Essex County, New Jersey
- Information and form for public records requests provided.
- County freeholders are listed with contact information. Meeting agenda and schedule posted.
- Officials listed in directory.
- Permits and zoning are not applied at a county level in New Jersey.
- Budget is posted.
- Contracts are posted.
- Information is not provided on county audits and local taxes.
- Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.
The 2010 budget is $739,777,253 which is $32 million less than in 2009.
|County Debt Service||$90,424,578|
Essex County has received $1,246,454,421 from the economic stimulus program.
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- 9 members
- 5 elected from districts
- 4 elected at large
- 3 years, concurrent
- November election
- Legislative branch
- Check County Executive
- Set salaries
- Certain appointments
|Ralph||Caputo||Vice President||District 5|
|Juan||Rivera Jr.||Freeholder||District 1|
|D. Bilal||Beasley||Freeholder||District 2|
The County Executive is Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.. He is a noted Christie ally and proponent of pension reform. He has been criticized for using a loophole to receive his $68,862 a year pension while earning a $153,207 salary per year. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, who earns $65,333 as a legislative leader, also earns $83,048 as assistant Essex County administrator.
Pensions and Benefits
See also: New Jersey public pensions
All permanent and unclassified employees are required to enroll in the Public Employees Retirement System of New Jersey, or if applicable, the Police and Firemens Retirement System. Employees who are provisional for one full year and are in an eligible Public Employees Retirement System title, are enrolled in the pension system as a provisional employee. Contributions to the retirement systems are made by both the County of Essex and the employee. Retirement eligibility and benefits arebased on age and years of service, and are determined by the State of New Jersey.
The 2010 budget allocated $17,614,782 for the current year Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) obligation for normal and accrued liability which was $259,000 more than in 2009. It also spent $8,225,880 on the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) which was an 11% increase over 2009.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. thinks public employees should contribute more to their health care costs. In Essex, non-union employees contribute to their health care costs on a sliding scale.
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See also: Essex County employee salaries
Salaries are not available.
See also: New Jersey government sector lobbying
In 2011, Essex County paid $30,000 for lobbyists to track legislation and lobby for grant dollars.
Transparency & public records
The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was passed by the NJ State Legislature in 2001 and guarantees citizen access to a wide variety of government documents. For more information on OPRA and public records see OPRA Central.
The form to file a public records request is here.
- Official Essex County Website
- Essex County Clerk
- New Jersey Visitors Network - Essex County
- Public Records Directory - Essex County
- Essex County on E-Reference
- Essex County News
- Essex County College
- Eastern International College - Essex County
- "American Fact Finder" Census
- Open Records Request
- Recovery (dead link)
- NJ "Christie says Essex County executive is wrong to collect pension, full salary"
- Two Jobs
- [http://www.essex-countynj.org/2010-Adopted-Budget.pdf 2010 Budget}
- NJ "Essex County executive suggests N.J. employees should contribute more to health benefits"
- Lobbying Money