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  April 1, 2009

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
Also consult the calendar at www.njslom.com.seminars.html
For seminar details, contact Karen Venditti ext. 118.
Apr. 1 "NJ Family Leave Act" at West Windsor
Apr. 16 Tax Appeals at West Windsor
Apr. 21 Blight to Revitalization

Last paper issue of the Mayors Newsline will be mailed May 2009.  The Newsline will then be e-mailed to your municipal clerk.


INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Federal Stimulus Package
  • Scholarship Dates & Deadlines
  • Mayors Leads U.N. Commission
  • Mayors Suggest Conference Topics

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FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Timothy McDonough, Mayor, Hope

At the recent budget hearings I delivered the concerns of our mayors and colleagues across the State.  These are extraordinary times and we require extraordinary response from the state.  I explained the need to address both revenue and expenses, and detailed several specifics.  You can review my full comments at NJSLOM.com. 

On the revenue side we are seeking relaxation of the 4% cap levy and full funding for the Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief Fund and the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Program.

On the expense side we are seeking to repeal or relax local mandates that incur burdensome costs such as:

  • Reform the binding arbitration law.  Studies and surveys have consistently identified binding arbitration as the biggest driver of municipal costs.
  • In keeping with quick start goals of the Federal stimulus package, State permit application not denied for specific reason within 90 days of submission should be deemed approved. And a municipal engineer’s certification of the subsequent remedy of defects should be sufficient for permit approval.
  • Substitute certain training and certification requirements with local risk assessments and plans to meet individual needs.

(continued below)


Officers:

TIMOTHY C. McDONOUGH,
President ,  Mayor, Hope
JAMES ANZALDI,
1st Vice President ,
Mayor, Clifton
LOUISE CURREY WILSON
2nd Vice President;
Mayor, Montgomery
DANIEL CORONOTO
3rdVice President
Deputy Mayor, Hampton Twp.

Members of the Board:

CORY BOOKER (Ex-Officio)
Mayor, Newark City
ROBERT L. BOWSER,  ;
Mayor, East Orange City
SHARON ROBINSON-BRIGGS
Mayor, Plainfield
RANDY BROWN
Mayor, Evesham Township

CHUCK CHIARELLO
Mayor, Buena Vista Township
GIUSEPPE “JOE” CHILA
Mayor, Woolwich Township
JOHN DEAN DeRIENZO
Mayor, Haworth Borough
FRANK J. DRUETZLER
Mayor, Morris Plains Borough
MICHAEL FRESSOLA
Mayor, Manchester Township
JERRAMIAH HEALY          
Mayor, Jersey City
WILLIAM MILLER
Mayor, Pilesgrove
JANICE S. MIRONOV
Mayor, East Windsor Township
CAROL MUSSO
Mayor, Deerfield
ARTHUR R. ONDISH
Mayor, Mount Arlington Borough

GARY PASSANANTE
Mayor, Somerdale Borough
RONALD SWOREN
Mayor, Frenchtown
GERALD J. TARANTOLO   
Mayor, Eatontown Borough
JOSEPH TEMPESTA, JR.
 Mayor, West Caldwell Township
JANET W. TUCCI
Mayor, West Long Branch Borough 
BRIAN C. WAHLER
Mayor, Piscataway Township
SUZANNE M. WALTERS
Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.
Mayor, Washington Township (Bergen)

Executive Staff
William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE, Asst. Executive Director

From the President (continued)

  • We ask the State to postpone enforcement of certain land use and environmental  mandates such as the six year master plan review, until such time as the State can meet its statutory responsibility to fully fund CMTRA and the Energy Tax.
  • The League seeks relaxation of the inordinate steps and time limits with which municipalities must comply to institute layoffs. If this is the last means of compliance with the tax levy cap and loss of revenues, the State should streamline the process
  • We asked that the Public Contracts Law be amended to allow “design and build” projects for municipal buildings.

FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE
Contact Jon Moran
JMoran@njslom.com

Governor Jon S. Corzine announced the launch of a comprehensive Web site outlining the allocation of New Jersey’s share of economic stimulus funds under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the members of a task force to ensure the funds are properly spent. Visit the site at www.recovery.nj.gov

For more updates on the federal stimulus package visit the League’s Federal Stimulus Funding Updates page at http://www.njslom.org/Federal-Stimulus-Funding-Updates.html

FUTURE MUNICIPAL LEADERS
SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE

-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116 or
mdarcy@njslom.com

In January, all mayors received information on the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship competition.

By April 1, you should submit your local winner to the League office along with a tally of your local entries. The League judging panel includes Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township, Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor and League staff members Michael Darcy, Helen Yeldell, and Deborah Kole. Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township also serves as Scholarship Chairman.

On May 8, winners are announced and checks are sent to the respective winners’ mayors for formal presentations. The top three winners each receives $1,000 scholarships provided by the League for presentation by the hometown mayors.

 

HIGHLAND PARK MAYOR
LEADS U.N. COMMISSION

Mayor Meryl Frank led the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  The Commission’s work in March examined gender equality issues and policies focused on advancing women’s issues worldwide.  Mayor Frank is also co-chair of the League’s Mayor Committee for a Green Future and serves on the League’s Women in Municipal Government Steering Committee.

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TACKLES
STATE'S HOUSING QUESTIONS

-Contact Mike Cerra
MCerra@njslom.com

The NJLM Educational Foundation held a housing summit March 31 with more than 250 people attending.  Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia gave the keynote remarks.  Six sessions covered a full range of housing topics including affordable and workforce housing; abandoned properties; foreclosure mitigation; and a roundtable Q&A session with experts.

SEEKING MAYORAL CONFERENCE
SUGGESTIONS

-Contact Bill Dressel ext.122
bdressel@njslom.com or fax 609-695-0151

Your League staff will shortly begin preparing the schedule of educational sessions for the 94th Annual League Conference. To make sure this schedule accurately reflects your needs, we need your input.

Please fax or e-mail your suggested topics and speakers so we may coordinate your ideas into an informative and thought provoking conference. Most conference sessions are based on the input and responses from mayors and elected officials.

NJLM HELPS MAYORS
ACCESS THE LEADERS

-Contact Bill Dressel ext.122
bdressel@njslom.com

If you need help accessing state leaders and agencies contact the League.  Your staff in Trenton interact daily will all State leaders and agencies and regularly facilitates mayors’ communication in our Capitol.

MAY 2009 IS THE LAST PAPER NEWSLINE
-Contact MDarcy@njslom.com

It will be emailed to your Clerk starting in June.