Joseph Tempesta, Jr. (Mayor, West Caldwell)
Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. of West Caldwell is the new President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Tempesta, who previously served as the League’s 1st Vice President, was elected today at the League of Municipalities’ Annual Business Meeting.
As 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 1st 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 First Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
As First 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.
League 2nd Vice President
James Cassella (Mayor, East Rutherford)
Mayor James L. Cassella of East Rutherford is the new 2nd 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 2nd 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.
League 3rd Vice President
Colleen Mahr (Mayor, Fanwood)
Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood is the new 3rd Vice President of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Mayor Mahr, who previously served on the League’s Executive Board, was elected at the League of Municipalities Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City.
As third Vice President of the NJLM, Mayor Mahr will help lead the Association of New Jersey’s 565 municipal governments. She will represent the interests and needs of New Jersey’s local elected officials to county, state and federal officials.
Beginning her career in public service as Mayoral Aide in Jersey City, Colleen rose through the ranks to earn the post of Jersey City's Assistant Director of Housing and Economic Development where she developed in-depth analyses of business trends, legislation, real estate and industrial capacity and applied the resulting data towards planning, organizing and directing economic enhancement for Jersey City.
Elected in as Mayor in 2004, Colleen had an opportunity to apply her development experience to the deteriorating downtown of her home town, Fanwood. She kick-started the languishing downtown redevelopment plans that had been discussed for decades and worked with local property owners directly in order to avoid using eminent domain. A decade later Fanwood had been transformed with a downtown redevelopment project that was awarded the 2014 Smart Growth Award for Redevelopment and has been featured in the NJ Handbook on Redevelopment.
A strong voice for her constituents, Mayor Mahr led a coalition of mayors working with the Raritan Valley Rail Line to secure direct rail service to Manhattan and continues to work with this coalition to advance the Gateway Tunnel Project which would be a service to the entire state.
Mayor Mahr has served as an Executive Board member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Chair of the NJLM Legislative Committee, leads the Mayor’s Coalition of The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, a member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, Past President and Legislative Committee Chair for the NJ Conference of Mayors, Board of Directors of the Irish Network New Jersey, a member of the Governor’s Local Government Ethics Task Force, Muhlenberg Hospital Community Advisory Group Member and Board Member of the Union County Academy for the Performing Arts.
Colleen currently serves as Director of Business Development for DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights.