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June 17, 2008

Bruce Nigro, Director
Essex County Division of Welfare
18 Rector Street, Floor 9
Newark, NJ, 07102

Re: Request for Augmented Security Rejoinder

Dear Mr. Nigro:

CWA Local 1081 thanks you for your attached response of June 5, 2008 to our Union’s attached request of May 30, 2008 “the County of Essex reprise the practice of providing augmented security for both the 18 Rector Street and 50 South Clinton Street sites, effective July 1, 2008 until no longer requisite, due to the Essex County Division of Welfare assuming the General Assistance caseload of the City of Newark on that date”.

However, please rest assured neither CWA Local 1081 nor I “are under a misconception regarding budget matters and the expenditure of funds” as it pertains to the monetary machinations of the Essex County Division of Welfare, and I particularly have misconceived not as I’ve circumspectly considered our agency’s budget annually for the past twenty-eight (28) years as well as the entirety of the annual budgets of the County of Essex during that consummate considerable amount of time.

While you are correct when you assert “the state provides funding for General Assistance” and that “those funds have been already allocated to various areas including salaries, fringe benefits, rental supplies and equipment”, unfortunately, to date, the County appears to have dedicated but a paltry part of the $2.5 million received annually from the State for these purposes inasmuch as new staff has not been hired to perform the Newark GA functions with existing staff illegally utilized in their stead in violation of contractual seniority prescriptions, the construction of the Newark GA interviewing area is behind schedule and no security equipment has been installed and rendered operable within the County-owned 50 South Clinton Street site where the case work for the newly-inherited Newark GA population will take place.

Respectfully, rather than your merely thanking our Union for our “concern and recommendation” in this most important regard, CWA Local 1081 would much prefer a response from you more specific, supportive and substantial than “Your request for additional security for July 1, 2008 has already been taken under consideration and we continue to evaluate the progress of consolidation and any anticipated challenges, this issue will be considered in Finalizing our plans for implementation”.

Our Union’s members, their clients and the taxpayers of the Great County of Essex deserve nothing less.

Sincerely,


David H. Weiner, President
CWA Local 1081


May 30, 2008

Bruce Nigro, Director
Essex County Division of Welfare
18 Rector Street, Floor 9
Newark, NJ, 07102

Re: Request for Augmented Security

Dear Mr. Nigro:

CWA Local 1081 respectfully submits this request the County of Essex reprise the practice of providing augmented security for both the 18 Rector Street and 50 South Clinton Street sites, effective July 1, 2008 until no longer requisite, due to the Essex County Division of Welfare assuming the General Assistance caseload of the City of Newark on that date.

Such augmented security would entail the deployment of additional Essex County Sheriff’s officers on the first five days of the month, as had been the provision previously. Inasmuch as the County is receiving $3 million in administrative funding from the State of New Jersey annually to assume this caseload, and inasmuch as additional staff has not yet been hired with which to service these clients, the County can more than afford the additional expenditure for the officers.

As our Union has written you of recent in this regard, the conspicuous scarcity of agency staff, even before and without our assumption of Newark’s GA population, has given us precipitous pause as to the viability of the security now in place.

Sincerely,


David H. Weiner, President, CWA Local 1081

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