Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have released a letter sent today to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) calling for accountability equally from both Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and the BPU for the utility’s failure to live up to the BPU’s 2018 Order on Reliability and Security, and the state agency’s failure to monitor JCP&L’s performance.
Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren stated, "Our residents are angry and frustrated. JCP&L’s communications performance, with residents and businesses, and most particularly with county and local emergency response personnel, failed to meet the standards established by the BPU’s July 2018 Order, which was entered in response to the March 2018 windstorm.”
Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Soloway stated, "“It has been eight years since Hurricane Sandy and over two years since the July 2018 BPU Order and in this latest storm Hunterdon County residents have seen very little in reliability or security from JCP&L, and the BPU must own up to its’ responsibility for this failure.”
Van Doren and Soloway wrote in the letter to BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso, ‘The BPU has a responsibility to ensure that the utility improvements that have been ordered, and for which ratepayers are charged, are followed through on. That apparently has not happened. The public demands accountability equally from both JCP&L and the BPU.’
After Goya's CEO, Robert Unanue, praised President Trump, there was a call for a boycott. HCFRW decided to "buy"cott and donated 450 pounds of Goya products to Flemington Area Food Pantry.
This bill authorizes the issuance of $5 billion in State general obligation bonds to be used in response to the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill also authorizes the Governor to apply for and receive federal stimulus loans (of up to $9 billion) from the Federal Reserve’s Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF). The MLF funding would, according to the bill, be available to address State revenue shortfalls, and to create a “COVID-19 Local Government Unit Emergency Fund,” to be administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The bill also authorizes the issuance of refunding bonds, whenever better rates and terms are available, and emergency, short-term liquidity notes, to address temporary cash flow problems
Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-23) stated, " Democrats just saddled our children with almost $10,000,000,000 in debt. The debt is for current expenses. Kind of like taking out a 35 year mortgage to pay your electric bill. Next will be the increase in everyone’s taxes to pay for this massive debt bill."
Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren stated, “Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have made significant fiscally conservative decisions to hold up our end during the health and economic crisis. The tax rate was held steady for the second year in a row, a no-debt capital improvement plan was approved for the sixth year in a row, and the County continues to provide substantial funds for emergency and public health pandemic response.
Now the Governor must hold up his end and distribute the federal funding designated to reimburse Counties, which has been available for over three months,”
The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders are committed to providing assistance to the County's Veterans.
Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Soloway, the Board’s Veterans Liaison, stated, “Mr. Booth has been on the job and working throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, helping Veterans at a time when many resources may not have been available or accessible to our Veterans. He has been available to help Veterans remotely, but where it is absolutely essential, he has met at his office on Gauntt Place with Veterans. A plexiglass partition is in place and Rich and anyone he is meeting with must wear face coverings.”
If you or someone you know is in need of Veteran Services please contact Richard Booth at 908-788-1361, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. VA Customer Service can also be reached at 1-800-827-1000.
The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders at their July 7th meeting approved preservation of two farms with cooperation from the Hunterdon Land Trust. It will be accomplished using both state and federal preservation funds which will add 75 more acres to the County’s Farmland Preservation inventory.
Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren stated, " Preserving farmland in the County remains a front burner issue for the Freeholder Board. And finding funding partners to take on 100% of the costs is a real bonus for the taxpayers. These preservation projects add to the total of preserved farmland in the County beyond 34,000 acres."
Hunterdon County has preserved the second most farmland in New Jersey and has preserved the most farms of all the counties in the state.
This week, the Hunterdon County Elected officials collectively endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta.
Rik issued the following statement:
"I want to thank the Hunterdon County Elected officials for their unanimous endorsement! The endorsement of the Hunterdon County leadership is a big win for our campaign. I am proud to also have the endorsement of the Hunterdon County Republican Committee to share the ticket with President Trump and the outstanding local candidates throughout the County. I look forward to working together as I take on Cory Booker in the fall! Hunterdon County is a leader in the state for good governance, and that starts with the strong Republican leadership in the County"
Elected Officials from left to right:
Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan Soloway, Freeholder John Lanza, Freeholder Matt Holt, Freeholder Zach Rich, County Clerk Mary Melfi, and Sheriff Fred Brown
"The Freeholder Board adopted the county’s 2020 Budget, freezing the county tax rate for the 2nd year in a row, at the May 19th Freeholder meeting. Holding the county tax rate frozen at the 2018 level again this year is a key part of the County’s plan for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren"
A big thank you to our amazing Board of Chosen Freeholders for continuing to keep the best interest of Hunterdon County residents at the heart of what it means to be a Hunterdon County Freeholder!
Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be joining Warren and Sussex Counties' Freeholders in developing a regional reopening plan. The three Counties will develop an economic and public health plan on reopening businesses and submit the plan to Governor Murphy.
Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren stated, “The public is aware that COVID-19 is contagious and can be dangerous. And they understand that precautions must be taken when visiting a business. Let's empower our businesses to develop the tools that both protect their customers’ health and give their customers the confidence that local businesses are safe to visit.”
Freeholder Van Doren has been leading ongoing meetings with Mayors in Hunterdon’s 26 municipalities on how municipal governments are handling COVID-19