MADISON, NJ - Mayor Conley updated residents on Friday April 3.

Here is what he had to say:

The most recent reporting from the State, has close to 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 1,300 are in Morris County, including 32 cases in Madison.

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Yesterday, we sadly announced the death of a 90 year-old Madison resident, our first related to COVID19. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. This does bring home the severity of the pandemic and the continued need to protect ourselves and others.

In order to insure continuity of services and to protect our valued borough employees, we have now implemented team staffing measures. Protocols were already in place to protect first responders and now we rotate our Madison employees so that half are in the office or out in the field while the other half are working from home and on call. This will minimize the impact on services and the employees should there be an infection. While the delivery of services may be slowed we will be ready to respond with standby crews in the event of an emergency. I appreciate the dedication of all our front-line, essential employees and your patience during this crisis.

Federal and state support for small businesses is beginning to be rolled out. Our Business Development Office under the direction of Lisa Ellis is working with the Chamber of Commerce in the recruitment of volunteers to help those in need to navigate the system. Please check for updates on the programs and the support.

Speaking of support for small businesses, I want to thank the landlords who have stepped up to assist the storefront operations. Our property owners face the same uncertain future as the businesses who pay them rent. Many of our landlords reached out to me with the measures they are taking on their own to support the small businesses. The support varies based on capacity, but all are committed to the partnership that will bring back our vibrant downtown when the pandemic is under control. 

To keep you informed I will be sending out updates at least twice a week, with the next one planned for next Tuesday.

Please pass this message on to anyone who may not receive it through social media. Don’t forget to check for updates on on a regular basis.

Thank you for your time, take care of yourself, your loved ones and others through social distancing and personal protection measures. Be Home, Be well.


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