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September 14, 2011

Re:       Rutgers Seminar on Pension and Health Benefits

Dear Mayor:

Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration is sponsoring a free forum “Has NJ Solved the Pension & Retirement Health Benefit Problem?  What was Actually Accomplished & What is facing Other Governments” on Friday, September 30, 2011 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University – Newark, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102. 

This Forum will explore the changes that were made in New Jersey, including: the impact on state and local government budgeting; the impact on employees and labor relations; the impact on the retirement and health benefit systems; the impact it has made to the credit rating of the state and its jurisdictions; and what might be the long range impact on the finances of the state.

In addition, the forum will review the New Jersey changes within the framework of what is happening in other states as viewed by the Pew Center on the States and Fitch Rating Agency – as well as actions being considered in New York City as viewed by the Independent Budget Office of the City of New York.

Speakers at the forum include:

  • Marc Holzer, Dean School of Public Affairs & Administration, Rutgers University –Newark
  • Richard F. Keevey, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University –Newark
  • Ms. Susan Urahn, Managing Director, Pew Center on the States, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Honorable Andrew W. Sidamon-Eristoff, Treasurer, State of New Jersey
  • Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, Director, Independent Budget office of New York City
  • Mr. Richard Raphael, Executive Managing Director, Fitch Rating Agency
  • Dr. P. Kelly Hatfield, Chair/CEO, Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC)
  • Mr. Fred Beaver, Pension Services, Church Pension Group & former Director NJ Division of Pension and Health Services
  • Mr. Scott Reeser, Senior Project Manager, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Although the forum is free you must register to attend.  You can register for the forum at

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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