Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Benjamin Spinelli, Sr. Advisor
President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force


Benjamin Spinelli outlined a federal initiative called Local Resilience Partnerships that involve municipalities banding together to address shared concerns -- in this instance responses to the challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy. For example, Spinelli said, shore communities on Long Beach Island face conditions that differ from those of communities on Barnegat Bay, on Raritan Bay, or urban cities on the Hudson or Delaware. Municipalities with similar circumstances should organize around those similarities. Such ad hoc groups, he said, would be able to pool resources to pay for studies and services that address those unique problems, services a single municipality would find prohibitively expensive.

The mayors also heard from Lauren Townsend, New Jersey Director of US Strong, which describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan national campaign to protect communities from extreme weather. US Strong (http://usstrong.us) advocates a dedicated Extreme Weather Relief Protection Fund not supported by property, income, or corporate taxes. "Instead," according to the US Strong information sheet, "there should be a financial cost to putting more carbon pollution into the atmosphere that is fueling more extreme weather."

 

 

 

 

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Our Next Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Our guest will be:
Michael Angelo Forcella
Director, Recovery NJ Talent Network Grant, Mgr. of Business Engagement at Ocean County College

The Association will hold a business meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel at 955 Hooper Ave., Toms River, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Registration 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 noon on Thursday, October 17. Call April at 732-644-0657 or email   ocmayors@comcast.net. Please indicate number of attendees, and names if possible.


As Director of NJ Talent Network Grant, Forcella leads a statewide effort to identify resources for displaced businesses including displaced jobseekers with emphasis in the communities affected by Super Storm Sandy.

Note: When circumstances make it necessary, guest speakers are subject to change without notice.