LINDEN, NJ - The Union County Freeholders held their swearing-in and reorganization meeting Sunday at the Union County Courthouse located at 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth in Judge Cassidy's Chambers.

Linden resident, Freeholder Christopher Hudak, was sworn in to his third term. "I enjoyed campaigning with Freeholder Garretson and Sheriff Corvelli.  It is a privilege to work with them and take this special oath." 

Hudak said he is excited about the new year as a freeholder and initiating a STEM program for young girls in the elementary and middle schools. This program will introduce them to careers with a focus on Science and Math that is currently unrepresented by girls.

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Freeholder Sergio Granados was selected as Chairman of the Board and announced a series of initiatives for 2018, entitled “Moving Union County Forward,” assisting families, youth, seniors, Veterans, those with special needs, and embracing progressive and inclusive ideals.

Included in these initiatives are the state’s first-ever Office of LGTBQ, Office for People with Special Needs, and the Level the Playing Field grant program---yet another example of a “first”---as Union County will become the first County in the state, and perhaps nation—to have every municipality create an inclusive playground.

Sheriff Peter Corvelli, of Kenilworth, was sworn into his first term, and Freeholder Angela Garretson, of Hillside, was sworn into her first term. Freeholders also voted to fill numerous positions on County advisory boards and to adopt the Board’s 2018 schedule and procedural rules.