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Author: City of Linden

Public Notice for the Request for Qualifications of professional service contracts beginning January 1, 2024.

Notice is hereby given that sealed submissions will be received by the Purchasing Agent, Jessica L Slawinski, of the City of Linden, on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10am, prevailing time, in 3rd Floor Planning Board Room, City Hall, City of Linden, 301 N. Wood Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036 then publicly opened and read aloud for the following:

  1. EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SERVICES
  2. GRANT WRITING SERVICES – GENERAL
  3. APPRAISAL SERVICES
  4. ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES
  5. AUDIT CONSULTING SERVICES
  6. BOND COUNSEL SERVICES
  7. COURT REPORTING SERVICES
  8. DEFENSE COUNSEL FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION PROGRAM SERVICES FOR INSURANCE COMMISSION
  9. ENGINEERING SERVICES
  10. ENGINEERING TESTING SERVICES
  11. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
  12. FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES
  13. INSURANCE CONSULTANT BROKER SERVICES FOR FINANCE AND INSURANCE COMMISSION
  14. LAND SURVEYING AND TAX MAP REVISION SERVICES
  15. ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AT THE LINDEN LANDFILL
  16. LITIGATION DEFENSE COUNSEL SERVICES
  17. MEDICAL SERVICES
  18. PLANNING BOARD ATTORNEY SERVICES
  19. PLANNING BOARD PLANNER SERVICES
  20. PLANNING SERVICES
  21. ZONING BOARD ATTORNEY SERVICES
  22. SPECIAL BANKRUPTCY COUNSEL SERVICES
  23. SPECIAL TAX COUNSEL SERVICES
  24. SPECIAL TAX EXPERT WITNESSES APPRAISAL SERVICES
  25. PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
  26. SPECIAL COUNSEL SERVICES O.P.R.A.
  27. REDEVELOPMENT LITIGATION COUNSEL SERVICES
  28. PROJECT MANAGEMENT COORDINATION SERVICES
  29. TITLE SERVICES
  30. HOUSING REHABILITATION CONSULTING SERVICES
  31. INSURANCE COMMISSION ATTORNEY SERVICES
  32. RETIREMENT SERVICES “MASSMUTUAL” (EMPOWER)
  33. RETIREMENT SERVICES “VOYA FINANCIAL”
  34. REDEVELOPMENT MASTER PLANNING & AFFORDABLE HOUSING SERVICES
  35. SPECIAL COUNSEL SERVICES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO AVIATION MATTERS, MUNICIPAL PORT AUTHORITY MATTERS, ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS AND LABOR COUNSEL
  36. CONSULTING SERVICES FOR LINDEN FIRST EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM
  37. TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SERVICES
  38. BANKING SERVICES
  39. BANKING SERVICES AND COVERAGE OF PAYROLL EXPENSES
  40. WEBSITE SERVICES
  41. LITIGATION DEFENSE COUNSEL SERVICES FOR THE INSURANCE FUND COMMISSION
  42. GRANT WRITING SERVICES – TRANSPORTATION
  43. AVIATION ENGINEERING SERVICES
  44. COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT SERVICES
  45. CREDIT CARD PROCESSING SERVICES
  46. INSURANCE CONSULTANT BROKER SERVICES FOR FINANCE AND INSURANCE COMMISSION – DENTAL ONLY
  47. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  48. MUNICIPAL MARKETING SERVICES
  49. CYBERSECURITY CONSULTING SERVICES
  50. VOICE OVER IP (VOIP) MIGRATION & SUPPORT SERVICES
  51. BOARD OF HEALTH ATTORNEY SERVICES
  52. BOARD OF HEALTH LEAD INSPECTION SERVICES

Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS, for (Position Number as Listed Above, Name of Position) and bearing the name and address of the proposer on outside; addressed to the Purchasing Agent, Jessica L. Slawinski, City of Linden, City Hall, Purchasing Department, 301 North Wood Avenue, 1 st Floor, Linden, NJ 07036.

Standardized submission requirements and selection criteria are on file and available in the Purchasing Department, City Hall, 301 N. Wood Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036. Submission packages may also be downloaded on the The City of Linden’s website on this page.

In addition to full compliance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et. seq. (“Pay to Play”), individuals or firms awarded contracts under these procedures will be required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 52:32-44 (Business Registration of Public Contractors), 42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et. seq. (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. And N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. (Contract Compliance and Equal Employment Opportunities in Public Contracts).

Submission by Corporations and Partnerships shall include a completed Disclosure of Ownership form (N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2) and shall include a completed Non-Collusion Affidavit. The City of Linden reserves the right to reject any or all submissions due to any defects of waive informalities and accept any submissions that in their judgment will be in the best interest of the City of Linden. The City of Linden shall award the contract or reject all submissions no later than 60 days from receipt of the same.

Jessica L. Slawinski, Purchasing Agent

  • To view and/or download the paper version of the RFQ Notice for 2023, click here.
  • To see all active RFQ and job opportunities with the City of Linden, including those in the notice above, click here.

Thanksgiving 2023 Meal Giveaway for 200 Linden Families in Need

Click here to register for the Thanksgiving 2023 Meal Giveaway. Supplies are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Mayor Derek Armstead and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services is proudly hosting a Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway for 200 Linden families in need.

Pickup

  • Registration deadline is Friday, November 17th.
  • Pickup is on Monday November 20th from 12pm until 6pm.
  • Pickup is at the John T. Gregorio Center – 330 Helen Street.

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Cybersecurity Warning for Linden Residents; Active Info-Stealer Campaigns Are Targeting Facebook Users

Cybercriminals are using Facebook ads to distribute malware and hijack users’ social media accounts, researchers have discovered.

What’s an info-stealer?

Info-stealers are malware that enable hackers to steal victims’ browser cookies and take over Facebook accounts. Once inside the account, hackers can change passwords and activate additional security measures on accounts to completely deny access to the legitimate owner, allowing cybercriminals to commit fraud.

How does this happen?

This happens when hackers exploit legitimate tools for online ad distribution and insert infected links into typical advertisements. To entice users into clicking, campaigns often offer “provocative enticements”, which in this case, contained lewd images. Each click on the ad instantly downloads the malicious file to the victim’s device. Researchers estimate that nearly 100,000 users downloaded the malware in just 10 days.

What should we do?

Be extra vigilant when using any social media platforms, and make sure to connect only with people you know. Be weary of friend requests and messages from unknown people, especially when they ask you to click on a link or download a file. Before clicking on any ads, go to the company’s website to verify ad claims, such as discounts or special offers.

Let’s all remain vigilant of these and similar scams. Please refrain from answering unsolicited or unexpected communications. Additionally, do not provide personal or financial information or transfer money, especially in cryptocurrency, to unverified entities.

What should I do if I am hacked?

Incidents should be reported on https://www.cyber.nj.gov/report (the NJCCIC Cyber Incident Report Form), and https://www.ic3.gov (the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center), and to the Linden Police Department at 908 474 8502.

Are You Cyber Secure?

Please register to attend this free webinar on Wednesday October 25th, from 1pm until 2pm to learn simple actions to help keep your workplace, home, you and your family cyber-secure!

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a dedicated month for the public and private sectors to work together to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, the Region 2 National Preparedness Division is hosting this seminar that encourages four simple steps every American can take to stay safe online. Joining the seminar will be Rich Richard, Cyber Security Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

To register for this free webinar, please click here.

  • Who – This event is for individuals, families, the whole community, community-based and faith-based organizations, small businesses, federal, state and local government.
  • What – Free cybersecurity webinar that encourages four simple steps every American can take to stay safe online.
  • When October 25, 2023 from 1pm until 2pm EST.
  • Where – Online.
  • Why – To protect your workplace, home, you and your family cybersecurity threats.
  • How To register for this free webinar, please click here.

Linden NJ’s City Engineer Wins the 2023 New Jersey Planning Officials’ Achievements in Planning Award

Mr. Nicholas J. Pantina, PE, CME, CPWM, the City of Linden’s Engineer and Director of Community Services is the 2023 recipient of the New Jersey Planning Officials Achievement in Planning Award. The NJPO honored award recipients at the annual NJPO Achievement in Planning Awards Breakfast on September 29, 2023 .

“I’m both humbled and honored to be recognized with this award. My team members in the Engineering Department help contribute to our department’s excellence, and I see this recognition as a reflection of my team members’ efforts as well as my own”, said Mr. Pantina.

Mr. Pantina has thirty-five years of experience comprising various disciplines of Civil Engineering including municipal, project and construction management, pavement design and management systems, public and private infrastructure improvements, transportation, Planning & Zoning Boards, stormwater management, and soils. He successfully coordinates projects, plans, and develops strategies while managing strict budgets.

“Not only is Mr. Pantina a great resource and partner, but also he’s reliable and extremely knowledgeable. The City of Linden appreciates and values Mr. Pantina as the City Engineer and Director of Community Services,” said Mayor Derek Armstead. “As the City’s Engineer, he is responsible for coordinating technical and engineering projects. leadership skills, communication, along with innovation and creativity. I’m so proud that he’s a part of our team.”

As the Director of Community Services, Mr. Pantina oversees four divisions, comprising approximately 175 people from various departments, including Public Works & Vehicle Maintenance, Transportation & Properties, Engineering, and Information Technology. He also oversees the City’s Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Shade Tree Advisory, as well as any redevelopment project construction. Mr. Pantina‘s past roles include Assistant Resident Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Member/Board of Trustees/Past President of the New Jersey Society of Asphalt Technologists, and Soil Inspector. He has also managed Professional Services Task Order Contracts for NJT’s Construction Management Group.

“Linden is a beautiful, forward-thinking, productive and proactive City”, said Mayor Armstead. “We continuously strive to create a working environment that provides opportunities to the local population and business community. When my department heads are recognized in this manner, it gives me great pride as well as affirm that we’ve made excellent decisions.”

Linden Police Department Ramps Up Security Amid Ongoing Violence in Israel and Gaza Strip

As they have in the past, foreign terrorist organizations have exploited the ongoing violence in Israel, using social media and other communications to call on their supporters to mobilize, protest, and conduct attacks within the United States. Currently, a video is being circulated by a former Hamas organization leader praising the attack on Israel and calling on others to designate Friday, October 13th, as a day of action against Israel and its supports. While this information is disconcerting, it mirrors previously released statements that have historically had minimal impact in New Jersey.

From the beginning of this conflict we have been in regular contact with our law enforcement partners at the County, State, and Federal levels, and at this time, no credible threats have been identified towards Linden, New Jersey, or any of the State’s notable special events or critical infrastructure. We also recognize, however, that tragedies like this can illicit passionate responses and motivate a sympathizer to action.

Out of this abundance of caution, we have taken several precautionary measures to increase security in the area surrounding sensitive locations, and residents can expect an increased Police presence in these areas. The Linden Police Department has also been in regular contact with our local religious leaders to discuss the needs of their congregation and our response to these threats.

A public statement was released on our social media pages earlier this afternoon encouraging all members of our community to remain vigilant and report support suspicious activity immediately. We appreciate your support in emphasizing the important role each of us has in keeping our community safe.

Cyber Tip – Using Strong Passwords and a Password Manager

Many users connect to the internet and access multiple accounts and services for business, including email platforms, applications, and vendor websites. The increased use of online accounts and services, combined with users engaging in risky password management practices, puts both themselves and their employers at risk of account compromise and data breaches. Therefore, it is important to practice good password hygiene to protect accounts and data.

Strong, unique passwords for each account help prevent password reuse attacks in which threat actors obtain the password for one account and use it to compromise an additional account using the same credentials. Threat actors succeed when users reuse credentials across multiple accounts, use easy-to-guess or simple passwords, and do not enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). Strong, unique passwords help secure information, networks, servers, devices, accounts, databases, files, and more against cyberattacks.

Password managers are an effective method to assist users in creating strong, unique passwords and storing them securely. These accounts should be secured with unique and complex master passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) using an authentication app or hardware token. Password managers contain sensitive data and, therefore, require implementing the strongest possible security measures. Users are encouraged to research password manager providers thoroughly prior to use.

Social Media – A Scammer’s Playground

According to reports received by the FTC Consumer Sentinel Network, scammers are leveraging social media platforms to generate substantial profits. New data released by the FTC reveals that scams originating on social media have resulted in $2.7 billion in reported losses since 2021, surpassing all other contact methods.

Social media gives scammers an unprecedented advantage at little to no expense, reaching billions of users worldwide. They can easily create a fake persona, hack into profiles, pretend to be the user to deceive contacts, and spread misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. Scammers learn to tailor their approach to what users share on social media. Furthermore, scammers may place ads using tools available to advertisers, systematically targeting users based on personal details like age, interests, or past purchases.

Image Source: FTC
Image Source: FTC

In the first half of 2023, social media was the contact method for over 38 percent of fraud cases reported by people aged 20-29.  For people aged 18-19, that figure was 47 percent. The numbers decrease with age, consistent with generational differences in social media use. Data indicates that, while online shopping scams have the highest number of cases, the most significant monetary losses are due to scams that promote fraudulent investment opportunities via social media. More than half of the money lost to social media fraud resulted from investment scams. Additionally, there has been an increase in romance and investment scams, commonly referred to as “pig butchering.” These scammers often advertise their fake investment successes and try to entice users to invest in fake websites and apps.

Social media users should set stringent security settings for social media accounts and critically evaluate sources of information consumed, seeking reliable and verified information. Verify information before sharing posts, clicking links, or promoting the post’s content, including familiar and shared contacts. Bait-and-switch posts often originate from pages that are not associated with a specific individual, have comments turned off, and are relatively vague in the descriptions used in the post. 

NJ PTR (Senior Freeze) & Anchor Program Public Event

Mayor Derek Armstead and the Tax Collector are hosting a public event for NJ PTR (Senior Freeze) and the Anchor Program on October 12th, 2023 from 10am until 2pm in the Court Room, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 301 North Avenue.

When is the event?
The event will be held on October 12th, 2023 from 10am until 2pm.

Where is the event?
The event will be held in the City Hall Court Room, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 301 North Avenue.

Can I come to this event, and what do I need to bring with me?
This is a public event. All may attend! Please make sure to bring your government issued photo ID to this event.

What is the NJ PTR Senior Freeze?

The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence (main home). To qualify, you must meet all the eligibility requirements for each year from the base year through the application year. Please note that eligibility requirements, including income limits, and benefits available for all property tax relief programs are subject to change by the State Budget.

When is the 2022 filing deadline?
The deadline for 2022 applications is October 31, 2023.

What is the 2022 payment schedule?
We are currently issuing 2022 payments to qualified applicants.

What is the Anchor Program?

The Anchor Program is the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters program. In this program, the Division of Taxation staff will do the following:

  • Assist in determining your eligibility for the ANCHOR program;
  • Provide information such as New Jersey gross income or, ID and PIN
  • (homeowners only), which can be used when completing an ANCHOR application;
  • Help file your homeowner or tenant ANCHOR application; and
  • Answer your questions about the program.
  • Check the status of your previously filed application or verify whether you have already filed.

Notice of Land Sale

Notice is hereby given that the listed City owned property, described below, will be taken up for final consideration by open public sale at auction to the highest bidder. The sale shall take place in the Planning Board Room 3rd floor at the City Hall, 301 North Wood Avenue, Linden NJ 07036 on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 10am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be reached. Click here to view and/or download a hardcopy of this notice.

Such sale is subject to term and conditions established by resolution, by the City of Linden and printed below.

StreetNumberBlockLotApproximate
Dimensions
Minimum
Price
Zone
Dill Avenue101195282.86 ft x 54.63 ft$200,000R2-B

THE LAND IS BEING SOLD “AS IS”.

THE PROPERTY IS SUBJECT TO ALL THE APPLICABLE ZONING AND LAND USE REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY OF LINDEN. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH SAME, TO OBTAIN ANY AND ALL NECESSARY PERMITS OR APPROVAL AND SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY OF LINDEN RELATING TO THE PROPERTY.

THE CITY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION AS TO ANY PROPERTY BEING BUILDABLE. IF VARIANCES ARE REQUIRED BY A BIDDER TO DEVELOP ANY PROPERTY, BIDDER MUST APPLY FOR SAME AND COMPLY WITH ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY ZONING ORDINANCES AND THE MUNICIPAL LAND USE LAW N.J.S.A. 40A:55D-1 ET SEQ.