407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
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William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2006

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Apr. 5 League Summit "Inter-Local Services" at Lawrenceville
Apr. 11 League Seminar "Smart Growth/Sustainable Development" At Holmdel
Apr. 18 League Seminar "Labor Relations" at Freehold
Apr. 24 League Seminar "How to Handle a Defeated School Budget" at Holmdel
Apr. 25 League Seminar "Designing a Customer Service Oriented Municipal Organization" at Holmdel
May 3 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Holmdel
May 4 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Cherry Hill

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Deadlines
TDR seminars
NLC Municipal Excellence Awards
Proposed Truck Regulations
League 2005 Laws of Interest Publication

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Herbert Stiles, Mayor, Elmer

Governor Corzine's first State budget includes some troublesome spending cuts and tax increases. As always, the first concern of local officials has to be property tax relief funding.

Formula funding will not be going down. You can anticipate the same amount you received in FY '06 through all the major general property tax relief programs. But, Extraordinary Aid funding, which is annually awarded, based on need and the availability of funding, will be $13 million less than the current level. And, for yet another year, local property taxpayers will be denied the annual inflationary adjustments that are required by State statute in both CMPTRA and ETR/PTR funding. We hope that legislators recognize how "level funding" contributes to the problems being faced by local budget makers and property taxpayers.

We appreciate the struggle to responsibly close a massive, inherited deficit. We, likewise, appreciate the Governor's renewal of his promise to advance the cause of long term property tax reform, as soon as an agreement is reached on the FY '07 spending plan; as well as his commitment to anti-gang/anti-youth violence initiatives.

We will soon present our testimony on the proposal to the Legislature's budget writing committees. Look for the text on the League's website, www.njslom.com.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

HERBERT D. STILES, JR., President;
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville
ROBERT L. BOWSER, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, East Orange

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
PETER A. CANTU
  Mayor, Plainsboro

LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, Lake Como
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
GUISEPPE CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich

DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Committee Member ,
   Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
  Deputy Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA O. FULLER
   Council Member, Chatham
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor,
   Upper Deerfield Twp.
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON
  Mayor, Montgomery

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH DOT ON PROPOSED TRUCK REGULATIONS
-Contact Deborah Kole ext.37

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against the State of New Jersey in its appeal of the prior District Court decision in the case of American Trucking Association, et al. v. Whitman, et al. The Court found that the challenged truck routing rules unconstitutionally discriminated against out of state truckers. The League had intervened as amicus curiae, or Friend of the Court, to support the state's appeal in this case. The State has moved to appeal this devastating ruling.

In the interim, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has filed emergency regulations putting back in place the "pre-1999" truck routing rules in response to the court decision. A copy of the rules is available at the Department's website at http://nj.gov/transportation/ The League is working with the Department to fashion new regulations that will be constitutional and protect the safety of New Jersey residents. We will keep you informed of further developments.

NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2006 NLC AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
-Contact (202)626-3130 or www.nlc.org/resources_for_cities/awards___recognition/7760.cfm

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in America's communities. Given through a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M HILL, the Awards honor a range of population sizes, with two awards in each population category.

Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

Nomination forms are available, and the deadline for submission is June 21, 2006. Up to eight winners will be nationally recognized at a ceremony at NLC's Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition in Reno, NV, December 2006.

For information about the Awards program, nomination forms and to learn about past Award winners, contact the NLC.

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 16

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 7, you should have submitted your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Scholarship Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton Township, Mayor Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township, and League staff members Helen Yeldell and Deborah Kole.

On May 5, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners' mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

STATE TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM
-Contact Joy Farber (973) 539-7547 or jfarber@anjec.org

The League and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions will co-sponsor two workshops on the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program. Each workshop will include a discussion of resource-based land use planning and how to set up a TDR program based on the new state TDR law. In addition, New Jersey's regional TDR programs will be discussed and a case study of an actual TDR program will be presented (northern location will discuss Highlands Council program and southern location will discuss Pinelands Commission program). Speakers include land use professionals with expertise in TDR from throughout the state. The programs will held on April 29 at Morris County Cultural Center and May 6 at Cumberland County College. Each session will be approximately five hours. For more information on how to register, contact Joy Farber at ANJEC.

2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright at ext. 10

Legislation signed into law in 2005 will have a lasting effect on how you conduct the public's business. By ordering the League's 2005 Laws of Interest book, you will NJLM - April Mayor's Newsline

407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
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William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2006

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Apr. 5 League Summit "Inter-Local Services" at Lawrenceville
Apr. 11 League Seminar "Smart Growth/Sustainable Development" At Holmdel
Apr. 18 League Seminar "Labor Relations" at Freehold
Apr. 24 League Seminar "How to Handle a Defeated School Budget" at Holmdel
Apr. 25 League Seminar "Designing a Customer Service Oriented Municipal Organization" at Holmdel
May 3 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Holmdel
May 4 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Cherry Hill

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Deadlines
TDR seminars
NLC Municipal Excellence Awards
Proposed Truck Regulations
League 2005 Laws of Interest Publication

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Herbert Stiles, Mayor, Elmer

Governor Corzine's first State budget includes some troublesome spending cuts and tax increases. As always, the first concern of local officials has to be property tax relief funding.

Formula funding will not be going down. You can anticipate the same amount you received in FY '06 through all the major general property tax relief programs. But, Extraordinary Aid funding, which is annually awarded, based on need and the availability of funding, will be $13 million less than the current level. And, for yet another year, local property taxpayers will be denied the annual inflationary adjustments that are required by State statute in both CMPTRA and ETR/PTR funding. We hope that legislators recognize how "level funding" contributes to the problems being faced by local budget makers and property taxpayers.

We appreciate the struggle to responsibly close a massive, inherited deficit. We, likewise, appreciate the Governor's renewal of his promise to advance the cause of long term property tax reform, as soon as an agreement is reached on the FY '07 spending plan; as well as his commitment to anti-gang/anti-youth violence initiatives.

We will soon present our testimony on the proposal to the Legislature's budget writing committees. Look for the text on the League's website, www.njslom.com.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

HERBERT D. STILES, JR., President;
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville
ROBERT L. BOWSER, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, East Orange

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
PETER A. CANTU
  Mayor, Plainsboro

LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, Lake Como
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
GUISEPPE CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich

DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Committee Member ,
   Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
  Deputy Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA O. FULLER
   Council Member, Chatham
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor,
   Upper Deerfield Twp.
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON
  Mayor, Montgomery

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH DOT ON PROPOSED TRUCK REGULATIONS
-Contact Deborah Kole ext.37

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against the State of New Jersey in its appeal of the prior District Court decision in the case of American Trucking Association, et al. v. Whitman, et al. The Court found that the challenged truck routing rules unconstitutionally discriminated against out of state truckers. The League had intervened as amicus curiae, or Friend of the Court, to support the state's appeal in this case. The State has moved to appeal this devastating ruling.

In the interim, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has filed emergency regulations putting back in place the "pre-1999" truck routing rules in response to the court decision. A copy of the rules is available at the Department's website at http://nj.gov/transportation/ The League is working with the Department to fashion new regulations that will be constitutional and protect the safety of New Jersey residents. We will keep you informed of further developments.

NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2006 NLC AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
-Contact (202)626-3130 or www.nlc.org/resources_for_cities/awards___recognition/7760.cfm

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in America's communities. Given through a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M HILL, the Awards honor a range of population sizes, with two awards in each population category.

Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

Nomination forms are available, and the deadline for submission is June 21, 2006. Up to eight winners will be nationally recognized at a ceremony at NLC's Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition in Reno, NV, December 2006.

For information about the Awards program, nomination forms and to learn about past Award winners, contact the NLC.

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 16

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 7, you should have submitted your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Scholarship Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton Township, Mayor Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township, and League staff members Helen Yeldell and Deborah Kole.

On May 5, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners' mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

STATE TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM
-Contact Joy Farber (973) 539-7547 or jfarber@anjec.org

The League and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions will co-sponsor two workshops on the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program. Each workshop will include a discussion of resource-based land use planning and how to set up a TDR program based on the new state TDR law. In addition, New Jersey's regional TDR programs will be discussed and a case study of an actual TDR program will be presented (northern location will discuss Highlands Council program and southern location will discuss Pinelands Commission program). Speakers include land use professionals with expertise in TDR from throughout the state. The programs will held on April 29 at Morris County Cultural Center and May 6 at Cumberland County College. Each session will be approximately five hours. For more information on how to register, contact Joy Farber at ANJEC.

2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright at ext. 10

Legislation signed into law in 2005 will have a lasting effect on how you conduct the public's business. By ordering the League's 2005 Laws of Interest book, you will NJLM - April Mayor's Newsline

407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
 NJLM logo 

William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2006

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Apr. 5 League Summit "Inter-Local Services" at Lawrenceville
Apr. 11 League Seminar "Smart Growth/Sustainable Development" At Holmdel
Apr. 18 League Seminar "Labor Relations" at Freehold
Apr. 24 League Seminar "How to Handle a Defeated School Budget" at Holmdel
Apr. 25 League Seminar "Designing a Customer Service Oriented Municipal Organization" at Holmdel
May 3 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Holmdel
May 4 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Cherry Hill

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Deadlines
TDR seminars
NLC Municipal Excellence Awards
Proposed Truck Regulations
League 2005 Laws of Interest Publication

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Herbert Stiles, Mayor, Elmer

Governor Corzine's first State budget includes some troublesome spending cuts and tax increases. As always, the first concern of local officials has to be property tax relief funding.

Formula funding will not be going down. You can anticipate the same amount you received in FY '06 through all the major general property tax relief programs. But, Extraordinary Aid funding, which is annually awarded, based on need and the availability of funding, will be $13 million less than the current level. And, for yet another year, local property taxpayers will be denied the annual inflationary adjustments that are required by State statute in both CMPTRA and ETR/PTR funding. We hope that legislators recognize how "level funding" contributes to the problems being faced by local budget makers and property taxpayers.

We appreciate the struggle to responsibly close a massive, inherited deficit. We, likewise, appreciate the Governor's renewal of his promise to advance the cause of long term property tax reform, as soon as an agreement is reached on the FY '07 spending plan; as well as his commitment to anti-gang/anti-youth violence initiatives.

We will soon present our testimony on the proposal to the Legislature's budget writing committees. Look for the text on the League's website, www.njslom.com.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

HERBERT D. STILES, JR., President;
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville
ROBERT L. BOWSER, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, East Orange

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
PETER A. CANTU
  Mayor, Plainsboro

LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, Lake Como
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
GUISEPPE CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich

DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Committee Member ,
   Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
  Deputy Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA O. FULLER
   Council Member, Chatham
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor,
   Upper Deerfield Twp.
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON
  Mayor, Montgomery

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH DOT ON PROPOSED TRUCK REGULATIONS
-Contact Deborah Kole ext.37

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against the State of New Jersey in its appeal of the prior District Court decision in the case of American Trucking Association, et al. v. Whitman, et al. The Court found that the challenged truck routing rules unconstitutionally discriminated against out of state truckers. The League had intervened as amicus curiae, or Friend of the Court, to support the state's appeal in this case. The State has moved to appeal this devastating ruling.

In the interim, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has filed emergency regulations putting back in place the "pre-1999" truck routing rules in response to the court decision. A copy of the rules is available at the Department's website at http://nj.gov/transportation/ The League is working with the Department to fashion new regulations that will be constitutional and protect the safety of New Jersey residents. We will keep you informed of further developments.

NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2006 NLC AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
-Contact (202)626-3130 or www.nlc.org/resources_for_cities/awards___recognition/7760.cfm

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in America's communities. Given through a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M HILL, the Awards honor a range of population sizes, with two awards in each population category.

Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

Nomination forms are available, and the deadline for submission is June 21, 2006. Up to eight winners will be nationally recognized at a ceremony at NLC's Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition in Reno, NV, December 2006.

For information about the Awards program, nomination forms and to learn about past Award winners, contact the NLC.

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 16

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 7, you should have submitted your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Scholarship Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton Township, Mayor Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township, and League staff members Helen Yeldell and Deborah Kole.

On May 5, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners' mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

STATE TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM
-Contact Joy Farber (973) 539-7547 or jfarber@anjec.org

The League and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions will co-sponsor two workshops on the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program. Each workshop will include a discussion of resource-based land use planning and how to set up a TDR program based on the new state TDR law. In addition, New Jersey's regional TDR programs will be discussed and a case study of an actual TDR program will be presented (northern location will discuss Highlands Council program and southern location will discuss Pinelands Commission program). Speakers include land use professionals with expertise in TDR from throughout the state. The programs will held on April 29 at Morris County Cultural Center and May 6 at Cumberland County College. Each session will be approximately five hours. For more information on how to register, contact Joy Farber at ANJEC.

2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright at ext. 10

Legislation signed into law in 2005 will have a lasting effect on how you conduct the public's business. By ordering the League's 2005 Laws of Interest book, you will NJLM - April Mayor's Newsline

407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
 NJLM logo 

William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
Change Font Size
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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2006

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Apr. 5 League Summit "Inter-Local Services" at Lawrenceville
Apr. 11 League Seminar "Smart Growth/Sustainable Development" At Holmdel
Apr. 18 League Seminar "Labor Relations" at Freehold
Apr. 24 League Seminar "How to Handle a Defeated School Budget" at Holmdel
Apr. 25 League Seminar "Designing a Customer Service Oriented Municipal Organization" at Holmdel
May 3 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Holmdel
May 4 League Seminar "Open Public Records Act Update" at Cherry Hill

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Deadlines
TDR seminars
NLC Municipal Excellence Awards
Proposed Truck Regulations
League 2005 Laws of Interest Publication

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Herbert Stiles, Mayor, Elmer

Governor Corzine's first State budget includes some troublesome spending cuts and tax increases. As always, the first concern of local officials has to be property tax relief funding.

Formula funding will not be going down. You can anticipate the same amount you received in FY '06 through all the major general property tax relief programs. But, Extraordinary Aid funding, which is annually awarded, based on need and the availability of funding, will be $13 million less than the current level. And, for yet another year, local property taxpayers will be denied the annual inflationary adjustments that are required by State statute in both CMPTRA and ETR/PTR funding. We hope that legislators recognize how "level funding" contributes to the problems being faced by local budget makers and property taxpayers.

We appreciate the struggle to responsibly close a massive, inherited deficit. We, likewise, appreciate the Governor's renewal of his promise to advance the cause of long term property tax reform, as soon as an agreement is reached on the FY '07 spending plan; as well as his commitment to anti-gang/anti-youth violence initiatives.

We will soon present our testimony on the proposal to the Legislature's budget writing committees. Look for the text on the League's website, www.njslom.com.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

HERBERT D. STILES, JR., President;
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville
ROBERT L. BOWSER, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, East Orange

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
PETER A. CANTU
  Mayor, Plainsboro

LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, Lake Como
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
GUISEPPE CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich

DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Committee Member ,
   Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
  Deputy Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA O. FULLER
   Council Member, Chatham
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor,
   Upper Deerfield Twp.
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON
  Mayor, Montgomery

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

LEAGUE PARTNERS WITH DOT ON PROPOSED TRUCK REGULATIONS
-Contact Deborah Kole ext.37

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against the State of New Jersey in its appeal of the prior District Court decision in the case of American Trucking Association, et al. v. Whitman, et al. The Court found that the challenged truck routing rules unconstitutionally discriminated against out of state truckers. The League had intervened as amicus curiae, or Friend of the Court, to support the state's appeal in this case. The State has moved to appeal this devastating ruling.

In the interim, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has filed emergency regulations putting back in place the "pre-1999" truck routing rules in response to the court decision. A copy of the rules is available at the Department's website at http://nj.gov/transportation/ The League is working with the Department to fashion new regulations that will be constitutional and protect the safety of New Jersey residents. We will keep you informed of further developments.

NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2006 NLC AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
-Contact (202)626-3130 or www.nlc.org/resources_for_cities/awards___recognition/7760.cfm

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in America's communities. Given through a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M HILL, the Awards honor a range of population sizes, with two awards in each population category.

Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

Nomination forms are available, and the deadline for submission is June 21, 2006. Up to eight winners will be nationally recognized at a ceremony at NLC's Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition in Reno, NV, December 2006.

For information about the Awards program, nomination forms and to learn about past Award winners, contact the NLC.

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 16

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 7, you should have submitted your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Scholarship Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton Township, Mayor Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township, and League staff members Helen Yeldell and Deborah Kole.

On May 5, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners' mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

STATE TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM
-Contact Joy Farber (973) 539-7547 or jfarber@anjec.org

The League and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions will co-sponsor two workshops on the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program. Each workshop will include a discussion of resource-based land use planning and how to set up a TDR program based on the new state TDR law. In addition, New Jersey's regional TDR programs will be discussed and a case study of an actual TDR program will be presented (northern location will discuss Highlands Council program and southern location will discuss Pinelands Commission program). Speakers include land use professionals with expertise in TDR from throughout the state. The programs will held on April 29 at Morris County Cultural Center and May 6 at Cumberland County College. Each session will be approximately five hours. For more information on how to register, contact Joy Farber at ANJEC.

2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright at ext. 10

Legislation signed into law in 2005 will have a lasting effect on how you conduct the public's business. By ordering the League's 2005 Laws of Interest book, you will have ready access to these laws and you will save considerable time and effort in researching the voluminous statutes. This publication is a great tool for Department Heads, Attorney, and Governing Body at just $30 per copy.

 

 

 

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