2013 Annual Report
William G. Dressel, Jr.
This year, as we meet in Atlantic City, New Jersey finds itself in the midst of recovery from the unprecedented devastation of SuperStorm Sandy. We also are determined to make this a time of renewal.
As Americans, we renew our dedication to the ideals expressed in our founding documents, as defended and applied to changing conditions by successive generations of patriotic citizens. As New Jerseyans, we renew our State’s commitment to invention, innovation and incisive action—the qualities that made New Jersey a leader in the sciences, arts, technology, agriculture, economic endeavor and public policy. As public servants, we renew our promise to deliver ethical, efficient and effective service to the people who have trusted us to conduct their affairs and to leave our communities better and stronger than we found them. And as a League of Municipalities, we renew our devotion to cooperation in confronting the challenges that we all face in service to our fellow citizens.
For almost 100 years, through this League of Municipalities, local leaders have promoted the public’s interest by finding ways to cooperate with each other, both within and among jurisdictions. As I have said before, it doesn’t often make the headlines. And it will never serve as a sound bite on the evening news. But it is amazing what can be accomplished by public servants, who are willing to work together to tackle the issues that trouble them and their neighbors.
This year, all 565 municipalities again chose to help themselves and their colleagues by joining the League. Your fellow citizens owe you their thanks. Your commitment, your compassion—your energy, your expertise—your service and your dedication continue to make municipal government in New Jersey the best it can possibly be.
Following is the annual report of the activities of your League of Municipalities for 2013.
The League Staff Attorney Ed Purcell and the League General Counsel William Kearns monitor court decisions that may affect municipalities and bring important decisions to the attention of municipal officials. The Staff Attorney monitors proposed state regulations and court rules and prepares comments on those with municipal impact. Ed also responds to questions from municipal officials through the Legal Consultation Service.
To be clear, the League’s legal consultation service is not legal advice. This means the League staff attorney does not apply the law to particular facts and situations. Rather, the staff attorney will explain the current state of the law in a particular subject matter. The goal of the service is to assist local government leaders on the many legal aspects of local governance so that they can discuss specifics with their municipal attorney.
The League General Counsel and the Amicus Curiae Committee consider requests from municipalities or municipal attorneys for intervention in court cases on behalf of specific local governments in appropriate cases of broad municipal importance, pending in the Supreme Court or Appellate Division.
In the past year, the Staff Attorney advocated for municipal interest in front of the Appellate and Supreme Courts in a variety of issues.
In Re Failure of Council on Affordable Housing to Adopt Trust Fund Commitment Regulations filed before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. This case deals with COAH’s lack of guidance in defining the term “committed” under the Fair Housing Act and the ability of COAH to seize “uncommitted” affordable housing trust funds from municipalities. The League was able to have COAH’s May 1 decision invalidated in part. The Court ordered COAH to follow a new process to assure due process for municipalities and other parties. Jeff Surenian, Esq. is representing the League in this action.
Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority, et als., v. NJ DEP was filed before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. This case challenges the validity of the definitions of “sewage” and “sewage sludge” promulgated by DEP. This is an outgrowth of the Passaic River litigation. The League is amicus, Steven Kunman Esq. representing. Oral arguments were held on April 16. The Appellate Division released its decision on June 24, finding against the municipalities on the basis of a civil procedure issue.
Borough of East Rutherford v. East Rutherford PBA Local 275 was filed before the New Jersey Supreme Court. This case involved the allocation of the increased cost of co-pays, being raised by the State Health Plan, from $5 to $10. On March 19, the Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s decision to hold with the PBA that the Borough was responsible for the increased costs.
Raritan Borough v. Gannet Newspapers was filed before the Appellate Division. This case involves the ability of government to assess a special service fee for the formatting of digital documents. On March 20, the Appellate Division found for Gannet, denying the Borough’s ability to charge the fee. The Borough and League are appealing this decision.
In a Gubernatorial election year, with all 120 seats in the Legislature at stake, action in the State House can be intense. That was certainly the case this year. Added to usual election year pressure was the need for a speedy recovery from SuperStorm Sandy, coupled with the effort to better prepare our utilities to cope with future storms. We were involved on many issues this year. Here are a few of the big ones.
Energy Receipts Property Tax Relief Funding efforts, led by League President and East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov, remained a priority. Increased Energy Receipts specifically meant for property tax relief would give municipalities more of the resources they need to meet constantly increasing costs, without asking voters to sacrifice either financially or in terms of effective municipal services. Fair-minded people now recognize that the next advance in property tax relief has to involve ending the State’s taking of Energy Tax Receipts and CMPTRA funds that are meant to be distributed to municipalities for property tax relief. Legislation that would accomplish that goal advanced.
The State efforts to take municipal affordable housing funds highlighted a series of battles on housing, land use and economic redevelopment issues. Mayor Mironov has also led efforts to find a stable source of funding for open space preservation. Farmlands Assessment reforms were advanced. Bills to prohibit municipal registration of multi-family dwellings were debated. Efforts were made to exempt private colleges and universities from local land use regulations. Bills to further promote cluster developments picked up momentum. Legislation to codify recent case law on redevelopment and eminent domain also earned our support. The same bill would also authorize municipalities that intend to implement redevelopment initiatives without using eminent domain to do so, but still take advantage of the other tools available under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. Again on these, the articulate and timely action of well-informed local officials allowed the League to win allies, including community action and environmental activists not always in our camp.
Impractical and expensive new OPRA and OPMA mandates received legislative attention. Legislation to cap user fees moved forward. And shared services legislation advanced. In response to a League Resolution, we saw the introduction of a bill to permit counties and municipalities to use snow removal reserve funds for clearance of debris following declaration of emergency by the President or the Governor. We pushed for passage of a bill that would clarify the responsibility of certain telecommunications corporations to continue to remit Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) payments to municipalities. The League opposed an early voting bill that would have introduced an unnecessary process, redundant with the Vote by Mail option. Again, Mayors and other local officials willing to come to Trenton to testify on these matters made a world of difference for their colleagues all around our Garden State.
A host of local government issues arose in Washington over the past 12 months. We were involved in most. Two stand out.
Supplemental SuperStorm Sandy rebuilding and recovery funding requests from the Governor and the President got a positive response from the Senate, as 2012 drew to a close. The House of Representatives, however, adjourned without taking action on the Senate-passed SuperStorm Sandy Emergency Relief Funding bill. On December 11, League President, Mayor Janice Mironov, and First Vice President, Mayor Suzanne Walters, had written to Speaker Boehner, asking his help in advancing the Administration’s request for increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Administration and other Federal agencies that have been helping the municipalities and the people of New Jersey to recover. That letter noted:
“In the aftermath of Sandy, New Jersey municipalities will have more to do for our citizens, and less to do it with. Citizens are displaced. Families have been uprooted. Homes are lost or severely damaged. Many remain unsafe to return to. New Jersey businesses face the same issues.
“In the best traditions of public service, local officials are working with their neighbors and with their colleagues on the county and State level to meet immediate needs. Federal agency personnel have provided tremendous support. And New Jersey mayors have been on the front lines assisting their citizens in finding shelter and filing FEMA claims and in dealing with utilities to speed power restoration and in dealing with FEMA and State government. Under the circumstances, they are providing great service and we are proud to be able to serve as a conduit of information for them.
“But for all that has been done, more is needed still. Accordingly, and on behalf of so many who have lost so much, respectfully, we urge you to advance the Administration’s request for $60.4 billion in resources for response, recovery and mitigation related to Sandy damage in all the affected States.”
Thanks to Governor Christie and to the concerted, bipartisan efforts of the entire New Jersey delegation, funding measures were given swift and favorable consideration when the 113th Congress convened on January 3. We commend all those who represent our State in Washington for their work, especially Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who shepherded FEMA full funding amendments through the House and on to the Senate and the President.
Mayors Mironov and Walters also contacted our delegation a number of times, when an important municipal funding option was threatened. At issue is the income tax exemption for interest earned on municipal bonds. Traditionally, municipal bonds offer very low interest rates to investors. They are, however, very safe investments, because they are backed by the full faith and credit of government agencies. Further, they are attractive, because the investor does not have to pay Federal income tax on the interest. By eliminating or severely limiting the exemption, the Federal government could receive more income tax from bond holders.
The House Ways and Means Committee examined the uses of tax-exempt municipal bonds and the local impacts if the bond exemption were capped or eliminated. Several Committee members who formerly served as local elected officials, including Congressman (and former Paterson Mayor) Bill Pascrell, Jr., underscored the importance of this financing tool to communities and argued that these proposals would unfairly shift costs to local residents through tax or rate increases.
One final item needs to be noted. We were saddened by the loss of a great son of the Garden State. Senator Frank Lautenberg served five terms in the US Senate as a champion of major infrastructure investments—especially for Amtrak and urban public transportation— strict environmental regulations and comprehensive consumer protections. He was a consistent supporter of municipal priorities and an outspoken advocate for our State.
As we mourn his death, we honor his life of caring service. We thank Senator Jeffrey Chiesa for his service and look
forward to working with former Mayor and League Executive Board member, Senator Cory Booker.
BUREAU OF MUNICIPAL INFORMATION
The League offers a consultation service as part of its Bureau of Municipal Information. All members can access this service for free by telephone or email. Our staff attorney, Ed Purcell, who heads the Bureau, provides municipal officials and employees with knowledge and analysis.
Ed can also provide officials with sample ordinances.
If you have an issue and you want an informal consult-ation with an attorney knowledgeable in municipal law, contact Ed Purcell at 609-695-3481, extension 137, or at email@example.com. This service provides a consultation and not legal advice. For legal advice your first call should be to your municipal attorney.
On the League’s website, the Bureau’s web page provides links to relevant sites for those interested in timely information on local laws and issues. You can find the Bureau at njslom.org/bureau_mun_info.html. You can also find various resources and informational centers, as well as links to informational websites such as descriptions of New Jersey’s forms of government. The resources that we offer are continually being expanded and improved.
The Bureau has expanded its offerings of publications available to our members throughout the last several years. These publications are updated regularly. The
Staff Attorney recently updated the guide to the Open Public Records Act and wrote a brand new publication on the Local Government Ethics Law. The full list of publications is available on the League’s website (njslom.org/Publications.html).
The League’s Grant Resource Center continues to be an excellent online resource for State and Federal grant research, featuring articles on topics pertinent to grants in the State’s current environment, links to grants with upcoming application deadlines and a Grants News & Informational page. Members may contact the League via telephone or email with grant questions, or consult with our Grants Advisory Service, free of charge.
The Interlocal Advisory Center is an online ready-reference center for interlocal service agreements and joint consolidation, and includes links to sample shared service agreements, New Jersey’s interlocal statutes, and various other references you may want to review during preparation and implementation of agreements in your municipality. In addition, the Center offers articles outlining successful collaborations in other municipalities and a general consultation service with a contract professional that has first-hand experience in consolidation agreements.
The League, in conjunction with the New Jersey Municipal Management Association, continues its successful Recruitment Advisory Service. This service does not make specific candidate recommendations or recruitments, but it provides information and reference materials, as well as a consultation with a retired manager to discuss the overall recruitment process and answer questions.
The above resource centers are coordinated by League Staff Member Taran Samhammer, Bureau Services and Research Coordinator for the Bureau of Municipal Information. Taran updates these research tools on a regular basis, and is available to assist communities in arranging for consultation services.
To visit the Bureau of Municipal Information’s website, visit njslom.org/bureau_mun_info.html.
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES
New Jersey Municipalities, the League’s award winning magazine, is the state’s primary resource and forum for elected and appointed municipal leaders. With over 7,000 readers and a vast pass-along readership, the magazine has seen several improvements this year.
With a large selection of articles, New Jersey Municipalities’ monthly issues provide the news and information you need to govern in your local community. Members of the state and national legislatures also read the magazine to keep abreast of municipal issues.
In writing for the magazine, League members share their views and ideas with a wide range of managers and policymakers. I’m happy to report that for the fifth year in a row a record number of New Jersey mayors submitted articles this year.
In addition to your articles, New Jersey Municipalities includes a mix of articles by state commissioners and other experts, as well as informative columns, opinion pieces and advertising by some of the state’s leading providers of products and services.
• ‑Nine issues of New Jersey Municipalities were published in 2013.
• ‑The number and quality of articles submitted continues to increase. This year the average page count was 82 pages. The magazine includes articles that feature large, small, rural and urban communities in all parts of the state. Our diverse offerings and increased use of shorter articles has made the magazine even more useful to busy leaders.
• ‑We’ve expanded our use of color photographs and improved both cover and interior design. The changes make the publication more accessible and enjoyable.
• ‑The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is dedicated to environmentally and socially responsible operations. We print on Sappi McCoy Gloss 100lb Text (cover) and Sappi Flo Gloss 70lb Text, industry leading environmentally responsible papers. McCoy and Flo contain 10 percent post consumer waste and FSC chain of custody certification.
As always, we welcome your calls, ideas, and articles for our premier publication. Contact the magazine’s Managing Editor Kyra Duran at (609) 695-3481 ext. 123 or NJM@njslom.com to contribute an article or to learn more about our premier publication.
TRAINING AND IN-SERVICE PROGRAMS
New Jersey municipal leaders face tough challenges in providing good government and service to constituents and citizens. League Professional Development Seminars provide elected officials as well as municipal and county personnel with a great resource. Every year the League holds a series of half and full day seminars by knowledgeable speakers on timely and key topics, providing up-to-date information to help solve problems and clarify legislation for better governance. The venues provide an environment conducive to providing a true learning experience.
The objective of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities is to present seminars to broaden, deepen, and increase knowledge or skills of municipal personnel in various professions while collaborating with Affiliate Groups. Approved continuing education seminars provide many municipal professionals the opportunity to renew their respective state licenses. The League has expanded its sponsorship agreements and works cohesively with numerous accreditation bodies representing 10 government licensees including New Jersey Continuing Legal Education (NJCLE) and Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (PACLE).
In 2012/2013, the League offered 28 professional development seminars, educating more than 2,000 attendees. Some of those seminars were:
• Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
• Grant Funding
• Executive Leadership for Mayors and Council Presidents
• ‑Orientation for Newly Elected, Re-Elected, and
• 20th Annual Mayors’ Legislative Day
• Budget Audits and Updates
• Family Medical Leave Act and ADA Compliance
• Review of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
• Mini One Day Conference
• Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Public Sector
• Disciplinary Actions in the Public Sector
• Pensions, Benefits Update
• Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Part 1 and 2
• Procurement Process
• Labor Relations Primer
Visit the League’s website at njslom.org/seminars.html for a listing of upcoming Professional Development Seminars. For additional information contact Danielle Holland-Htut, our Program Meetings Specialist, at (609) 695-3481 ext. 118 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LABOR RELATIONS ADVISORY SERVICE
The League’s Labor Relations Advisory Service is conducted by the League’s Labor Relations Counsel, Brian Kronick, and his colleague Joseph Hannon of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster LLC.
Brian Kronick and Joseph Hannon are available to respond to a broad range of public employer labor and employment law questions as a telephone or email service of the League. Inquiries to the League Labor Advisory Service over the years have included issues like the new interest arbitration reforms and the 2 percent cap on awards under the 45 day “rocket docket,” furloughs and temporary layoffs, health benefit and pension reforms, and perennial problems municipalities face in police and fire and civilian collective negotiations, Public Employment Relations Commission unfair practices and representation matters, Shared Service Issues, Civil Service issues, FMLA and NJFLA issues, FLSA and wage and hour issues, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and Equal Employment Opportunity and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination issues. You may contact Brian at email@example.com or Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 98 years, local officials have gathered annually in the pursuit of good local government. The three-day Annual Conference remains a critical mainstay in the portfolio of services provided by the League. Serving 17,000 people, it is the single largest local government event in the United States. Offering hundreds of exhibits showing products and services to aid municipalities, it is a central point for learning what is out there to meet local governments’ needs.
Pre-Registration, at just $55, is the most affordable way for municipal officials to gain new solutions to both the perennial issues and the changing challenges. Some of the features of this year’s conference will be:
• ‑94 League educational sessions and more than 50 additional sessions produced by affiliated municipal professional associations.
• Training for newly elected governing body members.
• Several sessions focused on ethics training.
• ‑New technical skills and new technologies creating new efficiencies.
• ‑Information on economic development; planning; management and leadership and understanding initiatives coming from State government.
The conference is also a chance to acknowledge local officials’ dedication to public service and the work of their colleagues in municipal government across the state.
The 2013 Annual Conference provides all these opportunities while continuing to charge the lowest registration rate of any municipal league in the country.
NJLM EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
In 2012 and 2013 the League of Municipalities Educational Foundation once again held education programs, supported literacy efforts, secured grants and continued to publish its “Friends of Local Government” white paper series.
We published white papers on “The Lessons of Hurricane Irene: All Emergencies Start and End Locally” by Charles McKenna, Director and Joseph Picciano, P.E., Deputy Director Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; “Redistricting Reform in New Jersey” by Mark Magyar; “Communicating with Constituents when State Policy and Local Jurisdictions Collide” by Patrick Murray, Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
With substantial financial assistance from sponsors, the NJLM Educational Foundation hosted the following special educational events:
• “‑Year 4 of Economic Recovery: New Municipal Realities To Come” July 12, 2012
• “‑New Jersey Infrastructure: What is Needed and How to Fund It” December 12, 2012
• “‑Crisis Communications—Techniques for Communicating with Constituents, the Media, and Service Providers” March 22, 2013.
For the fourth consecutive year the Mayors Book Club was conducted with great success as a pilot program involving eight municipalities and their school districts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties involving 300 students. The program was a collaborative effort initiated by the Mayors Book Club and Monmouth University’s Department of Education. The NJLM Educational Foundation provided the start up monies from generous grants from United Water, Jersey Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, New Jersey American Water and Barnes and Noble Bookstores for the purchase of the books for the Mayors and the first graders. In May, the mayors presented certificates to participating schools along with a check for $1,000 to those who accomplished the reading goals of the program. It is the goal of the Mayors Book Club to offer as many programs as possible across the State.
The Educational Foundation continues to secure and administer grants in support of sustainability efforts. More than $1 million in grants is being administered from such funders as WalMart Corp, BPU and the others.
Sustainable Jersey Certification Program
Currently, 113 New Jersey towns are certified with 11 towns at the silver-level of certification and, 110 towns at the bronze level of certification. The certified communities are leading the way as many more New Jersey towns are actively working on becoming certified. Sustainable Jersey’s 385 participating communities represent 68 percent of the state’s municipalities and 75 percent of its population. The certification submission deadline was June 16, 2013. This submission cycle marks the transition from three application cycles to one per program year. Towns that met this deadline and were approved will be recognized at
the NJLM Conference and Sustainable Jersey’s Annual
Luncheon in November 2013.
Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees
The Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, led by Chair Pam Mount, continues to meet regularly. In addition Board members attend smaller subcommittee meetings on distinct program areas such as development, outreach and communications, certification standards and more. In 2013, the Board welcomed new members including: Anthony Cancro, Township Administrator of Springfield Township; Dr. Edward J. Mahaney, Jr., Mayor of the City of Cape May; and William Pikolycky, Mayor of Woodbine Borough. To support the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Sustainable Jersey added two Class B education-focused members to the Board (John Bulina, President of the New Jersey School Boards Association and Dr. Scott McCartney, Superintendent of Schools, for Egg Harbor Township) and Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, as an Ex-Officio member.
Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program
In June, Sustainable Jersey announced that $380,000 in grant money was available to New Jersey municipalities. Funded by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, this cycle of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support seventy local projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. With this contribution, Walmart will exceed the $1,000,000 mark having provided funding for the grant program each year since 2009.
This first cycle of the 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will award local governments with one $50,000 grant, four $20,000 grants, fifteen $10,000 grants for projects and fifty $2,000 capacity building grants. Proposals were due to Sustainable Jersey on August 4, 2013.
A second $200,000 grant cycle of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by PSEG Foundation were to be announced in late September/early October 2013. Applications did not receive funding in the first cycle will be automatically rolled into the second cycle and will be considered for those grants.
Surdna Foundation/Pace University Land Use Law Center
The grant funds Sustainable Jersey and Pace University to develop the “gold” level of certification and municipal best practices related to land use and transportation. To develop the new level of certification, Sustainable Jersey hosted a one-day summit on September 18, 2013 to build consensus on the core sustainability imperatives for New Jersey. This one-of-a-kind event brought New Jersey’s top sustainability experts together with academics, state and local agencies, organizations and the interested public. Before the summit, Sustainable Jersey shared briefing papers on key topics that summarized research, goals and proposed direction for New Jersey and the region. Attendees participated in facilitated discussions to provide input on the key topics. The following papers were being developed: Water Quality, Water Availability, Water Infrastructure, Air Quality, Climate Change, Energy Supply, Agriculture/Food Security, Wellness/Health Access, and Indoor Environmental Health Hazards, Quality of Life, Social Capital, Equity and Economic Competitiveness.
‑New Jersey Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Program (NJBEEP)
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) currently offers a variety of programs that can support local
governments and school districts to implement energy
efficiency retrofits to public facilities. Sustainable Jersey programs will continue to market and promote the wide range of energy efficiency and conservation programs to government entities in New Jersey. The BPU has entered into a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) to develop a new approach to the universe of local government public facilities that has a single point of entry, sorts local government units and their building portfolios within a typology, identifies a “pathway” for each grouping consisting of a package of subsidies and financing that is best for them, and implements a comprehensive outreach and support effort to move all public facilities through the new system. The project team for this effort will include the BPU, Sustainable Jersey and The Center for Building Knowledge at
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Sandy Recovery Initiatives
Sustainable Jersey has been notified that it will receive two grants from the NJ Recovery Fund. Under the New Jersey Recovery and Resiliency Network grant, Sustainable Jersey and New Jersey Future will work together to field a network of on-the-ground recovery managers and resiliency coordinators that will provide direct assistance to communities. The program will also serve as a bridge between communities and the broader world of public and private resource organizations. The network will coordinate its work with the array of public and private support and policy development organizations.
New Jersey Future will organize local Recovery Managers embedded in specific municipalities. Sustainable Jersey will organize regional circuit riders serving many communities. Based on working directly with communities, the Network will identify and prioritize local needs and work to support and focus the efforts of aid, policy development, and research organizations. This match-making role, linking resources to needs, will focus on both short term recovery and long-term resilience issues. The Network will utilize the convening and coordinating ability of the Sustainable Jersey Climate Adaptation Task Force and the Climate Adaptation Alliance out of Rutgers.
The Sustainable Jersey Community Information & Civic Engagement Taskforce grant will focus on providing New Jersey local governments with a new “toolbox” to enhance and support civic engagement.
Training and Outreach Activities
Sustainable Jersey provides regular training workshops around the state. To see the listing of past and upcoming trainings visit: sustainablejersey.com/events-trainings/calendar/
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) are working together to create a sustainability certification program called “Sustainable Jersey for Schools” designed specifically for New Jersey public and charter schools. The program was officially announced in June 2013.
The voluntary program will provide a roadmap for what to do, as well as a comprehensive package of tools, guidance materials, and training and financial incentives to support and reward progress. It will offer “one stop shopping” with a full menu of sustainable actions. Schools will be required to complete a balanced package of sustainability actions in order to achieve certification.
To develop the certification program framework, Sustainable Jersey and NJSBA are collaborating to build a comprehensive coalition of educational organizations and academic, business and state agency partners to support the development of the program content. Partnering organizations will be invited to join topical task forces that will be tasked with defining the program standards or “actions.”
‑Sustainable Fare for Sustainable Jersey—
Farm to Table Fundraiser
Sustainable Jersey and Board Chair, Pam Mount, hosted a Farm to Table Fundraiser for the second year in a row. The event was on Thursday, July 25, 2013 and featured food from famous local chefs including: Christopher Albrecht, (Eno Terra), Scott Anderson, (Elements/Mistral), Aaron Philip, (Blue Bottle Café), Jonathan Benno, (Lincoln Restaurant), Josh Thomsen, (Agricola), Christine Merker, (Meals For Reals) and Gabby Carbone, (The Bent Spoon).
‑Recent Sustainable Jersey Blogs for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation include (visit sustainablejersey.com/
• ‑Five Tips for Leading Change from NJ Green Teams
May 15, 2013
• ‑If You Only Have 3 Minutes, Watch Our Video
April 17th, 2013
• ‑Four Tips for Developing a Regional Sustainability NetworkMarch 20, 2013
• ‑Taking Small Steps to Tackle Big Problems
February 20th, 2013
• ‑Linking the Arts and Sustainability: Creative Communities
January 16th, 2013
Sustainable Jersey Video
The Sustainable Jersey promotional video was launched on April 17 and has had 403 views to date. The video includes comments by former Governors Christine Todd Whitman, and James Florio, who both lend their support to the non-partisan Sustainable Jersey effort. I, along with Gray Russell, the Environmental Coordinator for Montclair Township, will also provide insights on the impact of the program.
The League’s Trenton staff carries out a full agenda of activities in translating League policy objectives on many fronts, but policy itself is made by over 250 mayors, other elected officials and appointed officials who serve on numerous standing and ad hoc committees.
The committees and committee chairs are:
— ‑Executive Board: JANICE S. MIRONOV, Mayor, East Windsor Township; President, New Jersey State League of Municipalities; Chair
— ‑Legislative Committee: WILLIAM J. KEARNS, JR., ESQ., League General Counsel and KRISTINA HADINGER, ESQ., League Associate Counsel; Co-chairs
— ‑Conference Resolutions Committee: SUZANNE M. WALTERS, Mayor, Stone Harbor; League First Vice President; Chair
— ‑Nominating Committee: ARTHUR R. ONDISH, Mayor, Mount Arlington; Immediate Past President; Chair
— ‑Pension Study Committee: L. MASON NEELY, Finance Director, East Brunswick; Chair
— ‑League Educational Foundation: ARTHUR R. ONDISH, Mayor, Mount Arlington; League Immediate Past
— ‑Heavy Truck Task Force: DAVID M. DELVECCHIO,
Mayor, Lambertville; League Past President; Chair
— ‑Emergency Management Task Force; TIMOTHY C. MCDONOUGH, Mayor, Hope; League Past President; Chair
— ‑Land Use Law Drafting Committee: F. CLIFFORD
GIBBONS, Esq.; Chair
— ‑League Economic Development Task Force: M. JAMES MALEY, JR., Mayor, Collingswood; Chair
— ‑League Legal Committee on Affordable Housing: EDWARD BUZAK, Esq.; Chair
— ‑League School Tax Reform Committee: GERALD J. TARANTOLO, Mayor, Eatontown; League Second Vice President; Chair; GARY PASSANANTE, Mayor, Somerdale; Member, League Executive Board; Vice Chair
— ‑Council on Affordable Housing Study Committee:
JANICE S. MIRONOV, Mayor, East Windsor Township; League President; Co-chair & Colleen Mahr, Mayor Fanwood, member League Executive Board
— ‑Impact Fee Study Committee: EDWIN W. SCHMIERER, Esq., Attorney, Princeton; Chair
— ‑Telecommunications Study Committee: BRIAN C. WAHLER, Mayor, Piscataway; Member, League
Executive Board; Chair
— ‑League Management Reform Committee: WILDA DIAZ, Mayor, Perth Amboy; Chair
— ‑League Statutory Funding Compliance Committee:
JANICE S. MIRONOV, Mayor, East Windsor Township; League President; Chair
— ‑League Liaison to NJ Organ and Tissue Sharing Network: SHARON ROBINSON-BRIGGS, Mayor, Plainfield; Member, League Executive Board; Chair
— ‑Community Development Block Grant Task Force: J. CHRISTIAN BOLLWAGE, Mayor, Elizabeth; League Past President and ARTHUR R. ONDISH, Mayor, Mount Arlington; League Immediate Past President; Co-Chairs
— ‑Civil Service Reform Study Committee: TIMOTHY GORDON, Business Administrator, Milburn Township; Chair
*‑The following individuals represented the League on statewide committees:
— ‑ANTHONY CANCRO, Township Administrator,
Springfield Township—Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, Member
— ‑DAVID M. DELVECCHIO, Mayor, Lambertville; League Past President—Delaware River Basin Watershed
— ‑WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR., Executive Director, State League of Municipalities — New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, Board Member; D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Board Member; New Jersey Sharing Network, Board of Trustees Member; Downtown New Jersey, Inc., Board Member; Friends of the State House, Trustee; Member, Family Readiness Council, New Jersey National Guard; Member, Employer Support of the National Guard;
Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, Ex-Officio Member
— ‑CAROLINE EHRLICH, Chief of Staff, Woodbridge—
Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, Member
— ‑CHERYL FULLER, Former Manager, Englewood — Public Employee Relations Committee, Member
— ‑WILLIAM J. KEARNS, JR., ESQ., League General Counsel— State Supreme Court’s Committee on Court Security—Member, Attorney General’s Municipal Prosecutors Oversight Committee—Member, Local Government Ethics Task Force
— ‑ROBERT V. KISER, Engineer, Princeton — Technical
Advisory Committee for NJ Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Master Plan
— ‑JANICE KOVACH, Mayor, Clinton Town—Public Works Advisory Board, Department of Community Affairs
— ‑DR. EDWARD J. MAHANEY, JR., Mayor, Cape May City—Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, Member
— ‑PAUL J. MATACERA, League Past President—New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council; Trustee, League
— ‑M. BOYD MILLER, Councilman, Brielle—New Jersey Water Supply Advisory Council, Department of
— ‑JOSEPH P. MONZO, Deputy Manager/Chief Finance
Officer, South Brunswick—New Jersey Tax and Fiscal Policy Study Commission
— ‑PAMELA H. MOUNT, Former Committeewoman, Lawrence Township (Mercer); Member — Clean Air Council; Chair—Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees
— ‑L. MASON NEELY, Finance Director, East Brunswick—Department of Environmental Protection Clean
— ‑ARTHUR R. ONDISH, Mayor, Mount Arlington; League Immediate Past President—Public Works Advisory Board, Department of Community Affairs
— ‑SYLVIA PETILLO, Mayor, Hopatcong — Sustainable
Jersey Board of Trustees, Member
— ‑WILLIAM PIKOLYCKY, Mayor, Woodbine Borough—
Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, Member
— ‑DANA L. REDD, Mayor, Camden; Member, Interagency Council on Homelessness
— ‑JOEL SHAIN, ESQ., Attorney, Monroe Township
(Middlesex)—League Representative, Board of Public Utilities Committee on Development of Rules for Municipal Electric Aggregation
— ‑MATTHEW U. WATKINS, Manager, Clifton—Public Employee Relations Commission, Member
MEMBERSHIP AND FINANCE
The League is completing its 98th year of service to the municipalities of New Jersey. Our membership currently includes all 565 municipalities in the State of New Jersey.
The League’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Budget under which the League is currently operating is set forth to the right of this page.
General descriptive brochures covering the range of League services are available at the League Booth and from the League office in Trenton.
Membership Dues Rate Schedule
2015 Membership Dues Report
The League’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Budget under which the League is currently operating is set forth below..
2013/2014 Audit Actual Revenues & Expenditures
for NJLM Fiscal Year End June 2014