Message from Mayor Colletti - 5/1/20

Dear Elmwood Park Residents,

It is with great disappointment that I report that after consulting with the Veteran’s Committee, we have no other choice but to cancel this years Memorial Day Parade. As it stands, the Governor’s Executive Order would make it impossible to have an event such as a parade.

Our plan is to have some sort of organized ceremony, once the Executive Order is lifted or relaxed, to honor our veterans, who bravely and honorably gave their lives for our great country.

On a more positive note, I have been collaborating with the Borough Administrator/Police Chief to formulate a plan to re-open our Borough Parks starting this Monday, May 4th.

We would have like to have had them open and ready for Saturday, but due to some logistical issues, it won’t be possible until Monday at around noon.

In the meantime, our County Park, Artesian Fields is open, effective Saturday, as per the Governor’s order.

Please do your best to enjoy what appears to be a beautiful weekend, weather-wise.

Stay safe and God Bless you and your family.

Mayor Robert Colletti

Information regarding unemployment benefits and stimulus checks

Dear Elmwood Park Residents,

We would like to share some information regarding unemployment benefits and stimulus payments. Please see updates below:

$600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC)

* If you are currently collecting unemployment: Residents already collecting unemployment will begin to see their $600 supplemental unemployment benefit arrive April 14 (for the week of March 29th). It will be a separate payment from your regular unemployment benefit, and will continue through July 25.

* New filers: You also will be eligible for the additional $600/week; it will be retroactive to the week of March 29th.

Freelancers, gig workers, independent contractors: While we wait for federal guidelines, we encourage you to apply for unemployment now. Your claim likely will be denied, but your ineligibility for regular unemployment is a prerequisite for receiving benefits due to COVID-19. Additional details will be posted online as they become available. Please visit myunemployment.nj.gov.

Stimulus Payments

Beginning April 14th, the government will send out the first economic stimulus checks of up to $1,200 to eligible taxpayers, beginning with people who have direct deposit set up with the IRS. You'll be able to track your payment with the IRS, through a tool called Get My Payment that the agency will have on its website this week, the IRS.

The IRS will turn on an online tracking tool called Get My Payment by April 17. This online tracking portal will show the status of your payment, including the date it's scheduled for deposit into your bank account, or mailed out to you.

Letter from Mayor Colletti to residents - 4/3/20

Dear Elmwood Park Residents,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory.  We are committed to ensuring that our residents are safe and updated with only the most important information while we continue to do everything we can to protect and care for our community.

On behalf of the governing body of the Borough of Elmwood Park, I would like to ask for your help in standing up to this invisible enemy by continuing to do your part to follow the vital social distancing guidelines and stay home unless you are an essential employee or if you need food or medication from a grocery store or pharmacy. Our Borough Administrative Offices, our Police Department, Fire Department, EMS and DPW are all doing their part to selflessly serve this community during this most difficult time.

Below you will find links to some valuable resources that will assist you with any questions you may have.

Please be well and know that we will continue to do our part to see our great community outlast and overcome this temporary health crisis.

Robert Colletti, Mayor
Borough of Elmwood Park


Covid 19 Toolkit & Resources:

Prevention & Protection

If You Think You Are Sick

Social Distancing, Quarantine, Isolation

Local, State and National Resources

Letter from Mayor Colletti to residents - 3/27/20

March 27, 2020

Dear Elmwood Park Residents,

Borough Officials are working behind the scenes, doing whatever is necessary, to support our professionals and department heads who are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 crisis.

A top priority of the Governing Body was to explore options as to how the Borough can assist families that may feel the financial strains of dealing with the collateral issues that this pandemic has caused.

I was able to connect with the owner of Wendy's, located at 231 Route 46 West in Elmwood Park. The owner made a very generous donation to the Borough by providing us with $1,000.00 in food coupons that he will honor at his restaurant for those families that are struggling to make ends meet.

We reached out to our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Anthony Iachetti, and will be disseminating these coupons to families within the Borough's school district through his assistance. Those families that the school district feels can use the assistance most will be contacted by school officials.

Additionally, the Governing Body, Resident's Assistance Program, Elmwood Park PBA Local 185 and the Elmwood Park Police Department are currently working on a second outreach program that will be announced on Monday, March 30th as we are still working on its final components.

The Borough of Elmwood Park would like to thank Wendy's for their generous donation to the residents of Elmwood Park.

Please stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,
Robert Colletti,  Mayor
Borough of Elmwood Park

Letter from Mayor Colletti to residents - 3/24/20

Dear Elmwood Park Residents,

As the number of cases of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to grow, I want to reassure our residents that the Borough of Elmwood Park is taking this situation seriously. The health and safety of you, your family, and our employees remains our top priority.

Our professionals continue to serve the community day in and day out to ensure that you are protected and that the Borough continues to function effectively.

  • Previously, all public schools in Bergen County were closed until further notice.
  • In order to protect our Borough employees, as well as those coming into Borough offices, Borough Hall and all Borough offices will be closed to the public. Until further notice, Borough staff will be working on a modified staggered work schedule. The Police Desk, on the first floor of Borough Hall, will be open to the public. We encourage you to e-mail us or call the Borough at 201-796-1457 for assistance. Many of our services are available online, through the Borough website.
  • Borough Recycling and Garbage collection will continue as scheduled.
  • All Building Department inspections have been postponed, except for new construction outdoor inspections or total renovation of houses where no one is living in the house. All Building Department business will be conducted by appointment only by calling 201-796-1457 Ext: 204.
  • All non-essential Borough Board and Committee meetings have been suspended until further notice.
  • The Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • Municipal Court - Persons scheduled to appear in the Elmwood Park Municipal Court to contest a parking or traffic ticket or violation of an Elmwood Park ordinance from March 16-27, 2020 should not appear and should await a notice of a new court date.
  • All recreational programs at the Elmwood Park Recreation Center have been cancelled until further notice.
  • The Senior Center is closed until further notice.
  • The Recreation Center is closed to the public.
  • All school and recreational sports, including practices, have been cancelled. All public and Board of Education recreational fields, school grounds, tennis and basketball courts, and playgrounds within the Borough are closed. All organized sports activities scheduled on all municipal and Board of Education parks/fields, as well as recreational activities run by the Borough of Elmwood Park or Board of Education, are hereby postponed until further notice.

All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey.

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

Sincerely,
Robert Colletti, Mayor
Borough of Elmwood Park

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