Essex County News

Essex County Passes Resolution to Encourage Vendors To Hire Locally

dda22c303a24eae87337_CToro.JPG
District 5 Freeholder Cynthia D. Toro of Bloomfield

NEWARK, NJ – During an Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Board meeting at Maplewood Town Hal, the board passed a resolution “establishing the County of Essex Aspirational Goal Initiative to increase the participation of a diverse and qualified Essex County workforce in county projects.”

Amid new reports from the New York Times detailing US President Donald Trump’s hopes to ban former president Barack Obama’s plan to ensure local hiring for public works projects, the resolution serves to counteract Trump’s new plan. District 5 Freeholder Cynthia Toro of Bloomfield proposed the resolution to encourage vendors that hold or seek to hold contracts with the county to hire locally.

During the meeting, Toro explained that Essex County is home to the highest number of foreclosed properties, poverty rates and one of the highest levels of unemployment in the State of New Jersey. She expressed that the board’s obligation is to improve the quality of life for Essex County residents, and in an effort to fulfill this purpose, she proposed this resolution to confront these significant issues.

Sign Up for E-News

“It has been my observation that it is not that vendors don’t want to help in our cause, but instead, there’s a lack of awareness on the issue," Toro said in response to the passage of this resolution. "This resolution will gauge their participation, as well as provide the freeholders with the opportunity to gain specifically targeted information from vendors’ workforces. I’m happy to see this resolution pass, as I believe it will make a difference in creating job opportunities for Essex County residents.”

By passing this resolution, the freeholders encourage vendors that hold contracts with the county to have a workforce comprised of 35 percent of Essex County residents, including county contracts in construction, solid waste removal, recycling, parks maintenance and specialty trade work (i.e., plumbing and electrical, etc.).

Through this resolution, the county adopted a new procedural policy that will be implemented within 30 days, whereas awarded bidders and vendors will receive acknowledgement and disclosure forms to gain awareness of Essex County’s economic disadvantages. This will allow the vendors and bidders to become active partners in the ongoing effort to improve the livelihood of residents and consider hiring workers from the vast and diverse pool of qualified and experienced people that reside in Essex.

“We are supportive of Freeholder Toro’s resolution to encourage companies that do business with the County to hire Essex County residents," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. "This initiative can help our residents economically and is another tool for us to get our workforce into jobs.”

The resolution was co-sponsored by the board’s Economic Development Committee members: Freeholder Vice President At-Large Brendan W. Gill, Freeholder At-Large Rufus I. Johnson, and Freeholder Wayne L. Richardson of District 2, and by Freeholder President Britnee N. Timberlake of District 3.

“This resolution takes an important step toward helping lift up our communities by creating employment opportunities and strengthening our local economy," said Gill. "It's vital for Essex County vendors to be committed to the well-being of the communities they serve.”

“This resolution is surely needed here in Essex County," said Richardson. "I'm hopeful that vendors will do a better job of hiring our residents.”

“This resolution directly coincides with the Affirmative Action legislation the board recently passed, reinforcing the idea that we should bring jobs back to communities of qualified individuals in Essex,” said Johnson.

Freeholder President Timberlake also expressed her support for the resolution.

“Encouraging vendors who are awarded contracts with the county to hire local may help reduce the unemployment rate,” she said.

The board often questions vendors who appear before them for approval of various contracts, challenging vendors to share if they employ Essex County residents. However, the passage of this resolution officially serves to encourage vendors to hire local, bridging together DiVincenzo, the members of the board, and the Essex County Office of Purchasing to see that more jobs are brought back to Essex County.

For more information regarding this resolution, visit the Essex County Board Chosen Freeholders’ website, http://www.essexcountynj.org/freeholders.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Newark Councilwoman Launches Bid to Become First Female Mayor

January 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins began her campaign to become the first female mayor of New Jersey's largest city, attacking the record and character of Mayor Ras Baraka.

Chaneyfield Jenkins also framed her run within the struggle of women in Newark and across America to assert themselves as part the growing movement against sexual assault ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_a20c1341beecd098b85d_junk_food_image

Thu, January 18, 6:45 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

"Kick Your Cravings Workshop"

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Thu, January 18, 7:30 PM

Caldwell United Methodist Church, Caldwell

Essex Photo Club Competition

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_44ebfc26b929787626d7_caribbean_cruise_photo_1

Thu, January 25, 6:30 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

"Exotic Caribbean Cruises"

Arts & Entertainment

Borough of North Caldwell 2018 Annual Schedule of Meetings

January 8, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The following schedule of meetings of the mayor and council of the Borough of North Caldwell is hereby established for the calendar year 2018:

2018 ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS:

Public Body:     Mayor and Council, Borough of North Caldwell

Location:           Council Chambers, Borough ...

Follow the Money

In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, contains 7500 bitcoins. 

  

At the time, his staggering loss was about $4 million.  But if he had wisely invested his failing hard drive in a bank safe deposit box his ...

Accepting Yourself

It is the beginning of January, which means college applications are due.

 

This is the time where high school seniors all across the country place their academic souls on the line and compete for spots in colleges and universities that reject more students than they accept.  

 

And so, as a public service to all of these smart and talented kids who spent their ...