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.
With Labor Day just
around the corner, I want to remind everyone that Labor Day does not mean
summer is over!
We are coordinating
with our shore Mayors to see which towns will be extending their beach season
with additional lifeguard coverage. Their plans will be published to our “Know
Before You Go “page, which can be accessed on www.visitmonmouth.com once available.
Hello! I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy the
summertime sunshine and warm weather!
As everyone is aware, we have experienced hotter
than normal weather lately. Heat wave or not, I always advise those who plan on
spending time outdoors in the heat to be prepared. Heat-related illnesses are
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 took advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend and visited our beaches and restaurants in Monmouth County!
With the holiday weekend approaching, I would like
to remind everyone to remain diligent in adhering to the social distancing and
safety guidelines implemented by the State.
Our restaurants and retailers – especially seasonal
– depend on strong summer weekends to keep their staff employed and businesses
open. It’s more important now than ever to support them while remaining safe.
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.
Happy February! I’m excited that our friend Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow signaling an early spring will be upon us.
I would like to update you on what I have been up to the last couple weeks.
My fellow Freeholders and I have been keeping busy working on the 2020 Monmouth County Budget. As I have said many times before, we do not start working on the budget in the early months of the year. Instead, my colleagues and I work throughout the entire year to efficiently run our departments while keeping costs down. Read the rest of this entry »
I hope everyone is staying warm, happy and healthy this winter season. It sure has been a cold one the last few days but there is only a little more than 100 days until the unofficial start to the summer season!
In the meantime, I would like to provide an update of different projects and initiatives taking place throughout Monmouth County.
As of yesterday, Monday January 20th, the Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge (W-43) has been closed for emergency repairs. During a routine inspection of the Bridge, deterioration of the steel pinions, which support the bridge when it opens and closes, was found. The contract for the project was awarded to Cornell & Company, Inc. of Woodbury, NJ in the amount of $494,000.