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Photo - Cutting the Ribbon
League President Dave DelVecchio, Mayor Lambertville, Ginny Hook, President, 222 W. State Street Urban Renewal Corp., and League Executive Director, William Dressel cut Ribbon for Opening of New League Headquarters. Senator Peter Inverso along with Assemblyman Baroni (right) and Board Members, Trustees and Past Presidents pose for this Historic occasion. Click here for complete Photo Album.

Open House
and Dedication
The Roebling Mansion
222 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey

Saturday, March 24, 2007
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Words of Welcome: David DelVecchio, Mayor, Lambertville, League President
Prayer of Dedication: Father Leon Inverso, Diocese of Trenton
Introduction of Guests: William G. Dressel, Jr., League Executive Director
Ribbon Cutting:  Virginia D. Hook, League Past President
Mayor Douglas Palmer, Trenton, New Jersey
Harpist:  Barbara Biggers


League Officers and Members of the League Executive Board

DAVID M. DELVECCHIO, Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, Mayor, Denville
    1st Vice President
ROBERT L. BOWSER, Mayor, East Orange
    2nd Vice President
    3rd Vice President

JAMES ANZALDI, Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS, Council Member, Mount Holly
CORY BOOKER, Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)
LUCILLE CHAUMP, Mayor, Oceanport
CHUCK CHIARELLO, Mayor, Buena Vista
GIUSEPPE “JOE” CHILA, Mayor, Woolwich
DANIEL N. CORANOTO, Deputy Mayor, Hampton Township
MALCOLM C. FRASER, Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA “CORY” O. FULLER, Council President, Chatham Borough
GLEN D. GILMORE, Mayor, Hamilton Township (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY, Mayor, Jersey City
MARTIN L. MARKS, Mayor, Scotch Plains
GARY PASSANANTE, Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR, Committee Member, Upper Deerfield
HERBERT D. STILES, JR., Mayor, Elmer
JOSEPH TEMPESTA, JR., Mayor, West Caldwell
JANET TUCCI, Mayor, West Long Branch
DANIEL VANPELT, Mayor, Ocean Township (Ocean)
BRIAN C. WAHLER, Mayor, Piscataway
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR., Mayor, Washington Township (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON, Deputy Mayor, Montgomery



Welcome to the League’s new home. It is a home with a history. In 1870, the building was sold to Ferdinand W. Roebling, Sr. by United States Senator John Potter Stockton, whose father, Robert, had also served in the Senate and as President of the Delaware & Raritan Canal. His father, Richard, preceded him in the Senate, after which he served in the House of Representatives. And his father, also named Richard, had represented New Jersey as a Member of the Continental Congress, where he became a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.

The home’s new owner was the second son of John A. Roebling, the manufacturer/inventor of wire rope and the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge. Ferdinand, Sr., the financial and business genius of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company family firm, was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Trenton Free Public Library and the man most responsible for the design and construction of Trenton City Hall. Three generations of Roeblings resided at 222. And today, as the only remaining Roebling Mansion in Trenton, it is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.  

Financing from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), Wachovia Bank and the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund made it possible for the League to relocate from its long-time 407 West State Street home to the larger, renovated Roebling Mansion.

Permanent financing for the $6-million project, located within the State House Historic District and directly opposite the State House complex, included nearly $1.4 million in low-interest EDA loans and a $3.6-million Wachovia loan provided under the federal New Markets Tax Credits program. A $40,000 EDA predevelopment loan also was used to finance a feasibility study for the project. Additionally, a $750,000 Capital Preservation Grant helped fund the restoration and preservation of the building.

The League purchased the 5,000-square-foot structure from the City of Trenton in 2005 and has restored the exterior and first floor. The second and third floors have been transformed into modern office space. Additionally, approximately 11,000 square feet of office space was added to the rear of the building. It’s a major move for the League and a historically significant undertaking for the city. And, it was all made possible with a combination of public and private financing and a strong partnership among the EDA, Wachovia and the League.


222 West State Street Urban Renewal Corporation
Virginia D. Hook, PresidentLeague Past President, Delaware
George Hagemeister, TrusteeLeague Past President, Sparta
Phyllis L. Marchand, TrusteeMayor, Princeton TownshipLeague Past President
Paul J. Matacera, TrusteeLeague Past President, North Brunswick
Robert L. Reiher, TrusteeMayor Emeritus, West Caldwell;League Past President
Millard Wilkinson, Jr., TrusteeLeague Past President, Berlin Borough

League Staff Members
WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR., Executive Director
MICHAEL J. DARCY, CAE, Assistant Executive Director
DONNA BALTZ, Legislative, Administrative Support
SHIRLEY CADE, Legislative, Administrative Support
MIKE CERRA, Senior Legislative Analyst
SUZANNE DELANY, Seminars, Administrative Support
KYRA DURAN, Managing Editor
TOM FRATTICCIOLI, Subscriptions Manager
DAVID HARKNESS, Manager, Seminar Programs, Advertising Manager
MARIE JOHNSON, Financial Administrator
DEBORAH KOLE, Staff Attorney, Bureau of Municipal Information
DOROTHY “DEE” KOTCH, Annual Conference, Administrative Support
GAYLE KRYGIER, Assistant Financial Administrator
KRISTIN LAWRENCE, Assistant Exhibit Manager
JON R. MORAN, Senior Legislative Analyst
TARAN SAMHAMMER, ‑Bureau of Municipal Information, Research Coordinator
BECKY WRIGHT, Executive Assistant, Administrative Support
HELEN YELDELL, Senior Legislative Analyst









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