The January 2020 issue is available now


Focus:Leadership

January 2020 NJ Municipalities magazine cover

Q&A with the New League President

Committeeman James J. Perry Sr.
shares his plans for his term as president of the League


Q: What led you to get involved in local government in
Hardwick?

A: My upbringing. My father ran for Mayor of East Rutherford in 1963 and was always active in organizations such as the Board of Education, and my mother was a county committee person. Also my childhood best friend Bob Ever’s father was on the Town
Council in East Rutherford and my Little League coach was
long time East Rutherford Mayor Jim Plosia.

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Featured Article

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Tips for public officials governing at public
meetings that are video recorded


As more local governments enter the social media age and join the swelling ranks of governments conducting business digitally, the need to provide elected officials and employees with “best practice” guidelines are growing exponentially. Maintaining efficient and effective service
within the confines of government regulation necessitates constant vigilance and leadership.

Increasing public access
Wyckoff demonstrated such leadership when in 2014 it invited taxpayers to conduct business on-line, from the ability to make tax and sewer payments as well as commuter parking permits, registration for recreation programming and volunteer and employee applications. Information seekers may also submit Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests by simply completing the request form online and clicking send.

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In this Issue

2020 League President's Legislative Priorities

2020 League President's Legislative Priorities


League President Jim Perry, Committeeman in Hardwick Township, will focus attention on a number of League priorities for the upcoming year. Some of the items listed below may sound familiar–municipal property tax relief, the number-one concern for our property taxpayers, remains the League’s top priority.

Seizing upon the intense focus on membership engagement by Mayor Colleen Mahr, the League’s Immediate President, President Perry has directed the League to survey its membership
to identify the major issues for municipalities. From there, President Perry will appoint special committees, each priority committee will be chaired by a League Vice President and the committees will reach out to Legislators and Legislative staff to help craft consensus solutions to these issues.

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