Elected Officials

5th Ward Councilwoman Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling

(908) 718-7933

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I began my first term in January, 2011. As an elected official, I take pride in representing the interest of the 5th ward residents.  I truly enjoy speaking with my neighbors about what concerns them and getting their ideas on ways to enhance our quality of life, youth, and senior programs or neighborhood safety.

I can be reached via email at rcosbyhurling@linden-nj.org or talk and text at 9087187933. If you prefer text message (140 characters or less) I have a totally FREE TEXT GROUP Text 07036 to 84483 to receive alerts To get more information and regular updates, visit my social media page.

January 3, 2017 I am pleased to share my goals as I enter into my third term as the representative from the 5th ward here in Linden.

1. Continue to increase pedestrian and motorist safety in our ward.
~ We have made strides in our ward toward increasing the safety of our roadways. It was important to me that we increase safety and slow speeding traffic near our elementary school and senior and disabled housing complex on Dill Ave. We have seen the installation of the city's first speed hump in this area. Additionally, there are more crosswalks painted near our parks, on Park Ave and Charles St. We also were fortunate to have a flashing stop sign installed at our new four-way stop intersection located at Dill Ave and Adams St. Finally, in 2015 a new sidewalk was installed where there was not one on Mildred Ave, which allows for safe passage for children who walk to and from school. In 2016, we also has a side walk install on Union St to ensure safe pedestrian travels.

2. Continue working with our community partners and members of the governing body who agree that our community's children deserve to have structured and meaningful programs that help to prepare them for their futures as well as developing cultural and civic awareness.
~ In 2014 a study that I lead revealed that there is, indeed a desire for after school programming here in Linden. Working with several members of the community, we are closer than ever, to having programs established in multiple city locations.

3. Continuing to work with my neighbors to address their quality of life concerns and ensure that we get our fair share of street paving, trees planted and sidewalks repaired. I will continue to bring fun, educational and cultural programs to the community through community meetings, cultural programs and annual family nights and BBQ events.

Notable initiatives from my first two terms include:
Authoring legislation requiring background checks for those working with Linden’s youth.
Policy requiring basic skills testing for entry level clerical staff.
Policy requiring public advertisement of all employment opportunities.
Established the City’s Annual Celebration of Black History
Established Recognition of Breast Cancer Survivors
 and Linden’s Annual Cancer Awareness Walk
Establishing and facilitating a Hooked On Fish Not on Drugs Program for Linden Children
Recognition for the City of Linden for our Let's Move activities to prevent childhood obesity
Senior in Motion Van  From Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Scheduled 2017 Community Events
Please note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change without notice.

January 25  Wednesday Community Meeting - Family Feud Game Night 6:00-8pm  John St Recreation Center

February 7, Tuesday Black History Program, 6:30-8:30pm John Street Recreation Center

March 7, Tuesday Community meeting:  Health and wellness John St Recreation Center 6:30-8pm

April 4, Tuesday, Budget Presentation location, John St Recreation Center 6:30- 7:30pm

May 20, Saturday, Wilson Park City Wide Kids to Parks Event

June 10, Saturday 9:00am Free Fishing Derby at Wilson Pond NO License required: NO Entry Fee Sponsorship Opportunities Are available.

June 10 RELAY FOR LIFE - CLARK- Fifth Ward Friends for Life - Join our Team and Walk with us to SUPPORT CANCER AWARENESS AND RESEARCH

August 27, Sunday, Community Cook-Out 12:00pm - 3:00pm  5th Ward Park, Dill Ave & Adams St.

October 22, Sunday  Cancer Awareness Walk 9 am  to 11 am Preregistration is recommended " Fundraiser"

October 24, Tuesday Community Meeting, Hispanic Heritage  6:30-8:30pm  John St Recreation Center

December 16, Saturday, Santa Make and Take Craft event with free prizes. 11am - 1pm at John St Center

Dates and locations are subject to change without notice.