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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

April 2008

Offices: 222 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS
For contributions to the Mayors’ Newsline, please contact Karen E. Venditti, CMP, Editor at kvenditti@njslom.com or (609) 695-3481, ext. 118

Apr. 2
“Licensing” the Arts Center, Holmdel
Apr. 3
“Labor Relations” at Mercer County College, West Windsor
Apr. 8
“Incident Management System (ICS) 402 Training” at Mercer County College, West Windsor
Apr. 11
“Procurement Update and Ethics” at Mt. Laurel
Apr. 13
Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast At Lawrenceville
Apr. 15
“Procurement Update and Ethics” at Holmdel
Apr. 18 & May 5
“Human Resources in the Municipal Environment” at Mt. Laurel and Holmdel.
Apr. 19
Passover begins

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Mayors Hall of Fame
Scholarship Competition
Conference Sessions
League Merchandise
Past President Hagemeister Dies

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange City

On March 6 and March 13 the League held special briefings in Trenton on the CMPTRA cuts proposed by the Administration.  Governor Corzine attended the March 13 briefing.   The briefings were attended by hundreds of municipal officials from across the state who heard the Administration’s call for municipalities to “tighten belts.”

As one mayor put it, if we tighten our belts any more our eyes will pop out.

We know the state is in a fiscal mess.  We know balancing a budget means tough choices, creative solutions and often some pain.  We know this because we have balanced municipal budgets year-after-year.  We understand the situation.

We also disagree with the proposed solution and it is our duty as mayors of our communities to speak out and identify the problems a flawed solution will bring.

I thank the hundreds who attended the briefing and provided examples of the local efforts to date in the areas of consolidation, shared service, reductions, and creative solutions.  Official after official gave examples of how they could be even more efficient if not for statutes and regulations that result in increased costs.  Many explained that they were already cutting essential services before the proposal to cut CMPTRA was announced.

And we must, as mayors, continue our efforts because we will balance out budgets – again.  Please see the “Next Steps in this Newsline and please, continue your efforts.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

ROBERT L. BOWSER, President
  Mayor, East Orange
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Hope Township
JAMES ANZALDI , 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Clifton City
LOUISE CURREY WILSON 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, Montgomery Township

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

DONALD C. ASAY
  Mayor, Mannington Township
CORY BOOKER
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)
RANDY BROWN
  Mayor, Evesham Township
CHUCK CHIARELLO
  Mayor, Buena Vista Township

GUISEPPE "JOE" CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Deputy Mayor., Hampton Twp.

DAVID DelVECCHIO
  Mayor, Lambertville City

JOHN JOHN DEAN DeRIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth Borough
FRANK J. DRUETZLER
  Mayor, Morris Plains Borough
MICHAEL FRESSOLA
  Mayor, Manchester Township

JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
JANICE S. MIRONOV
  Mayor, East Windsor
ARTHUR R. ONDISH
  Mayor, Mount Arlington Borough 

GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale Borough
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR

  Committee Member, Upper Deerfield  Twp.
GERALD J. TARANTOLO
  Mayor, Eatontown Borough
JOSEPH TEMPESTA Jr..
  Mayor, West Caldwell Township
JANET TUCCI
  Mayor, West Long Branch Borough
BRIAN C. WAHLER
  Mayor, Piscataway Township
SUZANNE M. WALTERS
  
Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
Executive Staff
WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, Jr.
  Executive Director

     

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

Nomination forms for the 2008 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 2008 Mayors’ Hall of Fame nomination form.

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

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.By April 5, you should submit your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Mayor Phyllis Marchand of Princeton 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 also 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.

NEXT STEPS TO RESTORE 2008-09
STATE BUDGET CUTS
-Contact http://www.njslom.org/budget-briefing-packet.html

1. Contact your Legislators and urge them to restore budget cuts. Illustrate how these cuts will impact your citizens and taxpayers. Remind them of all you are already doing to limit property tax increases -service sharing, deferral of capital projects, service cuts, etc. 2. Engage your citizens and community groups in your efforts. 3. Contact reporter(s) and explain local impact on quality if life. 4. Do a letter to the editor and/or Op-Ed piece. 5. Attend one of the hearings of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees. The League has reserved time slots for each of the hearings and, even if you can NOT speak, your presence there is extremely important. Contact Jon Moran at the League office at jmoran@njslom.com or (609) 695-3481, ext. 121. He will be coordinating these details. 6. Register in the League's Urgent E-Lines for updates and consult the League's website often to stay informed on the latest developments. 7. Keep NJLM informed of your efforts by contacting Bill Dressel bdressel@njslom.com or by phone at (609) 695-3481, ext. 122.

Past President Hagemeister Dies
-Contact Bill Dressel extension 122

George Hagemeister, 82 formerly of Sparta, died March 7.  George was League President in 1973 and remained very active on the Executive Board and the League headquarters Board of Trustees.  His warm humor and good counsel will be missed by the League.

NJLM Publication Updates
-Contact Becky Wright BWright@njslom.com and www.njslom.org/Publications.html

This spring several important League publications will be updated.  If you have old copies in your file, plan to get these latest versions when they become available in April and May.2008 Municipal Directory; 2007 Laws of Interest to Municipalities; The 2008 Federal Directory; A Primer: The Open Public Meetings Act; At your Fingertips: Legislative Roster

  

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