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Mayors Newsline
         February, 2009

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
Also consult the calendar at www.njslom.com.seminars.html
For seminar details, contact Karen Venditti ext. 118.
Feb. 7 “Newly Elected and Reelected Officials Orientation” at Mt. Laurel
Feb. 12 “Fraud and Forensic Accounting” at West Windsor
Feb, 19 “Law Ethics & Management” at West Windsor
Feb. 24 “Managing Government Email” at Holmdel
Feb. 26 “Managing Government Email” at Mt. Laurel
Mar. 4 “Law Against Discrimination and EEOC” at West Windsor

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Scholarship Competition
  • Hall of Fame Inductees
  • Mayors Survey
  • NJ Mayor Coaches NFL Ravens
 

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FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Timothy McDonough, Mayor, Hope

       Whether you are new to the office of mayor, or starting your tenth term leading your community, it is more important than ever to keep up with the information coming from your League office in Trenton.
     Last year was a very busy year for New Jersey local government.  Many of those issues remain to be dealt with while new opportunities and challenges must also be addressed.  Our staff in Trenton sort through and separate the facts from fiction so you can rely on them to guide you to the best information on which to base your decisions for your community.
   And remember that all this help is conveniently kept for you to access at the League web site.  I urge you to familiarize yourself with the site so you can find information any time, day or night at www.njslom.com
     Here is just a sampling of the issues your Trenton staff are monitoring and updating at the web site:

Youth Literacy                     Foreclosure
COAH                                    Housing
Telecommunications        State Funding
Legislative Affairs               Federal Relations
2010 Census                      Library Funding
Women In Government     Environment
Pensions                             Labor Relations

And there are many many more.   There are League committees addressing many of these issues and we invite you to participate by calling the League office and speaking with Executive Director Bill Dressel.

     Working with the League, we can find opportunities among the many challenges we mayors face.
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

2008 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116

Recently, the League mailed information to all mayors concerning the Annual Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.  Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township chairs the Scholarship Competition and Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor also serves as a judge. This popular competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors throughout the state. The top three winners each receive $1,000 scholarships from the League.

Mayors play an integral role in the success of this program because your office publicizes its availability, judges the local entries, and distributes the checks and certificates supplied by the League.  You should publicize the scholarship to your local schools and judging committee.  Your local winning entry must be submitted to the League office by April 1, so we can announce the three statewide winners by May 8.

MAYORS RESPOND TO 10th ANNUAL
LEAGUE SURVEY
-Contact Bill Dressel BDressel@njslom.org

For the 10th consecutive year, over two hundred mayors offered their views on several major policy areas in response to the League’s Annual Legislative Priority Survey.  Their responses to specific issues provide a source of direction and will assist League Executive Board and staff during what could prove to be a critical year for municipalities and property taxes.  Topics mayors are concerned with include binding arbitration, pension reform, local option tax, green technology, gas tax, COAH, eminent domain, and the LUARCC.  For full details on the survey go to www.njslom.org/press_release_12-16-08a.html 

 

Five Morris County Towns
Do Joint Court
-Contact Mayor Art Ondish, Mount Arlington
973-398-6832

Dover, Mine Hill, Wharton, Mount Arlington and Rockaway Borough have formed a joint municipal court in an effort to save millions of dollars.  This significant effort is was not a sudden reaction to recent events.  It was to product of years of planning and work by the municipalities.  While it was not a quick and easy process, it is expected to pay off over time.

ELECTED OFFICIALS INDUCTED IN
LEAGUE HALL OF FAME

-Contact Michael Darcy extn 116

The League inducted 36 new members into the Elected Officials Hall of Fame during the Seventeenth Annual Mayors Legislative Day January 14, 2009 at the State House Annex in Trenton. This honor is reserved for those governing body members, active and retired, who have served 20 years in elected municipal office. There are currently 401 inductees in the Elected Officials Hall of Fame. Congratulations to our most recent members! See the list below and the 2009 Hall of Fame page for more information.

NJLM BOARD MEMBER
 COACHES NFL RAVENS

Like most mayors, NJLM Executive Board Member Mayor Randy Brown of Evesham wears many hats.  He is the Chair of the NJLM Census 2010 committee (see census web page).

He is a small business owner.  And he is a kicking coach for the Baltimore Ravens.  At this writing he is helping them prepare for the AFC Championship game.  A mayor seems like the perfect choice to coach the high pressure kicker’s position!

Coming in March, 2009

Electronic Versions of our popular
2009 Municipal Directory &
an Updated Legislative Roster for 2009

NJLM Municipal Directory
Click here for the 2009
Municipal Directory Order Form
Legislative Roster
Click here for the updated
2009 Legislative Roster Order Form

 

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