Annual Report of the Executive Director - 2020 Michael F. Cerra
Each year, this report looks at familiar challenges, but 2020 was nothing like a typical year. It gave us more opportunities than ever to work together toward a common goal of helping New Jersey’s municipalities through one of the most challenging times in League history.
As each of our member municipalities struggled through moving safely to a virtual environment, we have advocated on their behalf in Trenton and Washington to secure much-needed fiscal security. We aren’t through the woods yet, but our #MunisCount campaign in New Jersey and the National League of Cities’ #CitiesCount campaign highlighted the needs of local governments.
As League President Jim Perry took office last November, he knew there were challenges before us. But none of us imagined that our biggest challenge would emerge from the Covid-19 public health crisis. Transitions in the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director offices, as well as the addition of two new staff members and the retirement of a longtime asset to the Legislative team have taken place in the “new normal.” We thank Michael J. Darcy, CAE, for his years of service and appreciate his work through a demanding changing of the guard.
This new decade has developed into an entirely new chapter in the story of the League of Municipalities. We’ve restructured our team to serve you better, creating new director positions covering finance, the League Conference, and communications/marketing/technology. With this reorganization and utilizing our hundreds of years of combined local government experience, we look forward to continuing building relationships with our members through good times and tough times alike.
Inside the League, every department has adapted to the unique demands of pandemic life. From turning on a dime to plan and carry out a successful virtual conference to securing special clearance to testify in front of committees at the statehouse, we’ve started this new decade with many new ways of meeting our mission. We’ll continue this support each day through our outreach tools including seminars, the website, our newsletters, and League magazine along with our legal and legislative efforts.
Moving into a new year, we all hope to leave behind the hardest parts of the pandemic–fiscal issues and high human impact being just two. But we also hope to grow from the seeds we’ve planted this year in terms of mutual support, technological advances, and the enduring spirit of community service that fortifies and sustains the League and its members.
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Membership & Finance
The League is completing its 105th year of service to the municipalities of New Jersey. Our membership currently includes 564 municipalities in the State of New Jersey.
The League’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The budget under which the League is currently operating is set forth in these documents.