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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 87 • Number 3 • March 2010
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
Fax (609) 695-0151

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Delanco Saves
A Timeless Treasure on the Delaware

By Kate Fitzpatrick, Mayor, Delanco Township

New Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver Answers Our Questions
By Sheila Y. Oliver, Assembly Speaker

Plainsboro’s Village Center
Creating a Sense of Place
By Peter A. Cantu, Mayor, Plainsboro Township & Robert O. Sheehan, Township Administrator, Plainsboro Township

Persistence Pays Off
Bayonne Mall Breaks Ground
By Mark A. Smith, Mayor, City of Bayonne

Property Tax Reform
No More Fooling Around

By Gerald J. Tarantolo, Mayor, Eatontown, Chairman, League Tax Reform Steering Committee

Realizing Revitalization in Trenton
By Douglas H. Palmer, Mayor, Trenton

Toms River Embraces Shared Services
By Thomas F. Kelaher, Mayor, Toms River

New Jersey Mayors Mobilize Around the 2010 Census
By Yolanda Finley, Media Specialist, New York Regional Census Center

Building an IT Infrastructure that Delivers
By Richard DiLascio, Mayor, Lyndhurst & Michael Melham, President, AlphaDog Solutions

My Goals for Lakewood
By Steven Langert, Mayor, Lakewood

The Changing Nature of News
And Its Impact on Local Government

By John J. O’Brien, Executive Director, New Jersey Press Association

Dropping Credit Ratings Affect All Municipalities
By Edward J. McManimon, III, League Economic Development Counsel, McManimon & Scotland

How to Make the Most of Social Media
By Chris Rosica, CEO, Rosica, Inc.

Web-Based Services
The Key to Doing More in Tough Times
By Michael D. Esolda, Chief Information Officer, Township of Woodbridge & Bernadette Kucharczuk, Chief Information Officer, City of East Orange

The Verizon Bill Three Years Later
A Look at  the Changing Cable Television Landscape

By Steven P. Goodell, League Special Counsel on Telecommunications, Herbert,Van Ness, Cayci and Goodell

The Service Provider Continuum
New Ways to Provide Municipal Services
By Robert Casey, Executive Director of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association and a Member of the Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC); Gregory Fehrenbach, Coordinator, League Interlocal Cooperation and Management Advisory Service and Principal of Governmental
Management Advisors; & Dan Mason, President of Jersey Professional Management.

Wasteful Government Employee Benefits
The SCI’s Wake-Up Call
By W. Cary Edwards, Chairman of the State Commission of Investigation and Former New Jersey Attorney General

Mayors Book Club Receives A Generous Donation

League Mourns Loss of Joe Rauch, Tax and Finance Expert



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Dave Fried, Mayor, Robbinsville

Washington Watch
By  Frank A. LoBiondo, Congressman, Second District

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Sustainability Update
By Kathleen Grady &
Elizabeth McManus

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

Legal Q&A
By Matthew Weng

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran B. Samhammer

By Danielle Holland





Plainsboro's village Center

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