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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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News Flash

Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the Profession...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 11, 2018

White House Looks to Rescind Budget Agreement

The President has formally requested that Congress rescind monies for certain programs, which were funded in the March bipartisan compromise. That agreement prevented a government shut-down. Both Houses must approve the $15.4 Billion clawback request with...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

Community Policing Development (CPD) ProgramA competitive grant designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, fiel...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of theCOPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admi...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Housing Assistance Changes Proposed

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, this week proposed significant changes to the agency’s low-income housing programs, tripling rent for the poorest households, and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work r...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) grant funding opportunity, a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement a...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 27, 2018

U.S. Senate Committee Readies Opioid Crisis Response

The Senate Health Committee this week unanimously voted to report S.2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, to the full Senate. The bill, jointly sponsored by Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray, includes measures intended to ma...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Water Infrastructure Loan Availability

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of the second round of funding for water infrastructure projects under the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA is seeking Letters of In...

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Federal Government

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Liquor Bill Makes Its First Round

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee approved A-3494, which would permit municipalities to create new liquor licenses for restaurants meeting certain criteria. League First Vice President Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood, testified in support of the ...

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Home
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Volunteer Clarification Bill Advances

On Monday, May 14, Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed A-1627/S-1873, which would permit a person with a pre-existing volunteer relationship as a firefighter, first aid worker, rescue squad worker, or emergency medical technician with the...

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Home
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Appellate Division Issues OPRA Decision

In a consolidated opinion, the Appellate Division issued its decision in Harry Scheeler v. City of Cape May, a case which the League joined as amicus curiae. This case concerned the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and specifically sought to answer the ques...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act Signed

Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by hav...

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Home
Posted on: May 10, 2018

S-5 Gets Conditional Veto

Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-5, which would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees comprised of Labor and Management representatives. In his veto message, Governor Murphy noted that he is c...

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Home
Posted on: May 15, 2018

Clarifications of Animal Cruelty Enforcement Law

On January 16 of this year, former Governor Christie signed into law a bill that enacted major reforms, designed to improve enforcement of the State’s animal welfare and animal cruelty statutes. In response to reports of improprieties, the law e...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

ETR Budget Proposal & History's Hard Lessons

In a recent meeting with the State Treasurer, League President Mayor Jim Cassella of East Rutherford voiced our concerns with a key piece of Governor Murphy’s State budget proposal. Mayor Cassella had previously raised those concerns in his testimony befo...

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Home
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Housing Assistance Changes Proposed

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, this week proposed significant changes to the agency’s low-income housing programs, tripling rent for the poorest households, and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work r...

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Home
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Charitable Trust Legislation Signed

On May 4 in East Rutherford, Governor Murphy signed S-1893, which permits municipalities, counties, or school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for specific public purposes; and permits property tax credits in association with cert...

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Home
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Pay Equity Act Signed into Law

On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law S-104, the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.” The new law which takes effect July 1, 2018, modifies the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to expand unlawful employment practice under LAD t...

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Home
Posted on: May 11, 2018

White House Looks to Rescind Budget Agreement

The President has formally requested that Congress rescind monies for certain programs, which were funded in the March bipartisan compromise. That agreement prevented a government shut-down. Both Houses must approve the $15.4 Billion clawback request with...

Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Treasurer to Testify. ETR Uncertainty Persists

On May 21 and 22, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio will testify, respectively, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. At that time, the Treasurer will present the State’s revised revenue estim...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the Profession...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Liquor Bill Makes Its First Round

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee approved A-3494, which would permit municipalities to create new liquor licenses for restaurants meeting certain criteria. League First Vice President Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood, testified in support of the ...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Volunteer Clarification Bill Advances

On Monday, May 14, Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed A-1627/S-1873, which would permit a person with a pre-existing volunteer relationship as a firefighter, first aid worker, rescue squad worker, or emergency medical technician with the...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act Signed

Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by having access to, and t...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 15, 2018

Clarifications of Animal Cruelty Enforcement Law

On January 16 of this year, former Governor Christie signed into law a bill that enacted major reforms, designed to improve enforcement of the State’s animal welfare and animal cruelty statutes. In response to reports of improprieties, the law eliminates ...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 10, 2018

S-5 Gets Conditional Veto

Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-5, which would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees comprised of Labor and Management representatives. In his veto message, Governor Murphy noted that he is c...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 11, 2018

ETR Budget Proposal & History's Hard Lessons

In a recent meeting with the State Treasurer, League President Mayor Jim Cassella of East Rutherford voiced our concerns with a key piece of Governor Murphy’s State budget proposal. Mayor Cassella had previously raised those concerns in his testimony befo...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 10, 2018

League Statement on S-5 Conditional Veto

League Statement on Governor’s Conditional Veto of S-5

Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed legislation (S-5) that would transfer control of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from the State Department of Treasury to...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Charitable Trust Legislation Signed

On May 4 in East Rutherford, Governor Murphy signed S-1893, which permits municipalities, counties, or school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for specific public purposes; and permits property tax credits in association with cert...

Read on...

Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Pay Equity Act Signed into Law

On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law S-104, the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.” The new law which takes effect July 1, 2018, modifies the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to expand unlawful employment practice under LAD to include discrimina...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 23, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Extension

Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards expired on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awa...

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11 Stories
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Treasurer to Testify. ETR Uncertainty Persists

State Treasurer Maher Muoio to testify on revised State revenue estimates, basis for the next budget, before the Assembly Appropriations & Senate Budget & Appropriations Committees. Tell State Legislators your concerns about ETR revisions.

On May 21 and 22, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio will testify, respectively, before the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. At that time, the Treasurer will present the State’s revised rev...

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Notices
Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Notices
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Special Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

The Dept. of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly. This insect has the potential to impact the agricultural industry, especially the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries.

The Department of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly to the Department either by email to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call the New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a ...

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Notices
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Property Tax Relief Funding Shortfall Calculator Posted

Wharton Borough Administrator Jon Rheinhardt has developed a tool to measure annual and cumulative gaps between the amount of ETR and CMPTRA property tax relief funding municipalities received through the State & what WOULD HAVE been received under PTPA.

Our thanks to Wharton Borough Administrator Jon Rheinhardt, who has developed a tool that any municipality can use to measure the annual, and cumulative, gap between the amount of ETR and CMPTRA property tax relief funding the municipality actually receiv...

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Notices
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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Notices
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

The COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive grant program providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine.

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) grant funding opportunity, a competitive grant program that advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement a...

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Notices
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Program announces the availability of a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids.

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office has announced the availability of theCOPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, a competitive grant program that assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admi...

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Notices
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Grant: Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office announces a competitive grant designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies, the Grant: Community Policing Development (CPD) Program.

Community Policing Development (CPD) ProgramA competitive grant designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, fiel...

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Notices
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Parking & Recreation Fees Survey

Please complete the recently mailed survey requesting information on your Parking and Recreation Fees. Although the cover letter was incorrect, the survey itself IS correct. Please submit responses no later than May 30. Thank you for participating.

The League recently mailed a survey requesting information on your Parking and Recreation Fees. Unfortunately, the cover letter accompanying the survey was incorrect. The letter is dated April 2016 and included an introduction for a survey request that wa...

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Notices
Posted on: April 18, 2018

EPA Funding for WIFIA Announced

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). WIFIA is a federal program aiming to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure through loans.

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). $5.5 billion in WIFIA loans are available. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program aiming to ...

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Notices
Posted on: March 19, 2018

Tell Us Your Story!

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Is a new program making life better for your community? Do you hold strong views on municipal issues? Have you found a new way to save money? If so, share your story with your fellow municipal leaders with an article in NJ Municipalities Magazine!

RE: RECEIVE THE RECOGNITION YOUR TOWN DESERVES!Dear Mayor:We'd like to extend a personal invitation for you to submit an article to the League magazine, NJ Municipalities. With a circulation of 7,558 and a much larger pass along readership, the magazine p...

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