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Posted on: June 26, 2020

DCA Announces COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Enrollment Period

DCA’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide temporary rental assistance to low and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Community Affair’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due to the...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Conference Center Preparations

The League is taking measures along with our partners at the Atlantic City Convention Center and all related service providers to follow CDC and NJDOH guidelines to create a safe and healthy Annual League Conference.

We are busy making arrangements for this live event including education and exhibits with the full expectation that by November the State will permit important gatherings of government officials like the Annual League Conference. 

The League is ta...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Share the Message: MunisAreEssential

NJLM has launched the MunisAreEssential campaign responding to COVID-19 impacted budget shortfalls for local governments. Contact your state and federal legislators to support revenue shortfall funding/tools and educate your citizens on local budgets.

The League has launched the MunisAreEssential campaign in response to budget shortfalls local governments are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is encouraging local officials to contact their state and federal legislators to support bills tha...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

League Officers' Statement on Race Equity and Leadership

As NJLM's Officers, we feel the anguish of George Floyd. We promise to stand against all forms of racism. We share the outrage of the thousands who have gathered in the streets. We promise to support peaceful protest and not to let this moment pass.

June 8, 2020

League Officers’ Statement on Race Equity and Leadership

Dear Mayor:

All of us get involved in municipal government because we care, deeply, about the communities we live in. We want to preserve the positive accomplishments of our pred...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

COVID Bond Bill Clears NJ Assembly; NJLM Committee Set to Review Legislation

The Assembly approved A-4175, the “NJ COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act," authorizing the issuance of $5 billion in bonds, application for federal stimulus bonds, and other efforts. NJLM President Perry has appointed a special committee to review and advise.

Yesterday, the State Assembly approved A-4175, the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act,’’ by a vote of 51-28. This bill authorizes the issuance of $5 billion in State general obligation bonds to be used in respon...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

DEP Adopts Clean Drinking Water Rules

NJ DEP has adopted rules requiring operators of public water systems to begin testing for PFOA and PFOS chemicals. NJ drinking water and groundwater can have a maximum contaminant level of 14 parts per trillion for PFOA and 13 parts per trillion for PFOS.

On Monday, the Department of Environmental Protection adopted rules requiring all operators of public water systems to begin testing for PFOA and PFOS chemicals. Under the new rules, drinking water and groundwater in New Jersey can have a maximum contamin...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Adjustments to Public Bidding Thresholds

Effective July 1, the Local Public Contracts Law bid threshold increases for municipalities with Qualified Purchasing Agents to $44,000 from $40,000. If the municipality does not have a Qualified Purchasing Agent the bid threshold remains at $17,500.

Effective July 1, 2020, the Local Public Contracts Law bid threshold increases for municipalities with Qualified Purchasing Agents to $44,000 from $40,000. If the municipality does not have a Qualified Purchasing Agent the bid threshold remains at $17,500...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Are You Ready for Police & Fire Contract Negotiations?

Having the right data can help to negotiate agreements that better serve the interests of your local residents and businesses. Many questions on Police and Fire contracts can be answered through the League’s Police and Fire Labor Data Service.

Could different contract provisions increase efficiency in your fire services? Is there a way to provide more effective policing, while lowering costs? And how much do your neighbors pay for police and fire protection? The answers to these questions can h...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

NJ Brownfields Assistance Center @ NJIT

New Jersey Institute of Technology has created the New Jersey Brownfields Assistance Center @ NJIT. The Center provides FREE assistance to NJ municipalities and counties that are pursuing brownfields cleanup and reuse.

New Jersey Institute of Technology has created the New Jersey Brownfields Assistance Center @ NJIT. The Center provides FREE assistance to NJ municipalities and counties that are pursuing brownfields cleanup and reuse.

Contact them at NJBrownfields@njit.ed...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

MEL Safety Institute CV-19 Resources

The MEL Safety Director’s office has created a central repository on the NJ MEL website for updated COVID-19 information specific to municipal operations, including several bulletins addressing specific subject areas during the COVID-19 pandemic

The MEL Safety Director’s office has created a central repository on the NJ MEL website for updated COVID-19 information specific to municipal operations, including several bulletins addressing specific subject areas during the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

National Guidance at Your Fingertips

Local leaders are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the National League of Cities website, you will find tools and best practices, updates on federal guidance, and other critical information to help with local preparedness and response.

Local leaders are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. On their website, you will find National League of Cities generated tools and best practices, updates on federal guidance, resources from the state municipal leagues around the country and from...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Pension Payment Reminder

The Division of Pensions and Benefits sent a reminder notice to all Certifying Officers reminding them that the annual pension contribution grace period for payment for both PERS and PFRS ends May 1, with 10% per annum levied on late payments.

The Division of Pensions and Benefits sent a reminder notice to all Certifying Officers reminding them that the annual pension contribution grace period for payment for both Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS) and Police & Fire Retire...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

EPA Resources for COVID-19

The EPA is updating its coronavirus website to include new resources for state, local, and tribal agencies and intergovernmental associations to provide environmental protection without interruption during the coronavirus public health emergency.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is updating its coronavirus website to include new resources for state, local, and tribal agencies and intergovernmental associations. These resources will help EPA and its partners continue to provide the environmen...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Governor’s Office Briefing Calls for Mayors

The Governor’s office is hosting Mayor calls throughout the week. They ask that Mayors especially make every effort to call in as it’s the most effective way to direct important information to Mayors and receive Mayors' input directly.

The Governor’s office is hosting Mayor calls throughout the week. They ask that Mayors especially make every effort to call in as it’s the most effective way to direct important information to Mayors and receive Mayors’ input...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Free Webcast: Cost Recovery for COVID-19 and Beyond

Ernst & Young is offering a free half-hour webcast Thursday, April 16 at 2:00 reviewing how to start tracking costs now at a level of detail that can be analyzed for recovery later—costs may be eligible starting from January 20, 2020.

Ernst & Young is offering a free half-hour webcast Thursday, April 16 at 2:00 reviewing how to start tracking costs now at a level of detail that can be analyzed for recovery later — costs may be eligible starting from January 20, 2020.Webca...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Government Technology COVID-19 Resource Page

The New Jersey Digital Government Summit scheduled for May 19 is being rescheduled. Government Technology magazine has assembled a helpful COVID response resource page with telework policies and government technology solutions.

The New Jersey Digital Government Summit scheduled for May 19 is being rescheduled. However, Government Technology magazine, which organizes the annual Summit with the NJ Office of Information Technology, has assembled a helpful COVID response resource pa...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Clarification of Business Operations and Additional Businesses Added as Essential under EO 107

Gov. Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, yesterday, enacted Administrative Order 2020-06 amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order No. 107

Governor Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, yesterday, enacted Administrative Order 2020-06 amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Or...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Recent OPRA Decision and Q&A with GRC Seminar Rescheduled to May 15

The April 15, 2020 “Recent OPRA Decisions and ‘Q & A’ with the GRC” seminar has been rescheduled and reformatted to a half-day online webinar for May 15, 2020, from 9:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 the April 15, 2020 “Recent OPRA Decisions and ‘Q & A’ with the GRC” seminar has been rescheduled and reformatted to a half-day online webinar for May 15, 2020, from 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Informa...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

NLC COVID-19 Webinars Offered

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC) have scheduled webinars to help local officials dealing with different COVID-19 challenges. We have posted more details for those scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday.

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC) have scheduled webinars to help local officials dealing with different COVID-19 challenges. We have posted more details for those scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday. Visit Upcoming-NLC-COVID-Webinars to...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

DCA Guidance and Temporary Rule Change to UCC

DCA has issued a Notice of Rule Waiver/Modification/Suspension temporarily relaxing certain provisions of Uniform Construction Code (UCC) along with a guidance memo to construction offices regarding implementation.

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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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.

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

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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.

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

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Guidance Issued on Equal Pay Act

The Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights, issued guidance on the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. It provides protection against employment discrimination and promotes equal pay for all groups protected by the LAD.

This week, the Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights (DCR) issued guidance on the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. As the may recall, the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (Act) modified the State’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

Governor Announces Ethics Reform Proposals

At the Governor Florio Policy Lecture, Gov. Murphy announced a comprehensive push for ethics reform, including legislation to eliminate the OPRA exemption for the legislature and several other proposals.

During his remarks at the Governor Florio Policy Lecture on Wednesday, Governor Murphy announced a comprehensive push for ethics reform as part of his pledge to change “the culture in Trenton, to make it more open and accessible, responsive, and...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Call to Action: Oppose Zoning Training & Certification Bill

The Assembly State & Local Government Committee approved A-678 that would require additional training and certification of zoning officers/land use board administrators. NJLM opposes this bill. Please ask your Assembly representative to oppose A-678

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee, this week, approved an amended A-678, which would mandate additional training and certification of zoning officers and land use board administrators. The League opposes this bill.

While the League endorses...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

DLGS Issues LOSAP Adjustment Notice

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-01 providing general information regarding the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) along with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-01, providing general information regarding the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) along with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts. The incre...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

NLC Spotlights Local Needs for Federal Office Seekers

The National League of Cities (NLC), the umbrella association representing states’ municipal leagues in Washington, is bringing municipal concerns to the attention of candidates seeking election to federal office this November.

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC), the umbrella association which represents all of the states’ municipal leagues in Washington, has launched its effort to bring municipal concerns to the attention of candidates seeking electio...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Gov. Murphy Announces Plan for Lead Contamination Remediation

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy called on the Legislature to place on the November 2020 ballot a $500 million bond referendum to fund necessary replacement/remediation, part of his plan to address lead contamination.

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy announced the first steps in his plan to address lead contamination both in public water systems and remaining lead paint in homes. The Governor called upon the Legislature to place on the Nov...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

DEP Launches Guard Your Backyard Campaign

The NJ DEP has launched the “Guard Your Backyard” campaign to help municipalities and communities manage fill material. They have set up a website with local guidance and a model ordinance that municipalities can download and modify.

This week the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of the “Guard Your Backyard” campaign. The goal of the new DEP initiative is to help municipalities and communities manage fill material. To help achieve t...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Vaping Information for Mayors

In partnership with the Mayors Wellness Campaign, NJLM has posted resources to help mayors understand and respond to vaping concerns throughout their communities. Take a moment to understand the risks and concerns to help keep your community safe.

In partnership with the Mayors Wellness Campaign, the League has posted resources to help mayors understand and respond to vaping concerns throughout their communities. This includes underage vaping and any use of vaping products that might create unknown...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Deadline Oct. 30

DLGS has issued LFN 2019-12 providing guidance on the CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Inventory. There have been numerous changes to this year’s Inventory, including a deadline of Oct. 30 for all municipalities, new scoring, and a new submission process.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-12 providing guidance on the CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Inventory. There have been numerous changes to this year’s Inventory including the same deadline of October 30 for ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

2020 Pension Bills Released

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the 2020 pension bills for both the PERS and PFRS. The PERS employer contribution for 2020 is 13.69% and for PFRS, the employer contribution for 2020 is 29.80%.

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the 2020 pension bills for both the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS). The PERS employer contribution for 2020 is 13.69% compared to 14.11% in 2019. For...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Law Prohibits Law Enforcement-Like Badges for Elected Officials

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county/municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except one elected as a county law enforcement officer.

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county or municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except for any county elected official who is elected ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Law Governing Residency Requirements for Local Water Systems

Governor Murphy signed into law A-3937, which allows local government water system employees to reside in all municipalities served by the water system.

Governor Murphy signed into law A-3937, which allows local government water system employees to reside in all municipalities served by the water system. Currently, a local government operating a water system is permitted to have a residency requirement fo...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission Established

Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling solar energy generation structures.

On August 9 Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling and other end-of-life management methods for photovoltaic and other solar energy g...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Amendments to Public Movers & Warehousemen Licensing Act

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage.

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage. The law also gives any law enforcement officer the authority to...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

New 2019 Edition! Salary Report of Municipal Positions Available Now

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The data was gathered f...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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