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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: September 12, 2018

Local Gov. Assistance in Wake of Florence

Municipalities wishing to lend assistance, assets, or personnel to communities stricken by hurricane Florence should review the Sept 1, 2017, Local Finance Notice. The notice outlines what donations and lending are permissible; the function of th...

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Emergency & Disaster Recovery

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Permanent SALT Deduction CAP on Federal Slate

Earlier this week, Federal lawmakers introduced a series of bills which seek to make permanent certain revisions made last year to the tax code. Among those provisions sought to be made permanent is the controversial, $10,000 cap placed on the deduction o...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 7, 2018

FCC Proposed Order Dramatically Limits Control Over Municipal Rights of Way

This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a proposed Order which would severely limit local government’s control over the public rights of way. The Order deals specifically with the deployment of small cell facilities and r...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 31, 2018

US Senate Moves Major Appropriations Bill

On an 85-7 vote, the Senate approved its third “minibus” package of appropriations bills. The bill would authorize spending for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education, during the Federal government&...

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Federal Government
Posted on: August 24, 2018

IRS Issues Regulations Invalidating SALT Workaround

Yesterday, the IRS released proposed regulations which thwart efforts made by the State to lessen the impact felt from the recent changes to the Federal tax code, which placed a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In Ma...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 27, 2018

U.S. House Passes NFIP Extension

The House of Representatives has approved legislation to extend the life of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on a vote of 366-52. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell forecast Senate approval of the four-month extension before the planned rec...

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Federal Government
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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Federal Government
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: September 14, 2018

Permanent SALT Deduction CAP on Federal Slate

Earlier this week, Federal lawmakers introduced a series of bills which seek to make permanent certain revisions made last year to the tax code. Among those provisions sought to be made permanent is the controversial, $10,000 cap placed on the deduction o...

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Office of Public Integrity & Accountability Launched

On Monday, NJ Attorney General Grewal announced the creation of a special unit within the Office of Attorney General to combat corruption and strengthen public confidence in government institutions. The new unit, called the Office of Public Integrity and ...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Local Gov. Assistance in Wake of Florence

Municipalities wishing to lend assistance, assets, or personnel to communities stricken by hurricane Florence should review the Sept 1, 2017, Local Finance Notice. The notice outlines what donations and lending are permissible; the function of the EMAC sy...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Cannabis/Marijuana Legalization and the Local Option Tax

 As you are aware, Governor Murphy identified the legalization of the adult use of marijuana as a top priority for his Administration. Senate President Sweeney also supports this and has publicly indicated that there is sufficient support in the ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2018

2018 League Conference Resolutions

2018 League Conference Resolutions

Dear Mayor:

One of the most important functions of the Annual League Conference is the adoption of resolutions from our member municipalities. These resolutions play a major part in setting the League’s legislati...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Parking Privileges for Home Health Care Providers Gets CV

The Governor conditionally vetoed A-3683/S-2416. Pursuant to the bill, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) would issue placards, which would entitle home care service employees to park their motor vehicles in on-street areas that are generally reserved ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

CV for Out-of-State Sales Tax Bill

Governor Murphy sent A-4261/S-2794 back to the Legislature, with recommended amendments. This bill is a response to the US Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which cleared the way for States wishing to require the application o...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Governor Signs Law UI Benefits Disqualification Law

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3871/S-2439, which concerns disqualification from unemployment benefits for misconduct. The new law reduces the duration of time that a worker is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, if the worker...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Gov. Conditionally Vetoes Temporary Disability/Family Leave Bill

On August 27, Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed A-4118, which permits individuals to submit temporary disability and family leave insurance claims up to 60 days prior to the commencement of leave if the individual knowns in advance when the leave will ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Law Requires Public Display of Vote Counts & Updates on Election Days

On August 24, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3463/S-1957, which requires district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, and authorizes challengers to request reported count. Within two hours ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Jake's Law for Inclusive Playgrounds Signed

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-2187, otherwise known as “Jake’s Law.” The law incentives counties to build inclusive playgrounds for children and adults with disabilities by prioritizing Green Acres fund applica...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Alyssa's Law Gets Conditional Veto

Last week, the Governor conditionally vetoed A-764/S-365. This bill would require all public school buildings in New Jersey to be equipped with at least one silent panic alarm directly linked to local law enforcement for use in the event of a school secur...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Law Oks Assessments/Bonds for Lead Line Replacement

On August 24, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4120/S-2695, which authorizes municipalities to levy special assessments, and issue bonds, to replace certain lead-contaminated water service lines. However, all projects under this new law must be (a) under...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Governor Vetoes Bag Fee Bill

On Monday, Governor Murphy vetoed A-3267/S-2600. This bill would have placed a $0.05 fee on single-use carryout bags provided by certain types of stores to customers. The League opposed the bill, which, if signed as is, would have preempted local legislat...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

AG Issues Marijuana Prosecution Guidance

On Wednesday, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a Memorandum of Guidance regarding “Municipal Prosecutors’ Discretion in Prosecuting Marijuana and Other Criminal Offenses.”

 

Addressing the question of whether m...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

IRS Issues Regulations Invalidating SALT Workaround

Yesterday, the IRS released proposed regulations which thwart efforts made by the State to lessen the impact felt from the recent changes to the Federal tax code, which placed a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In Ma...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

AG Grewal Issues New Directive Aimed at Combating Firearms Trafficking

On Wednesday, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued AG Directive 2018-4 which instructs all municipal law enforcement agencies within the State to participate in the ATF’s eTrace System “Collective Data Sharing” program...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Post-Retirement Volunteer Bill Ok'd

On August 17 Governor Murphy signed into law A-1627/S-1873, which protects the pension rights of former employees who continue to serve their communities as volunteer first responders. The League strongly supported this legislation that stems from a 2014 ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Law Permits County to Change Assessment Calendar

On August 17 Governor Murphy signed into law A-538/S2257, which permits a county governing body, with the approval of the county board of taxation, to revise the real property assessment calendar. Effective immediately, P.L. 2018, c. 94 permits a...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

DLGS Issues Guidance on Storm Response & Recovery

In issuing Executive Order 33, Governor Murphy declared a state of emergency in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic Counties as a result of this past weekend’s torrential rains. The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Gov. Ok on Revised Animal Cruelty Law Date Changes

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed A-4225 into law. A-4225 revises the effective dates of certain sections of the recently enacted reforms to the Animal Cruelty Laws (P.L. 2017, C.331). Specifically, Section 6 (which pertains to the appointment of certifie...

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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

Certain Local Taxes Extended 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: 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: September 12, 2018

Cannabis/Marijuana Legalization and the Local Option Tax

 As you are aware, Governor Murphy identified the legalization of the adult use of marijuana as a top priority for his Administration. Senate President Sweeney also supports this and has publicly indicated that there is sufficient support in the ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 11, 2018

2018 League Conference Resolutions

2018 League Conference Resolutions

Dear Mayor:

One of the most important functions of the Annual League Conference is the adoption of resolutions from our member municipalities. These resolutions play a major part in setting the League’s legislative priorit...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Gov. Conditionally Vetoes 3 Temporary Disability/Family Leave Bills

On August 27, Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed A-2762, A-4118, and S-844, all of which address various aspects of the temporary disability and family leave insurance systems. For more please see our recent blog post.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legi...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Attorney Fees for Workers' Compensation Awards Law Signed

Governor Murphy signed into law S-2145, which concerns attorney fees for workers’ compensation awards. Specifically, P.L. 2018, c. 105 requires that if a workers’ compensation petitioner has received compensation from an insurance comp...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Governor Vetoes Bag Fee Bill

On Monday, Governor Murphy vetoed A-3267/S-2600. This bill would have placed a $0.05 fee on single-use carryout bags provided by certain types of stores to customers. The League opposed the bill, which, if signed as is, would have preempted local...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Law Oks Assessments/Bonds for Lead Line Replacement

On August 24, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4120/S-2695, which authorizes municipalities to levy special assessments, and issue bonds, to replace certain lead-contaminated water service lines. However, all projects under this new law must be (a) under...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Post-Retirement Volunteer Bill Ok'd

On August 17 Governor Murphy signed into law A-1627/S-1873, which protects the pension rights of former employees who continue to serve their communities as volunteer first responders. The League strongly supported this legislation that stems from a 2014 ...

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Legislative Advocacy
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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19 Stories
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Brownfields Reuse Workshop

The NJ Brownfields Interagency Working Group is hosting an “Accelerate Land Reuse for Community Revitalization” workshop on Oct. 9 in Sayreville or Oct. 18 in Camden. Come meet with the experts you need to move your redevelopment projects.

The NJ Brownfields Interagency Working Group is hosting an “Accelerate Land Reuse for Community Revitalization” workshop to address questions around legal liability, regulatory issues, funding resources, assessment/remediation, and com...

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Notices
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Unauthorized Hospitality Functions

The League urges you not to attend daytime hospitality functions offered by commercial firms. Instead, plan your daytime activities so you can derive the greatest educational benefit from attending the League Conference.

The 103rd Annual League Conference will soon be upon us and we know you are looking forward to a productive and educational week.

Numerous exhibitors and groups have scheduled receptions and hospitality functions during the evening hours in Atlantic City. ...

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Notices
Posted on: September 13, 2018

2018 Conference App Available October 3

Ready for the Annual League Conference? There is an app for that! Starting Oct. 3 you can download the official conference app. The Annual Conference information is at your fingertips in a searchable format that can be input into a customized schedule.

Ready for the Annual League Conference? There is an app for that!Starting October 3 you can download the official conference app. Create your personal schedule before you go to Atlantic City. Don’t miss important sessions, speakers or exhibits. ...

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Notices
Posted on: September 13, 2018

At the League Conference: Ethics Sessions

To help you to prepare for your Annual Conference, we will be sending a series of letters, each of which will focus on a specific area of importance to municipal officials. We kick off the series with Ethics sessions highlights.

To help you to prepare for your Annual Conference, we will be sending a series of letters, each of which will focus on a specific area of importance to municipal officials. We hope these letters will help you to prepare to make the most of your time at ou...

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Notices
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Appellate Div. Upholds Inspection Fee to Landlords

The Appellate Division, in a published decision, rejected challenges to municipal ordinances that require landlords to pay a fee to offset the costs of annual inspections and registration of rental units.

Last week, in Cona v. Twp. of Washington, et al., the Appellate Division, in a published decision, rejected challenges to municipal ordinances that require landlords to pay a fee to offset the costs of annual inspections and registration of rental units. ...

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Notices
Posted on: September 4, 2018

September Grants Posted

The League’s September grants page has been posted and includes links to several funding opportunities. Visit the League’s Grant Resource Center.

The League’s September grants page has been posted and includes links to several funding opportunities. Visit the League’s Grant Resource Center.

 

The League’s Grant Resource Center features links and resources to ass...

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Notices
Posted on: September 4, 2018

Hep. B Inoculation Reimbursement

Each municipality may receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for the cost of protecting its emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers against hepatitis B. The deadline to apply for reimbursement is October 6.

Each municipality may receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for the cost of protecting its emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers against hepatitis B. The deadline to apply for reimbursement is October 6. For instructions, please...

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Notices
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Dept. of Agriculture Seeks Spotted Lanternfly Fight Assistance

NJ Department of Agriculture has recently enacted a state quarantine in Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer counties to prevent movement of the Spotted Lanternfly to un-infested areas of the state. They are asking municipalities for help fighting the insect.

As we reported in January and May, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) poses a threat to forests, ornamental trees, orchards, vegetables, grapes, hops, and other agricultural commodities. Since its initial discovery in Pennsylvania, it ha...

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Notices
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Energy Project Grants Available

Sustainable Jersey and the Gardinier Environmental Fund are offering two $30,000 grants and nine $10,000 grants to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.

Sustainable Jersey is pleased to announce it has once again partnered with the Gardinier Environmental Fund to offer grants to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. This ...

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Notices
Posted on: August 24, 2018

AWARD: Applications for 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Available

NJ DEP is accepting applications for the 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA). The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding environmental performance, programs, and projects throughout the state.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications for the 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA). The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program f...

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Notices
Posted on: July 27, 2018

Nomination Petitions Must Include Email Address

Petitions for nomination of a candidate for any state, county, school, or municipal elective public office must include a functioning email address for the candidate. P.L. 2018, c. 66 was signed by Governor Murphy July 20.

Effective immediately, petitions for nomination of a candidate for any state, county, school, or municipal elective public office must include a functioning email address for the candidate. P.L. 2018, c. 66 was signed by Governor Murphy July 20. ...

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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Notices
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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Posted on: September 5, 2018

Annual Conference Session Highlight

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Session Title: Shared Services Forum

Date: Nov-15-2018

Time: 9:00 AM 10:40 AM

Description: The two gubernatorial appointees, aka Czars, to lead the Murphy Administration’s efforts to encourage shared services among local governments will address their vision...

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Shared Services