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Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the legislative body responsible for the policies and directions of Union County Government. It is a nine-member board, which is elected at large. Each member serves a three-year term.

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  • GlennE. Gelband
    (Rep)

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    Sergio Granados
    (Dem)

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    Peter Kane
    (Rep)

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    Bette Jane Kowalski
    (Dem)

  • Rebecca L. Williams
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the three most important issues facing Union County?

Drug Rehabilitation is in the news. What should Union County do to assure treatment for its citizens?

Accessibility and responsiveness to the public is always very important to the voters. How do you propose to assure that?

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Website https://ucnj.org/departments/clerk-of-the-board/freeholders/freeholder-sergio-granados/
Public Safety Working alongside the Prosecutor’s Office we have every municipal police department outfitted with body cameras to provide additional safety measures for police officers & residents. Also, our County Dispatch Center provides services to most municipalities within our County, saving tens of thousands of tax dollars.

Taxes Have always been a topic of conversation of ours, & we continue to work on this including this past year’s increase which was the lowest in roughly 20 years keeping it under 2% as in past couple of years.

Economic Growth

Office of Business Development was formed to take a more in-depth look at ways we can empower our business owners while also attracting new businesses to expand upon ratables & create jobs
Substance Abuse issues have been a growing concern across the country but our Freeholder board has been committed to providing drug rehabilitation services for residents.

We launched a new program in June to help combat substance use, reduce overdose deaths and reduce relapses in Union County called Union County Helping Hands 365 (UCHH365). This program is designed to improve access to treatment and support services by connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety and are trained to help others. Some services include; weekly support for three months and bi-weekly support thereafter for 6 months, a 24/7 Hotline staffed by Peer Recovery Specialists will be available & transportation assistance for persons going into treatment.
We are committed to all residents in Union County to help ensure everyone’s voice is heard. That has been realized by this Freeholder board hosting mobile meetings in various parts of the County, to working alongside our municipal partners to collaborate on issues that pertain to recreation, public safety and human services. We regularly attend events in municipalities to stay connected to residents, and we have advisory committees made up of residents from around the county.

We work to make sure that equality and inclusiveness is one of our top priorities. Last year as Freeholder Chairman, I worked alongside my Freeholder colleagues to create the offices of People with Special Needs, LGBTQ Affairs, & Community Engagement & Diversity.
Website www.kane4freeholder.com
The single most important issue is the total elimination of all County government. Connecticut and Rhode Island have no county government. Massachusetts has eliminated county government over the last several years.

New Jersey has a similar economic and population profile as these 3 states and we too can benefit from cutting out an entire level of government. In Union County, over 500 million dollars is spent each year on services. Municipal and State governments can better provide these
Private, non-profit providers like DayTop are established, successful providers of rehabilitation services. The State of New Jersey is better equipped to address this issue. It would make no sense for 1 county to address this problem while surrounding counties do little or nothing. Drug abuse and it's awful tentacles do not respect physical boundaries. In next door Essex County, powerful forces are fighting needle exchange programs and other remedies. The NJ Department of Health must lead.
The current Freeholder board conducts it's meeting with the openness and transparency of the old Soviet Politburo. Back-room deals and the undue influence of Democrat Party Bosses is the modus operandi and has been the problem since the Democrats took over full control of the Freeholder Board in 1997. While the recent "road show" of Freeholder Board meetings around the county is notable, it should be clear that Elizabeth and the Court House complex are not conducive to public accessibility.
Website www.ucnj.org
1. Transportation: Union County has grown, with new businesses and residences. But our transportation system has not kept up. As a trustee of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, I have been meeting with residents and with NJ Transit to get better service. 2. Smart development v. Over-development:. Our cities benefit from new construction of housing and businesses. Yet our suburban areas are concerned about the development of high-density housing, which could over-stress local infrastructure and school systems. We need to find a better way of putting density where it's appropriate and protecting open space..3. Health care: Our Human Services department provides services for seniors and those in need. There's always more to be done.
Union County is a leader in drug rehab services. Union County Helping Hands 365 (UCHH365) helps combat substance use and reduce overdose deaths. The program is designed to improve access to treatment and support services by connecting addicts and peers who are trained to help others. The non-profit organization Prevention Links is implementing the program. We are setting up a 24/7 hotline staffed by peer recovery specialists. We have training for law enforcement officers, so that individuals in need of rehab may be referred to the UCHH365. Anyone seeking help with drug dependency can call Prevention Links at 1-855-825-3275
Union County has a web site and Facebook page that provides a great deal of information for anyone who seeks it. People who look for us online can also find email addresses for each individual freeholder if they want to contact any of us directly. Or you can call my office at : 908-527-4100.

Anyone seeking information on Human Services can call our Action Line at 888-845-3434. Most people find our online apps easy to use. For instance, we have a RecycleCoach app that gives information for recycling in each municipality. And the Union County Clerk's Union County Votes app makes information about voting easily accessible.
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