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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 85• Number 8 • November 2008
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
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Glassboro’s Revitalization Plan — Creating the Quintessential College Town
By Leo McCabe, Mayor, Borough of Glassboro

Surviving the End of a Hospital 
By John Birkner, Jr., Mayor, Westwood Borough

Our Anti-Crime Plan Means a Safer New Jersey
By Anne Milgram, Attorney General

F.A.S.T. Tours — Elizabeth Connects Potential Home Buyers with Property Opportunities
By J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor, Elizabeth

Manchester Township — Bringing Sun and Savings to Public Works.
By Michael Fressola, Mayor, Manchester Township

Heart Attack — The Number One Killer of On-Duty Firefighters
By David N. Grubb, Executive Director, Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund

Earn Some Green by Going Green
By Joel L. Shain, League Energy Deregulation Counsel

Property Tax Abatement — Important Redevelopment Tool or Developers Rip-off?
By Keith S. Balla, Rosenfarb Winters, LLC

Healthy Communities Are Good Business and Good Public Policy
By James J. Florio & David L. Knowlton

Municipal Workers Eligible for Family Leave Insurance Coverage in 2009
By David J. Socolow, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Ticket Writing and Revenue
By Ted M. Ehrenburg, President of Blue Shield Consulting LLC

The Secrets of a Successful Government Transition
By Jason Holt, Esq. Associate League Counsel, Corporation Counsel, City of East Orange

Step Up to Stop Diesel Soot
By Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection

Gerald Dorf Serves for Over 35 Years

Reorganization and Consolidation — LUARCC Gets to Work
By Jack Fisher, Chairman & Steven M. Cozza, Commission Member

An Approach to the Foreclosure Crisis
By DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., former New Jersey Secretary of State

Energy Markets Offer Efficiency and Choice
By Bill Levis, President, PSEG Power

Why Energy Competition Needs Reform
By James A. Jablonski, Executive Director, Public Power Association of New Jersey

The Superior Court Addresses Closed Session Minutes
By Aime Antonides, RMC/CMC, Borough Administrator, Borough of Interlaken

Billboard Litigation Heats Up In New Jersey
By J. Peter Jost & William D. Brinton

Electronic Records Management
By Duane Davison, League Associate Counsel

The Municipal Housing Liaison Comes of Age
By Frank Piazza, President,  Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey

Sorting Through the Alphabet Soup of PERS and DCRP Eligibility for Employees
By William Harla & Nancy Kist, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler, LLP

The New Jersey Supreme Court Sets New Rules for OPRA Lawsuits
By Steven Kleinman, Corporation Counsel, City of Hoboken

The Benefits of Using a Private Weather Forecast Service
By Thomas Spring, Sparta Township Department of Public Works

The Case for Voucher Reform in Municipal Purchasing
By Andrew Balik, Purchasing Agent, City of Bayonne

A Missed Opportunity and Potential Liability — Police Internal Affairs Reporting and Analysis
By Richard Rivera, Coordinator of the Civil Rights Protection Project at the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey

FEMA and USDA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Assists Local Fire Departments
By Judson Moore, Fire Chief, Port Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co. & Daniel Speigel, Fire Chief, West Wildwood Fire Dept.




From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Sal Perillo, Mayor, Ocean City

Washington Watch
By Frank Pallone, Jr., Democrat, Sixth District

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Labor Relations News & Views
By Gerald L. Dorf

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

Legal Q&A
By Deborah M. Kole

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran B. Samhammer

By Karen E. Venditti




















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Successful Government Transitions

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The Foreclosure Crisis



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