News Flash

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Rural Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

The White House released a new resource to help identify and apply for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook. The League has created a spreadsheet to help communities navig...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Executive Order Clarifies Vaccine Requirements

On April 13, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 294 clarifying that vaccination requirements for covered workers at health care and high-risk congregate settings under Executive Order No. 283 include only one booster dose of the COVID-19 vacc...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 13, 2022

Scam Targeting ARPA SLFRF NEUs

We want to share correspondence from the U.S. Treasury that was sent to the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, regarding a SAM.gov registration scam targeting Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs) as classified by the federal government.&...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Proposed Rule Change Would Eliminate Tool Available to Municipalities to Control Flooding

Yesterday, the Site Improvement Advisory Board (SIAB) considered advancing a proposal to amend the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS). However, the SIAB tabled the proposal for further review by their Stormwater subcommittee. The proposed rule ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 21, 2022

COVID-19 Update: Week of March 14, 2022

This week Governor Murphy and Department of Health Commissioner Persichilli issued a statement regarding the recent rise of COVID numbers globally. In the statement, they noted that they do anticipate that New Jersey will see an increase in the n...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 14, 2022

Week of February 28, 2022 COVID-19 Update

Since our last COVID update, the Governor issued Executive Order 292 terminating the public health emergency effective March 7. However, the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 103 (2020) and continued in Executive Order 280 (2022) rem...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 31, 2022

Week of January 24,2022 COVID-19 update

At this week’s briefing Governor Murphy announced the new emergency rescue mortgage assistance program and the opening of new vaccination megasites in Passaic and Bergen counties. The Governor noted that COVID-19 cases are down by roughly two-thirds from ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Public Health Emergency Reinstated

On Tuesday, Governor Murphy issued two Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Executive Order No. 280, reinstating the state’s Public Health Emergency, and Executive Order No. 281 allowing certain prior executive orders to remain in effect. Th...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 14, 2021

FEMA Extends Hurricane Ida Request for Public Assistance Deadline

The New Jersey State Police announced that FEMA has approved New Jersey’s request to extend the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline for Hurricane Ida relief. The new deadline is varied for each county as follows:

  • November 4 for ...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Week of Sept. 27 COVID-19 Update

Earlier this week Governor Phil Murphy announced a website information hub for mental health support resources for youth, parents and educators; unveiled the Return and Earn program; and noted that boosters are available for certain Pfizer recipients who ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 1, 2021

ARP Reporting Requirement Change

This week, Treasury alerted us that they have sent notification to Non Entitlement Units of government (NEUs), which generally are municipalities that have a population less than 50,000 residents, about updated timelines for reporting.  ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Utilizing Federal Funds? Tell Us How!

Over the past year, there has been ample federal funding for local governments.  Whether it was the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) in the CARES Act or the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) in the American Rescue Pl...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Municipal Vaccine Mandate Authority Affirmed

Earlier this month, we alerted you to an interim relief order issued by the Public Employment Relation Commission (PERC) regarding a municipality implementing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees. The PERC ruling determined that a public...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 24, 2021

National Flood Insurance Program

Risk Rating 2.0, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rating system, is scheduled to go into effect on October 1. This week, a bipartisan group of coastal Senators, including New Jersey’s Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker in ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Rideshare Partnership

Governor Phil Murphy announced a partnership with NJ 211, United Way Worldwide, Uber, and Lyft to provide access to free and discounted rides to New Jersey residents who lost a personal vehicle as a result of Tropical Storm Ida.  For the...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 17, 2021

SNAP Recipients Benefit Replacement

Following FEMA’s approval of a Major Disaster Declaration, NJ Human Services sought and received additional federal approval to provide residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 17, 2021

NJ Disaster Cleanup Business and Non-Profit Grant Program

On Wednesday, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board approved a program that will provide grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to New Jersey businesses and non-profits with up to 50 employees that suffered physical damage as a result of Tropical ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 2, 2021

NJ State of Emergency in Ida's Wake

As you are no doubt aware, catastrophic, damaging tornado activity, widespread power outages across the state, as well as excessive rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Ida has created massive damage and long-term challenges throughout much of the st...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 13, 2021

COVID Update

COVID Update

Governor Murphy continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated and reminded vaccinated New Jersey residents to use common sense to further protect themselves.

COVID Data for August 13, 2021:

  • 1,776 new positive cases for a total of 923,...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 5, 2021

DOJ Opinion Provides Vaccination Insights for Employers

An opinion released this week from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) examines whether or not federal law prohibits public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccines. According to the opinion, “section 564 of the FDCA [Food, Drug, ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Week of July 12: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy announced the NJ Docket App for COVID vaccination records and continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. The Division of Pensions and Benefits issued guidance on the termination of retirees who returned employment ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Week of June 26: COVID-19 Update

This week Governor Murphy announced guidance for the 2021/22 school year; highlighted New Jersey reached its vaccination goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated 12 days early while continuing to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated; and noted...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Compliance and Reporting Guidance

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury released Compliance and Reporting Guidance for State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) including General Guidance with Key Principles, Statutory Eligible Uses, Treasury&a...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Week of June 21: COVID-19 Update

Governor Murphy continues to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. As part of the State’s Operation Jersey Summer the Covid-19 Community Corps are working door to door to provide residents with the facts about the vaccines and where to ge...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

GRC Statement Released on OPRA Response Time Reversion

Government Records Council (GRC), Executive Director Frank Caruso issued a Special Statement this week regarding the signing of P.L. 2021, c.103, which resulted in the termination of the State’s COVID-19 public health emergency and reinstated the statutor...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

DLGS Posts Portal for ARP Funding

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Week of June 7: COVID-19 Update

Since terminating the COVID-19 public health and state of emergency, and signing legislation expiring all COVID-19 executive orders, Governor Murphy continues to promote the vaccination programs to reach the goal of having 4.7 million New Jerseyans fully ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Week of May 31: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Assembly and Senate passed A-5820/S-3866, which will expire all COVID-19 Executive Orders 30 days after the Governor signs the bill with limited exceptions. We anticipate the Governor will sign this bill very shortly. For more on th...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 4, 2021

DLGS Provides Application for Municipalities Under 50,000 Population Coronavirus-19 State and Local

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

March 10 was the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s first COVID-19 confirmed death. Governor Phil Murphy noted that “the toll of this virus has been staggering. It exceeds the numbers of New Jerseyans lost in any war. In one year, we have lost an averag...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Week of February 1: Covid-19 Update

This week Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order expanding indoor dining and limiting the 10 p.m. curfew on closings of restaurants. The Governor announced that Johnson and Johnson has submitted an application for emergency use authorization from ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Exempt Firefighter Certificate Bill

On Thursday, June 24, Governor Murphy signed A-4745, which raises the eligibility for exempt firefighter certificates and membership in New Jersey State Fireman’s Association maximum age from 45 to 57. Under previous regulations, firefighters we...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Governor Signs Housing Eviction Prevention and Utility Assistance Laws

Earlier this week Governor Murphy signed into law two bills providing eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

S-3691 appropriates an additional $500 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental As...

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Home
Posted on: August 6, 2021

COVID-19 Weekly Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that all students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside of all school buildings regardless of vaccination status for the start of the 2021-22 academic year (Executive Order 251).

Today Governor Murphy announced that all students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside of all school buildings regardless of vaccination status for the start of the 2021-22 academic year (Executive Order 251). The Governor...

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