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March 31, 2009

Re:   Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services

Dear Mayor:

We would like to draw your attention to some important new information on the website of the Division of Local Government Services.

1. Local Finance Notice 2009-7 ( describes the procedures municipalities, counties, and other local units that have not adopted FY 2009 budgets must use to take advantage of the newly enacted pension deferral legislation (P.L. 2009, c.19).  The law requires local units to apply to the Local Finance Board and demonstrate fiscal need to obtain approval to take advantage of the deferral.  The Division has determined that the pension deferral will be taken into account in determining Extraordinary Aid awards. Organizations must now file their applications by April 22.  Local units that have already adopted 2009 budgets are not eligible to take advantage of the deferral.

2. This year's Symposium of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the Trenton chapter of the Association of Government Accountants will be held on Friday April 24, 2009, at the Trenton NJ Marriott.  The 2009 Symposium covers a wide array of current public policy, financial administration, and records management issues.   Key subjects include the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its impact on NJ, an insider discussion on the state budget process; OPRA and records management issues; a discussion on the impact of changes in newspaper coverage on government, and many others.  This is the only NJ state government policy forum that covers these subjects.   You may download the program now from  Finance and records management CEUs are available.

3. The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University is sponsoring a FORUM on "Emergency Preparedness in the Region: What Have We Done & What is Still Needed?" on Friday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 3.p.m.  There is no cost but you must register.  The Forum will feature former Governor Thomas Kean as the Keynote Opening Speaker, and Dr Steve Flynn, the Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations as the Luncheon speaker. Panels will focus on three main areas: Vulnerabilities of our Critical Infrastructures; Cooperation Issues Among and Between Government and the Private Sector; and Public Health Preparedness Issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, Ex. 137, or at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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