Ocean County Press Release
For Immediate Release: January 14, 2013
Contact: David Behrend, NJTPA, (973) 639-8423, dbehrend@njtpa.org

Ocean County Freeholder James Lacey Receives Service Award from NJTPA

NEWARK – The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA} Board of Trustees today recognized Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey with an award for his 10 years of service on the board at its January Annual Board Meeting.

Freeholder Lacey joined the NJTPA Board in 2003. He was elected to its Executive Committee in 2012 and currently serves as the NJTPA's Second Vice-Chairman. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the NJTPA's Planning and Economic Development Committee.

During his time on the Board, Freeholder Lacey has led efforts to put federal transportation dollars to work on county construction projects and planning studies. With Freeholder Lacey's support, Ocean County completed the replacement of the Mantoloking Road Bridge over the Barnegat Bay, as well as the conversion of the Garden State Parkway Interchange 67 at Bay Avenue into a full interchange. The county is also advancing Parkway Interchange 91 improvements at Burnt Tavern Road.

Under his guidance, the county recently completed Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Studies in Toms River and New Egypt through the NJTPA's Subregional Studies Program.

Freeholder Lacey is serving as Deputy Director of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders this year. He also is the Freeholder liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, overseeing more than 1,500 lane miles, the largest county road network in the state.

Freeholder Lacey began his career in public service in the early 1980s as a member of the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Council. He now resides with his family in Brick Township.

The NJTPA is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for 13 northern New Jersey counties. Under federal legislation, MPOs provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives can come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region's current and future transportation needs.

The NJTPA oversees $1 billion in federal transportation investments annually for a region of 6.6 million people. The Board consists of one local elected official from each of the 13 counties in the region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren), and the cities of Newark and Jersey City. The Board also includes a Governor's Representative, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Executive Director of NJ Transit, the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a Citizen's Representative appointed by the Governor. Board membership is an uncompensated position.

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