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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 86 • Number 8 • November 2009
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
Fax (609) 695-0151

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Preserving Our Open Space:  A Race Against Time
By John F. McKeon, State Assemblyman and Mayor, West Orange

Woodbridge Takes the News into Its Own Hands—and You Can Too!
By John E. McCormac, Mayor, Township of Woodbridge

Pleasantville, New Jersey  Feel the Energy
By Jesse L. Tweedle, Sr., Mayor, Pleasantville

Cherry Hill Improves Pedestrian Safety
By Bernie Platt, Mayor, Cherry Hill

Regional Renewable Energy  A County Shares the Light with Local Governments
By William J. Chegwidden, Freeholder, County of Morris, Mayor, Wharton Borough,
Stephen B. Pearlman, Esq. & Ryan J. Scerbo, Esq., Partners, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler, LLP

H1N1 Readiness Is a Shared Responsibility
By Heather Howard, Commissioner, Department of Health and Senior Services

Now is the Time  Advancing Consolidation and Shared Services
By Charles A. Richman, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs

Together We Can Protect Tenants’ Rights
By Ronald K. Chen, New Jersey Public Advocate

Maintaining Force Effectiveness in a Recession
By Jose M. Cordero, Director, Law Enforcement Strategy, Office of the Attorney General

Tiny Alloway Township Saves Big with Vacuum Sewers
By Edwin Masker, Mayor, Alloway Township & Carl Gaskill, Public Engineer, Fralinger Engineering

Defibrillators Come to Chatham Township and Borough
By Kevin Tubbs, Mayor of Chatham Township & Kate Donovan, Board Member, JTB Foundation

Coah Reform  Help Is On Its Way
By Raymond J. Lesniak, State Senator

League Resolutions Committee  Setting the Municipal Agenda
By Michael F. Cerra, League Senior Legislative Analyst

Managing the Current Tax Levy Cap Crisis: Techniques, Part II
By Gregory C. Fehrenbach, Coordinator, League Interlocal Cooperation and Management Advisory Service, and Principal, Government Management Advisors, LLC; Reagan Burkholder, Principal, Summit Collaborative Advisors, LLC;
& Robert Casey, Executive Director, New Jersey Municipal Management Association

Fairness and Affordable Housing  Understanding the Eastampton Case
By Stuart R. Koenig, League Senior Assistant Counsel, Attorney, Stickel, Koenig and Sullivan

Lower Cost Alternatives to the State Health Benefits Plan
By Joseph M. DiBella, Executive Vice President, Benefits Consulting Practice, PERMA Health Joint Insurance Funds

Artifacts from the World Trade Center Available
By Kevin Kirchman, Director, Marketing Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Going Green by Building Green
By Robert S. Goldsmith & Joanne Vos, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

A Banner Year for the Mayors Wellness Campaign
By Emily Littman, Director, Mayors Wellness Campaign

The Community Rating System  A Great Way to Save on Flood Insurance
By Adam Slutsky, P.E., CFM, John A. Miller, P.E., CFM, George N. Holzapfel, P.E., CFM & Salvatore DeSimone, CFM

New Law Gives Municipalities More Control Over Environmental Cleanups
By Mitchell Kizner, Shareholder and Member, Environmental and Litigation Departments, Flaster/Greenberg

League School Tax Reform Committee Meets

Governor’s Local Government Task Force Meets

State Education Commissioner, Mayors Launch
Multi-City Effort to Nurture Young Readers

Women in Municipal Government Committee Meets

Two New Jersey Towns Are Among Money Magazine’s
“Top 25 Best Places in America for a Healthy Retirement”



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Michael Blunt,
Mayor, Chesilhurst

Washington Watch
By  Donald M. Payne, Congressman,
Tenth District

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Legislative Update
By Michael F. Cerra, Jon R. Moran & Lori Buckelew

Legal Q&A
By Matthew Weng

Garden Statements
By Taran B. Samhammer

By Danielle Holland





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