The fee to process your passport application in-person with an authorized agent, including a County Clerk, U.S. Post Office or other government office, is rising from $25 to $35 on April 2, 2018, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today.
The fee is mandated by the U.S. State Department for application through agents. Applications sent to the State Department via mail are not subject to the fee increase.
“The April 2 fee increase provides an additional incentive to obtain or update a passport now,” said Clerk Hanlon. “By completing passport transactions at this time of year, Monmouth County residents can not only save money, but they can avoid the last-minute rush of the busy spring travel season.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re not registered to vote and you want to have a say in choosing New Jersey’s next Governor, your next Senator, Assembly members, Freeholders and municipal officials, you need to act today.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon reports that the Supervisor of Elections Office at 300 Halls Mills Rd., Freehold Township, will be open until 9 p.m. tonight in order to accommodate new voters. Additionally, the Bradley Beach Municipal Clerk’s Office is staying open till 9 p.m. to accept new registrations. Ocean Township’s Clerk is staying open until 7 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today that Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, is this year’s M. Claire French Award winner.
Created by Hanlon in 2015 and named for her predecessor, The M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation recognizes outstanding achievements of an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization in supporting historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means.
“Gerry Scharfenberger, an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University, exemplifies the important aspects of the M. Claire French Award through his dedication to the maintenance and preservation of various historic sites in Monmouth County,” said Hanlon. “It is my honor to present the award to such a deserving community leader and educator.” Read the rest of this entry »
With the primary election coming up on June 6, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon wants all voters in the County to have easy access to the information they need to exercise their right to choose the nominees of their parties.
The app let’s you check to see if you are registered to vote, provides information on how to register and declare you Party declaration, request a mail in ballot, locate your polling place, view a sample ballot and apply to be a poll worker. As an added bonus, you get Hanlon’s picture on your phone.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced this morning that a new property fraud alert system is available to county real estate owners. The system will send an email or voice mail to registered users whenever a document matching an owner’s name is filed with the Recording Division of Hanlon’s office.
“Property fraud is considered a growing trend,” Hanlon said. “The new Property Fraud Alert will enable users in Monmouth County to proactively respond to potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.”
Subscribers will be notified when the name they have submitted to the alert system is used in any recording activities within the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office. Users with common names may receive multiple alerts.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has established a hotline for Vote-By-Mail voters to verify that their ballots have been received or for voters who have had their ballot returned to their home by the Post Office to call for assistance or instructions.
The dedicated phone number to call is 732-303-2900. Calls will be answered between 8:30 am and 4:3o pm, Monday through Friday.
Freehold, NJ-Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced this morning that there as been an issue throughout the State of New Jersey with the proper delivery of Vote-By-Mail ballots being returned to the Board of Elections in voters respective counties.
Hanlon said that out of over 23,000 ballots requested in Monmouth County, over 4,700 voters have already returned their ballots to the Board of Elections without issue.However, the Clerk’s Office has received about 30 calls from voters who mailed in their ballots and had them return to to their homes by the Post Office.
Postal Service scanners have been picking up the tracking label on the return address of some ballots as the “mail to” address.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is once again warning Monmouth County residents that there is no need to pay a private service $89 for a copy of their property deed.
Hanlon’s office received several calls from confused homeowners who received letter solicitations last month looking to charge $89 for certified copies of deeds. These homeowners expressed concern that the letters contained misleading or incorrect property information. The mail solicitations are crafted to appear as though they are from a legitimate government agency.
Hanlon is encouraging property owners to contact the County Clerk’s Office if they have questions regarding these letters by calling 732-431-7324. In addition, Hanlon advises homeowners that they can obtain a copy of their deeds for a minimal fee from the County Clerk’s Office.
Freehold– Freehold Director Thomas A. Arnone called on his colleagues to reverse $4.9 million County property tax increase, 1.5%, imposed last year, now that Monmouth County is no longer subsidizing the nursing homes that had cost Monmouth taxpayers almost $50 million over the last ten years.
Speaking at the annual reorganization of the County government on Wednesday afternoon, Arnone, who was elected as Director for 2016 by his fellow freeholders, announced that the auction of the nursing homes was completed this week and generated $32.4 million, $12.4 million more than expected. Arnone said that as a result of no longer having to carry the nursing homes, that taxes should be reduced back to the level that the board had held steady from 2008 through 2014. The Director told MoreMonmouthMusings that he would urge the Board to use the $32.4 million proceeds of the sale to reduce the County’s AAA rated debt.