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February 23, 2011

Re:      League Management Reforms and the City of Orange attract National Coverage

Dear Mayor:

Research by the League of Municipalities and participating mayors have helped formulate strategies and resources for New Jersey municipalities to meet their budget challenges.  The City of Orange, relying in part on the strategies put forth by the League and our collaborative efforts, has positioned Orange as a microcosm of what is happening nationally and therefore putting NJ municipalities on the map as leaders in the battle of controlling costs and fair reforms as well as making the tough choices that sometimes leave no one happy.  The League may not have all the answers, but we are fighting the good fight and are at the national forefront of this recession and budget crisis to find solutions

The following videos are interviews with Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. as he strives to use every tool available to him to balance the budget in the City of Orange.  Mayor Hawkins is also the Chairman of the League's Management Reform Committee. 

Below is the national coverage:

CNN State Budget Woes Deepen.

Fox Business News - Judge Blocks Layoff of City Workers

Fox Business News - Judge Allows Layoffs.

If you are interested in joining the Management Reform Committee please contact Lori Buckelew at or 609-695-3481 x112.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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