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Richard D. Dieterly, Esq.

“Dean of the Municipal Bar”

Richard D. Dieterly, 82, of Flemington, NJ, formerly of Clinton, NJ, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at his home in Flemington.  Born in Zainesville, Ohio, Richard grew up and attended high school in Middletown, Ohio.  He attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude.  He was awarded a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1960.  He moved to Clinton upon taking a position with the law firm Gebhardt & Kiefer, where he worked for 55 years.  He served as counsel for numerous municipalities and planning boards in Hunterdon, Morris and Warren Counties.  His colleague and partner, Richard Cushing, referred to him as the “Dean of the Municipal Bar” in Hunterdon County.  (See Dick Cushing’s personal tribute*).  He also served on the North Hunterdon School Board and Hunterdon Art Museum Board of Trustees.  Richard loved the arts and was a longtime supporter of many museums and music foundations.  He was an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast.  Calling hours were held at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton.  For further information, or to share memories with the family, visit:  martinfh.com    Donations in Dick’s honor may be made through In Memory Of for the Hunterdon Art Museum at:  inmemoryof-memorial.org

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Successful Baseball Event

The Institute held its annual baseball event on July 12, 2017 at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood. Members and guests enjoyed a buffet picnic prior to the baseball game.  Event Chairman Ray Bolanowski reports that the threateninginclement weather held off long enough for completion of the game.  Attendees, including children, appeared to have a great time.  The Blue Claws were victorious over the Rome (NY) Braves by a final score of 6-1.  Many thanks to Ray and his committee who worked on this event.

Bill Brinton Honored in Florida
Fought Billboards in New Jersey
Attorney Bill Brinton who defended numerous New Jersey local governments from the efforts of the billboard industry to impose the construction of billboards in their communities, has been honored by the City of Jacksonville, Florida for his lifetime of efforts against billboards and visual blight.  Mr. Brinton, who is currently battling advanced lung cancer, was honored by Scenic Jacksonville, the local volunteer non-profit affiliate of Scenic America that promotes preservation and beautification.  Scenic Jacksonville is seeking to raise an endowment of $300,000 to provide perpetual funding to promote civic engagement, advocacy, and education, in Mr. Brinton’s honor. 

Municipal Attorneys to Attend A Day at the Races

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will hold its annual Day at the Races at Monmouth Park Track, Oceanport, New Jersey on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Click here for more information.

Ronald D. Cucchiaro

John C. Gillespie

Richard P. Cushing

Michele R. Donato

Steve Goodell


The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys was held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The meeting was chaired by President Robert F. Renaud and the agenda included the amendment of NJILGA’s By-Laws, the election of officers and trustees and other regular business. 

Prior to holding elections, NJILGA Secretary and By-Laws Chairman Michele R. Donato presented a proposed amendment to the By-Laws clarifying that trustees may either reside in or maintain an office in their respective vicinage, and also establishing a maximum of six at-large trustees in addition to the regular and senior trustees.  The proposed amendments were unanimously approved at the meeting.   The Institute thanks Michele Donato for her efforts in researching and preparing the By-Law amendments. Click here for the full article.


Digital copies of the July 2017 Edition of the NJILGA Local Government Law Review have been distributed. If you did not receive your digital copy, or have changed your email address, please contact NJILGA Director Peter Jost at peterjostatty2@gmail.com. Since the Law Review is now published digitally, it is vital that we have correct email addresses for all members.

Gordon Griffin Award to Richard Allen

The Gordon D. Griffin Award, established to honor an outstanding municipal attorney, was presented to Richard J. Allen of Rutherford at NJILGA’s Annual Meeting and Social Event in Atlantic City. Click here for the full article

Free eCode360 Access for NJILGA Members

NJILGA members who are not already subscribers to General Code’s eCode360 will be permitted to subscribe to eCode’s multi-code on-line search platform for a free 12-month trial period, with no further subscription obligation or billing information.  To access this special offer, please go to the Members Section. 

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Current Officers and Trustees

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Ron Cucchiaro, President 


J. Peter Jost of Clinton has been appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys by its Trustees, effective October 1, 2016. (read more)

An Affiliate of
New Jersey State League of Municipalities

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys has been an affiliate organization of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for many decades.  Together, the Insitute and the League are vital partners in the development and analysis of public policy affecting all municipalities in New Jersey.  The Institute helps to represent the local government attorneys point of view at League meetings such as the League Legislative Committee, the League Affiliate Advisory Group meeting and the League Annual Conference.  NJILGA also serves the unique role of reviewing appellate and trial court decisions for possible amicus intervention on behalf of the League.  The Institute’s partnership with the League is vital to representing and protecting local government interests across the State, in the legislature and in the courts.

Jerry J. Dasti Receives Stickel Award

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys has conferred its 2016 Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award on Jerry J. Dasti.  The annual award, which is given by the Institute to a member of the New Jersey bar who has demonstrated excellence in the field of public sector law and has contributed time and effort to advance the interests of municipal law, was presented to Dasti at the Institute’s Annual Meeting held in Atlantic City on November 18, 2016 Click here for the full article


Jonathan E. Drill Receives William Cox Award

Jonathan E. Drill, Esq. of the firm Stickel, Koenig, Sullivan & Drill, LLC. In Cedar Grove has received the William M. Cox Award, which was presented at NJILGA’s Annual Meeting and Social Event in Atlantic City.  The Cox Award was established to recognize an attorney or judge who has become distinguished in the field of land use law. Click here for the full article


Thomas W. Dunn Wins Pane Award

The Michael Pane Award was awarded to Thomas W. Dunn of Montvale at the NJILGA Annual Meeting and Social Event held on November 17, 2016 in Atlantic City. Click here for the full article


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