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Liberty Hall

20140710_124224Liberty Hall was a 14 room Georgian style home when it was first built in 1772 by William Livingston, a lawyer who became a member of the First and Second Continental Congress and later the first Governor of New Jersey. Livingston’s gardens and orchards are still intact and can be toured year round.

Many famous visitors spent time in Liberty Hall including Alexander Hamilton, and George and Martha Washington. Peter Kean purchased the house in 1811 for his mother who was a niece of William Livingston. The Kean family owned the house for several generations during which time they modified the home to make it a 50 room Victorian Italianate mansion. 20140710_123537They also added running water, gas lighting, and hot-air heating. Mary Alice Kean spearheaded the restoration of Liberty Hall in the 1940s.

Liberty Hall is located on the corner of Morris and North Avenues on the Liberty Hall Campus of Kean University. Liberty Hall is  and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The collection includes furniture, clothing, manuscripts, pictures and other historical artifacts including a signed letter from George Washington and an invitation to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration.

There is a farmers market at Liberty Hall every Thursday this summer from 12-7 until October 30th.


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Will you be affected by the postponement of the Homestead Property Tax Relief?

 Are you one of the 1.6 million people who qualify for the New Jersey Homestead Property Relief Program?

  • Seniors and disabled residents receive, on average, $516 in property tax relief.
  • Resident homeowners earning less than $75,000 receive $402 in relief.

Do you pay more than the statewide average in property taxes?

  • The average is $8000.
  • Governor Christie passed a law nearly 4 years ago preventing property taxes from increasing more than 2% in any given year.

Why is the Relief being postponed?

  • The program costs the State $375 million per year.
  • The Governor’s reduced budget plan needs to slash that $375 million to close the gap between expenses and income.

What other budget items are being cut?

  • The State is cutting its contribution to the public employee pension system by $1.57 billion dollars, despite having agreed to increase pension fund contributions as recently as 2011.
  • Another $160 million will be cut from departmental spending and $15 million will be cut from NJ Transit funding.

 

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