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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

March 2008

Offices: 222 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
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IMPORTANT EVENTS
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Mar. 3
Senate Voting Session
Mar. 9
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar. 13
Assembly Voting Session
Mar. 17
Senate Voting Session
Mar. 21
State Holiday – Good Friday
Apr. 2
NJLM Scholarship entries due

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Competition
Mayors Hall of Fame
Steal an Idea
NJLM Educational Foundation

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange City

On February 12, your League Executive Board met with Governor Corzine, DOT Commissioner Kolurri and their staff to raise important questions regarding the Administration plan to address the State’s serious fiscal problems and proposed solutions. The Governor’s Chief of Staff responded in writing, and we have posted the answers on our website. We have also posted the state commissioned study that estimates the effects of the proposed toll increases on local road usage. In addition, our Heavy Truck Task Force is currently looking into that potentially serious consequence.   

But, local roads and toll payers are not the only potential victims of the plan. This budget proposal marks the seventh straight year in which the New Jersey Legislature adopts an Appropriations Act that under-funds key municipal property tax relief programs (CMPTRA and Energy Taxes). State statutes require annual inflationary adjustments in those programs. For five years, funding remained flat. Then last year, municipal property tax relief funding finally increased – by 2 percent. By adopting these budgets, our local property taxpayers have been denied over $283.7 million of relief, over the past years. That money went to fund other state priorities - priorities other than property tax relief.

We agree with the Governor. Now is the time for transformational change.

Unfortunately, however, property tax reform just is not as important in Trenton as we may have been led to believe.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

ROBERT L. BOWSER, President
  Mayor, East Orange
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Hope Township
JAMES ANZALDI , 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Clifton City
LOUISE CURREY WILSON 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, Montgomery Township

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

DONALD C. ASAY
  Mayor, Mannington Township
CORY BOOKER
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)
RANDY BROWN
  Mayor, Evesham Township
CHUCK CHIARELLO
  Mayor, Buena Vista Township

GUISEPPE "JOE" CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Deputy Mayor., Hampton Twp.

DAVID DelVECCHIO
  Mayor, Lambertville City

JOHN JOHN DEAN DeRIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth Borough
FRANK J. DRUETZLER
  Mayor, Morris Plains Borough
MICHAEL FRESSOLA
  Mayor, Manchester Township

JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
JANICE S. MIRONOV
  Mayor, East Windsor
ARTHUR R. ONDISH
  Mayor, Mount Arlington Borough 

GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale Borough
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR

  Committee Member, Upper Deerfield  Twp.
GERALD J. TARANTOLO
  Mayor, Eatontown Borough
JOSEPH TEMPESTA Jr..
  Mayor, West Caldwell Township
JANET TUCCI
  Mayor, West Long Branch Borough
BRIAN C. WAHLER
  Mayor, Piscataway Township
SUZANNE M. WALTERS
  
Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
Executive Staff
WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, Jr.
  Executive Director
MICHAEL J. DARCY, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116 or mdarcy@njslom.com

In January, all mayors received information on the scholarship competition.  At this time, you should have your judging panel in place and some entries from constituent high school students. By March 15, you should have all your entries ready to be judged.  And by April 2, you should be submitting your local winner to the League office along with a complete list of your local entries. Thank you for making this important opportunity possible for your high school juniors and seniors.

MAYORS’ HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116 or mdarcy@njslom.com

Nomination forms for the 2008 Mayors’ Hall of Fame were recently mailed to all Mayors. This special recognition is given to Mayors who have served at least 10 years for the silver level, or 20 years for the gold level. Please review the full list of current Hall of Fame Mayors at the League web site. If any mayors are missing that should be included, please nominate them on the official 2008 Mayors’ Hall of Fame nomination form.

VISIT LEAGUE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
-Contact www.njslom.org

To keep up-to-date on League seminars and events, visit our calendar at www.njslom.org. You can access, program agendas, registration forms and directions.  Dates are added all the time so be sure to check each week.

2008 MUNICIPAL DIRECTORY & LEGISLATIVE ROSTER
-Contact Dee Kotch ext. 115 for the Directory and Shirley Cade ext. 114 for the Legislative Roster

The 2008 Municipal Directory ($25) includes phone and fax numbers from all 566 municipalities along with Mayors and key appointed officials.  This year is also includes emails for all municipal clerks. The Legislative Roster ($15) lists members of the State Legislature, NJ Congressional Delegation and Governor’s Cabinet.To order go to the League web site http://www.njslom.org/Publications.html
For questions call the League office.

Steal An Idea
-NLC.org

From the National League of Cities web site, find out how universities and small cities are teaming up on economic development projects. Click on “City Practice Resource”.  http://www.nlc.org/about_cities/cityknownet.aspx

SEEKING MAYORAL CONFERENCE SUGGESTIONS-Contact Bill Dressel ext.122
bdressel@njslom.com or fax 609-695-0151

Your League staff will shortly begin preparing the schedule of educational sessions for the 93rd Annual League Conference. To make sure this schedule accurately reflects your needs, we need your input.

Please fax or e-mail your suggested topics and speakers so we may coordinate your ideas into an informative and thought provoking conference. Most conference sessions are based on the input and responses from mayors and elected officials.

NJMMA Recognizes Henry McNamara
-Contact NJMMAExDir@aol.com

The New Jersey Municipal Management Association recently recognized Wycoff Township Committeeman and former Mayor Henry McNamara with their annual Elected Officials Award.  McNamara was recognized for advocating professional management, concern for adequate staff resources and training, and challenging staff to meet high standards while also being innovative.

Congratulations to Committeeman McNamara!

NJLM EDUCATIONAL FOUDATION
-Contact Bill Dressel bdressel@njslom.com

The League has established a separate educational foundation to conduct, encourage and support educational programs that will serve New Jersey’s local government officials and employees.  The board of trustees includes:
President Louise Wilson, Committeewoman, Montgomery and League 3rd Vice President
Vice President Jun Choi,  Mayor of Edison
Trustee Paul Matacera, League Past President and former mayor of North Brunswick.
The Foundation obtained a grant from the Fund For New Jersey to produce a report on the needs and impact of school funding in New Jersey.  For a copy go to the League web site link for “school funding law update”  The foundation is also using part of the grant for a follow-up program on this issue during May.

Shared Services Resourceshttp://njslom.org/interlocaladvisorycenter.html

If you have extra capacity or are looking to keep a program running in the face of budget cuts, the League’s Interlocal Advisory Center is a good resource.  It is available on the League web site NJSLOM.com

 

  

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