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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

December 2007

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

Jan. 1
New Year's Day
Jan. 3

Senate Session and Assembly Quorum

Jan. 4
Deadline for Municipal Clerks to provide the County Board of Election with the list of recommended polling places for the upcoming year.
Jan. 7.
Senate and Assembly Sessions
Jan. 8

Governor Corzine’s State of the State Address (Subject to Change)

Senate Quorum and Assembly Session Convening of 213th State Legislature             

Jan. 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Thank You to the Conference Volunteers
Rutgers Award for Public Service to New Jersey
The World of Elections in New Jersey!
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Orientation for Newly Elected, Re-Elected, and Experienced Municipal Officials

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2007 – 2008 Elected Officials’ Handbook
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2008 Annual Mayors’ Legislative Day
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2007 Elected Officials Hall of Fame Inductees
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2007 Innovation in Governance Award Winners
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Getting Involved with the League
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange City

Dear Colleagues:

As your new League President, I want you to know that I am depending on you.  During my tenure, I will consist-ently ask more elected officials to get more involved in more League activities.  The League can only work for us, if we work with the League.  Though it is not always easy in a small, densely populated, and diverse State, like New Jersey, we need to focus on the values that unite us.  In addition, we need to work together to promote those values within the League, among our colleagues in local elected office and in the corridors of power in Trenton and Washington.

We will face many challenges and opportunities over the next twelve months.  Some - like a new school funding formula, the Administration’s long-awaited debt restruct-uring plan, gang activity and violent crime, affordable housing, and redevelopment and preservation strategies to support and enhance local economies – can be anticipated.  Others will inevitably emerge.  Only by united action can the municipal perspective on any of those issues have an impact on the outcome.

At our Mayors’ Legislative Day next month in Trenton, I hope to see many of my colleagues.  Moreover, I hope to see many of you at many more League activities through-out the coming months.

Sincerely yours,

Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange;
                                President, NJLM

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

2007/2008 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

2007/2008 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 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 Township
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)
WILLIAM J. KEARNS Jr.
   League General Counsel
WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, Jr.
  Executive Director
MICHAEL J. DARCY, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

THANK YOU TO THE
CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS

-Contact Bill Dressel, ext.122

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that volunteered their time and talents to make the 92nd Annual Conference a tremendous success!  To the Nominating, Reception, and Resolutions’ Committees, your support has been invaluable.  In addition, the League staff worked extremely hard behind the scenes. 

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference is the largest municipal conference in the nation.  This year, 20,000 attendees descended on the Atlantic City Convention Center.  They visited 800 exhibiting companies, occupying 1,154 booths. 
I am looking forward to seeing you at the 93rd Annual Conference – November 18 – 21, 2008!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Richard L. McCormick, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recognized William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director of the League with the Rutgers Award for Public Service to New Jersey.

HOT DATES, HOT TOPICS
-Contact Karen E. Venditti, CMP, ext. 118

Mark your calendars with these important dates.  To begin the New Year is the seminar titled, “The World of Elections in New Jersey!”  Sponsored by the League and the Municipal Clerks’ Association, and led by Assistant Attorney General, Donna Kelly, this seminar is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, and Friday, January 11 at The Enterprise Center at BCC in Mt. Laurel. 

Topics discussed are issues of concern to the municipal clerks.  They are the primary responsibilities of election officials in New Jersey, voter registration, write-in candidates, absentee and paper ballots, polling places, challengers, Election Day procedures, electoral integrity, OPRA, and the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail Act. 

Next on the calendar is the Orientation for Newly Elected, Re-Elected, and Experienced Municipal Officials.  The Radisson Hotel Saddle Brook is hosting the first date on Saturday, January 12.  The Enterprise Center at Burlington County College in Mt. Laurel is hosting the Saturday, February 9 date. Two new venues for this important event!

This orientation for municipal officials, who are newly elected, re-elected, or experienced is fast-paced and designed to bring elected officials up-to-date on important municipal issues.  The newly elected officials will get a thorough overview of their major areas of responsibility, key contacts at the State level, and important sources of information and assistance.

 

2007 – 2008 Elected Officals’ Handbook
- Contact Becky Wright, ext.110

Now on sale at a cost of $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members.  This handbook includes updated important reference materials and copies of statues for local officials.

2008 Annual Mayors’ Legislative Day
Wednesday, January 16, at the State House Annex
- Contact Karen E. Venditti, ext. 118

The Legislative Mayors’ Day is a unique opportunity for Governor Corzine to speak to our state’s municipal leaders about his legislative, budgetary and policy priorities for 2008 and beyond.  In addition, key legislative leaders will receive an invitation.  It is an important opportunity for local leaders to interact with the individuals, who will control property tax relief funding during the next budget cycle.

2007 10th ANNUAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
-Visit njslom.org/hallelec_cover.html

It is an honor for the New Jersey State League of Muni-cipalities to recognize those governing body members, active and retired, who have served twenty years in elected municipal office.  These special elected officials have governed their municipalities for lengthy terms, guiding their communities through the good times and troubled times, with little recognition.  The Elected Officials Hall of Fame shines a light on these pillars in our communities and holds them up as an example of civic pride for all citizens to emulate.  These special elected municipal officials are honored at the Mayors’ Legislative Day, January 16, 2008!

2007 6th ANNUAL INNOVATION IN GOVERNANCE AWARD WINNERS
-Visit www.njslom.org/2007_Governance_Winners.pdf

  • Records Management in the 21st Century

PROJECT NAME:  Council Meetings Online and the Integrated Public Record - Brick Township, Honorable Daniel J. Kelly, Mayor, & Mr. Ermand Centofanti, IT Director

  • Innovative Local Use of Geographic

Information Systems /PROJECT NAME:  NEWGIN -Newark City, Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor, & Mr. Christopher Darby, MIS Specialist/Information Technology Manager

  • Shared Technology Services/PROJECT

NAME: Borough of Somerville Technology Enhancement Program Somerville Borough, Honorable Brian G. Gallagher, Mayor, & Mr. Paul Allena

GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE LEAGUE
-Contact Bill Dressel, ext.122

There are many standing and ad-hoc committees functioning within the League of Municipalities.   For further information on these Committees and details on how you can get involved in committee deliberations visit njslom.org/committees.html, and then contact Bill.

  

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