SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County officials will dedicate the new Sen. Walter J. Kavanaugh Social Services Building at 73 E. High St.with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 21st at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to the ceremony.

Walter Kavanaugh served in the State Senate from 1998 to 2008, where he represented the 16th Legislative District. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kavanaugh served in the General Assembly from 1976-1997. With his 32 years of service in the New Jersey Legislature, Kavanaugh’s tenure was among the longest in state history.  He also was known for his civic involvement in Somerville and Somerset County.

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Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, Freeholder Deputy Director Peter Palmer and Freeholders Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire will be joined by state and municipal officials along with Carole Kavanaugh, the senator’s widow, as well as Board of Social Services Director Dominic Crisall and his staff.  Representatives from the Somerset County Improvement Authority also will attend.

The Somerset County Board of Social Services, with offices in Somerville, Franklin and North Plainfield, administers public assistance programs, including SNAP benefits (food stamps), general assistance and Medicaid.  The agency also provides social services such as housing, case management, employment training, adult protective services and homemaker services.

The new three-story, 42,440-square-foot structure was erected just west of the existing building. The former 1970s-era social services building will be demolished and replaced by a parking area.