Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios met with several members of the County’s State Legislators and Mayors from throughout the County to discuss major projects and services the County has undertaken that have regional reach.
Rios presented opening remarks at two sessions held at the County Administration Building.
“Today, I want to build on the successful partnerships we have built over the years by laying out for you a number of programs and initiatives the County has undertaken that will have much broader impact and help all of our constituents,” he said. “Today’s session should be a dialogue, an exchange of ideas. I anticipate that we will all leave with a better understanding of the work we are each doing and how we can work together to serve the people of this diverse and truly great County.”
On April 4, mayors and legislators from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 22nd districts attended, including State Sen. Bob Smith, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler, East Brunswick Mayor Kevin McEvoy, Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler, Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Sayreville Councilman Art Rittenhouse, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Middlesex Mayor Ronald DiMura.
On April 12, mayors from the 12th, 14th and 16th districts attended, including Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry, Monroe Mayor Gerald Tamburro and Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu.
Representatives from State Sen. Linda Greenstein’s office (14th), Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s office (19th) and South Brunswick Township also attended the sessions.
Topics ranged from a new Shared Services opportunity for the County’s state-of-the-art emergency radio system. “The County invested $9 million in a 700/800 megahertz emergency radio system that enhances communication between all County agencies and municipalities and has the potential to save each municipality (which must upgrade their systems to adhere to new FCC mandates) millions in taxpayer dollars.”
The County’s efforts to end Veterans Homelessness by putting into place a system and resources that can accommodate all current and future homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless. “These brave men and women have given so much of themselves to protect our freedom, and it is our duty to ensure they have a place to call home and the resources to help them lead productive lives once they leave the battlefield,” Rios said.
The County also is undertaking major improvements at its four golf courses, including infrastructure upgrades, clubhouse renovations, updates to the golf-cart fleets and course enhancements. In the future, architects and industry professionals plan to evaluate and overhaul the current operations with both aesthetic and functional improvements.
The Middlesex County Business Portal, a map-based, dynamic tool that can help current businesses grow and attract other businesses to the County also was discussed. The Portal enables users to search an area or specific site. They can learn about any incentives, what properties are for sale or lease and how close a certain site is to ports, roads, rail and the airport. Each municipality is featured on the portal, which is available on the County’s website, www.co.middlesex.nj.us
“The sessions fostered a dialogue between representatives of three levels of government, which is exactly what I was hoping for,” Rios said. “I intend to host sessions in the summer and fall and expect that we will learn from each other and be able to serve our residents more effectively.”