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Magazine of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Volume 86• Number 7 • October 2009
222 West State Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608
Phone: (609) 695-3481
Fax (609) 695-0151

Candidates for Governor running a footrace


The Candidates Answer Your Questions
By Governor Jon Corzine, Chris Christie & Chris Daggett

Local and State Government  Breaking Barriers to Economic Growth, Together
By Jon S. Corzine, Governor

Louis Bay II Scholarship Winners

Mayors Committee for a Green Future Inspiring Sustainability Statewide
By Fred Profeta, Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Maplewood Township, Chair of the Mayors Committee for a Green Future (MCGF)
& Pam Mount, Mayor, Lawrence Township, Vice-Chair of the MCGF

Edison’s Growing E-Government
By Jun Choi, Mayor, Edison

Downtown Cranford  Making Progress and Preserving Local Character
By David W. Robinson, Mayor, Cranford

Preventing Law Enforcement Suicides  Officers Deserve Support, Not Silence
By Anne Milgram, Attorney General & Jennifer Velez, Commissioner, Department of Human Services

A Case for Reinvestment in Waste-to-Energy in New Jersey
By James J. Kennedy, Mayor, City of Rahway & Sunil K. Garg, Executive Director, Union County Utilities Authority

From Industrial Blight to a Major Retail Center, Thanks to the UEZ
By Nicholas Sacco, Mayor, North Bergen

Bridgeton Saves by Refurbishing Synagogue as Town Hall
By James B. Begley, Mayor, City of Bridgeton

The Site Remediation Reform Act  What You Need to Know
By Mark N. Mauriello, Acting Director, Department of Environmental Protection

Raise Me Up  How You Can Support Children in Foster Care
By Kimberly S. Ricketts, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families

Funding All Types of Transportation  Increased Municipal Aid and Grants Available
By Stephen Dilts, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation
& Timothy C. McDonough, President, New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor, Hope

Healing Homes  A Road to Recovery for New Jersey Youth
By Ronald K. Chen, Public Advocate and Acting Child Advocate

Gearing Up for the Census in Paterson

League Executive Board

How We’re Helping Local Governments Go Green
By Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Commissioner, Board of Public Utilities

Agriculture Requires a Farm-Friendly Climate
By Douglas H. Fisher, Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Budget Woes and Pension Contributions
By L. Mason Neely, Chief Financial Officer, East Brunswick Township

Managing the Current Tax Cap Levy Crisis
Possible Techniques to Employ

By Gregory C. Fehrenbach, ET.AL

Fighting a Wave of Lawsuits Against Local Government
By David N. Grubb, Executive Director, Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund

Tax Appeal Strategies in a Real Estate Down-Turn
By Martin Allen, League Associate Counsel

Managing Our Wildlife
By Wendy Anderson, New Jersey State Director, United States Department of Agriculture

A Balancing Act  The Right to Privacy Versus the Right to Access Public Records
By Todd B. Ruback, Esq., DiFrancesco, Bateman, Coley, Yospin, Kunzman, Davis & Lehrer, P.C.

A Review of Municipal Liens
By Keith Bonchi, Esq. Partner, Goldenberg, Mackler, Sayegh,Mintz, Pfeffer, Bonchi & Grill P.C.

Free-roaming Cats  The Downside of Trap-Neuter-Return Policies
By Linda Matarazzo Cherkassky, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Cat Rescuer & Rick Bailey, Animal Control Officer

The Latest on the Residential Site Improvement Standards
By Michele R. Donato, Assistant Counsel, New Jersey Planning Officials.

Successful Shared Service for Middlesex County Law Enforcement 
By Raymond J. Hayducka, Chief, South Brunswick Police Department

Looking in the Mirror for Solutions
By Ted M. Ehrenburg, Administrator, Borough of Bloomingdale

League Staff Update

Helen Yeldell Receives Outstanding Service Award 122

Former League President Ken Street Will Be Missed



From 222 West State Street
By Bill Dressel

As I See It
By Daniel N. Coranoto,
Deputy Mayor
Hampton Township

Washington Watch
By  Frank Pallone, Jr., Congressman,

Under the Gold Dome
By James McQueeny

Legal Q&A
By Deborah M. Kole

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

Labor Relations
By Brian Kronick

Professional Card Directory

Garden Statements
By Taran B. Samhammer

By Danielle Holland

Cover Illustration by
Bill Galinat




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