Bill Dressel, Executive Director
N.J. League of Municipalities
Bill Dressel told a well-attended meeting of the Ocean County
Mayors' Association that state government is asking municipal leaders to
"commit political suicide." The problem, he explained, is a tide of bad
fiscal news and poorly conceived state initiatives and decisions. Along with
reduced state aid and a state-imposed 2% cap on municipal tax increases, he
said, municipalities face a flood of recession-related property tax appeals
that are reducing local revenues. The result is stressed budgets and in some
cases deep cuts in personnel and services. "They just don't get it," Dressel
said of state government's attitude toward local concerns, a phrase echoed
from the floor during the Q&A session. Dressel distributed sheets that
outline the League's position on some bills currently before the
Legislature. He urged the mayors to communicate with their senators and
assembly representatives on these measures and others. He suggested mayors
stay current with developments in Trenton by regularly visiting the League's
web site at www.njslom.org.
Our officers for 2011
The Association unanimously approved the slate of officers
submitted by the nominating committee. They are, from left to right, Mayor
Emeritus Art Petracco of Bay Head, Treasurer; Mayor Vincent Barrella of Point
Pleasant Beach, Secretary; Mayor Steve Acropolis of Brick, President; Mayor
Chris Boyle of Pine Beach, Second Vice President, and Mayor Mike Fressola of
Manchester, Vice President.
Our 2011 Trustees are Paul Brush, Mayor
Emeritus, Toms River; Russ Corby, Mayor Emeritus, Pine Beach; Tom Kelaher,
Mayor, Toms River; Paul Kennedy, Mayor, Ocean Gate; Tom Vogel, Mayor
Emeritus, Point Pleasant Beach; Paul Wnek, Mayor Emeritus, Toms River; and
Walter LaCicero, Mayor, Lavallette.
March 15, 2011
Thomas H. Neff, Director
Marc H. Pfeiffer, Deputy Director
New Jersey Division of Local Government Services
The Association will hold a business
meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel
at 955 Hooper Ave., Toms River, on
Friday, March 15.
Our guest will be
Thomas H. Neff, Director
Marc H. Pfeiffer, Deputy Director,
New Jersey Division of Local Government Services.
begins at 8:30 AM. You may bring guests. There is a $15.00 per person
meeting fee. Payment receipts available upon request at sign in.
Capacity is limited to 50. Kindly RSVP no later than Thursday, March 10.
Call April at 732-644-0657 or email
(a new email address).
Please indicate number of
attendees, and names if possible.
Ocean County Mayors' Association has been found tax
exempt by the IRS. Donations are deductible. Documentation of this determination
and related financial disclosure documents are available for public examination.