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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes joined the County freeholders and constitutional officers today at the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Mercer County Connection.

Hughes called for the County Connection as part of his continued commitment to greater accessibility to County Government, and the County freeholders shared this vision and provided the necessary funding in 2006.

"This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the County to extend its services in a more convenient way, but also for our residents to find out all we have to offer," Hughes said before cutting a ceremonial ribbon at the County Connection, located on Route 33 in the Acme shopping center.

"Whether you need a passport, an absentee ballot application, or a health screening, all of these services can be handled right here at this central location within Mercer County," Hughes said.

Hughes was joined at the grand opening yesterday by Freeholder board president Pat Colavita, Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio, County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, County Surrogate Diane Gerofsky, County Sheriff Kevin Larkin, Hamilton Mayor Glen Gilmore, and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh.

Colavita said the freeholders were proud to support the County Connection initiative and added the board strives to increase accessibility to county government.

Sollami Covello noted the increased demand for passports due to new federal regulations made this the perfect time to open another venue for residents to apply for a passport. In addition, the Clerk's staff working at the County Connection can create County identification cards for residents who may need an additional form of identification.

Hamilton is excited to be home to the versatile satellite office, Mayor Glen Gilmore said, and added Route 33 can be visited from many major roadways like Route 130, Route 1, and Interstates 95 and 295 that pass through other Mercer County towns.

The 2,100-square-foot, glass front store offers a variety of goods and services to County residents: passports, notary public, veteran discharge papers, voter registration and absentee ballots, health screenings, wills and probate, public access computers, recycle buckets, consumer affairs information, senior citizen information, Mercer County Community College information, Parks and Recreations programs, public transportation schedules and county maps, emergency management information and Rutgers Cooperative Extension information. Each department of County government will have information available at County Connection, Hughes said.

A meeting room is also available for use for community organizations, veterans groups and non-profit groups. County residents can use the Connection's two computer terminals in half-hour intervals, Hughes said.

The County Connection offers plenty of free parking and is on NJ Transit bus route 603. Convenient hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and credit cards are accepted. Passport applications are accepted Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only.

For more information on what Mercer County Connection has to offer, call (609) 890-9800 or email