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Press Conference  on filing of COAH Lawsuit - see caption below

(l to r standing) Gene Feyl, former League 1st Vice President and Morris County Freeholder; Gerry Tarantolo, Mayor, Eatontown, Member, League Executive Board; Gary Passanante, Mayor Somerdale, Member, League Executive Board; Randy Brown, Mayor, Evesham, Member, League Executive Board; Robert Bowser, Mayor East Orange, League President (Presiding at Press Conference); Janice Mironov, Mayor, East Windsor, Member, League Executive Board; Patricia Flannery, Mayor, Bridgewater, Member, League Legislative Committee; Edward Buzak, League Associate Counsel and Peter Cantu, Mayor, Plainsboro, League Past President.

Press Advisory
Trenton, NJ
July 15,2008

LEAGUE FILES CHALLENGE OF COAH REGULATIONS

Today, the League of Municipalities filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, appealing the regulations adopted by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing on June 2 of this year. League President Robert Bowser, Mayor of the City of East Orange, was joined by representatives of the League Executive Board and Mayors from across the State, in announcing the legal challenge. (Click here for Mayor Bowser's statement)

In announcing the challenge, Mayor Bowser stated,"The League of Municipalities supports the provision of affordable housing. Our actions today are not meant to hinder the production of affordable housing. On the contrary, the local leaders here today can testify to the hard work that they and their colleagues do to make their communities affordable."We support affordable housing. We support sound planning, the State Plan and home rule. And we believe none of these are mutually exclusive."

League Executive Director Bill Dressel noted the following: "The League's challenge has nothing to do with the recent passage of legislation regarding affordable housing. If the Legislature had not approved A-500, we would still be here today. "We are challenging the validity of the COAH regulations. This is an administrative challenge, not a legislative one."

League Assistant General Counsel Edward J.Buzak, of The Buzak Law Group, will represent the League and offered the following comment:: "COAH's regulations are unsustainable and fatally flawed. Affordable housing can be provided in a manner consistent with sound planning strategies, the State Plan and other State planning initiatives. COAH's regulations, if implemented, will drive up the costs of compliance and those additional costs will ultimately be borne by taxpayers. We can do better. (Click here for 7 Fatal Flaws of the COAH Regulations)

"We take this action today in support of achieving a sustainable affordable housing policy and in defense of our property taxpayers. We hope that the end result will be a methodology that encourages the participation of local governments, accommodates and promotes the development of affordable housing and does so in a manner consistent with local and State planning efforts."

Contact:
Bill Dressel, Executive Director
(609) 695-3481
Edward J. Buzak, Esq.
(973) 335-0600

 

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