EDISON, NJ  - “2018 is going to be an amazing year here in Middlesex County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios in his Director’s Message during the 2018 Reorganization meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders held on Wednesday at Middlesex County College in Edison.

“We have much to look forward to and we have much to build on. And we have an amazing story to tell and show about the richness, depth and opportunities of this place that most of us here in this room call home,” he told the hundreds of people, including Governor-Elect Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker-Designate Craig Coughlin.

As part of the ceremony, Freeholders Leslie Koppel, Shanti Narra and Charles E. Tomaro were sworn in to their seats. Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland was sworn in for his sixth term. Rios was once again sworn in as Director of the Board, and Tomaro was sworn in as Deputy Director. 

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U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone and Bonnie Watson Coleman were among the other dignitaries present at the meeting.

Freeholder Director Rios discussed the Board’s vision and goals for 2018 in his speech.

In part, he said, "In the first quarter of this year we will welcome the first tenants of the Residence at Roosevelt Park in Edison, ushering in a new chapter for this grand building that has been caring for our residents since 1937.  Middlesex County created an innovative public-private partnership to build and manage this restored facility. From a Tuberculosis hospital to a long-term care center, the Residence at Roosevelt Park now offers affordable, independent living for seniors.

This innovative, restored facility is part of our continuing commitment to responding to the changing needs of our population by meeting their continuum of care needs, as well as ending homelessness, and helping our veterans. In fact, five units are set aside for homeless individuals, and veterans will have preference for up to 25 percent of the units. The Residence at Roosevelt Park is an example of how we are thinking and providing services in new ways…an example of bringing innovation to a key service we can now provide."

He concluded, "Finally, we are very proud that we get the privilege to serve the people of our County and that we have the capabilities to deliver and grow our key services. We have been able to achieve this by maintaining a Triple A bond rating for the last 16 years, which has allowed us to reduce debt, and maintain the true financial stability of a well-managed organization. This is unique. And it provides tremendous benefits and opportunities for us as a County to serve our residents and businesses in ways we simply would not otherwise have the ability to do."