December 5, 19, 2017
Our guests were:

Michael Mastronardy, Ocean County Sheriff and
Joseph Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor

The Mayors' guests were Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (on the left above) and Prosecutor Joseph Coronato (right). They updated the Mayors on the work of their offices. Sheriff Mastronardy, for example, spoke about foreclosed properties coming onto the market and what that means for municipalities. He also said some assets are being purchased at extremely low prices by speculators who immediately put them up for sale at much higher prices.

Prosecutor Coronato focused on the opioid epidemic that has been particularly tragic in Ocean County. He described in compelling words overdose deaths and their devastating impacts on families and communities. The prosecutor explained how addicts in need of drug money shoplift area stores then return the goods at other stores, often for gift cards they then sell to pawn shops at enormous discounts. The pawnshops in turn resell the gift cards at high prices that are still below face value. Ordinances passed by Ocean County municipalities have helped his office address the scheme that provided windfall profits for pawnbrokers, he said. His office has the largest task force dedicated to opioid enforcement in the state with 28 people including 9 detectives, he noted. While his office vigorously pursues dealers, when it comes to addicts the prosecutor is more interested in getting them help than in jailing them. The prosecutor outlined a three-point program for dealing with the opioid epidemic based on education, prosecution, and health care. He said the recent surge in opioid overdose deaths in the county has been contained and reversed.

 

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Note: When circumstances make it necessary, guest speakers are subject to change without notice.

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
the subject will be...

Municipal Security
This is a sponsored meeting. There will be no meeting fee for the first 40 members.

On TUESDAY, January 23, 2018, the Ocean County Mayors’ Association will hold a business meeting at the Grove Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel located at 955 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey. Registration begins at 8:30 AM.

I hope you will be able to attend our regular monthly meeting. You are also welcome to bring guests. Again, there is no fee for the first 40 members. In fact,  CAPACITY IS LIMITED TO 40.

I hope you will be able to attend our regular monthly meeting. Kindly RSVP by Friday, January 19 by calling (732) 644-0657 (voice or text), or by email at ocmayors@comcast.net (please indicate number of attendees, and names if possible

-April D. Elley, Administrator
Ocean County Mayors' Association

 

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