will continue – to advocate on behalf of our business community
and its employees.