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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 87 • Number 6 • June 2010
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
Fax (609) 695-0151

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A Special Report:  Tightening Our Belts
By Jason Holt, Corporation Counsel, East Orange, Associate League Counsel

Results of League Survey  What Are You Doing to Cut Costs?
By Matthew Weng, League Staff Attorney

The Findings of the Red Tape Review Group  Cutting Red Tape
By Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor

Improving Operations Today, While Planning Shared Services for Tomorrow
By David Del Vecchio, Mayor, City of Lambertville

How to Reduce the Costs of Services
By Marc Holzer, Dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers-Newark, Executive Director of SPAA’s National Center for Public Performance (NCPP) & John Fry, Director of NCPP’s Shared Services Institute

The Open Public Records Act  Practical Problems and Reasonable Solutions
By Lori Grifa, Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs & Catherine Starghill,
Executive Director, Government Records Council

Lakewood Gives Its Downtown Merchants a Voice
By Steven Langert, Mayor, Lakewood

Combating Gangs with Collaboration and Innovation
By Paula T. Dow, Attorney General

Best Practices for Awarding Service Contracts
By Matthew Boxer, State Comptroller

This Year’s League Conference  You Can’t Afford to Stay Away
By William G. Dressel, League Executive Director

95th Annual Conference Preview

Exhibitors List 

The League of Municipalities Conference 
A Catalyst for Statewide Reform

By Ken Gardner, Woodbridge Fire Commissioner

Sustainable Jersey Focuses on Training and Grants
By Fred Profeta, Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Maplewood Township and Chair of the Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future (MCGF) & Pam Mount, Councilwoman, Lawrence Township and Vice Chair, MCGF

PSEG Promotes Renewable Energy
By Al Matos, Vice President, Renewables and Energy Solutions, PSE&G

New Law  Motorists Are Now More Responsible for Pedestrian Safety
By Martin E Robins, Director Emeritus & Ranjit Walia, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

Municipalities ‘Invest’ In Food Waste Recycling
By Priscilla E. Hayes, Program Coordinator, Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Overregulation of Community Pools  New Slide Regulations Are All Wet!
By Judith Leblein Josephs, Director, Community Programs, City of Summit.

Thank You to Our League Supporters

League Educational Foundation Hosts Social Media for Public Officials

League Co-hosts “National Donate Life Month” Press Conference

Municipal Officials, School Board Members Discuss School Budget Defeats

League Past President Dominick Presto Remembered

Former Bridgewater Mayor James T. Dowden Remembered



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Victor J. Sordillo, Mayor,
Warren Township

Washington Watch
By  Leonard Lance,
Congressman, 7th District
& Rush Holt,
Congressman, 12th District

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Legal Q&A
By Matthew Weng

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

Labor Relations News & Views
By Brian W. Kronick

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Matthew Weng

By Danielle Holland

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