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Passaic County is a diverse county with a rich history and a bright future. Discover our history, our attractions, and our services. 
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Posted Feb. 13, 2019

Code Blue  will be deactivated at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Posted Feb. 13, 2019
The 2019 budget reflects continued efforts to regenerate and grow fund balance ensuring financial stability, proactively increasing reserve accounts to protect taxpayers, and engagement with municipalities and school districts to continue implementing share services agreements.
Posted Feb. 08, 2019
The Passaic County State of Health 2018 was presented at the January 22 meeting of the Freeholders.
Posted Jan. 29, 2019

NJ TRANSIT is working with Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties to assess the restoration of passenger service between Hawthorne and Hackensack. Join us Thursday, January 31 from 5-7 PM and Wednesday, February 13 from 6-8 PM for public meetings on the project. 

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The term “Freeholder” can be traced to the colonial period of American history. In New Jersey’s 1776 Constitution, the state vested the power to govern counties in an elected body of “men” who held or owned land outright with no debt or mortgages to be Chosen by their peers. The body was deemed the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Although there is no longer a requirement to own land and all citizens of legal age have the right to vote and hold office, the term Freeholder has endured. New Jersey has 21 Counties, and no two counties are exactly the same. The organization and structure of counties are tailored to fit their communities’ needs and characteristics. In Passaic County’s commission form of government, the Freeholders discharge both the legislative and executive responsibilities of government. The seven member board is headed by a Freeholder Director who is selected to serve a one-year term at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting held in January. Each Freeholder is elected at-large for a staggered 3-year term