Posted on: April 6, 2018

Water Infrastructure Loan Availability

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of the second round of funding for water infrastructure projects under the EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. EPA is seeking Letters of In...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Bill to Transfer PFRS to a Labor-Management Board on Governor’s Desk

As we previously reported, S-5/A-3671, which transfers the management of Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees, has passed both houses and now awaits consideration by Governor Murphy.Please contact Governor Murphy at 609-292-6000...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Bills on Governor's Desk

The following bills of interest are on the Governor’s desk for his consideration. We ask that you reach out to the Governor’s office expressing your position.A-3686/S-2137, "Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act." This legislat...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Continued Volunteer Service Bill Approved by Assembly

Yesterday in Trenton, the General Assembly approved the following legislation, which would advance municipal interests and is supported by the League. The bill is a result of League Conference Resolution 2014-05. We thank Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Concerns with Governor’s Energy Tax Proposal Aired

On Monday, League President Mayor Jim Cassella of East Rutherford testified before the Assembly Budget Committee. Mayor Cassella’s testimony explained the municipal impact of the Governor’s FY 2019 budget proposals to State budget make...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Wrongful Death Suits Bill Advances out of Committee

Yesterday, without public testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance S-1766, a bill sponsored by Senator Scutari. S-1766 would expand the wrongful death act to allow recovery for mental anguish, emotional pain, and suffering, loss of socie...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Legislation Introduced to Usurp Local Land Use Control

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora has introduced A-3725. This bill would create a new state entity known as the New Jersey Coastal Commission. That Commission would be empowered to usurp local control over land use, zoning, and planning in coastal municipalities ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Wrongful Death Suits Bill Advances out of Committee

Yesterday, without public testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance S-1766, a bill sponsored by Senator Scutari. S-1766 would expand the wrongful death act to allow recovery for mental anguish, emotional pain, and suffering, loss of socie...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Legislation Introduced to Usurp Local Land Use Control

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora has introduced A-3725. This bill would create a new state entity known as the New Jersey Coastal Commission. That Commission would be empowered to usurp local control over land use, zoning, and planning in coastal municipalities ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Bill to Transfer PFRS to a Labor-Management Board on Governor’s Desk

As we previously reported, S-5/A-3671, which transfers the management of Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees, has passed both houses and now awaits consideration by Governor Murphy.Please contact Governor Murphy at 609-292-6000...

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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: April 18, 2018

EPA Funding for WIFIA Announced

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). WIFIA is a federal program aiming to accelerate investment in the nation's water infrastructure through loans.

The US EPA has announced a second round of funding for water infrastructure projects and is currently seeking Letters of Interest (due July 6). $5.5 billion in WIFIA loans are available. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program aiming to ...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Parking & Recreation Fees Survey

Please complete the recently mailed survey requesting information on your Parking and Recreation Fees. Although the cover letter was incorrect, the survey itself IS correct. Please submit responses no later than May 30. Thank you for participating.

The League recently mailed a survey requesting information on your Parking and Recreation Fees. Unfortunately, the cover letter accompanying the survey was incorrect. The letter is dated April 2016 and included an introduction for a survey request that wa...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Dunbar v. Twp. of Franklin: NJLM Amicus Curiae

The NJ Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Township of Franklin, with the League as amicus curiae. The case deals with the trigger timing of Municipal Land Use Law’s (MLUL), “Time of Application Rule."

On Monday, the NJ Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Township of Franklin, a case which the League has joined as amicus curiae. In short, this case deals with the Municipal Land Use Law’s (MLUL), “Time of Appli...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Executive Order 21: Guns Used in Crimes

Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order 21 calling on the Department of Law and Public Safety to consider “all reasonable efforts” to make public regular reports on “key information” related to guns used in the commission of crimes in New Jersey.

Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 21 calling on the Department of Law and Public Safety to consider “all reasonable efforts” to make public regular reports on “key information” related to guns used in the commi...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Draft Settlement Agreements Exempt from OPRA Disclosure

The Appellate Division issued an unpublished opinion addressing disclosure of settlement negotiation records under OPRA. The court ruled that an unsigned settlement agreement that remains subject to revisions/negotiations is exempt from OPRA disclosure.

Yesterday, the Appellate Division issued an unpublished opinion addressing disclosure of settlement negotiation records under OPRA. In Libertarians for Transparent Government v. William Paterson University, the court ruled that an unsigned settlement agre...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Opportunity Zones Approved

Gov. Murphy announced that the US Department of Treasury approved his 169 recommended Opportunity Zone designations. The recent bi-partisan federal legislation was sponsored by Senators Booker and Scott and Congressmen Tiberi and Kind.

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that the United States Department of Treasury approved his 169 recommended Opportunity Zone designations. The recent bi-partisan federal legislation, which was sponsored by Senators Booker and Scott and Congres...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Ciclovia Municipal Study Tour

The New Brunswick Ciclovia Study Tour is a 2-day event April 21-22 intended for NJ municipalities, community advocates, nonprofit organizations, and others interested in developing an Open Streets initiative.

The New Brunswick Ciclovia Study Tour is a 2-day event April 21-22 that will provide in-depth presentations including information, technical assistance, and hands-on experiences for developing an Open Streets initiative within a community. The New Brunswi...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Public Hearings on Classification of Marijuana as a Controlled Substance

The Division of Consumer Affairs will be holding “informal conferences” April 19 and April 24 to solicit public comments on how marijuana is classified under state law and whether any change in its classification status is warranted.

The Division of Consumer Affairs will be holding “informal conferences” to solicit public comments on how marijuana is classified under state law and whether any change in its classification status is warranted. Rescheduling a drug can...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

2018 Financial Disclosure Statements Guidance Issued

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-12 on the filing of the 2018 Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS). The deadline to file an FDS is on or before April 30.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued guidance on the filing of the 2018 Financial Disclosure Statements. Local Finance Notice 2018-12 outlines the online filing procedures for filing the statutorily required annual Financial Disclosure Sta...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

New Regulations on Electronic Funds Transfers & Claimant Certification

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-13 providing guidance on the recently adopted amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A, Electronic Disbursements & Claimant Certification, effective on April 1, 2017.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-13 providing guidance on the recently adopted amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A, Electronic Disbursements & Claimant Certification. The amendments implement the provi...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Soil Erosion Performance Guarantees under the Recent Changes to the MLUL

As many municipalities are now working to amend their land use ordinances to conform to the recent changes in The Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”), one nuance is the application of the Soil Erosion and Sedimentary Control Act (the “Act”).

The Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) was recently amended to place limitations on the circumstances in which municipalities can require performance and maintenance guarantees from a developer. Many municipalities are now working to amen...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Vegetative Waste Management

Spring cleanup and the damaging March storms may present challenges for managing municipal vegetative waste. NJDEP advises vegetative debris can be stored at temporary debris management areas, or TDMAs.

Spring cleanup and the damaging March storms may present challenges for managing municipal vegetative waste. DEP advises vegetative debris can be stored at temporary debris management areas, or TDMAs. They can be used for winter storms and/or tropical sto...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

April Grants Posted

The League’s April grants page has been posted and includes links to several federal funding opportunities. The League’s Grant Resource Center features links and resources to assist municipalities in their grant searches.

The League’s April grants page has been posted and includes links to several federal funding opportunities. Click here to visit the Grant Resource Center.The League’s Grant Resource Center features links and resources to assist municip...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Exhibits at the Annual Conference

Do you know a vendor that would be a good fit for the Annual Conference? If so, ask them about being an exhibitor or have them contact Kristin Lawrence, Exhibit Manager at 609-695-3481 x125 or klawrence@njslom.org.

Do you know a vendor that would be a good fit for the Annual Conference? If so, ask them about being an exhibitor or have them contact Kristin Lawrence, Exhibit Manager at 609-695-3481 x125 or klawrence@njslom.org. Information is also available on njslom....

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Tell Us Your Story!

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Is a new program making life better for your community? Do you hold strong views on municipal issues? Have you found a new way to save money? If so, share your story with your fellow municipal leaders with an article in NJ Municipalities Magazine!

RE: RECEIVE THE RECOGNITION YOUR TOWN DESERVES!Dear Mayor:We'd like to extend a personal invitation for you to submit an article to the League magazine, NJ Municipalities. With a circulation of 7,558 and a much larger pass along readership, the magazine p...

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