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2016-2017 New Jersey League of Municipalities Officers


League President
Albert Kelly (Mayor, Bridgeton)

Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton is the new President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Kelly, who previously served as the League’s 1st Vice President, was elected at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting.

As President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Kelly will help guide the association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments. He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state, and federal governments.

He was first elected Mayor for the City of Bridgeton on July 1, 2010, winning 76% of the vote. He was re-elected, running unopposed in November 2014. In addition to his service as Mayor, he has volunteered and has been appointed to various community boards and leadership positions, including: the Bridgeton Board of Education; Cumberland County College’s Board of Trustees; Chair of the Cumberland County Selective Service Committee; former City Council President; and Former President of the Local Police Athletic League.

Mayor Kelly currently holds the following board memberships: former President of  the New Jersey Community Action Association; Board Member-Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority; member of the County Workforce Investment Board; President of the Cumberland County Black Hall Of Fame; Board Member of the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Churches; former National Region II Representative to the Community Action Partnership Board of Directors; Cumberland County Empowerment Zone, Cumberland Development Corporation Advisory Board Member for PNC Bank and Board of Directors Inspira Health Network.

In addition to his prior service on the League of Municipalities’ Executive Board, Mayor Kelly is an active member of the League’s Legislative Committee. The Bridgeton native is a graduate of Trenton State College (College of New Jersey) and has worked in the state and municipal court system. He has received recognition, honors, and awards at local, state and national levels for his outstanding dedication to human and community services.

Mayor Kelly has four daughters–Lindsay, Aisha, Rachel, and Sarah. He is also a First Elder at Bethany S.D.A. Church.


Mayor James Cassella, League 3rd Vice President

League 1st Vice President
James Cassella (Mayor, East Rutherford)

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, New Jersey’s mayors elected James Casella, Mayor of East Rutherford, to the position of First Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

As First Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Cassella will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments. He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state, and federal officials.

Mayor Cassella began his service to the people of East Rutherford in 1980 as Trustee of the Borough’s Board of Education. During his five years in that capacity, he served on the Financial, Personnel and Contract Negotiations Committees. In 1985, he was elected to the Borough Council. Continuing on that body until 1995, he served as Chairman of the Finance, Fire, Police and DPW Committees. He represented the Council in Contract Negotiations. Also, in continual service since 1985, he remains a member of the Joint Meeting Sewer Authority.

First elected East Rutherford’s Mayor in 1996, and in addition to his other duties, he has been an active member, including terms of office as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman, of the Hackensack Meadowlands Municipal Committee. Since 2002, he has also been a Commissioner of the Bergen County Utilities Authority. For the past six years, Mayor Cassella has also served as a member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Executive Board. He is also a League Legislative Committee Member.

A graduate of Felician College, Mayor Cassella is a recipient of, among other honors, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award, the Hackensack Riverkeeper Excellence in Public Service award, and the South Bergen PAC Outstanding Leadership Award.

Mayor Cassella has been happily married to his wife, Janice, for more than 25 years.


League 2nd Vice President
Colleen Mahr (Mayor, Fanwood)

Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood is the new 2nd Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Mahr, who previously served on the League’s Executive Board, was elected at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City.

As 2nd Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Mahr will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments. She will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state, and federal governments.

Beginning her career in public service as Mayoral Aide in Jersey City, Mayor Mahr rose through the ranks to earn the post of Jersey City's Assistant Director of Housing and Economic Development, where she developed in-depth analyses of business trends, legislation, real estate, and industrial capacity, and applied the resulting data towards planning, organizing, and directing economic enhancement for Jersey City.

First elected Mayor in 2004, Mayor Mahr had an opportunity to apply her development experience to the deteriorating downtown of her home town, Fanwood. She kick-started the languishing downtown redevelopment plans that had been discussed for decades and worked with local property owners directly in order to avoid using eminent domain. A decade later Fanwood had been transformed with a downtown redevelopment project that was awarded the 2014 Smart Growth Award for Redevelopment and has been featured in the NJ Handbook on Redevelopment.

A strong voice for her constituents, Mayor Mahr led a coalition of mayors working with the Raritan Valley Rail Line to secure direct rail service to Manhattan and continues to work with this coalition to advance the Gateway Tunnel Project, which would be a service to the entire state. 

Mayor Mahr has served as an Executive Board member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Chair of the NJLM Legislative Committee, leads the Mayor’s Coalition of The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, a member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, Past President and Legislative Committee Chair for the NJ Conference of Mayors, Board of Directors of the Irish Network New Jersey, a member of the Governor’s Local Government Ethics Task Force, Muhlenberg Hospital Community Advisory Group Member and  Board Member of the Union County Academy for the Performing Arts.

Mayor Mahr currently serves as Director of Business Development for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights.


James J Perry Sr. 3rd Vice President New Jersey League of Municipalites

League 3rd Vice President
James J. Perry, Sr. (Mayor, Hardwick)

Mayor James J. Perry, Sr., of Hardwick is the new 3rd Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Perry, who previously served on the League’s Executive Board, was elected at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City.

As 3rd Vice President of the NJLM, Mayor Perry will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments. He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state, and federal officials.

Mayor Perry has been a League Executive Board member since 2013. He is also a member of the League's Legislative Committee and the Leagues Emergency Management Preparedness team. Mayor Perry was also a member of the League’s 100th Anniversary Committee.

Mayor Perry has served on the Hardwick Township Committee since 2000, and is in his 6th term as Mayor. He chairs the township budget committee and has served on the local public safety committees, Open Space, Grants, Public Safety, and DPW Committees. He has been serving his community since 1995, starting with an appointment to the Environmental Committee and is a 20-year Planning Board member.  He also has served as recreation director for 3 years. Mayor Perry has also served as President of the Warren County League of Municipalities. In addition, he has volunteered as VP of North Warren Little League and coached youth baseball, football and basketball. He is a local business owner of Comtech Solutions, a computer repair business since 2000.

Mayor Perry is currently the 1st VP of the New Jersey Conference of Mayor and will move up to President in April of 2017. He also serves on the NJCM Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Gun Safety Committee, and Bylaws Committee. 

Born and raised in East Rutherford before moving to Hardwick in 1993, Mayor Perry attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. His brother George Perry is in his 5th term as a member of the East Rutherford Town Council. He has two children, daughter Alyssa, 26, Rutgers Graduate and current math teacher at Glen Rock High School, and  son, James Jesse, Jr. (deceased at 23 in 2015), graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.


Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE

 

Michael Darcy joined the New Jersey State League of Municipalities in January 1990. He has held positions in every program, service and management area including advertising manager of New Jersey Municipalities magazine; program specialist in charge of producing seminars; exhibit manager for the Annual League Conference, which is the largest municipal conference in the United States; assistant executive director, and, as of July 1, 2015, executive director.

As executive director, he is responsible for overall administration of the League staff of 18, member programs and services, business operations, and administration of the Executive Board.  Darcy is a New Jersey registered lobbyist and represents the League’s interests to external partners and issue stakeholders. 

The League represents all of the State’s 565 municipalities and over 13,000 elected and appointed municipal officials. Its headquarters are located at 222 West State Street in Trenton. The League has an operating budget of over 3 million dollars. Some of the many programs and services provided by the League include a monthly magazine “New Jersey Municipalities”, seminars/webinars and educational workshops on a wide range of subjects, numerous survey documents, almanacs, and directories. The League also produces an Annual Conference each November in Atlantic City that attracts nearly 20,000 registrants. Notably, the League is highly regarded as being the “municipal voice” on both Federal and State legislative matters.

Darcy is also responsible for overall administration the NJLM Educational Foundation and the 222 West State Street Urban Renewal Corporation.

He is a Fellow with Leadership New Jersey.  In 1999, he achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.  He is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Association Executives (now MASAE) and served as editor of the NJSAE magazine PACE.  He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

 

Updated 11/21/16
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