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Posted on: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update Week of March 22

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced that the statewide total of confirmed positive test results for the coronavirus was 6,876. Unfortunately, the Governor also reported that are now 81 fatalities associated with the virus. Both numbers are likely to incr...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

DCA Guidance and Temporary Rule Change to UCC

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) this week issued a Notice of Rule Waiver/Modification/Suspension Pursuant to Executive Order No.103, which temporarily relaxes certain provisions of Uniform Construction Code (UCC). In this notice the DCA announce...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

NJ Historic Trust Grant Deadline Extended

In the wake of COVID-19 Civil Service has suspended all civil service exams and training until further notice.

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Civil Service Exam Suspended

In the wake of COVID-19 Civil Service has suspended all civil service exams and training until further notice.

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Guidance on Fire Code Enforcement Issued

The State Division of Fire Safety has issued operational guidance for local enforcing agencies, providing them with information and suggestions and how fire code enforcement operations should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Some of the suggestions of...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

CY 2020/SFY2021 State Aid Remains Flat

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-08 noting that no municipality will receive less total State formula aid in CY2020/FY2021 than it received last year. However, the Division does not that the proposed budget se...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Federal CARES Act Analysis Continues

On Wednesday, we posted a preliminary analysis of S.3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on our Towne Crier blog. The bill passed the Senate, late Wednesday night. The House just passed the bill as well. As our analysis...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 26, 2020

CARES Act Preliminary Snapshot

See our Town Crier blog for a preliminary rundown on some of the items included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES bill), which the Senate passed overnight. This is the 3rd emergency supplemental measure being passed by C...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 26, 2020

A Message from the National League of Cities

Our national counterpart, NLC, conducted two important surveys over the past week–one asking city leaders about their responses to the health crisis and another in partnership with Morning Consult asking 2,200+ U.S. adults about tough decisions ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 26, 2020

NJ Received Major Disaster Declaration

President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020. Govern...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Order Expands Essential Retail & Addresses Boardwalk/Beach Access

Colonel Callahan, in his role as State Director of Emergency Management, issued an Administrative Order expanding the essential retail businesses to include the following:

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and r...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Free Informational Webinar

COVID Update: Municipal Guidance and Update on LegislationThursday, March 26, 20203:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Location: Your Computer

We expect a series of new guidance documents from the Division of Local Government Services. At the same time the Legislature is wo...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 25, 2020

State Freezes Spending

State Treasurer Muoio issued a new voluntary disclosure statement to bond holders providing detail on the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the State’s finances, including revenue collection and pension fund contributions. The disclosure sta...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Guidance on Budget Deadline Extension, Levy Cap Exemption, and Tax Bills

In response to COVID-19 the Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-07 providing emergency budget, levy cap exemption, tax bill and depositing fund guidance. Please see our blog post for information. We strongly rec...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Contact Your Washington Representatives: COVID-19 Emergency Bill

Late last night, we received word that a final deal has been reached on the 3rd emergency supplemental measure in response to COVID-19. If late night reports are accurate, the deal completely eliminates direct stabilization aid to municipal governments, w...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

DLGS Provides Additional Guidance on Hosting Remote Public Meetings

In light of the need to maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19, along with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, local governments have been encouraged to host remote public meetings. However, many municipalities are unfamil...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

First Responders' COVID-19 Training Online

Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website with important educational resources for Coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19. The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropria...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

White House COVID-19 Briefing Scheduled

On Wednesday, March 25, at 1:00 PM ET, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Senior Administration Officials will conduct a briefing call on COVID-19 (coronavirus). The purpose of this call is to provide State and local elected officials with up-to-date i...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Bill Permits DLGS Director to Extend Deadlines Before Assembly

Tomorrow, the Assembly will be considering A-3902, which permits extension of certain deadlines applicable to local government units under emergency circumstances. Specifically, A-3902 would authorize the Director of the Division of Local Government Servi...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020 Daily COVID-19 Update

At a 12 noon press conference today, Governor Murphy indicated there are 935 new reported positive tests for coronavirus since yesterday, with 7 additional deaths. This brings the statewide total to 2,844 positive results statewide and 27 deaths. He also ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Additional COVID-19 Executive Orders Issued

Governor Murphy has issued two new Executive Orders. The first Executive Order 107 ordering all New Jersey residents to remain at their place of residence unless they are obtaining goods or services from retail businesses; obtaining takeout food or bevera...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Update on Murphy Administration Actions on COVID-19

On Monday, March 16 Governor Murphy held a joint press conference with Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor LaMont of Connecticut. There they announced that gatherings larger than 50 people will be prohibited. Gyms were closed at 8 PM and remain closed...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 20, 2020

NJSC Chief Justice Issues Orders Extending Deadlines for Property Tax Appeals

Yesterday, in response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Rabner issued an Order extending the filing deadlines for complaints and counter-complaints for local property tax appeals.The de...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 20, 2020

NJLM Advocates for Public Employers Representation in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

We have contacted our Congressional delegation to seek, for public employers, the same consideration that has been extended to private employers, concerning paid family and sick leave requirements.The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) crea...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 19, 2020

NJLM Delivers COVID_19 Requests to Congressional Delegation

On Wednesday, the New Jersey League of Municipalities delivered letters to Senators Menendez and Booker and all Members of New Jersey’s delegation in the House of Representatives. We thanked them for the steps they have already taken to address ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Signs EO on Elections

Earlier today (Thursday, March 19) Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 105 regarding upcoming elections against the backdrop of the State of Emergency in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To summarize, all March and April elections will ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Senate to Consider COVID-19 Bill Package

On Thursday the Senate will consider the COVID-19 bill package passed by the Assembly earlier this week. The bill package includes legislation addressing budgetary, election, Open Public Meetings Act, Open Public Records Act, and employee leave issues tha...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone and Online Service

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population they serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and t...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Federal Update on COVID-19 Response by the National League of Cities

From our colleagues at the National League of Cities we are providing the following brief update on Federal legislative action in response to COVID-19.The White House released new guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The changing...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Bill Package Released from Assembly

On Monday under emergency voting rules, the Assembly considered a bill package related to COVID-19. At this time the bill text is unavailable but we will provide a more detailed update once the bill text becomes available. The Senate voting session is sch...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 17, 2020

DLGS Issues Guidance on Emergency Procurement, Use of Storm Recovery Reserves

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-06 on emergency procurement and use of storm recovery reserves in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  In circumstances where an emergency affecting the ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Gov. Issues EO 104 on Closings to Combat COVID-19

Yesterday Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 104 instituting various closings and limiting social interaction in attempt to combat COVID-19. The Order:

  • Limits all gatherings to 50 or fewer people. Excluded from this is normal operations at airports, bu...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Gov's Executive Order and Press Conference

Later today, we will pass along the Executive Order and other relevant information but here is a synopsis.

Governor Murphy held a joint press conference with Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor LaMont of Connecticut. Gatherings larger than 50 people wi...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Bill Package

On Monday, the Assembly is considering a bill package related to COVID-19. Bills that will be considered are listed below. At this time the bill text is unavailable but will provide a more detail update once the bill text becomes available.  At t...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update

The State is conducting daily calls with designated representatives in each county. We strongly suggest you discuss local concerns with your county’s designated official. We have stressed to both the Governor’s Office and the county of...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Seeking State Waiver on Deadlines and Compliance

The League has begun reaching out to State agencies and departments requesting consideration of waivers and adjustment to compliance requirements while municipalities are shifting resources and responding to COVID-19.

Some of these requests include address...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Civil Service Issues Guidance on COVID-19

Earlier this week the Civil Service Commission issued guidelines and FAQ’s for state employees following the Governor’s Executive Order responding to COVID-19. While most of the guidance pertains to State employees the Civil Service Co...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Governor Declares Public Health Emergency, State of Emergency

Last night, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 103, declaring both a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency across New Jersey, effective immediately. By declaring a State of Emergency, the State is provided with more flexibility to waive or su...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 10, 2020

State & Local COVID-19 Briefing

On Wednesday, March 11, at 1:00 PM ET, White House Senior Administration Officials are hosting a briefing call on the coronavirus public health emergency. If you would like to join, register now. Please feel free to share this invitation with you...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Share Your Cities' Pandemic Plan

If your city has a pandemic plan or related emergency procedures plan and you are willing to share with other cities, please send it to Amy Spiezio ASpiezio@njlm.org. The League will post models we receive on our Public Health Issues page.

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Local Leaders

Local responses might be essential if the coronavirus (COVID-19) hits New Jersey hard. The League is committed to providing you with the best information and advice available. League Attorney Frank Marshall has analyzed your legal rights during a public h...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Congress Sends Coronavirus Response Funding Bill to White House

Congress has sent President Trump an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus.

The bill, H.R. 6074 (116) includes almost $6.5 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly $1.3 billion to the State Department, and $20 ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Administration Asks Congress for Coronavirus Funding

On Monday night, the Executive Branch sent a supplemental funding request to Congress, asking for authorization to spend an additional $2.5 billion to fight the Coronavirus. The total would include unexpended moneys that were originally appropriated to ad...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Established

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 102 establishing the Coronavirus Task Force. The task force chaired by the Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli will coordinate all State efforts to appropriately prepare for and respond to...

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