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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

May 2008

Offices: 222 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
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IMPORTANT EVENTS
For contributions to the Mayors’ Newsline, please contact Karen E. Venditti, CMP, Editor at kvenditti@njslom.com or (609) 695-3481, ext. 118

May 1&2
NJLM Seminar – Pay to Play and Ethics at Mt. Laurel & Holmdel
May 6
NJLM Seminar – Human Resources at Holmdel
May 7
Mayors Healthy Cook Off
May 8-9
NJ Digital Government Summit at Trenton
May 11
Mothers Day
May 16
NJLM Seminar- Problem Solving Negotiations at Mt. Laurel
May 26
Memorial Day

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Competition
Foreclosure Show
Restoring State Funding

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

The COAH 3rd round regulations will impact all our municipalities up and down the state.  As Mayors, we need to lead the challenge to set aside these regulations.

At the direction of your League officers and with the guidance of your League COAH Committee, the League is doing everything within reason to administratively correct what we view as fundamentally flawed regulations based on arbitrary growth projections and an invalid methodology.    We are seeking changes to the proposed regulations and have even reached out to traditional adversaries to see if there is common ground.   In other words, we are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. 

As part of the effort to prepare for the worst, the League’s COAH Committee recommended that the League prepare for a possible legal challenge to set aside these regulations, after the anticipated June adoption; including a fundraising effort to prepare for such a challenge.  We are, therefore, seeking $500 pledges from municipalities who wish us to challenge the COAH regulations.     By seeking pledges now, we can confirm the level of support amongst our membership for what will likely be expensive litigation. 

Any final decision to proceed with litigation can not be made until we review the adopted regulations.  What we are doing is preparing ourselves in the event that litigation occurs.   We anticipate other stakeholders to file challenges, and believe that the voices of local government and taxpayers must be on equal footing with others challenging the regulations.

We are not asking Mayors to send any money now, only pledges so we can prepare for the worst with confidence the membership is committed to this cause.  A pledge form is available from Shirley Cade at scade@njslom.com or 609-695-3481 x114.

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to New Jersey’s local communities.

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,
  Asst. Executive Director

     

2008 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116

Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand, of Princeton Township and scholarship judges Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor and Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township have been busy as nearly 40 mayors participated in the annual Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. Mayors from across the state made the competition a great success as they submitted excellent entries from high school juniors and seniors.

The top three winners will be determined and announced in early May. See a full list of participating mayors attached here The full text of the three winning essays will appear in the October issue of the League magazine.  Participating students will receive a certificate and $1,000 scholarship from the League, presented by the hometown mayor.

NJLM PARTNERS WITH NJCTA ON
FORECLOSURE SHOW
-Contact Michael Darcy MDarcy@njslom.com

The League of Municipalities collaborated with the New Jersey Cable Telecommunications Association (NJCTA) and its member companies to produce an hour-long panel discussion on the growing mortgage foreclosure crisis and the impacts on local communities.  The program is being televised statewide on NJCTA member cable systems in New Jersey starting in April and includes segments with League President and East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser and Paterson Mayor Joey Torres.

On the Cablevision network, you can view the program as a segment of “We’ve Got Issues” throughout April.  On the Comcast network News 12's “Power and Politics” will be excerpting segments for inclusion in the weekend edition of their show Saturdays & Sundays 10-11 a.m. & 3-4 pm.  We will inform you as other systems schedule the segment to be televised.

93rdANNUAL CONFERENCE HOUSING FORMS COMING
-Contact Dee Kotch ext. 115

Municipal housing forms for the 93rd Annual Conference will be mailed to all Municipal Clerks in early June. Non-municipal forms will be available in the June issue of New Jersey Municipalities magazine. Be sure to get your housing requests in early to help ensure your requirements get first consideration. For more information, contact the League office.

ON-GOING EFFORTS TO RESTORE
STATE FUNDING
-Contact Bill Dressel BDressel@njslom.com
http://www.njslom.org/2009-budget-main.html

On April 8, we sent all mayor a letter titled “Property Tax Relief Funding Cut Update”.  If you have not read this letter yet, it is a concise yet detailed explanation of how municipal finances are directly and negatively impacted by changes in the state budget and policy since the early 1980’s.  It is an excellent guide to understanding how we arrived at our current situation and how we need systemic changes if we are to truly solve our current problems.  You can view the letter on our Budget Cuts web page.

On April 17, the League held a press conference at the State House calling for restoration of the $189 million in property tax relief funding.  More than 21 Mayors and governing body members were present to press the case for restitution of this critical funding.  These officials represented municipalities from across the state, leadership from the League, and leadership from other municipal organizations.

On May 20, there will be a high level State budget summit at the War Memorial in Trenton.  You must register for this event.  See page 4 of this Newsline for details.

2008 NEW JERSEY
LOCAL GOVERNMENT DESKBOOK
-Contact 973-854-2945 or
www.lawcatalog.com/locgovnjslom

This book published by the NJ Law Journal covers the business of running a town from the perspective of its local governing bodies and town officials. This plain-language handbook organizes and updates a town’s procedural and regulatory obligations, walking the reader through all the important municipal topics such as: Sunshine Law, OPRA, Ethics, Powers, Procurement, Taxation, Employment Law, Election Law, Government Structures and much more.  GET NEW MAYORS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS up to speed quickly and keep copies on hand for various town boards and their attorneys.  League members get a $20 discount.

 

Our thanks to the following mayors participating in the 2008 Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders
Scholarship Competition

Honorable Stuart R. Fierstein 
Honorable Thomas J. Stewart
Honorable Gerald A. Calabrese
Honorable Robert I. Puhak
Honorable Janice S. Mironov
Honorable James J. McCullough
Honorable Steven Weinstein
Honorable Kenneth Herrmann
Honorable John F. Bencivengo
Honorable Patrick J. Botbyl
Honorable Wayne Smith
Honorable Richard Hughes
Honorable David A. Runfeldt
Honorable Richard J. Gerbounka
Honorable Dianne Gove
Honorable Michelle B. Roth
Honorable Michael Fressola
Honorable Gerald D'Angelo
Honorable Gerard P. Scharfenberger
Honorable Gloria M. Bradford
Honorable Frank DeBari
Honorable Nicholas Sacco
Honorable Joanne Cocchiola
Honorable Daniel VanPelt
Honorable Ronald S. Dancer
Honorable Mildred T. Trotman
Honorable Phyllis Marchand
Honorable Anthony R. Suarez
Honorable George D. Fosdick
Honorable John Arvanites
Honorable William Huelsenbeck
Honorable Jennifer Naughton
Honorable Carl W. Block
Honorable Leonard T. Connors, Jr.
Honorable John Coiro
Honorable Lewis E. Eggert
Honorable Shing-Fu Hsueh
Honorable Sue Ann Metzner
Honorable Paul A. Sarlo
Allentown Borough
Beach Haven Borough
Cliffside Park Borough
Cranford Township
East Windsor Township
Egg Harbor Township
Fair Lawn Borough
Green Brook Township
Hamilton Township (Mercer)
Hawthorne Borough
Irvington Township
Lafayette Township
Lincoln Park Borough
Linden City
Long Beach Township
Manalapan Township
Manchester Township
Middlesex Borough
Middletown Township
Milltown Borough
New Milford Borough
North Bergen Township
Nutley Township
Ocean Township (Ocean)
Plumsted Township
Princeton Borough
Princeton Township
Ridgefield Borough
Ridgefield Park Village
Roseland Borough
Ship Bottom Borough
Spring Lake Borough
Stafford Township
Surf City Borough
Totowa Borough
Tuckerton Borough
West Windsor Township
Winslow Township
Wood-Ridge Borough

The League will mail appropriate certificates to the mayors, for distribution to all participating students.  Mayors who submitted the three top applicants will be sent $1,000 scholarship checks to present to those students.

 

LEAGUE HIGH-LEVEL MEETING

STATE BUDGET SUMMIT
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
9:00 - Noon
War Memorial George Washington Ballroom
West Lafayette Street,
Trenton, New Jersey

REGISTRATION FEE: Member*: $25.00
 
Non-Member:
$50.00


*Only municipalities (in the State of New Jersey) who are dues paying members of the League may take advantage of the Member Rate

This high-level meeting is on the prospects for meaningful municipal property tax relief in the State’s next budget, coming one week after the Legislature is provided with the crucial revised revenue estimates.  Jim Hooker, Statehouse Correspondent for NJN Television has agreed to moderate a panel of key state policy-makers and veteran mayors. Our invited panelists are State Treasurer David Rousseau, DCA Commissioner Joe Doria, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Buono, Assembly Budget Committee Chair Lou Greenwald, Senate Republican Budget Officer Leonard Lance and Assembly Republican Budget Officer Joe Malone.

AGENDA

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Networking Opportunity

 

 

 

 

9:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

 

 

 

9:45 a.m.

10:45a.m.

Panel Discussion

 

 

 

 

10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

 

 

 

 

11:00 a.m.

 

12:00 p.m.

Attendee Question & Answer Session

 

 

 

 

12:00 p.m.

 

 

Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please download the registration form on line at
 www.njslom.com and click on the Calendar of Events or call the League office if you need a registration form faxed

  

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