Arnone Report: Freeholders continuing to cut budget

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone is doing well! Despite the Groundhog’s prediction, we are only a few weeks away from the start of spring and warmer weather.

I would like to briefly discuss the budget my colleagues and I on the Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced during our meeting on February 8th.

As it currently stands, County taxes would increase by only 1 percent. However, I cannot stress enough that this budget is still a working draft with the opportunity, rather the goal, to make additional cuts to keep the tax levy as flat as possible. If the budget stayed the same and was adopted as-is, this would be the first slight tax increase in seven years while continuing to keep the great services and infrastructure improvements throughout the County.

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Posted: February 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Budget, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Important Infrastructure Projects In The Works

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

I hope everyone is staying warm, happy and healthy this winter season. It sure has been a cold one but there is only a little more than 100 days until the unofficial start to the summer season!

In the meantime, I would like to provide some information stemming from our recent meeting of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

During our last meeting, we unanimously approved a resolution allowing emergency repairs to be made to the Glimmer Glass Bridge on Brielle Road in Manasquan. The scope of this project includes the installation of additional timber piles, the installation of fiberglass jackets on piles and mechanical repairs among other miscellaneous repairs. This work is scheduled to be completed and the bridge reopened to traffic in time for the upcoming summer season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Important Infrastructure Projects In The Works

Monmouth Freeholders Oppose Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks passionately against the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey. (Apologies to County Purchasing Director Helen Fiore)

Freehold- The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey at their regular meeting on Thursday, January 25.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Marijuana, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

Monmouth County Gets $1.6 million in federal funds for road safety projects in Holmdel and Upper Freehold

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone speaks at the NJTPA Board Meeting – Jan 22, 2018

Monmouth County has been awarded $1.6 million in federal funds from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) for the design and construction of road improvements in Holmdel and and Upper Freehold, according to an announcement by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone. The award was approved at a NJTPA meeting in Newark this morning.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County Gets $1.6 million in federal funds for road safety projects in Holmdel and Upper Freehold

Arnone Report: Kicking off 2018 with gratitude and vision

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. The holidays always seem to come and go too fast.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders reorganization meeting was held last week and I am honored to say I was selected to serve as director of the Board. This will be my third term serving in this leadership position. Freeholder Lillian Burry will serve alongside me as deputy director. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Kicking off 2018 with gratitude and vision

Arnone Report : Engaging Monmouth County’s youth for a happy holiday and bright future

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder

Freeholder Tom Arnone and students of Academy Charter High School

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has been having a happy and healthy holiday season while keeping warm.

It’s clear – winter is here. I would like to thank all of our County employees who assisted in the preparation and cleanup of the recent snow events we had here in Monmouth County. I know our County employees are prepared for what may come our way the rest of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report : Engaging Monmouth County’s youth for a happy holiday and bright future

Arnone Report: Over the river and through….

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy December! I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I hope everyone is able to enjoy time with their family and friends in between all of the shopping.

Personally, I was very pleased to see nearly 1,000 shoppers stopped by our annual Mini Made in Monmouth last weekend at Covered Bridge in Manalapan. A spinoff of our widely popular Made in Monmouth event held each spring at Monmouth University, this smaller version featured 80 small business owners selling their locally made products and goods. It is truly a win-win for all involved – small business owners receive the support they need and shoppers can purchase so many great items right in time for the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hillsdale Road in Colts Neck to close December 4 for bridge replacement

The bridge over Big Brook on Hillsdale Road in Colts Neck is scheduled to close on December 4 as Monmouth County replaces the structure.  The work is expected to take until the end of June, 2018 to complete. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Colts Neck, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hillsdale Road in Colts Neck to close December 4 for bridge replacement

The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging and Healthy Eating Initiative Updates

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy November! With all of this warm weather recently, it’s hard to believe we’re just a few weeks away from celebrating the holidays. Either way, it’s a great time of the year and, as always, there is so much going on and so much to do in Monmouth County.

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to give a brief update on the second phase of the Shark River dredging project. As part of the second phase, dredge materials have been temporarily placed on Seaview Island until they are removed at the conclusion of the project next spring. The actual dredging process – which includes pumping the material onto the island to dry – was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and I am pleased to announce the project remains on schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging and Healthy Eating Initiative Updates

The Arnone Report: Fighting Cancer

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholders proclaim Infinite Love of Kids Fighting Cancer Day

As an elected official, you have the chance to meet hundreds of people during your tenure. I would like to share a story about a few special people I had the honor of recently meeting in person during a meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

It all started a couple weeks ago when I was reading through a local newspaper and came across a story about a charity event held to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. As part of the fundraiser, members of the community, including first responders, volunteered to have their heads shaved by children. Helping to coordinate the event was the Gorsegner family of Middletown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Fighting Cancer