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2014-2015 New Jersey League of Municipalities Officers


League President, Mayor Brian Wahler

League President
Brian Wahler (Mayor, Piscataway)

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Mayor Brian Wahler of Piscataway Township was elected to serve as the new President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  Mayor Wahler, who had previously served as the League’s 3rd Vice President, was elected during the Annual Business Meeting at the League’s Conference in Atlantic City.

President Wahler has been the Mayor of Piscataway since 2000 and a Member of the League’s Executive Board since 2006.  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 2008, 2010, and 2014, 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 addition to serving on the Executive Board of the State League of Municipalities, he is currently Chair of the Telecommunications Committee and the Utilities Task Force. Mayor Wahler is also an active member of the League’s Legislative Committee.

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

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

Mayor Joseph Tempesta - League 1st Vice President

League 1st Vice President
Joseph Tempesta, Jr. (Mayor, West Caldwell)

Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. of West Caldwell is the new 1st Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  Mayor Tempesta, who previously served as the League’s 2nd Vice President, was elected today at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting.

As First Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Tempesta will help guide the association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments.  He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state, and federal governments.

Mayor “Joe” Tempesta was recently elected to his 5th term to lead the government 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 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 in 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.

League 2nd Vice President
Albert Kelly (Mayor, Bridgeton)

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, New Jersey’s mayors elected Albert Kelly, Mayor of Bridgeton, to the position of Second Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

As Second Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Kelly will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments.  He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state and federal officials.

He was first elected Mayor for the City of Bridgeton on July 1, 2010, winning 76 percent of the vote. He was re-elected, running unopposed in November, 2014. In addition to his service as Mayor, he has volunteered and has been appointed to various community boards and leadership positions, including: the Bridgeton Board of Education; Cumberland County College’s Board of Trustees; Chair of the Cumberland County Selective Service Committee; former City Council President; and Former President of the Local Police Athletic League.

Mayor Kelly currently holds the following board memberships: former President of  the New Jersey Community Action Association; Board Member- Bridgeton Area Chamber Of Commerce; Chairman of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority; member of the County Workforce Investment Board; President of the Cumberland County Black Hall Of Fame; Board Member of the Allegheny East Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Churches; former National Region II Representative to the Community Action Partnership Board of Directors; Cumberland County Empowerment Zone, Cumberland Development Corporation Advisory Board Member for PNC Bank and Board of Directors Inspira Health Network.

In addition to his prior service on the League of Municipalities’ Executive Board, Mayor Kelly is an active member of the League’s Legislative Committee. The Bridgeton native is a graduate of Trenton State College (College of New Jersey)   and has worked in the state and municipal court system.  He has received recognition, honors, and awards at local, state and national levels for his outstanding dedication to human and community services.

Mayor Kelly has four daughters - Lindsay, Aisha, Rachel, and Sarah.  He is also a First Elder at Bethany S.D.A. Church.=

Mayor James Cassella, League 3rd Vice President

League 3rd Vice President
James Cassella (Mayor, East Rutherford)

Mayor James L. Cassella of East Rutherford is the new 3rd Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  Mayor Cassella, who previously served on the League’s Executive Board, was elected today at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City.

As Third Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mayor Cassella will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments.  He will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state and federal governments.

Mayor Cassella began his service to the people of East Rutherford in 1980, as Trustee of the Borough’s Board of Education. During his five years in that capacity, he served on the Financial, Personnel and Contract Negotiations Committees. In 1985, he was elected to the Borough Council. Continuing on that body until 1995, he served as Chairman of the Finance, Fire, Police and DPW Committees. He represented the Council in Contract Negotiations. Also, in continual service since 1985, he remains a member of the Joint Meeting Sewer Authority.

First elected East Rutherford’s Mayor in 1996, and in addition to his other duties, he has been an active member, including terms of office as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman, of the Hackensack Meadowlands Municipal Committee. Since 2002, he has also been a Commissioner of the Bergen County Utilities Authority. For the past six years, Mayor Cassella has also served as a member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Executive Board. He is also a League Legislative Committee Member.

A graduate of Felician College, Mayor Cassella is a recipient of, among other honors, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award, the Hackensack Riverkeeper Excellence in Public Service award and the South Bergen PAC Outstanding Leadership Award.

Mayor Cassella has been happily married to his wife, Janice, for 25 years.


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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