We have advocated
for municipalities in Trenton by
- Provided testimony
to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees concerning
Governor Corzine's FY 2007 budget proposal, emphasizing
the property tax consequences of aid cuts and "level
working to educate members of the Legislature on the importance
of local governments' authority to exercise the power
of eminent domain, in a fair and equitable manner.
- Helped secure
passage of legislation to reform, reauthorize and replenish
the Transportation Trust Fund, and to increase funding
for the Local Aid program.
- Pushed for
action to maintain Heavy Truck Rules governing large truck
traffic on the state's roads.
legislation to address the need for greater flexibility
in the Local Government Cap Law, so that essential services
and programs can be effectively delivered.
- Met with Governor's
Chief of Staff, along with other members of the Citizens'
Convention Coalition, in anticipation of the push for
progress towards property tax reform, later this Spring.
We have advocated
for municipalities in Washington by
to work with our State Delegation to protect the Community
Development Block Grant program, the Section 8 Housing
Voucher program and other programs vital to our constituents
and to community and economic development.
with the National League of Cities (NLC) and other New
Jersey and National Associations to educate Members of
Congress on the importance of local governments' authority
to manage and collect revenue for the use of their local
- Working with
NLC and our Delegation to protect our authority to exercise
eminent domain for economic development and to minimize
new federal restrictions on the use of eminent domain.
local officials on the activities of the President's FY
2007 Budget Proposal.
We have strengthened
local leadership capacity by
- Hosting two
seminars for Newly and Reelected Officials on January
28 and March 11.
a seminar on Pay-to-Play and other ethics issues on March
- Met with the
Montville Charter Study Commission to discuss local forms
We have provided
municipal officials with resources for problem solving by
- Through the
Bureau of Municipal Information, sending out sample ordinances
on request, offering informational legal consultations,
making bid specifications available, and providing interlocal
services consultations upon request. Sample copies of
ordinances are also available online as PDF documents.
- We recently
sent mailed our annual surveys so that we may update the
Police and Fire Labor Data booklets for 2006. A copy of
the survey is also available to municipalities online.
- We recently
mailed out our bi-annual license fees surveys so that
we may update our "Selected Municipal License Fees"
and "Alarm Fees and False Alarm Penalties" booklets.
A copy of the survey is also available to municipalities
- The first
edition of the Arbitration Reporter was published in March.
- Hosting and
Administering year-round education seminars to help local
officials deal with and solve issues and problems at the
- We are continuing
to work with Pat Bohse of Bohse and Associates to publish
featured articles on our main Grant Resource Center page
each month. Some of Pat's 2005 articles will be featured
as editorial in New Jersey Municipalities as a new section
entitled "Grants Corner".
- The League,
in conjunction with GrantStation, now provides a new email
service to our members, allowing them to sign up for weekly
newsletters that contain announcements and links to available
grant opportunities and upcoming programs.
the Gang Prevention and Youth Violence Task Force, chaired
by Mayor Bob Bowser of East Orange, to develop and promote
a comprehensive and compassionate approach to the large
and growing gang epidemic infecting New Jersey. Mayor
Bowser has represented the League at a Press Conference
and at a seminar at Princeton University on the problem;
and he has led the Task Force in discussions with the
Administration that led to Governor Corzine's new anti-gang
We have promoted
municipal government by
20 Governing Body Members into Elected Officials Hall
of Fame on January 18. This honor is reserved for those
Governing Body Members, both active and retired, who have
served twenty years in elected municipal office.
the twelfth annual Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders
Scholarship Competition to advance the virtues of elected
and volunteer positions in municipal government while
raising awareness of municipal government in general.
The League is
your municipal advocate in Trenton. If you have any questions
on how we can do a better job in helping you do a better
job in serving your constituents, please let me know.