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Newark Teachers Union

New Jersey Citizen Action Oil Group

March 21, 2009

 

Joyce Wilson Harley, Esquire

Administrator

County of Essex

Hall of Records

Newark, NJ, 07102

 

Re: Resolution #14

       Essex County HSAC

 

Dear Ms. Harley:

 

Resolution #14 of the agenda of the March 18, 2009 Conference Meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders requests the Freeholders allow the Administration to insert $67,859 into the County’s budget, of funding received from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, “for the purpose of coordinating the activities of the Essex County Human Services Advisory Council” (HSAC).

 

The contract (#9BYGM) the Administration has proposed entering with the State in order to receive this additional funding requires the County complete the attached two-page summary of the organization and its history. Inasmuch as our Union’s members provide human services to many of the residents of the County whom are intended to benefit from the activities of the HSAC, CWA Local 1081 tenders the following queries regarding three of the eight answers contained within the above cited contract commanded by the State of the County:

 

  1. While the State requires the County to “Describe the agency’s progress toward achieving administrative goals from the previous years”, the County’s answer is “N/A” which our Union understands signifies “Non Applicable”. Does the County’s answer mean it had no administrative goals from the previous years or does it mean it did have administrative goals but did not achieve any of them?
  2. While the State requires the County to “Describe the Agency’s self evaluation process”, does the County’s answer of “N/A” mean that it does not have a self evaluation process in place of its HSAC?
  3. While the State requires the County to “Provide a brief description of the agency’s most significant accomplishment to date”, does the County’s answer of “N/A” mean that the HSAC has not accomplished anything of significance?

 

Essex County Department of Citizen Services Department Director Anibal Ramos’ attached memorandum of February 9, 2009 written you recommends “That the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders insert $67,859 into the County Budget for the period January 1, 2009 though December 31, 2009” for the County’s HSAC. Mr. Ramos asserts within his memorandum “the Essex County HSAC serves as an advisory body to the County Executive and is a mechanism by which government, voluntary agencies, clients, client advocates and others can coordinate efforts for improving human service delivery”.

 

In light of the notable import of the County’s HSAC, the Administration’s abovementioned answers to three of the State’s questions tremendously trouble CWA Local 1081. Our Union earnestly desires that your review of this missive and your responses to our questions together serve to better the County’s HSAC, its success in “coordinating its activities” as well as the entirety of  its avowed and requisite mission.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

David H. Weiner, President

CWA Local 1081