Freeholder President / At Large, Blonnie R. Watson
Biography

BLONNIE R. WATSON, Freeholder President, of Newark was elected to her first term as a Freeholder At-Large in 1996, and was re-elected in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.  She served as Freeholder Vice President for five consecutive years from 1998-2002, and is currently serving as Board President for the eighth consecutive year, which distinguishes her as the only African-American woman to currently lead a freeholder board in the State of New Jersey.  Freeholder Watson is President of the High Park Gardens Cooperative Corporation in Newark, President and Founding Member of the New Jersey Federation of Housing Cooperatives, and a former Board member of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives.  She is a housing consultant, a retired U. S. Postal Service executive, a former Commissioner on the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Newark and former Essex County Democratic County Committee Chair for Newark’s Central Ward.  She is a member of the National Congress of Black Women and the Newark Housing Authority’s Dr. MLK Blvd. Stakeholders Committee.  Freeholder Watson has received numerous awards and recognition for her public and community service and has been named twice in the Congressional Record by Congressman Peter Rodino and Congressman Albio Sires.


2013 FREEHOLDER COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE ECIA - CHAIR
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE ESSEX COUNTY CODE - CHAIR
BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE - CHAIR
RESOURCE RECOVERY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE TO STUDY LAND USE
COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE ECUA
PUBLIC SAFETY/PENAL COMMITTEE
FINANCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
TURTLE BACK ZOO COMMITTEE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
HOSPITAL CENTER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PURCHASING PROCEDURES
MOSQUITO CONTROL COMMITTEE
2013 ADVISORY BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
ESSEX COUNTY TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD – REPRESENTATIVE
ESSEX COUNTY ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE DISABLED – REPRESENTATIVE
ESSEX COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY PARKING PROJECT COMMITTEE - REPRESENTATIVE
NJAC (NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES) - ALTERNATE
 Contact Information:
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Phone: 973-621-4473
Fax: 973-621-5695
Room: 502
 
 
 
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 558 Hall of Records, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695
 
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