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NJ Municipalities Magazine




Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 88 • Number 3 • March 2011

small blue map of NJCONTENTS

March 2011

man putting a puzzle together


Shared Services
How to Put the Pieces Togethe
By John Fisher, III, Chairman Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission(LUARCC);
Managing Director, TriState Strategies NJ, LLC

2010 Was Just a Beginning
We Need to Rethink the Way New Jersey Operates

By Stephen M. Sweeney, Senate President

Millburn’s Citizens Embrace a Green Challenge
By Sandra H. Haimoff, Mayor, Millburn Township

Saving Franklin Lake
By Janet Tucci, Mayor, West Long Branch; NJLM Executive Board Member

Responding to Diversity
Bringing Government to the Hearing Impaired

By Brian Levine, Mayor, Township of Franklin (Somerset)

Elk Township Takes a Hard Look at Its Bottom Line
By Philip A. Barbaro, Jr., Mayor, Elk Township

When Time is Money, Communicate Via E-mail
By Lori Grifa, Commissioner & Edward Smith, Director, Division of Codes & Standards, Department of Community Affairs

The Site Remediation Reform Act
What Municipal Officials Need to Know

By David E. Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner, Site Remediation, Department of Environmental Protection

The New Census Numbers Are In!
The Data and Its Impact on New Jersey

By Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Importance of Leadership in Challenging Economic Times
By Gerard Velazquez, III, NJLM Education Foundation Grant Advisor, President & CEO, Triad Associates

Women’s History Month
Inspiring the Women of Tomorrow

By Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor; Secretary of State

Transparency in Government
Eight Steps to Ensuring Easier Access to Records

By Catherine Starghill, Executive Director, Government Records Council

You Can Take Action to Limit Costly Lawsuits
By David Grubb, Executive Director, Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund

Interest Arbitration Reform
Are You Ready For Hard Cap And The Rocket Docket?
By Brian W. Kronick, Esq., NJLM Labor Counsel; Genova, Burns & Giantomasi

Decoding the New Site Remediation Law
By Lewis Goldshore, NJLM Environmental Counsel

Effective Advocacy
What City Officials Need to Know About Pursuing Federal Grant Funding
By Dustin McDonald, Senior Affairs Advisor, Holland & Knight
Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance

Supporting the Region’s Smart Growth Dreams
By Robin L. Murray AIA, PP, LEED AP

League Seeks Shared Service Agreements



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Janice S. Mironov,
League 2nd Vice President;
Mayor, East Windsor

Washington Watch
By Chirs Smith, US Congressman

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

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

Legal Q&A
By Matthew Weng

Labor Relations News & Views
By Brian W. Kronick, Esq.

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran Samhammer

By Danielle Holland

children and adults at a "Green Fair"

new townshouses in the winter with snow on the ground















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