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Lance Office Marks 4000th Successful Constituent Case

NEW JERSEY - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his congressional offices have successfully closed its 4000th constituent casework request.  Constituent cases are opened by Lance’s staff when residents ask the office for assistance and are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency.  Lance’s staff works as an advocate for the constituent until a successful resolution.  

Too often important matters such as Veterans Affairs benefits, Social Security checks and passport requests get lost somewhere in the federal bureaucracy.  The job of our casework managers is to help residents get the services or assistance they are entitled to.  I encourage all residents experiencing difficulty with a federal agency to use my office as a resource,” said Lance.

A few success stories:

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Casework success: 94 year-old veteran gets hospice care

A Union County veteran tried for weeks to get hospice care from the Veterans Administration.  Lance casework managers discovered errors made by the V.A. that was preventing this veteran from getting the services he was entitled to.  When pointed out to V.A. staff the veteran was admitted to hospice care the next day.    

Casework savings: $22,000 in one case alone from the Veterans Administration

A Somerset County veteran contacted our office for assistance with his stalled dependency claim and benefits/compensation claim.  Lance casework managers were able to escalate his case and clear the way for payment.  Thousands of dollars have been recouped by caseworker managers’ diligence. 

Casework savings: $300,000 in total missed earnings from Social Security Administration

A Hunterdon County constituent had been waiting for a decision on his Social Security case.  Our caseworkers made an inquiry, submitted additional information to the file and determined that his situation warranted an expeditious resolution.  This story has played out on almost a weekly basis.

Casework success: Received never awarded military medals

A Korean War veteran from Somerset County never received several military medals and ribbons he was awarded during his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Our office arranged for medals to be awarded and gathered with local veterans for a ceremony to present them to the veteran.

Casework success: $65,000 saved by correcting IRS error

A Union County family was billed $65,000 from the IRS in mistaken liens.  Our caseworkers advocated for them until there was a successful resolution.

Residents in need of assistance should call Lance’s Westfield District Office at (908)518-7733 or Flemington District Office at (908)788-6900.  Lance’s offices can assist with problems with the IRS, missing or incorrect figures from Social Security, assistance with passports and visas and a number of veterans related services including health care and pensions, treatment access and receiving service medals that were lost, stolen or never-awarded.    

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Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

Paint by the Pond Event to be Held at Warinanco Park

ROSELLE/ELIZABETH, NJ - Children ages 4 to 12 years old are invited by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to participate in the third annual Paint by the Pond. A project that teaches families about the importance of recycling while encouraging children to paint on cardboard, creating art from materials usually thrown away.

There will also be miniature houses made with the cardboard ...

The Mayor Addresses a Question on Tax Credits for Businesses

April 25, 2018

Some citizens have suggested that Berkeley Heights and any other New Jersey municipality can and should grant “tax breaks” or “tax credits” in the hopes of enticing businesses downtown. However, the law is clear and it does NOT allow municipalities to give “tax credits” to businesses.

Article VIII of the New Jersey State Constitution, Section 1 states, ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...