NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

NJILGA to Co-sponsor Affordable Housing Seminar April 20th

NJILGA is co-sponsoring NJILCE seminar “Affordable Housing: The Next Generation” on April 20, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  The program will analyze the ramifications of the New Jersey Supreme Court decision issued on March 10, 2015 which remands all affordable housing cases from COAH back to the Courts.  The seminar is being presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Land Use and Local Government Law Sections, as well as NJILGA.  Click here for additional information.


The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The meeting was chaired by President Trishka Waterbury Cecil and the agenda included the election of officers, trustees and other regular business. 

Robert F. Renaud of Cranford was elected to a two-year term as President of the Institute.  Other Officers confirmed were:  Ronald D. Cucchiaro of Parsippany, First Vice President; John C. Gillespie of Mt. Laurel, Second Vice President; Richard P. Cushing of Clinton, Treasurer; and Michele R. Donato of Lavallette, Secretary;

Ronald Cucchiaro  

Richard Cushing


The following Trustees were elected for a two-year term from their respective vicinages: Robert Regan (Bergen); Douglas Heinold (Burlington); George Botcheos (Camden); Carl Woodward (Essex); William Horner (Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem); Steve Kleinman (Hudson); Steve Goodell (Mercer); John Kraft (Middlesex); Lani Lombardi (Monmouth) Dominick DiYanni (Morris and Sussex); Gregory McGuckin (Ocean); Michael Pasquale (Passaic); Lawrence Cohen (Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren); William Holzapfel (Union); and Eric Goldstein (Atlantic/Cape May). 

Following the annual meeting, the Institute hosted its annual social event in the Tiberius Room at Caesar’s, during which the elected officers and trustees were sworn in by Senior Trustee William J. Kearns, Jr. 


The following awards were presented at the social event:

The William M. Cox Award, established to recognize an attorney or judge who has become distinguished in the field of land use law was presented to Thomas F. Collins, Jr. of Morristown. 

The Gordon D. Griffin Award, established to honor an outstanding municipal attorney, was presented to Saul A. Wolfe of Livingston.   Mr. Griffin is a past President of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys and a partner in the firm of Mason, Griffin and Pierson in Princeton, and his local government clients relied on his skill and professionalism for sound, objective legal advice.

The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award was awarded to Trishka Waterbury Cecil of Princeton.  (See article below.)

The Michael Pane Award was awarded to Edward T. Rogan of Hackensack.  Established by the Pane Family and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the award is given in honor of Michael A. Pane, Sr., who was the long-time editor of the Municipal Law Review, president and trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, counsel to the New Jersey Association of Municipal Clerks, counsel to the League of Municipalities and author of the New Jersey Practice Series, Local Government Law volumes. It honors a municipal professional who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work has significantly enhanced the integrity of local government. 

Refreshments, including the Institute’s famous lamb chops and other delicious appetizers were served.   The Institute thanks event Chairman Bob Renaud for his efforts in assuring an enjoyable social event.

CLE Programs Presented by NJILGA in Atlantic City
Atlantic City at night

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) presented a full slate of CLE programs on November 19 & 20, 2014, at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.  A complete listing of the scheduled programs presented, as well as the CLE credits, is shown at the link below.
The 2014 schedule of programs is attached.


The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys has conferred its 2014 Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award on Trishka Waterbury Cecil. 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 Cecil at the Institute’s Annual Meeting held in Atlantic City on November 20, 2014.

The award is named in honor of Fred G. Stickel, III, who practiced municipal law for over fifty years and was counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for many years. As a prominent member of the public sector bar, Fred Stickel donated countless hours to advance the orderly operation of local governments in New Jersey. 

Cecil, a partner in the Princeton firm of Mason, Griffin and Pierson, is the immediate Past President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, an Associate Counsel of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, a member of the League Legislative Committee, and represents numerous municipal governing bodies and planning boards in Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.  She is also an associate editor of the Institute’s Local Government Review and the author of Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s Annual Municipal Law Year-Ed Review, which contains an outline of the year’s most important local government cases in New Jersey, which she annually presents at the League of Municipalities Convention.  She is a frequent instructor at ICLE, NJLM and NJILGA continuing education programs.

Previous recipients of the Stickel Award have been Gordon D. Griffin, Michael A. Pane, William J. Kearns, Jr., Stuart Koenig, Edward J. Buzak, Edwin Schmierer, John L. Kraft, Thomas W. Dunn, Robert F. Renaud, Martin T. Durkin, Robert T. Regan, John Gillespie and Kris Hadinger.

NJILGA Baseball Event a SuccessLakewood Blue Claws Stadium
The Institute held its annual baseball event on July 10, 2014 at the Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood. Members and guests enjoyed a picnic prior to the baseball game.  Event Chairman Ray Bolanowski reports that the weather was great and the sold-out event included numerous children.  The Blue Claws were victorious over the Delmarva Shorebirds by a score of 5-4.  Thanks to Ray and the other members who worked on this event.

Day at Monmouth Track Enjoyed by Members and Guests

Winning Jockey Trevor McCarthy is congratulated by (L to R) Immediate Past President Michael Rubin, Trustee Michele Donato, Past President Peter Jost, and Trustee and Event Chairman Nick Montenegro.  Members and guests enjoyed a complimentary buffet luncheon and a panoramic view of the track in the air-conditioned Parterre Box.  A great time was had by all.  Winnings and losses are not subject to OPRA !  Many thanks to Chairman Nick Montenegro and his office for their excellent handling of this event.
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Honoring John J. McKniff
NJILGA Honors John J. McKniff  -- On December 4, 2013, NJILGA Past President, A. Michael Rubin, Senior Trustee, William J. Kearns and First Vice President, Robert F. Renaud journeyed to Wayne, New Jersey to present a resolution honoring John J. McKniff, Esq. at a meeting of the Wayne Township Council, where Mr. McKniff has served as Assistant Township Attorney since 1988. Read more...

Michael A. Pane Ethics In Government Award To Be Preserved
Michael A Pane Sr
Michael A. Pane Sr.
Michael A Pane Jr
Michael A Pane Jr.

Following the recent untimely death of Michael A. Pane, Jr., arrangements have been made with the Pane family to continue the Michael A. Pane Ethics in Government Award. Read more 

The Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law Program of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is now being offered in cooperation with the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. The Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law expires in five years from the date of completion of the course requirements of the program. In order to renew the Diplomate, an individual must have completed 30 hours of continuing legal education. A course and/or seminar taken to satisfy the mandatory continuing legal education requirements of the Supreme Court qualify for credit toward the 30 hours. Renewal applications may be downloaded here. Any questions should be directed to Trishka Waterbury Cecil at : (609) 921-6543, or trishka@mgplaw.com

Bulletin Archive


Welcome to the NJILGA website. We use this medium to effectively communicate with our members as well as provide them updated information on topics related to muncipal law. Back issues of the Local Government Law Review are available in the member area of the website. NJILGA also provides opportunities for its members to earn CEU credits at our seminars and network with others in our profession at our social events..

If you have items of interest, comments, changes of content or other topics that you would like to contribute to the website, please contact Peter Jost, directly at peterjostatty2@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us if you are not currently a member. We welcome new members who share our interests.

Robert F. Renaud, President 

What Do You Miss
If You Are Not A Member Of NJILGA?

For one thing, Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s Annual Municipal Law Year-End Review, which contains an outline of 2014’s most important local government cases in New Jersey.  If you were able to attend our CLE programs at the League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City, you were able to receive a copy of Trishka’s Year-End Municipal Law Review. 

If you were unable to attend the CLE programs, you can still access the 2014 Year-End Review, but only in the Members Section!  So why not join NJILGA today, to receive this and many other benefits, including: (find out more)

Members Area
Diplomate Certificate Course
New Jersey Municipalities Magazine


Edward W. PurcellAt the September 30, 2014 NJILGA Trustees meeting in New Brunswick, NJLM Associate Counsel Edward W. Purcell lead a roundtable discussion of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Tumpson v City of Hoboken, 218 NJ 450 (2014).  Purcell analyzed the facts and holdings of Tumpson, decided July 31, 2014 which concerned the Hoboken Municipal Clerk’s refusal to file a rent-control referendum petition challenging Ordinance Z-88, which limited the remedies for tenants living in rent-controlled units who seek recoupment for rent overcharges. 

The Court held the Clerk’s rejection of the referendum petition which he alleged failed to contain the required number of valid signatures, was a violation of the right of referendum guaranteed by the Faulkner Act.  More importantly, the Supreme Court overruled the Appellate Division and held that the failure of the City of Hoboken to file the petition was a violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, NJSA 10:6-2(c), and awarded the prevailing party  attorney’s fees for the deprivation of a substantive right protected by the Civil Rights Act. 

Trustees present, including Senior NJILGA Trustee and League General Counsel, William J. Kearns, Jr., followed with a roundtable discussion of the implications of the Court’s ruling, and whether the Court’s ruling in Tumpson is potentially applicable to other types of cases, or whether the holding is unique to the facts of this case. 

Purcell joined NJLM as Staff Attorney in May, 2013 and as such advises NJLM and its membership on a number of legal issues.  He received his B.A. in History from Rowan University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law at Camden.  Municipal Attorneys having questions about the above case may contact Ed Purcell at the League. Mr. Purcell can be reached at epurcell@njslom.org.


NJILGA Trustee Donald Scarinci and Scarinci Hollenbeck have created two valuable online resources:


The Constitutional Law Reporter is a pro bono website, which was officially launched in October 2012. It is an educational tool and a legal resource for students, law schools, and academics who are interested in the United States Constitution, in landmark Constitutional cases, and in the legal analyses of historical and current topics in Constitutional law. Its interactive United States Constitution is unlike anything else on the web. The full text of the Constitution is placed alongside of a plain language translation written by Cathy Travis and reprinted with permission. The creative use of hyperlinks allows the reader to peel back the document in order to reveal its complexities in an easy and rewarding way. The website includes a blog that is updated once a week with articles pertaining to case law or current events.
There is also an external news feed that links to the very best articles from law professors, scholars, and news writers, making the site a valuable destination for people who want to stay current and informed.

In addition to the news feed and the annotated Constitution, the website features an easy-to-navigate listing of U.S. Supreme Court cases, which includes the formal court ruling, the author of the majority opinion, and a separate analysis of the case. The latter provides readers with a succinct overview of the proceedings, as well as the key points of the case and the potential implications of the ruling.


Scarinci Hollenbeck maintains a blog on Government and Law, which was also created in 2012. The attorneys in the Firm's public practice group regularly update the blog with posts pertaining to the State of New Jersey. These articles detail legal updates, policy changes, new ordnances, and other matters involving local government. Please watch the 2 minute Government and Law Introduction video here:


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