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Union leaders are expressing strong opposition to Bergen County's recently announced plan to close a county nursing home in Rockleigh, citing the potential loss of benefits for their union members who work at the facility.The Bergen County Health Care Center, a 110-bed nursing home, ...
Union leaders are expressing strong opposition to Bergen County's recently announced plan to close a county nursing home in Rockleigh, citing the potential loss of benefits for their union members who work at the facility.
Faced with the same trends that are pummeling private long-term care facilities, the county plans to consolidate its in-patient services at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus. County administrators stressed their efforts to ensure a smooth transition for residents and staff.
That hasn't appeased union leaders, who say that the same health care workers who risked their lives on the front line during the COVID pandemic now face new worries over the nursing home's closure.
“Nobody during COVID had more of a front-line battle with the pandemic than the people who were working in a nursing home,” said Connor Shaw, the political director of the United Service Workers Union. “They were just at the front line of a once-in-100-year health crisis, and now their jobs are getting thrown into chaos.”
The county has said it is closing the nursing home due to financial instability and outdated facilities. While some of these causes are inevitable, Shaw said, the real problem lies in how the county is handling the closure in terms of workers and patients.
Nursing home employees, receive a slightly lower hourly wage in exchange for good benefits and pensions, Shaw said. Although the county promised to give employees new jobs after the closing, they most likely won’t get the same benefits, he said.
“We don't think that there's enough thought and consideration put into what's going to happen to the employees,” Shaw said. “We’re still not seeing the full plan to guarantee that they'll have placement within the pension and similar benefits.”
Among the main concerns of the union are the emotional health impacts of separation between caretakers and residents and the fact that there was no public hearing to discuss closing the facility.
An even more concerning matter, they say, is that the facility stopped accepting Medicaid pending referrals, which were a large source of admissions before the closure, yet the county claims there are not enough residents to support keeping it open.
The Rockleigh center currently is less than half full, with 46 residents. It has not admitted any new residents since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a precautionary policy adopted to protect the health of its residents.
"With diminishing census but fixed overhead, operation of the facility has become less cost-effective," an announcement from the county said. Prior to the pandemic, the number of residents had been declining for years due to the trend toward home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.
The long-term care industry, particularly its nonprofit sector, has been in crisis during the pandemic. Nursing home residents accounted for 40% of the COVID deaths in New Jersey. Reduced revenues combined with higher expenditures have increased financial pressures, leading experts to predict a wave of closures across the country.
Jackie Porzio, the President of Local Union 755 at the United Service Workers Union, echoed Shaw's opposition.
“Our goal is to always help and protect our union members," Porzio said. "It is vital that we unite and work together to help ensure that our union members land safely and securely due to this ill-advised closure in Rockleigh.”
In addition to the protection of health care workers, the union leaders said they were also left in the dark about the closure by County Executive Jim Tedesco, who they said had promised to keep the center open.
“Jim Tedesco made a pledge when he first ran for county executive to not close this facility and here he is now shutting it down,” Porzio said in a statement. “This closure is obviously something the Tedesco administration has planned for a long time despite their misleading comments to our union that it would never happen.”
Residents and their families will have through Oct. 31 to decide whether to accept a transfer to the other county-owned long-term care facility, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, or to make other arrangements. No additional costs would be incurred as a result of a transfer to Bergen New Bridge, information provided on the county's website said.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 21, 2022MEDIA CONTACT:Derek Alan [email protected], 201.250.60802022 BERGEN COUNTY GOLF SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENGolfers welcome to tee-off at one of the County’s six public courses(HACKENSACK, N.J.) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the s...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 21, 2022
Derek Alan Sands
[email protected], 201.250.6080
2022 BERGEN COUNTY GOLF SEASON OFFICIALLY OPEN
Golfers welcome to tee-off at one of the County’s six public courses
(HACKENSACK, N.J.) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and the Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the start of the 2022 Golf Season at all Bergen County-owned public golf courses. The Bergen County Parks System boasts six, expansive golf courses, each with their own characteristics and challenges, from Darlington Golf Course’s rolling hills to Soldier Hill Golf Course’s length and well-bunkered greens. Hundreds of thousands of golfers enjoy Bergen County’s varied courses. In 2021 alone, Bergen County’s six public courses welcomed 266,000 golfers of all skill and abilities.
Bergen County Golf Courses
Darlington Golf Course, 279 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ
Orchard Hills Golf Course, 404 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ
Overpeck Golf Course, 275 E. Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ
Rockleigh Golf Course, 15 Paris Ave, Rockleigh, NJ
Soldier Hill Golf Course, 99 Palisade Ave, Emerson, NJ
Valley Brook Golf Course, 15 Rivervale Rd, River Vale, NJ
Registered Membership (yearly fee)
$50 – Adult Resident (age 18- 61)
$25 – Junior Resident (age up to 17)
$25 – Senior Resident (age 62+)
$60 – Non-County Residents (all ages)
18 Hole Pricing
Not Registered (all ages)
Weekday – $50
Weekday Twilight – $35
Weekend – $60
Weekend Twilight – $40
Registered Adult (Bergen County Resident)
Weekday – $30
Weekday Twilight – $22
Weekend – $35
Weekend Twilight – $27
Registered Senior/Junior (Bergen County Resident)
Weekday – $22
Weekday Twilight – $16
Weekend – $32
Weekend Twilight – $23
Registered (Non-County Residents)
Weekday – $37
Weekday Twilight – $30
Weekend – $42
Weekend Twilight – $35
9 Hole Pricing (only available at Orchard Hills)
Not Registered (all ages)
Weekday – $35
Weekend – $40
Registered Adult (Bergen County Resident)
Weekday – $22
Weekend – $27
Registered Senior/Junior (Bergen County Resident)
Weekday – $16
Weekend – $23
Registered (Non-County Residents)
Weekday – $30
Weekend – $35
A membership includes early access to tee time reservations and discounted greens fees. For full price list, visit www.golfbergencounty.com. The Golf Main Office can be reached at 201-336-7259.
Bergen County Golf is dedicated to providing an enjoyable golf experience through well-maintained golf courses, reasonably paced rounds, and friendly customer service.
A state appeals court on Monday ruled that six New Jersey businesses that say they were damaged by coronavirus restrictions in the early months of the pandemic can't force their insurers to cover the losses.While acknowledging the "overwhelming" harm some establishments faced, a three-judge panel found that the ...
A state appeals court on Monday ruled that six New Jersey businesses that say they were damaged by coronavirus restrictions in the early months of the pandemic can't force their insurers to cover the losses.
While acknowledging the "overwhelming" harm some establishments faced, a three-judge panel found that the language of so-called "business interruption policies" covered physical damage and specifically left out viral outbreaks.
“We recognize that COVID-19 has caused overwhelming economic losses to untold businesses and individuals dependent on those businesses in our state, nation, and the world,” Superior Court Judge Thomas Sumners Jr. wrote in a 54-page brief.
Nevertheless, he added, "plaintiffs' insurance claims are restricted by the clear and plain meaning of their insurance policies, which we cannot rewrite to cover their unfortunate losses.”
The judges dismissed the businesses' lawsuits.
More than 2,300 such suits have been filed in the last two years across the nation — including almost 150 of them in New Jersey, according to a litigation tracker from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. But many state and federal courts have thrown them out, the school said.
In New Jersey, plaintiffs including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Rockleigh Country Club in Bergen County and Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, the popular Jersey Shore amusement pier, have all claimed their insurance companies stiffed them by failing to honor coverage despite the hefty premiums they paid.
Monday’s decision stemmed from suits brought by six New Jersey businesses whose cases were merged into one appeal. The plaintiffs included:
Attorneys for the businesses couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
As the pandemic emerged in March 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered sweeping closures of businesses deemed non-essential, as well as onerous limits on essential businesses such as grocery stores.
Restaurants, hair salons and gyms were shuttered for months and then operated for the next year at reduced capacity and with other health restrictions.
Some establishments sought to make use of business-interruption insurance, policies that typically cover closures due a fire or other emergency. But insurers have denied those claims, arguing they were never intended to cover a global pandemic. Language in the policies requires "direct physical damage" to trigger coverage, they said.
In New Jersey and elsewhere, the businesses sued, saying their damages were akin to natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.
But Sumners, in agreeing with a lower court decision, noted that past disasters such as Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks weren't covered by business-interruption insurance.
In those cases, Sumners said, issuers didn't have to pay out because the plaintiffs couldn’t show that their closures were a direct result of their respective natural disasters.
Executive orders like those signed by Murphy at the onset of the pandemic aren't covered by the policies, he added. And most insurers specifically exempt the impacts of viral epidemics, an exclusion that became popular after the SARS outbreak of 2002.
In 2020, the industry’s Insurance Information Institute reported that U.S insurers would owe roughly $750 billion if every business were paid for interruption losses due to the pandemic.
Daniel Munoz covers business, consumer affairs, labor and the economy for NorthJersey.com and The Record.
By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comThe average property tax bill in New Jersey rose to $8,549 in 2016. But many homeowners pay much, much more.So which towns pay the most in the state that pays the most for property taxes?Here are the 30 New Jersey municipalities with the highest average property tax bills, according to data from the state Department of Community Affairs.30. DealThis Monmouth County oceanfront borough kicks off the countdown with a $15,377 average tax bi...
By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The average property tax bill in New Jersey rose to $8,549 in 2016. But many homeowners pay much, much more.
So which towns pay the most in the state that pays the most for property taxes?
Here are the 30 New Jersey municipalities with the highest average property tax bills, according to data from the state Department of Community Affairs.
This Monmouth County oceanfront borough kicks off the countdown with a $15,377 average tax bill. But homes here are valued at an average of $2.2 million, the second highest on our list of the 30 towns with the highest property taxes. And Deal has one of the lowest tax rates in the state.
(Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Chester is the first of three Morris County municipalities on our list, with an average property tax bill of $15,443. The average residential home value is $665,750.
28. Glen Rock
Of New Jersey's 21 counties, Bergen is the most represented on this list, occupying 14 of the 30 spots. Living in this small Bergen County Borough costs, on average, $15,459 in property taxes.
Just $2 more than Glen Rock Borough, the average property tax bill in Bergen County's Rockleigh was $15,551. Its average home value is $1.6 million.
(Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
26. Woodcliff Lake
Woodcliff Lake's average property tax bill was $15,562. The average home value in this Bergen County municipality was $725,883.
(Myles Ma | NJ Advance Media)
In Ho-Ho-Kus, Bergen County, the average real estate tax bill is $15,580, $18 higher than Woodcliff Lake.
(Warren S. Westura | The Star-Ledger)
In this Bergen County borough, the average resident paid $15,718 in real estate taxes. The average home is worth about $600,000.
23. Old Tappan
The average property tax bill in Old Tappan, another Bergen County entry, was $16,071, while the average residential property value was about $823,000.
Westfield is the first of two Union County municipalities on this list. The average property tax bill there was $16,282.
The only Ocean County municipality to make our list, Mantoloking's average tax bill is $16,561. At $2.4 million, it has the second-highest average home value of the 30 towns with the highest average property tax bills. The total tax levy is about $9 million, of which 62 percent is collected by the county, 36.4 percent by the municipality and 1.4 percent by schools.
This Bergen County village cracks into the top 20 with a $17,180 average real estate tax bill. Schools account for about 65 percent of taxes levied there, while the municipality collects 24 percent and the county, 11 percent.
19. Franklin Lakes
Franklin Lakes isn't just home to the several Real Housewives of New Jersey. The Bergen County borough is also the home of the 19th highest average property tax bill in the state, $17,198. The average home value is more than $1 million.
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18. Saddle River
Saddle River's average property tax bill rang up at $17,221. And at $1.69 million, the Bergen County borough has one of the higher average property values on our list.
Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
17. Upper Saddle River
The average property tax bill in Upper Saddle River is $17,462. The average residential property value is $769,123. Schools receive 70 percent of the total taxes collected, while the Bergen County borough receives 16.5 percent and the county, 13.5 percent.
15. South Orange Village
South Orange, in Essex County, tied for 15th on our list. The average tax bill is $16,576, and the average property value is $459,258.
Summit tied with South Orange, with a $17,576 average real estate tax bill. The average home value in this Union County city was a bit lower at $408,739.
Haworth Borough's average property tax bill was $17,769. And the average home value in this Bergen County borough was $601,751.
Montclair residents paid, on average, $18,292 in 2016, while the average home was worth $503,448. Only three towns on the list had lower average property values than this Essex County township.
Princeton is the only municipality in Mercer County to make the list. The average property tax bill here was just a drop higher than Montclair, at $18,333. The average home value is $809,991.
The average property tax bill in this Bergen County borough was $18,418. The average home value was $753,388. Schools account for 65 percent of the total tax levy.
10. Essex Fells
Essex Fells kicks off the top 10. The Essex County township fell two spots from our 2015 list, where it had the eighth highest bill in the state. At No. 10, the average tax bill is $18,743, while the average home is worth $923,039.
Gov. Chris Christie and his neighbors paid, on average, $18,752 in property taxes to live in Mendham Township, Morris County, where the average residential property is worth $908,246.
(Jerry McCrea | The Star-Ledger)
8. Glen Ridge
Residents in this Essex County borough pay, on average, $19,045, up from $18,569 in 2015. At $543, 553, it has one of the lower average property values of towns with the highest property taxes.
The average property tax bill rang up at $19,146. The average residential property value was more than $1.3 million. Rumson is one of three Monmouth County municipalities to make the list.
6. Mountain Lakes
The average homeowner in this Morris County borough paid $19,775, or $439 more than in 2015. The average residential property value here is $782,636.
This Bergen County borough's average tax bill was $19,866. The average residential property value was $803,377. Nearly 65 percent of the tax levy goes to schools, while 24.1 percent goes to the municipality and 11.2 percent to the county.
In Alpine Borough, Bergen County, the average tax bill was $20,910 in 2016 — just $22 higher than the tax bill in 2015. At $2.72 million, Alpine has the highest average residential property value on our list. The total tax levy for the borough, however, is just $15 million.
3. Loch Arbour
Residents in this small, Monmouth County village, paid $22,323. The average tax bill in 2014 was $21,663. The average residential property value here is $1.04 million.
The average tax bill in Millburn, Essex County, came in at $23,327 in 2016. That's $592 higher than in 2015. Schools account for 47.1 percent of the total tax levy, while the municipality accounts for 25.3 percent.
OK, we know this tiny Camden County borough, which listed a population in the single digits in the 2010 census, deserves an asterisk when it lands in the top spot every year.
The total tax levy is just $310,668 for the borough, which was formed in 1921 so members of the Tavistock Country Club could play golf on Sundays.
But that works out to an average tax bill here in 2016 was $31,128, $405 more than the $30,723 average bill in 2015. While its average tax bill among New Jersey's 565 municipalities was the highest, its average property value, $1.72 million, was not.
Looking at the highest average property tax bills is just one way to compare taxes across the state. In these articles we compare property taxes other ways:
Special to NorthJersey.comHIKING: Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary and Lamont ReserveFEATURES: This hike loops around this preserve, on the western slope of the Palisades, climbing a scenic ravine and passing two old stone cisterns and the historic Lamont Rock.LENGTH: About 2.4 miles.DIFFICULTY: Moderate.TIME: About one and one-half hours.MAP: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Hudson-Palis...
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HIKING: Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary and Lamont Reserve
FEATURES: This hike loops around this preserve, on the western slope of the Palisades, climbing a scenic ravine and passing two old stone cisterns and the historic Lamont Rock.
LENGTH: About 2.4 miles.
TIME: About one and one-half hours.
MAP: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Hudson-Palisades Trails Map #109; preserve map available online at www.nynjtc.org.
DOGS: Permitted on leash.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 4. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 9W (if coming from the north, turn right onto Route 9W) and proceed for 1.1 miles, entering New York. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Oak Tree Road and, in 0.2 mile, turn left onto Closter Road. In 0.5 mile, after crossing under the Parkway, you reenter New Jersey, and the road becomes Rockleigh Road. Continue for another 0.2 mile to the Rockleigh Municipal Building (26 Rockleigh Road) and turn left into the driveway. Park in the rear of the building.
DESCRIPTION: This hike traverses two preserved tracts on the western slope of the Palisades – the 84-acre Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary, located in the Borough of Rockleigh, which purchased it in 1975, and the 134-acre Lamont Reserve, located in the Borough of Alpine, and purchased jointly by the County of Bergen, the Borough of Alpine and the Borough of Rockleigh in 1996. Both tracts were formerly part of Camp Alpine of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America.
From the parking area, follow a handicapped-accessible path to a playground, where three blue blazes on a fence post mark the start of the Hutcheon Trail. Follow this blue-blazed trail past a “Green Acres” sign into the woods.
In a short distance, you’ll notice a triple yellow blaze on a tree to the right. Turn right and follow the yellow-blazed Sneden-Haring Trail, which heads south, closely paralleling the sanctuary boundary. Continue to follow this trail as it turns right and descends to cross a brook on a culvert. To the right is the site of the former Sneden Ice Pond (now a wetland). Just beyond, the trail turns left at a signpost.
As the trail approaches the wide Roaring Brook, the blue-blazed Hutcheon Trail joins from the left, and both trails cross the brook on rocks. On the other side, proceed ahead, following the blue blazes, which parallel the brook. Soon, you’ll notice a triple-orange blaze, which marks the start of the Brook Connector Trail, on a tree to the left. Turn left and follow this trail, which continues to parallel the scenic Roaring Brook, with views of the brook below (when the water is high, there are attractive cascades in the brook).
After climbing along the brook for a quarter mile, the Brook Connector Trail ends at a junction with the white-blazed Lamont Rock Trail. Turn right onto this trail, which descends briefly, then bears left, crosses an old, eroded woods road and passes by an area with many trees toppled during Hurricane Sandy. After descending some more, the Lamont Rock Trail is joined by the blue-blazed Hutcheon Trail.
Just ahead, the Hutcheon Trail ends, and the yellow-blazed Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail joins from the right. In 50 feet, where the two trails diverge, turn left and continue to follow the white blazes.
The Lamont Rock Trail now climbs steadily, soon passing two old stone cisterns. It continues to climb to Lamont Rock (a huge boulder), on the left. Just beyond, the white trail turns left and is joined by the Red Circle Trail of Camp Alpine, Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America. Follow the joint white and red trails as they climb on a footpath to the highest point in the preserve (480 feet), from where the Hudson River can be seen through the trees during leaf-off season.
The joint trails now begin to descend. Soon, the Red Circle Trail leaves to the right, but you should turn left and continue along the white-blazed Lamont Rock Trail. In about 0.2 mile, the yellow-blazed Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail joins from the left.
Just ahead, you’ll come to a wide woods road. Turn left onto the road. The white-blazed Lamont Rock Trail immediately leaves to the left, but you should continue along the road (the route of the yellow-blazed trail) and cross Roaring Brook on rocks.
A short distance beyond, turn left onto the red-blazed Roaring Brook Trail and follow it as it descends along the north side of the brook. At the base of the descent, the Roaring Brook Trail ends at a junction with the blue-blazed Hutcheon Trail. Turn right onto the blue-blazed trail, which descends gradually, crossing a stone bridge over a brook, and follow it back to the parking area where the hike began.