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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2007

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
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IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Apr. 3
“Capital Financing and the Bonding Process” at Holmdel
Apr. 4
“Capital Financing and the Bonding Process” at Cherry Hill
Apr. 18
“Labor Relations” at Freehold
Apr. 24
“How to Handle a Defeated School Budget” at Holmdel
May 1
“The Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official’s Guide to Achieving Success” At Holmdel
May 3
“Open Public Records Act Update” at Holmdel
May 8
“Ethics Update” at Holmdel

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
2007 Mayors’ Hall of Fame Nominations
2007 Scholarship Deadlines
League Dedicates New Headquarters Building
NLC Municipal Excellence Awards
Seeking Mayoral Conference Session Topics

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By David DelVecchio, Mayor, Lambertville

On March 14th I addressed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting in Union Township on Governor Corzine’s proposed FY 08 budget.  During that address, I thanked the Governor for realizing that there is a connection between municipal property tax relief and municipal property taxes.   However, I also addressed our concerns that “level funding” is not the best way to reduce New Jersey’s first in the nation over reliance on regressive and excessive property taxes.

Governor Corzine’s proposed budget for the State’s next fiscal year includes a $20 million increase in total municipal property tax relief funding.  And, though that is just over a 1% increase, it includes a new $32.6 million line item, which will give the vast majority of municipalities a 2% increase in general formula aid.  This testifies to the fact that Governor Corzine recognizes the connection between municipal property tax relief funding and municipal property taxes.  This increase will help local officials limit property tax increases.

Extraordinary Aid is slated to be cut from $43 million to $25 million.  We requested that the Legislative Committee restore the funding.

Governor Corzine and the Legislature must be thanked for the difficult work that they have done and will continue to do to forge a State budget that meets the current needs of the people of our Garden State; and that can serve as a foundation for a better New Jersey for years to come.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, President;
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Denville
ROBERT L. BOWSER, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, East Orange
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH, 3rd Vice President
  
 Mayor, Hope

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
CORY BOOKER
  Mayor, Newark
LUCILLE CHAUMP
  Mayor, Oceanport

CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
GUISEPPE CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Committee Mem., Hampton Twp.
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
CORDELIA O. FULLER
   Council Member, Chatham
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains  

GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale

DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor, Upper Deerfield
  Twp.
HERBERT D. STILES, JR., President;
  Mayor, Elmer

JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
JANET TUCCI
  Mayor, West Long Branch
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
BRIAN C. WAHLER

  Mayor, Piscataway
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
LOUISE WILSON
  Mayor, Montgomery

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

MAYORS’ HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116 or mdarcy@njslom.com

Nomination forms for the 2007 Mayors’ Hall of Fame were recently mailed to all Mayors. This special recognition is given to Mayors who have served at least 10 years for the silver level, or 20 years for the gold level. Please review the full list of current Hall of Fame Mayors at the League web site. If any mayors are missing that should be included, please nominate them on the official 2007 Mayors’ Hall of Fame nomination form.

LEAGUE DEDICATES NEW HEADQUARTERS
-Contact Bill Dressel ext. 122

The League officially dedicated its new headquarters building on Saturday, March 24, 2007. The dedication was attended by over 100 local and state officials and guests. The League refurbished the Ferdinand Roebling Mansion at 222 West State Street in Trenton and added on significant office space. The majority of the construction took place during 2006 and the League was able to occupy the new facility in early 2007.

NOMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2007 NLC AWARDS FOR MUNICIPAL EXCELLENCE
-Contact mrs@nlc.org

The Awards for Municipal Excellence recognize outstanding programs that have improved the quality of life in America’s communities. Given through a partnership between the National League of Cities (NLC) and CH2M HILL, the Awards honor a range of population sizes, with two awards in each population category. 

Nominated programs will be judged on several criteria, including: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities.

Nomination forms are available and  eight winners will be nationally recognized at a ceremony at NLC’s Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition in November or December of this year.

For information about the Awards program, and how to get a nomination form, contact the National League of cities.

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE
-Contact Michael Darcy ext. 116

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 5, you should have submitted your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Mayor Daniel Van Pelt of Ocean Township, Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township, and League staff members Michael Darcy, Helen Yeldell, and Deborah Kole. Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton Township serves as Scholarship Chairwoman.

On May 4, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners’ mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

SEEKING CONFERENCE SESSION TOPICS
-Contact bdressel@njslom.com  or fax 609 695-0151

Please fax or e-mail your suggested topics and speakers so we may coordinate your ideas into an informative and thought provoking conference.

ORDER LEAGUE MERCHANDISE
-Contact www.njslom.org

The League is proud to offer our membership merchandise bearing the League’s logo at reduced cost. The vast array of merchandise includes pens, clocks, umbrellas, travel mugs and wearable items for each season. Take a few minutes to look at all of our quality merchandise at our web site. Go to “About NJLM” and then click on “Order League Merchandise.” Help support your League by purchasing some merchandise today. 

2006 LAWS OF INTEREST TO NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright at ext. 110

Legislation signed into law in 2006 will have a lasting effect on how you conduct the public’s business.  By ordering the League’s 2006 Laws of Interest book, you will have ready access to these laws and you will save considerable time and effort in researching the voluminous statutes. This publication is a great tool for your Department Heads, Attorney, and Governing Body. The publication is just $30 per copy.

 

 

 

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