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Suzanne M. Walters

League President
Suzanne M. Walters( Mayor, Stone Harbor)

Suzanne Walters has been Mayor of Stone Harbor since 1997.  She is a member of the State League of Municipalities Legislative Committee and is Chairwoman of the General Legislation Subcommittee.   She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the League’s Women in Municipal Government Committee.  Mayor Walters also is a member of the State Council on Affordable Housing.

Mayor Walters is involved in numerous civic, religious and charitable groups in Stone Harbor and in Cape May County.  Some of her involvements include the Cape May Regional Medical Center Foundation, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, Cape Women”s Resource Fund, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Women’s Republican Club of Cape May and yacht Club of Stone Harbor.

She has a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University.  She is a widow and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Gerald J. Tarantolo

League 1st Vice President
Gerald J. Tarantolo (Mayor, Eatontown)

Is currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of Eatontown after spending fourteen years as an Eatontown Borough councilman and 23 years as a member of Eatontown Planning Board. With the announced closing of the Fort Monmouth in 2005, he served as a member of two authorities that created and implemented the planned redevelopment of the military base. Those authorities were the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Planning Authority and the new Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority. Both authorities were created by the State Legislature.

In addition to his municipal involvement, he serves on the NJLM Executive Board and chairman of the NJLM Tax Reform Committee and the Chairman of the Two River Council of Mayors in Monmouth County. He retired after working 37 years in the telecommunications industry, from Telcordia Technologies and was also on the technical staff of two other technology-associated companies namely, Bell Laboratories and Bellcore.

He received his BSEE from Monmouth University. He is a proud Air Force veteran.

He is happily married and he and his wife Patricia have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Mayor Joseph Tempesta

League 2nd Vice President
Joseph Tempesta (Mayor, West Caldwell)

Mayor “Joe” Tempesta is currently serving his 4th term as Mayor of the Township of West Caldwell.  Prior to serving as Mayor, he also served 3 terms as a Councilman in West Caldwell.

Mayor Tempesta began his public service in 1982 serving as a volunteer member and later as a Chairman of the West Caldwell Environmental Commission.  He also served as a volunteer member of the West Caldwell Planning Board and for the last 25 years, has volunteered for various community athletic and recreation activities, civic organizations, and charitable events.  He is a member of the State League of Municipalities Legislative Committee and has served on the League of Municipalities’ Executive Board since 2003.

Mayor Tempesta also serves or has served on numerous Boards and Community Affiliations including West Essex UNICO, and the Essex County Open Space Advisory Board.  He is currently a Commissioner on the Morris Joint Insurance Fund (Morris JIF) and recently served as Commissioner of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (NJDWSC).

He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, NJ in 1977 and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Economics from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ in 1981.  He is currently the Township Business Administrator for the Township of East Hanover.

He is married to Anne Botto Tempesta and they have a 22 year old son, Joe, who attends graduate school at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mayor Brian C. Wahler

League 3rd Vice President
Brian C. Wahler (Mayor, Piscataway)

Brian C. Wahler became the Mayor of Piscataway in 2000, was reelected in 2004, 2008 and reelected in 2012. He was first elected to the Township Council in 1992 and served as Vice President and President of the Council. He is currently a member of the Piscataway planning Board and is on the Executive Committee of the American Parkinson Disease Association-NJ Chapter.

Under his leadership, Piscataway was chosen SPORTSTOWN NEW JERSEY , BY Sports Illustrated Magazine and in August 2008 Piscataway was designated by Money Magazine as one of the 100 best places to live in America. Mayor Wahler is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and served on their Transportation and Communication Committee, Homeland Security Task Force and in 2006 was appointed USCM Membership Chair.

In 2006 Mayor Wahler was appointed to the League Executive Board and is currently Chair of the Telecommunications Committee and the Utilities Task Force.

Mayor Wahler is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University.

Mayor Wahler and his wife Paulette have three children, Olivia, B.C. and Michael.


William G. Dressel Jr.

Executive Director
William G. Dressel, Jr.

Bill Dressel is Executive Director and formerly Chief Lobbyist for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  He has held progressive staff positions with the League since 1974 and assumed the duties of Executive Director on July 1, 1995.

Bill manages the broad spectrum of programs and services for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which represents all of the State’s 565 municipalities and a membership of over 13,000 elected and appointed municipal officials.  The League headquarters are located at 222 West State Street in Trenton.  The League has an operating budget of nearly 3 million dollars and has a staff of 20.  The League publishes a monthly magazine, New Jersey Municipalities, conducts seminars and educational workshops on a wide range of subjects, and publishes numerous survey documents, almanacs, and directories.  The League also has an Annual Conference each November in Atlantic City and attracts nearly 20,000 registrants.  The League Conference is the largest of its kind in the nation.  Bill Dressel also supervises four full-time lobbyists who are highly regarded as being the “municipal voice” on both Federal and State Legislative matters.

In 1999, he received the John G. Stutz Award for 25 years of State League Service by the National League of Cities.  He served from 1999 – 2001 on the Executive Board of the National League of Cities.  On November 14, 2007 he received the Rutgers Award for public service to New Jersey for Excellence in promoting and supporting Municipal Government.  On September 27, 2008, he was presented with the Sarah P. Fiske Award by Preservation New Jersey, Inc. for efforts in preserving the Ferdinand W. Roebling Sr. Mansion in Trenton.   Bill serves as a member of numerous governmental and association boards such as the Board of Directors of the Community Development Institute: Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers; serves as a trustee of Downtown New Jersey Inc.; is on the Board of Directors of the Health Care Quality Institute, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Friends of the State House” organization, Board of Directors of D.A.R.E. New Jersey, Trustee, New Jersey Sharing Network, and is a member of both the Family Readiness Council for the New Jersey National Guard; and the Employer Support of the Guard and National Reserve. 

He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Social Science from Elon College in North Carolina.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University.  Some of his leisure activities include jogging and working on various community projects






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