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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

August 2008

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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

Sept 10
“Penions and Benefit Update” at Holmdel
Sept 12
“Pensions and Benefits Update” at Mt. Laurel
Sept 12-14
NJ Senior Olympics at Woodbridge
Sept 19
“School Funding Formula” at Woodbridge (presented by the NJLM Educational Foundation)
Sept 25
“Grant Writing 101” at West Windsor

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
League Challenges COAH Regs
State Police Fees – Mandate
Public Information Contest
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Mayor Helps Kindergarten Grads
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Honoring Women Mayors

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

The League legislative advocacy effort spends considerable resources in learning about many issues and their complex effects on municipalities.  As the saying goes, “the devil is in the details.”  As mayors, we play an irreplaceable part in this effort, by clearly communicating those effects to the public and the media.

 In today’s world of sound-bite news and short news cycles, it can be difficult, but I ask your help in communicating to the media and public the adverse effects of the most recent COAH regulations.

As you should know, the League has filed an appeal to the most recent COAH regulation in the Appellate Division of Superior Court.  We did this because the regulations do not create a sustainable rational method of developing affordable housing.  Rather we believe the flaws in these regulations create impossible growth requirements and will improperly shift further financial liability to property tax-payers already burdened by increasing costs and shrinking municipal resources.

Please visit the League web site where you will find a page dedicated to COAH Resources and Updates.  Learn about the “7 Fatal Flaws of the COAH Regulations”.  This will help you in communicating succinctly to your constituents and the media. Please be sure to communicate the League of Municipalities supports the provision of affordable housing.  We support sound planning, the State Plan and home rule. And we believe none of these are mutually exclusive.

As  Mayors, we work hard to keep our communities affordable to all our citizens.  Mayors across the state recognize affordable housing is a critical need.  We also must communicate the current round of COAH regulations is not a sustainable way of creating affordable housing, and is too flawed to be effective.

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
Committeewoman, 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

     

MAYOR HELPS KINDERGARTEN GRADS
RIDE HOME ON FIRE TRUCKS
-Contact www.njslom.org  

Mayor Rob Walton of Hampton participated in a long-held borough tradition when he assisted the fire company on the last day of school giving kindergarten grads a ride home on fire trucks.  The Mayor himself enjoyed this special ride on the Hampton fire trucks on his last day of kindergarten. 

LEAGUE FILES CHALLENGE TO COAH REGS
-Contact Bill Dressel extn. 122 or BDressel@njslom.com

On July 16, 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. 

The League’s challenge focuses on the economic imbalances in the regulations, and the flawed methodology comprising the vacant land analysis, the computation of jobs and housing projections through 2018. 

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.

In light of the challenge to the regulations and the uncertainty regarding their continued validity, the League’s attorney will be seeking a limited and targeted stay from the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing to suspend the December 31, 2008 deadline imposed by COAH for the completion and submission of the revised third round plans.

If your municipality has not pledged towards our efforts, but would like to, please see the pledge form online at: http://www.njslom.org/COAH-3rd-round-pledge.pdf

LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS?
CAST A WIDE NET
-Contact NLC City Practices www.nlc.org

The National League of Cities has a free on-line resource of practical ideas and successful programs from all across the country.  It includes direct contacts for the city with the successful effort.

Build your own program on the success of what you learn from others.

47th RUTGERS MUNICIPAL PUBLIC INFORMATION CONTEST APPLICATIONS
-Contact Larry Brown 732/932-3640, ext. 635

The efforts of municipalities to increase the public’s awareness of government operations, strengthen community ties, and provide useful information and services to citizens deserve to be highlighted. The purpose of this contest is to promote the use of successful and innovative techniques that increase government’s ability to meet citizen needs and improve access to government services. 

Awards are presented for web sites, other electronic media, print media, special innovations, and best overall public information campaign.  Get more details on how to apply from Larry Brown at Rutgers MPIC by email larrybro@rci.rutgers.edu 

LEAGUE FILES AMICUS IN
STATE POLICE FEES MANDATE
-Contact Bill Dressel extn. 122 or BDressel@njslom.com

Based on language in the State budget relating to fees for State Police patrols, the League believes these fees are an unconstitutional unfunded state mandate.  While the League itself does not have standing to file a complaint, at least seven municipalities have filed complaints and the League has filed a request to appear as amicus before the Council on Local Mandates.  The Council is pursing an expedited schedule on this matter and expects to hold a hearing in October.

HONORING WOMEN MAYORS
-Contact dowdirector@dca.state.nj.us

The New Jersey Division on Women and the NJ Advisory Commission on the Status of Women cordially invite you to a special continental breakfast in honor of New Jersey Women Mayors on Monday, August, 18, 2008 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Drumthwacket, 354 Stockton Street (Route 206) Princeton.

Speakers include: NJ Governor Jon S. Corzine (Invited), Janice L. Kovach, Director, NJ Division on Women, Tish Colombi, Mayor Haddonfield, Co-Chair, NJLM Women in Municipal Government Committee,  Mildred Crump, Council President, City of Newark, Co-Chair, NJLM Women In Municipal Government Committee, Colleen Mahr, Mayor, Fanwood, President, NJ Conference of Mayors

Space is limited.  Please RSVP by Monday, August 11, to dowdirector@dca.state.nj.us

“Get Ready… Get Set… Go”…  New Jersey Senior Olympics
Sept. 12, 13 & 14 in Woodbridge
-Contact Mayor John McCormac of Woodbridge

I am extremely proud to announce that Woodbridge Township has been selected to host the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics this coming September 12, 13 and 14.  Significantly, this is a qualifying year for New Jersey Senior Olympians, which means that New Jersey medalists will have the opportunity to participate in the national games being held in San Francisco in the Spring of 2009 – so, it’s more important than ever that we support our senior athletes by offering the best, most competitive venue possible.

As you know, New Jersey’s municipalities are home to a significant and growing senior population which is more-and-more engaged in an active and physically fit lifestyle.  The New Jersey Senior Olympics embodies today’s senior athlete by featuring more than 15 sporting events geared to senior competition.  And, even before competition gets underway, I think you’ll agree that every senior athlete is a winner just by staying in shape and participating in a physical fitness regimen that keeps them healthy and active members of the community.

While last year’s games were tremendously successful, I am convinced that the 2008 games will be even more exciting, successful and well-attended.  That’s why I’m challenging each and every New Jersey Mayor to reach out to their Senior communities and to encourage participation and attendance in the New Jersey Senior Olympics.  With your support and encouragement, I’m confident that the senior athletes from your town will make a strong showing at the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics.

So… let’s get the word out…  New Jersey senior athletes needed to compete in 2008 Senior Olympic Games… 

For more information about the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics, go to www.njso.us or www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us, call the New Jersey Senior Olympic Headquarters at 973-618-1111, or contact Woodbridge Township Senior Olympic Chairpersons Pat Trombetta at 732-636-3910 or Frank St. Marie at 732- 636-9439. 

On behalf of the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee and New Jersey’s Senior athletes, volunteers and sponsors, thanks for your support of the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics.   

Best Regards,
John E. McCormac
Mayor
Woodbridge Township

GOVERNOR’S Environmental Excellence awards
-Contact Marybeth Brenner & Dean Anderson, NJDEP (609) 292-2885
or Rhea Brekke, Executive Director, NJCAT (609) 499-3600

What do Highland Park, Burlington Township, Egg Harbor Township, Chesterfield Township Hillside and Stafford Township have in common?  They are all among past winners of the state’s premier environmental awards program administered by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Begun in 2000, these awards were designed to recognize outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects within our state.  The awards are co-sponsored by the NJ Corporation for Advanced Technology and the State League of Municipalities. 

In 2006 Governor Jon Corzine lent his support to this program which resulted in a new name for the program - the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards; and a new venue for our awards ceremony – Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor.

Each year we solicit applications from a vast cross – section of New Jersey including government, business, environmental organizations and academic institutions, and each year the quality and variety of applications grows. 

Among the many winners over these past eight years, there have been numerous recipients from New Jersey’s municipalities covering elected officials, municipal programs, environmental commissions, schools and dedicated citizen volunteers, all working to improve the environment locally and statewide. 

During the 2007 awards ceremony, the Medford Township Public School (MTPS) system was honored with two awards related to implementation of a comprehensive program to use new, innovative and sustainable technologies to conserve energy and provide significant reductions in air pollutants and greenhouse gases.   During the past several years the MTPS school district led the way by incorporating 15 innovative and sustainable technologies into their school district.

The featured accomplishments among their many initiatives to become a more sustainable community were their school system’s ten year history of using alternative fuels (biodiesel) and using their experiences with  technology and innovation as a way to educating generations of children about the positive benefits that can be achieved by increasing awareness of issues such as global climate change, being better energy consumers, the harmful effects of diesel emissions, and what opportunities are available to curtail or eliminate the damaging effects of pollution, and participating in the solution to the nation’s (and world’s) environmental problems.

This most recent example of a municipal – level winner highlights the kind of programs recognized by these awards.  In each case we celebrate the program or individual achievement but equally important is sharing information about these winning programs/projects so they can be replicated throughout the state. 

The GEEA web page located at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/eeawards/  features information about all past winners.  We hope that the information about winning applications helps to inspire others to consider implementing similar programs in their own companies, communities or even at home. 

Each year, our awards committee reviews the award categories and descriptions to ensure that they reflect the environmental priorities of our state.  It is no surprise that among the most prominent environmental issues facing New Jersey and the rest of the world is climate change.  We saw the prominence of this issue reflected in the applications we received for the 2007 awards and expect that many of our application for 2008 will reflect the many new programs and initiatives designed to target this multi-faceted environmental issue. 

More specifically, within the State of New Jersey, DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson has discussed the other environmental priorities for her and her agency for the coming two years.  While climate change is high on the list, other issues such as: increasing our recycling rates, better supporting sustainable growth and development, protecting our natural resources and conserving and protecting our critical water supply are equally high on the list. We know throughout New Jersey there are, and will be, projects and programs actively pursuing these priorities and we encourage their interest in the GEEA. 

The success of the state in achieving these goals will be contingent upon the support, creativity and energy at all levels of government, in the private sector, within our schools and volunteer and nonprofit organizations.

NJCAT as a prime co sponsor of the event sees the GEEA as furthering its own mission to promote the development and expansion of sound environmental and energy technology in the state.  This awards program not only honors excellence but we hope it promotes the proliferation of great environmental practices.

We look forward to the 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program.  Applications are now available on the web site listed above. 

 

 

  

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