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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 85• Number 8 • December 2008
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
Fax (609) 695-0151
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An Energy Master Plan for Growth and the Environment
By Jon Corzine, Governor

Promoting a ‘Second Season’ at the Shore
By Sal Perillo, Mayor, Ocean City

Mythbusting the Revised COAH Rules
By Joseph V. Doria, Jr, Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs, Chairman, Commission on Affordable Housing

The Future of Affordable Housing 
By William G. Dressel, Jr., League Executive Director

Cooperation Creates a ‘Comprehensive Community’ in Morristown
By Donald Cresitello Mayor, Morristown & Eric Witmondt, CEO, Woodmont Properties

Fiscal and Credit Uncertainity Looms for New Jersey Local Governments
By Edward J. McManimon, III, League Associate Counsel

Managing Health Costs in Turbulent Economic Times
By Michael J. Ritacco, Superintendent of Schools, Toms River

Municipalities Reap Big Benefits from Recycling
By Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection

Green Energy-Saving Resources for Your Community
By Kathleen T. Ellis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Natural Gas

Annual Report of League Executive Director 2008

New League Officers Elected

Hope Mayor Timothy McDonough Elected League President

Relief for Families Overwhelmed by Children’s Medical Bills
By Ralph Condo, Executive Director, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund

Bringing Back Our Brownfields
By Lewis Goldshore, League Enviromental Counsel & Susan Boyle, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Commission Mentoring Program  Taking At-Risk Youth to College.
By Gerson Martinez, Education Committee Member, New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission

Transforming Your Community’s Landscape:  The Power of Arts, History and Culture
By Ann Marie Miller, Executive Director, ArtPride NJ

Local Government Responsibilities Under The New State Comptroller Law
By Andrea L Kahn, Esq., McManimon & Scotland, L.L.C

Labor Attorneys Genova and Kronick Join Legal Team

Mayor David M. Siddons Will Be Missed

Legal Team Supports League Efforts

Common Issues Concerning Municipal Meetings and The Open Public Meetings Act
By Deborah M. Kole, League Staff Attorney

Conservation Easement Permanence and the Role of Municipalities.
By Katherine Buttolph, Hunterdon Land Trust, Director of Land Acquisition and Stewardship

Social Security and Government Workers
By Everett M. Lo, Social Security Administration, Regional Public Affairs Specialist

Bergen County Leads the Way in Shared Services
By Dennis McNerney, Bergen County Executive

New Jersey Municipalities Index


From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Chuck Chiarello, Mayor,
Buena Vista Twp

Washington Watch
By Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Sustainability Update
By Kathleen Grady &
Elizabeth McManus

Labor Relations News & Views
By Brian W. Kronick

Legal Q&A
By Deborah M. Kole

Legislative Update
By Michael F. Cerra, Jon R. Moran, &  Helen Yeldell

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran B. Samhammer

By Karen E. Venditti




















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