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NJ Municipalities Magazine



Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 89 • Number 1 • January 2012

small blue map of NJCONTENTS

January 2012

Municipal Officials cutting the ribbin at a joint court opening


Q and A with New League President
By Arthur Ondish, NJLM President, Mayor, Mount Arlington

Together We Can Make New Jersey a Beacon for America
By Chris Christie, Governor

Electronic Ticketing
Generating Revenue and Saving Lives

By Ann Dassing, Mayor, Caldwell Borough

New Jersey’s Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
Don’t Forget What Lies Beneath

By David R. Mayer, Mayor, Gloucester Township

Franklin’s Newsletter—An Effective Link to Businesses and Residents
By Brian D. Levine, Mayor, Franklin Township (Somerset)

Pascack Valley Towns Create a Joint Court
By John M. Kane, Jr., Councilman, Park Ridge

Woodbury, NJ—Recycling’s First City
By Harry R. Riskie, Mayor, Woodbury

How We Took Orange’s Yearly Tax Increase from 18 Percent to 0
By Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., Mayor, Orange

Economy 2012: Grow and Rebalance
By James W. Hughes, Professor and Dean & Joseph J. Seneca, Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers

96th Annual League Conference Photos

Master Planning
Don’t Forget to Include Historic Structures

By Gerry Scharfenberger, Director, Office for Planning Advocacy; Member; Middletown Township Committee

The Department of Banking and Insurance
Expanding Markets, Spurring Growth & Revamping Regulations

By Tom Considine, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance

The Criminal Justice Veteran Initiative
Assisting Veterans within the Justice System and Beyond

By Dave Thomas, Executive Director & James T. Plousis, Chairman, New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB)

A Template for Citizen-Centric Financial Reporting
By Relmond P. Van Daniker, Executive Director, Association of Government Accountants

A Review of Recent Survey Results
Can We Expect More Municipalities to Consolidate or Regionalize?

By Kathe Callahan, Associate Director, Center for Executive Leadership in Government, Rutgers University & Leila Sadeghi, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Kean University

Electric Utilities Work to Improve Communication, Storm Response
By Donald Lynch, President, Jersey Central Power and Light

Is It Time to Hire a Redevelopment Attorney?
By Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority

Mayors’ Hall of Fame

League and DCA Present Innovation in Governance Awards

Meet Your New Executive Board Members

Sustainable Jersey Luncheon and Awards

Resolutions Passed at NJLM Business Meeting



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Janice Mironov, NJLM 1st Vice President; Mayor, East Windsor Twp. & John Bencivengo, Mayor Hamilton Twp. (Mercer) & Peter Cantu, NJLM Past President; Mayor, Plainsboro Twp. & David Fried, Mayor, Robbinsville Twp

Washington Watch
By Frank Lautenberg, US Senator

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

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

Legal Q&A
By Matthew Weng

Purchasing Pointers
By Joyce Miller, Purchasing Agent, Franklin Twp. (Somerset)

Business Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran Samhammer

By Danielle Holland

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