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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Week of March 29 COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced increased outdoor gathering limits and a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder. He also discussed the latest modeling from the Department of Health.In regards to the Department of Health modeling, the Governor highlighte...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

The House Announces Federal Community Projects Process

The House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro announced that they will be accepting Members of Congress’ requests for Community Project Funding in appropriations bills for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year. This announcement is the first ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Cannabis Legalization Deadlines

As we have previously reported, any municipal ordinances adopted prior to the February 22, 2021 adoption of P.L.2021, c.16, prohibiting or limiting cannabis establishments are null and void. Municipalities have until August 21, 2021, 180 days from the sig...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Court Rules NJ Residency Requirement for Public Employees Violates Constitution

A ruling out of the NJ Superior Court issued in early February of this year has garnered attention this week after it was announced that the decision would be appealed. The ruling (Somerville Board of Education v. Drake) examined the New Jersey First Act ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Local Part PERS Legislation Advances

Early this week legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney that would divide the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) into two parts: a State PERS for state employees and a Local PERS for all other employees (S-3522) was considered and releas...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

ABC Establishes Daily and Annual Seasonal Farm Market Permits

On February 5, 2021, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2021, c.15, requiring the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to establish a permit that would allow the holder of certain alcoholic beverage manufacturing licenses to sell their products at season...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Governor Signs Parental Notification Legislation

Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed S-5472/S-3565 requiring law enforcement to provide a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 18 with a written notification for any violation for underage consumption or poss...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Week of March 22: COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced an expansion of those eligible for the vaccine along with a partnership with the Biden Administration to open a pilot FEMA Community Vaccination Center located in Newark. Earlier this week the Governor noted that working with ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 15

Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include:Assembly Telecommunications & Utilities: Considering legislation...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Cannabis Briefing March 18

Please join us on Thursday, March 18 at 12 noon for our second free briefing on the new Cannabis law. Don’t miss this opportunity if you missed our first briefing or if you simply want to get an update. Please register to receive a link for the ...

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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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Posted on: March 10, 2021

American Rescue Plan Overview Webinar

In light of the final passage of the American Rescue Plan and signature by President Joe Biden later this week, the League is hosting a free briefing webinar on Friday, March 12, at 12 noon to provide an overview of the plan. The focus will be the provisi...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Wear Your Pearls for WIMG Movie Night

Join the Women in Municipal Government Committee Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Women’s History month with a special movie screening of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s 2018 biopic, “On the Basis of Sex...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 8

Legislative front:

 Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include: 

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Monday Vote: Urge Assemly to Vote No on A-4850 Third-Party Inspection Bill

A-4850, a bill the League opposes, is scheduled for an Assembly vote on Monday, March 1. The legislation would establish an alternate inspection process for property owners willing to pay a premium fee to expedite inspections performed b...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Your Action Needed: PFRS 20 & Out in Assembly on Monday

On Monday, the full Assembly will consider A-2562/S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Week of Feb. 22: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order increasing capacities for religious services, as well as sporting and entertainment events and announced New Jersey should anticipate approximately 70,000 of the Jo...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2022 Cannabis Update

On Monday Governor Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older (A-21 – The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act) and decriminal...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

NJ AG Launches Marijuana Decriminalization & Legalization Resource Page

This week, on the heels of Governor Murphy signing legislation changing the legal status of marijuana, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the launch of a Marijuana Decriminalization & Cannabis Legalization Resource Page. The webpage is intended ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

On Tuesday, February 23, Governor Murphy delivered the annual budget address. The Governor’s proposed $44.8 billion budget will guide the State’s spending through the next (FY 2022) fiscal year. While the full details of the Governor’s budget will be rele...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

Today As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 2...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Gov. Murphy Signs Legalization Legislation

As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 21. We will be s...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Senators Menendez & Booker Discuss American Rescue Plan

On Thursday, League President, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach, and League staff joined more than 200 elected officials discussed the American Rescue Plan with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on a virtual call. The Senators gave an overview of...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Governor Announces $250 million Transportation Investment

Joined by local, State, and Federal officials on Wednesday, Governor Murphy announced a $250 million investment in Camden’s Walter Rand Transportation Center that will be multimodal, improve accessibility, and connect NJ Transit buses, private b...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Appellate Panel Rules on Medical Cannabis Facility Permit Applications

This week, the NJ Appellate Division issued an unpublished decision, allowing the state to resume its review of medical marijuana license applications. The review had previously been put on hold while the court examined a challenge to the application proc...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

LEAP Challenge Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submission of the LEAP Challenge application is due February 26, 2021. As a reminder, LEAP Implementation grant applications may be submitted at any time, and will be considered on a rolling basis, subject to availabilit...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Program

On national Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day (January 29), the New Jersey Department of Treasury launched a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded program. Beginning with the...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

House Oversight and Reform Committee Holds Reconciliation Hearing Aid on State and Local Government

The House Oversight and Reform Committee met Feb. 12 to consider details on the state and local government aid section under the Covid-19 emergency aid reconciliation package. While this is a fluid situation and provisions can change, this information is ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

CALL TO ACTION: Support Congressman Pascrell’s Legislation to Eliminate Cap on SALT Deduction

This week, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap and fully restores the deduction for state and local taxes. The measure also eliminates the cap retroa...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

As we have previously reported, ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves or authorizes a tax abatement or tax exemption for the property or premises subject to the Prevaili...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

As we have previously reported, ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves or authorizes a tax abatement or tax exemption for the property or premises subject to the Prevaili...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed the Senate Committee Substitute S-1, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s Shared Service legislation. S-1 amends the “Uniformed Shared Services and Consolidation Act” and the laws governing th...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Senate Bill 3220 Into Law

On Thursday, February 4, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 3220 into law. This legislation allows the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry law enforcement position applicants who have successfully completed a full basic course for police officer...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

DEP Project Aims to Help Municipalities Stop Illegal Dumping

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of an enforcement project aimed at assisting municipalities stop illegal dumping. To assist, the DEP will procure and provide equipment, bring partners together for broad tr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Announces Paycheck Protection Loan Program

On Tuesday, February 9, Governor Murphy announced that his administration will follow the lead of the Federal Government in creating a Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) to be tax exempt at the state level and enable recipients to deduct business expe...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Week of February 8: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to focus on vaccinations but also included an Executive Order on attendance at youth sporting events, information on upcoming elections, and the reopening of EDA’s applications for small and micro business ...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Congressman Pascrell Introduces SALT Cap Elimination

New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap on property tax deduction. The measure also eliminates the cap retroactively.The measure is co-sponsored by New J...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Congressional Activity on SALT Deduction

The entire New Jersey House delegation sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting the repeal of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction cap. They stated that:

“the SALT Deduction has historica...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order 217

On Thursday, January 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 217, which mandates the Office of Healthcare and Affordability and Transparency to convene an Interagency Health Care Affordability Working Group to seek opportunities across both private and...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

This week, A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. While S-922/A-5043 was only discussed, the committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League o...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Legislation Subjecting PILOT to Prevailing Wage Advances

The Assembly Labor Committee has advanced an Assembly Committee Substitute A-1571 & A-1576.  ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves, or authorizes a tax abat...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Update

On December 17, both Houses of the State Legislature gave final approval to two bills related to the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana, following the approval of the ballot question in November. Governor Murphy has until February 8 to act o...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 24: Covid-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations, with the toll-free vaccination hotline going live and all of the mega-sites up and running. The Governor issued an Executive Order permitting both electronic and in-person collect...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Issued Various Executive Orders

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders on a variety of issues including COVID-19 federal response, environmental, homeland security, immigration, a foreclosure moratorium, and civil rights issues. You can vie...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan and Takes Related Executive Action

On Thursday, Jan. 21, President Joe Biden released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” that outlines seven specific goals to combat the pandemic: 

  • Goal 1: Restore trust with the American ...
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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Bill Limiting Municipal Regulation of Electric Fences Now Law

Governor Murphy, on Thursday, signed into law S-2419, which prohibits municipal regulation of “perimeter fence intrusion protection systems” (electric fence) and the regulation of locksmith and alarm businesses, among other things. Effective immediately, ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Assembly Committee to Hear Bill Limiting Appeals of Land Use Decisions

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will review A-4881, a bill which the League supports. A-4881 would prohibit the appeal of land use decisions on grounds attributable to convening the meeting by virtual means, provided that reas...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Week of January 18: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations.  U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today that New Jersey’s Department of Health will receive $591 million in federal funding for the vaccination progra...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Week of January 4

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,791 new positive cases and an additional 112 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 516,608 confirmed cases, and 17,697 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is 1.02. Sinc...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor Signs Tax Incentive Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4, the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020." The new law provides for the administration of programs and policies related to; jobs, property development, food deserts, community partner...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Initially, both the Assembly and Senate were scheduled to consider legislation to clarify the recent cannabis legislation, A-5211/S-3320, on Monday. However, as of this afternoon, it appears the deal to legalize and decriminalize cannabis collapsed report...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor signs PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed S487, the “Dominick Marino PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act”. This legislation expands accidental death benefits provided to widow of a PFRS member. The benefit paid will now be either 70% of the compensat...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Right to Farm Act Amended to Allow Employees to Live on Horse Farms

Governor Murphy, yesterday, signed A-2768/S-1245, which amends the “Right to Farm Act” to allow housing for equine-related farm employees.The new law requires that, notwithstanding any local health code or zoning ordinance to the contr...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

U.S. Department of Treasury Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published information for state and local governments about the new $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was enacted as part of the most recent COVID-19 emergency relief package. In general, fu...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) Announces Activities

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in as the next President and Vice President of the United States. The scaled-back inaugural activities will include a National Day of Service, COVID-19 Mem...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Larger Stimulus Checks Unlikely

As of Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has not posted the CASH Act for a Senate vote. This legislation would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check to the previously authorized $600 for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the Hou...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Federal Update and Further Stimulus

On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader McConnell blocked consideration of the CASH Act, which would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the House of Representatives on Monday by a vote of 275-134. S...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Police Body Camera Funding Legislation Passed

On Wednesday, December 23, Governor Murphy signed A-4907 into law, which appropriates $58 million in funding to support police departments when purchasing body cameras. While P.L. 2020, c. 142 goes a long way to help purchase body cameras, the issue of on...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

President Signs Omnibus Funding and COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Despite his previous requests that Congress amend the Omnibus Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, President Trump signed the bill on Sunday night with no changes, after many features of the CARES A...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

COVID Relief & Omnibus Bill Passed

Along with the passage of an omnibus bill to fund the government through September, Congress overwhelmingly passed a COVID-19 relief bill late Monday night. As previously reported, direct funding for state and local governments was not included in this pa...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

NJ Attorney General Issues Two New Law Enforcement Directives

This week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued two new Law Enforcement Directives.  Directive No. 2020-13 establishes a new, statewide Use of Force Policy applicable to all state, county, and local law enforcement officers in New Jersey. It rep...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 4,871 new positive cases and an additional 80 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 449,842 confirmed cases, and 16,599 confirmed deaths. The...

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Federal Update: No Direct State & Local Government Funding

Congressional Leadership announced an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package, which is expected to be voted on Monday. Excluded from that agreement is direct funding for state and local governments.The deadline to utilize existing CARES funding will be ex...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Week of December 14: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 3,975 new positive cases and an additional 44 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 423,226 confirmed cases and 16,216 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed to Governor

After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, yesterday both houses voted to approve A-1135/S-624 & S-357, sending the measure to the Governor’s office for his action. While the League is supportive of a legislative solution to the i...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Senate Passes PFRS 20 and Out Legislation

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Tax Incentive Legislation Moving Quickly

Late on Wednesday, it was announced that Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin reached an agreement on reforms to the tax incentive programs.According to the announcement  the agreement “includes annual caps, st...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Your Action Needed: Full Senate to Consider PFRS 20 & Out Legislation

On Thursday, the full Senate will be considering S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employee ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, A-1135/S-624 & S-357 have been scheduled for a vote in both houses on Thursday, December 17, 2020. A-1135 was previously approved by the...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of December 6

Governor Murphy today announced that there were 3,821 new positive cases and an additional 55 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 390,256 confirmed cases, and 15,794 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.14. The...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Cannabis Legislation Advancing

Late last week Governor Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the legalization of adult recreational use of cannabis. In the announcement Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Scutari and Assemblywoman Quija...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Local Finance Board Oks DLGS 2021 Budget Calendar Year Extension

On Wednesday, the Local Finance Board approved the proposed Division of Local Government Services 2021 Calendar Year (CY) Budget extensions. The revised CY 2019 Budget deadlines follow:

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Small Cell Regulation Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee advanced with amendments, A-1116. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the State and attempts to mirror and in some...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Disabled Veterans Property Tax with Reimbursement Advances

Earlier this week the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced S-220, which extends the totally disabled veterans property tax exemption to be retroactive to the effective date of the determination of the veteran’s total disability by the Uni...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Actions on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras

Last week, Governor Murphy signed S1163 legislation regarding the use of Body Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement and issued Executive Order 201 Establishing an Interagency Working Group on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras Task Force. Please see the League&...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

LFN Issued on UCC Enforcement

On Tuesday, November 24, the Division of Local Government Services released Local Finance Notice 2020-27 jointly with the Division of Codes and Standards. It is an update to Local Finance Notice 2017-15.Local Finance Notice 2020-27 states that “...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

AG Issues Marijuana Charge Guidance

Last week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued additional guidance to prosecutors concerning the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases, supplementing his August 29, 2018 and November 4, 2020 guidance.The Attorney General’s guidance directs all New Je...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Law Requires Use of Body Cameras

Last Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed S1163/A4312 which requires the use of law enforcement body cameras, subject to available funding after the legislature concurred with the changes in his veto message. While P.L. 2020, c. 128 took effect immediately it ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Thank You For Attenting the 105th Annual Conference

Dear Elected and Appointed Officials:We would like to take a moment to thank you for attending the League’s 105th Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. When the ball dropped last New Year’s Eve, little did we know what lay ahead in 2020, and now...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Conference Session Discusses Legalized Cannabis

It’s official, the voters of New Jersey have giving their approval to the ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those over 21. What’s next?Join our session “Marijuana in the Mile High City – A Collaborative Approach” at the 105...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Electronic Review of Construction Permits Up for Hearing

On Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider A-1145/S-1739, which the League opposes. A-1145/S-1739 would establish an electronic permit processing review system requiring electronic submission of applications for con...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Gov. Murphy Signs Plastic Ban into Law

On November 4, Governor Murphy signed into law the strictest plastic ban legislation in the United States. For more information on P.L. 2020, c.117 see our blog post. Also, we will be hosting a League Conference Session on the plastic bag ban so don&r...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Governor Rejects Unfunded Body Camera Mandate

Since it was first introduced in 2014, the League has expressed concerns with legislation meant to require law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. Specifically, under the provisions of this bill, every State, county, and municipal law enfo...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

2019 Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

The filing deadline for the 2019 Senior Freeze Program has been extended from November 2 to December 31, 2020. If your residents have questions on the program they can call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597. As a reminder, the Senio...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Hospital Propety Tax Bill Held from Vote

After making their way through committee last week, A-1135 and the Senate Committee Substitute for S-357 and S-624 were scheduled yesterday for a vote before the full Assembly and Senate. However, the legislation was removed from the voting session agenda...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Week of October 26, 2020

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,089 new positive cases and an additional 7 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 236,523 confirmed cases, and 14,546 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.26, and ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

NJLM, DCA Seek Innovation in Governance Program Applications

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) will again acknowledge and promote Innovation in Governance through our annual recognition program. This is a great opportunity to showcase innovative ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Murphy to Keynote League Conference

We are pleased to announce that Governor Phil Murphy will again deliver the keynote address at the League’s Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. The address will be streamed on Thursday, November 19, 12:30 PM.Contact: Mike Cerra, Execu...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Hopes for Federal COVID Aid Package Dim ... Again

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the administration’s point person on COVID relief, stated, “At this point getting something done before the election and executing on that would be difficult, just given where we are in t...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

EO 186 Implements Task Force to Combat Youth Violence

This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 188 (PDF) which directs various state agencies to implement the recommendations of the Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias Report (PDF) that do not require legislation. The purpose of the ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Comments Sought on Emergency Remote Meeting Regulations

As we have previously reported, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued emergency regulations regarding emergency remote meeting protocols for local public bodies. The DCA is also taking action to make these emergency regulations permanent and wi...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Panel Affirms AG Directive on Police Disciplinary Records

Today, a State Appellate Panel affirmed Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2020-5 (AG Directive 2020-5) which made changes to the statewide rules for police internal affairs investigations, known as the Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures (IAPP...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Local Government Emergency Fund Grant Application Now Available

Counties and municipalities excluded from the federal government’s direct Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation plan, as well as those counties and municipalities that are currently the most impacted in comparison to their available resources...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Property Tax Relief Bill Hearing on Monday

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will hear A-2991. This legislation will clarify the telecommunications industry's corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigati...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Federal COVID Relief Bill Adds Local Governments

House Democrats on Monday unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, in the hope of kick-starting negotiations for a bipartisan deal before the elections.This pared-down HEROES Act — $1.2 trillion less than the original bill passed b...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

NJ Delegation Challenges FEMA Sanitation/PPE Policy Change

Bipartisan Members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reverse a new policy stipulating the agency will no longer provide emergency reimbursement to school systems and local gover...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Call to Action: Transportation Programs Expire Sept. 30

On September 30, the federal surface transportation law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, expires and immediate Congressional action is needed to keep transportation projects moving across the U.S.America’s trans...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Vegetation Management Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Economic Growth Committee approved S-434, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act.” In the past, the League has opposed this and similar bills because they would give electric utility companies complete d...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced with committee amendments A-1135, a bill which the League opposes. A-1135 seeks to address the ongoing issue of property tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals with on-site for-profit medical provi...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Governor Takes Action on Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills of interest into law – S-349 (P.L. 2020, c.80), which requires developers to offer electric vehicle charging stations as an option in certain new home construction, and S-2380 (P.L. 2020, ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

MIllioniares' Tax to Bolster State Budget

An agreement has been reached by Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders on an income tax rate hike (from 8.97% to 10.75%) on earnings in excess of $1 million. The higher rate currently applies to income over $5 million. Announcing the agreement, Gov...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

League Position on Governor's Budget Proposed Presented to Legislature

The League of Municipalities’ position on the Governor’s proposed FY 21 budget has been presented by League President Jim Perry and League Executive Director Mike Cerra to the members of both the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

2020 League Conference: Early Registration Discount through Oct. 1

The League is here to help our members navigate through the pandemic & plan for recovery. Join us this November at the 105th Annual Conference presented virtually - no need to travel. Earn CEUs at live sessions, and watch recorded sessions on-demand f...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

State Budget Deliberations Begin

Yesterday, both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee began their review of Governor Murphy’s proposed State Budget for FY ’21. That budget needs to be enacted by the end of this month, and it...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Final NJ Census Push in Full Swing

There are just a few weeks remaining until the Census ends on September 30.Across the state, Census takers are knocking on the doors of those households that have not yet responded. New Jersey is officially in the midst of the final Get Out The Count (GOT...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Governor Signs Coronavirus Relief Bonds Legislation

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3971/S-2475, reflecting both the initial intent of the legislation and his recommended changes made through a previous conditional veto. This new law will allow municipalities and counties to issue a special em...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Census 2020- Time Is Running Out

The U.S. Census Bureau will stop counting residents in your municipality, and across the State and Nation, in less than four weeks. This year’s – this decade’s – truncated schedule for in-person contact will end on ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Federal Election Risk Profile Tool Released

On Wednesday, the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Election Risk Profile Tool, a user-friendly assessment tool to equip election officials and federal agencies in prioritizing and managing cybersecurity risks to...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Annual League Conference Early Registration Pricing Available Now

The 105th Annual NJLM Conference has transitioned to a virtual event the week of November 16 through November 20. Read the full announcement.RegistrationRegistration is open! The 2020 Virtual Conference will provide the same benefits that attendees have c...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Proposed Budget Holds ETR/CMPTRA Level

Today, in Piscataway, Governor Murphy presented his revised budget proposal for State Fiscal Year 2021 (SFY ’21) to the Legislature and people of New Jersey. If adopted by the Legislature, as is, the budget would hold combined appropriations for...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Week of August 17: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 313 new positive cases and an additional 13 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 188,817 confirmed cases, and 14,112 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Local Aid Crucial for Economic Recovery

In a recent article, originally appearing in the August 13 ‘Bond Buyer,’ Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, predicts a ‘double-dip’ recession for the U.S. economy if Congress and the Trump ...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

FEMA Announces Funding for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted funding notices for two hazard mitigation grant programs for more than $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure an...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

After careful deliberation, the NJLM Executive Board and Officers announce that the 105th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference will be held as a Virtual Confere...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Week of August 10: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 585 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 187,164 confirmed cases, and 14,064 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Rules COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act Constitutional

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the State’s plan to bond for up to $9.9 billion to deal with revenue shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is constitutional, provided certain restrictions are followed.The case was brou...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

9th Circuit Mostly Upholds FCC Order Preempting Local Authority Over 5G Deployment

On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a series of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Orders aimed at expediting the deployment of small cell and 5G technology at the expense of local control and autonomy. Although many provisions of the Order...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Time is Running Out for the 2020 Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began its full, nationwide follow up, with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census. ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

President’s Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Plan Poses Problems

As reported in our Monday Daily Update, President Trump took action last weekend, to address a few aspects of the economic crisis, caused by the Coronavirus. His Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

President Trump Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 Relief

On Saturday, President Trump signed an Executive Order and three presidential memorandums after talks between the Administration and Democratic leaders on a new COVID-19 relief package broke down. The Democratic leaders are pushing for the HEROES Act ($3 ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Week of August 2: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 384 new positive cases and an additional 12 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 184,061 confirmed cases, and 14,007 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,853 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias Update from Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

As of 1:00 p.m. on Friday approximately 300,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million.The BPU understands that being without power is extremely frustrating and is in constant contact with all utilities to ensure...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Conditionally Vetoes CRB Bill

On July 31 Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of "coronavirus relief bonds" (CRBs) by municipalities and counties. In the conditional veto language the Governor acknowledge the need for local gove...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

DLGS Issues LFN on Enery Tax Receipt & CMPTRA Payment Program

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-17 summarizing the Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA payment program for CY 2020 and SFY 2020 extension budgets. The Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA August 1 installment payment was 45% ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Project Labor Agreements

On Monday Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for S-1370, which expands the permissible use of project labor agreements for public works projects from building based public works projects to include highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Census Bureau Moves to Cut Data Collection Phase Short

Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released information on a number of steps being taken to shorten the time for field data collection, to the end of September, and to provide reapportionment data to the Congress by the end of the year. Until this ann...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Nominations Sought for NJLM Mayors' Hall of Fame

The League is accepting nominations for the 2020 Mayors’ Hall of Fame. To qualify, a mayor must be serving in at least their 10th cumulative year for the silver level, 20th year for the gold level, or 30th year for the platinum level. Mayors who...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Research Volunteers Needed

Please let your citizens know about these heroic service opportunities.First, anyone who has recovered from the virus, who has been symptom-free for at least 14 days, and who is otherwise able to donate blood, could be eligible to save lives by donating t...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Governor Issues Four New COVID-19 Related EOs

Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued four new COVID-19 related executive orders: Executive Order 170, which extends certain statutory deadlines across state government; Executive Order 171 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declar...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Storm Update from NJBPU

As of 2 pm on Wednesday, approximately 908,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million yesterday. More than 2,000 out of state crews are helping our utilities restore electricity. This includes crews from Canada, ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 27: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 699 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 181,660 confirmed cases, and 13,923 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,875 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Urge Your Citizens to Respond to the Census

To be blunt about it, the U.S. Census is all about two things: Funding and Representation. Every one of your citizens who remains uncounted is a missed opportunity. And every missed opportunity is a bonus for those living elsewhere. What your citizens do,...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

New Federal COVID Relief Bill Offers No Relief for New Jersey Municipalities

Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a new COVID Relief bill. The product of negotiations within the Senate Republican caucus, and between it and the White House, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protecti...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bond Legislation Advances, Before Senate

Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-2475/A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” (CRB) by municipalities and counties. The legislation permits municipalities to issue bonds for th...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Portal Bridge Replacement Project Progress

On Monday, NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved a project development agreement with Amtrak, moving the Portal Bridge replacement project one step closer to a start. The project, which is expected to cost $1.8 billion, is now scheduled to be...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Governor Murphy Announces Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

NJSC Issues "Action Plan for Ensuring Equal Justice"

Last week, the NJ Supreme Court released an Action Plan for Ensuring Equal Justice. The Action Plan outlines a series of reforms that the Court will seek to accomplish within the next year in order to “eliminate disparities within the court syst...

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Posted on: July 19, 2020

Week of July 13: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 202 new positive results and an additional 20 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 176,551 confirmed cases, and 13,710 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,974 probable deaths ass...

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Posted on: July 19, 2020

Murphy Ok's COVID-19 Borrowing Bill

Yesterday, both the Assembly, by a 46-26 vote, and the Senate, by a 22-15 vote, passed the amended State COVID-19 Borrowing bill. Late yesterday Governor Murphy signed it into law. P.L. 2020, c. 60 authorizes the borrowing of up to $9.9 billion in State g...

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Posted on: July 19, 2020

Plans for Closing the Digital Dividie

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced a three-pronged plan to address the digital divide for school children, in time for the 2020-2021 school year. The plan looks to put needed technology into the hands of all pre-K to 12 students, with unmet hardware and...

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Posted on: July 19, 2020

Local Aid to be Debated as Congress Reconvenes

On Monday, Congress will return to Washington. Press reports indicate that leaders in both Houses and in both political parties will seek bipartisan agreement on a new legislative response to the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

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Posted on: July 19, 2020

CARES Act CRF Guidance Permits use of Funds for TANs Costs

The U.S. Treasury has been using FAQs to expand permissible uses of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) monies, distributed pursuant to the CARES Act. You can view the latest (July 8) at Treasury CRF FAQs.

On page 7, that guidance states (emphasis added):

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Week of June 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Governor announced that there were 423 new positive results and 45 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19 since the day before. To date, there have been 171,928 confirmed cases, and 13,224 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,854 probable de...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Interim State Budget Enacted

On Monday, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Supplemental Appropriations bill that will permit state spending to bridge the gap between the usual end of the Fiscal Year, on June 30, and this year’s final day, September 30.

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Proposal Will Prevent Litigation, Provide Resident Property Tax Relief

The League fully supports A-2991/S-421, which will clarify the telecommunications industry’s corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation. We thank the sponsors for their attention to ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Tax Exempt Properties

Earlier this week, the NJ Supreme Court released its opinion in Gourmet Dining LLC v. Union Twp., a case examining whether or not a restaurant operating on a State university campus qualifies for a property tax exemption. More precisely, the issue before ...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Week of June 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update

On Thursday, the Governor announced that there were 406 new positive results and 26 deaths for COVID-19 since the day before. The Governor also announced that they identified an additional 1,854 probable deaths. These are fatalities in which no test was c...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Bridge Budget Bill Introduced

Because of the extension of the State’s current Fiscal Year for an additional three months, the Legislature must pass and the Governor sign a Supplemental Appropriations bill by midnight, June 30. On Thursday, June 24, Assemblywoman Eliana Pinto...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

New Law Provides Local Units with Flexibility to Waive Penalties on Overdue Sewer or Water Charges

Last Friday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4126 (now, P.L.2020, c.39), which gives municipalities, counties, and utility authorities the ability to waive interest and lien enforcement for certain delinquent water and sewer utility payments during emer...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Time's Running Out for Small Business help

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), a key component of the Federal CARES Act, will end on June 30. Please let all of your struggling small businesses know that they can apply for forgivable PPP loans, through the Small Business Administration (SBA). But...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Feds Allow State & Counties Flexibility in CARES Act Aid

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury again updated its Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page. With this update, Treasury is again giving states and qualifying local governments greater flexibility in the use...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

NLC to Host Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Issues Update

Join our federal partner the National League of Cities for timely information via a webinar focused on issues affecting the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Week of June 15, 2020 COVID-19 Update

On Thursday, the Governor announced that there were 442 additional positive results since yesterday and 38 deaths. That brings the statewide totals to 168,107 positive results and 12,800 COVID-19 related deaths. Yesterday, 73 people were admitted to the h...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

AG Issues Directive to Increase Transparency in Police Discipline

On Monday, State Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal issued Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2020-5 (AG Directive 2020-5) which makes changes to how law enforcement agencies throughout the state report disciplinary complaints against the agency&...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Assembly Approves Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana

Yesterday, the Assembly passed A-1897 which aims to decriminalize marijuana and promote awareness of the expungement process. The bill would replace arrests for possessing up to two ounces of marijuana or hashish with a civil fine of $50. A-1897 would als...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

House Committee Can Increase Local Share of Transportation Funding

On Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee began consideration of their transportation reauthorization proposal - "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America" (INVEST in America) Act. For further in...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

150 Economists Call For State & Local Funding in Next Package

A letter urging more Congressional action in response to the economic impact of the pandemic calls for "new assistance to states and localities" as part of new legislation. "An adequate response must be large, commensurate with the nearly $...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Week of June 8, 2020 Covid-19 Update

Yesterday marked the 100th day since the first identified case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Since that day, there have been 165,816 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in New Jersey, and 12,443 confirmed deaths. On that 100th day, Governor Murphy reported 539 ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Please Take Action: Update State Bonding Proposal and Local COVID Bond Legislation

Last week, 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 response to the...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Issues Post-Pandemic Plan for Returning to In-Person Court Proceedings

The New Jersey Supreme Court has approved the first part of the New Jersey Courts Post-Pandemic Plan for transitioning from fully remote court operations (Phase 1) to the gradual return to courthouses and facilities (Phase 2).  NJ courts will beg...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Sen. Menendez, Mayor Passanante Join Colleagues on National Briefing

Our partners in Washington, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted a ‘Protecting and Growing America’s Economic Recovery’ virtual Hill briefing. This is a part of NLC’s ‘Cities Are Essential’...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

FCC Approves Order to Streamline Deployment of 5G Equipment onto Macro Towers

Earlier this week the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC), in a 3-2 vote, adopted a Declaratory Ruling clarifying the FCC’s 2014 rules regarding the so-called “streamlined review” of deployment of 5G w...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Buckelew Named Assistant Executive Director

Re: Update on League Transition - Appointment of Lori Buckelew as Assistant Executive Director

I write today in my capacity as the League President to update you on the status of the League’s leadership transition.

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Week of June 1, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, the Governor reported an additional 603 positive lab test results for COVID-19, for a statewide total of 162,530. He also reported an additional 92 deaths attributed to the virus, for a statewide total of 11,970. Of particular significance was ...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

NLC Offers Race, Equity, and Leadership Guidance

Yesterday, Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of our Federal partner the National League of Cities, sent a letter to all State municipal leagues and direct member communities offering support, encouragement and resources in dealing with chronic ...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

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

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

Congress Looks to INVEST in America's Infrastructure

We have received a summary of a soon-to-be-introduced bill – the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act. Among other provisions, the bill would dedicate $19 billion, over five years, in L...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Gov. Executive Order Greenlights Outdoor Dining & In-Person Non-Essential Retail

Yesterday Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 150 permitting outdoor dining and in-person non-essential retail effective Monday, June 15 at 6:00 a.m.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

ABC Issues Guidance on New Outdoor Dining Permits

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has created a new permit for licensed premises to expand their premises to allow for reasonable seating capacity while observing social distancing guidelines. The COVID-19 Expansion Permit is available to a...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Surgeon General Urges Continued Precautions

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs has been conducting weekly briefings on the Federal government’s COVID response and recovery efforts. League staff has been monitoring the weekly calls for state, local, and tribal leaders. Thi...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Week of May 25: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, the Governor reported an additional 1,261 positive lab test results for COVID-19, for a statewide total of 157,815.  He also reported an additional 66 deaths attributed to the virus, for a statewide total of 11,401.

Also, the Governor s...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Legislature Focuses on State Three-Month Budget Plan

Yesterday in Trenton, the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services’ Budget and Finance Officer, Frank Haines, and State Treasurer, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, regarding Governor Murphy’s ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Gov. Signs Legislation Setting 2020 Tax Appeal Date

Yesterday Governor Murphy signed into law A-4157, which extends the statutory deadline to file a property tax appeal from May 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020 and provides the County Board of Taxation until September 30, 2020 to render a decision on a tax appeal. ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Portal Bridge Replacement Funding Coming

On Monday, New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with our state’s Members of the House Transportation Committee, Representatives Bill Pascrell Jr., Albio Sires, Donald Payne Jr., and Tom Malinowski, announced t...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Local Budgets Await Federal LIfeline

Responding to the public health crisis, and its impact on workers and businesses, Congress has passed, and President Trump has signed, four COVID-19 response bills. All of those bills addressed important priorities. But none of them prioritized the impact...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

ACT NOW Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Applications Due May 29

This Friday, May 29 is the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program for state and local municipalities identified as eligible for funding under the 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (J...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

State Response to Massive Revenue Gap Preserves ETR/CMPTRA

On Friday, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that State revenue losses in the current Fiscal Year, which now will end on September 30, will total $2.75 Billion. As you recall, back in March, in anticipation of COVID’s economic fall...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Week of May 18: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, the Governor announced that an additional 1,304 confirmed positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 151,472. He also announced another 98 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 10,843.New hospitalizations continue a d...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

State Budget Update

Today State Treasurer Liz Muoio issued a report on the fiscal condition of the state budget. The report indicates that the State can expect an up-to $10 billion shortfall between now and June 2021. The data reflects a shortfall of $2.75 billion through th...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

State Planning Commission Extends Town Center Designation Period

The State Planning Commission this week issued a Notice of Rule Waiver/Modification/Suspension pursuant to Executive Order No. 103, which temporarily relaxes regulatory provisions concerning the expiration of town center designations made pursuant to the ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

FCC to Consider Further Action Preempting Local Authority

This week the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would be considering at its June 9th open meeting, the “State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications Under Section 6409(a)” Declaratory Ruling and Notice of ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

FCC to Consider Further Action Preempting Local Authority

This week the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would be considering at its June 9th open meeting, the “State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications Under Section 6409(a)” Declaratory Ruling and Notice of ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Call for Federal Lifeline

New Jersey Main Streets will not recover their vibrancy, without effective local services. Programs for Senior Citizens will suffer, without the support of municipal government. Youth recreational opportunities will shrink, without local assistance. But t...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

DEP Launches "Mask Up!" Campaign

Today, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of their “Mask Up!” campaign, encouraging residents and visitors to wear face coverings in state parks, beaches and public spaces. 

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Bipartisan Local & State COVID Assistance Bills Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

On Monday, Senator Bob Menendez introduced in the Upper House S.3752, the State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (SMART) bill. Yesterday, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill introduced its companion, H.R. 6954, in the House.

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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Representative Sherrill to Sponsor House SMART Companion

New Jersey Representative Mikie Sherrill, along with New York’s Peter King, announced that they will introduce a bipartisan House companion to S.3752, Senator Menendez’s bipartisan State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (S...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Your Action Needed on COVID-19 Bonding

On Thursday the Assembly passed by a vote of 57-20 A-3971 which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” by municipalities and counties. Specifically, A-3971 permits municipalities to issue bonds for the loss of revenue an...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Gov. Signs States of Emergency Law Addressing Timeframes & Deadlines

On May 15 Governor Murphy signed A-3969/S-2392 into law. P.L. 2020, c. 34 provides for local government flexibility with regard to various timeframes, deadlines, and other statutory requirements in order to help them continue to function and meet their ob...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Senator Menedez to Introduce Municipal Aid Bill

Sometime this week, New Jersey’s senior Senator Bob Menendez and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D., will formally introduce legislation that could help all New Jersey local governments. It would create a $500 billion fund to help states and a...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

House Passes HEROES Bill with Local Aid Provision

On Friday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800–the HEROES Act. The vote, largely along party lines, was 203-199. Though declared ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, this ac...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Week of May 11 COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced that an additional 1,297 confirmed positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 143,905. He also announced another 201 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 10,138.  

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Call to Action: Assembly Passes A-3971

Yesterday the Assembly passed by a vote of 57-20 A-3971 which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” by municipalities and counties. Specifically, A-3971 permits municipalities to issue bonds for the loss of revenue and/...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Permit Extension Legislation Awaits Governor's Action

Yesterday, the State Senate and the Assembly approved A-3919/S-2346. This legislation extends certain permits, approvals, and deadlines during the COVID-19 emergency, including timeframes for action required under the municipal land use law (MLUL).Specifi...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

2020 Tax Appeal Date Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

Yesterday both the Assembly and Senate unanimously approved A-4157/S-2387, which extends the statutory deadline to file a property tax appeal from May 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020 and provides the County Board of Taxation until September 30, 2020 to render a d...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Senate OKs Civil Service Transfers During States of Emergency Bill

Yesterday the Senate unanimously approved S-2477, which would permit State and local government employees in civil service to be transferred under certain circumstances. The legislation, which the League supports, awaits consideration by the Assembly.

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Timeline, Deadline Bills on Governor's Desk

Yesterday both the Assembly, by a vote of 70-6, and the Senate, by a vote of 37-1, passed A-3969/S-2392, which provides for local government flexibility with regard to various timeframes, deadlines, and other statutory requirements in order to he...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

HEROES Act Includes Hometown Help

On Wednesday, Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, raised the specter of a devastating multiyear recession if Congress and the White House do not authorize more aid to address the COVID pandemic’s economic fallout. “Ad...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Governor Relaxes Some Retail, Construction, and Social Event Restrictions

Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order 142, which pulls back some of the restrictions previously placed on nonessential retail businesses, construction projects, and social events.  EO 142 permits the resumption of nonessential construction, ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

HEROES Act Would Aid All NJ Municipalities

Yesterday in Washington, The Chairs of 12 key House Committees, including New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, introduced legislation that would, in addition to several other items, provide substantial, flexible, and assured funding to every municipality...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Register Now: NLC Events May 12 and 13

Our Federal Partners at the National League of Cities (NLC) have scheduled three learning opportunities this week, meant to help local officials navigate the recovery. Here they are.

a. WEBINAR | Doubling Down on an Equitable and Resilient Recovery | Tuesd...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Issues MLUL Ruling

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shipyard Associates, LP v. City of Hoboken, a case the League participated in as amicus curiae. This case deals principally with two issues related to the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL)....

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Senate Budget Committee Releases S-2387

Yesterday the Senate Budget Committee released S-2387, which extends the statutory deadline to file a property tax appeal from May 1 to July 1 and provides the County Board of Taxation until September 30 to render a decision on a tax appeal. The deadline ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Urging Support for A-3971/S-2475 Permissive COVID-19 Reflief Bills

Yesterday the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee released A-3971 which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” by municipalities and counties. Specifically, A-3971 permits municipalities to issu...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Week of May 4 COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, the Governor announced an additional 1,827 confirmed positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 133,635. He also announced another 254 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 8,801.There were 325 new hospitalizations an...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Call to Action: NLC Cities Are Essential Campaign

Please act on this important communication and call to action from the NJLM national affiliate, the National League of Cities.  Help amplify the message that cities are essential and require direct federal economic relief.

Cities Are Essential. Jo...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

U.S. Treasury Guidance Allows CARES Flexibility

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury updated its Frequently Asked Questions CARES Act guidance. This revision will provide CARES Act recipient States (including New Jersey), and recipient units of local government (including New Jersey’s nine most popul...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

NLC "Cities are Essential" Campaign Calls for Direct Municipal Aid

Today, the National League of Cities, our federal level partner and the voice of the over 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the United States, launched a campaign to secure economic relief for all communities on the frontline of America’s res...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Upcoming Legislative Briefings on A-3971 for Coronavirus Relief Bonds

Mayors Keith Kazmark of Woodland Park, Colleen Mahr of Fanwood, and Matt Moench of Bridgewater invite you, your business administrators, and your chief financial officers to a panel discussion on prospective legislation (A-3971) that would permit counties...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Mayors to Discuss COVID Response in Mayors Wellness Campaign Webinar

Mayors Wellness Campaign Webinar

The Community Response to COVID-19 from 2 NJ Mayors

Thursday, May 7th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Featured Speakers: Mayor Sara Todisco of Garwood and Mayor Andre Sayegh of Paterson

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Week of April 27 COVID-19 Roundup

Yesterday, the Governor announced that an additional 2,633 confirmed positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 118, 652. He also announced another 460 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 7,228 and 6,137 patients that were hos...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Electronic Submission & Signature of Initiatives & Referenda Focus of EO 132

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 132, allowing electronic petition submission and signature collection for initiatives and referenda. The Order requires county and municipal clerks to accept, in addition to hand delivery, electronic submi...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Gov. Murphy OK's May 2 Park Reopening

Yesterday Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 133 that will reopen golf courses and State parks for passive recreational activities effective Saturday, May 2 beginning at 6:00 a.m. The Executive Order details the activities that are permissive and proh...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Possible Help for Seasonal Businesses

If your municipality hosts seasonal businesses, you might want to share this information with them.

 The U. S. Department of the Treasury has issued final interim rules, effective immediately, designed to allow seasonal businesses to apply for for...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Additional Federal Resources for Local Citizens & Businesses

Please share this as you see fit.Any individuals or families waiting for their Economic Impact Payments–the stimulus checks that most are entitled to–should visit the IRS “getmypayment” site. They may need to file a...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

New Federal Help for Local Businesses

On April 24, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act of 2020 was signed into law. The new law expands and modifies the significant new resources for businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that were estab...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

EO 129 Extends Retired Officer Carry Permits, Allows Range Access

Yesterday the Governor issued Executive Order 129 extending Retired Officer Carry Permits that expired during the Public Health Emergency until 90 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency. However, the retired officer must submit their renewal ap...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Property Tax Payment Grace Period Gets Executive Order

Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order 130, which permits a governing body to adopt a resolution extending the grace period for the May 1 property tax payment. The grace period cannot go later than June 1, 2020. A copy of the resolution must be filed ...

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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...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Update on Federal Efforts to Aid Municipalities

We want to thank Congressman Andy Kim, who is the latest – but hopefully not the last – member of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to sign-on as a cosponsor of H.R. 6467, the Coronavirus Community Relief Act (CCRA). This bill wo...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Clarification on Essential Businesses Issued

Yesterday State Director of Emergency Management Patrick Callahan issued Administrative Order 2020-10 providing clarification on essential businesses. The order expands essential businesses to include pet grooming, pet daycare, pet boarding, and stores th...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Upcoming 2nd Quarter Property Tax Payment

For the past several weeks we have been receiving numerous inquiries regarding the upcoming 2nd Quarter Property Tax payment. To date, there has been no administrative or legislative action to extend the May 1 property tax payment date. We have issued an ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Urgent Alert: NLC Update Call for New Jersey

Your New Jersey League of Municipalities is a key member, with all other state Leagues, in the National League of Cities (NLC).

Through that membership, NLC will be launching state calls to share the latest federal updates/insights, and hear questions and ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Week of April 20 COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Governor announced that there were 4,247 additional positive results since the day before, and 307 deaths attributed to COVID-19. That brings the statewide totals to 99,989 positive results and 5,368 COVID-19 related deaths.  

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Municipal Courts Get OK to Resume from NJ Supreme Court Order

Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an Order that allows municipal court sessions to resume, to the extent possible based on facilities, technology, and other resources. Municipal court sessions had been suspended through April 26, 2020, c...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Local Governments Seek Support, Flexibility in Next Federal COVID-19 Bill

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - $2.2 Trillion CARES Act - it included a $150 Billion State and Local Stabilization Fund. Minus funding for U.S. Territories, and autonomous Tribal Governments, about $139 Billio...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

IRS issues notice on Scams & Homeland Security Warns on Disinformation

The individual and family ‘economic impact payments’ that come as a part of the CARES Act are going out to Federal Income Taxpayers and others, all around the country. Inevitably, scammers see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

FCC Boradband Funding, Webinar Move Ahead

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving ahead with its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and Rural 5G Fund proceedings. The purpose of these programs is to encourage the development of infrastructure necessary within rural areas to ensur...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Register Now: NJLM Mini Conference Goes Online for 2020

The NJLM Online Mini-Conference is now open for registration. The Conference will take place over June 10, 11, and 12, 2020 and offer 12 different webinars for attendees to join for one low price. CEUs are available for Finance Officers, Tax Collectors, P...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Municipal Tonnage Grant Applications Deadline Extended to July 1

In accordance with Administrative Order No. 2020-05, the DEP is extending the April 30, 2020, due date under 7:26-15.5(b) for submitting the 2019 MTG applications to July 1, 2020.Complete applications, consistent with the MTG Guide, are now due to the Dep...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Washington Needs to Recognize Municipal Efforts

At this time–and it could change in a heartbeat–it seems that aid to New Jersey municipalities will not be included in the compromise legislation being negotiated in Washington. There appears to be strong opposition coming from Senate ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Sustainablity Summit Moved to Virtual Content Offerings

In order to adhere to current public health standards and social distancing guidelines, Sustainable Jersey has canceled the June 12 Sustainability Summit. Instead, they are offering four weeks of FREE virtual “Summit-like" content from Apri...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Week of April 12 COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Governor announced that there were 4,391 additional positive results since the day before, and 362 deaths attributed to COVID-19. That brings the statewide totals to 75,317 positive results and 3,518 COVID-19 related deaths.  &n...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Week of April 12 Bills Signed Into Law

Earlier this week both Houses of the State Legislature met virtually and sent a number of bills to the Governor. The Governor took action a number of these bills.

Please see the League’s April 17 Town Crier blog post for a breakdown of these new ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

ABC Extends Retail License Terms

Earlier this week, Acting Director James Graziano of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Division) issued an Order extending the term of the 2019-2020 retail consumption and distribution license.  The Order extends both municipality- and ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

League Officers Urge State Leaders to Remember Local Budgets

Yesterday, your League Officers – President Jim Perry, Committeeman, Hardwick; First Vice President Janice Kovach, Mayor, Clinton; Second Vice President Bill Chegwidden, Mayor, Wharton; and Third Vice President Sue Howard, Mayor, Monmouth Beach ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Congress Considers Local Aid Bills

Legislation has been introduced in both Houses of Congress to provide COVID-19 impact assistance to all New Jersey municipalities. League Officers have sent letters and e-mails to all the Members of our New Jersey Congressional Delegation, urging them to ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Resolution & Options for Changing Delinquent Property Taxes Interest

As we approach the May 1 property tax deadline, we would like to advise you of options currently available to you to assist property owners facing fiscal challenges. 

N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 permits municipal governing bodies to establish the rate of int...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Response Legislation for First Responders and Local Governments

Yesterday, the Legislature acted on a number of COVID-19 response bills, including these.

S-2351/A-3924 – Protects paid and volunteer members of first aid, rescue, and ambulance squads from termination, dismissal, or suspension by an employer for...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

AG Issues Police Well-Being Program Directive

Earlier this week NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a Directive seeking to promote emotional and mental well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers. The Directive creates the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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