NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys


The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, in cooperation with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, provided a full slate of CLE programs at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 15 & 16, 2017.  A complete listing of the scheduled programs, as well as the CLE credits available, is shown at the link below. All CLE programs were free to registrants of the League Conference.   CLE Programs   Attendees are reminded to log onto the League’s CEU tracking system (through njslom.org/confceu) to print out their certificates of attendance.

Materials from NJILGA Programs in Atlantic City

For attendees who did not receive copies of handouts at NJILGA’s recent programs in Atlantic City, or for those who were unable to attend the 2017 League Conference, copies of the written materials from NJILGA’s programs are provided here

Sworn in by Senior Trustee Bill Kearns are (L-R) Katelyn McElmoyl, John Jansen, Joseph Wenzel, Edward Purcell, Bruce Bergen and Jon Drill

NJILGA’s Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, immediately following the conclusion of the Institute’s CLE Programs at the Convention Center in Atlantic City.  Agenda items included the election of one half of NJILGA’s Trustees from all vicinages in New Jersey and other regular business.  The following Trustees were elected for a two-year term from their respective vicinages:  Donald Scarinci (Hudson), Rocky Peterson (Mercer), Dennis Galvin (Ocean), William Hamilton (Middlesex), Dominick Manco (Monmouth), John Jansen (Morris/Sussex), Joe Wenzel (Passaic), Jolanta Maziarz (Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren), Bruce Bergen (Union), Richard Allen (Bergen), Katelyn McElmoyl (Burlington), Jim Burns (Camden), Dave DeWeese (Atlantic/Cape May) and Edward Purcell (At-Large).

Following the Annual Meeting, the Institute’s Social Event was held at Spartacus Room, at Caesar’s Hotel and Casino.  The agenda for the Social Event included the swearing in of newly elected Trustees, presentation of the prestigious Fred Stickel Award and enjoyment of the Institute’s famous lamb chops and other refreshments.  The Institute thanks First Vice President and Event Chair John Gillespie and his Committee for their efforts in providing a comprehensive offering of successful CLE programs and NJILGA’s annual social event.

Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s 2017 Year-End Review

Attached is Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s Municipal Law Year-End Review for 2017, as presented and highlighted by Trishka Cecil of Mason Griffin Pierson PC and Michael Herbert, Esq. of Parker McKay, PA. during their November 16, 2017 NJILGA program in Atlantic City.


Digital copies of the October 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.

Purcell Appointed to NJILGA Law Review

Gordon GriffinEdward Purcell, Esq. has been appointed an Associate Editor of the Local Government Law Review, a publication of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.  Purcell, who practices at DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC law firm in Warren, is a former Staff Attorney to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  He advises and represents local governments in general municipal, land use and tax matters, and also serves as special counsel in telecommunications matters.  He is a graduate of Rowan University, Bryn Mawr Graduate College and Rutgers School of Law.  The Local Government Law Review is published quarterly and provides an overview of recent decisions and legislation affecting New Jersey’s local governments.  In addition to Purcell, the editors of the NJILGA Law Review are Editor, Thomas Dunn, Assistant Editor, Trishka Waterbury Cecil and Associate Editors, Bruce H. Bergen, Jean L. Cipriani, Ronald D. Cucchiaro, Christopher Falcon, Joseph Wenzel and William H. Kearns, (ex officio). 

Additional Openings for Law Review Associate Editors

The NJILGA Local Government Law Review has openings for two additional Associate Editors.  Associate Editors are a vital part of the success of the Law Review and are particularly important to its future.  For each quarterly edition, Associate Editors are assigned a complement of recently decided published and unpublished opinions—usually about 15—and are requested to summarize them in a paragraph or two for publication.  When cases are assigned, the editor is given an electronic citation and a three-week deadline to complete the assignment.  Preference is given to persons who have some experience in local government matters, who can get to the heart of the issues in the assigned cases and who write clearly and concisely.  Applicants should please email a resume and a writing sample to the Editor, Thomas Dunn, at dunn62@optonline.net with a copy to Assistant Editor Trishka Waterbury Cecil at trishka@mgplaw.com by November 15, 2017.  It is hoped to make assignments to the new editors for the January edition which closes on December 15.

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Members and Guests Enjoyed Day at Monmouth Track

Winning Rider, Nik Juarez, is congratulated at NJILGA’s Day at the Races on Friday, August 11, 2017 by (L to R from Mr. Juarez) NJILGA Past President and Event Chairman, Nick Montenegro, guest Karen Bernstein, Past President, Mike Rubin, NJILGA Trustee and Secretary, Michele Donato, Past President, Peter Jost and Trustee, Dennis Galvin.  A large group of Members and guests enjoyed a complimentary filet mignon buffet luncheon and a panoramic view of the track in the air-conditioned Parterre Box.  Many thanks to Chairman Nick Montenegro and his office for arranging this successful event.  Additional Photos

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. 

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

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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.

Russell Huntington (R) is congratulated by NJILGA Trustee Bob Regan on receiving the Fred Stickel Award

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys has conferred its 2017 Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award on Russell R. Huntington, Esq.  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 Huntington at the Institute’s Annual Meeting held in Atlantic City on November 16, 2017

  The prestigious 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. 

Mr. Huntington, a founding partner of Huntington Bailey, LLP in Westwood, Bergen County, was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1973.  He is currently the longest serving municipal attorney in Bergen County, having served as Westwood’s Borough Attorney since 1978, serving under six mayors.  He also serves as Borough Attorney for the Boroughs of Saddle River and Alpine and previously served as attorney for the Borough of Montvale. 

He helped to form the Bergen County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund in 1985, the first governmental self-insurance fund in the State, and has served as counsel to the Bergen JIF since that time.  The overwhelming majority of Bergen municipalities are members of that Joint Insurance Fund, which has saved municipalities and their taxpayers millions of dollars since its inception.  He also serves as attorney for the Bergen Municipal Employees Benefits Fund, which he helped form in 1992 as the first self-insured governmental health fund in New Jersey.  Mr. Huntington also serves as attorney for the Morris Passaic Bergen Health Insurance Fund and as deputy attorney for the State-wide Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund.  His counsel is sought by many in the local government field, particularly in complex insurance claim matters affecting municipalities. 

Mr. Huntington has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit and charitable organizations, and is a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee. 


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