Freeholders call for elimination of for-profit prisons in New Jersey

Freeholders call for elimination of for-profit prisons in New Jersey

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Aug. 5, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution supporting the elimination of private for-profit prisons in the state of New Jersey. The resolution noted the historic legacy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States. It also addresses the “Punishment Clause” of the […]

Watsessing Park gets synthetic grass on soccer and lacrosse field, lawn bowling green

Watsessing Park gets synthetic grass on soccer and lacrosse field, lawn bowling green

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — On July 21, county and municipal officials joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. to celebrate that the lacrosse and soccer field and lawn bowling green in Watsessing Park were resurfaced with a new synthetic grass surface. “The improvements to the soccer and lacrosse field and the lawn bowling green exemplify our […]

New Jersey freeholders say the time has come

New Jersey freeholders say the time has come

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s black county elected officials stand united to remove the term “freeholder” from the state’s governmental and political lexicon. The state’s 19 black freeholders together established an alliance that will address key issues and needs of black communities within their counties and the state. “The origin of the title runs afoul […]

Freeholders oppose transfer of ICE detainees to out-of-state facilities

Freeholders oppose transfer of ICE detainees to out-of-state facilities

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On July 9, the Essex County freeholders approved a resolution opposing the transfer of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees to facilities in different states around the country. The resolution expressed the board’s opposition to this practice, and called on the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to promptly halt all […]

Essex County freeholders honor Orange student

Essex County freeholders honor Orange student

ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently honored Shateria Champagne, of Orange, for being named the Essex County recipient of the 2020 Scholarship Program Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation and SHI International Corporation. The board’s commendation was sponsored by acclamation and delivered to Champagne, in lieu of […]

State officials express support for retiring ‘freeholder’ title

State officials express support for retiring ‘freeholder’ title

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced July 9 that he supports legislation that would change the name of county elected officials from “freeholder” to “county commissioner,” abolishing the title that is both referencing a time when only white male landowners could hold public office and confusing. New Jersey is the only state that […]

Freeholders pass resolution condemning acts of hatred, calling for social justice

NEWARK, NJ — On June 10, Essex County Freeholder At-Large Rufus Johnson and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution condemning all acts of hate and bigotry, and calling for social justice. The resolution, introduced by Johnson and co-sponsored by Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson and Freeholder President Brendan Gill, recognized […]

County announces inaugural appointments to ECCF Civilian Task Force

County announces inaugural appointments to ECCF Civilian Task Force

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County officials have appointed the nine inaugural members to the newly formed Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force. The appointments were made during the freeholders’ June 10 meeting. “Even though we have been responding to the coronavirus for the past five months, the creation of the civilian task force […]

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