Post Date: 09/11/2018 4:32 PM
SOMERVILLE – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, held a ceremony marking the 17thanniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets.
At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center – the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse tolled five times, marking the beginning of the program.
“We are here to remember and honor the lives of the 39 Somerset County residents who died, along with the thousands of other victims who perished at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania,” said Freeholder Director Scaglione. “We also remember the valor of first responders, hundreds of whom died while trying to save others, and the families whose lives were forever changed on that tragic day.”
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and Freeholder Mark Caliguire led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums performed “Amazing Grace” and a military compilation during the program. Speakers included Freeholder Director Scaglione and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman.
Members of the Freeholder Board then read the names of the 39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks.
“As we call out each name, remember that this is not just a name on a piece of paper. It is a person who had family, who had friends, who was a parent, who was a spouse and a child. Each person had many people that they loved and many people that loved them. We are thinking of not just one name or one individual, but all of the people who were affected by events on Sept. 11,” said Freeholder Director Scaglione.
Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine and Freeholder Caliguire placed a wreath in front of the clock tower, followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling concluded the program.
- Keep health-benefits costs flat for the first time in a decade.
- Fully fund the new Partnership Health Center for county employees.
- Fully fund the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.
- Maintain 248 center lane miles of county roads and 752 bridges.
- Maintain 38 park, recreation and open space areas encompassing 15,000 acres.
- Provide nearly 200 shared services with local governments and other organizations in the county.
- Provide partial funding for the Vocational-Technical High School, Raritan Valley Community College, Board of Social Services and Park Commission.
- Recycling for all 21 municipalities, including schools.
- Transportation services for three municipalities and four nonprofit organizations.
- Vehicle maintenance for 14 municipalities.
- Vehicle fueling for more than 50 agencies.
- Statewide emergency services training.
- Health services for eight municipalities.
- Housing inmates from Hunterdon County.
- 911 public safety answering points (PSAPs) for 20 municipalities.
- Full dispatch service for 15 municipalities, 14 police departments, 38 fire departments and 18 EMS stations.
- A statewide cooperative purchasing program.
Somerset County: Levine Honored by NJ Conference of Mayors
Freeholder Brian D. Levine was named Freeholder of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors at its annual conference.
“I feel honored – and humbled – to receive this recognition,” said Freeholder Levine. “I love meeting all of the people and constituents in Somerset County and around New Jersey. I take my responsibilities to heart and provide service not for any recognition, but because I feel I am doing the right thing. I am happy to hear feedback from those who disagree with me. I will continue to strive to live up to the expectations of our residents.
“I think the recognition came due to my work over the years in Franklin, Somerset County and New Jersey in the areas of public safety, housing, finance, human services and constituent service,” he said. “In addition, I have been active in the New Jersey Conference of Mayors around the state – it is a great organization that helps mayors on a bipartisan basis for the benefit of our citizenry.”
Freeholder Levine has been in public service since 1998. He has been a freeholder since 2015, served on the Franklin Township Council from 1998 to 2003, and was Franklin Township mayor from 2004 to 2014. Currently he is the county human services chairman and is liaison to numerous committees, including the Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Board of Social Services, County Alliance Steering Subcommittee, Cultural Diversity Coalition, Cultural & Heritage Commission, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Advisory Board and Youth Services Commission.
He is an alternate liaison to the Joint Insurance Fund, New Jersey Association of Counties, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center Community Advisory Council and the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board.
NJCM Executive Director John Morrissey said Levine was selected to receive the award by the NJCM Executive Board from a pool of distinguished freeholders from throughout the state. “Brian is very deserving of this award due to his outstanding constituent service and his contributions to the numerous boards and commissions on which he sits,” Morrissey said. “He was also a dedicated member of the NJCM when he served as mayor of Franklin Township and we remember the important contributions he made to our organization during that time.”