DiVincenzo presents 2021 county budget of $770 million

DiVincenzo presents 2021 county budget of $770 million

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented a 2021 budget of $770 million that addresses the challenges due to the ongoing national economic conditions, according to a press release from the county. Layoffs have been avoided since 2004 and budgets have been unveiled before the state’s statutory […]

Area officials express dismay, outrage about Jan. 6 events at the Capitol

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Jan. 6, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy. Thousands of individuals, some armed, from across the country stormed the U.S. Capitol looking to halt the certification of the results of the November 2020 presidential election based on unfounded claims of election fraud. These individuals — who have alternatively […]

Essex County commissioners sworn in at 2021 organization meeting

Essex County commissioners sworn in at 2021 organization meeting

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — District 2 Commissioner Wayne Richardson, of Newark, was unanimously elected president of the Essex County Board of County Commissioners — formerly called the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders — and District 5 Commissioner Carlos Pomares, of Bloomfield, was unanimously elected vice president, during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. […]

County, Saint Barnabas announce health care partnership

County, Saint Barnabas announce health care partnership

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Dec. 28, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced a partnership with Saint Barnabas Medical Center to be the health care partner at the Essex County vaccination site in the former Sears building at the Livingston Mall. SBMC, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will be the exclusive health care provider responsible for […]

Essex County receives and administers first doses of vaccine

Essex County receives and administers first doses of vaccine

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that Essex County has received its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 and that the first vaccinations were given on Saturday, Dec. 26. Receiving the first vaccinations were Dr. Lionel Anicette, medical director at the Essex County Correctional Facility; Dr. Naipaul Rambaran, […]

Sea Turtle Recovery in West Orange now has 18 patients

Sea Turtle Recovery in West Orange now has 18 patients

WEST ORANGE, NJ — This year, hundreds of sea turtles failed to migrate before water temperatures became too cold. The past several months have been brutal for sea turtle rehabilitation hospitals trying to make room for the critically ill and injured patients while handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Sea Turtle Recovery, located on grounds at the […]

County to open five COVID-19 vaccination sites

County to open five COVID-19 vaccination sites

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced a comprehensive plan to open five COVID-19 vaccination centers in Essex County when the vaccines become available. Residents from each of Essex County’s 22 municipalities will be assigned to a specific site, except residents from Newark, who will be able to get vaccinated at […]

Emergency food distribution events in Essex County

Emergency food distribution events in Essex County

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present two special emergency food distribution events to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The events are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford […]

Project to develop new Weequahic Park community center is underway

Project to develop new Weequahic Park community center is underway

NEWARK, NJ — On Dec. 2, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced the start of a project to develop a new senior and community center building in Weequahic Park in Newark. The current Feldman “Mootsie” Middleton Jr. Community Center is outdated and can no longer accommodate the number of events and activities being organized […]

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