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Dear Colleagues – It’s my honor to serve as Executive Director of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys. I am also privileged to act as NJILGA’s “Webmaster.” We are pleased to present our revised and updated website, which we hope will enhance your membership experience. In the meantime, if you need any assistance in accessing your membership information or benefits, please feel free to contact me at 908-735-8876 or Send us an Email
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The Local Goverment Law Review is a comprehensive review and analysis of legislative and court cases in NJ affecting municipal law. By joining NJILGA you too can have access to the information you need regarding New Jersey local goverment law and recent court cases
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NEW OFFICERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING

    NEW OFFICERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys was held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Virtual Conference. The meeting was chaired by President John C. Gillespie and the agenda included the amendment of NJILGA’s By-Laws, the election of officers and trustees and other regular business. Read More
  • NJILGA 2020 YEAR-END LAW REVIEW

    NJILGA 2020 YEAR-END LAW REVIEW NJILGA Past President Trishka Waterbury Cecil has completed her annual Year-End Law Review for 2020 (a/k/a the “Big Book”) which is now available in the Members Section. At a webinar presented on November 19, 2020 at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Virtual Conference, Trishka and NJILGA Treasurer Steve Goodell highlighted and discussed selected local government cases from the past year and entertained questions and comments from attendees. NJILGA thanks Trishka and Steve for their presentation and extends special recognition to Trishka for her extensive efforts in putting together this year-end compendium. Thank you Trishka ! Read More
  • Proposed Amendments to NJILGA By-Laws

    Proposed Amendments to NJILGA By-Laws Please be advised that the attached amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will be considered for adoption at the Annual Meeting of the Institute to be held via Zoom, as previously noticed, on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4:45 p.m., Eastern Time. Members in good standing are encouraged to attend the meeting and vote on the adoption of the By-Laws.
  • NJILGA Annual Meting and Social Hour - Nov. 19th

    NJILGA Annual Meting and Social Hour - Nov. 19th The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will hold its Annual Business Meeting and Social Hour via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time, following the presentation of NJILGA’s Annual Municipal Law Update by Trishka Waterbury Cecil and Steven Goodell. The Annual Business Meeting and Social Hour will be held separately in a scheduled Zoom meeting. See details in the Members Section at www.njilga.org . The Business Meeting agenda includes election of Officers, one-half of the Trustees and the adoption of amendments to NJILGA’s By-Laws. All members are invited and requested to attend.
  • STICKEL AWARD TO HOLZAPFEL

    STICKEL AWARD TO HOLZAPFEL The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award has been presented to William R. Holzapfel of Elizabeth. The Stickel Award was created by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys to honor 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. It is the highest honor awarded by the Institute. Mr. Holzapfel has had a long and distinguished career in the local government and public utility law fields. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1959 and has been the City Attorney of Elizabeth since 1993. Mr. Holzapfel received his B.A. from Union College and his L.L.B., cum laude, from Albany Law School where he was an Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review. He is a past President of the Union County Bar Association and was a was a member and Chair of the District XII Ethics Committee and Trustee and Chair of the Clients Security Fund, now known as the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. He is a former Chair of the Public Utility Law and Local Government Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association and former Chair of the NJSBA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee. Mr. Holzapfel is the recipient of the Diplomate designation in Municipal Law from the Institute and has received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Utilities Association for his work on the New Jersey Digest of Public Utility Decisions. In 2000, he received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Union County from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on the recommendation of the Union County Bar Association and he has also been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Holzapfel is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, having served as an Infantry Officer in the Republic of South Korea in 1954 and 1955. In 2016, he received the James R. Lacey, Esq. Award for Distinguished Service presented by the Public Utility Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association in Appreciation and Recognition of Distinguished Service to the New Jersey Public Utilities Industry. He has also received awards from the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Groundwork Elizabeth, Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the
  • Successful Zoom Conference Held for Members

    Successful Zoom Conference Held for Members The Legal Assistance Committee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys conducted another Members Zoom Conference Call on September 9, 2020 to provide updates on the continued impacts of Covid-19 on local government operations and different ways of addressing same. Hosted by NJILGA President, John Gillespie, other topics for discussion were what actions a public body can take against one of its members for conduct it deems inappropriate or improper, current developments in the regulation of Small Cell Telecommunications Facilities (5G), and other issues raised by our members. The Members Call lasted 1 3/4 hours and was actively participated in by numerous attorneys. NJILGA thanks all who participated.
  • NJLM ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE VIRTUAL

    NJLM ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE VIRTUAL The Executive Board and Officers of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities have announced the the 105th Annual NJLM Conference will be held as a Virtual Conference the week of November 16-20, 2020. The League's leadership is confident that a Virtual Conference will best meet safety needs while providing delegates with opportunities for education, networking and interaction with exhibitors. The League will be releasing a schedule of events for the Virtual Conference in the coming weeks. Attendees will have access to sessions offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help maintain professional credentials. Programs will also share critical information regarding managing the extraordinary demands on local governments during the pandemic and beyond. The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) will be providing a full slate of Virtual CLE Programs in cooperation with the League. Registrants will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education units for each virtual CLE program attended. The Institute will also conduct its annual business meeting and elections as a virtual meeting. Additional information will be released as it becomes available on the League's website and on this website.
  • NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS

    NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
    NOTE: In order to avoid duplication of resources, we recommend that our members utilize the COVID-19 resource page located on the New Jersey State League of Municipalities website njlm.org.

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    If you would like to become a member, please click here.
  • Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court

    Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court NJILGA Past President, Robert F. Renaud, and the Renaud DeAppolonio firm have successfully overturned a decision of the Appellate Division, in a New Jersey Supreme Court appeal filed on behalf of Union Township (Union County). The issue in the appeal was whether a high-end restaurant operated by a for-profit entity but housed in a building on the Kean University campus qualifies for exemption from local property taxation. In its June 30, 2020 opinion the Supreme Court unanimously held that the accomplishment of a public purpose must be the paramount factor in an arrangement with a private entity's use of public property, and for a tax exemption to apply, any private advantage must be incidental or subordinate. The Supreme Court agreed with the Tax Court that the restaurant's interest in the property was accordingly not tax exempt. Mr. Renaud was assisted on the brief by Adam J. Colicchio. NJILGA congratulates Mr. Renaud and his firm on this important Supreme Court win. Read More
  • Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings

    Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings Frank Scangarella, Esq.
    June 1, 2020

    New Jersey municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment (“Planning and Zoning Boards”) have struggled to meet their legal obligations in conducting public hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their obligations to conduct public meetings remotely in response to emergency orders requiring social distancing (Emergency Orders), has presented unique challenges for their compliance with the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) and the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”). This article provides guidance to Planning and Zoning Boards in navigating the legal and technical issues necessary to successfully conduct remote meetings with a focus on public hearings of municipal land use applications pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10 (“Public Hearing”). LOG IN TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
  • Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog

    Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog From Courtroom to Court Zoom--Serving Justice Virtually duringCovid-19By Steven Goodell, Linda Galella on May 21, 2020



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  • Message From the President

    Message From the President Dear NJILGA Colleagues:

    In these most extraordinary and uncertain times, local government attorneys are challenged to offer solutions - - often untested, given the circumstances - - to clients responsible to service the general public. Read More
  • Joseph J. Ragno Jr. – In Remembrance

    Joseph J. Ragno Jr. – In Remembrance Former NJILGA member, Joseph J. Ragno, Jr., 69, died March 2, 2020, after a five-year battle with cancer. He lived most of his youth in Baltimore County before settling his adult life in New Jersey, with the last 33 years spent living in West Milford. Joseph graduated from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland in 1968. He obtained his Bachelors in Science in Engineering Physics in 1972 from Loyola University, and his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University, School of Law, with Honors, in 1984. He served our country as a Captain in the United States Army. Joseph had a notable practice of local government law throughout Northern New Jersey with his office located in Riverdale. He previously served as the Township Attorney for Vernon, Zoning Board Attorney for Fairfield, Public Defender for Bloomingdale, and Acting Prosecutor for West Milford. At the time of passing, he was serving as the Borough Attorney for Pompton Lakes. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the District XA Ethics Committee, and he was appointed by Governor Kean to serve as a Trustee for the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital where he served for many years. He was elected to serve on the West Milford Board of Education, and multiple terms to the Republican County Committee. He was a volunteer attorney for the Lenni Lenape Girl Scouts and served on the finance committee for St. Joseph's Church in West Milford, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails?

    Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails? Dear Colleagues – Some of our members have reported that they have not been receiving e-blasts from NJILGA, or have been finding our e-mails in their “Junk Email” folders. To facilitate receiving our e-mails, please add the following address to your “E-mail Contacts” list: This should eliminate the problem.

    Thanks,
    J. Peter Jost
    Executive Director
  • Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website

    Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website Dear Colleagues – This is just a reminder that the NJILGA website has a listing of Employment Opportunities for local government attorneys in the Members Section. If you are seeking a local government attorney to fill a position at your firm, please feel free to place an ad in our Members Section. It’s free!

    Ads may be submitted to our Executive Director, Peter Jost at

    Cordially,

    John C. Gillespie, President
  • STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK

    STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK NJILGA Officer Steven Goodell, Esq. was the guest speaker at the New Attorney Admissions Ceremony, December 4, 2019 at the Old Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, in a ceremony sponsored by the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Vicinage and the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Bar Associations. Steve discussed his incredible journey to return to what he loves, the practice of law, following a horrific bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. His story is truly inspiring. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (see articles below). Watch Steve’s talk at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm0ydo4Hf2U
  • NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage

    NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage Any NJILGA member interested in being considered for nomination as a Trustee of the Institute from Atlantic-Cape May is invited to submit a resume or biographical information to Robert F. Renaud, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee at . Trustee candidates must have an office or reside in the Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage. Trustees serve a term of two years. There are two trustees from each vicinage. Trustees are members of the Board of Directors of the Institute, the body which operates the Institute between annual meetings. The Trustees generally meet four times per year, in the evening. For additional information, contact Mr. Renaud.
  • Steven Goodell to Speak at Admissions Ceremony

    Steven Goodell to Speak at Admissions Ceremony NJILGA Officer Steven Goodell, Esq. will be the guest speaker at the New Attorney Admissions Ceremony, Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Old Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, in a ceremony sponsored by the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Vicinage and the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Bar Associations. Goodell will discuss his incredible journey to return to what he loves, the practice of law, following a horrific bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. His story is truly inspiring. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (see articles below). Assignment Judge Benjamin C. Telsey will preside over the ceremony, and representatives from the Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem bar associations will offer remarks. Civil Division Judge MaryBeth Kramer will administer the NJ Oath of Admissions, Criminal Division Judge Robert Malestein will administer the PA Oath and Family Division Judge Gangloff will recite the lawyers pledge. The families and friends of the new attorneys are invited to celebrate this momentous occasion.
  • Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium

    Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium NJILGA Past President Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. of Lexington, Kentucky formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ passed away on October 17, 2019 at the age of 88. Martin had a distinguished career as a New Jersey attorney and was the recipient of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys’ Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award for his contributions in the area of municipal law. In keeping with his passion for protecting the rights of municipal entities and the residents they serve, Martin was counsel of record in numerous cases on behalf of Ridgefield Park and nearby municipalities in his 50+ year career. Most notably, Martin (along with co-counsel from Teaneck) successfully enjoined Bergen County from allowing the county to operate a landfill on land that had been donated by Ridgefield Park and Teaneck for use as a park. This land now comprises Overpeck County Park, regarded as one of the top ten parks in NJ. A man of strong faith and ethics, he was a graduate of St. Cecilia’s High School in Englewood, St. Peter’s College and NYU Law School. Over his life he was on several local boards and committees and believed strongly in service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s University, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306 and St. Francis Church RC, Ridgefield Park, NJ.

    Visitation November 8th, 4-7pm at Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park. Funeral mass November 9th at 11am at St. Francis RC Church, Ridgefield Park, NJ, followed by burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly, NJ.
  • NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr.

    NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr. NJILGA Trustee, William J. Hamliton, Jr,. former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly and state senator representing parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties, died Oct. 10, 2019. He was 86. Bill lived most of his life in New Brunswick, where he served as city attorney from 1986 until he retired, and later as special counsel to the law department. He also served as local government attorney for Highland Park, South Brunswick, Winfield Park and Carteret. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School (1950), Rutgers University (1954) and Georgetown University Law School (1960). In 2009, he earned a master’s degree in history from Monmouth University. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy (1954-1958) and later in the reserves, rising to the rank of captain. In 1962, he was appointed First Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jacksonville, by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He prosecuted civil and criminal cases including a landmark civil rights case.

    Bill was a distinguished political leader serving in the General Assembly from 1972-1978 and New Jersey Senate 1978-1982. He held various leadership positions in the assembly, rising to Speaker of the House in 1977. In 1981, he sought the Democratic nomination for governor. He was a valued Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, serving as its legislative chairman and was beloved by all the Officers and Trustees.

    Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Peter The Apostle, Somerset Street, New Brunswick. Interment to follow mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Eagleton Institute programming/scholarships in memory of Senator Bill Hamilton. Contributions should be written to the Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.
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