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Message from Mayor Armstead

Linden Police Department Community Meeting

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Linden Police Department invite you to attend the Linden Police Department Community Meeting. Meet Mayor Armstead, Chief Hart, and many of the Police Officers who work in your neighborhood.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Linden Police Department Community Meeting. Learn about various Police Department Programs and discuss crime and traffic concerns in your neighborhood.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7pm.
  • How: For more information, contact Captain Christopher Guenther via email here.

Mayor Derek Armstead Challenges Governor Phil Murphy

Critical information for all Linden residents.

Dear Linden Residents, 

There is something critical I need to bring to everyone’s attention. 

All residents must be made aware of an egregious New Jersey Health Benefits Plan cost increase set into motion by the Governor’s office in New Jersey. If the current plan is allowed to come into effect, then while state employees will only experience a 3% increase in their contribution, municipalities will sustain a catastrophic 22.8% increase in their contributions. This translates into an additional $3,292,054 annually for Linden, which is unacceptable. 

On December 21, 2022 at 3pm I called into Ask the Governor, which is a monthly live show on channel News 12 New Jersey, and I challenged the Governor to explain why it is acceptable to burden local taxpayers with the significant increase in the municipal contributions toward the New Jersey Health Benefits Plan. The Governor’s explanations are factually inaccurate, and unfortunately I was cut off from the live call and unable to respond to his rebuttal. This link will show you what happened on the call

The 22.8% increase will almost certainly cause municipalities throughout the State of New Jersey to increase their property taxes to meet this new financial burden, and may also cause an unprecedented number of layoffs and hiring freezes statewide. To be clear, this increase affects all homeowners AND RENTERS in the State of New Jersey, not only in Linden. When property taxes go up, this means that rent also increases, because the property owners must find additional revenue to meet the new financial demands resulting from the property tax increase.

My finance team and I are working around the clock in an effort to solve this calamity without the State’s assistance, and I can really use your help! When you have time, please contact the Governor’s office by clicking hereselect “Taxation” from the Topic dropdown, select “Property Tax” from the “Select a sub-topic” dropdown and then paste the following italicized text into the message field on their contact form page. The italicized text below is from my own letter that I sent to the Governor’s office in November, 2022. 

I am writing to you as a resident of the great City of Linden. The announcement by the State Health Benefits Commission that municipalities will receive an approximately 25% increase in the cost of health benefit premiums is incomprehensible. Such a one year drastic raise in health benefit premium costs will be devastating to Linden residents. Not only will the City’s costs increase, but also the trickle down increase from the County will be a double hit to me and my fellow residents. The residents of the City of Linden simply cannot afford the determination of the Commission.

The health premium increase of nearly 23% with a 2% margin means an additional $3,300,000.00 tax increase to our residents. Linden is a hardworking, blue collar municipality. With an average home assessed value of $132,683.00, this multimillion dollar burden will cost Linden residents 12.5 tax points, with an additional increase coming from the County. With police and fire emergency calls increasing almost 10% in 2022 over 2021, we cannot make service cuts.

This health benefit increase is not sustainable for the City. On behalf of me and my fellow residents, I must call for your Office to take action to have the Commission renegotiate rate plan premiums which are affordable and sustainable. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter! 

Thank you in advance for your help. With any questions, please call my office at (908) 474-8493.

Linden Wins $350,000 Grant to Plant Trees

The City of Linden was awarded $350,000 in New Jersey’s Natural Climate Solutions Grants (NCS) program. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced this and other grants on Wednesday to underscore the important role natural resources have in sequestering carbon to meet the Garden State’s greenhouse gas goals.

The City of Linden will plant 540 trees across eight Blue Acres-acquired lots and three City-owned, partially Green Acres-funded parks and lots in the Tremley Point region, including Sgt. A. Wales Memorial Park and Louis Avenue Park. The City will pair this work with a public outreach effort that includes educational signage at each site and a public tree planting event with the community.

“The City of Linden is proud to be a recipient of DEP’s NCS grant program,” said Linden’s Mayor Derek Armstead. “These funds will enable us to plant over 500 trees and install educational signage across several barren Blue Acres-acquired properties and City-owned parks in our Tremley Point region. This project will help reduce the urban heat island effect, help sequester carbon, create wildlife habitat and enhance green space in our Environmental Justice Community.”

Annual Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mayor Derek Armstead, the Linden Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, and Senior Pastor Therman E. Evans, MD, PhD. of Morning Star Community Christian Center invite you to attend the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring speaker Dr. Leo Blackshear of Morning Star Community Christian Center. Masks are mandatory.
  • Where: Morning Star Community Christian Center, which is located at 1009 Chandler Avenue.
  • When: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11am.
  • How: Masks mandatory. The in-person event will also stream live on Facebook and YouTube.

Dining to Donate

Every Monday in January is Fund Day!

Help the Linden Highschool Class of 2023 raise money for their end of year activities. Simply show this flyer to anyone Applebee’s when you dine in or take out on Mondays in January 2023, and 10% of all sales will go toward benefiting the Linden Highschool Class of 2023.

  • What: Help the Linden Highschool Class of 2023 raise money for their end of year activities.
  • When: Every Monday during January 2023 during their hours of operation, which are from 11am until 12am.
  • Where: Applebee’s of Linden, located at 671 West Edgar Road, Linden NJ 07036.
  • How: Simply show this flyer to anyone Applebee’s when you dine in or take out, and 10% of all sales will go toward benefiting the Linden Highschool Class of 2023.

Annual Coat Drive

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Kayode Mckinnon Soccer Academy proudly host the annual Coat Drive. Give back to those in need!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Annual Coat Drive. Free coats and winter accessories will be available for all families in the surrounding community.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street, Linden, NJ 07036.
  • When: Wednesday, December 28 from 9am until 12pm.
  • How: For more information, please contact the Mayor’s office at (908) 474-8493.

City of Linden 2022 Tree Lighting

Mayor Derek Armstead and the Cultural & Heritage Committee invite the City of Linden to attend the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday music, refreshments and meet Santa! Starts at 6pm at Linden City Hall. After the tree lighting, Linden families are invited to the Promenade to take pictures with Santa and enjoy refreshments. Children ages ten and under receive a chance to win a bike! Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • When: Friday, December 2nd, 2022 at 6pm.
  • Where: City Hall

Holiday Pop Up Shop

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, the Linden City Council Entrepreneurship Program, Communities in Cooperation and its CEO Pastor Pamela B. Jones, and Linden First invite you to attend the Linden Holiday Pop Up Shop. Come ready to shop and support local small businesses!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event in English.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event in Spanish.

  • What: Holiday pop up shop with music, refreshments and raffle giveaways. The first ten people with purchases of $25 and up will receive a free gift card!
  • When: Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 5pm until 8pm.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • How: Click here to register for this event.

Special Thank You to George Capodagli, Meridia Lifestyles, Lifestyles II and their Team Members

It is with great appreciation that I thank George Capodagli, his Meridia Lifestyles, Lifestyles II and their team members for their generous donation towards our Annual Thanksgiving Give-away.

They have supported this effort over the last six years by donating turkeys and their fixings. On behalf of our families in need, especially this year with the high rising costs of food, we thank them for their continued generosity and participation in helping the Linden community thrive!

Mayor Derek Armstead

6th Annual Holiday Breakfast with Santa

Mayor Derek Armstead, the Mayor’s Youth Commission, and Linden FMBA Locals 34 and 234 invite Linden families to the 6th Annual Holiday Breakfast with Santa.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • When: December 10th, 2022, from 8am until 11am.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, 330 Helen Street.
  • Who: Proceeds to support “Miracles for Myeloma.”
  • How: Registration ends December 7th, 2022. Kids eat free through age 12. Ages 13 and over is $5. For more information, please call (908) 474-8493. Proof of Linden residency is required.

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