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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

NFIP Nears End-of-Month Expiration

Congress needs to adopt a plan to keep the vitally important National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) up and running, before it expires at the end of this month. The program, which provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities, has been...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

House Committee Releases FY '19 Transportation & Housing Appropriations

Thanks to the leadership provided by Committee Chair and New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, late last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Officials' Social Media Impacted by Federal Court Ruling

On Wednesday, a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York ruled President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account to be a designated public forum and therefore blocking individuals from viewing his Twitter account is a violation of the First Amen...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Municipal Court Report Released by NJ Supreme Court Committee

NJ Supreme Court Report on Municipal Courts On Tuesday, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a report, entitled Report of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines, and Fees, prepared by the Supreme Court’s Committ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

State Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Criminal Justice Grant Money

On Wednesday, the State announced that it had joined other states in bringing a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to undo a policy, which could cause the state and local governments to be excluded from receiving federal grant money from the E...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Assembly Joins Us in Support of Local Businesses

On June 28, on a 77-0 vote, the State Assembly approved AR-11. The Resolution, sponsored by Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo, F. Christopher Tully, and Lisa Swain, urges New Jersey residents to shop locally and support local businesses. Our Main S...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Certain Local Taxes Entended to Include "Transient Accommodations"

P.L. 2018, c. 49, signed by Governor Murphy on July 1, authorizes municipalities to impose, where applicable, the Hotel Occupancy Tax; Municipal Occupancy Tax; Atlantic City Luxury Tax; Atlantic City Promotion Fee; Cape May County Tourism Sales Tax; Cape ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

SFY 2019 School Aid Numbers Released

The State Department of Education (NJDOE) has released the final school aid numbers, which can be accessed from the Department’s website at:  https://www.nj.gov/education/stateaid/1819/. School districts receiving increased aid...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Call to Action: FCC STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act

On June 29, Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Brian Schatz of Hawaii introduced S.3157, otherwise known as, the Streamlining the Rapid Evolution and Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance (STREAMLINE) Small Cell Deployment...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Comment on Community Solar Pilot

On July 6, 2018, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities released a Public Notice and Request for Comments in the matter of the New Jersey Community Solar Energy Pilot Program (Docket No. QO18060646). The Request for Comments is available at the BPU's we...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

League Opposes Municipal Pre-emption in "Bag Bill"

On June 25, the State Legislature sent the Governor legislation that would impose a statewide fee on single-use carryout bags provided to customers at retail check-out counters. The League of Municipalities opposes the legislation (A-3267/S-2600)...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Show Your Support: Bill Promotes Volunteerism

On June 25, the State Senate, by a 38-0 vote, and the General Assembly, by a 75-0 vote, gave final approval to A-1627/S-1873. The League of Municipalities strongly supports A-1627, which would permit a person with a pre-existing volunteer relationship as ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

SFY 2019 Budget Adopted

Late Sunday evening, Governor Murphy signed a $37.4 billion state budget. Included in the budget was an amendment to alter the funding source of Energy Tax Receipts. While the amount of the Energy Tax Receipts for this year will remain flat at $788,492, t...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

NJ Supreme Court Rules on Zoning Appeals

The League would like to alert our members to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that will undoubtedly impact how municipal zoning boards handle appeals of zoning permits. Earlier this week, the NJ Supreme Court issued its decision Mary Harz v. Borough o...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

SCOTUS Issues Sales Tax Ruling with Possible NJ Benefit

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS’) released its opinion in, South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., which addresses a state’s authority to require internet retailers to collect sales tax. The Court ruled that t...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Janus Decision: SCOTUS Ruling Restricts Public Sector Unions’ Power to Collect Fees

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This highly anticipated case involved a challenge to the ability of public sector unions to force nonmember government workers to pay agency fee...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Charitable Trust Law Effective July 3

Taking effect on July 3, P.L. 2018, c. 11, permits municipalities, counties, and school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for a specific public purpose, and permits property tax credits in association with certain donations. Howeve...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills to Senate Budget Committee

By a vote of 4-0, the Senate State Government Committee amended and released S-106, which revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which revises the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The League testified, along with the New Jersey Association...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

PILOT Bill Amended & Released

On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee amended and released S-1701, which is opposed by the League. This bill would require an application for a long term property tax exemption (PILOT) to include a cost-benefit analysis and for the municipality to produc...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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Posted on: March 23, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Extension

Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards expired on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awa...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

NFIP Nears End-of-Month Expiration

Congress needs to adopt a plan to keep the vitally important National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) up and running, before it expires at the end of this month. The program provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities.

Congress needs to adopt a plan to keep the vitally important National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) up and running, before it expires at the end of this month. The program, which provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities, has been...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

NLC/ US EDA Webinar on RIS Grant Program

Join the NLC and program leaders from the U.S. EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a July 24 informational webinar to discuss leveraging the 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) grants.

Join the National League of Cities' (NLC) and program leaders from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a July 24 informational webinar to discuss how communities can leverage the 2018 Regional...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Free Registration for July 27 PILOT Forum

July 27 the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association and the NJ Builders Association will host a half-day forum on understanding and negotiating the best deals for communities/taxpayers. Registration is required and free for municipal officials.

Many municipalities utilize “smart growth” principles through redevelopment studies and plans, in addition to leveraging PILOTs to ensure project viability. On Friday, July 27, the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association and the New Jersey Builder...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Governor's Conference on Housing & Economic Development

The Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development will be held Oct. 2-3 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Gov. Phil Murphy is the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The event will also feature a special plenary session in the morning.

The Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development will be held Oct. 2-3 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Gov. Phil Murphy is the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The event will also feature a special plenary session in the mor...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

(SHBP) Recommended 2019 Rates Increase

At the State Health Benefits Commission Rate Renewal meeting AON, the Commission’s consultant, recommended premium rates of 8.2% increase for Active Employees, no increase or decrease for Early Retirees, and a decrease of 12.7% for Medicare Retirees.

At the July 11 State Health Benefits Commission Rate Renewal meeting AON, the Commission’s consultant, recommended premium rates of  8.2% increase for Active Employees, no increase or decrease for Early Retirees, and a decrease of 12.7%...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

NEW DATE ADDED: Free Complete Streets Training for Municipalities

A new Free Complete Streets Training For Municipalities will be held Aug. 21 in New Brunswick. This full-day workshop covers a range of topics, including what complete streets are and why they are important; policy, implementation and design; and funding.

A Complete Streets Training for Municipalities full-day workshop covers a range of topics, including what complete streets are and why they are important; policy, implementation and design guidance; and funding sources. For more information or to register...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Statewide Special Events List

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and Office of the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center request your assistance to help compile the statewide Special Events list.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and Office of the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center request your assistance to help compile the statewide Special Events list. Officials can submit a “Special Events Submission...

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

DLGS Certification of Calendar Year Municipal Bugets

The League is communicating with state agencies and suggests reaching out to Legislators about concerns on how implementing state changes in school funding may lead to delays in certification of municipal budgets to county tax boards, raising admin costs.

We would like to call your attention to the Tuesday GovConnect notice, sent by the Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services (DLGS), to your municipal clerk, CFO, and Tax Collector. This notice states that, as a result of the ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Brownfield Marketing Assistance

The NJ State Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) would like to assist municipalities and counties by marketing brownfields for redevelopment via SiteMart, an online database for brownfield properties in NJ.

The NJ State Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) would like to assist municipalities and counties by marketing brownfields for redevelopment and to bring them back to the tax roll. OPA is responsible for the Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force that create...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

League Accepting Innovation in Governance Awards Applications

The DCA and NJLM will acknowledge and promote excellence in the Innovation in Governance annual recognition program. Apply to showcase problem solving & prevention successes in your municipality. Awards will be presented at the League Conference.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey League of Municipalities will again acknowledge and promote Innovation in Governance through our annual recognition program. This is a great opportunity to showcase innovative solutio...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

July Grants Posted

The League’s July Grants page has been posted and includes links to several federal funding opportunities. Visit the Grant Resource Center for more information.

The League’s July Grants page has been posted and includes links to several federal funding opportunities. Visit the Grant Resource Center for more information. The League’s Grant Resource Center features links and resources t...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

GRANTS: US EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program

The US EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) is accepting applications for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. FY18 i6 Challenge and FY18 Seed Fund Support grants help build regional capacity/translate innovations into jobs.

The US EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) is accepting applications for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. The US EDA is awarding grants to build regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs. The two fun...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Animal Cruelty Enforcement

On June 25, both houses passed and sent to the Governor A-4225/S-2689, which would change the effective date of P.L. 2017 c.331 regarding the animal cruelty statutes from August 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019.

On June 25, both houses passed and sent to the Governor A-4225/S-2689,  which would change the effective date of P.L. 2017 c.331 regarding the animal cruelty statutes.     On January 16 of this year, former Governor Chr...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

NJ Supreme Court Limits Rice Notice Requirements, Clarifies Minute Timing

the State Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell overturning the Appellate Division ruling on Rice notices and requirement that minutes be released within a specific amount of time.

On Thursday, the State Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell, a case which the League joined as amicus. In this case, the Court addressed various issues involving the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Decides on MLUL TOA Rule

The State Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Twp. The court decided an application whose required documentation is incomplete does not trigger the time of application rule.

Earlier this week the State Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of Franklin Twp., a case which the League participated in as amicus. In short, this case dealt with the Municipal Land Use Law&am...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Updated Mayors Wellness Campaign Toolkit

The new and improved Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) toolkit is geared to help mayors and community organizations address their unique local health needs. The toolkit contains an introductory video, and nearly 30 cost-effective program ideas.

The new and improved Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) toolkit is geared to help mayors and community organizations address their unique local health needs. The toolkit contains an introductory video, and nearly 30 evidence-based, step-by-step, cost-effectiv...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

FAST Update

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2018-16 providing an update on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST) and the reopening of the budget module for municipalities.

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2018-16 providing an update on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST) and the reopening of the budget module for municipalities. Calendar Year municipalities will be requir...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Connect with NJLM National Affiliate

The National League of Cities represents 19,000 cities, towns, and villages across America — giving local leaders a voice in Washington and beyond. Sign up for NLC’s Weekly newsletter at nlc.org.

The National League of Cities represents 19,000 cities, towns, and villages across America — giving local leaders a voice in Washington and beyond. Every day, NLC posts news, resources, and opportunities that empower elected officials to become ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Nominees Sought for Michael A. Pane Memorial Award

Nominations are requested by Sept. 15 for the 16th Annual Michael A. Pane Memorial Award, honoring a local government attorney, engineer, or planner who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics. Award presented at the League Conference.

Nominations are requested by Sept. 15 for the Institute of Local Government Attorneys' 16th Annual Michael A. Pane Memorial Award, honoring a local government attorney, engineer, or planner who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work ha...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Officials' Social Media Impacted by Federal Court Ruling

A Federal Judge ruled President Trump’s personal Twitter account a designated public forum. This ruling could have widespread implications for government officials using social media.

On Wednesday, a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York ruled President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account to be a designated public forum and therefore blocking individuals from viewing his Twitter account is a violation of the ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

GRANT: NJDEP Flood-Resilience Planning Competition

NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Deadline: July 20.

The NJDEP has announced a grant competition in which municipalities located in in nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding. Resilient NJ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

GRANT: NJDEP Barnegat Bay Watershed Water Quality Improvement

The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Applications are due August 31.

The NJDEP is seeking proposals for projects to reduce the input of nutrients, primarily nitrogen, which are transported into the bay by stormwater runoff. Proposals that mitigate nutrients in stormwater in the northern and southern portions of Barnegat Ba...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

US Senate Stalls on NFIP Reauthorization

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire July 31. Unless Congress renews NFIP by then, FEMA would stop selling and renewing flood insurance policies. The Senate has been slow to consider long-term reauthorization.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood coverage for more than 22,000 American communities, was originally set to expire last fall. Although the House of Representatives passed legislation, entitled the 21st Century Flood Reform ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Special Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

The Dept. of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly. This insect has the potential to impact the agricultural industry, especially the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries.

The Department of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly to the Department either by email to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call the New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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