August 13, 2014
RE: League Posts Resources to Empower Local Impact
As advocates for strong municipal management, New Jersey Mayors all do their best to protect our institutions of local self-government and to promote the interests of local residents. Pursuing those goals, we all keep an eye on State actions that can help or hinder our efforts.
Our League Legislative team works hard to keep us informed of developments in the State Capital. They co-write a regular “Legislative Update” column, which appears in each issue of our magazine, New Jersey Municipalities. They also collaborate in the publication of the “Legislative Bulletins.” And the Legislative team sends us letters to mark the progress, or lack thereof, of bills of special importance.
On any issue that is important to you, your municipality and your fellow citizens, you need to follow up with your two representatives in the General Assembly, your State Senator and, when and if a bill should reach his desk, with our Governor.
With Labor Day just weeks away, both Houses of the Legislature are looking forward to an active Autumn. Issues like the future of the Transportation Trust Fund, Affordable Housing, Energy Receipts restoration, accumulated sick leave, property tax reform, public employee pensions and benefits, environmental liabilities, the release of bidders’ lists and shared services could be on the table.
To assist in making your voice heard on these key policies, we have posted a few resources on our website. To review our handy brochure, “Tips on How to Communicate with the Legislature,” go to http://www.njslom.org/legislativeguide/CommunicateLegislature.pdf. And to access “NJLM’s 2014 Legislative Guide: Pointing the Way to Effective Advocacy,” visit http://www.njslom.org/legislativeguide/2014-legislative-guide.pdf.
For municipal leaders and the League to be effective in our State Capital, we need to help each other. If you want to get more involved in our Legislative efforts, consider the following. You can become a member of our League Legislative Committee, which meets about once a month to develop positions on important bills effecting local government. If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Mike Cerra, League Director of Governmental Affairs, at 609-695-3481, ext. 120, or email@example.com.
Thank you for all that you do for the people of your community and for local government in our State.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.