In Effect May 1 – Recording Cover Page required on all land recordings

Please read the following Information Regarding Changes to the New Jersey County Clerks’ Recording Law:

 

Effective May 1, 2017 all land recordings in New Jersey must be accompanied by a cover sheet issued by the county in which the document is being recorded. The new cover sheet contains mandatory indexing fields which are to be completed by the submitter.

The cover sheet is part of the submitted land record.

The recording cover sheet will be included in the calculation of recording fees for documents with booking and paging fees ONLY.  There is no additional fee when recording flat fee instruments.

Failure to submit a cover sheet with any land recording* (including flat fee instrument types) will result in a $20.00 indexing charge per N.J.S.A 46:26A-5.

Click this link for Sussex County’s Recording Cover Page .  The form is a fillable PDF. It is important to note that the cover sheet is specific to the county where the document is being recorded.

Please contact the Sussex County Clerk’s Office at 973-579-0900 if you need further information regarding the submission of the recording cover sheet or any other questions regarding these recording changes.  Thank you.

*Note:  The following document types are exempt from the cover sheet requirement:  Military Discharges, Maps, and Trade Name Certificates.

 

Jeffrey M. Parrott Sussex County Clerk

Attention Sussex County Voters…

Attention Sussex County Voters…

We are fast approaching the 2017 Primary Election where you’ll have a chance to vote for the candidates that will ultimately represent your party on the General Election ballot. This year Sussex County voters will elect a new Governor, State Senator, two Members of the General Assembly, two County Freeholders, and several municipal-level representatives.

As a U.S. citizen, your vote is not only something candidates covet – it’s your constitutional right. Make sure you’re prepared to cast your vote in the June 6th Primary — and then again on November 7th in the General Election…

April 12: Last day to file Party Declaration Forms to change party affiliation for the June Primary
May 16: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary
June 6: Primary Election Day
All election dates and deadlines

  1. Mark the calendar. Tuesday, June 6th is Election Day. Polls open throughout the county from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  2. Register to vote. If you’re not already a registered voter, download a voter registration form and begin the process. New Jersey law requires that voters be registered with their county a minimum of 21 days prior to Election Day. If you’re not sure of your voter registration status, click this link. Remember that in the Primary your party affiliation status does matter; you must vote in the primary of the party to which you are affiliated. If you want to change parties, you must do so at least 55 days prior to the primary election. You can use a Voter Registration form to change parties, or complete a new Party Affiliation form. Voter registration forms and/or party affiliation forms should be mailed or dropped off at the County Election Board, 83 Spring St., Suite 305, Newton, NJ 07860. If your current registration status is “unaffiliated” you may choose to vote in either the Democratic Primary or the Republican Primary on Election Day. When you arrive at your polling place, just ask the poll worker to give you the ballot of your choice. You should note that by voting in that party’s primary, you become affiliated with that party (although you can always choose to “unaffiliate” yourself again in the future by submitting a change request).
  3. Research candidates. Learn about the issues and how the candidates feel about them. Tune into debates, town halls, and speeches.
  4. Make a plan. It may sound obvious, but having a voting plan is one of the most important things you can do after registering. Work, school, picking up the kids and grocery shopping can make any day hectic. Making a plan to get to your polling station is key. If you are housebound and know you won’t be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can plan to vote by mail ahead of time. Active military members can also vote absentee and make their voices heard at the polls. Plan ahead and make sure you get your vote in on time.
  5. Spread the word. Friends, family and acquaintances often talk politics, but sometimes don’t make it to the ballot box. Find out if those around you are as prepared as you. If not, educate them. If they haven’t registered, direct them to their county board of elections to register. Be the informed one in your group.

Input from vote.usa.gov

Veterans: Kosa Veteran Support Center Now Open

Now Open

The Kosa Veteran Support Center, Inc.

48 Wyker Rd. Franklin, NJ

What the Center does:

  • Provides a safe place for veterans to access support and resources
  • Provides veterans a safe place to talk with one another and build community
  • Gives veterans a place to advocate for other veterans’ needs and work in partnership with Catholic Family & Community Services to meet those needs
  • Gives veterans a place to bring their needs, whatever they may be
  • Counseling services – a trained clinician will provide services to veterans and their families.  Counseling can be provided for individuals, couples and/or families, or in groups by calling 973-827-4702 to schedule an appointment

The Kosa Veterans Support Center is currently open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have a heart for helping your fellow veterans?  Can you paint?  Are you able to do handyman work?

We are looking for volunteers to man the Center, help other veterans who may need assistance with their living quarters as well as provide other various supports and/or resources.  Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

We are excited to be able to help our fellow veterans in need, but we can’t do it without you!

Recorder’s Document Reference Manual

The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey makes available the Recorders Document Reference Manual.

The manual includes:

  • Recording requirements for over 165 documents recorded with County Clerks / Registers throughout the State of New Jersey
  • Realty Transfer Tax calculations
  • Recording fees
  • Explanation of acknowledgments
  • Glossary of terms

… and much more information for recordation.
The manual proves a valuable guide for …

  • Law firms
  • Title Companies
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Agencies

The manual is available as a printed, bound manual or on CD ROM.

Download Recorder’s Document Reference Manual Order Form.

Foreclosure

How Homeowners Can Protect Themselves

When homeowners are contacted about foreclosure options by a third party, homeowners should:

  • Contact their lender. They may be able to work a re-payment plan (forbearance agreement) that is within a homeowners budget;
  • Seek legal advice through a trusted attorney, not one appointed by the company or individual soliciting them.
  • Never sign away ownership of the home by a quitclaim deed or otherwise without consulting a trusted attorney;
  • Be especially suspicious of offers to lease back the home, in order to buy it back over time. These offers may sound good but often make it impossible to re-purchase the home;
  • Never make mortgage payments to anyone other than the lender;
  • Never listen to anyone other than the lender regarding the mortgage payments or due dates;
  • Beware of any home-sales contract in which the homeowner is not formally released from liability for their mortgage;
  • Do not sign any document with bank lines or spaces; information could be added later without your knowledge and consent.
  • Call the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General , Division of Consumer Affairs, and Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800 242-5846 (calls within New Jersey) email: AskConsumerAffairs@lps.state.nj.us.
  • Call the Department of Banking and Insurance toll-free hot line (1-800-446-7467) for guidance, direction and schedules or locations of foreclosure seminars.
  • For brochures on Foreclosure Scams visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Consumer%20Briefs/foreclosure-scams%E2%80%93how-to-avoid-them.pdf and http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Consumer%20Briefs/surplus-funds-scam.pdf


Is Foreclosure Mediation Right for You?

Foreclosure mediation provides homeowners who are dealing with the threat of foreclosure to receive help from housing counselors, attorneys, and a neutral mediator to resolve their loan delinquency matters. The program is free for qualified homeowners.

Visit http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/superior/foreclosure.htm for more information or call toll free at 1-888-9989-5277.

Student Packet

Dear Student,

Greetings from the Sussex County Clerk’s Office! We receive many requests from both local and out-of-county students who are interested in learning more about New Jersey’s northernmost county.

In an attempt to provide our students with quick and easy access to information about Sussex County, we have assembled this “virtual student packet” which puts data and other valuable resources literally at your fingertips.

Simply choose from the list of available links below to begin learning more about our wonderful county. If you need further assistance with your project, please don’t hesitate to contact the Sussex County Clerk, and we’ll help in whatever way we can.

Please note that this area of our Web site is “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” and that all links may not yet be operational. We appreciate your patience.

Sussex County:

County Flag & County Seal
A Profile of Sussex County
Sussex County Then and Now

Departments & Agencies:

Sussex County Surrogate Court
Sussex County Sheriff’s Office

County Data:

About Our County’s Government
Some County Facts & Figures
Sussex County “Notables” (Historical Figures)
History of Sussex County (including incorporations, maps, boundary changes)
Present Day County Map
Physical Location, Elevations, and Climate
Population Trends 

Sussex County Tourism —
Things To Do in the Area:

Sussex Skylands — New Jersey’s Great Northwest
New Jersey Skylands and Four Seasons of Agriculture
Sussex County Tourism Guide
Sussex County Chamber’s Calendar of Events
Sussex County Chamber of Commerce (home page)
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Space Farms Zoo and Museum
Heaven Hill Farm
Westfall Winery

Museums:

 

Vernon Township Historical Society Museum: Sponsored by the Vernon Township Historic Society, the museum is filled with artifacts and antiques showing life in the 19th Century and features seasonal displays. Address: 293 Route 94 in Vernon, NJ; Phone: 973-764-6545

DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum: A restored 1787 Colonial Dutch house with outbuildings, containing period furnishings and a genealogy library. Address: 1097 Route 23 North, Sussex, NJ; Phone: 973-875-4058

Franklin Mineral Museum

Monroe Stone Schoolhouse: Complete restoration of an early 19th century one-room schoolhouse. Group tours by appointment. Parking & picnic facilities available. Address: 3145 Route 94, Hardyston, NJ; Phone: 973-663-0075

Neldon-Roberts Stonehouse: A state historic register site within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with displays reflecting use as a schoolhouse in the 1820s. Group tours by appointment. Address: 501 Route 206N, Montague, NJ; Phone: 973-293-3106

Newton Fire Museum: Located in the historic Spring Street Firehouse, this 1891 building houses a collection of fascinating firefighting equipment dating back to the days when horses were used to pull the fire apparatus. Free to all visitors. Group tours by appointment only. Address: 150 Spring St.,Newton, NJ 07860; Phone: 973-383-0396

Old Schoolhouse/Firehouse Museum: P.O. Box 24, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439; Phone: 973-209-7443

Roseville School House Museum: Restored 1850 wooden school house operated by the Byram Township Historical Society. Open for tours by school children. Address: Beatrice Johnson Way, Byram Municipal Complex, Byram, NJ; Phone: 973-347-4585

Sterling Hill Mining Museum: New Jersey’s only underground mine tour; features gift shop. Address: 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, NJ 07439; Phone: 973-209-7212

Stillwater Township Historical Museum: Home of the historical society of Stillwater Township and features various exhibits, local artifacts, a genealogical library and interpretive displays. Address: P.O. Box 238, Stillwater, NJ 07875

Sussex County Historical Society: Contains a collection of Sussex County memorabilia and a library of local histories, genealogies, ledgers and maps. Address: 82 Main St., P.O. Box 913, Newton, NJ 07860; Phone: 973-383-6010

State Parks & Forests:

Allamuchy Mountain & Stephens State Park: Largely in Hackettstown, this 9,200-acre park offers fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, boating, and rock climbing. Address: 800 Willow Grove, Hackettstown, NJ; Phone: 908-852-3790

High Point State Park: Located in the extreme northwest corner of Sussex County along the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, this 15,000+ acre park includes the highest elevation in New Jersey (1,803 ft above sea level). A memorial at the top affords panoramic views of three states. Park boasts swimming beach, camp sites, cabins, trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, picnic areas, non-motorized boat launches and fishing areas. Address: 1480 State Route 23, Sussex, NJ; Phone: 973-875-4800; Email: highpointsp@earthlink.net

Hopatcong State Park: Located on Lake Hopatcong, at the southernmost end of Sussex County. The 112-acre park provides facilities for picnicking, bathing, fishing and boating. Address: Landing, NJ; Phone: 973-398-7010

Kittatinny Valley State Park: Includes 3,650 acres primarily located in Andover Borough and Andover Township. The State Park includes the Andover-Aeroflex Airport, which is operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service. There are facilities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on the park’s dirt roads and old logging trails. There also is fishing and hunting. The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are part of the park and the NJ State Trails System. Phone: 973-786-6445; Email: kittatinnyvalley@embarqmail.com

Stokes State Forest: Located on the famous Kittatinny Ridge, this 16,000+ acre forest is typical of the finest mountain country that New Jersey has to offer. There are facilities for swimming, picnicking, hiking (Appalachian Trail and others), camping, fishing and hunting. Address: One Coursen Rd., Branchville, NJ; Phone: 973-948-3820

Swartswood State Park: A large portion of this 2,473-acre State Park located in Sussex County comprises two lakes that offer great recreational opportunities in a natural environment. The park is well known for its excellent fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping facilities. In addition to several miles of natural trails, there is a one-mile long handicap accessible paved trail through a mature forest. Address: Swartswood NJ; Phone: 973-383-5230

Wawayanda State Park: Located in the northeast corner of Sussex and Passaic counties, in Vernon and West Milford townships, this 20,000 acre mountain woodland tract has excellent fishing and may be enjoyed in the 255-acre Lake Wawayanda. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent, and facilities for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and bathing are open to the public, as well as the Wawayanda Iron Furnace and the Appalachian Trail. Swimming Memorial Day to Labor Day in guarded swimming area and fishing and hunting with NJ licenses. Address: 885 Warwick Tpke, Hewitt, NJ; Phone: 973-853-4462.

Miscellaneous:

Sussex County Magazine 

Deer Crash Information  (includes deer crash stats for Sussex County)