Responding to Fentanyl Incidents: First Responder Safety Considerations

by Sean W. Stumbaugh, Battalion Chief (Retired) and Management Services Representative for Lexipol View the entire newsletter for more articles: 2017 – NJAC County Biz – September The use of mind-altering substances by humans is nothing new. Since the first person left a bowl of grain out in the rain, and then the sun and wild yeast did their thing, humans have had access to beer. Additional intoxicating substances followed through different methods of discovery. How people figured out that the milky substance contained in the un-ripened seed pod of the poppy flower is a powerful drug is b...
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SUMMIT on STATE’S GROWING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in New Jersey.  While New Jersey does not have the worst rate of opioid overdoses in the nation, New Jersey is at the forefront of combating the epidemic. The New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) is hosting an educational and informative Summit on December 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trenton Country Club located at 201 Sullivan Way in West Trenton.  Law enforcement authorities, public school officials, and parent advocates will examine the State's alarming opioid epidemic and present viable strategies for combating this pu...
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New Jersey Among First States to Opt-in to FirstNet

by J. Michael Sweder, President of AT&T Mid-Atlantic States View the entire newsletter for more articles: 2017 – NJAC County Biz – August Governor’s decision will better connect New Jersey’s first responders Government leaders in New Jersey have much to consider when it comes to public safety. The state’s 21 counties, 565 municipalities, 250 boroughs, 52 cities, 15 towns, 244 townships, and 4 villages develop plans, craft individual budgets, and invest taxpayer resources to best meet the needs of their residents, businesses and visitors. We all know that emergencies don’t always fo...
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State House News

August 4, 2017 NJAC Goals and Objectives NJAC’s Legislative Affairs Committee is meeting later this morning to discuss establishing the Association’s legislative goals for the fast approaching lame-duck session, the 2018/19 legislative session, and a new Governor set to take office in January of 2018.  If you can’t make the meeting, please share with us your thoughts and suggestions on potential goals as outlined below.  NJAC’s Board of Directors will consider and adopt our final objectives at its next meeting on September 22nd in Committee Room 4 of the State House Annex in Trenton.    ...
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NJAC Foundation Receives Grant from PSEG

The PSEG Foundation awarded the NJAC Foundation a grant of $12,000.00 for county vocational-technical school graduates who plan on studying environmental science, green design, green technology, alternative energy, and other related subjects at a county college or state college or university in the fall. “As our nation grows increasingly proactive about protecting the environment for future generations, I’m thrilled that PSEG and the NJAC Foundation have once again partnered on this important and timely initiative to support county vocational-technical school graduates across the State,” comm...
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Mercer County an Exemplar of Special Needs Support

by Daniel Meara, Communications Manager for Arc Mercer View the entire newsletter for more articles: 2017 – NJAC County Biz – July Some well-known words of Mahatma Ghandi’s echo in Mercer County: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its vulnerable members.” How deeply Mercer takes this quote to heart is evident in its support for people with special needs and their families. The county’s commitment to providing programs that assist and integrate the people with special needs has won it the admiration of many, not least being Senate President Stephen Sweeney.  Senat...
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State House News

July 7, 2017   State Budget Snapshot On July 4th, the Legislature passed and Governor Chris Christie signed into law his final spending plan of $35.1 billion for State fiscal year 2018, which contains the following items pertinent to county government. Transportation Funding: $2.0 billion for the State’s Transportation Capital Program, which includes approximately $400.0 million  in Local Aid for counties and municipalities and a supplemental allocation of $26.0 million.  The table below provides an overview of Local Aid Allocations for State fiscal year 2018. ...
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