NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys


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.

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

Ronald D. Cucchiaro

John C. Gillespie

Richard P. Cushing

Michele R. Donato

Steve Goodell

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); Sharon Dragan (Mercer); Donald Sears (Middlesex); Lani Lombardi (Monmouth); Gregory McGuckin (Ocean); Michael Pasquale (Passaic); Leslie Parikh and Jolanta Maziarz (unexpired one-year term) (Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren); William Holzapfel (Union); and Dominick DiYanni and Jonathan Drill (At Large Trustees). 

Following the annual meeting, the Institute hosted its annual social event at Arturo’s in Bally’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 Institute’s 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 Jonathan Drill of Stickel, Koenig, Sullivan & Drill in Cedar Grove. 

The Gordon D. Griffin Award, established to honor an outstanding municipal attorney, was presented to Richard J. Allen of Rutherford.  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 Jerry J. Dasti of Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Koutsouris and Connors in Forked River.    

The Michael Pane Award was awarded to Thomas W. Dunn of Montvale.  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. 

Outgoing President Robert F. Renaud was presented with the traditional engraved clock by incoming President, Ron Cucchiaro, expressing the appreciation of the Officers and Trustees for his services as President during 2015-2016.

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



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